ABOUT KAREN

Igniting joy through

self-discovery

ABOUT KAREN

Igniting joy through

self-discovery

I AM

An intuitive guide.
A helper.
A healer.
A creator of beauty.
A devoted wife and mother.
A maker of memories.
An explorer.

I STAND FOR

Powerful sensitivity.
Play.
Human connection.
Second chances.
Transformation.
Equity & Equality.
Inclusion.
Exquisite self-care.

I DESIRE

Laughter.
Compassion.
Acceptance.
Love.
Magic.
Mastery.
Understanding.
The perfect margarita.

KAREN’S STORY

Since I was a little girl, I always had a plan for what I would accomplish next. I made lists so I could check things off. I got straight A’s in school, then earned a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA followed by a Master’s in Counseling. I continuously climbed in my career, convinced at each step the next achievement would make me happy.

I kept this up for decades before metaphorically hitting a wall which ended my relentless cycle of striving. (Literally though, I hit an actual car in traffic, distracted by my never-ending list of things I had to do to keep the world spinning and my doctor placed me on an extended leave of absence from work to recover.*) Though I felt like I was taken out of the game in my prime, the time away allowed me to find that my self-worth was not defined by my accomplishments. Over the next few years, I shifted my priorities to discover what really mattered, who I genuinely was and what would make me truly happy.

It felt like magic!

I wanted to guide others to experience the same transformation and joy, so I went back to school, becoming a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and graduating from the CTI Co-Active Leadership program. I started my own life coaching business supporting women leaders and served as President of the International Coach Federation in Los Angeles. I was again thriving in my career, but this time it was because I was directed by my inner compass.

I wrote a book chronicling my journey called There’s Got to Be a Better Way: An Overachiever’s Guide to Discovering Joy then created The Overachiever’s Guidebook as a companion journal for readers to dive deeper into their own self-discovery.

Days after There’s Got to Be a Better Way was published, my path took a dramatic detour and led me into unfamiliar territory. One of our children was struggling and I knew I had to act quickly and decisively to remedy the situation. I trusted my gut completely as I navigated the issues, found resources and got support to address the needs that had previously been unmet. After the crisis was resolved, I fell into a period of depression and needed help. I found the courage to enter intensive trauma-focused therapy to heal the wounds of my childhood that kept me in chronic “achiever mode.”*

Throughout my life, I have been guided by my intuition and sensitivity. It’s my superpower. I am attuned to subtle shifts in energy and tone which helps me connect clients directly to their own wisdom. Occasionally, I receive messages of love and support for my clients from loved ones who have passed.

I use all of my strengths to guide you to know yourself deeply and create the life you desire.

You are here for a reason.

Where will your adventure lead?

*I chronicle my childhood trauma and my career ending car accident, along with my adventures of meeting the love of my life, reinventing my career and my business, raising children, rescuing horses, and learning to surf in the essays found in There’s Got to Be a Better Way: An Overachiever’s Guide to Discovering Joy.

As Seen In

In addition to the publications below, Karen’s thoughts on coaching, leadership and re-connection through adventure have been published on a variety of blogs. To read some of her published guest posts, click here.

Karen Pery has been interviewed by Forbes, Cosmopolitan, 805 living, and Los Angeles Daily News

My Work

BOOKS

In my first book, I share stories of connecting with who I really am, learning to listen to my intuition, and discovering my joy.

PROGRAMS

Through big conversations and enriching experiences, I’ll help you connect with your innermost self and ignite your joy.

STORYTELLING

I speak at events and conferences, sharing how I learned to listen to my intuition and step into a bigger life. By telling my stories, I hope you’ll find meaning in yours.

My Work

BOOKS

In my first book, I share stories of connecting with who I really am, learning to listen to my intuition, and discovering my joy.

PROGRAMS

Through big conversations and enriching experiences, I’ll help you connect with your innermost self and ignite your joy.

STORYTELLING

I speak at events and conferences, sharing how I learned to listen to my intuition and step into a bigger life. By telling my stories, I hope you’ll find meaning in yours.

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The Overachiever’s Guidebook

Filled with exercises, questions, and prompts to illuminate your path.

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Get a free taste of

The Overachiever’s Guidebook

Filled with exercises, questions, and prompts to illuminate your path.