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Become a H.E.R.O.

Fulfill Your Destiny presents H.E.R.O. – ‘Hands Eagerly Reach Out’ Awards to businesses, individuals, and organizations who have been instrumental in providing opportunities for Fulfill Your Destiny to carry out its mission and assist others. When we dare to care, our hands eagerly reach out to help others in need. Imagine how strong every community can become if hands eagerly reach out to help others when and where needed.

Many of these recipients have donated money and/or in-kind services to Fulfill Your Destiny enabling us to better help those individuals and organizations receiving assistance from Fulfill Your Destiny.


Listed here are those businesses, individuals, and organizations that have received Fulfill Your Destiny’s H.E.R.O. Award:


  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Kendra Scott
  • Richter Publishing
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Invent Your Image
  • Balanced Accounting and Tax Services
  • Sew Be It
  • Jennie’s Flowers
  • The Empress Tea Room & Event Dining
  • Independent Financial Services
  • Macy’s Westshore
  • Minuteman Press of Town & Country
  • Canvas Zoo
  • Painting With a Twist
  • The Manhattan
  • MamaRazzi Foto
  • Whiskey Joe’s
  • Powell & Espat
  • Charity Chics
  • Doormet
  • The Rolling Pin
  • tcP! sweets
  • Mary Ann Halpin Photography
  • Julie Heidelberg
  • Terri Sullivan
  • Bobbie Williams
  • South Tampa Chamber of Commerce 19th Annual Fall Golf Classic Committee
  • Wheels of Success
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
To learn about opportunities for mutually beneficial strategic alliances or community partnerships with Fulfill Your Destiny, please contact Karen by e-mailing her at karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org or karen.mertes@yahoo.com.

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Happy Memorial Day!

memorial 2Wanted to celebrate and honor those who have served and are serving to keep this country safe.

We will never forget the sacrifices those have made for us to keep our freedom.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Wishing all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day! Today, and everyday, we are celebrating you!

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Karen Mertes is being Nationally Recognized as Cabot Creamery Community Celebrity & Awarded with a Cruise!

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For its eighth year of Cabot’s award program of redefining a “true celebrity” into those who make a difference in their communities because of their selfless contributions to others.

Because of Karen Mertes’ charity work in multiple organizations including Charity Chics, Network of Executive Women, WWOTB, On Point Executive Center and her own Fulfill Your Destiny – Karen is being nationally recognized as Cabot Creamery Community Celebrity.

As well as being recognized, Karen will be awarded with a cruise with other philanthropists to attend workshops, seminars and ultimately, get ready to do more great things in the communities they serve.

About Cabot Cooperative Creamery   

Cabot Creamery Cooperative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. Widely known as makers of “The World’s Best Cheddar,” Cabot is owned by the 1200 dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast’s premier dairy cooperative, with farms located throughout New England and upstate New York. For more information on Cabot, visit: http://www.cabotcheese.coop.

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Graduation is Coming – Book Karen Mertes as Your Speaker

Karen shares key leadership tips for success and provides strategic, organizational and financial insights. As a motivational speaker, Karen speaks about Fulfill Your Destiny’s motto, how anyone can be a H.E.R.O. – ‘Hands Eagerly Reach Out’ to help others when and where needed.  She shares how character drives destiny and turning one’s worst day into one’s ‘best bad day’ catapulting people to levels of success never imagined. Below are some of the topics that Karen covers.

1 ) How to Become a #1 Amazon Best Seller

Karen Mertes shares all the valuable tips that led to the success of her book, Plaintiff 101.  When asked, most people have a desire to write and publish a book.  Why not make it a best seller?  Karen shares the secrets of her successful strategy and explains the process and answers any questions so you too can become an Amazon Best Seller.

5 Key Points that Audiences will Learn:

  • What’s an Amazon Best Seller?
  • What’s an Amazon Hot New Release?
  • How to Write a Book that can become an Amazon Best Seller?
  • What to Consider when Designing and Creating your Amazon Best Seller Campaign?
  • Increase your Bottom Line with an Action Plan for Leveraging your Book’s Success for even Greater Profitability

plaintiff-101-cover-audio2) Plaintiff 101 – a #1 Amazon Best Seller

Plaintiff 101 is a survival story, which educates all drivers, inspires injured victims and assists them through litigation.  Plaintiff 101 answers the common question, “I’ve been in an accident.  What do I do now?”  It’s a Must Read for Every Driver!

This groundbreaking book is written from the efforts of an attorney who has been a member of trial teams that have earned million dollar verdicts and settlement and a plaintiff.  It gives you much of the information from inside a personal injury lawsuit from a lawyer and the plaintiff who was successful in her litigation.

Plaintiff 101: The Black Book of Inside Information Your Lawyer Will Want You to Know provides 50 takeaways and checklists some of which can be implemented immediately to save you time, money and energy.

3) Hit by a Drunk Driver at over 100 mph and Alive to Tell

Karen Mertes, a Lieutenant Colonel in our United States Air Force, was driving the speed limit on the interstate when she was struck by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph.  He had a blood-alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit.  Both vehicles were totaled.  Her axle snapped in half, with brakes and steering inoperative.  Karen made a futile attempt to regain control of her vehicle as her car slid sideways down the interstate. Other cars still remaining in the bordering lanes traveling by her at highway speeds.  During these split seconds, as her life hung in the balance, Karen made a bargain and promised that if she were fortunate to survive, she would spend the rest of her life helping others.  This was the genesis for what has become Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc. www.fulfillyourdestiny.org

karen-mertes-fulfill4) Fulfill Your Destiny

Karen Mertes turned a life altering tragedy into a life purpose with her organization, Fulfill Your Destiny.  Karen is a Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) from our United States Air Force.  A car accident in 2007 when Karen’s car was struck by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph was the genesis that led her to create the organization that helps people whose careers have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances.

Karen uses an entrepreneurial business model that she’s overlaid onto a non-profit organization, raising money for Fulfill Your Destiny in 11 ways. 5 of which involve her offering a professional service or product for donation.  Karen is dedicated to enriching the lives of others by bringing business and community together.

Having designed this proven, successful non-profit organization, WEDU honored Karen and Fulfill Your Destiny in 2014 with their Be More Entrepreneurial C1 Bank Engaged Philanthropist Award.

Find the rest of Karen Mertes’ topics here!

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Drunk Driver from New Orleans’ Parade Crash blew 3x Over Legal Limit

mardi-gras-car-hits-crowdSuspect for New Orleans parade drunk driving crash was three times over legal limit after he was pulled over just hours after the crash that injured 28 people.

Neilson Rizzuto, 25, blew a blood alcohol content of .232. Rizzuto faces two counts of first-degree negligent vehicular injuring, hit-and-run driving causing serious injury and reckless operation of a motor vehicle. These charges could result in imprisonment for up to 20 years if convicted.

Drunk driving doesn’t just affect the driver, it affects everyone around them. When you drive drunk, you are putting the world at risk. Your entire life could change because of one selfish act. Karen Mertes’ did at the hands of a drunk driver. Think twice before getting into the car after having one too many.

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Make Driving Safe One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

With NYE this weekend, everyone is making a list of their 2017 New Year’s Resolutions. Items ranging from “quit smoking” to “losing that last 10 pounds,”stand on people’s lists but ones that are overlooked are your driving habits. How can you better yourself as a driver? Are you guilty of getting behind the wheel after having a few drinks when you should take a cab? Are you texting while driving? These hazards could have deadly consequences. If you aren’t that concerned about your own well-being, think of the others on the roads that are having their lives impacted by your decisions.

Teen Driver Cell Phone Statistics. 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving. According to a AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway. 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.

Karen Mertes is living proof of why you should not be distracted while driving. She is a survivor of a near-fatal car accident due to a drunk driver that left her with a TBI. Karen now lives to tell her inspirational story and how she got through a personal injury litigation.

Make a promise to keep not only yourself safe, but those around you.

For those who are interested in owning Amazon’s Best Seller, “Plaintiff 101” as a valuable resource:

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