Karla’s Korner: Beautifully Flawed

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Beautifully Flawed I watched a movie this week while on the treadmill that left a pretty big imprint on my heart. The movie, October Baby, showed up in my “recommended for Karla” list on Netflix. I find that watching movies while walking an hour every day makes the time pass quickly and makes the exercise more tolerable. Without spoiling it for those who want to watch it, this movie is about a young girl who finds herself in a situation filled with self-doubt, self-loathing and an uncertainty … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Tearing Down The Walls of Solitude

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Tearing Down The Walls of Solitude… Ever have one of those days where you want to crawl back into bed and pull the blankets over your head and avoid the outside world for a while? It’s a feeling that happens to me every once in a while and when it does I am not too sure what it is that makes me feel that way. Some might suggest that it’s just those middle aged hormones wreaking havoc on my emotions while others might think it’s just me searching for attention. Either way when it happens I feel … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Be The Change

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Karla's Korner: Be The Change Be The Change…. Mahatma Gandhi once said “You must be the change you want to see in the world”. I had seen this quote numerous times throughout my life but until this week I had not really thought about it. I have a huge file of quotes, short stories and scriptures stored in a file on my computer and this quote by Gandhi is one of them. As I read these profound words today I wondered what was I able to change to make a positive difference in the world; after … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: On Being a Friend

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On Being a Friend…. On Being a Friend…. Four years ago this week I sat down in front of my shiny red laptop and started out on a writing journey that I had no idea would still be going strong four years later. Now, I’m sitting in front of my shiny red laptop entering into another year of sharing my thoughts and my heart through this column. The person who started this column is not the same person who writes today; and that’s a good thing. When Amee (The Madame) asked me to start writing … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Removing the Mask

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Removing the Mask… Several weeks ago I was given the opportunity to start making a change to my physical body that would in turn affect my emotional well-being. Fifteen days ago I accepted the opportunity of taking a healthier living challenge that included the product line known as Advocare. My dear friend Amee (Madame Deals herself) invited me to participate in an AdvoCare  24 day challenge that would cleanse my body, and set me on the path to a healthier lifestyle and physical body. Feeling … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner – Focus: Finding Clarity and Purpose

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Focus: Finding Clarity and Purpose This past week I took my daughter to the eye doctor for a routine exam. While I had been to this eye doctor before, this was her first time there. She was immediately set at ease when the friendly staff welcomed her and made her comfortable. As I attempted to wait patiently for her I caught glimpses of her as she went from one room to the next for various procedures; she finally came out and sat down next to me. She had just had her eyes dilated and was unable … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Being Thankful When Times are Tough

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Being Thankful When Times are Tough Being Thankful When Times are Tough…. It’s November and that means everybody is posting “I am thankful for ____________” on Facebook. It seems that the minute November 1 rolls around we are all ready to proclaim just how wonderful our lives are and how thankful we are for even the little things. Last year I wrote about being thankful and professed that I was going to be different and write a thankful post every day for an entire year; that didn't … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Learning to Love and not Hate

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Learning to Love and not Hate…… On Thursday morning I saw this posted on Planting Peace’s Facebook page and immediately shared it on my own. Throughout the day I thought of the words on this picture and just how true they are. In the past several months there have been numerous tragic events involving school and workplace shootings, kidnappings, killings, suicides as a result of bullying and much more. Each time I hear of these situations my heart aches for the families of all involved. As … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Big Kids

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Big Kids…. It’s the day after my birthday, my husband is away on a golf outing with old college friends (no, I’m not angry that he missed my birthday), my son is in his room playing a video game online with a friend and my daughter and her girlfriend are tucked away in the basement studying their brains out and writing papers for college. My house is full for a change and I am a happy momma. When my daughter left for college in 2011 I felt that my heart would break into a million pieces. The … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Ten Things I’ve Learned in 46 Years

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Ten Things I've Learned in 46 Years…. It’s my birthday week and along with that for me comes reflections not only on the number of years I have been on this earth but on the important things I have learned over those years. On Friday I will turn 46. I’ve never really been bothered by the number of candles on my birthday cake but for some reason this year seems to be just a bit bothersome. Maybe because I am inching closer to 50 or because it seems that life seems to be zipping by quicker these … [Read more...]