The former incarnation of this site was for my health coaching business, Live It Coaching. While I loved working in wellness and coaching, it just didn’t pay the bills and I struggled with trying to motivate people who didn’t really want to change. Plus, running my own business was exhausting. I could never relax – I always needed to be working on the business and getting more customers.
So in January of 2014, after much contemplation, I decided to go back to AOL where I worked off and on from 2000 to 2010. The team, work, leadership, commute, and benefits are all amazing. And working at AOL allows me to breathe and have down time, which in turn allows me to write more, which is what I truly love to do.
I wasn’t one of those kids who loved books and writing. In high school, I focused on math, which came easily, and trudged through AP English without passion. It wasn’t until I took English 101 at Irvine Community College that the spark was lit. My teacher encouraged me and shared my writing with class, which included a very cute, smart boy that I ended up dating because he was impressed by one of my essays. I was hooked on my ability to invoke an emotional response through my manipulation of words.
Writing took a back seat to life until 2010 when I started a blog, although I wouldn’t consider myself a blogger since I can’t seem to keep a rhythm of posting and I make zero dollars from my pursuits. Instead, I write when I have something to share (and that doesn’t always happen on a schedule). I write when I want to, when I need to think, if I’m in a pickle, or when I’m fired up. I write for the joy of it. And now I write to leave a legacy – losing my mom in 2011 woke up my need to start thinking about what my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will remember me for…so I write essays, blog posts, and now poetry.
Even calling myself a writer feels awkward. Like I need some sort of degree or certification to be official. But the more I do it, the more I believe it. So welcome to KorenBarwis.com, dedicated to sharing what I’ve learned about health, wellness, family, getting older and pretty much anything else I feel like writing about. My more personal pieces, mostly poetry, can be found on joywithwords.com.