| KAREN PETHARD |
Karen is a beautiful soul who has such an uplifting yet grounded energy about her. I feel so aligned with her messages and her intention to inspire others to enhance and balance their mind-body connections through nature’s living energy. Karen’s range of aromatic mists are absolutely gorgeous- I love them so much that I regularly use them myself (and if you’re a client of mine you may even experience some Combardis goodness for yourself!)
Karen Pethard is the founder of Combardis. Having embarked upon formal study in the areas of energetic healing and aromatherapy, she is passionate about living a holistic, authentic and health giving life. Combardis shares the beautiful benefits of pure essential oils in a way that is meaningful and promotes a sense of mindfulness.
In a past life, Karen worked in marketing and product development for large FMCG companies. Now a mother, and wife, she created this beautiful company to help to calm the mind, balance the emotions, energise and empower her audience.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO JUST GO FOR IT, AND START LIVING THE LIFE YOU LOVE? WAS THERE A TURNING POINT OR AN ‘A-HA’ MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU REALISED YOU NEEDED TO MAKE THE CHANGE?
When I commenced my journey with Combardis it was a decision to do something for myself, to follow my instincts and create a purposeful and heart led business.
After the birth of my children (now 8 and 11 yrs old) I realised I didn’t want to return to the traditional corporate work environment. I wanted more flexibility in my life and I also wanted to satisfy my desire to learn more about natural healing techniques and wellbeing. Living an authentic, health giving life has always been my goal. During those early years of being a Mother and working with my husband in our family business I noticed that when I did have spare time I was completing short courses in health and wellbeing related topics. It was when my youngest child started school I gave myself permission to commence more formal studies in the areas of Energetic Healing and Aromatherapy. It became obvious to me that everything I was learning was supporting my journey and that as a woman, wife and mother it is so vitally important to carve out space for self care.
Combardis evolved as my desire to support my own wellbeing and then developed into something I wanted to share with others.
HOW IS YOUR LIFE DIFFERENT NOW AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
The journey continues and I am so grateful for the fulfilment that Combardis brings to my life each day. Life however is a balancing act for me as it is for a lot of women. I am certainly grateful for the choices I have made however the demands of a busy life are real. I am buoyed each day by knowing that what I am doing is also serving other busy women and helping them to create a mindful moment or moment of self care in their day.
The path I have chosen with Combardis has led me to meet wonderful, like minded souls and for this I am truly grateful. It is so uplifting to be a part of beautiful support networks and to have the opportunity to support other women who are choosing to follow their heart led passions.
WHAT WAS YOUR GREATEST FEAR OR BLOCK (EMOTIONAL, MENTAL OR PHYSICAL) THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME TO GET WHERE YOU ARE, AND HOW DID YOU BREAK THROUGH IT?
I think giving myself permission to follow my heart and to trust my intuition. To leave behind the negative self talk and the concept that there is just not enough time to dedicate to ‘my project’ when there are so many other demands to be met.
I have my Energetic Healing course (and it’s not complete yet) to thank for enabling me to embark on a journey of self discovery. I have immersed myself in positive psychology and self development by attending events, reading books and connecting with spiritual and energetic healers. I do this because I understand the value of one’s self worth. Nobody else can live our life for us, we are in control and we are worth it … absolutely!
I also gave up being hard on myself and judgmental of my progress. I really believe we are supported by the universe and when we give up trying to figure out the ‘how’s’, life unfolds in magnificent ways.
HOW DID OPENING UP AND ‘BEING AUTHENTICALLY YOU’ AFFECT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU OR YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM?
There are certainly subtle, and not so subtle shifts that have taken place. My closest relationships have strengthened and I have been blessed that new, like minded people have entered my life. I have an appreciation for the existing relationships that do not have the same depth or richness as others. There are certainly shifts that take place when our energy changes, it is often fascinating to observe.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF?
I love that I have a positive attitude and I genuinely look for the silver lining when things don’t quite go to plan.
I love my desire to grow and evolve as a person. I enjoy self discovery.
WHERE DO YOU FIND BEAUTY AND INSPIRATION?
I find beauty and inspiration in nature. I love to immerse myself in nature whether it be walking, camping out under the stars, bike riding, swimming in the ocean or simply sitting in stillness on a rock. For me, it is a beautiful source of positive energy.
I also find beauty and inspiration in others. I never cease to be amazed by the strength and courage shown by those beautiful humans who overcome personal tragedy and challenges and in doing so become teachers for others.
WHAT LIGHTS YOU UP AND WHY?
Connections with people – I love wholehearted conversations, as well as occasions to just ‘be’ and experience the joy of shared occasions.
Adventures in nature – I love opportunities to explore and discover, whether it be climbing a mountain, skiing, jogging or bike riding through the countryside.
Being creative – for me, I feel a sense of creativity when blending essential oils and working on Combardis.
WHEN LIFE GETS BUSY, OVERWHELMING AND THE NEGATIVITY STARTS TO CREEP IN, HOW DO YOU UNWIND AND ALLOW YOURSELF TO ‘JUST BE’?
I love to go for a walk or jog, in the bush preferably. I think there is a lot to be said for moving the body and breathing in fresh air. For me, this really helps to ground and clear my mind, rejuvenate my body and soothe my soul.
WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE WANTING TO RECONNECT WITH THEIR OWN NATURAL WAY OF BEING AND FIND THE BEAUTY WITHIN THEMSELVES?
Take time out for you because you are worth it.
Identify what lights you up or what makes you feel inspired and find a way to weave this into your life. Incorporate self care rituals including the ones that are achievable on a daily basis. When we look after ourselves we feel better about ourselves and are more likely to make uplifting and courageous decisions that support a magnificent life for ourselves.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE YOU?
That’s quite a big question! I feel so blessed to live the life I do. It feels really fabulous to be following a passion … however, cheekily, I know the best is yet to come!