MY JOURNEY BECOMING A BEST SELLING AUTHOR!
How can I be writing this blog before I've published my book? Because that's what one does in order to celebrate and encourage oneself. Sara Connell is a remarkable teacher and leader of The Thought Leader Academy (TLC) but what she really is is an inspiration to all those fortunate enough to know her. She is incredibly generous with her time and knowledge and I have participated in several retreats, workshops and master classes, many she offers for free, over the past 9 months. I am grateful for her time and energy and commitment to help people like me find their story and write about it.
I am fortunate to have known my story... because it is uniquely mine. What I have written is referred to as a prescriptive memoir. It's my story with lots of tips about what a producer and director does, what network and syndication television programming is and what it takes, at least in my case, to enter and excel in the television industry.
I've added lots of anecdotes about the people I've met along my journey as well as the health and spiritual adventures on my path. Lots of tips about that also!
I am writing this today mostly for me.. reminding myself how interesting this writing adventure has been and encouraging myself to take all the next steps needed to get published.
Suggestions are welcome.
Have a safe, healthy and happy adventure daily in your life and know that you are special and you are loved!
STOP JUDGING - THAT’S RIGHT – YOU – STOP JUDGING YOURSELF, STOP JUDGING THE WORLD, STOP JUDGING OTHERS.. RIGHT NOW!
When You free Yourself from judgment it opens an enormous amount of space for self care – self development and yes, self-esteem. I know ‘easy to say’ but not so easy to do. And you are correct. But I speak from experience. I judge less and less each day. That’s the gift the pandemic gave me.. it gave me the time to go deep inside and release myself from judgment. I am fortunate enough to have a role model, my sister Marlene. She is the least judgmental person I have ever encountered and the gift that gives to me, her children, her family and friends is we trust her and confide in her more than we do with others. And that’s the gift she gets back.. we are open with her, or at least I Am with her more than anyone else and it gives us a closeness that we would not have if I felt she was judging. And as you know from my blogs I have many opinions and beliefs that some might judge!
So STOP JUDGING as much as you can. The energy that this opens up gives You more time to work on Yourself and to be the Best You You can Be.
And a good start is being Peace.
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Sharing Wisdom from Matt Kahn. (mattkahn.org)
In order to anchor the vibration of gratitude,
it must be authentic in its expression.The only reason fear plays such a powerful role in anyone’s life is due to how authentically afraid anyone is capable of being. Here are some real world examples of how you can authentically choose gratitude, even during uncertain times like these: Now more than ever, people are covering their mouths when coughing and washing their hands on a regular basis. Without needing fear as a motivator, we can be grateful that such a virus has inspired a greater mindfulness in cleansing ourselves and being mindful of the purity of other people’s space of experience. While many schools have temporarily closed, it gives families opportunities to come together and receive the emotional support that allows such a pivotal moment in Earth’s Ascension to highlight the importance of cultivating each relationship to its highest frequency of resonance. Even for those who can’t afford childcare, there have been many teenagers in Washington state who have organized to offer free babysitting while parents go to work in support of their families.
While there is obviously a strong vibration of mass hysteria, many are stopping to ask deeper existential questions that wake each of us up out of the narrative of a dying matrix, swiftly moving us over into parallel timelines of rapid growth, acceleration, and expansion. While the matrix of an outdated paradigm was created as 'patterns of doing' to such an unconscious degree, this made it nearly impossible for any sentient being to pause throughout the day and realign with Source in moments of restorative beingness, our daily rhythm of ‘do, do, do’ has been interrupted by an opportunity to dive headfirst into an inner dimension of being, where there is nowhere to go, no one to be, and nothing to do but connect, align, grow, and expand during this pivotal time of rebirth. When you or someone you know is not so mesmerized by the changes taking place, these important times can be used as opportunities to get to know who you are emotionally and vibrationally, which helps align the subtle bodies of your energy field into greater harmonic concordance.
Lastly, when you express gratitude, you are acknowledging the presence of something as inherently containing value. Beyond each perception of how something contains value in the outer world, the prime value in anything, including the coronavirus is the consciousness dwelling within it. When you react fearfully to any form, you are subconsciously asking that form to stay informed, so you can continually respond fearfully towards it. If not wishing to react fearfully to any particular form, we implement the vibration of gratitude to courageously acknowledge the value of consciousness within it, which creates a deeper relationship between you and the form in view. When aligning with the consciousness of any form, through moments of gratitude, as co-creators of our reality, you are commanding the form in view to become its highest consciousness, which in this example, would invoke the coronavirus to dissolve back into its original form of pure eternal light. To support your strongest immune system, wake up out of the matrix of fear, and reclaim the glory of your long-awaited courage, clarity, consciousness, and power, please repeat the following words:
Consider saying out loud.
“Thank you coronavirus for being the wake up call this world has needed. Even just the fact that I am saying thank you and coronavirus in the same sentence is already helping me dissolve spiritual superstitions that claim I’ll manifest what I speak out loud. Of course, such fanciful thinking could only be the inner workings of fear disguised as spiritual concept, and if I needed this type of pandemic environment to fully wake up, then so be it.
Thank you coronavirus for the mindfulness being instilled in so many beings. As we wash our hands, may we cleanse our realities from broken paradigms of corruption. As we explore more time for 'being' than lifetimes of endless 'doing', may the world take pause from unhealthy habits of survival mode to explore life from a deeper state of peace, harmony, and oneness. As friends and families come together, may this bring neighbors and communities together in intended peaceful assembly as our new 5D earth continues to be birthed in the glory of my awareness and presence.
Thank you gratitude for showing me how to create relationships with the consciousness in all forms, so not to be hypnotized by the power I unknowingly give to things outside of me. Thank you gratitude for showing me that the power of my perception is stronger than any pandemic of fear. In knowing it is so, I allow all patterns, characters, and agendas of scarcity, victimhood, fear, abuse, survival mode, greed, and corruption to be cleared out of my energy field, returned to the Source of its origin, transmuted completely, and healed to completion now. From this moment forward, as the co-creator of my reality, I command all power I unknowingly gave away to be swiftly returned to my energy field, I strengthen my immune system with higher frequencies of embodied integrated light, as I transmute the echo of unconscious form by acknowledging and praising the consciousness within it.
Because the consciousness of all is the consciousness I AM, I allow each moment of gratitude to return each form in view to the purity, holiness, and perfection of eternal light, now that I am ready, willing, and able to step forward as the truth and transmission of Source in form. May this intention heal my being, uplift each circumstance, and transform reality for myself, my family, my relationships, my friends and neighbors, for humanity at large and beyond.
Thank you gratitude for transforming coronavirus back into light. Thank you for reminding me the power that is always within me. And so I’m healed, transformed, and reborn as the light of consciousness I AM now.”
Be safe and #letsbepeace
I am Happy to Be
To be Alive
To have friends
To love my family
To be a Light
On this Planet
To Be Born
I am grateful and
Are you Glad? Happy? Sad? Do those feelings reflect how you are remembered by others? Check in with yourself and feel free to comment and/or start a dialogue in the Contact Comment section of this site. I look forward to hearing from you
Karen Lee Cohen #BePeace
Something that brings Happiness
Is a choice
Let me help you
Contact me in the comments section and let’s discuss. If Life Coaching resonates with you know I am here to help.
Karen Lee Cohen #BePeace
Choosing to Be here
Choosing to Be here
You and I
We Chose to
We Were Chosen to
‘We are ALL
The Chosen One’ (Matt Kahn)
Choosing to Be Here
We are ALL Here
We Chose to Be Here
Karen Lee Cohen
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WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR SOUL AND FILL IT WITH LOVE
Someone sent me this as part of a birthday card. I framed it with some birthday pictures I found it so engaging.
Have I written the letter. Not per se… I have talked to my Soul a lot and most often it is with love and gratitude.
As I mature, I realize what a gift it is to be on this planet at this time and I am grateful to be here and to be sharing my life force with you. Thanks too for sharing yours. We are each a gift to this planet and have much to do to help her evolve.
I’m in it for the long haul and grateful to my Soul for helping me land here. I hope you are too.
Karen Lee Cohen
To me is subjective
What makes me happy
May not be what happiness is to you
But I do believe we can CHOOSE
So upon awakening
Each day and see if
Follows you through
I think you’ll like it
Happiness for Me
Happiness for You
Let me know how
Comes to YOU.
Karen Lee Cohen
May the Sun bring you new energy by day
May the Moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away your worries
May the breeze blow new strength into you being
May you walk gently through the world and know it’s beauty
All the days of you love
So much wisdom coming from our Native American Brothers and Sisters .. the teachings are mammoth and their sensibility is awesome. They have always treated mother earth with respect and walk in gratitude for the 4-leggeds that feed us when needed.
I believe the world would be a better place when we honor our native brothers and sisters who roamed this land before ‘we’ came here with out ‘modern ways’
So consider waking to this Apache Blessing and honoring those who have gone before us and will come to bless our paths. Karen Lee Cohen
This was sent to me by one of my dear teaches, Dorothy Lee Donahue (dorothyleedonahue.com) who recently shared the above statement from Rev. Gloria Cooper-Moran.
The point is simple.. be grateful now for all you have. Remind yourself of all the things you are grateful for daily and as the day progresses be thankful for all you experience. There are miracles in everything, even the seemingly most stressful events. When we stop and remember to be grateful, the stress melts away and you feel lighter, brighter and happier.
Gratitude represents to me the great balance, the great attitude, the great joy of Being.
Oh, and I AM grateful for each of you. For reading this blog, for being in my life, for affording yourself of my life coaching and allowing me to be of service to you… reminding YOU who you are! Karen Lee Cohen
Ah LIFE.. the big questions…
What are we here for?
What are we meant to do?
and the real big one
Who AM I?
The answers dwell within. Nothing on the outside can define us. And only we know that the balance comes from within.
Yep, it sounds a bit woo woo and perhaps it is, but I fully believe that ALL the answers are inside of US… we ‘come in’ (are born) knowing.
Most of us over the age of 30 are somewhat veiled from that knowing and we spend much of our lifetime peeling away the layers of those veils like an onion.. going inside. And there is a belief system that I subscribe to, that The Millennials and Children are born without the veils and without karma.
So no matter what decade you were born, when you are contemplating why you are here, or who you are, remember to go Inside and unfold the veils that might have made you forget. And it’s okay to use team members (like Life Coaches, like ME ) to help you receive these answers, whatever age group you represent.
To me, a big part of the learning is to BE PEACE WITHIN… and that PEACE inside of us, will ‘rule the planet,’ as the famous song (AQUARIUS) suggests.
Go inside and see what you discover.
Create and enjoy a Peace Filled LIFE! Karen Lee Cohen
I have been wearing this button (above) for over 20 years and it always elicits remarks like ‘nice idea’ or ‘yes we should’. And as most of you know now my Instagram and Facebook signatures are “Be Peace”.
The term BE PEACE is something I learned first from Lenedra Carroll, most famous for being Jewel’s mom but she is so much more than that. I had the privilege of working for her, and Jewel, back in 2002/3. At the time Lenedra had just released her book “The Architecture of All Abundance”. In the book, and in person, Lenedra’s philosophy is that when each of us as individuals are Peace, we shall bring Peace to Earth. The path to Being Peace is something I embraced fully and to this day it is my belief that each of us individually are responsible for Being Peace.
This simply is my philosophy, thanks for leading me here Lenedra. Everyday in Every way we can establish Peace in Ourselves. How, you may ask. By our daily practices of love, gratitude and appreciation for what we DO have, who we ARE and How we are Being. That smile we share with a stranger, that appreciation of the songbird on our balcony, the sound of the ocean outside our kitchen window… and the amazing people who we have come to know.
Being Peace brings me joy and is something I strive for each day.
The Department of Peace is an idea whose time has come and Marianne Williamson has, and is, elevating the idea and even making it a movement during her run for the Presidency. Check out her efforts and if you agree we need a Department of Peace… contact her and sign her petition. Karen Lee Cohen
The picture above is from the after party in the Rockefeller Center restaurant adjacent to the famous Rock Center Skating Ring where most of the 8 Christmas In Rockefeller Center shows I Executive produced, were staged. Peter Allen (above) hosted twice, the 2nd time with Betty Buckley. Other hosts during that time included Lily Tomlin, Hal Linden, Leslie Uggums, Ben Vereen and Merlin Olsen.
In the 1980’s the show still aired live on tape in Prime Time Access on WNBC-TV. It was in cooperation with the Rockefeller Organization who ‘controlled’ many of the elements especially the lighting of the tree. They also had approval over talent although except for insisting on an Opera star each year, they left most of it to us.
It was always a great time with the excitement of doing Live Television...that amazing tree ...and the hundreds of New Yorkers watching from the street. Chris Salvador (pictured with Peter Allen and me above) produced 5 of the 8 when I was there and Steve Grymes (pictured below) was the primary Director…Harry McNeill did one too. Mark Guttman was Operation’s Manager for most of them. We had a terrific production... stage and engineering team too and I am grateful to each of them. Fond Memories.
I have the pleasure of being affiliated with Columbia College Chicago pretty consistently over the past 5 Decades. First graduating with a Bachelors of Arts Degree majoring in Television. Then as an 11 year member of the Board of Trustee and 4 year Co-Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. And now as a member of The Columbia College Chicago Alumni Board and Chairperson of the Impact Committee.
The picture above is with family and friends in 1998 after receiving an award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Columbia College Chicago’. Below I am among our Columbia College Trustees participating in a graduation ceremony.
There have been many wonderful experiences in my tenure at Columbia. One highlight to share was being Semester in LA’s architect and founder, Bob Enrietto’s champion on the board of and Academic Affairs Committee that helped him get the Semester in LA program started. To this day Semester in LA is a keystone of Columbia’s Los Angeles West Coast outreach and continues to gain in impact for students and the entertainment industry under the Directorship currently of Karen Loop.
The picture below is with actor, Denny Franz, Semester In LA founder, Bob Enrietto and Columbia President at the time, Dr. Warrick Carter. Sorry to the lovely blond lady next to Denny… I do not recall her name
I continue to be an active part of Columbia College as a member of the National Alumni Board and Chairperson of the Impact Committee and am particularly proud of our current efforts to expand an official Columbia College Chicago Mentorship program. The joy from continuing my relationship with Columbia College Chicago makes my contribution a total win-win.
WMAQ-TV was my professional home for most of the 70's. Two shows I produced, other than the Emmy Winning Special, "NBC Salutes Chic Chicago", were "Chicago Camera", a 90 minute weekly LIVE telecast hosted by Jerry G. Bishop and Linda Alvarez. And "Small World" (yep we got the rights for the title) hosted by Paula Gordon.
Paula Gordon, center above with Britta Ebert Fayette (who worked with us both in production and as a performer - wonderful voice!) and Me on the right. "Small World" was dedicated to celebrating every possible ethnic event in the Chicago area, and as you may know the Chicago area is known for it's diversity. Most of these pictures are from "Small World" because.. these are the ones I have! Paula and DP Russ Divin (pictured below) and a variety of Directors and I experienced eating almost every ethnic food imaginable ... stories we would tell for many years because you really couldn't say 'no thank you'. We were in these people's homes and it would have been terribly rude to not at least taste their favorite dishes! So we did. Paula was particularly adept at acting enthralled by the food while on camera.. bless her!
Above with superb DP, (Russ Divin). We called him cameraman in the EJ (electronic journalism days) and very talented Director, Allan Kartun, who we often 'upgraded' to Director from his staff position of Associate Director. The other gentleman may be crew member Billy Kidd or someone from the event.. not really sure.
And here in the field with our extraordinary Associate Producer, Barbara Popovic.. this was her first TV job and she went on to run the Chicago Public Access Channel for many years!
Another note about "Chicago Camera". It was Live on location Sunday's for 2.5 years. We went everywhere and amazingly because of a dedicated technical staff and good planning we were never rained out. Associate Producer Anne Wendell and PA Joyce Rubin were the talented "Chicago Camera" staff working with an awesome technical crew at WMAQ-TV often led by Gene Cartright and Rick Cortright. These were pre satellite days and it's amazing what they did with our microwave dish trucks being the only way to get signals. Most of us remember those days very fondly and to this day Barbara tells me there is nothing that covers the positive activities in the Chicago area like "Small World" and "Chicago Camera" did!
Those that know me well, know I love to smile. I have been a ‘smiler’ since the early days.. often given odd looks by 'passer byes' and even by acquaintances. My favorite smiling story goes back to when I was Program Director at WNBC-TV in New York. From day one when I would walk down the hallways, either on the floor we occupied or other floors where the network folks were, I would smile and most often say hello. Well the looks I got, especially on the network floors, but also from my colleagues were humorous. I soon learned that this was not the ‘norm’ among executives. And no, it did not deter me.. I continued and continue smiling my way through life. Try it. Smiling at 'strangers' gets a variety of reactions but you never know how you may enhance that person you smile at's day.
Here’s an excerpt from Matt Kahn’s email on what he labels as his spiritual practice:
“A smile is a declaration of freedom shining out from your eternally liberated nature, shouting from the roof tops through the cosmic language of silence, “I am here. I matter. I exist for a reason.” A smile is a gift of emotional generosity, like a gift certificate of healing energy, where the receiver can decide where such energy can be best used for the evolution of his/her soul. A smile is a confirmation of alignment with Source and being settled in your highest Truth, only revealing the need for deeper transformations the moment you look away, pull back, and hide.
A smile is a high five exchanged between angels affirming the perfection of their victory no matter how circumstances come to be. A smile is a remembrance of Heaven sent from the purest space within you to awaken the purity of all. A smile is a symbol of awakened heart-centered consciousness affirming all that is whole, right, and perfect about this moment exactly as it is. A smile is a spiritual cease-fire that only brings defeat to the parts and aspects that were never created to go any further. A smile is a moment of profound surrender, no longer needing to hold anything together or manage a journey that is too busy taking care of you to brief you on its plan.”
I think smiling is over all more acceptable than it was back in the 80’s when I first lived full time in New York City… but I still get surprised looks from people even here during my walks in the Venice Beach and Canal areas!
Have a super smiling day!
Pictured above...This outstanding staff, crew and cast who were the team that put their 'all' into the pilot "Al's Open House".. it was an hour long venture that featured Al Roker in all kinds of fun situations, including looking for a 'Taper' at the zoo. The gag was of course nobody knew what a Taper was and we had a fun reveal at the end of the segment.
Our set was a replica of a 'home' living room (above), hallway, kitchen, etc. and guests would ring the bell and come in and out of the doors, etc. This was back in 1988... a technique that was not common then. Our primary Director Steve Grymes, Al and I (serving as EP & Producer on this one).. broke all the talk/variety show production rules.
NBC O&O's did not pick up the show.. but we all know the success that Al has had (and is having) in the news and talk show genre among other genres like movies (Hallmark), web series and Broadway! It was a delight working with him and this WNBC-TV team! Thanks Michael Drucker (pictured seated behind me) for saving and sending me this picture!
I have been blessed with many industry awards throughout my career.. the most public ones being 8 Regional Emmy Awards and One IRIS Award (for a show called "Strictly Business", the first local show of it's genre) from the Television Industry Organization NATPE. The first EMMY was as producer for a show called "NBC Salutes Chic Chicago". It was a music/variety extravaganza and a benefit performance. We produced it in conjunction with the opening of the Apparel Center in Chicago and we produced the event from beginning to end. I had the honor of working with the amazing choreographer Gus Giordano, the terrific Director Roger Lee Miller (who was our director on "Chicago Camera" and many other live and recorded programs), the wonderful Art Director, Jack Hackman and the stellar WMAQ-TV engineering and stage crews. It was a collaborative effort and I was able to use my live TV and music/variety show experience (The Della Reese Show, The Bob Hope Show, Chicago Camera) as well as a crash 'course' on the Fashion Industry to make the show the success it was for the industry and me personally.. You never forget your First Emmy!
7 additional Regional Emmy Awards garnered when I was Program Director and Executive Producer at WNBC-TV. Thanks Michael Drucker (pix top row center standing) for sending me this pix. Fond memories and gratitude to all the talented people that helped us make WNBC-TV a winning New York outlet!
(Pictured above... Bob Hope plaque presented to us by the military stationed in South Korea, an autographed pix from Bob and, also in the frame, me with Peter Allen one of the times he hosted Christmas at Rockefeller Center for us at WNBC-TV.)
Early in my career, the first time I lived in the Los Angeles, following my wonderful experience on The Della Reese Show as PA and then Associate Director, I was fortunate enough get a PA position on the Bob Hope Show. Worked a full year with them including the Christmas Around the World show before moving on to an Associate Producer position on Joanne Carson's V.I.P.s (a story for another time!)
That year our Hope Show troupe traveled to Vietnam, Thailand, England, Germany, Korea, Alaska, and even did a show on board the USS JFK carrier, in waters off the coast of Greece. Made a stop at West Point too. Nothing like being a young single girl among all those young West Pointers!…the stories I could tell. Bottom line, Bob Hope from my perspective, was a delight to work for and his energy ran circles around all of us ‘youngsters’. We all worked hard and played hard. At one point I figured I had 14 hours of sleep over 8 days. And honest.. it was all work. You see, the PA (moi) got to stay up all night getting scripts ready for the next day after going to the mandatory attendance events planned by the host country. Bob believed in fresh copy for each show and the copy never got to me before 9 or 10 pm at night. You haven’t lived until you spent the night typing and printing scripts for cast and crew! No complaints the trip was a once in a lifetime experience. Bob even bought me an Eskimo Doll when we were in Alaska at the end of the trip, and I was suffering from a terrible cold. An aside: when we got back to the states we were told that the reports from Associated Press said that Bob Hope was booed during the tour. I was there, doing timings from the front row. Never, No, Never did I or anyone else in the troupe, hear anyone boo. The audience was thrilled to have him and his troop of mostly lady performers, Lola Falano, Ursula Andress, Miss World and the ‘Ding-A-Lings” from the Dean Martin Show.. oh and Johnny Bench. So I learned early on to be skeptical about ‘reports’ and the press in general. I have great respect for true journalists to this day.. not so much for random reports. Bob.. thanks for the memories.. you brought great joy to many each Christmas... I AM grateful to have known and worked for you.
I have long been a fan of Frank Sinatra (still am) and had a crush on him when I was a teen. Blessed to have had the opportunities to see him in Las Vegas several times and even in concert in Pennsylvania once (that’s a whole story in itself). But I hadn’t met him in person until an amazing Soul, Arlene Francis, who was the cohost of a show called Prime Of Your Life came into my life.
(Picture above, Producer Chris Salvador, Co-Host Arlene Frances, Frank Sinatra and Executive Producer Me)
Knowing Arlene and Frank were good friends, I had asked Arlene early on in our business relationship if she would ask Frank to do an interview and she promised she would. But alas… after a couple of years the show was cancelled and Frank had not appeared. When I told Arlene about the cancellation she said.. I am sorry to hear that but I promised you Frank Sinatra and I will deliver before we are off the air. (the show was syndicated at the time). And she delivered.. we recorded enough for 2 episodes and it was a thrill for me. Our producer, Chris Salvador, found the perfect location and the show did very well. Bucket list …I didn’t know I had one but this would have been one if I did. Thank you Arlene, thank You Chris and thank you Mr. Sinatra.. an honor to have spent time with each of you.
At the time these pictures were taken I had no real idea who His Holiness The Dalai Llama was/is! Our Host, Dr. Russell Barber had told me he was a special Being/Guest and as Russ was great at understatement, I simply took his word for it. When Russ was able to get His Holiness as a guest on "The First Estate" Russ invited me to meet him and greet him in the traditional way of handing him a scarf. The rule was not to have physical contact with His Holiness.. the handlers pointed out. This was the early 1980's when I was Program Director at WNBC-TV in New York, and either the first or 2nd time The Dalai Llama had been to the United States. The magic of meeting him was palatable however it was years later before I learned that the fact that His Holiness accepted the scarf but then took my hand and shook it was very significant.
When Matt Kahn was at my home for a session, early on in Matt's career, when he saw the pictures (above) Matt said, ',,,you do know he took your hand in order to release you from your vows of poverty in past lifetimes.' No, I didn't but it was pretty cool to hear. I am eternally grateful to Russ Barber for setting in motion the opportunity, Matt Kahn for adding to the depth of the meaning of the meeting, my mother, Blanche Feder Cohen, for holding these pictures for me, and of course His Holiness The Dalai Llama for this wonderful meeting and all he does to make this world a better place. I AM Grateful.