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Thriving in Midlife: Empowering LGBTQIA+ Journeys with Kari Boatner



In our recent podcast episode, we had the incredible opportunity to sit down with Kari Boatner, a Midlife Transition Coach and proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Kari’s work focuses on empowering middle-aged queer individuals to navigate the unique challenges of midlife and create lives filled with joy, fulfillment, and authenticity. In our conversation, Kari shared her personal journey, insightful strategies, and inspiring success stories that highlight the transformative power of her coaching. This article discusses, "Empowering LGBTQIA+ Journeys with Kari Boatner".

Kari's Journey: From Uncertainty to Empowerment

Kari's path to becoming a midlife transition coach is deeply personal. At 45, post-divorce and after a significant cross-country move, she found herself grappling with fear and uncertainty. Despite these challenges, Kari made a courageous decision to fight for her future. With the guidance of a life coach, she embarked on a journey of self-discovery that transformed her life. This pivotal experience inspired Kari to become a coach herself, dedicated to helping others navigate their own midlife transitions.

Navigating the Complexities of Midlife

One of the key themes of our conversation was the unique complexities that midlife brings, particularly for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Kari highlighted several critical issues:

  • Emotional and Physical Changes: As we age, our bodies and minds undergo significant changes. For many, this period can be marked by a sense of loss or confusion. Kari emphasizes the importance of addressing these changes with empathy and self-compassion.

  • Caring for Aging Parents: Many of Kari’s clients face the dual challenge of supporting their aging parents while also focusing on their own personal growth. Balancing these responsibilities can be overwhelming, but Kari offers strategies to help manage this delicate balance.

  • Societal Oppression and Trauma: The LGBTQIA+ community often faces societal oppression and trauma that can compound the difficulties of midlife. Kari works with her clients to confront and overcome these obstacles, fostering resilience and empowerment.

Building Supportive Communities

Kari is a firm believer in the power of community. She encourages her clients to build supportive, chosen families that provide a sense of belonging and acceptance. This is particularly important for queer individuals who may feel isolated or disconnected from their biological families.

Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

A common struggle among Kari's clients is impostor syndrome—the feeling of being inadequate despite evident success. Kari uses unique techniques to help her clients tackle these feelings and embrace aging with confidence. By rewriting their life stories and breaking free from societal and self-imposed limitations, her clients learn to live authentically and unapologetically.

Inspiring Success Stories

Throughout our conversation, Kari shared several inspiring success stories from her clients. These stories highlight the profound impact of her coaching and the transformative journeys of those she has worked with. One particularly moving example involved a client who, after years of feeling unfulfilled despite career success, was able to rediscover their passion and purpose through Kari’s guidance.

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Kari incorporates mindfulness and self-compassion into her coaching sessions. These practices help clients deal with the stress and uncertainty of midlife transitions. By fostering a sense of presence and acceptance, Kari empowers her clients to navigate this period with grace and resilience.

Empowering LGBTQIA+ Journeys with Kari Boatner

Our conversation with Kari Boatner was nothing short of inspiring. Her dedication to empowering middle-aged queer individuals is a testament to the transformative power of coaching. Kari's insights and strategies offer valuable lessons for anyone navigating the complexities of midlife.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of midlife or seeking a deeper sense of fulfillment and authenticity, Kari’s approach could provide the guidance and support you need. Remember, midlife is not a time to drift aimlessly but an opportunity to create the life you truly want.

For more insights and to explore the possibility of working with Kari, you can sign up for a complimentary 1-hour Deep Dive session with her here.

Stay tuned for more enlightening conversations and empowering stories on our podcast. Until next time, embrace your journey and live unapologetically.


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