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Karla’s Korner: 2013 Lessons Learned in Life

Lessons Learned in Life

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2013 Lessons Learned in Life: Ahh Haa Moments, Memories and More….

It’s early morning; my house is quiet as I sit in the final glow of Christmas 2013. A few open gifts remain scattered under the Christmas tree; left behind are for me to put away like socks and books. The important things have been put away or packed into a duffle bag to return to college and the normality of life. It seems that just a few days ago life was filled with the excitement and anticipation of Christmas and all that the holiday would bring. Now it’s over; gone like the bag of wrapping paper sitting at the curb for the garbage truck to take away. It seems that it takes forever for the holidays to arrive and in a mere blink it’s over. So as I sit alone sipping coffee and reflecting not only on the events of this holiday season but of the past year I am in awe of the many changes that have taken place; changes that have settled deep within my soul leaving me looking forward to even more changes and challenges in the coming year.Continue reading

December 28, 2013

Day After Christmas Sales

Saving Saturday: Frugal Ways to Save Money

 Day After Christmas Sales

Day After Christmas Sales

Now that Christmas is over, my thoughts begin to wander to the day after Christmas sales.  You know, the day when the stores deep discount just about everything they didn’t sell before Christmas.  The best thing about day after Christmas sales is they generally last until the inventory is gone rather than just one day like Black Friday.  That’s a good thing because I won’t be able to make it to the stores the day after Christmas.  However, I am already planning my shopping trip the weekend after Christmas.

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December 26, 2013

Small Things Make Big Difference

Thought Provoking Thursday

Do you believe that Small Things Make Big Difference?

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If you were given a chance to help someone else, how will you do it and who will you give it to?

This is the challenge that Amee aka MadameDeals gave to us this week. This is called the Envelope Project! The goal is to take a moment to help someone else. Amee gave us each $10 to give it to someone and report back on what we did and how it made us feel. We want to show you how small things make big difference, as long as we have a giving heart.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

Tips Tuesday: Last Minute Gift Ideas

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Are you in search of last minute Christmas gift ideas? Unexpected guests or last minute party invitations can send anyone into a holiday tailspin but you don’t have to worry. These simple Last Minute Gift Ideas will help you keep your holiday spirit and give last minute holiday gifts that everyone will still like.

Here are our last minute gift ideas suggestions:

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Karla’s Korner: Beautifully Flawed


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 about her identity that leaves her searching for answers to many questions. In her search for answers Hannah ends up in conversation with a police officer who shares a few words of wisdom with her that left me with tear filled eyes in the middle of a gym full of people wondering I am sure what was going on; “to be human is to be beautiful flawed”. As I went throughout the next few days I replayed those words over and over; what was it that made such an impact on me? I shared the quote on Facebook and within a few minutes a dear friend sent me a link to a video by a poetry professor where he talks about being perfectly imperfect. Another friend posted about being imperfect and how he was okay with that. Once again I wondered what was it that had me so unsettled and searching for answers; at that point I wasn’t sure I knew what the question was.Continue reading