Karen Clark Salinas


Hi! I'm Karen.

My passion is coaching working moms of busy school-age kids to redesign how they work and parent so their goals and dreams don’t get lost in all the craziness.

You’re a high achiever who doesn’t make excuses. But you’re stretched too thin.

Tired of being tired and feeling powerless, wondering when things will get better. You want to:

  • Limit the destruction of unhealthy stress to you and your family.

  • Fit work into life instead of the other way around.

  • Divide parenting and home management responsibilities fairly.

  • Slow the pace of work + life so you have enough time and energy for important relationships and activities.

  • Show up everywhere as a whole person — and true to yourself.

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I’m here to help with coaching and courses that provide:




Despite your best efforts to reduce the competing demands of work and family, you’re overloaded and don’t have time or energy to find a better way.

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your wellbeing to work and parent.

You’re meant for more …  but it’s hard to know how to get there on your own.

That’s why I’m applying my:

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to help you rebalance work + life so your goals and dreams don’t get lost in a crazy busy life.

My values include:


Act in alignment with what is right + true, especially when it’s challenging. Approach all interactions seeking first to understand, then to being understood. Treat others fairly and respectfully — regardless of gender, age, sex, race, class, religion, ethnicity, ability, language, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


Be curious and willing to try new ways of thinking + doing. Have the courage to take risks and make mistakes.


Live life on your terms so you make your highest contribution to a better world. We’re here for a reason and the world needs our unique talents and gifts. Everyone loses when we play small. Go BIG!

I worked for Johns Hopkins University for 20+ years on school, family, and community partnerships, teacher professional development, and work, life, and community engagement.

In 2017, I became a national board certified health and wellness coach after receiving my training through the Mayo Clinic. I have a Master of Education in adult learning from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Motherhood, marriage, chronic illness, divorce, and resilience make up my story. I know for sure that, with my support, you rebalance work + life so your goals and dreams don’t get lost in a crazy busy life.  I want to be the coach I wish I’d had when I was a working mom. Someone to help me get unstuck and live my life more intentionally and on my terms.

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Get more done in a day with strategies that have nothing to do with better time management.

From my clients

Karen helped me recognize that I was setting unrealistic goals for myself and helped me set smaller, more attainable goals. She helped me keep in mind I should not set goals according to my comparison to or admiration of someone else. ~GV

I changed my ways while working with Karen. She listened and had good respect for my wellbeing. I learned a lot. ~NP

After working with Karen, I am functioning very well, I can face the unexpected, sleep well, and enjoy life as I used to. It almost feels like a new me. ~CB

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10 Unknown Facts About Me

  • I go to bed looking forward to my morning cup of coffee.

  • I really like bowls & blankets because of their comfort value.

  • I struggle to stop buying books.

  • I used to clean the entire house after everyone went to bed (still wondering what I was thinking).

  • I like to be interviewed.

  • When each of my kids started college, I bought a charm from each university bookstore to put on my key ring, so I had something representing them with me all the time.

  • Intermittent fasting comes naturally to me.

  • A therapist told me I have an overdeveloped pattern of not wanting to make people feel uncomfortable — I’ve made progress but still have a ways to go.

  • I’m working on featuring the fun side of me in addition to the practical side.

  • Being at the ocean makes me feel like I’m home.

Karen Clark Salinas