About Karen Strang Allen

I am a single mother of two young children, an entrepreneur, author, speaker, life coach, and spiritual seeker. I love learning about the mind-body-spirit connection and applying what I discover in my daily life. I also enjoy sharing my experiences with others in the hopes of helping and inspiring them in their lives – so welcome to my blog!

Karen Strang Allen

Silver Linings author, Karen Strang Allen

I grew up on a stretch of Trans Canada Highway in (very) rural New Brunswick. I spent much of my childhood climbing maple trees, helping my father in his garden, and riding my bike around our 300-acre property.

My three siblings and I didn’t have much by way of material things – our clothes were hand-me-downs and we didn’t even have a VCR until after I left for university – but we always had enough. While I know some of my friends felt bad for me that I had less than them, I never felt that way: I had home-grown organic vegetables, a baseball diamond and bonfire pit in my backyard, a beach only a few kilometres away, and tons of room to run and play and breathe fresh air.

At 17, I left home to go to university and get an undergraduate arts degree. Then I met and married a wonderful man, who died of cancer only a few months after our wedding.

At 22, I moved to Ottawa to pursue a Master of Journalism, went through two years of depression, and came out the other side with a degree and a new lease on life. I climbed the ladder of success in communications, made new friends, remarried, had two beautiful children, and bought a four-bedroom single home in Kanata. To many outside observers, I “had it all.”

But I couldn’t quite shake a niggling feeling of restlessness and discontent. While my husband was a good man, I wasn’t happy in my marriage. And while I made good money, I wasn’t doing something that made a difference in the world. So I started soul searching, reading and learning about the mind-body-spirit connection. I took courses in meditation, yoga, energy healing, and “finding your life purpose.”

Then in 2009, I took a leap of faith and a leave without pay from my job to start up a writing consulting business. That same year, my husband and I decided to separate, after many years of trying to make two incongruent puzzle pieces fit.

Karen and kids

Karen and her crazy kids, Keagan and Keira

Over the past five years, my writing consulting business has been so successful I never even had to look for clients. I created a beautiful home for myself and my kids, and really spread my wings as a single mom. I started dating again and met some wonderful guys. I expanded my network of friends and had a ton of fun doing cool things like zip-lining, go-kart racing, and white water rafting. I published my first book, and launched a new business dedicated to helping people transform their lives.

I now have a career with flexible hours, where I work mostly from home but also get to travel. I am able to attend all my children’s school events, have an active social life, and do things to nurture myself (like exercise, get massages, and have spa days). Best of all, I absolutely love what I am learning every day, and I enjoy being able to coach and teach others.

I love the life I have created for myself, and I want to help you create a life you love too!

If you had told me twenty years ago that I’d be living in Ottawa, self employed with two businesses, widowed and divorced, I would not have believed you.  It’s funny the twists and turns our lives take. As someone who likes to have a plan, I’m discovering you can’t always know or plan what’s coming next.

So here I am, very untethered and feeling both uncomfortable with and excited about the uncertainty of where my life is headed, what I’ll end up doing and who I’ll end up with.

Life is a ride, isn’t it? I look forward to sharing some of my journey and adventures with you.


  1. Love the honesty and thoughtfulness that you’ve put into this description of you, Karen!

    I can really relate to you speaking about if we could have looked ahead at our lives, and not being able to predict how things are now. And liking to have a plan (TOTALLY me), and having to let go of that. I always thought you had a good “sense of self” in university. Nice to see you haven’t lost that, and that it has only strengthened 🙂

    • Thanks Jen! I think the same of you…and no doubt you can relate, given the challenges of your life. I’m always amazed at how well you handle things, and am inspired by your courage and grace. Nice to know we’re all in it together, hey? :o)

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