Live a Great Life Anyway …

Meet Karen


My name is Karen Lanser.

It is my fervent belief that despite challenging experiences, painful situations, undesirable circumstances, difficult people and/or unexpected turns of events … we can still live a great life anyway!

I’m both counselor/therapist and a certified integrative life coach. I am committed to supporting people find some light even along the darkest parts of their path. I hope that within the posts in this blog you will find a thought, a question, a nudge, and/or a little inspiration that will brighten your world and give you some hope for better days!

A little bit of trivia about me:

I’ve been married for 40 years to a man who has been an exceptional father to my three grown daughters. You would all love my daughters if you got to meet them … they are so rich in character – I would LIKE them even if I didn’t LOVE them so much.

My 8 grandchildren delight me in the most meaningful ways.  It’s such a remarkable experience to watch your children experience the depth of love that you feel for them.

I am a recovering perfectionist and people-pleaser.

I am trying to control my world less and ride the waves more, but I am not adventurous, yet.

I’ve always been better at ‘doing’ than at ‘being’ … but … I’m really committed to becoming more authentic, vulnerable and cheeky fun (no matter how long it takes).

I’m not very good at making small talk … at all. Well, I might be good at it, but honestly, I really don’t enjoy it.  Give me a deep, meaty conversation and I’m all over that kind of exchange.

I have wrinkly bags appearing under my eyes and wonder why I did not appreciate the blessings of taut skin when I was younger.  Oh yeah …back then I was worried about my serious lack of curves.  I’ve always been built more like a boy.

I really, really admire people who are daring and playful.

I’m at the age where I’ve given up the sexy heels in favor of more sensible footwear.

I am reminded over and over that best of friendships are to be deeply cherished and not ever taken for granted.

I make time to watch “So You Think You Can Dance” and “The Voice” because I think it takes so much courage to pursue your dreams and risk yourself in such a public forum.

I surprised myself when I discovered that I really love to run. I have also discovered the joy of gardening and nurturing flowers.

I like to wake up extra early in the morning and sip coffee (with 18% cream and two sweeteners) out of a huge ceramic mug and contemplate life.  It was always so much more nourishing when I could snuggle with my precious side-kick Skruffi. She had the most gorgeous eyes … and … was even more beautiful on the inside. I still miss her deeply.

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I really dislike Val Kilmer (not that I know him personally!) but have firmly decided that I will not watch any more movies he stars in. I love Anthony Hopkins (wish I knew him personally!) and will make a point to see whatever he is cast in.

I discovered that food tastes the best with fresh ground pepper and sea salt … well maybe not toast.

I despise skiing because I am too scared to ‘lean into it’.  I love Italy. I’m happy to lean into everything there …wine, cheese, etc

I wish I could start over in terms of parenting – I am humbled to recognize that I messed up my children’s lives with my perfectionism as much as my Dad and Mom messed up mine with their respective issues.

I think my daughters have the best Dad in the whole world.

I acknowledge that attitude is more important to happiness than reality.

I still adore my GUCCI watch with all its interchangeable colored bezels.

One of my favorite quotes is “We do not laugh because we are happy, we are happy because we laugh” (William James).

I have become less talkative and more attentive with age.

I would never have a TV in my bedroom … unless I am in a lovely hotel.

I love a nice Malbec in the winter and an icy margarita in the hot summer.

I did NOT want a smart phone … but my husband bought me one at the suggestion of my daughters. I LOVE my smart phone.

I love browsing through introspective and thought-provoking websites/blog sites.

I can’t stay awake much past 9:00pm to watch a movie.

People have always told me I had a way with words …that I should write a book. Seems like a bit of a stretch … I’m still self-conscious about blogging.  But somehow I now have three blog sites.  You can find some of my other wanderings and wonderings at “Miracles! Your Center for Well-Being Inc” or at  “Better Because of You …” Hope to see you there!

Thanks for dropping by … Karen


5 responses to “Meet Karen

  1. Miriam says:

    What a great page Karen. I feel as though I know you already … and we seem to have so much in common. Looking forward to exploring more of your beautiful blog. Cheers and warmest wishes from Australia.

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    • Karen Lanser says:

      HI Miriam! I am so glad you found your way here. It is wonderful to meet other like minded souls … and … I’m going to check out your blogsite so I can get to know you a little bit better! Warmest smiles from Canada to you down-under! ❤

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      • Miriam says:

        Thanks Karen. You live in a place that is the very top of my bucket list of places to visit!

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      • Karen Lanser says:

        Well … if and when your travels bring you this way … let me know and we can share a glass of red wine! I can see from your writing and your ‘about’ page that we have lots in common!! So grateful for the chance to meet beautiful souls like you … 🙂

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      • Miriam says:

        I would absolutely love that, Karen. Yes, I think you and I have a lot in common. A glass of wine to celebrate our friendship would be perfect! Cheers. 🙂

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