I have spent the last eleven as a Life Coach. I attended Millar College of the Bible and graduated with my BA in Religious Education. After pastoring for a short time, I realized I didn’t have enough life experience to teach, guide and advise, so I started working in childcare. I was good at looking after children, however I knew it wasn’t my passion. As hard as I tried, I just knew my heart was somewhere else.
I became a Life Coach and everything fit. I could use my spiritual knowledge, counseling and education to propel clients forward and in the mean time, grow myself. I didn’t have the marketing experience I needed in order to gain a foothold in Manitoba, but I did what I could to speak at churches, the YM/YWCA, women’s groups and retreats. I put Life Coaching on the back-burner for three years when I left childcare and started working in a Maximized Living office. I started coaching again through the office, where I found my counseling skills needing some honing. I started my Master’s in Counseling through Providence Seminary in 2011.
The first lesson in counseling, for the counselor, is to deal with your “stuff”. It has been a tremendous learning curve, but one that I am so happy to be taking. I love practicing what I am teaching and counseling others to do themselves. I’ve learned what not to do, and now that I have been successful at turning that around, I am energized to help others.
As a coach, I cheer you on. I give feedback, and ask permission to offer my opinion. I know how to get you to think about the decisions you make and if they will deliver the desired outcome.
As a counselor, I listen. I am present, I hear you and I offer support. I give homework, I follow up and help you deal with the issues that have you “stuck”.
When we take care of ourselves, we have the ability to care for others, our family, friends, our community and our world. We have the energy to do what is right, not what is easy. We have the ability to choose the right path and keep on it. We make choices from love instead of guilt and fear. We soon realize that we’re all connected and that our individual actions affect a greater whole.
I am compelled to help others live their lives in a way that makes them better. My commitment is this:
I model appropriate behaviour. You can follow me on twitter, “like” my fan page, and read my posts on www.karipenner.com. I invite you to share your thoughts, take part in the challenges and try out the recipes.
I offer a free introductory coaching/counsel session to anyone who needs.
And finally, I teach live workshops, deliver keynotes speeches, and offer specialized programs for those who like to study more intensely. You can contact me here: [email protected]
My intention is simple: to continue my own work and to provide you with practical tools, challenging ideas, resources, and helpful information that will support you in living a life that honors your spirit.
I’m so glad you’re here. Please look around for any support you need. And if you get stuck, let me know. I answer every email I receive, so go ahead email here [email protected]