Success Stories: Karen Woolfall, Following Her Dreams

Australian Singer/Songwriter, Karen Woolfall, has overcome fear and tragedy while pursuing success. I knew I was talking with a true winner when her emphasis on what she wanted to share was about encouraging others and telling them how important it is to follow your dreams.

She had a dream

“Ever since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to sing in public to an audience, but as life happens, things always got in the way of me pursuing that dream.”

She had challenges

“I had my first child at 16 years old, then got married and had two more children. I worked really hard at my jobs often working 7 days a week, but I still wanted to sing desperately.

She got lost

“Then one day I realized that I had lost my identity, my dreams, my visions and my goals had all gone, because I was busy being a mother, a sister, a friend, a daughter, etc.. I noticed that I would do anything for anyone, but never thought of doing something for me.”

She struggled back

“I started visiting karaoke venues, I went there for two years and watched others sing, petrified to get up and sing myself. I made lots of friendships with musicians but no one knew I could sing.”

She got up her courage

“So I then went to a quiet venue one night. I was shaking so bad, but I got up and sung a song to the audience, while looking at the roof. I felt I was wearing gumboots full of water as I couldn’t possibly move as well as sing!!”

Courage built confidence

“Then slowly my confidence built up and my kids started seeing a new mum. They started seeing a mum with a dream of her own. I sang at venues with hundreds of people, also sang at a country festival on the back of a semi trailer, released my first CD titled ‘Out Here On My Own’ and life was awesome. My daughter started singing in a packed restaurant, at school fairs and she was only 9 years old.”

“Then tragedy struck twice!!!”

“My brother and sister both died within 9 months of each other. I went into overdrive for months making sure everyone in my family was ok, and then I finally realized my brother and sister were not coming back. I was devastated and didn’t know what to do, so I did the normal had grief counseling, spoke to friends but felt I was really on my own.

Healing began

“Somehow I got asked to write two poems one for my brother and one for my sister and had them published in a book, Then I went back to my music. I wrote a song for them titled ‘Flying High Like An Angel’ and recorded it and released it as a CD.”

The Triumph of Personal Growth

“I became a much more caring person, a much more compassionate woman. I learnt not to judge others and I have taught my children to follow their dreams.

Real Winners Work to Inspire Others

I am writing this to show you that even through tragedy, you can pursue your dreams. Sure people will try and stop you, but life is too short!!! We have one shot at life !!! Just one !!!!”

“I even went to my mum and dad and found out their dreams and am encouraging them to follow their dreams as well.
If you take away anything from my story, let it be this …………..
Follow your Dreams… Never let your dreams go by without pursuing them.

Thank you,

You can listen Karen’s beautiful voice and some of her songs including ‘Flying High Like An Angel’ at

Scroll down to the video on her myspace page or take a look at her on stage in this video. She’s not shaking in her “gumboots” now. public nuisance at capers

Here’s her new Facebook fan page if you’d like to stay in touch with her there.

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Find the Missing Insight Game

Half a breath after I hit publish on 8 Insights into Nick’s Success, I remembered another insight I’d meant to include. It’s okay I kept telling myself, 8 Insights has a nicer ring to it than 9 Insights. But, it’s an extremely important part of success that we all need to pay attention to in our goals and it’s just kept niggling in the back of my mind and won’t leave me alone.

I finally gave in and started another post about it when I thought, Hey! Why not make a game of it? It might be fun to see if you can find it as well. If you’re “game” for the game, go to Success Stories: Nick Bramhall vs. the Munros and see if you can find it. Then leave a comment below about what you find. You might even find a 10th and we’ll all benefit. Later, I’ll add my missing insight and we’ll compare notes.

And what’s the fun of a game if we don’t have a prize!

First person to post a comment about the same missing insight as mine wins a free energy wellness consultation with me.

First person to post a comment about a 10th insight will also win a free energy wellness consultation with me.

Good luck!

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8 Insights into Nick’s Success

If you landed here without reading Success Stories: Nick Bramhall vs. the Munros, these insights will seem to be missing a little something.

1. Nick was inspired by his Grandfather and others. Want to be successful? Let others inspire you with their successes.

2. Nick chose a challenging and demanding goal. Climbing since 2007, he decided to knock out almost half (48) of the 100 munros in 2010. Wimpy goals lead to wimpy results. Real men climb mountains! Either literally or figuratively.

3. A delay in reaching the goal did not stop him. Sadly, it stops some people cold.

4. Nick is humble. Read his second paragraph again. I’ve only done a hundred so far…I was a little late with the 48 for this year… Are you KIDDING me?! But humility is something I noticed frequently in successful people. Not much talk, plenty of action.

5. This was only a sub-goal! He’s going to do all 283! If you haven’t figured out the importance biting off sections of your big goals to work on, take a lesson from Nick.

6. A deadline date. Do you see how by setting a date Nick did the jump to light speed and got it done?

7. Nick is passionate about the subject. You need either passion for the thing you are doing or passion for the end result to be successful. The combination of both is better.

8. “I have enjoyed every minute of it, even the tough times…” I believe Nick just gave us one of the most important secrets to success. He said it so quietly and humbly, I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it.

Thank you again, Nick. I am inspired and ready to rock for 2011!

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Success Stories: Nick Bramhall vs. the Munros

I felt like the best way to start the new year was with the kind of story that inspires me. Nick Bramhall set out to accomplish something and in his quiet way, just went and did it. He decided to climb 100 Munros. There are some significant success tactics here if you’re looking as carefully as I am. I’ll give you my 8 Insights Into Nick’s Success here. See if you agree.

Please treat yourself by following the links through to Nick’s blog. But be warned! Nick has been been imbued with the peace of the Scottish landscape, carries it in his spirit, and brings it to his writing. You will be inspired by his stunning photos and descriptive writing. You will want to see the stags in the field and the mist on the Loch for yourself.

What follows is Nick’s email in response to some standard questions like “exactly what is a munro” and “how did you feel about your success.” I just didn’t see how I could improve on it. Besides…I followed the links and got lost in the beauty of the Scottish countryside.

Photo by Nick Bramhall

Hi Teresa,

Ok, so to begin with, Munros. I don’t know how much Leslie explained, but in total there are 283 Munros. The definition is “a Scottish mountain over 3,000 feet”. As recently as 1891 no-one had a clear idea of how many of these mountains existed in Scotland. The Scottish Mountaineering Club, one of the earliest such clubs in the world, was established in 1889 and one of its first activities was to clear this mystery up. Sir Hugh Munro, one of the club’s founding members, took up this challenge and devoted more than a year to research and study. This led, in September 1891, to the first publication of “Munro’s Tables” in the journal of the SMC. The tables listed 283 mountains over 3,000ft. Although there have since been revisions – some mountains have been promoted, some have been demoted – the list currently stands at the same number, 283.

I should probably mention at this point that I’ve actually only climbed one hundred of them so far, so I am only a little over a third of a way to climbing all 283. My original goal this year was to be on a hundred at or around my birthday back in July. Unfortunately circumstances conspired to delay that until late October. It did feel like a significant milestone though, particular as I have climbed 48 this year alone, many of which were tough and involved long, demanding days, and one in particular which involved an overnight camp, on my own, in the middle of nowhere!

I climbed my first Munro in November 2007. This was less than two months after I originally moved to Scotland to begin my graduate job in Aberdeen. Although I have always enjoyed walking (I only bought a car last year) I had never really done much walking outside of towns and country parks. When I was much younger my Grandpa was a leader in the Ramblers group in our town. The Ramblers are somewhat stereotyped in this country as people in anoraks ambling around the countryside, but my Grandpa was enthusiastic, led long walks, and even took me out on a few of their outings. I particularly enjoyed climbing one local hill called Roseberry Topping which is only about a half hour drive from my parents’ house, but has great views. In addition both a friend of my parents, and my uncle, are more serious mountaineers. They would share with us slideshows of trips to Scotland, the Alps and New Zealand which really captured my imagination at the time. It wasn’t however until I moved north to Scotland that I finally decided to give hiking a serious go. I did some research during the preceding week and on Friday night went into town to buy a rucksack, map and compass, flask and a few other things. The next morning I caught a bus out of Aberdeen and an hour and a half later began a walk that would see me cover more than 30km and climb my first Munro, Mount Keen. There is a fuller description on my blog, written at the time.

That day I immediately felt a passion kindled for the Scottish landscape and for long distance walking. The first of these was fueled by the fact that I love landscape photography (and landscape writing/description actually). Scotland on film is a glorious thing but it is another thing to be in that landscape. Scotland has relatively few roads so, to see much of it, the only real option is to walk. The way a landscape develops as you walk through it is very different to the development when you drive through it. I also feel that walking, being more naturalistic, allows you to better connect with the scenery. You aren’t looking at it through a pane of glass, you are in it; breathing the air, hearing the sounds, feeling the crunch of gravel under your boots. I can happily sit on a summit or by a chattering stream or looking down a deep glen and just be at peace with the landscape. It is so different in comparison with my working week which primarily centres around my computer or meetings. I value the time I am not there and feel it is important to get away from the city, from the office, from the normal routine.

As I say, my goal this year was only a partial goal, a step on the way to climbing all of the Munros. Still, the feeling on the day I hit 100 was joyful and was accompanied by a real sense of achievement. I’ve written a full account of it here. I have enjoyed every minute of it, even the tough times, and feel like it has been a very positive influence on my life, giving me space and time to reflect and to look forward.

I hope that’s ok to start with. Let me know whether you need any more information or whether there are other topics you want to touch on!


You covered it all, Nick, either here or in your blog. Thank you for sharing with us all.

Read my 8 Insights into Nick’s Success in this post.

Justin Glover – From 3 Jobs to Full-Time Internet Income

Justin Glover has done what many people are still dreaming and planning for – a full-time income in their internet business. I’ve been impressed with Justin’s genuine personality and willingness to share his knowledge every time I’ve talked with him. In this interview, he shares his background that will motivate anyone and plenty of not-to-be-missed tips.

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Justin spent extra time with me after the interview in an impromptu coaching session. He just can’t help but share his knowledge and insight! And he’s an all around nice guy on top of finding his energy of success! Here’s a link to Justin’s program, Internet Income Tutorials, so you can learn more.

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Success Stories: Danielle Zack

Danielle Zack

Entrepreneur Danielle Zack shares some powerful advice in this short interview! Her upcoming product Business Mindset Formula is “all about creating the mindset for success in business.”

Listen in for great ways to move yourself forward in the energy of success!

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Here are a few highlights:

“Success really is being connected with yourself and doing the things that make you happy.”

One of her greatest accomplishments: “being an example of a strong and empowered woman to my daughters.”

“I recommend that you work on personal growth and self discovery…If you’re not right within yourself your not able to create something that will work and be right.”

““The harder you search for success the harder it’s going to be to find it.”

“Appreciating what you have is the key.”

Her turning point was when she learned to love herself. “I wasn’t giving myself room to grow because I was feeding myself negative thoughts and negative energy.”

Find more from Danielle at!

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Success Stories: Venus Recommends

This is the first in a new series called Success Stories. Venus graciously agreed to be the first interviewed. Thank you, Venus! In speaking with her, I found she has a vast knowledge base from her two degrees covering cellular biology, microbiology, molecular biology, physiology and applied mathematics. After years of academic study, her “passion is now helping people heal in an applied method rather than in academics.” Her enthusiasm for her subject is unparalleled which is why she fits perfectly into my idea of someone generating the Energy of Success!

My biggest success was when I became awake and found who I really am. Or to say getting past what I was taught and remembering who I really am. It was a process that started about four years ago.

In 2005, I found myself with all this education but with health problems. It became unbearable, so I had to change something. I thought, what is the point of all this education if I’m not using it! Our bodies absorb all of the products we use, many of which are synthetic. The body is organic, not synthetic. There are different names for different diseases, but there is only one disease – toxemia. You cannot throw toxins into yourself while raising your vibration. These toxins lower your vibration.

I had become aware, but was not living the knowledge. The biggest gap in our lives is between what we know and what we do. We have the real truth in us, but we ignore it. We look outside, not inside for answers.

I started a long search for personal care products with healthy ingredients. All day every day for two and half months, I read every label of every product in the stores. Many had ingredients that were not really good. Some were making false claims. Then my search went online. Finally, I decided if I don’t find it I’ll make it. It was time to create this line of products I couldn’t find.

I had in sight very early one morning in March 2006. ‘Try one more time on the computer.’ It was then I found a company and read all about it. It was exactly what I wanted. I turned the computer off and turned it on again to make sure it was real!

I am expert on probiotics and superfoods. I had researched products in the past and had been very disappointed. I was looking for personal care products and found the other! An amazing journey began in which I started to awaken.

Very quickly, from using these products, all of my physical problems went away. My body had been malnourished. My eczema was gone in a week. In two and half weeks everything was gone including a growth I had had on my neck all my life. It disappeared.

My mind started to awaken. We are mind, body, and spirit. Once the body works right the others follow. Literally it was in every part of my life that I awakened. Everything changed from that moment on. My life purpose became to help people, to teach and inspire, to bring forth my boldness for the reason that others see that they have this same power to see who they are and bring it out in themselves. Obviously this feels very important to me.

Venus describes her 6 steps to success

Step 1
Start where you are. The most important thing is to start! Look at yourself. Is there any resistance? Acknowledge those things, even if you don’t know what to do. Accept it. Low energy might be fear, worry, unforgiving, blame, judgment. Don’t deny, suppress, or fight; they make it worse. Accept and acknowledge, then let it go. Release it. Visualize putting them on a cloud and see it going away from you.

Step 2
Set a clear intent. What is it that you want? Want is the desire? Don’t focus on what you don’t want. The universe doesn’t accept negation. It will only bring you more of what you’re thinking about. Sit down and write it. The intent is what starts the creation. All creation starts from the inside out.

Step 3
You have to make a decision. I want this or something better (in case you might be limiting yourself). Be precise, visualize the details. The more precise the description, the faster is can manifest. Don’t put down a smaller desire because you subconsciously think the other might not be possible. It doesn’t help to put down the smaller because it’s not actually a true desire. It’s important to realize that everything is possible for the universe. In a restaurant, you order and they bring you what you want. They don’t bring you something else. You must have that decision made about what you want. As soon as you have a clear decision, this is the moment the energy starts attracting it too you.

Step 4
Visualize what you want. Feel and imagine it as if it is already manifested. I could go into a long explanation of why the brain works using visualization. To make it short, the subconscious does not have the ability to reject ideas and images. It can object, but not reject. It then checks to see if the new idea is perfectly aligned with all previous experience. If not, the subconscious objects and creates fear. Visualization helps because the subconscious does not have the ability to determine what is real and what is imaginary. Using the best and deepest detail and feeling as good as you will feel when this is already accomplished, the subconscious mind takes it as real. Instead of trying to scare you, it becomes the #1 supporter to prove the idea is true. Now when it checks, it finds a positive experience to align with and can allow any further positive experiences without trying to scare you. This is why it’s so important to do step 1 and release all of the negative. The subconscious cannot build over the negative with positive. It has to be removed first.

Step 5
Affirm with absolute faith. Use positive affirmations in the present tense: Perfect health and prosperous abundance are mind right now. No negations should be included. There are two ways to get new programming into the subconscious – sudden shock or conscious repetition. The first is hard to do for yourself, but you can control the repetition. The key here is repetition. You start believing it, and you start living it. It starts to flow with you.

Step 6
Give thanks. Again in the present tense, I am grateful for perfect health and prosperous abundance. Have a constant attitude of gratitude. All of these 6 steps are a matter of practice and habit.

If you or someone you know has any Success Stories to share, send an email to

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