The holidays…how will you make your house a home this holiday season?

Believe it or not, we are headed into the last part of the year and holiday season at about 100 mph! Do you stress out during this time of year with all the preparations, planning, cooking and shopping on top of everything else you do daily?   Some of us handle this time of year better than others. I, for one, am not great at the holiday season. I want to enjoy, decorate, bake and do all the fun things, but for the past few years, I have not done much of anything. Call it the empty nest or living in the … Read more

Turning It Over

As the end of September drew near and the long awaited Pheasant hunt was upon us, I was having some serious doubts on if we would be able to pull it off this year.  Life seemed to be running wide open and I was feeling run down and out of energy.  Thoughts of canceling the hunt were top of mind and I voiced this to my sister, Brenda. I explained the situation and that I felt as though I, personally, was not prepared with a Faith based lesson for the women to focus on. I also had heard from some of … Read more

Who are you?

This should be an easy question to answer, however if a friend or loved one was sitting across from you today and asked you this question… Who are you?  What would your answer be? If I was a gambler, I would be willing to bet this question stirs up a whirlwind of thoughts, memories, circumstances, situations as well as an increased heart rate, an uncomfortable feeling and maybe sweat running down from your armpits. I know this because I too have experienced this exact thing. Our identity many times is defined by the experiences we have, the people who surround … Read more


“I don’t know what to do!“ David said. “I’m faced with a moral decision,” stated my husband as he rushed into the bedroom where I was getting ready for work. Over coffee, we had been joking at how the local community of hummingbirds that have adopted our home are “eating us out of house and home”. They clean out a full bottle of food nearly everyday then proceed to stare at us through the window as if to say, “excuse me, this is unacceptable that my food is getting low.  Feed Me” Turns out this was not the issue that … Read more

Psalm 23: I Will Not Be Afraid

Last month we talked about “Jump And Build Your Wings on the Way Down” which is a saying that encourages individuals to step out and take action even when there is fear and self doubt involved. You know, those little (oftentimes, BIG) voices in your head that say, ” you’re not good enough”  ” who will listen to you” “no one will come”, ” have you lost your mind?” I would not be honest if I did not admit that some of those thoughts ran through my mind before and even the day of the conference.   We all have … Read more

Jump and build your wings on the way down.

Jump and build your wings on the way down is a common saying and belief system within the John Maxwell team. The first time I heard this I did not fully understand what it meant in relation to business. When it comes to nature, I fully understand that a mother bird nurtures her chicks, provides food and protection, warmth, and all the things a baby needs. She is wise and knows when it is time to send her little guy out of the nest. Although, I would be willing to bet the chick is not in agreement with her. Is … Read more

Do More in Less Time

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “How do you do it all?” I’ve been called superwoman, amazing, crazy and many other things, however for me, I have a burning desire in me to do more. I do not consider myself any of those things listed above (except maybe the crazy part). All I know is that every morning I wake up with the same calling. I hear it loud and clear and I have ignored it long enough. “Karin, I want you to equip other women to live a happy, fulfilled life. Share with them the … Read more

Elevate Live: Date TBD

I am excited to announce the date for our first “Elevate Live” Women’s conference to be held this fall in the quaint town of Truro, IA.  Lori Nordstrom Snyder, Accredited Master Photographer,  accomplished business woman and  Branding Coach, and I have collaborated to bring women the tools and information they need to take their life or business to the next level.  To elevate themselves, those around them and their businesses by learning how to identify their purpose and priorities, how to be intentional on a consistent daily basis, and how different behaviors and diverse personalities work into this equation to … Read more

Opening Blog

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  My goal is to positively impact the lives of women, through the love of Christ, outdoor adventure and personal/professional growth. I chose these three areas because these are some of the ones that make Karin Holder unique.  When my web-designer asked me to write an opening blog to welcome guests to the website and talk about the purpose and what is to be expected from the site, I got excited about all I wanted to say and share with my guests. As I sat down to put words into some format that made … Read more