Reviews – Realign Your Brilliance

Group HR Manager

I recommend Karolyn Hawker whole heartedly. She is highly talented, energetic, influential, ethical and always gives more than you even expect. She has amazing drive.

She has never disappointed me ever. Karolyn is the one person in my view that is just BEYOND AMAZING at what she does and more importantly who she is.

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CX Specialist

Karolyn is a go-getter - a professional that is innovative, highly intelligent, approachable and a brilliant mentor. I have enjoyed working with Karolyn and appreciated the creative flair and transparency that she brought to the table.

Account Director

Karolyn's dynamic energy, attention to detail and above and beyond attitude made her an absolute pleasure to work with. She always delivered, quickly and efficiently, never missing the mark. I miss working with her, her positive energy was so refreshing and highly contagious.

School Counselor

Before coaching with Karolyn, I struggled with expectations of myself, of circumstances and of others. I know this because I had so much resentment in my life! It manifested in...

feelings of loss, and anger, frustration and sadness. Karolyn helped me realize I was setting myself up for disappointment by assuming or expecting something from others. I can only manage and control myself. Knowing this has helped my emotions become much more stable and healthy, and I feel greater happiness.

One of the significant insights I gained while coaching with Karolyn was Judgment vs Curiosity. After having lived only a few years in a new state, and beginning a new job situation, I didn’t realize I was making snap judgments of situations and people without pausing and getting curious. I learned that curiosity opens up my world to discovery, empathy and the ability to make genuine connections with others.

Another significant result I have experienced from coaching with Karolyn has been a change of mindset. She would ask me “what has nourished you this week?” I had never considered that thought. Previously, my inner dialogue had many negative feelings & frustrations. After considering this question, I was able to reframe my thoughts to see the many positive and promising things happening in my life.

Operations Professional

Words cannot express how much working with Karolyn has transformed my life in ways I couldn't have imagined. When I first sought out Karolyn's guidance, it was primarily for one very specific issue...

that I thought was holding me back. Little did I know that this would mark the beginning of a remarkable journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

Karolyn possesses a unique ability to create a safe and nurturing space, where her wisdom and expertise can truly flourish. From our very first session, her genuine warmth and understanding helped me feel completely at ease. She listened intently, validated every emotion and thought that I shared, and challenged each one with love and compassion.

As our sessions progressed, I found myself venturing into uncharted territories of personal development. Karolyn's unwavering support and encouragement allowed me to explore new aspects of my life, beyond the initial reason for reaching out. She helped me uncover hidden passions, untapped strengths, and a newfound sense of purpose.

Karolyn's guidance extends far beyond our coaching sessions. She consistently went above and beyond, providing valuable resources, recommendations, and exercises to continue my growth between our sessions. Her dedication and commitment to my progress were evident in every interaction we had.

I am forever grateful for the positive impact Karolyn has had on my life. She has been instrumental in helping me navigate through challenges, overcome obstacles, and begin to unlock my true potential. Through her guidance, I have not only gained a newfound belief in myself but have also discovered a renewed zest for life.

Retired Executive

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!

Colleen (3)
Estate Agent

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. 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. has been a life rope and I have survived.

Toronto, Canada

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.


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.

Freelance Contractor

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!

Founder of Bubelah Kinderkinetics

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!

1st Mate & Chef, Luxury Yacht

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.

Purchasing Manager

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.

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