Today we’d like to introduce you to Karen Meisels.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started my career as a casting director. I worked in TV, film and theater in LA and New York, and I did that for 14 years. I loved casting ensembles and discovering raw talent. But there was a general lack of integrity in business practices in the industry. After working on a couple of projects where contracts were not honored and I didn’t get paid for the work I did, I left that industry despondent, in debt, and feeling like a failure.
I was lost and did not know how to move forward. I knew I wanted something more, to have a greater positive impact on people’s lives. But I felt stuck and unfulfilled. It was at that time I found a spiritual program that allowed me to go inward and heal from past toxic relationships and experiences, look at my own behaviors and codependency, and take personal inventory in order to grow and lay the foundation to live by spiritual principles in order to lead a life of intention and purpose.
As I healed, I became willing to look through a different lens, because there were a lot of things that weren’t working. I wound up starting from scratch and moved into a different career. I got a job at an urgent care and went back to school to learn about the clinical field, and eventually worked my way up to management. I did that for a couple of years, and then I left to be a producer on the show “Intervention.” It was there that I began working in the field of treatment and had an awakening.
On “Intervention,” I found myself coaching families while helping their loved one find a treatment center that was right for them. I went back to school again to understand co-occurring disorders and trauma, and trained as a recovery coach and interventionist while working closely with the treatment centers as the clients moved through their 90 days of treatment.
After two seasons of “Intervention,” I left to be a Clinical Outreach Consultant to work closely with programs in the field of addiction, mental health and chronic pain, using my expertise as a treatment specialist to help families navigate the best fit for their loved one’s needs while helping clinicians best serve the needs of their clients.
In all my careers, I’ve naturally found myself working with people to help guide the direction of their future by helping them work through their personal barriers, overcome challenges, and transform their limiting beliefs into powerful action. As I worked with people in this way, it naturally evolved into coaching and my professional coaching practice was born.
As I grew my practice, I expanded my tools of communication, personal development, and energy healing. I’m trained in NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), TRM (the Trauma Resiliency Model), and Reiki level I.
Looking back on my journey, I can see how all the dots of my experiences have connected and laid the foundation for the professional coaching practice I have today. The resilience it took to get here came from having to reinvent myself over and over and over again. I had to learn how to pick myself back up each and every time. And each time, I had to believe in myself – I had to have faith that I could overcome. And I did overcome. I came out stronger and wiser every single time. It’s this powerful understanding of resiliency that fuels me to serve others and help them to reframe and expand their way of thinking, transform their narrative and become their best selves. I think one’s ability to adapt to failure and navigate their way through it is the foundation of resiliency.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
A lot of the challenges I faced happened when I left the entertainment industry. I was disillusioned, unfulfilled, confused, and in fear of my future. Everything seemed so uncertain – What’s next? How do I recover financially? Emotionally?
The biggest challenge was: I don’t know what I want to do next, and therefore, I don’t know how to move forward. How do I start over? I started by taking baby steps to move in the direction I intuitively felt I wanted to go. And it was that innate desire to do something that aligned with my core values to create an impact and to serve that kept me going.
I also needed to work through a lot of expectations and not need outside validation. The powerful spiritual work I did and living by those principles allowed me to see that my value and my worth was not measured by my title, my power, or my income. In doing the spiritual work, I found that everything that’s ever come to me happened organically. I never had to force it or hustle for my worth as I believed I had to in the past to make it happen. My life slowly began to open up and new possibilities presented themselves. I’ve always been one that roots for the underdog. Now, finally, I began to root for myself. This new grounded sense of self came from experiencing humility, being willing to start over and rebuild, and practicing gratitude for the things I have.
When I started working with a coach, I was guided to take deeper ownership of my life and encouraged to become a change agent. I started to see that I can create anything. There are no rules. There’s no formula but to simply follow your passion, keep moving forward, and be fully present in whatever it is I’m doing. Every experience has given me strength and wisdom to – as Pema Chodron says – “fail, fail again, and fail better.”
I’ve learned to give myself permission to not know what I’m doing, but still take risks and play big. It’s not so much about the challenges, but the lens through which you view them, and then how you respond to them. Through it all, I’ve learned to trust my instincts, to believe in myself, to be intentional, to embrace both the hard and soft edges of my being and to trust in what invigorates me.
Please tell us about KM Consulting and Coaching.
My company KM Consulting & Coaching provides two levels of services. Consulting, which focuses on helping companies target the right audience, while providing unique skills and methods in building brands and relationships to enhance productivity. Coaching, which focuses on one-on-one professional coaching, and plant-based nutrition coaching that allows for transformation with the people I work with. I take a compassionate holistic approach with a balanced focus on mind, body and spirit because they’re all connected.
Last year, after receiving certification in plant-based nutrition from Cornell, I expanded my coaching services to include a specialized nutrition program focused on plant-based eating to support my clients in implementing healthier habits that help them level up their health, vitality and overall well-being. I customize a plan for each client based on their lifestyle and challenges and together we level up to make improvements and achieve results. Making real, positive change in our lives is about taking small, actionable steps that we incorporate into our daily lives to create lasting habits.
I’m a teacher, connector, and ultimately a people person, and I love learning how people communicate. I listen with the same passion with which I want to be heard so I can show up with an open mind and an open heart to serve.
I am most proud of my own resilience and how I’ve continued to bounce back, regardless of the obstacles or challenges. I think one’s ability to adapt to failure and navigate their way through it is the foundation of resiliency.
As a coach, I specialize in helping people with reinventing their lives. I ask specific questions to get to their why and support them in the process. My clients are people who are on the growth path. As a certified plant based nutrition coach, I create customized plans that address the seven dimensions of wellness for continued growth and balance and adjust weekly as we move toward their goals — a full integration of physical, mental and spiritual well-being. I provide continued guidance and creative tools that support and elevate them as they achieve results. After decades of seeing people struggle with food and emotional eating, I created this as a lifestyle that will allow one to feel at peace and empowered around nutrition and to nurture themselves in a healthy, loving way.
I think what sets me apart is that I partner with my clients and guide them in achieving their goals by really elevating their lives. I support them in navigating through patterns that no longer serve them and really work in shifting the dynamics in how they show up in life. We work together to create that in a more amplified way. I provide a variety of exciting resources with continued support as they move forward.
Coaching is incredibly powerful and everyone can benefit from having someone in their corner. It’s an investment in yourself, your health, your future, and what you want to create.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
When I was little, probably between the ages of 5 and 10, my family would go about four times a year on trips to Vegas. When I say all of my family, I mean about 15 – 20 relatives which included family from New York, Montreal, and then my large extended family from LA and we would stay at the MGM Grand or the Sands Hotel. I was obviously little so I wasn’t gambling. Instead, my brother and I would just order room service and we would order whatever we wanted and lie out by the pool. When you’re with that large of a group, it’s filled with love and laughter and live shows and watching Jai-Alai and big family dinners. It was just a lot of fun. I saw Cher, Elvis, Joan Rivers and Frank Sinatra among many. It was just a really happy time and then we would all hang out at the pool together. There was a lot of deep connection and meaningful family time and I loved those times.
- Website: www.KMconsultingandcoaching.net
- Phone: 310-699-6087
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