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Karen Kobel

#1 Bestselling Author

Pandemic!  Stories of Purpose, Passion & Power Through This Extraordinary Era

Chapter Title:

Passion Through a Pandemic

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“My mission in life is not to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
~Maya Angelou

Karen Kobel is a performer, instructor of dance, yoga and Pilates, and founder of Kahlena Movement Studio. With a BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University, she has been dancing for thirty-eight years and teaching for the past twenty-five.  She has had the opportunity to perform with Mia Michaels, Jay Norman, Lynn Simonson, Marjon Van Grunsven, Katiti King, Tomi
Galaska, Peter Grey Terhune Presents, Princess Cruises, and
many local dance collectives.

Karen has also been teaching Pilates for seventeen years.  Combining Simonson Dance Technique with Pilates and CI training, Karen has created a unique class format that not only allows the body to flow from movement to movement, but also allows the mind to connect to the present moment, leaving her clients feeling rejuvenated, renewed, and restored.

After returning from Kenya and Uganda in November 2013, where she taught HIV women Pilates, dance and strength training and listened to their life stories, she realized her life purpose was to inspire others – especially women – to find their own voice just as she did after focusing on finding hers. Karen shares her experiences with others in the hopes that it will help them believe that anything and everything is possible!


Pandemic!  Stories of Purpose, Passion & Power Through This Extraordinary Era


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When the world came crashing to a halt as a result of the historic 2020 pandemic, we were faced with a choice: to let ourselves be swept up in the waves of fear and overwhelm, or to shift our perspectives and evolve. And while this era is far from over, we have already seen incredible leaps of faith, extraordinary economic creativity, inspirational acts of generosity, and so much more.


In this special edition of the WOW book series, 16 women share their real-life stories about how they are moving through the uncertainty we are all facing. Rather than waiting for a “new normal” to arrive, they took action and found ways to pivot their businesses, pursue new passions or renew forgotten ones, and move forward. These powerful stories capture the unique moment in history we find ourselves living in, and show how we can continue to thrive through the challenging times ahead of us.


Each chapter offers inspiration and strategies on how to shift and evolve in your own life, both personally and professionally. We need to lift each other up, especially in times such as these. By bringing these amazing women together to share their stories, it provides a compass for you to navigate through your own challenging chapter and into your fabulous future.