This tiny dancer is one incredibly inspiring women. She dazzles me with her honesty, bravery and seemingly limitless creativity. I stumbled upon Karen and the Giveit100 movement when I was first starting this site. I loved the ethos of the movement so much that I was inspired to start my own challenge. Getting 100 people to share their cre8tive interests via a photo gallery.
I have spent some time finding out about Karen via her social media sites and interviews and at the risk of sounding like a crazy stalker person, I feel like I have found a kindred spirit. It's as if she's at the top of Mount Everest waving and I'm down at bottom looking up and thinking, "wow look what Karen has done, maybe I could climb up there too." When I get to the top we can both sit down and have a tea party and talk about our lives.
In her blog Karen admitted that at 26 she was just planing to learn how to drive a car. I didn't get my license until my late 30's so, she is higher up the mountain than me on this one too.
There seems to be no limit this women's creative achievements. It's a lesson that we can all do amazing things if we
stubbornly put our minds to it. Here are just a few of Karen's creative achievements.
Teaching herself graphic design
Resigning from her job at Microsoft with a song
Teaching herself to dance in 100 days
Having her dance video go viral
Starting the Giveit100 Movement
Inventing the doughnut selfie
Coming up with cool gravity illusions
Making paper sculptures
I am grateful that Karen has been willing to share her methods for making a YouTube video go viral. This is a goal I have for a video that I am working on with my eight year old son. So I need all the advice I can get. What really impressed me was the way that she admitted to having struggled to share this knowledge because of ego. She wanted to pretend that her video had just taken off on it's own. That's a big part of Karen's appeal, she just comes across as so damn humble and real that you can't help but want to join her for a cuppa on mountain.
Karen X Cheng, Cre8tive Life Lessons: Be real and commit to learning new things