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Flashback to Karen Mertes’ South Tampa Chamber Spotlight Interview

With the Spring Chari-Tea event around the corner, this Flashback Friday is dedicated to the South Tampa Chamber Member Spotlight interview from 2014 (The very first Spring Chari-Tea Announcement!)

Below are a couple of the questions from the STCOC spotlight:

What is your organization?  What do you do? 
I’m Karen Mertes, Lt Col (Ret) from our United States Air Force.  I’m Founder & President, Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc., www.fulfillyourdestiny.org, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that financially helps people in our greater Tampa Bay community.  I use an entrepreneurial business model in fundraising for Fulfill Your Destiny.  I raise money in 11 ways, 5 of which involve my offering a professional service or product for donation.  As a professional motivational speaker, I donate my honorariums directly to Fulfill Your Destiny.  I share with national audiences how to triumph through tragedy, command your destiny when you INSPIRE yourselves and others to live the life you’ve always envisioned.

Tell us something about yourself that’s not business related!
I’ve had a life-long interest and appreciation for everything tea – hot or iced.  I’ve even taken specialty classes about the many benefits of drinking tea and have created Fulfill Your Destiny’s signature event, our Spring Chari-Tea in part to share my enthusiasm for all of tea’s fabulous benefits with our greater Tampa Bay community.  I’d welcome hearing about your favorite tea beverage and would enjoy treating you to one!


For the rest of the interview, click here!


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Flashback to Karen Mertes’ Interview with Tampa Bay Parenting

Flashback Friday to Karen Mertes’ interview with Tampa Bay Parenting!

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Below is one of the questions from her interview:

 What do you think is the secret to your success?

I believe character drives destiny. I believe in this so strongly that I’ve made it one of Fulfill Your Destiny’s mottos. I’ve spent a lifetime working hard and working smart. Working smart is great, but there is no substitution for working hard, really hard, to achieve your goals. Our Air Force’s core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do are the perfect fit for me and will remain with me for a lifetime.

My passion for helping others is evident as I donate all of my energies full-time to Fulfill Your Destiny and do not take a salary. I pay 100% of the administrative costs to operate it out of my personal funds. I also donate an additional 10% in honor of each donor, making the donor’s effective contribution 110%.

To read the entire article, to get the scoop on Karen’s story, her Amazon Best Seller, Fulfill Your Destiny and her advice to other women here!

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Don’t miss Karen Mertes on CW44’s  ‘Bayside’ this Sunday!

Don’t miss Karen Mertes on CW44’s ‘Bayside’ this Sunday, March 4th at 10am! Karen will cover Fulfill You Destiny, the H.E.R.O. movement and the upcoming Annual Spring Chari-Tea Event!


Fulfill Your Destiny helps people whose careers have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances.  Special consideration is given to survivors living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Their vision is to create the H.E.R.O. – ‘Hands Eagerly Reach Out’ movement. When we dare to care, our hands eagerly reach out to help others in need. Learn more about Fulfill Your Destiny’s mission on this episode of Bayside!

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Karen Mertes’ Amazing Story, How She Gives Back.. and How You Can Too

Thinking about joining Karen Mertes for the 2018 Fulfill You Destiny Chari-Tea event? Check out this interview to find out her reason WHY —


That Business Show welcomed Karen Mertes, an honorably retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with Fulfill Your Destiny. Karen has an amazing story. She suffered a massive car accident involving a drunk driver. Near death and with a massive brain injury, she vowed to help others if she survived, and that’s how Fulfill Your Destiny was created.

Fulfill Your Destiny is dedicated to helping others in our community become successful, or helping them out in order to give them the tools to live a better and happier life. Whether its helping a young child with school or giving a foster child their own car, Fulfill Your Destiny does some real good for the Tampa Bay community.

More about Karen and Fulfill Your Destiny at http://www.fulfillyourdestiny.org, or email her at karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org!



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TBT to Amazon Best Selling Author, Karen Mertes, On the Road with Bobby Lewis on WTSP

Throwback to Amazon Best Selling Author, Karen Mertes, being interviewed on On the Road with Bobby Lewis on WTSP! Hear her story, purpose and all of the good things she is doing through her charity Fulfill Your Destiny —


Want to get in on the action? Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2018 Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea, our signature event on Mar 24, 2018 returning again to the beautiful Empress Tea Room located at 12924 N Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa, FL, a locally owned and operated elegant Tea Room and Event Dining venue.  Our 2018 Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea will be 2:30 – 5:00 PM on Saturday, Mar 24, 2018.

Please contact Karen directly at karen.mertes@yahoo.com or karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org or by calling her at 813-481-9895 for sponsorship and reservations or for more information.

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