My BIO Basics

I’m a mom of three young adults, married for 21 years, and a transition coach serving empty-nesting and almost empty-nesting moms. 

 

I support mothers as they engage with the empty nest, reconnect with themselves, and find purpose in the second half of life by utilizing my Life In Abundance ™ coaching framework.

 

My background includes a wide and varied set of expertise, such as degrees in philosophy and theology, and certifications in Montessori education, CORE Energy Coaching, Energy Leadership, and CORE Dynamics Coaching.

 

I like to quilt, assemble jigsaw puzzles, and visit the beach.

The Real Me

Like each of you, I’m a mom.

 

I’ve been a homeschooling mom, a private school mom, a public school mom,  a special challenges mom, a volunteer mom, and a chronically ill mom.  My husband Curtis has, on various occasions, called me a food magician, a chauffeur, a medical case manager, an education consultant, and a pet psychologist.

 

Like each of you, I’ve experienced real challenges in my family life and professional life.  I’ve experienced suffering, self-doubt, guilt, and regret.  I’ve also experienced joy, satisfaction, purpose, and connection. I’ve raised three young adults who sometimes struggle and sometimes thrive.

 

As I approached and entered the empty-nest years, I’ve had to dig deep in times of trial and transition to reconnect with my authentic self, to unlock new purpose, and to create the engagement and relationships I want in my life. I’ve leaned into my research skills to discover the best tools and strategies for powerful, lasting change. It’s taken consistent effort, a willingness to change, and multiple moments of re-commitment--but the fruits are beyond my expectations!

 

That’s why I’m determined to help other women dig deep in the empty nest and discover the transformations possible in this amazing season of life. I bring my core values of Understanding, Connectedness, Spirituality, Creativity, and Intuition to my signature coaching process and I love to help others in the empty nest season to thrive through the transition and step into their best selves and their new purpose in the next stage of life.

Get to Know Us

Get to Know Us

My Story

I had a wonderful time sharing an extended version of my story with podcaster Lindsay de Swart on the Magical Midlife podcast.  You can find our conversation here:

My Team

It’s a joy to spend each day working with my partner in crime, employee, and spouse Curtis Herbert.  I’ve asked him to share with you how he got roped into coaching empty nesters and why he loves it!

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Karen Herbert

Background and Certifications:

  • Wake Forest University, B.A., Philosophy and Religion
  • University of Notre Dame, M.A., Systematic Theology
  • North American Montessori Center, Montessori Diploma Early Childhood (3-6) and Lower Elementary (6-9)
  • Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, CPC, ELI-MP
  • Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, COR.E Leadership Dynamics Specialist (CLDS)
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Karen Herbert

Background and Certifications:

  • Wake Forest University, B.A., Philosophy and Religion
  • University of Notre Dame, M.A., Systematic Theology
  • North American Montessori Center, Montessori Diploma Early Childhood (3-6) and Lower Elementary (6-9)
  • Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, CPC, ELI-MP
  • Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, COR.E Leadership Dynamics Specialist (CLDS)
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Curtis Herbert

Background and Certifications:

  • Texas A&M, B.S., Petroleum Engineering
  • University of Texas, Austin, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D.
  • 20 years of patent law in private practice serving high-tech growth companies
  • Bar Admissions: Minnesota State Bar, Supreme Court of Minnesota, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, CPC, ELI-MP
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Curtis Herbert

Background and Certifications:

  • Texas A&M, B.S., Petroleum Engineering
  • University of Texas, Austin, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D.
  • 20 years of patent law in private practice serving high-tech growth companies
  • Bar Admissions: Minnesota State Bar, Supreme Court of Minnesota, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, CPC, ELI-MP

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