Hi, I’m Karen Bleakley, Founder of SmartStepstoAustralia.com and the creator of the Move to Australia Directory.

I relocated to Brisbane with my family in 2014 and found the whole experience challenging. It was worth it though as we gained a new sense of freedom and it made us realise we could do anything we put our minds to.

I created SmartStepstoAustralia.com and my free Move to Australia Facebook community to inspire and support others who are following their dreams.

You can read more about me here and you can learn all about my vision and values here.

Karen Bleakley standing against a white wall

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Go Walkabout has been successfully working with Karen and Smart Steps to Australia since 2016. We have covered a number of Smart Step readers with the insurance needed when emigrating. The feedback from the clients has been positive and we have been able to remove some of the stresses and strains when emigrating.

We have provided a video interview with Karen that helps clients understand why specialist one-way insurance is required and this is one of the ways we’ve been able to convey our value to potential clients along with articles on SmartStepstoAustralia and a listing on the website’s Resources page.

Mark Brunger, Director, Go Walkabout Insurance

When I was six years old, my family migrated to Australia, and I bet my parents would have felt a whole lot more prepared for that journey had Karen been there to guide them with her thoughtfully curated content!

I am lucky enough to know Karen well, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who puts more heart and soul into their content and supporting people to chase their dreams. The thoughtfulness Karen puts into the stories she shares and the brands she partners with speaks to how much she values her role in paving the way for others to make the move to Australia and live a life they love.

Erica Webb, SelfKind Hub

Here’s what I know about Karen, she’s committed to getting great results for those who work with her. You won’t find a more generous and kinder collaborator in achieving your migration, business success or lifestyle goals.

Karen is what I call a balcony person, someone who consistently works towards elevating others so they can flourish, pursue their goals and become better people. She’s the kind of person I love collaborating with. And she has a ready smile, lovely sense of humour and all-round positive vibe that makes the journey with her a fun and joyous one.

Wendy Alexander, Career Mastery Coach – happycareerhub.com

Karen inspires me because she walks the walk. She’s made the move with her family from the UK and is now making it easier for others to do the same.

She’s ever the optimist, is kind, and generous. When things don’t go to plan, Karen uses her pragmatism and determination to find another solution and positive way forward. Karen is also a clear and engaging storyteller. She’s the ultimate cheerleader. You want Karen as part of your support crew.

Natalia Walker, Director, Inner Creative