|February 14, 2011||Posted by Teresa Ivory under Success Stories|
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.
“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.”
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