Colorín Colorado

“Y colorín colorado, este cuento se ha acabado” is a colourful Spanish phrase we use in children’s books to say “The End”.

During lunch with a friend we spoke about life choices and journeys. A friend of his had told him that many people move to Denver to “find their identity” and once they do that, they move on.

Timely conversation to have the day before I moved to Portland, Oregon.

When I first arrived in Colorado, I thought I’d only be there for a month and then move on to Portland, but as life would have it, I was not ready for that move just yet. That was a little over a year ago, which is apparently what I needed to reinvent myself, and get the clearest I’ve ever been on who I Am and where I’m going in life.

Mind you, the real power of knowledge is in the application of it…

“Knowledge is power” = the car sitting in idle.
“Applied knowledge is power” = actually driving the car.
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Karin today and Karin last year are two different people. So much has happened that would not fit into this post. For simplicity, it’s been quite the year of breathing new life into my dreams, accepting that I asked for a BIG LIFE, and owning it.

The most powerful thing I’ve taken ownership of is personal commitment and making powerful decisions.

Another friend asked me what I “leave” with. I told him I move forward with a heart full of Love and Celebration.

Sometimes we make decisions out of a desire to get away from something we don’t want. We look for reasons why “not” to be there to justify going elsewhere. This is acting from pain or desperation <— not the best way to live (except in extreme cases when you have to get out for safety’s sake, and then you can make your next choices from a peaceful place within).

The best decisions are the ones that help us move towards what we want, based on sheer joy and how good it feels. This is acting from inspiration <— we want more of this in the world.

Now, I’ve moved around the world a fair amount, but only recently realized that each move primarily focused on just one aspect of my life; social, business, relationship… My move to Colorado served its purpose for me to wipe the slate clean and review my whole life vision.

I spent half the summer tuning into my highest excitement and noticing the signs that came up when I began to feel that Portland would be my next home. It was the first time I made a decision like this (since Vancouver) from a whole life perspective – personal, professional, lifestyle, geography, creativity, social. Before I declared it though, I wanted to be sure I was making my decision for all the RIGHT reasons, focusing only on what felt good about it.

Life’s magic happens when you’re open to noticing the signs and staying in play mode.

I meditated. I asked for really obvious and fun signs to confirm what my intuition was guiding me towards. The Universe responded promptly and from all sorts of angles (which is why I know it’s a “whole life” move)…

+ Finding junk mail with a sender from Portland Oregon… “Thanks Universe.”
+ Seeing a roll of packing tape lying on the sidewalk close to home after one of my early morning walks, no moving truck or neighbour in sight to claim it… “Thanks Universe.”
+ Reaching out to my friends in the Portland area to tell them I was moving there, and receiving an email from one of them 14 minutes later with a connection for a new home… “Thanks Universe.”
+ After watching the Women’s World Cup this year I decided I wanted to experience more live soccer games (instead of being the outsider looking in as I used to be), and some of my favourite players are on my favourite NWSL team… “Thanks Universe.”
+ The National Women’s Soccer League championship final was allocated to Portland this year, so I bought my ticket for the game and planned my move to be there in time for it… “Thanks Universe.”
+ Portland is closer to my beloved Vancouver BC, and I could see myself making more regular visits up there to bask in the city… ”Thanks Universe.”
+ Portland is a huge reading city, and with my Niki Owl coloring book coming out, it felt like the perfect fit to expand this area of my creativity… “Thanks Universe.”
+ I asked to hit the ground running before I got to Portland, and I was graced with some wonderful responses from people I reached out to for whom I have a lot of respect for who they are and what they do… “Thanks Universe.”
+ People I connected with during my last few days in Denver immediately connected me with their best friends in the area, so I knew there would be even more people ready to engage when I got there… “Thanks Universe.”

There were so many more signs and reasons why that I could share with you, but I’m sure you get the gist by now.

Buying my ticket for the championship final was my way of planting my flag and setting a powerful intention to be there based on INSPIRATION. I mean, what better way to celebrate a new chapter in my life than to bask in a powerful celebration of this kind? Everything else fell nicely into place for my move, because I had lined up with my joy.

We must appreciate where we are now to head in the direction of our dreams.

Of course, emotions always surface when I’m about to move somewhere. This time around, I was filled with so much appreciation for and from the people I’d connected with in Denver. I know some of them will remain connections for a long time, and this makes me happy because I love building strong relationships wherever I am.

Every person I spoke to expressed how excited they were for me. Each one left me with a special thank you for how I’ve impacted them during my time in Colorado, which touches me to the core.

We all say we want to make an impact in the future, but the real impact is made by how we show up NOW. (share this)

These are possibly the sweetest words I heard on my last visit to the coffee shop that became my second home in Colorado, and where I wrote large parts of my next three books, “You’ve helped me so much I can’t even find words to describe it. Thank you.”

Colorado, you were the perfect canvas for me to reinvent myself and give new wings to all of me and to Niki Owl, and there are no words to describe that either.

Now it’s time for me and Niki to venture back to the West Best Coast and explore the wonders of The Rose City, or as I recently discovered its other name, Soccer City.

Wherever you are, I hope you’re boldly moving in the direction of your dreams.

Big Love,

The Buck Stops Here

“The buck stops here” is a phrase that became popular via U.S. President Harry S. Truman, who kept a sign on his desk in the Oval Office with this phrase. It refers to the fact that the President has to make decisions and accept ultimate responsibility for those decisions (instead of “passing the buck” or looking for a scapegoat).

Now, let’s look at how this affects all of us…

Three of us were consulting with a client earlier this week to provide insight and focus on where she is going in her business. I was the tech subject matter expert on this meeting.

Our client’s key concern was her financial flow – it wasn’t really “happening”, and however much was, was a struggle.

Now, this client is a leading expert in her field, and is respected internationally. She’s made an impact around the world for 20+ years doing what she loves, and is highly committed to fulfilling a beautiful mission and calling. Even Presidents call on her for her work.

She should be well-off financially, right? So why the financial hiccup then?

Curious, we asked more questions.

It turned out all the links to purchase her products and services on her website were BROKEN. So there was no way someone could pay her through the website even though she has a shopping cart in place and all.

How strange, right?

Well, you might think that’s just bad technology or gremlins or something, but after talking more about how she’s been thinking, we discovered what was really causing the blockage…

In her mind, she equated “being a successful business woman” with “losing touch with her mission”. Out of this fear, she was energetically and literally blocking the flow of money coming to her by the way she was thinking about herself and business.

See, many people have this mis-guided notion that to be “successful” you’ve got to lose sight of your Why and your values, and become a heartless money-hungry robot.

Au contraire, my friends… What you DO have to lose and what you WILL lose by allowing yourself to be successful is the lack of confidence, the false beliefs, and the pain of not having what you say you want. Success is all-inclusive of our personal, professional, spiritual and financial desires – and you get to choose what that looks like for you.

We are moving (quickly) into a wholehearteded world where CEO’s and businesses are integrating their vision with their heartfelt desires, for everyone to benefit and thrive.

After our “Trinity of Optimisation” team shared some powerful examples of successful business women who are still in touch with their mission (even more so in fact!!), our client was able to form a new association between “being a successful business woman” and “staying in touch with her mission,” which opened up the energy to breathe new life into her business operations and systems.

Our client realized that the MEANING she was giving to being a successful business woman was actually undermining the fulfillment of her mission. That’s really why her website payment links didn’t work… Now with the new meaning she’s giving to being a business woman, she is able to make better-feeling decisions to follow through on her mission. How cool is that?

I celebrate her for making the decision to change her thinking, and that comes from her deep commitment to her mission.

You might call me weird, but I’ve been around long enough in the tech world and personal development field to KNOW and SEE these signs clearly.

You can choose to be as skeptical about this as you please – I’m simply pointing out some very clear and strong facts here for you to consider.

That’s why it’s so important to align Why we do what we do with the Meaning we give things, the Beliefs we have and the Energy we operate with, and notice how this translates into our reality.


The ENERGY we put out creates what we experience, in some form or another, consciously or not.

The MEANING we give things defines the BELIEFS we have about ourselves, others, and the world we live in.

Leading with the heart opens up to sharing your WHY powerfully and genuinely engaging others to co-create/work with you.

Making one “small” shift in your thinking makes a HUGE impact in your life and business, just like our web client did with her business mindset. It comes down to being open, coachable and making decisions. And you can make new ones any day, any time.

As Tony Robbins says, “Decisions create Destiny.”

What destiny are you creating for yourself right now? I’d love to know…


Image credit: William Holman Hunt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A Colorful Announcement!
The Niki Owl Coloring Book

Did you know that many adults are diving back into coloring books these days? It’s a great way to build the IMAGINATION, which is a key component of any successful business.

Even one of my SEO clients, skin care expert Marion Simms, wrote about this in one of her recent posts, “Adult coloring books are all the craze right now. They can relieve stress and anxiety as well as reconnect you with your inner child.”

So as a build-up to my next book Genesis, which celebrates 20 years of Niki Owl, and because people have been asking me for this for some time, I created a coloring book for you.

Presenting the “Niki Owl Leap of Faith Coloring Book
for the kid in YOU…

Embark on an inspirational coloring adventure with Niki Owl. Featuring quotes and illustration prompts, you’ll soon re-discover the magic and joy of unbridled imagination.

The illustrations in this book originally appeared in my first book, “Niki Owl, Leap of Faith” and showcase some of the lovely sights you’ll encounter in the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada, so if you’ve been there you’ll know what they are! And if you haven’t been yet, perhaps this will inspire you to visit. You’ll also find some exclusive illustrations that didn’t go into the final version of “Niki Owl, Leap of Faith”.

The Niki Owl coloring book officially comes out on September 14, but YOU CAN PRE-ORDER YOURS TODAY, and it will ship via Amazon as soon as it becomes available!

You also have the option to place bulk orders (great for schools, organizations, and large families!). Please email me directly if you’d like to place a large order directly through yours truly.

Here’s a preview of what’s inside…

And another one…

Will you help me color this world with more joy and inspiration? 

This is my greatest passion and why I do what I do for you and in turn what you do for the world.

I really appreciate your support, and it would mean the world to me if you also share this with anyone you feel could use some more inspiration in their life.

Also, a percentage of sales proceeds will go to help families on the Caribbean island of Dominica, recently affected by tropical storm Erika. (TWEET THIS)

As a special thank you, if you purchase two or more copies of this coloring book, I will send you a signed copy on the house. Just email me a copy of your receipt as proof of purchase and I’ll get our publishing owls to magic up your personal copy!

Pre-order your Niki Owl coloring book here…

And let’s put some more color into our world together!

Thank you SO much,