Completing the Pathfinder Course / by Leslie

Have you signed up for Karen Walrond's Pathfinder course? You know you want to. It's affordable and it's self guided, so you won't break the bank and you can work from home at your own pace. Trust me, if you are at a point in your life when you are trying to make a change, or a change is happening, you NEED to register for this course. It will help you define what you want most out of life and how to make a path to get there.

Maybe you are already pretty clear about your path, or you have already started taking steps towards your goals. This course can help you clarify your vision and generate literally dozen of ideas about how to make it even better. Karen's course gave me permission to work on myself, to spend time on me and to indulge my greatest needs and wants. More than that, you might also connect with other people who are seeking, growing and learning. The support I received and the community that grew around these exercises was such a welcome surprise.

Karen is a wonderful guide, telling stories and giving examples from her own journey from a lawyer to a photographer. She is kind and supportive and beyond encouraging. She really created a safe place for people to do vulnerable, revealing work on themselves at their own pace. It's as public or private as you want. There are no rules, only guidelines and suggestions that each person can take and do with what they want.

You see that little book in the photo? I started that little book over a year and a half ago, tentatively, and it never realized it's full potential until now. Now it is my little inspiration book. It contains notes about the essence of who I am, what I need and want, and how to achieve my goals. You might think that's a tall order for such a little book, but this book contains the gold nuggets of what I have learned and discovered in Karen's class. It's a distillation of 5 weeks of work on myself.

Looking at it all now, I think, well of course! It's so obvious that these are the things that make me tick and make me happy, but I doubt I could have described them so clearly before. I did a lot of brainstorming and writing to uncover these nuggets and I don't want to let them disappear. That's why I made this little book. In the future when I need a reminder about what the heck I am doing and why the heck I am doing it, I can just page through my inspiration book and be reminded.

You might have noticed a new tagline for this site at the top of the page. "Documenting the beauty and wonder in our everyday, extraordinary lives." I came up with this line in week two I think, and it became the first line of the mission statement that we were assigned in week five but that I just completed yesterday. The mission statement was our final task and it seemed relatively easy once I had enough perspective on the course work that I did.


Mission Statement: I will document the beauty and wonder in everyday, extraordinary lives. I will strive to connect, inspire, teach and assist anyone who wants to live a creative life. I will live my best life and I will love life completely, always reflecting on how I can be better and do more. I will work tirelessly to share the things that I have observed and learned. 


I'll leave you with this incredible Death Cab for Cutie song, Soul Meets Body. I just love it.

"Soul Meets Body"

I want to live where soul meets body
And let the sun wrap its arms around me
And bathe my skin in water cool and cleansing
And feel, feel what its like to be new

Cause in my head there’s a greyhound station
Where I send my thoughts to far off destinations
So they may have a chance of finding a place
where they’re far more suited than here

And I cannot guess what we'll discover
When we turn the dirt with our palms cupped like shovels
But I know our filthy hands can wash one another’s
And not one speck will remain

And I do believe it’s true
That there are roads left in both of our shoes
But if the silence takes you
Then I hope it takes me too
So brown eyes I hold you near
Cause you’re the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere
Where soul meets body