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Karla’s Korner: Removing the Mask

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DAY 3 Update

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 the need to get healthy I agreed to take the challenge not really knowing what I was in for. Amee delivered the product to me on November 11; I was unprepared for day 1 and quickly decided that in order for me to achieve success I needed to read the instructions thoroughly and get to the grocery store for the appropriate supplies. I found myself struggling to bypass the potato chip and soda aisle, but I did. I filled my cart with fruits, vegetables and whole grains and set out to make day 2 a success. A friend suggested that I begin taking pictures of myself every day in the same spot so that after 100 days I could see what progress I had made. What would it hurt to snap a picture of myself every morning before I left for work?Continue reading

November 19, 2013

Celebrate National Caregiver Month

What is National Caregiver Month?

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This is a sponsored post from One2One Network. All opinions are my own.

That is the question that went thru my mind when I first heard about National Caregiver Month. I have been a caregiver for many years and have shared some of my story before. The reason people end up as caregivers are as varied as the ones they care for. Some people go into caregiving as a profession while others wake up one morning and find themselves caring for someone they love.

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I fall into the second category.. I married a seemingly healthy man who only a few years into our marriage was disabled in a car accident and during that time it was discovered he had a medical problem requiring brain surgery. I spent many nights asking God, “Why Me?” His answer was always the same, “Why NOT you!” I couldn’t argue with that and over time my role felt more natural.  I began to realize that I could choose to accept it or be miserable. I have chosen to accept it.That is not to say that I always do it with a smile on my face, some days it takes all I can to keep going. On those days I remind myself of my mom who cared for my grandparents and then my great uncle (who had no children.) She never complained and would rarely ask for help. I tried my best to help her out but I know that it wasn’t as much as she needed.

The reason is often times, people are hesitant to ask for help because they don’t feel they deserve it. Other times people do not realize that they are filling the role of a caregiver. This has can lead to drastic situations because new research from AARP shows that caregivers are more at risk for health problems and well being.

The average caregiver is a women between the ages of 40-60 but that doesn’t mean they are the only caregivers. In the United States there is an estimated 42 million caregivers. They are caring for family, friends and sometimes strangers.

AARP has teamed up with the Ad Council to raise awareness about caregivers and to thank them for all they do. They have created several resources to help caregivers find assistance and allow others to thank the caregivers in their life for everything they do.

I am asking that you take a minute to check out these resources and even if they don’t apply to you, pass them along to a caregiver you know.

Don’t forget to thank a National Caregiver for their hard work and dedication. 

 AARP and The Ad Council’s Caregiver Assistance Campaign

ThanksProject.org

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Topic: Caregiver

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 to focus on anything. As she attempted to look at frames for her new glasses it was clear that her vision was distorted and that she must trust that the technician and I were being honest as she tried on frame after frame. Since the glasses will merely be a backup to her contact lenses she wasn’t extremely worried about the choice but wanted to make sure they were attractive on her face; naturally as her momma I believe she looks beautiful in anything but she insisted on a second opinion.Continue reading

Karla’s Korner: Being Thankful When Times are Tough

Being Thankful When Times are Tough

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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 happen. However I was more aware and posted thankful thoughts more so than before. Now 11 days into November I am right back at it posting how thankful I am for “stuff”. I wonder if we are all truly thankful or just making stuff up so that we do not feel left out.Continue reading

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