Karen Hoyos was deemed as one of the top seven most inspiring women in the United States. She is a Global Transformational Speaker. Karen works with all types of leaders ranging from celebrities, CEOs of companies, and all who seek change. Her seminars help create growth, light, and healing in all aspects of the lives she touches. She is constantly growing with her purpose and expanding all the opportunities God creates for her. She is truly a shining beacon of love and light.
A note from the Editor:
Karen inspired me in so many ways, especially to create InLove magazine, which is meant to bring love and light to people from all over the world. I met Karen right before we started the magazine, at her seminar in New York, which was right when the war in Ukraine erupted. That’s when I knew that InLove would contribute to make our world a better place. I was charged by Karen’s energy, by her light and her love for people. What she has to offer to people and how she contributes to our world is amazing. I am blessed to know Karen and her work.
What made you want to be a motivational speaker?
Everything started when I was about eight or nine years old and I was very passionate about reading. I was a kid who was different in many ways, in the kinds of books that I would read. I read books on metaphysics and quantum physics that my mom and my grandma had in their home. I was very interested in all these subjects about stepping out of the mind and the laws of happiness. I was one of those people that grew up knowing a lot about happiness but not really living it. I didn’t know how to apply all the concepts of these books to myself. That time was very challenging and frustrating for me. I grew up with a lot of pain in my family. My grandma was a domestic abuse survivor, I witnessed how my mother went through her trials with domestic violence and I grew up to experience the same violence myself. I felt so much more pain and guilt when I went through my abusive relationship because I knew that I should know better. I knew that my life wasn’t supposed to be about suffering, it was supposed to be about possibilities and happiness. For many years I went through a lot of darkness asking myself why this was happening, but I never lost faith. I knew that God had something bigger for me; I just knew it. When I went through the darkest moment of my life when I almost died when I had a gun to my head, I made a promise to God that if he saved me I would change my life. That’s what happened. I survived that painful moment, I moved to the United States from Colombia, emotionally numb, and I was pregnant with my twins and I was ready for a change. God gave me an opportunity for a new life and I knew he had a plan. I didn’t know what it was but I knew he had a plan. That’s when a friend of mine invited me to a personal development seminar with the well-known motivational speaker, Anthony Robbins. I was completely and utterly ready for change, to get rid of the pain and to change my life. I said to myself at that seminar, in a room full of 3,000 people, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. That’s how I found my purpose 11 years ago.
What kind of work goes into being a motivational speaker?
First of all, when I started becoming a motivational speaker I had no clue how I was going to do that. There were many men in this industry, very few women, most of whom were older than me. These days, when people look at me and they see me on the red carpet they don’t say right away, “She must be a spiritual teacher.” It’s always about the outside first, so it was very challenging to collect and find out who I was with the people who were already in this industry. I questioned myself many times, “Am I capable to do this?” “How am I going to do this?” My life at that time was upside down, how was I going to be able to inspire others? I realized very early that I had to change my life first, that the way I was going to help others was by helping me first. I had great people around me like my mother. When everyone else was telling me, “You’re crazy” “Who’s going to listen to you, you don’t speak English.” I really took it personally but then I heard Deepak Chopra speak and I told myself if people can listen and understand him, then I’ll be ok. I had a lot of questions but I understood what I needed to do. I invested all the money I had in my divorce and my motivational seminars. I spent all my life savings in training. I trained with Anthony Robbins and Deepak Chopra and many more teachers whom now I am honored to call my colleagues. In the beginning I was just a student. I was committed to changing my life first, what I call “Cleaning up my own mess first,” cause everyone can smell it when there is mess around. That personal transformation immediately inspired many people around me. My home, my house, and people I met in my every day life all started changing with me. That was my sign from God that this was working. I then started cleaning my body by eating healthy. I quit drinking, because for me it was about cleansing my world from the inside out. I am so committed to being congruent with being the kind of change I wanted to be and see in the world and this is what helped allow me to really start connecting with people. Telling people it is possible to change was possible for me because I did it. I went from darkness to light, and everyone around me could see the difference.
The moment I found my purpose was the minute I found my life and the reason I was here. As soon as I got that clarity, any and all changes to better my life were easy. So I found that what was missing from people was purpose. I realized that it was purpose that healed me, what embraced me to a new life. I decided to bring this to people. I didn’t know how I was going to do this but I received a message in my heart from God telling me, “Karen, you need to reach the masses through the media.” I met a producer from a major television show in Miami and she said, “I LOVE your energy, what do you do?” and then she invited me to speak on Good Morning America Latina! I had never even given my first seminar and here I was on national television doing exactly what I knew I was supposed to be doing.
Is there anything you hope to accomplish in 2016?
Oh yes, a lot! I always tell people that anything that has happened so far is small compared to what there is to be done. I always say that what’s going on in the world is my responsibility. That it’s all our responsibility to share, create, and be aware of. We’re supposed to continue to grow as a person. I’m always looking inside me how to be congruent with this message. The last thing to think about is that after we hit a certain point, we’re done growing as people. Transformation is like an onion, you peel one piece, and then another and then another. So there’s always more to accomplish. That is my number one mission, to continue growing as a person, being the mother I know I can be, and to continue to live my purpose on a bigger scale. People ask, “What has been your best seminar so far?” and I always say, “The next one.” I know there is so much more life to touch. I will continue to work in politics, media, and the humanitarian aspects of my career.
Can you tell us a few examples of how your work has helped others?
Of course! One of my participants came into my life already being a very successful woman in New York, and on the outside she seemed to have it all. She had a great job with a lot of recognition that came with it, but on the inside she was empty. She was at a point where she actually wanted to die and she came to me lost, depressed, and without a purpose. She was constantly going through therapy and soul-searching but everyone on the outside didn’t understand why she wasn’t happier with herself and her life. She came to me as a last hope and the first question I asked her was, “What is your purpose?” she said, “What about purpose? I just want to get rid of my pain,” and that was the start of our conversation. After working with me and coaching with me she found that her calling, her “purpose,” was to help women survivors of domestic violence because her mother suffered for years from those circumstances. In three months she founded her non-profit organization and five years later her organization is worldwide and she has the biggest mother’s day celebratory walk in New York City where hundreds of people walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to honor those lost and recovering from domestic violence. I have examples of people who have come to me because they are sick, and after they have healed what’s going on inside, many have recovered their health. I can talk until I’m blue in the face, but the people and their healing speaks for itself and the work that we are doing.
When you start feeling down, what do you tell yourself? Who is your inspiration?
Well first of all, I’m very much surrounded by wonderful people. They don’t listen to the voice of my ego and my mother is also a motivational speaker and has gone through this with me from the beginning. She’s always there, holding me accountable and being there for me. I also have to say that my relationship with God is a major force for me, although I don’t practice any particular religion, I do have a very deep connection with God. Every time there is a challenge I go very deep into that and I rely on my friends who are my family to me. Lastly, I look to my kids for inspiration. I see their smiles and their love and it reminds me that I’m committed to making this planet a better place for them.
What is it like being someone who is so transparent in the media’s eyes?
You know it’s a blessing for me to bring something that people aren’t used to, especially in the media. I remember in the beginning when I used to go onto the red carpet all they started asking was, “Whom are you wearing?” “Who made your dress?” When they realized that I wasn’t there to share with them who I was wearing but why I was there, they started asking me deeper questions which helped open the conversation to a whole other level. The quality of the interviews and the quality of the content shifted. I’m not a singer or an actress, but I know why I’m here at these events and what message I’m sharing. I know I have a certain look, which gets me in the door to places others can’t go, but I use that to get noticed and make a difference through the media. The media and I have a great relationship. We are great friends. The make-up, the dresses, the hair are all starting points. I actually meet a lot of journalists and celebrities who come to my seminars and tell their friends about the work we are doing. It’s always been a great experience and so far the media has been very good to me. I’m grateful, I’m so very grateful. I believe you receive what you project and I know there will always be people out there who don’t like me. There will always be people out there who don’t agree with you, but I believe that’s a good thing. I believe it means we are doing something that matters. If you think everyone’s going to like you, go to sleep because there’s nothing there that matters. Make sure you can stand up for what you believe, respect people who are not in agreement and be OK with that. It’s because people have seen me on covers of magazines and on TV that they are aware of this work and it is affecting the masses. The media is a blessing and I’m honored to be a small part in it all.
What does being InLove: mean to you?
Being “InLove” loves you. Being ‘”InLove’” is love within: love that comes from your heart, everything that we have comes for our purpose. The acceptance of unconditional love of who I am, my purpose, and love for the world which means I can be in love with others and my relationship with God. I believe we are love and that it is the most powerful force in the universe and when we connect from that infinite place it’s when we can actually make a difference on this planet.
Working through the media has helped Karen reach an infinite audience in which to spread her light. Karen is an inspiration for all of us for the love and purpose she lives by.
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