Karla’s Korner: A Message of Thanks

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Karla's Korner Service, Duty, Friendship: A Message of Thanks He greeted me at the door, larger than life and eager to welcome me into his world; I was apprehensive, fearful and scared. Up until then our worlds were completely different. Keeping my distance, avoiding eye contact I managed to slip in and out without much contact; besides what would we have to talk about? He was the trainer and I was just an overweight, out of shape food addict attempting to lose a few pounds or at least look … [Read more...]

Realistic Weight Loss Goals

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Realistic Weight Loss Goals Realistic Weight Loss Goals: Setting them, Meeting them and Moving forward….. Former Ohio politician and motivational speaker Les Brown once said “Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.” Eight months ago I read those words just before I wrote my first article about my journey to become healthier. I had to set a weight loss goal. What would it be? Just how much did I believe I could lose? Knowing that I had … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: On Being Unique

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On Being Unique… I took my son to his job at summer camp this weekend, a place he has been to many times since he was eight years old. This camp, located on 780 acres of land nestled alongside the James River in Central Virginia is a special place for my family. My daughter camped there for several years and spent the last six years working there as well. Leaving my children at camp has become a rather normal ordinary experience. But somehow, this trip affected me a bit differently. As I caught … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner – My Girl: A Lesson in Inner Strength

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A Lesson in Inner Strength My Girl: A Lesson in Inner Strength One of the greatest joys in my life is being a mother. When my daughter was born 21 years ago I found myself in the “learn as I go” mode most of the time. As a matter of fact, I still learn as I go because just when I think I have it all figured out somebody changes the game plan. Somehow we’ve managed to learn and grow together as mother and daughter. From the time she was born it was apparent that she would march to the beat of … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Front Porch Moments

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Karla's Korner Front Porch Moments Front Porch Moments: Making the Effort to be a Front Porch friend…. So there we were riding through North Carolina recently on our way to spend a few days with our family. With my husband at the wheel I have nothing but time as we zip in and out of small towns and wind our way through miles and miles of fields full of crops; corn, cotton, soy beans and tobacco. Much of the time I am gawking out the window playing the game “Oh look at that pretty house” … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: The Geese in the Road

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Karla's Korner The Geese in the Road The Geese in the Road: Embracing Life’s Disruptions Having spent the weekend at a conference in Hampton, Virginia I found myself sitting in busy traffic watching the chaos of the city. Zipping through busy intersections trying to find our way around I was beyond thankful that my husband was behind the wheel. On our way to dinner on Saturday evening traffic came to an abrupt stop in the middle of a busy intersection. Much to our surprise the reason behind … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Lessons in Living an Ordinary Life

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Karla's Korner The Prayer Box: Lessons in Living an Ordinary Life The Prayer Box: Lessons in Living an Ordinary Life It’s early morning; my family is sleeping soundly as I stare out the window from my usual writing spot. With ear buds spilling worship music into my ears and heart, I sip my coffee and reflect on the week’s events and the “to do” list written in my mind. There are runners, dog walkers and a few robins bouncing by my window; scenes of a simple Saturday morning in rural … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: The Hole in the Fence

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Karla's Korner: The Hole in the Fence The Hole in the Fence: Staying Focused on Life’s Journey Earlier this week while I was on the playground with my preschoolers I noticed a couple of birds frolicking around in the wooded area just beyond the fence. Several students noticed the commotion in the mulch and ran to the fence to watch. In a few quick seconds the birds were perched on the fence and then on the inside of the play area. Flying back and forth, seemingly chasing one another across … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Embracing Change

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Embracing Change Embracing Change: Celebrating the Milestones in Our Children’s Lives It’s graduation season and social media is filled celebratory pictures. From preschool to high school parents are uploading scores of pictures to share with the world of their graduate. One picture posted this week settled deep within my soul as I studied it not for its pomp and circumstance but for what it wasn’t; it wasn’t celebratory rather random and simple. This photograph was of a young man who … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Happiness is a Choice

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Karla's Korner: Happiness is a Choice Happiness is a Choice Throughout the past several days I have read numerous articles about happiness and joy. Carolyn Gregorie, writing contributor for The Huffington Post recently wrote that there is scientific proof that happiness is a choice. Citing that there are eight ways to take control of your own happiness, I found myself questioning her theory and wondering if it is truly possibly to choose to be happy. Posing the question to my panel of … [Read more...]