Hi, I’m Karina! I can’t wait to help you create the dream life you've always wanted.
As a relationship, intimacy and style makeover expert, I help divorcées, and any woman starting over after a huge life transition to clear their past making way to design an irresistible future. This includes married women who find themselves empty nested, perhaps bored in their partnership and needing to redefine themselves as a woman, distinct from being Mom for so long.
When I amicably parted ways from my husband of almost two decades, I felt alone and scared. My identity had been wrapped up in being married, having our home and community together, always knowing I had a partner with whom to make plans; someone who had my back - a built in emergency contact! I wrote my book, Sexy, Sassy & Starting Over with the intention of making it easier for other women going through similar transitions, by sharing the resources I gleaned during that challenging time.
I teach the keys to confidence from the bedroom to the boardroom and inspire my clients to create their lives congruent with their deepest needs and desires. This starts with acknowledging and taking responsibility for how both the wins as well as the challenges in past relationships. Then, when your canvas is clear, you will have room to design a new, irresistible life.
I'm committed to being kind and direct, setting an example for how to clarify and then honestly express our desires to our partners and potential partners. One of my favorite sayings is, "When in communication, anything is possible". My goal is to empower each of you to be your authentic, unadulterated self. I integrate my foundation as a credentialed teacher with over two decades providing image makeovers and relationship coaching for men, women, as well as couples. I believe the biggest sex organ is the brain, thus true intimacy depends upon the ability to be honest - starting with ourselves.
Twenty two years ago, Men, Sex, Money & Mastery was created in response to a request from the daughter of a dear friend. A brilliant 22 year old woman, she had just graduated Stanford and would soon be heading off to attain an MBA. After a long conversation about life and love, she asked if she might spend more time with me, as she found me easy to talk to about "relationship stuff". Delighted for the opportunity to mentor this lovely young woman, I suggested she invite some of her friends.
In preparation for the weekend we planned a few weeks out, I donned my school teacher hat to design the curriculum that I felt might make the biggest difference for these young women.
All heterosexual, I knew they needed to understand the differences between men and women, and how to most effectively communicate. And, they needed to know about sex, their anatomy, what they found pleasurable, how to best communicate their desires, and all things intimate. Plus, given they were just beginning their adult lives which would presumably include having a family, they needed to get clear about money, and how to discuss money and lifestyle choices with the men they'd be dating and potentially committing to long term.
I took a few weeks to plan, and subsequently had 9 women join me at my home in Sonoma County, CA from a Friday through Sunday evening.
Thus Men, Sex, & Money® was born.
No matter how wonderful a retreat weekend can be, it's not possible to fully integrate new information and count on your lives transforming instantly. For those of us who've experienced a a lot of personal development courses and retreats, there's a term for the amazing feeling that comes at the end of a workshop or retreat; it's called a "workshop high". Many times I've experienced that only to find myself crashing the next day, as I'd returned home from being in the cocoon of a deeply bonded group, only to realize it wasn't the "real world" after all. And a bit of let down would follow...
I've designed this six month journey to be a safe, confidential container for women with varying - yet similar - life stories to meet, to share, to laugh, to cry, to drop in deeply with one another over time.
While our sessions will be conducted virtually over Zoom, we will have the opportunity to meet in person in a retreat later in the year (plans already in the works!!). And for those of you who live in close proximity, there will be opportunities to connect in person.
During our time together we will let go and grieve what is no longer, clear our slates of the past, making room to create beautiful, fulfilling lives even better that we can imagine, all with the love and support of this new tribe we'll create together.
I'm an educator and a trained coach. Sometimes I call myself a concierge, as I have a cadre of resources gleaned from 40 years of personal development with a wide variety of schools and disciplines. I take the salient points from many teachers, combine them with my relationship experience both personally and with the many clients I've worked with over the past three decades.
I combine my own relationship experience including both the 18 year relationship with my former husband (from whom I'm amicably divorced) and dating in my twenties and thirties as well as in my fifties and sixties ncluding and deep personal development I've engaged in for four decades, my insight and genuine desire to serve, combined with being direct, compassionate and relatable, combine to offer my my clients and online community an opportunity to laugh at and love themselves more than ever before.