Karen Walrond

Karen Walrond
Karen Walrond is a nationally-recognized author and photographer who inspires others to find and celebrate their own uniqueness, through the power of storytelling. She has spoken around the world appearing on CNN, TEDxHouston, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Through her book The Beauty of Different, her blog Chookooloonks, her ebooks, online courses and in-person retreats, she reminds us that our uniqueness, skills and stories have the power to connect in the most beautifully different ways. Find out more about her at chookooloonks.com.

Author contributions

Courage and confidence found in karate

Courage and confidence found in karate

ONE Mom Karen Walrond is a photographer and blogger at Chookooloonks and author of the book, The Beauty of Different. She was inspired by Phiona Mutesi and the courage she found in playing chess, especially against boys, and shares her own daughter’s story of finding confidence through karate.   I was never an athle......
‘Get up, stand up’: A personal playlist from author Karen Walrond

‘Get up, stand up’: A personal playlist from author Karen Walrond

I come by my love of story in part, I think, from my homeland of Trinidad. Trinidad is the birthplace of calypso, a type of music based in African and French roots, and which pulsates in the soul of every Trinidadian. Growing up, my parents (like all Trinidadian adults) would host these epic parties for their friends.
5 Life lessons I’m grateful Ethiopia taught me

5 Life lessons I’m grateful Ethiopia taught me

Hello, friends! It’s been a long time, hasn’t it? Too long, I’ll wager. When last we spoke, I was waxing poetic about why I love international travel, right before leaving for an epic journey to Ethiopia at the invitation and expense of The One Campaign. Since then, I’ve had a full course of malaria medicine,…...
Ethiopia Part 3: Kids, schools and education

Ethiopia Part 3: Kids, schools and education

The highlight of my visit to Ethiopia had to be visiting the various schools and childrens’ homes that were a liberal part of our agenda. Here’s a pro tip: if you’re ever in a country that feels completely foreign, find a spot where there are children, and close your eyes. There is something so universal…...
ONE Moms in Ethiopia: Churches & monasteries

ONE Moms in Ethiopia: Churches & monasteries

ONE Mom Karen Walrond traveled with ONE to Ethiopia this October as the official photographer. This piece, originally published on Chookooloonks, is part of our ongoing coverage of the trip. My time in Ethiopia, while brief, was really crammed with so much that we saw and did that If I wrote a post for each…...
Sneak Peek: Coffee

Sneak Peek: Coffee

ONE Mom Karen Walrond is traveling with ONE in Ethiopia this week as the official photographer. This piece, originally published on Chookooloonks, is part of our ongoing coverage of the trip. Thought I’d give you a sneak peek of photos to come:  a couple of shots I’ve taken at various coffee ceremonies that we......
Day 2 in Ethiopia: Companions, cops and coffee

Day 2 in Ethiopia: Companions, cops and coffee

We’ve hit the ground running — the crew has arrived, and yesterday (Sunday), I “woke” up at 4:45 a.m. (I didn’t sleep much, jet lag is a bear), and didn’t stop until 1 a.m. this morning. I didn’t even have time to take many iPhone shots, but here are 3, and a SoundCloud of my…...
Help a mother out

Help a mother out

ONE Mom Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks.com suggests three things you can do this Mother’s Day to help connect with moms around the world. This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day of fragrant bouquets, breakfasts-in-bed and sweet handmade gifts from our kids. It’s a lovely day to remember our moms, and to honor our......