The Road to Healing

The path to healing begins for many in different ways. For me, when I feel distressed, overwhelmed or overworked, I take a trip. Some of my favorite trips have been hiking excursions in different parts of the world with complete strangers, with other’s who share the same passion for adventure.

When you get out of your own world, you experience a newness that ushers in positive energy. Even if only for a few days, a new place, new environment, new surroundings will take you out of your present day problems or issues and provide a much needed escape.

Taking an adventure trip is not about avoiding your problems, as running away never solves anything, but allowing yourself some space, provides time to give yourself a healthy distance from them, in a way that brings new insight and a new perspective.

For me, the healing beings with a new trip. My first solo trip to Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon with strangers was completely filed with fear and trepidation, but it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. Now, for me, the path to healing literally begins with a new trip, a new adventure, a new road, one that leads me back to myself, and back to my heart.

The road in life can become bumpy at times, but why not ride the bumps through the desert, the mountains or through valleys. Life is meant to be lived. We cannot escape sorrow or troubles, but we can learn how to get through them in a healing way that brings us joy and happiness.

Where is your path leading you?

Turning Wounds into Wisdom

We all have wounds in various shapes and sizes. Some of these wounds can impact our mental or physical health. Sometimes we carry these wounds for a day, a month or a lifetime.

So how do you turn your wounds into wisdom? You learn from them, you heal them, and then you release them.


Setting Sail

How do you know when its time to move on from a job, relationship or location?  Usually, it begins with a restlessness that is difficult to identify. Often times the feelings of discontentment will dissipate for a short period of time and then return with a vengeance.

You will start to question if its time to make a career change or end an unhappy relationship. Regardless of the situation, if you ignore the restless feelings that are stirring deep within, if you do not act on them, you may begin to experience a loss of energy or feelings of depression as nothing changes externally. Life is not meant to stay the same or it will stagnate. True growth occurs when life takes you out of your comfort zone.

Is it time for you to set sail and move on in some area of your life?  Hear the call, and trust that your journey will lead you to better shores.

Soul Seekers

Hiking in the mountains on a spiritual quest

At some point in your life, you may find yourself seeking the meaning of your life and questioning your career path or your relationships. Being on a spiritual quest is not only normal, it’s healthy as we continue to grow in life.

What is it that you are seeking? The journey begins with a simple restlessness within the soul, and if ignored, the restlessness grows stronger until life becomes unbearable. The universe will then force you into growth and change in whatever area of life that needs to end. For most of us, making large-scale changes or transitions isn’t easy because we then enter into the unknown, which can be a scary place, but it is in this emptiness, that the universe can open doors to new opportunities or people that are destined to be on our spiritual path.

When you find yourself growing restless, go within, and there you will find the answers that you need to change your life for the better, and if you need help or support through this process, I would be happy to help guide you through life’s transitions in a gentle and supportive way.

The Energy of Success

One thing all successful leaders have in common is that they ooze positive energy.  I’m not talking about physical energy here, but another type of energy, that when we are in their presence we feel happy, excited and motivated.

We like the way these leaders make us feel, and we want to feel the same way.  We leave their workshops and seminars feeling motivated and in high spirits but eventually the positive energy leaves and we are again feeling overwhelmed, stressed out or depleted.

We find ourselves stuck in dead-end careers and mundane lives, but if we learn how to become aware of our energy, both thoughts, and behaviors, we can then make some serious life changes.

Begin the day by setting an intention to become aware of your thought patterns and recognize where you are losing power.  Negative or destructive thoughts often lead to a lack of happiness and a loss of motivation and/or passion for life.  Begin to look at what leaves you feeling heavy, unmotivated and tired.  These are the areas in your life that need to change.  Then look at the areas of your life where you feel energized, happy and excited.  These are the areas of your life that leave you feeling uplifted, inspired and happy.  Learn to identify where you focus your energy and then you can learn the process of shifting your thoughts from negative to positive to become more in harmony or alignment with what you truly desire.  It can take time to change lifelong patterns, but if you persist, you will succeed.

The good news is that the energetics of life can be changed and altered at any time.  You are not destined to lead a life of unhappiness.  Recognize that if you are feeling drained, depressed or unmotivated, that your energy is not being utilized properly and that you have the power to create the life that you want!

Mental health issues should be addressed with a mental health professional, but everyone benefits from a good dose of positive energy, positive thoughts, and behaviors that lead us out of our own negative patterns and into a life that energetically leaves us not only feeling great but living a life of purpose.

Taking a New Path

When is it time to step off of your old path and onto a new one?  Do you recognize the signs?  Usually, it begins with an internal restlessness that something needs to change.  You no longer feel fulfilled with your career, your relationship has become lifeless and mundane, and you find yourself thinking of greener pastures.

Change can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be difficult if you listen to your own inner voice.  Sometimes it’s helpful to have a professional guide to help you find clarity and direction to begin a new path, and sometimes we need help saying goodbye to the old path although it has served us in the past, the pathway has become unbearable to walk on.

In life, we often take many pathways or trails, but sometimes the old worn out path can lead us to new wonderful trails that are full of beginnings and new opportunities.  If you currently find yourself struggling on your path and want help, support or guidance to your next step, please contact me.  Together we can explore the possibilities!

The Journey Within

For those of us who love to travel, the world is full of mystery and intrigue.  By exploring and discovering new and foreign lands, we also discover hidden or lost parts of ourselves.

Have you journeyed within lately?  The biggest journey we will ever take in this world is to travel within and to authentically find out who we are.  This journey will take us on many paths, both locally and abroad, and it will include numerous people, some will help make our journey lighter and happier, and others will make your journey more difficult.

This journey is varied and individual, one for the authentic soul traveler, one that cannot always be shared, but it’s our journey to take.

“Wherever you go, there you are.”

Your Life is a Scared Journey

 “Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.”   Caroline Adams

Life Transitions

During Times of Transitions

Life is always bringing us challenges.  It’s during these difficult times that we can either avoid facing painful emotions, or we can go within, and with help and guidance, find inspiration in the darkest of times.

Through my own personal experiences, as well as my experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Substance Abuse Counselor, I am passionate about helping people move through life challenges and transitions.  Life will present us with opportunities to say goodbye, to stop old negative patterns, to release past trauma and pain.

Endings always offer new beginnings.  “Without rain, there would be no rainbows”.


Adventure Travels

Hiking to a New You!

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April, 2018

This adventure workshop addresses change and transition while hiking through beautiful Havasu Falls. Often during times of life transitions, whether it’s through grief and loss, divorce, career change, retirement or illness, by using natural elements, we can help the process of releasing and clearing. 

Join Karolee Bulak, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor, on a three day adventure counseling hike with Wildland Trekking Company to rejuvenating Havasu Falls.  All gourmet meals are supplied for and heavy equipment is transported by mules.  All you need to bring is a willingness to release the past and begin a new life journey!


The journey begins the night before the hike with group sharing and individual and group process where you set your intentions and begin the process of going within.

The Path Inward:  First day includes a 10 mile hike deep into the canyon, where you learn how to be fully present, by learning and utilizing a number of mindfulness techniques to help you arrive at your new destination. 

Releasing and Clearing: By using group process and the natural elements of water, you are invited to let the healing powers of water and nature wash away the old energy while cleansing and energizing your soul. With every ending, is a new beginning, so it is necessary to release the past so that new openings can emerge.

A New Path Emerges:  Deep within the canyon walls, lies a sacred place where heart, mind and soul unite. You will discover and identify your blockages.  What is holding you back, grief, resistance or fear?  By identifying and naming the barriers that are preventing you from moving forward, you can experience a magical healing where your soul is set free and transformation begins.

By combining Adventure Therapy and the natural world, you can learn how to be your own inner guide. If you are seeking an adventure with a therapeutic component, this journey is exactly what you are seeking.  Join me in having one of the most powerful and magical experiences of your life!