Karen is the former Chief Counsel of Landmark Graphics Corporation, one of the largest software companies in the oil and gas  industry, as well as the former Chief of Staff of Halliburton Energy Services.  In both of these roles, she gained extensive experience in strategy development, change management processes and corporate ethics management and education, as well as invaluable proficiencies in giving practical advice to business stakeholders, all designed to maximize successful outcomes.  Karen is an active member of the State Bar of Texas.

Combining these skills with her public speaking and delivery of workshops that include the concepts of courage, worthiness and authenticity (both within the legal field and without), Karen is now a Daring Way™ Certified Facilitator, having been trained in Brené Brown's work on vulnerability, courage, shame-resilience and worthiness,including the teachings of Daring Greatly and Rising Strong.  

In addition, as a self-taught photographer (and journaling evangelist), Karen uses creativity and self-expression to help clients from all walks of life discover their own their gifts and superpowers, and how to use them in a way that allows them to thrive.



Enjoy self-paced, self-study, and want to add more peace, introspection and contemplation in your life?  These courses might be just the thing:  from seasonal journaling audio/visual workshops, to photography meditation courses, to cultivating a simple journaling practice, all of these ecourses are designed to help you thrive.


one-on-one coaching

If you're considering a career change, are trying to focus your business or career to align with your core values, or are simply looking for ways to navigate and discover your own personal method of curating a meaningful life,  Karen can help encourage you along your path of your own self-discovery.  Using tools rooted in the field of positive psychology and focused introspection, Karen will help guide you to developing and creating your own path forward toward a more fulfilling life.





Karen's Lime Retreats and Workshops help you focus honing your strengths, all while breaking bread and generally enjoying each other's company.  At Lime Retreats, you'll have:

  • a stress-free place to unplug
  • a safe gathering in an atmosphere of creativity
  • no-bull sessions on practical ways to focus on changing your world


notes from chookooloonks

Every couple of weeks or so, Karen sends a personal note to over 2000 subscribers, each note containing  journal prompts, photography prompts, and links to books and articles -- all inspiration on how to thrive, all completely free. 



I’ve enjoyed Karen’s work (her writing, photography, TED Talk, and e-courses) for years. However, it wasn’t until I worked under her guidance in person at Lime Retreats in 2014, that I realized how skilled she is at helping you discover your super powers — you know, those things that empower you to live your best version of yourself and inspire others to do the same. Sounds hippy dippy, I know, but trust me — Karen’s the real deal. Through guided prompts and one on one conversations, Karen has helped me dive deeper into my creative process, and learn how to use it to fuel my work personally and professionally. As a result, my writing and visual art have grown, I’ve gained the courage to pursue opportunities that are in line with my work and passions, and I’ve gotten clearer on where I should be expending my energies. She is one of the few people who I know truly hears not just what I’m saying about a problem or idea, but what I might be struggling to articulate. If you need help figuring out where to go next in your personal or professional life, how to execute an idea that excites you, or leaping into new territory, I’d recommend having a convo with Karen. She asks the type of questions that will get you moving toward the answers you’re seeking, help you construct the steps you need to achieve what you’re after, and offer constructive insight will propel you forward.
— A'Driane Nieves, Artist, Writer and Activist
Karen has been one of the most influential people in my life. I first saw her during Brené Brown and Oprah’s Gifts of Imperfection ecourse and I knew I had found a kindred. She was the first person in the personal development world whose background reflected mine - Third culture, immigrant, a highly accomplished traditional professional who had left for a more creative and aligned profession. Her writing and her worldview resonated so powerfully with me, I immediately signed up for her Lime Retreat. Karen’s insightful coaching, her gift for storytelling with words, photography and art, her accessibility, humor and wit creates a sense of belonging, affirmation and validation. I felt seen and heard in every interaction with her. During the retreat, one of Karen’s exercises (The Love List) actually changed the course of my life - through her work, I learned about my top 3 non-negotiables for my life. This knowledge kept me from going down paths that were not aligned with my true self. Karen is one of the hardest working, humble, down-to-earth and generous people I have met. She has this uncanny way of putting people at ease- making you feel you have known her for a long time - A rare combination of directness, honesty and warmth. Her humanitarianism, love for her family and passion for helping the world see beauty in unexpected places are powerful tools for the life-transformative coaching, teaching and speaking she offers. You are in excellent hands!
— Yvonne Whitelaw, MD, MPH, Physician Coach, Advocate & Daring Way Facilitator-Candidate
I didn’t realize the day I met Karen Walrond in October 2014 at Lime Retreats, how transformational her work would be to me. It was a simple invitation to women to come together, to explore, to visualize, to put on paper and claim, in voice, a dream. Karen beautifully and brilliantly facilitated the Lime Retreats weekend that none of us wanted to end. I gained a sisterhood of incredible women who I adore and support and I continue to receive their honest, loving support in return. Yes, this was transformational and life changing and I am forever grateful. She will change your life too — trust me!
— Meg Ramstad, MSN, ARNP - Bariatric AfterCare Coach and CEO – Chief Empowerment Officer