Karla’s Korner: Having an Attitude of Gratitude

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Karla's Korner: Having an Attitude of Gratitude On Being Thankful: Having an Attitude of Gratitude Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Thanksgiving is this week and while it is important to recognize the day and give thanks for all that we have I believe it is equally important to … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Living Life in the Present

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Karla's Korner Living Life in the Present Living Life in the Present: Lessons From a Friend He’s 16, a high school junior and unsure what he wants to do when he “grows up”; he is my son. In a recent conversation about graduation, college, what he wants to study and a possible career choice, Christopher threw his hands in the air and said “I just don’t know mom. I have no idea.” Taking a deep breath trying to gather just the right words of assurance for him my heart broke a little bit. As … [Read more...]

Twelve Months of Weight Loss Journey

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Weight Loss Journey Twelve Months: My Journey to health, wellness and renewal Twelve months. 365 days. 8760 hours. 525, 600 minutes. 31,536,000 seconds. One year ago today (November 11, 2013) I made the decision to take control of my health, wellness and lifestyle. I accepted the gift of the 24 day Advocare Challenge kit from my friend Amee and was ready to start the challenge. Stepping on the scales that Monday morning I choked back the tears, shame and deep sadness as the number stopped at … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Be the Light

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Karla's Korner: Be the Light Be the Light St. Francis of Assisi once said “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” Sitting in the quiet early morning hours with the flickering light of a single candle breaking into the darkness allowing the warm glow to penetrate and ignite my spirit deep within my soul I reflect on this quote and wonder what it all means to me and the world around me. With each flicker of the tiny flame that dances in the darkness of … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Reflections, Life Lessons and a Promise Kept

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Karla's Korner: Reflections Reflections, Life Lessons and a Promise Kept… He was a relatively small man, bald and not a tooth in his head. With his dark rimmed glasses, painters hat and carpenters pants he shuffled along in his own slow gimpish little way. As a young child I never realized that his drinking was as severe as it was; that came years later. There was always a lit cigarette in his hand or within reach, often times lighting one right after another in between the many cups of … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Looking Beyond the Fog

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Looking Beyond the Fog Looking Beyond the Fog: Working Toward Meeting Our Life Goals Her name was Florence Chadwick and at the age of 34 she wanted to become the first woman to swim from Catalina Island to Palos Verde on the California coast. It was July 4, 1952 the water was frigid and the fog hung on the water like a thick curtain shielding her from seeing anything around her. She was tired, cold and despite the encouragement from her trainer and mother who were in a boat next to her she … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner – Fences: Opening Up and Reaching Out

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Karla's Korner Fences: Opening Up and Reaching Out I love country music, NASCAR and life in a small town. I grew up on a small poultry farm in rural Virginia. We had our own cow that my daddy milked by hand every day. We drank that milk without any processing other than straining it through a cheese cloth into a jar. We made ice cream, ate fresh eggs from the chickens on the farm, raised pigs, processed our own beef, pork and chicken. We made homemade apple butter, canned vegetables from our … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Celebrating the Choice of Love

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Karla's Korner: Celebrating the Choice of Love Celebrating the Choice of Love Twenty-five years ago a young farm girl met a handsome fella from North Carolina in front of a little country church, exchanged a few vows and set out on a journey that would tell the story of their lives. This past weekend that former farm girl fancied up her hair, put on a new dress, pointy toed shoes and walked up the aisle again with that handsome fella from North Carolina wearing a suit, tie and great big … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Childhood Friends….An Unbreakable Bond

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Childhood Friends Childhood Friends….An Unbreakable Bond Famed British author Alexander McCall Smith wrote "You can go through life and make new friends every year - every month practically - but there was never any substitute for those friendships of childhood that survive into adult years. Those are the ones in which we are bound to one another with hoops of steel.” … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Hello Fall

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Hello Fall Hello Fall…Embracing Life One Season at a Time… It’s 6:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning as I trudge down the steps with bed head and sleep still wanting to linger in my eyes; somehow my husband convinced me that it was my turn to take the dog out. Opening the sunroom door, I stepped outside with bare feet and was met with a cool breeze blowing across my face as a slight chill slipped up my spine. Ahh fall, how I’ve missed you. Most mornings I encourage my dog to hurry up and “go” … [Read more...]