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Karen Ann Kennedy
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Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center to support others in reaching their health, fitness and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well-versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Known for her bright smile, boundless energy and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born, raised and still residing in her beloved hometown of Philadelphia, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, writing her blog and hosting her weekly radio show, "Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them."

Entries by Karen Ann Kennedy

When Pac Man Ruled the World

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 8:38 AM

The other day, I was at a friend's house watching her eight-year-old son play a video game on her cell phone. He was glued to the itty-bitty screen oblivious to his mom's insistence that he put the phone down and give the games a rest.

I thought about how...

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Love and Hate

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 4:13 PM

I love coffee. I love cats. I love chili cheese fries. Any fans of the "Big Bang Theory" will understand that chili cheese fry reference.

I hate the heat. I hate the alarm clock. I hate when I get sand in my shorts.

As I've started to pay better...

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Snow is a Four-Letter Word

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 12:27 PM

There are many four-letter words that I adore; think cake, cats, and cash, and probably more than one or two four-letter words that I dislike; think meat, mice, and muck. But no other four-letter word around gets under my skin more than the word snow.

I see no redeeming...

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A Completely "Awefull" Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 1:32 PM

At the start of the New Year, the pastor at my church started a new book of the Bible. He said we would be going way back in the New Testament, and he wasn't lying, we went all the way back to the beginning; the book of Genesis.

Being...

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Toll Takers and Humanity

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 4:13 PM

My sister has been bugging me to get EZ Pass. I get that it's convenient, but I've been lazy about it and haven't signed up. Most days it doesn't bother me, but on those days when there is no toll booth attendant available, and I'm scrambling for change so I...

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Learning a New Language

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 6:48 AM

Have you ever tried to learn a new language? It's a difficult proposition. In addition to learning the actual words, there are different dialects, sentence structure, slang and jargon, and proper usage.

One of the fastest ways to learn a new language and practice what you've learned, is to...

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Examine Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 10:47 AM

About a month ago, I thought I would try to go a whole day without judging anyone else I encountered. Have any of you ever tried it? It's incredibly hard.

I like to think that I'm a good person. I treat people kindly, help out when I can, hold...

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10 Things Retail Employees Want You to Know

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 2:40 PM

The holiday shopping season is upon us. In the past, I never gave this much thought. I am not a big shopper and even when I did shop more frequently, I went out of my way to avoid "peak" shopping times.

This year, the holiday shopping season is taking on...

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Why I No Longer Keep an Open Mind

(6) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 2:07 PM

I'm assuming if you are reading this, you have a front door in your home; perhaps some windows as well? Do you leave your front door wide open? If not; why not? What about your windows? I'll bet you have screens on your windows. Probably to keep out things that...

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Being First

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 11:15 AM

What is it about being first at something? No one seems to remember their 27th kiss, but they remember their first kiss. Few of us remember our eighth boyfriend, but we remember the first boy who stole our heart. I certainly can't recall how many times in my life I've...

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Keeping Summer in Your Heart

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 8:51 AM

The other day, I was coming off the beach after a nice long walk. There was a woman standing on the boardwalk with two small children and a bevy of beach paraphernalia; beach chairs, toys, towels, boogie boards, and a large umbrella. As I passed by, I noticed that she...

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Hypocricy and Ants

(2) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 3:33 PM

I am a vegan. I am a vegan because I don't want to eat an animal. I don't believe in killing anyone or anything unnecessarily. People tell me that they eat fish but not veal, or chicken but not ham. They seem perfectly content to eat a cow, but they...

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Don't Be the Spleen

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 11:22 AM

This past week I had a meeting with my pastor to discuss how one goes about becoming a formal member of the church.

I really love the church that I attend and I thought becoming a part of the collective would be mutually beneficial, so with great enthusiasm, I attended...

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Will Marry for Health Insurance

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 12:07 PM

I paid the premium on my health insurance today. As I hit the "pay now" button on the online banking site, I felt sick to my stomach. It was then that I realized I needed health insurance to cover the sickness being caused by paying for my health insurance.

...
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I Was a Human Vampire

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 9:51 PM

I walked out the front door and squinted, shielding my eyes with my cupped hand. "What is that," I thought to myself as I struggled to peer at the big bright ball in the sky. It was the sun. I hadn't seen it in a long time.

At my...

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You Can't Handle the Truth

(2) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 6:45 PM

In almost every group of people there are labels to describe what each individual brings to the group.

There is the organizer, the "fun one," the designated driver, the party animal and a whole host of others.

In all my groups, I am the counselor.

Years of...

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8 Things You Don't Need to Say to Someone Battling Depression

(35) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 8:43 AM

Many people in the U.S. and beyond struggle with depression. It can be a terribly challenging condition to deal with because there are often no outward signs. When someone is on crutches or in a wheelchair, you can see that quite plainly. But when someone is suffering from depression, anxiety,...

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Freedom of Speech

(2) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 8:36 AM

Freedom of speech. We all know that this right exists and we all expect that we'll be able to exercise it. While we are all entitled to the freedom to say what we want, we are not free from the consequences of what we say; ask Donald Trump!

If...

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Disconnect to Connect

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 7:49 PM

Summer is an excellent time to nurture your relationships with others. Why? During the summer months the pace of life just seems to slow down a bit. People take vacations (often with others) and they spend more time outdoors away from the TV and other electronic distractions.

In order...

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One Magical Summer

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 11:17 AM

"Summer is going to be over before you know it!" This was the statement my friend made yesterday as we discussed the first day of summer.

"Thanks, Debbie Downer," I replied, trying to push the thought of a fast-moving summer out of my head.

Summer does seem to...

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