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A daughter's tale of truth, love and letting go

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An addictive spin on awakening, soulmates and past lives

Welcome fellow Heart Explorers!

Hello, I'm Karen M. Black, a Canadian writer, Truth-Seeker and Heart Explorer.

I'm the creator of two books:

  • Moondance: an addictive tale of spiritual awakening, and
  • Back to the Water, a daughter's tale of truth, love and letting go (an intimate memoir coming in early 2018).

For wonderful fellow Heart Explorers around the globe, I also offer the free inspirational e-newsletter Moondancing. Through Moondancing, I share my own stories to help others see their own life with new eyes... and trust themselves along the way.

Traditional beginnings

I grew up in small town Ontario, Canada on beautiful Georgian Bay.

I attended the University of Toronto twice. Did my Bachelors in Biology and English. Then later, I earned my MBA at the Rotman School of Management in Toronto.

My most recent full-time job was as a senior communication consultant at a Canadian actuarial firm. Different from this style of writing, huh? Since 2006, I've been freelance. Emphasis on FREE.

In addition to writing from the herat, I offer plain language writing and consulting to clients I know, and direct-response copywriting for wonderful clients in the financial and information marketing industries.

Early, unusual interests

I've been interested in the unseen as long as I can remember. When I was 10, I found my mom's book Life After Life by American physician, Dr. Raymond Moody. I ate it up and wanted more!

I begged my folks to watch Rod Serling's Twilight Zone, and tested their patience as I played the Ouija Board each day after school.

I don't play Ouija any more because it scared the bejeesus outta me. But before I stopped, I did get a lovely message from my grandfather, plus some information about my family that even my mother didn't know. So I sincerely believe there's something beyond our five senses.

An unplanned spiritual awakening

Early on in my life, I thought I had life all planned out. But life served up some painful surprises that compelled me to look more deeply. Sound familiar?

With questions about my life mounting, I participated in a five-day spiritual retreat The Trust Program, which was a turning point for me. At this powerful retreat, I embraced my sincere belief in reincarnation and decided to study karmic astrology.

And quietly on the weekends, I began to write. At first, just for me.

Quietly writing from the Heart

In 2008, I published Moondance to document my journey and in 2008 and 2009, it won a few indie awards.

Feeling encouraged, I decided to continue writing from the heart. But I was challenged on how to get the word out. I knew people liked the book. But how would the right readers find me?

The web was a natural fit. Just a couple little problems:

  • a miniscule budget
  • knowing nothing about the web.

Not only that, but I realized something. Sure, I could build a blog. But having a blog doesn’t guarantee traffic. And to be honest, I find blogs a frikin nightmare to navigate!!

Solving the problem of getting the word out

After a great deal of research (and some false starts), I found SiteSell, for do-it-yourselfers. I liked it because because it helps you build not just a site, but a business with real traffic.

For me, it was an affordable way that me (a web newbie) could get into the game. Soon I discovered that there was not only technical information, but community and easy to understand marketing advice and support that is second to none. I've been with them now for seven years. I'll never leave. They're the real deal for me... and nice, helpful people to boot.

My first online venture: The Soulmate Site

After a great deal of concept and keyword research (following Site Sell's step-by-step Action Guide, which is excellent), I launched my very first niche site The (now retired) Soulmate Site.

You see, spiritual awakening, soulmates, reincarnation and past lives were themes in my book Moondance. So I figured...if folks were searching online about soulmates or reincarnation, they might also consider buying the book (and I was right).

Over time, I began writing keyword-optimized articles (SiteSell taught me how to do this) that brought in traffic right away and and year after year. I mined my own questions about myself, and tied the themes back to my book.

A year in, I had over 2,000 targeted visitors a day and a couple of years later, 5,000 people on my newsletter list. And this was working on the site part-time (sometimes neglecting it for months) and not spending a dime on advertising!

Expanding with Heart Explorations...

In 2017, I was getting ready to public my second book and decided to move my most popular articles from The Soulmate Site to my permanent author site Heart Explorations (the one you're on now).

I wanted to centralize my work because Heart Explorations really captures the whole shebang. My spiritual awakening journey... including the soulmate question.

And, Heart Explorations has lots of room for me to explore in the future.

I still use Site Sell's wonderful SoloBuildIt system for this site because I've had great results with it and trust the people that run it and the information it provides. And as a highly detailed recovering perfectionist (and MBA) I hope that says something, if you're curious.

Are you a Heart Explorer?

I've spent many years on a spiritual awakening journey, actively seeking and finding ways to live a free and inspired life. Not everyone will have to go as deep as me, or even travel the same roads.

But I hope that through this site, fellow Heart Explorers all over the world can benefit from what I've learned and use my writing to deepen their own unique path.

I hope that within these pages, you'll find something that stirs your soul, sparks your imagination and encourages you to keep seeking, and using your talents to create the life you want.

I hope that my writing helps you feel less alone.

After all, no matter what our friends and family are doing, we're all in this together. And we're bigger when we stand together, hearts awake.

Thanks for reading!

Karen M. Black BSc, MBA
Heart Explorer

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