Yesterday I made a Facebook Live video about morning routines and encouraged everyone to share their ideas.  I was blown away by the responses!  This inspired to post the same question to my “On a Vision” group, and I will post some of the ideas in one of my blog posts this week.

One part of the routine that some mentioned was spiritual reading/inspiration.  I had been feeling the inner urge to add this to my morning practice as well, and the picture above shows some of my sources of inspiration:

  • 100 Voices by Buchanan and Klingsporn (Inspirational Quotes)
  • Doreen Virtue’s Angel Tarot Cards
  • The Bhagavad Gita
  • The Holy Bible
  • The I Ching
  • Horse to Water, a compilation by D. A. Wils
  • Words of Wisdom by Tatyana N. Mickushina
  • The Dhammapada
  • A Course in Miracles

Today I wanted to share my all-time favorite Bible verse with you that I decided to begin with today.  It’s 1 Corinthians 13:

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part,  but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

This is an incredibly humbling piece for me, a good feast for the ego when it is getting out of control.  We are all love.  We are born from love and we return to love.  We are always connected to love throughout our lifetime, but it is up to us as beings with free will whether or not we will maintain — or temporarily sever — that beautiful connection.

I can study, work hard, train, speak, share, even give to others and sacrifice myself — and it means nothing ultimately — unless it comes from love.  Where is my heart in each decision?  What is my purpose and intention throughout each action I take?  This is what really matters, no matter what I do.  When this lifetime is over, all that will remain is what was given and received from a place of love.

Much love, many blessings.❤

What Would You Love?


I’m still struggling with this blog because I’m so in love with Facebook Live at the moment and love sharing in that format.  But I really miss writing.  I have always been and will always be a writer.  I am so thankful for those who have inspired me with their own recent efforts with blogging.  It feels so good to be starting this up again.

Writing is something I love.  People say work isn’t work if you love doing it.  People ask: “What you would do with your life, even if you weren’t paid for it?”  This.  Definitely this.  This is not work for me.  This is a thrill for me.  I love the connection.  I love feeling like my thoughts mean something, that they might be helpful to someone else.  I love exploring new ideas and concepts.  I love to play with the words.

What would I love?

I was really pondering this question today.  Even after 9 months of studying DreamBuilding, I am still clarifying my dream, still peeling away “shoulds” and “Can I really?”s.  And, yes, really.  Yes.  I can.   Today I encouraged my fiancee to speak coming from his vision.  Who is he as the “future Brian” from his dream?  And I did the same for myself:  I am Teri Karl, traveling joyedian, a funny, inspirational, educational healer. And what about those parts of my life do not seem to match?  Well, this is just what it looks like while it’s all coming together!

What would you love?

Much love, many blessings.❤

Time to Bloom!










Not only is nature a great healer, it is a wonderful teacher.  In 4th grade, my teacher gave each one of us a small sapling pine tree, and I planted mine in my front yard.  The neighborhood kids stepped on it and nearly bent it in half.  I cried and gave up on the little tree, convinced it wouldn’t survive. Boy, was I wrong!  26 years later it is STILL going strong and is now as tall as the house!

The inspiration for my tall tales story “Harry and Me” is my actual garden.  I do indeed have a row of yellow marigolds, and if you look at the picture above, you can see that each single marigold flower I originally planted has now become a marigold bunch!  The picture on the far left is of a single orange marigold that my mom gave me from the Chicago Botanic Garden. It was a boring single stem when I got it — no bloom at all — and now it’s a plant in itself!  For months I wondered why it didn’t look like the other marigolds!  Most miraculous of all is the middle picture — the infamous purple flowers!  Beautiful when I’d first bought them, they were nothing but stems for MONTHS, even up to a few weeks ago.  I’d debated pulling the ugly bunch up out of the ground, and now I’m so grateful I didn’t!

I become emotional as I experience the process nature takes.  It makes life out of death.  It takes its time.  It germinates, it appears to hibernate, and suddenly iy explodes in delightful colors!

Aren’t we much the same?

Every dream we plant in our mind is a flower ready to bloom.  We can’t see what it’s doing.  Sometimes we give up.  But if we give it a chance, a little water, enough time — we get results beyond our awesomest dreams!

Much love, many blessings.❤


I’m trying something different with this blog.  I’m diving deep into my training and future projects, and I want to share insights I’ve gleaned for you to ponder and enjoy as well.

Over the summer I invested in Brendon Burchard’s High Performance Academy.  I am currently immersed in 4 different trainings (yikes!), but I’ve found some time to get back to Brendon.

In the lesson I watched today, Brendon talks about 10 factors that predict your success, and he encourages us to rate ourselves from 1-10 on how strong we are with each of them. These 5 really made me think:

  • Identity.  This reminds me a lot of what we referred to in the School of Metaphysics as our “ideal self.”   (Do you see yourself as the person you intend to be when you have accomplished your dream?)
  • Intrinsic Value.  Do you love your dream so much that you would go after your dream no matter what?  (Like a hobby?)
  • Utility Value.  Does this dream bring something tangible into your life? (Money?) (Skill set?)
  • Opportunity Cost.   This is particularly a big one for me, a person who likes to be involved in many different things: Does your attention to one goal affect any of your other goals?
  • Delay Time. Do you hear yourself say: “It will take too long?”  Does there seem like too much of a gap before the pay off?  (Do you have smaller goals in place throughout the journey?)

Are you following your dream?  Let’s all make it happen!

Much love, many blessings.❤

Take Back Your Life: Own It!


Own your time.

This past week I conferenced with a young girl on her writing.  She was creating a memoir, and she had a good story and a decent lesson, but the two didn’t match.  I could tell she needed to go deeper.  So, I gave her the assignment to spend some time focusing on her story this weekend to look for the meaning.  She said she wasn’t sure she was going to have time.

No time? I thought.  She’s 10!  So, I dove in with her.  We broke down her 2 days, activity-by-activity, hour-by-hour, also looking at when she would be getting up and when she would be going to sleep.  It turned out that in her 13-hour Sunday, she had 6 unaccounted for hours!  I asked her if she thought she could make some time during those 6 hours.  And she agreed she could.

How can we apply this?

1. Be aware of your time.

I became very aware today that I have more time than I think I have, or at least more control over my time that I’ve admitted to myself.

2. Own it!

If you’re on Facebook for an hour — own it!  If you’re making calls — own it!  If you’re reading a book, driving in the car, or staring off into space — own it!  Choose it and claim it.  Decide for it and allow it.

3. If you don’t like it — change it!  (Nuff said!)

I keep hearing that time is really our most precious commodity.  How are you treating your most precious commodity?

Much love, many blessings.❤

I feel a revamp is needed of this blog. I’m not sure what I want that to look like just yet.  The concepts for each were a good start, but there isn’t a flow, and now I have a bigger, clearer vision.  I want this blog to 1) Better serve those who read it.  2) Feed better into my vision of being a joyedian and coach.

So, I am indeed going to get back to daily blogging. . .  but I may be messing around a bit.  (The grand blog experiment!)  This could be a little messy for a while.  And will also be fun!

What Henry David Thoreau would say: ” Yes!  Experiment!”

What Andy Shaw would say: “Mistakes!  Yes, make lots of them!  (And then learn from them!)”

What I say: Much love, many blessings.❤

I may need a new title for Monday, depending on how this Facebook Live thing goes.  How long has Facebook Live been in existence?

Anyway, I like it, and I intend to do it daily for at least a while.

It was hard for me to think of the best story for Story/Saturday Sunday.  Since today is my birthday, I’d really like to talk about my story.  Have I done that yet?  Well, anyway, here goes:

Start with the end in mind. . .

I am an infinite, divinely connected, highly successful joyedian and coach, enhancing the lives of millions, traveling the world, and generating $1,000,000 a year!

Steps on the journey:

  • wrote for Young Authors in elementary school and the yearbook and poetry contests in middle school
  • took a Creative Writing class in high school (favorite class!)
  • was in chorus, band, and theater (Godspell!) throughout school
  • spiritual upbringing
  • participated in various retreats
  • studied abroad in Mexico for 1 semester
  • B.A. in Elementary Ed. and Spanish; M.S. in Literacy
  • taught for 10 years; tutored for 3 years
  • created the blog “A Moment in Life”
  • began Early Education Enrichment business
  • joined networking groups, including BNI, the Chicagoland Coopvertising Network, and WESOS
  • participated in community theater (Back to the 80’s)
  • participated in a community band and the Joliet Symphony Orchestra
  • sang karaoke
  • traveled to Europe for a Rick Steve’s Tour
  • took a class in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 5 bike trips in Canada (1 in Vancouver, and 4 along the Rockies)
  • traveled “Along the Silk Road” in China
  • took a few improv classes (The Comedy Shrine, and with Alison Henderson)
  • studied, taught, and lectured in the School of Metaphysics for 3 years (and was Dream Awareness Coordinator)
  • attended 2 DreamBuilder Live events
  • became a certified Life Mastery Consultant (and DreamBuilder coach)
  • created Teri Karl, Inc.
  • began swap coaching with another DreamBuilder coach
  • began weekly accountability sessions with fellow Life Mastery Consultant and “partner in believing”
  • took the coaching class “Masks Off”
  • began biweekly Mastermind group
  • enrolled in Brendon Burchard’s Experts Academy
  • began training as a Life Enhancement Coach
  • joined Toastmasters
  • won 2nd place for Tall Tales at the District Level
  • began following Doreen Virtue
  • began monthly Vision Workshops
  • began speaking at different locations, including Tranquility Massage and the Romeoville Rotary
  • began individual DreamBuilder coaching
  • coached Standing Firm
  • began weekly coaching for MLMs “Before You Quit”
  • scheduled a group DreamBuilder class
  • scheduled a Life Mastery gr0up
  • met with BNI power team partner to discuss a trip for next year and future workshop cruises.

What is your story?  What is your dream?  What is your path?

Much love, many blessings.❤

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