My nomination: Encourager

Kirthi Jayakumar
Posted December 11, 2019 from India

My second nomination for the Encourager category is the amazing Karen Quiñones-Axalan. 

Karen made herself a steadfast place in my heart when she sent me a gentle but supportive response when I shared about the state of affairs in India after a terrible incident involving the abuse of a child broke news. I felt like I was at odds with myself, and felt that no amount of efforts we put in on ground would make a difference. And there she was, kind, kind Karen, offering reassuring thoughts in the way that only Karen can! What a generous and gentle human being, and how much love she has to give!

From that point on, Karen became a significant and important person in my World Pulse experience. She was there celebrating with me in my moments of joy, she was there helping me heal in my moments of despair, and she was there building an unshakeable safety net of encouragement that I knew, if I fell into, I would bounce back in no time, healed and whole. Karen has that effect on you: it is about giving love and generosity to the whole world, sowing one seed at a time.  

To me, Karen is, like dear Jill, the dictionary definition of encourager. If World Pulse created space for sisters to be encouragers, much like Jill, the universe made Karen that powerful personification of that very empowering emotion. Karen is giving, unconditional, generous, selfless, sensitive, and compassionate. Karen is truly invested in lifting up everyone around her, listens with empathy and without judgment, is incredibly trustworthy, and is passionate, beyond doubt, about making a difference. Hear me roar for Karen!

This story was submitted in response to #SpiritAwards.

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Jill Langhus
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Hello Again Lovely Kirthi,

Thanks for submitting your Spirit Award for the lovely, amazing and uber-supportive, Karen! Such lovely and thoughtful feedback for her. I'm sure she will appreciate it!!


Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Oh, wow, my beloved brilliant and beautiful Kirthi! I grapple for words to describe what I feel while reading your loving and kind words to me. Is this how it feels like when someone write something nice about you?

Awww. My eyes are wet with tears of joy! Thank you so much, dear. You know I look up to you as a strong, determined, and humble changemaker. Every word means so much to me. I could print this and have it framed for sure. Haha.

I appreciate you, dear. Unfortunately, I cannot be nominated, together with Jill. We both cannot nominate you, too! I’d love to nominate you if given the chance.

Thank you so much again and again! Wow. You definitely encouraged me today! Hugs! Mwah!

Marie Abanga
Dec 12, 2019
Dec 12, 2019

Hello sis,

Thanks for nominating Karen. I find her an empathetic encourager, indeed just like gentle Jill hurray.

Anita Shrestha
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Thank you for sharing

Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Thank you for nominating Karen as an Encourager. She indeed has the World Pulse Spirit.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Kirthi,
Thank you so much for your nomination. She truly deserves it. Its sad that she is not eligible. She is truly a wonderful and beautiful soul in and out.
Happy new year and have a blessed 2020.

Jan 10
Jan 10

These are beautiful words that truly describe who Karen is.
Thank you for appreciating her dear Kirthi.
Love always