Karen Connelly

Karen Connelly


Age: 32

Job: Mindset Coach (answering that made me smile)
Location: Scotland
Favorite way to practice self love? Have fun, laugh and dance.
Favorite thing to watch? Inspirational videos and a program called First Dates
Juice or smoothies? Juice.
Yoga or running? Both
What do you stand for? Love and acceptance

Why did you seek out a program(s) with The Glow Effect?
Travelling to developing countries to be of service in some way has always been a goal of mine but I just didn’t know how to make it happen. Finding The Glow Effect I knew this was the project for me, helping to empower women with less opportunities than I have in the UK whilst empowering myself to realise my own potential is such an awesome concept and opportunity!

Probable future if you didn’t get help?
Yo-yoing between going through the motions on a day to day basis and dipping into existential crises – having thoughts of “I feel like I am just filling in time before I die” were regular features in my life.

Impact the program made on your life?
It presented me with challenges to really step up and get out of my own way, not just in the project itself but throughout my entire life. It also connected me with amazing, inspirational women from across the world who I am happy to call my friends and sisters.

What were your doubts/objections prior to investment of time and money? How did you overcome doubts?
OMG there were so many! – I have to be really visible to fundraise, will I be able to fundraise $5000, what if people judge me, I don’t have enough time to commit, what if the curriculum I make isn’t good enough and the women can’t use it, there will be someone else who will do a better job than me and I am taking up their place, I hate public speaking, what if I’m not good enough, what if I fall apart emotionally in Uganda and I can’t call home…. I could go on! Haha.

What’s your dream and how are you living it right now?
My dream, aside from being able to contribute to a project like this, was to be a mindset coach to help others realise their potential and to be living from their personal power. I grew up with depression, OCD, crippling doubts and lack of self-esteem and self-belief and so overcoming these things one by one I wanted to share what I had learnt with others. What held me back was an inability to believe in myself and this project gave me so many opportunities to push myself and discover what I was really capable of.

Favorite quote:
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” ~ Anaïs Nin

Advice to your 15-year-old self?
It’s OK not to be like everyone else. Your darkest times and troubles will become your biggest gifts and ultimately shape your life’s purpose. Take each day as it comes and know that better days are coming. I love you kiddo!

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