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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 www.myspace.com/woolfallkaren.

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. http://www.facebook.com/Flying.High.Like.An.Angel

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36 Responses to Success Stories: Karen Woolfall, Following Her Dreams

  1. Wonderful success story! I loved it. It is so awesome when someone takes tragedy and turns it into a life lesson and blossoms, instead of letting it destroy their life.
    I love how she even went to her parents and encouraged them to follow their dreams. We are never too old to begin anew.

    Thank you for sharing a beautiful life story.
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  2. Thanks Teresa,
    This is a great story of life struggles. Sometimes they just come out of nowhere but if we can just follow what makes us happy things can always be a little better. I always try to encourage my son that he can’t control things that are out of his control but only the things that are. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed reading Karens story.
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  4. Teresa,
    Life has a way of putting many obstacles in the path. So many of us just give up instead of holding on to our dreams, overcoming the obstacles and actually living our dreams. I am really focusing on my dreams all the time now. And I realize how often I have actually gotten in my own way.
    Wonderful story. Thanks.
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  5. Wonderful success story! Thanks for sharing how Karen overcame her tragedy.
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  6. Hey Teresa,

    Thanks for sharing this story with us. It’s always nice to hear when someone overcomes tragedy and then becomes a better stronger person because of it.

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  7. Hi Teresa,
    I appreciated Karen’s story. Being “side tracked” happens so often and I think that’s one of life’s lessons. It’s a powerful one. The path is there to follow – the dream that keeps popping up and the challenge is to get back to it.. a very heartfelt message.. love your site.
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  8. Hi Karen,

    The first person I was thinking of was my mom. She was a singer in her teens. She grew up in Romania and was chosen to sing in many of her school events. She even told me that recently she met with a few Romanian women that she didn’t see for over 63 years and they remembered her for her voice and singing.

    The “funny’ thing is that when she marry my dad he didn’t want to have a singer wife and ask her to choose between family life and being a singer. We know what was her choice (or else I wouldn’t be writing this comment … :-) My thought is that it was an excuse for her not to go out of her comfort zone…

    My dream was always to be happy. To smile. I didn’t have a vivid dream like Karen Woolfall had. I wanted to be happy with myself, my relationships, my partner, my home. For me my dream and to some degree a reality is to bring happiness to my every day little moment in life. Whether it is while I am cooking or giving a workshop :-)

    Thanks for this inspiring post.
    Sigal Zoldan
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  9. Hi Teresa,
    Great story! It’s amazing how much more Karen had to give to her friends and family when she gave herself some time and space to work on herself first. It took a lot of courage for her to fight through fear and continue to try new things. Thanks for sharing it. Take care, Allegra
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  10. Hi Teresa,great story about Karen,it was very inspirational. You do have only one life and you need to follow your dreams. So well done Karen. it is so good to hear a positive story.
    Keep on following your dreams.
    Michelle Follett.


  11. Hi Teresa,
    You have a wonderful post here.Very inspirational.A challenge gives you that strenght and passion to pursue your dreams even more intense.
    The people around you want that you stop and stay with them because that way they feel comfortable.But as Karen said if you stop following your dreams you loose your identity.
    In the movie “Rocky” Sylvester Stallone said a great thing:You won’t have a life if you don’t believe in yourself:)
    And this is true.
    Thanks for sharing this.Also I’m glad that we are both in TSA.Look forward to learn more about you.

    Have a magnificent day,
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  12. Teresa,

    This is a great story, and one that is likely to ring true to many entrepreneurs. We all have dreams in life and as children, believe anything is possible. Most people, sadly, are all too willing to give up on their dreams. The first sign of trouble sends many running back to the security of their comfort zone.

    Whether it is trouble, life getting in the way, fear, or any other obstacle – those who ultimately win are we who refuse to ever give up.

    Kathy Jodrey
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  13. Karen and Teresa,
    Love this article! Karen, you’ve shown such power and strength through your words. I can feel the desire in what and how you say it. Adversity is a test to define your goals, evaluate your commitment, and step you outside your comfort zone. You ROCK my dear!
    Val ;)
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  14. Aloha Teresa,

    Wow, what an inspiring story! Thank you so much for sharing. It’s stories like these which make us all have even more gratitude in our lives everyday! Life will give us many lessons which are tough to understand at the time we are going through it, however, if we trust and have faith, we will soon see why we were given the lesson to learn.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    Kellie :)
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  15. Wow! What an encouraging story. Very inspirational, I just wish she would have mentioned the ultimate of all ultimate and that is God. We don’t make it through these things on our own and its time people start giving credit where credit is due. Anyway, great inspirational story. Keep up the fantastic work of encouraging people to pursue their dreams – That’s for sure a Winner! – C. Biz
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  16. Wonderful post about following your dreams. I applaud Karen for teaching her kids by example how to be caring human beings. IT’s wonderful to read about triumph amidst tragedy. It just goes to show that our trials can shape us into stronger, more compassionate people.


  17. Hi Teresa,

    Yes, this story is very inspiring. This gal has had more than her share of challenges.

    I know once I found my path in life, nothing stops me moving forward. There have been twists and turns along the way, but vision keeps me focused.

    This lady is very fortunate to have such a wonderful clear vision for her life!
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  18. Hi Teresa. As a musician and singer, I really enjoyed this story. It kind of reminds me of Susan Boyle and the dream she never gave up on. In addition to enjoying the story, it was a perfect object lesson that you drew from it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Wishing you a song in your heart,
    Miss Leslie @ Music with Miss Leslie
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  19. Hi Teresa,

    Now that’s a story of triumph! Good for Karen. It’s a story to prove that only you can give yourself the courage to go after whatever it is you want. No one else can do it for you. Believe in yourself, face your fears, go for your dreams.

    I recently watched a movie, I think it was “It’s kind of a funny story” and it was set in a ward for people with emotional / mental problems. One of the patients, a guy, said, “You’re either busy living, or you’re busy dying.” (However that’s also in Shawshank Redemption only said differently.)

    Anyway, that spoke to me, like your story did.
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  20. Hi Teresa,
    Amazing story…it is unfortunate that everyone does not pick themselves up and follow their dream.

    We all have exciting dreams & goals as we start our journey in life then unfortunatly life gets in the way and we seem to just exist.

    I can relate as this is what happened to me but we do need to make an effort to get out of the rut we get ourselves in.

    It is amazing how some people will shrink into themselves while others pick themselves up and shine…
    It would be great if we had access to a switch … then everyone can benefit and excel in all areas of life.

    As you said we only have one shot at it.

    Great Post
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  21. Hi Teresa,
    What a great story! Each one of us probably went through difficult situations but destinies like this are always a great reminder of the fact that we have to overcome difficulties and try to always think positive.
    Very inspirational, thanks
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  22. Great post, Teresa! It is always great to hear stories of people who are living their dreams despite the obstacles in their way. It is amazing how we can find our start little-by-little, and I really liked the way Karen built from going to karaoke to releasing her own CD.


  23. Hi Teresa, that’s a beautiful inspirational story from Karen, I love reading stories like that. It’s wonderful the way Karen moved toward something she loved doing rather than just keep on working really hard at something that didn’t move her toward what she really wanted. Regards from Julieanne
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  24. I have listened to Karen sing, I follow her on Facebook..I am familiar with her life’s struggle. I too have struggled and gotten over many hurdles, and thanks to reading Karen’s post today, am determined to follow my dreams.
    I should have moved on ages ago, but found too many excuses..
    Karen, every day you have something so positive to say, you are incredible. I miss you cuz, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for who you are, and what you have become..


  25. A wonderful success story.Karen Woolfall has overcome fear and tragedy while pursuing success, it’s really worth learning from her, she won herself to reach what she wants
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  26. Hi Teresa,Great post and a very nice share of story.It gives motivation to lots of people.
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  27. The story really is full of inspirational thought. And it motivates me a lot on some aspect of my life. I really love reading it.
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  28. She is an inspirational.. I enjoyed reading her story it motivates me to strive for my goal.. Thanks a lot for the post! I really appreciate it!
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  29. Reading this post make me realize that even if you fail in some of your dreams it doesn’t mean that you have to stop there. This is one inspirational post and it can really inspire lots of people.
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  30. This story is very inspiring. This gal has had more than her share of challenges.Great post and a very nice share of story..
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  31. That’s the spirit! Don’t let bad tragedy comes in your way in pursuing your dreams. Let it be your strength that will lead you to what you want you to become. I love your story. Good luck on your way to success.Bankruptcy Lawyers Phoenix Az


  32. This is a great story of life struggles. Sometimes they just come out of nowhere but if we can just follow what makes us happy things can always be a little better.
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  33. This is a wonderful post and a great story to read about triumph.Very inspiring and it gives a lot of motivation to the people, to follow your dreams and believe in yourself. Thank you so much for sharing.
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  34. Such an inspirational story…thanks so much for sharing.


  35. Thankyou Teresa Ivory for this incredible opportunity, it was wonderful. Thankyou to everyone for your kind comments . Karen a Woolfall


  36. Hey Teresa,

    Such an inspiring story Dear. Thanks for sharing and letting us read the interesting way.

    ~ Donna


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