Before Lifestyle coaching with Karolyn, I struggled with my confidence in making big decisions in my life and for my future. I also had issues with stress and insecurity about myself...
my eating and health as well as school and sports.
Then Karolyn taught me to notice what I’m feeling without any judgment. She taught me to switch from judgment to amazement because beating yourself up about how you are feeling won't make anything better unless you try to see why you are feeling like that. Taking care of yourself is not a chore, it is exciting and makes you feel better to get that to-do list checked off because you are doing it for your health. She taught me to embrace my emotions and share what I am feeling so that my feelings don't bottle up inside until the pressure gets too much and I explode. One last big thing is she taught me that change, no matter how sad it is, is good, because it is time to grow, try new things, and meet new people; celebrating memories and the past isn't always sad because of that reason.
The 3 most significant results I’ve experienced from coaching with Karolyn are: I now think about food and actions that will make me feel my best, which has totally changed my life. This has made me feel better about exercise which is a big part of my life, as well as going through the day without crashing or feeling too full. I make sure to fuel myself up with foods that will energize me and that I enjoy!
What I loved most about coaching with Karolyn is sharing my stories with her and all the ah-ha moments when I realized something about myself that was preventing me from being my best self. I am so thankful that she is such an amazing listener and shows so much empathy to help me understand my questions and problems.
My journey with Karolyn has been so rewarding. Her mind opening work has given me a set of tools that I never before considered, and have worked in ways I did not expect was possible.
The work is hard and has required a complete shift in my parental conditioning, but when I see my children stand tall as humans who feel understood, or when they come to me with issues or stories or connections, I feel confident we are on the right track.
I am still learning, still creating new habits, but when I lead with love and curiosity, when I am kind to myself, when I allow for space to process, my interactions with my children are the kind that I have always desired.
Karolyn has been a lovely human to work with. She is patient, she reflects my victories when I can't see them, she believes in me. I leave each session feeling empowered and ready to take on this most important work!!
My path crossed with Karolyn's when I was reaching out to find life coaching for my t(w)een daughters. After a very fruitful first conversation, Karolyn recommended that I start...
with life coaching sessions for myself, and then take part in her mom and daughter course.
The sessions happened during a very stressful time for our family and looking back, I can clearly see how Karolyn's grounding exercises and coaching, helped me approach obstacles with a different world view. She really picked up on small issues that I didn't even mention and her thorough feedback after every session helped me address some things differently than I would usually do. I often spent the whole week after the session thinking about the profound feedback she gave.
I am also very excited to apply these lessons as the school year begins as I can already see a change in how I communicate with my girls, and how that guidance will be absolutely beneficial to their (and my!!) social and emotional development and well-being.
I look forward to having more sessions with Karolyn in the future.
Every woman actually needs some form of life coaching as a form of self-love. And moms with t(w)eenagers, even more so! You relationship with your daughters will become a real treasure.
Thank you Karolyn! I appreciate you.
My teenage daughter was very anxious about her grades at school and the college application process. She was crying herself to sleep at night.
After working with Karolyn...
She is now happy and relaxed, and confident about going to college. She is managing difficult situations in a calm and logical way. The strategies she has learnt have also helped with how she approaches her sport and taking care of herself (diet and sleep).
Thanks so much for working with my daughter! She has really turned a huge corner and seems to be her happy wonderful self! She is so smart and fabulous and I think she is finally realizing that, and that the possibilities are endless!!!
When my son decided to come back home not only were we elated but very thankful! I immediately could tell that my son, was experiencing emotions and having to make life choices that he was finding very...
difficult to work through. I decided to reach out and suggested he speak to someone who is not directly involved. Due to the situation he agreed to seek the counseling advice from Karolyn.
Since meeting with Karolyn, my son has definitely come out of his shell and his confidence has just soared! When in conversation I can hear that he has found making decisions easier without feeling fear or judgement. He is responsive and his communication skills have also improved. Whereas before he would not speak or mumble which often led him to disappointment.
I highly recommend Karolyn Hawker! We, our family keep going from strength to strength! Thank you for your consistency Karolyn in your professional guidance and expertise in what you do!
Before coaching with Karolyn, I struggled defining my purpose post early retirement. I also wanted to gain more clarity around the anxiety and void I felt upon retiring. Lastly, I struggled at times with managing...
healthy boundaries between myself and those close to me.
I gained so many great insights during my coaching with Karolyn! Firstly, I realized that I had been on auto-pilot for so long and never really stopped to think about what I was feeling or thinking. I learnt to build awareness and look at my thoughts and feelings with curiosity - without judging myself or others! STOP, THINK and then ACT! She taught me how to create a positive mindset - I never realized that our mind is a muscle and that we can build positive mental fitness, not unlike having a personal trainer help us build physical muscle in the gym. By getting to know my self saboteurs - those set of automatic habits that work against our best interest, I learnt techniques to turn these negative habits into positive opportunities.
The most significant results I've experiences from coaching with Karolyn:
- Greater self awareness
- Stopping my negative/autopilot thoughts quickly
- Thinking about why I am feeling a certain why
- Understanding my triggers
- Adopting, new, more informed, less judgemental and overall positive reactions to things that happen
- Realizing that I have so much to offer to myself and anyone I interact with
- Building better relationships by establishing healthy boundaries and managing them effectively
What I loved most about coaching with Karolyn is HOW MUCH she truly cares! She is present with you in every session and even outside of sessions. It wasn't uncommon for me to receive a message from her in between sessions, that was not intrusive, but simply motivating and encouraging. I liked that she also had a structured approach to our sessions and that it was always outcomes driven. She also held me accountable and didn't shy away from asking the tough questions. I can't recommend Karolyn as a mental fitness coach highly enough! She is simply the BEST!
When I met Karolyn I found it hard to manage my stress and was suffering from severe heartburn and needed help in finding the root cause of my stress and learning new techniques to manage it.
Karolyn is very intuitive and shows great insight. Through a series of questioning she helped me to find new ways of dealing with the impact of the unavoidable stresses that we all experience daily. It has been invaluable and now I am able to work with these challenges in a healthier manner. This has had a positive effect on my work production and has enabled me to be more efficient and manage my workload more productively. My work and personal relationships have benefitted enormously as I am no longer the stress-ball that I was before started off this journey with Karolyn. We had some fun along the way, discovering and exploring a brighter and easier way of life going forward. She also addressed nutrition and we found delicious and healthy food habits that resulted in much more energy, my health benefitted and I no longer suffer from heartburn. I am so grateful that I met Karolyn and I recommend her highly, she is 100% on-board and was a constant in my life for the 3 months that we worked together. She is super compassionate and supportive but at the same time pushed me to challenge my unhealthy habits and thinking.
I engaged Karolyn initially as I was struggling with a range of issues; dietary / personal growth / general happiness. I didn’t know how to love myself, nor felt I deserved to, no matter how hard I tried...
Karolyn created the safest space filled with knowledge, acceptance, kindness, encouragement, and love. She was able to guide me through the emotions I had and instilled a mindset of curiosity, kindness without judgement. She equipped me with the tools I needed without allowing me to feel like a failure. Instead I feel proud and loved from deep inside my heart! Significant results include being able to step back from overwhelm practicing the meditations and breathing techniques. My husband and family relationships have improved by learning to better communicate my needs and also to consider someone else’s perspective without assuming. Previously it was difficult to train as I was so judgmental about my fitness level and body image - now its the best part of my day! I approach each training session with self-love and acceptance. I love knowing which foods give me energy and now embrace making healthier choices. What I loved most about coaching with Karolyn is that she has loads of knowledge, passion, love, drive, grit, energy and joy and I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to “Realign my brilliance” with Karolyn as my coach!
I have had the honor and pleasure of meeting Karolyn at a Networking Business meeting. Karolyn has always stood outas an amazing positive, energetic woman with a passion for others development...
During the past few years I went through a deeply challenging time in my life, and decided to reach out to Karolyn as a Life Coach for myself. I never knew what to expect. Karolyn.live is goal orientated and gets you from where you are to where you want to be, but at the time I didn’t know that answer to either of these questions. I knew I was in trouble if I didn’t get help.
I didn’t feel pressurized and we worked at my pace. I was able to set timelines for myself. When we set out Karolyn created a safe and secure space for me to share what I felt I needed to change in my life to help me see life differently.
After only a few months, I had reached my goals, I was feeling more positive, I have direction, and I have my energy back. Karolyn helped me realize my self worth again. Everything I felt I’d lost along the way going through the tough knocks COVID dealt me all of a sudden became clear. Through our talks and discussions during our sessions my confidence in myself grew.
With Karolyn’s guidance, I’m now gainfully employed, feeling financially independent, totally out of my rut and I am actually looking forward to the new day. Karolyn made a huge difference in my life.
I haven’t mastered all what I have been taught, that will take a lifetime, but I’m more aware of how I speak to myself and more curious as to why I have these thoughts. I am so much kinder and gentler with myself.
I cannot recommend Karolyn highly enough. Karolyn.live has been a life rope and I have survived.
Karolyn created a space for me to be open and vulnerable which guided me to being the best version of myself. She is a great listener and shows empathy and kindness...
My reasons for engaging Karolyn as a Coach: Low Confidence due to job loss, zero self belief, self esteem and purpose, example to my 3 children. Since coaching with Karolyn: I now wake up with a strong sense of gratitude. I am able to see life with new perspective each day. Lost my narrow minded judgmental habit. Curiosity is my best friend. I am aware of balancing my energy output and filling my emotional tank often. I want to share everything I learnt with everyone around me. My 3 most significant results: I can manage my anxiety level with simple breathing techniques, slow life down. Learning to listen to and trust my intuition, I feel more confident in taking a step forward. My new perspective allows me to see opportunities presented that I’ve missed before. What I loved most about Karolyn’s coaching: Karolyn created a space for me to be open and vulnerable which guided me to being the best version of myself. She is a great listener and shows empathy and kindness. She leads with a series of questions that opens the way to sourcing a purpose that fulfills - even my relationships with friends and family are noticeably different.
My sessions with Karolyn have been extremely helpful, eye-opening and life changing. Karolyn helped me realise that most of my negative experiences were born from not putting up my own boundaries...
and that I often self-sabotage relationships and outcomes in my life due to making assumptions about situations and people.
When we started she asked me on what areas I would like to focus on, I initially told her there were some areas that I was not ready to discuss at all but then when I saw the improvements in my life in the areas that we concentrated on instead I asked her if we could go back and open those doors I initially didn't want to. Karolyn guides and asks the right questions to help you have an honest conversation with yourself in order for you to live a life of abundance and break thought-patterns and behaviours that no longer serve you. I am so grateful for my experience with Karolyn and cannot recommend her enough!
Before what I think started off as health & lifestyle coaching, ended up with some significant career coaching. I struggled with low self esteem, low energy, and high levels of stress...
that I couldn't bring myself to reduce. I found excuses to eat more than what I needed, exercise less than what I needed and was full of "but I should be..."
Then Karolyn taught me that it was OK to not be perfect and get everything right 100% of the time. That each step was to be celebrated and that I was worth celebrating. That I had choices that I could make that were good enough for me.
The 3 most significant results I've experienced from coaching are:
I eat smaller portions and choose nutritionally dense foods that keep me satisfied longer. Knowing that I can eat several small meals and that's OK, was empowering. As a result my energy levels throughout the day have improved. No more wild swings in energy levels which used to drive me to snack without appreciating it.
Through various grounding exercises I now breathe more deeply, more often and I consciously take breaks in my work day to focus on breathing which improves my thought processes and reduces stress.
My performance review at work was super rewarding - I was able to calmly talk through issues that were bothering me as well as explain why I was good at my job and with my team and deserved recognition. I hadn't done that before and it took my manager by surprise - I'm not usually this assertive and he expressed appreciation for the way the discussions were handled.
What I loved most about coaching with Karolyn is:
Karolyn was never demanding; always gracious and created a safe space to have discussions and work though steps & techniques that I could use throughout the week.
We have similar experiences - immigrating to a new country later in life,and trying to develop a career in a new country with different cultures and expectations - she understood where my pain points at work were, making it easier to talk through approaches that may I could try. I never felt like the time spent in the sessions was an obligation for me or Karolyn. There was always flexibility to work around a particularly busy or stressful week so that I could be 100% present in the sessions and get the most out of it. We spent a lot of time breathing deeply (my new favourite exercise), laughing and celebrating.
Karolyn’s approach and reactions to the challenges life deals are truly inspirational...
My reasons for engaging Karolyn as a Coach:
Weight loss and management,
loss of confidence in my abilities and capabilities,
a feeling of dismay at where I was in life.
By listening to my intuition I learned: I needed to be kind to myself, I needed to be curious instead of accusatory, I needed to take time for myself - Self Care. I learned to slow down, stop and ask myself if what I was doing was what was best for me and if not, to look at why. With curiosity, I became more patient with myself.
My 3 most significant results: I am able to deal with stressful situations objectively and without panic. I know I can achieve and succeed - I believe in myself again! I’ve learned to pat myself on the back, often!
What I loved most about Karolyn’s coaching: Karolyn’s approach and reactions to the challenges life deals are truly inspirational. Karolyn is energetic, positive, kind, an empathic listener and her coaching is holistic, good for body, mind and soul.