Karla’s Korner: Holiday Traditions….Again

Holiday Traditions

Holiday Traditions With Christmas just a few days away I decided to re-share my thoughts on holiday traditions. As you prepare for your Christmas celebration I encourage you take time to create your own family traditions knowing that there are no right or wrong ways to celebrate. Life is meant to be enjoyed, shared and celebrated with others, so do it. American author Oren Arnold wrote: Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Remembering Our Caterpillar Moments

Caterpillar Moments

Remembering Our Caterpillar Moments Once in a while a conversation takes place that for no other reason I believe to cause us to stop and think; to ponder or search for an “ahh haa” moment. Such a conversation took place at a Christmas party with friends this week. A friend shared that her young daughter asked her if butterflies remember being a caterpillar. Because butterflies have become an inspiration to me, a symbol of transformation and hope, I couldn’t help but not only participate in … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: The Santa Spirit

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Karla's Korner: The Santa Spirit The Santa Spirit He was eight, maybe nine years old when he crawled up next to his momma and said “Momma, I been thinkin”. “What about son?” she asked. “Momma, there really isn’t a Santa Claus is it?” With a tear in her eye and a lump in her throat she decided it was time to tell him the truth. Santa, she said was just a fun idea, a fairytale of sorts and that it was in fact her and his dad who had put all of those presents under the tree for all those years. … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Weeds and Wishes

Weeds and Wishes

Karla's Korner: Weeds and Wishes Weeds and Wishes….Seeing Beyond the Obvious…. Fall is nearly over, the leaves are gone from the trees and the remaining sprigs of once beautiful flowers have turned brown losing their luster leaving behind memories of summer. Standing in the middle of the yard is a lone dandelion stem. The white fuzzy seeds have been scattered in the wind leaving behind an empty stem battered by the weather of the week. As a small child I remember my grandfather carefully … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Having an Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

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

Be the Light

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...]