I’m Karen Trepte,

a Coach with a different approach to Productivity and Money

We all have challenges in our life’s. Some people have more challenges with time. Some people have more challenges with money. I have had both in spades.

Amazingly enough, strategies for one are easily translated into strategies for both.

Taking life as it comes. Accepting it. Making a plan to deal with it. Even if life is changing all around you and you need to make a new plan every week or even every day.

Are you ready to take control of your time and money?

It’s time to create a strategy and break it down into baby steps. So that you can take action without feeling overwhelmed. Staying in the present is the only way to handle these challenges especially when they seem urgent. I’m here for you on both fronts!

I’m here for You on Both Fronts

How do you see time and money in your own life?  How would you like it to be different?
It’s all about: 
Simplicity. Systems. Strategy.

Take Control of Your Time

Take Control of Your Money

Some things about me that may surprise you:

My husband and I planted more than 100 heirloom fruit trees in Northern California.

I used to carry my daughter on my back to sales calls.

When I’m not working as an intuitive business coach and strategist, I’m cozying up with a homemade quilt and a warm mug of tea.

In my younger years, I trained with an Olympic coach as a competitive swimmer.

In addition to my extensive experience in productivity and business, I also have an intuitive side that I bring to it as well, which allows me to maximize my potential and I want to show you how you can do that too.

I love people and I do believe in world peace. I know that’s a stretch but it’s possible.

A different perspective on life and work

I’m different because I was raised as a foreigner in multiple countries (that’s what Gaijin means in Japanese). This gave me a wide perspective and allows me to empathize with clients from different backgrounds.

I went to first grade in Panama. Grew up in Tokyo, Japan. I traveled all across the United States. What? You don’t think there’re different cultures in our country? There are! 😃 And to Italy and Germany with Up With People International performing and staying in people’s homes and doing public relations work.

I’m living life my own way and invite you to do the same.

“If I ever get stuck again, I’m calling Karen—I’m not wasting another 3 weeks of staring at the computer screen and feeling terrible.”

A lot of us women entrepreneurs, we’re like, ‘No, I can do everything. I can do this. I’m motivated. But we need help sometimes. And Karen made me see that I’m doing a good job, to relax, not be so hard on myself. Just by her comments saying, ‘Nikki, love yourself,’ that has made me be so much more productive. Now I have an actual game plan. I have steps. I have 1, 2 and 3 written down in my notebook, and I’m doing number 1 – until I’m DONE with number 1, which was my problem before. If I get stuck again, I’m calling Karen again. I’m not wasting another 3 weeks of staring at the computer and feeling terrible. And honestly, I want to do that for the rest of my business career.

Nikki Rowley

Productivity in business looks like:

  • Getting total clarity on the next steps you need to take to reach your big goals.
  • Identifying your energy around opportunities when to say “no” and when to say “yes”.
  • Learning strategies so your time works for you.
  • Honoring your energy patterns around the ebbs and flows of your body, mind, and spirit.
  • Knowing that you are making the right decisions to move you and your business forward.

“I got more out of our time together than I did out of 3 other coaching calls combined!”

I’ve built/managed/sold internet businesses for the past 16 years, so I’ve spoken to quite a few consultants and advisors. Karen was able to ascertain exactly where I was and what I needed within a very short period of time. I got more out of our time together than I did out of three other coaching calls combined! I would highly recommend Karen, especially if you are feeling stuck and are just not quite sure why that is.

Nancy-Lynn Vorel

The Name Gaijin Works

Gaijin technically means foreigner in Japanese where I grew up in Tokyo, Japan. I was also a gringo, again foreigner, in Spanish, as a child in Panama. Beyond that, I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drum. As out of the box creative thinkers, we struggle with the idea of feeling hemmed in and having our business put in boxes but what I have found in my experience is that structure gives us more freedom.

“After I spoke to Karen, I felt really clear. I felt like I was ready to take on the world!”

I was down on myself when I first met Karen. I was at my wit’s end trying to build my site, and everything was becoming really overwhelming. I was getting confused with what I was doing, and Karen helped me clear all that. She refreshed me. She broke down everything I had to do into simple steps, and I just felt like after I had spoken to her, I knew what I was doing. I felt really clear, really motivated, really on top of it. I felt like I was ready to take on the world.

Alanna Blundo

So often as entrepreneurs we identify with that voice in our brain that yells at us to “Go go go!” and “Do do do!” But is there any joy in that? Is there any love?

And how is it possible that we can be so busy in our businesses yet feel like we’ve finished so little by the end of the day? Strive for perfection yet feel so far away from reaching it? And be in such constant movement yet actually feel paralyzed inside?


We’ve made a dangerous decision somewhere along the way to tune our own intuition out and to let everyone else’s opinions in.


The results? We feel lost. Overwhelmed. Confused about what direction to turn and how we will ever get to where we want to be. When we sit down at our computers to work, our heads are flooded with ideas but our fingers are frozen in self-doubt. “Is this the correct move for me? Is that?”

We’re so out of touch with ourselves and uncertain about the right—and the wrong—steps to take to meet up with our futures that we simply stay stuck exactly where we are. And when progress is this slow, our dreams seem impossible.


You won’t believe what you can achieve for your business and your life when you start to walk between the raindrops.


Like you, I spent years running in circles as an entrepreneur. Flower shops, MLMs, a bustling daycare center—I was the boss of all of them, so why did it feel like my businesses were in charge of me?

I was a woman adrift, losing sight of the shore and floating farther and farther away from the life I set out to live. I knew something had to change, and quickly too.

Once I realized how much power I had over my decisions and my destiny and how easy it really was to establish success on my own terms, the sky was the limit. Through practice and research, I developed the Feng Shui Framework for running a joyful business based on what I learned from my time abroad in Japan and what brought about the deepest sense of calm for myself, for my family and for my clients. Now I apply these principles to everything from time management to starting a new project, and I always come out the other side clearer, more organized and more aligned with my inner truth.

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