Life. Pared Down.

For Folks with Everything Except Peace of Mind

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Do you have it all but instead of feeling Successful and ‘At Peace’ you’re just OVERWHELMED?

I know how you feel.

And, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Because there’s a way out.


…By getting your Life Pared Down so you can achieve Inner Clarity, develop a Plan & Focus on what Matters Most

Who doesn’t want to be more Energetic, Motivated, Effective, and Focused and Less Distracted & Stressed?

Here’s what you can do to get started Now:

Step One – Take a good, honest Inventory of one area (clutter at home/in office, weight & overall health, career change, etc.) that needs fixing and write it down.

Step Two – Examine your Inventory.

Step Three – Do One Little Thing to adjust it.

As Third Century A.D. Roman Plotinus stated:

Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful; he cuts away here, he smooths there, he makes this line lighter, this other purer, until a lovely face has grown upon his work. So do you also…Never cease chiseling your statue.

Need someone to hold up that mirror for you by asking the right questions? Email me at:

In the meantime, check out my Helpful Hints page.

Have Children?

Then check out these activities to get them unplugged and less distracted while sparking their imaginations:

Puppet Scripts For Kids  are downloadable scripts for children ages 4-12 (and anyone young at heart). They start at only $4.00 and are available in Etsy. Select scripts come with FREE puppet characters!

      Kids’ Stories Read Aloud  for FREE, inspiring stories. Hit Play and Enjoy!

Get a copy of my latest book: A Childhood Missed: Stories and Poems to Read to Your Children So They Don’t Miss Theirs.

You can order it here.

My Story


‘Swimming’ in our ‘Pared Down’ pool during those very ‘Pared Down’ (short) summers!

Originally a New Yorker (the Upstate version), I grew up in an Irish-Italian, Catholic family and loved hanging out with my siblings, especially during those long, cold winters when we were all stuck indoors driving our poor mother crazy. I was always the most organized family member, and consequently, took it upon myself to help my siblings then as I assist busy people today.

Together, we’ll get you focused and cut out unnecessary stuff so you can pour your time, energy and talent into getting more done, thus leaving extra time for True Leisure: to Read, Think, Create and Cultivate a Beautiful (Pared Down) Life.

Author, speaker, organizing coach, former radio contributor, school teacher and administrator, I’ll use all my tools and experience to get you to be your best.

Love to hear from you! (


Karen J.

2 Replies

  1. Dear Karen, Have just seen the list of c.d’s of your conferences. They are ALL needed for the great G.K.C. archive here in the centre of Oxford. Can you arrange for them to be sent to me, and I shall pay either by VISA card or by cheque drawn in $ on U.S. Bank?
    My address is: 1, Stubbs Avenue, Headington, Oxford, OX3 8RT, England. Dale Ahlquist will commit perjury on my behalf.
    I am 94, and crumbling by the da… hour, so please delay not, forsooth.
    My senile salutations,
    Aidan Mackey

    1. I will get right on it! Thank you for your inquiry, Aidan!