“You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust.
You were born with ideals and dreams.
You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.”

Hi. I’m Karen Kuykendall, and I absolutely DO believe that we are all born with greatness and with wings. But for the longest time, I couldn’t find my wings — I didn’t even know I had wings — and I sure didn’t know how to fly. So I crawled. Crawling through life really stinks.

Before I could learn to use my wings and fly, as Rumi exhorts, I had to learn how. I had to learn the patterns of how things work and rewrite those paradigms I had in place in my life that kept me grounded. I went on a hunt for answers.

But I didn’t find them easily, and Rumi just wasn’t around to tell me what the heck he was talking about. I had reached one of those “line in the sand” low points, and I knew I could crawl no more. There was no Plan B. Life HAD to get better. I spent many years, lots of money, and oceans of tears trying to understand universal patterns and learn how to shift my paradigms so that life didn’t hurt so much.

Life DID get better. I found some really good stuff: I started to understand some patterns that had been in place in my life, and I began to understand many of the paradigms I held that help those patterns in place. As I began to understand more and more about those patterns and paradigms, I began to see that I had a choice about them, and as I began to choose differently, my life experience changed dramatically. Life is really quite wonderful now. Not perfect…but definitely headed more in that direction.

Patterns and Paradigms was created to be a resource for those who have made the declaration within that they will fly, and no longer settle for crawling. It is my deep desire to create a resource that I wish I would have found when I was still on bruised and battered knees. I want to contribute to the preservation of as many pairs of knees as I possibly can!

After decades in the corporate information technology field as a computer systems analyst, I retired and started a new and very different chapter.  I am now an artist, photographer and life coach. Much of my energy is now devoted to creating and collecting resources to offer through Patterns & Paradigms. I am also delighted that I now get to spend a lot more time and attention on being a wife and domestic engineer.

The fine print: 
My work does not belong to the public domain and may not be used for any purpose without my written permission. All artwork in my portfolio is copyrighted and owned by the artist, Karen Kuykendall. All rights reserved.