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RISE ABOVE the story

Because your
doesn't define you—

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No matter where you came from, what you went through, or what you’re going through now:

You can release yourself from the old stories you’re telling yourself and finally find true emotional freedom.

Freedom from the 3 a.m. anxiety, panic, and old emotional trauma playing on repeat in your mind.

Freedom from the weight that keeps you from breathing in love and exhaling the past.

Freedom from everyone else’s narratives that you’ve claimed as your own, so you have the space to be who you are, define what you want, and get what you need.

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I’m Karena, and I’m proof that the pain of the past doesn’t have to define us.

I’ve had my unfair share of heartache and loss—and you probably have, too. Unfortunately, emotional trauma is a part of life for all of us and manifests in each of us differently.

But I know that what happens in the past can lift us up in love, if we so choose.

I know that while shame can shape us

Reclaim who we are

Reframe how we see the world

Release the weight of old stories

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hi!

I’m Karena, and I’m proof that the pain of the past doesn’t have to define us.

I’ve had my unfair share of heartache and loss—and you probably have, too. Unfortunately, emotional trauma is a part of life for all of us and manifests in each of us differently.

But I know that what happens in the past can lift us up in love, if we so choose.

I know that while shame can shape us

Reclaim who we are

Reframe how we see the world

Release the weight of old stories

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Don’t Desperately Seek Anything

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Develop Your Self-Esteem Not Your Confidence

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The Power and Beauty of Grief

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How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

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Keeping Your Spirits Bright This Holiday Season

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How to Supercharge Your Immune System

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Why We Should Forgive

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How to Fight Scurvy & Other Lessons From the Pilgrims

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The Dos and Don’ts For a Happier Thanksgiving

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Love and How to Choose Differently—For Real This Time

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