Mom & Wife
I’m a mom of three really awesome kids. David, my oldest kiddo, is a student at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. My other two kids, Lauren and Steven, are high school students. All three kids are deaf and hard of hearing. My husband Joe is also deaf. Our dog has supersonic hearing and she can hear a rabbit breathing a half mile away.
From the time I was a young kid, I wanted to be a writer. I typed out my first story on a typewriter (I know some of you are Googling this word right now) when I was nine. I took a Journalism class in high school but because I was hard of hearing, I found it extremely difficult to interview people for the articles so I abandoned the idea of becoming a reporter. I’ve held a few different freelance writing jobs over the years and chapters in several books, including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Finding Your Happiness. Then one day, I discovered I could write my own books and churned out several of them: Author Central Karen Putz.
I love to tell stories, I love to connect with people, and I love to help others. So I gathered up all the cool tips, tricks, and wisdom that I’ve gathered over the years and now I share it all with audiences from all over. My topics often center around stuff with “P’s” in them: Parenting, Passion, Purpose, Persistence, and Passion. Did I mention Passion?
Perhaps my most favorite word, other than chocolate, is PASSION. I look at that word and I get all fired up inside. My background is in counseling and I collected two degrees in that area. I found myself bored with traditional counseling and I often found myself dragged down by the process. When I discoverd The Passion Test and met Janet Attwood, I became a certified Passion Test Facilitator and now I provide passion coaching. It’s oh-so-much MORE fun to dive into your passions instead of your past. So I help people unwrap their passions and create passionate lives.
Barefoot Water Skier
Back when I was a teenager, I took up the sport of barefoot water skiing until one day, I tripped over a wake and took a hard fall. In an instant, I went from hard of hearing to deaf. I abandoned the sport a few years later and became a wife and mom. Life was rolling along pretty well, although it was ho-hum at times. A TODAY Show segment changed my life when I learned about Judy Myers, a 66-year-old barefoot water skier: Barefoot Water Skier is Landing on Her Feet. I got in touch with Judy and she invited me to the World Barefoot Center in Florida to learn how to barefoot again. When I arrived at the WBC and met Judy, I was 44 years old, overweight, and very much out of shape. Yet, the moment I put my feet back on the water, I felt like a teenager again. I took up competition at the age of 45 and learned to barefoot backwards on one foot and no hands! Growing Bolder captured the stories here: