206: Karen Chaston: I did not honor myself

//206: Karen Chaston: I did not honor myself

206: Karen Chaston: I did not honor myself

Karen Chaston Show Notes Page

Karen Chaston tragically lost her son Dan and she went straight back to work. She knew how to be a CFO, not a grieving mother. Eventually, she learned that his passing was meant for her to wake up. She now knows that you can have that career, but it doesn’t have to come at a cost to you.

Karen was born and raised in Sydney Australia. She is the third oldest of 6 girls and 1 boy. The boy is the baby and even now at 53, he’s still the golden child!!

Her parents were married for just under 52 years. Sadly, her dad passed away in 2003, though her mum is still going strong at 88.

In 1973, at age 16 Karen gave birth to a daughter who she adopted out. Karen then decided to not complete her final year of high school and started her banking career which lasted for 10 years.

At the age of 19, she moved north to the Gold Coast which is in South Queensland (another Australian state) with her then boyfriend Andrew. She married Andrew a year later in 1978. Earlier this year they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

They have three boys Ben (37) Josh (34) and Dan. Josh and Dan were twins, unfortunately Dan passed away at age 27 in July 2011.

After the twins were born, she took six months off and then she was offered a 4-week casual job at Dreamworld (a theme park on the Gold Coast), which lasted 14 years. In 1996, when she was Financial Systems Manager, her CFO boss suggested that if she ever wanted to be paid what she thought she was worth she had better go and get her bit of paper. She listened. Then whilst working full time from 1996 -1999 she studied part time at Bond University for Master of Accounting Degree (life was her undergrad). Then in 2001 she was granted her CPA status.

From there she rose the corporate ladder very quickly, eventuating with her and Andrew returning to Sydney to be the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a publicly listed company form 2008-2013.

After losing her son in 2011 and then 15 months later, choosing redundancy (being laid off) she started on her journey to becoming her own best friend. A journey through life’s university, empowering her with the wisdom to become an author, speaker, trainer, radio co-host and ultimately, her founding the Live Love By Design brand which includes online and offline programs, book, soon to be released Live Love By Design TV and Live Love: Give Back to Teens Project.

Karen and Andrew currently live in Sydney, but plan to move back to Queensland soon.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“Everything starts with you, where a lot of time, we tend to put ourselves last.” – Click to Tweet

“How often do we end up fighting with colleagues, all because we haven’t taken the time to look at them from a different perspective.” – Click to Tweet 

“We’re constantly not only battling against our peers, but our self as well.” – Click to Tweet 

“We self-sabotage, so many times.” – Click to Tweet 

“It’s about being more conscious in everything you do.” – Click to Tweet 

“How many roles do we play during a day?” – Click to Tweet 

“When you have great relationships, especially with yourself, everything is just easier.” – Click to Tweet 

“It’s all about you actually understanding what you want out of life.” – Click to Tweet 

“So many times, we don’t even define what success means to us, we take on someone else’s definition.” – Click to Tweet

“There’s a million ways to look at anything, but we get stuck in, this is the way we do things.” – Click to Tweet

“We all forget to breathe, properly.” – Click to Tweet 

“You can have it all, but when you drift apart from who you are, life doesn’t work.” – Click to Tweet 

“It will take you nine months to birth your new way of life.” – Click to Tweet 

“When you start to change, everyone around you will start to change.” – Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

Karen Chaston tragically lost her son Dan and she went straight back to work. She knew how to be a CFO, not a grieving mother. Eventually, she learned that his passing was meant for her to wake up. She now knows that you can have that career, but it doesn’t have to come at a cost to you.

Advice for others

You are the only person you are going to spend your entire life with. So, put yourself first, find your strength, courage and truth to make sure you live a life that is true to you.

Holding her back from being an even better leader

Not really very much. I’m only in competition with “yesterday me”.

Best Leadership Advice

Schedule everything in your calendar. Look to if it’s been your joy, moving you closer to your goal, if you should delegate it, or eliminate it.

Secret to Success

I genuinely listen to people and myself. I keep asking questions, is there an easier way of doing this better.

Best tools in business or life

Constantly monitoring my goals and how I’m closing gaps in each pillar under the live love way of life.

Recommended Reading

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing

A Journey To Becoming Your Own Best Friend: A Woman’s Guide To Getting Out of Her Own Way

Contacting Karen Chaston

Website: http://www.karenchaston.com.au/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarenChaston4u

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/empowerwomen/

Resources and Show Mentions

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