An Alternative Way To Play

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Successful actress, life coach and international empowerment speaker Karen Asemper, has now answered the many requests and collated the interesting strategies she has offered those seeking change in her new book “Life Is A Game So Play IT” published by createspace. This soulful collection of 21 empowering short stories have peppered Karen’s life journey and are now presented in a thoughtful array of narratives that support and promote positive thinking, each one an autonomous contribution on the road to transformation.

Karen relocated to Leeds from Newcastle aged 18 armed with the resilience a childhood of abuse, exploitation and inequality can instill in those who refuse to give up. Karen faced further hardship when forced to let go of her promising career as a professional dancer through injury. She fought on to become a successful actress in our much loved soaps and dramas and then turned to her calling of inspiring others, not just here at home but also on the international stage; recently opening the Tomorrows People Conference in Thailand. Life is a game so play it is her latest sharing of what she has encountered and decided to harvest from her own story so far.

Of the many pertinent reflections within the book, Karen’s greatest lesson to date is highlighted in her expression; “opportunities come and go, but your greatest opportunity may only knock once…”, a lesson sadly learned by her unspoken words fourteen years ago that culminated in a missed final chance with the father she never knew. A lesson she hopes will teach others to take those opportunities with energy and determination.

Readers of this book have remarked that the simplistic, well-reasoned advice is actually easily achievable yet exerts enormous influence when embraced, allowing significant changes to unfold. John Hotowka, a fellow inspirational speaker reviewed; Short, sweet and easily digestible chapters with thought provoking and simple actions to take.” His recommendation? “Buy a copy of the book, join in the game, play by the advice given and create success and happiness in your life”.

If you want to make changes to your life and are unsure of how to embark on what can be daunting process, all you need to do is take one step at a time; you have 21 steps to choose from. Follow Karen, the dream alchemist, on twitter @karenasemper where ensuing pearls of wisdom continue to inspire.

Title: Life Is A Game So Play It – 21 Ways To Make Life Easier
Author: Karen Asemper
Paperback: 58 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (8 Dec 2013)

 

Let Go To Let Happiness In.

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The 20th March saw the International Day of Happiness which was started in 2012 by the United Nations. The whole aim of the day is to recognise that happiness is a fundamental human goal and to improve the well being of human beings. I noticed social media was going crazy with experts on happiness all of a sudden popping up all over the place, offering tips on what we can add to our lives to have happiness.

My answer to the happiness question is, to create happiness we need to let go. Maybe when you let go of craving, desperation etc., happiness flows in. We are in control of our happiness a lot more than we admit to ourselves.

Let me introduce you to a lovely man called Mr Benn. Mr Benn owns a very successful scrap metal merchants. He has a couple of super cars that you could only dream of, a beautiful family all going in the direction they want to go in life, a home you would only ever see on Dallas, and a heart and head full of unhappiness. Over the years I have commented on Mr Benn’s creative flair – the photographs he has taken and the furniture he has restored – all works of art. When I asked Mr Benn why he has never pushed this side of his life, he told me he had grown up with nothing, not even education. Mr Benn has dyslexia which was never spotted when he was at school. He fell further and further behind in his education and left school with no qualifications and could hardly read. He knew he wanted more for himself than to work in warehouses all his life so he started selling scrap metal. This was something he had picked up from a friend of his. He learnt the business well and became very good at it. Mr Benn admitted his highest value is security, selling scrap metal gave him this, the security blanket he needed. I explained to Mr Benn that when you start living your truth, your passion, the world becomes a brighter place. The downs in Mr Benn’s life became more and more, no time to relax, no time with family, work work work, until one day Mr Benn came to breaking point. He made the decision to let go, to surrender himself to his truth, his passion. The answers we search for come in the silence and Mr Benn became still, he stopped running around and removed himself from the surroundings that were part of his unhappiness. I asked Mr Benn what had been his letting go point and he admitted that it was the realisation that his self worth was at zero. He was sabotaging himself by over-eating, not exercising, hardly sleeping and working 16 hour days.

Two months on Mr Benn looks fantastic. The business is still running, with Mr Benn not over working, he is eating well, exercising, meditating and taking more time to study his love of photography. So much so his work has been commented on to such an extent that Mr Benn has started taking bookings for photoshoots. You see, when you’re on your journey for the search of happiness, first try to let go and let the happiness find its own way in.

Until the next time my friends… XX