Gratitude… And what that can bring
When Karen Chaston faced one of life’s most difficult situations… it was her gratitude journal that became a great comfort. It helped her through some dark days…
When Tricia and Claudine connected with Karen they learnt it was more than the gratitude journal she had designed… The strength she found through personal tragedy and the changes she made with her life’s approach… is an inspiration.
Karen Chaston; wife, mother, author, speaker, radio host,, BraveHeart Women Resonator. and former CFO publicly listed company,
Surprisingly, it took her son’s death for her to become more aware, grateful, healthier, energised and live in her Essence.
Whilst Karen was perceived to be very successful, actually she was living a ground hog day existence, working, eating, and drinking too much, always in fight mode, her masculine totally denying her feminine side, running on empty, not fulfilled, not understanding that adrenalin in a woman’s body causes burnout, exhaustion, and disconnectedness.
Karen now spends her days inspiring women to become their own best friend and live in their Essence.
Creating more “conscious entrepreneurs”; who allow heart and soul, with knowledge and expertise, to guide their businesses.
We are grateful that Karen has shared her story to bring a glimpse of hope…
So, thank you again Karen…
|Your Name||Karen Chaston|
|City of Residence||Narrabeen – Northern Beaches, Sydney Australia|
|Occupation or Experience||Inspiring Women to empower all areas of their lives|
|Your passion / interest||Inspiring women to embrace this philosophy……….”They’re the only person they will spend their entire life with and through fulfilling all your dreams and desires is the road to happiness and becoming the best wife, mother, girlfriend, sister, employee and/or business owner”|
|Your favourite quote||“Everything you need you already have. You are complete right now; you are a whole total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else.Your completeness must be understood and experienced in your thoughts as your own personal reality.” ~ Wayne Dyer|
What types of work were you involved with in the past and how did a change in direction come about?
My last corporate role, was as a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a publicly listed company. It was a pub group and we owned 35 leaseholds.
I was so disconnected, in my ground hog daze, that I required two slaps from the universe before I became more aware, grateful, healthier, energised and living in my Essence.
The first slap came 10th July 2011, when my husband & I woke to find Dan, our 27 year old son, had passed away at our back door.
After Dan’s funeral, I went back to work, working even longer hours until the second slap came 15 months later when I was made redundant.
What are the ‘gratitude’ journals and how have they come about?
After redundancy, I took a breath and within weeks, I found myself at a BraveHeart Women conference in LA, after the 4 day event, I registered to be trained as a BHW Resonator.
I believe Dan guided me to awaken from my Ground-hog daze, to BHW and is always with me, assisting me to become the person I was born to Be.
Over the past three years as I embraced, my newfound tools, my feminine and creative side awakened. I’ve written three books and created four gratitude journals; Water, Air, Fire and Earth.
Each Gratitude Journal contains the benefits of creating a daily Gratitude ritual, Chakra and Intention information and 99 days of themed based pictures, quotes and pages for your daily writings.
Your daily Gratitude journey will allow your perceived problems to flow away like Water, turning the Air you breathe into a conscious loving breath, reigniting the Fire within, creating your purposeful life on this Earth.
How has using your own gratitude diary supported your life?
Writing daily in a gratitude journal is one of my newfound daily tools and rituals.
The more one comes into the present and is thankful for what they have, the more they’ll receive.
Through my Gratitude writing I’m now in Love and Gratitude in regards to Dan’s passing. I love the person I have become and know that if not for this tragic event, I’d still be in my ground-hog daze.
I’ve found my WHY.
I created The Elements Collection Gratitude Journals, after realising that most hard covered journals were beautiful on the outside, with just blank pages on the inside. I wanted to write in a Gratitude Journal that was just like us, more beautiful on the inside.
How is life for you today and what contributes to achieving that?
Each day is a blessing. Every day is unique and I am thankful for this. I have learnt when to say NO and when to say YES.
Most women have this the wrong way round. If either comes too easily rethink your answer. Embrace coming out of your comfort zone, as that is where all the fun, adventure, joy, fulfilment and MAGIC will be found.
Apart from being a wife, mother, speaker, author, BraveHeart Women Resonator, I now co-host Inspiring Pearls of Wisdom a radio program on a community radio station. Also I successfully answered a Millers Clothing call for “Real Women” to model their clothes, appearing on TV, newspapers, magazine, in the shops as well as online.
At 5’0” and being someone who could release a few kilos, modelling was never an aspiration. Though this has been fantastic and who know where it will lead.
I’m open to all possibilities.
What message do you have for others who find themselves facing a life challenge?
Embrace it. This is your growing phase. Your chance to escape your ground-hog daze.
Look for the lesson in the situation. Try to stay out of the blame-game. Rather go inside and ask yourself these questions:
- Why did I create this?
- What part of me requires healing?
- How can I learn and grow?
- How can I forgive and come into Love and Gratitude?
I love our language. I believe there is a lesson in every perceived negative, so the sooner you learn the “lesson”, the sooner there will be “less on” you. Pretty cool, hey!!