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Karla’s Korner: Motivation to Change Your Life

Karla’s Korner

Motivation to Change Your Life

Motivation to Change Your Life

Motivation to Change Your Life

Taking Chances; Accepting Challenges and Reaping Rewards

A little over four years ago I took the chance and began writing “Karla’s Korner”. A year into the project I was asked to review movies for Lifetime. I had always loved Lifetime movies and jumped at the opportunity to review them and share my thoughts. I enjoyed my little writing job; it became quite therapeutic for me. Two years had passed and an email appeared offering me a “spot” on Lifetime Moms as a contributor. Shocked and surprised I gladly accepted the offer.Continue reading

Karla’s Korner: Reflections From our First Date to Now

Reflections

Reflections

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!

Reflections: From our First Date to Now….

As I sit here alone with my thoughts I am filled with emotions as I realize that this week (April 16) my husband and I will remember the anniversary of our very first date. While it seems as if it was just a short time ago, in reality it’s been 25 years since this young brown eyed country girl opened the door to a young brown eyed Carolina boy and embarked on the journey of our life. I remember being so nervous that I changed clothes at least three times, nearly wore a hole in the floor as I paced waiting for him to arrive and the worry I had that my dad was going to greet him wearing his dirty work clothes that he wore in the chicken house; he did. I had been admiring David from a distance for quite a while and wondered if he would ever notice me. We both worked for a small private college and our paths crossed periodically. Knowing that there were several other single girls who had voiced their admiration for him, I was pretty certain that I didn’t have much of a chance. After all, I was just 19 years old and not as “cool” as they were; or at least that’s what I thought. What did this farm girl have to offer this handsome city boy? Lucky for me, it became clear that David had somewhat of an interest in getting to know me better. He began to make frequent trips through my office for one reason or another and always found time to stop and speak. Finally one afternoon in early April he stopped by and asked me out. Claiming he was a good cook, he offered to fix a special dinner at his apartment. Little did I know as I climbed into his little blue Pontiac that this was the start of something pretty special.Continue reading

Karla’s Korner: Shopping Etiquette

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!

Shopping Etiquette…

My husband and I made our first attempt at Christmas shopping this weekend. Thankfully our children are older now and their lists are smaller; smaller doesn’t necessarily mean cheaper it just means that the quantity of gifts is smaller. Anyway, while we were shopping we noticed that customer service is not what it used to be I realize that shopper etiquette is not the same as it used to be either. At one point while standing in a very long painfully slow line at a newly opened department store several customers began to complain because it was quite warm in the store. I had to agree that it was warm and after standing in line for nearly 25 minutes I too would have welcomed a little cool breeze blowing through my hair, but we were all in the same line we knew how hot and slow it was. After several similar encounters throughout our shopping extravaganza, I thought a list on shopping etiquette would be helpful…Continue reading

October 3, 2011

Karla's Korner: Why Not

I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!

Why Not?

If I had to describe this past week in one word I think I would have say “WHEW!” I am not sure
if that is an actual word, but that pretty much sums up the week I have had. As a matter of
fact, I have been so busy this week that it is almost 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening and I am just
sitting down to write this article for Monday morning. Hopefully, the “Madame” will forgive
me. Actually, I am pretty sure she will forgive me, because my topic this week revolves around
her precious little girl.

Several weeks ago Miss “M” showed up in the most beautiful red dress. This dress was
Christmas card quality. “M” shows up to preschool in this dress and her cute little sparkly
bedazzled sneakers, her hair in pigtails ready to face whatever our day throws her way. After
commenting on her beautiful dress her mommy shares with me that “M” picked out her
own clothes that morning and when she asked her why she was wearing her fancy dress to
preschool “M” looks at her and says “Why not?” And then it hit me; like a ton of bricks right
over my sometimes thick head, it hits me. Why not?

How many times do we wish for something special and then when we finally get it we are afraid
to use it for fear of messing it up? As I sit typing this article this evening, I am reminded of
my sweet grandmother and how much she loved her beautiful dining room furniture. (Sorry
Grandma, but I am using your beautiful table as a desk right now) The china hutch behind me is
full of my Grandma’s beautiful china. My Grandma bought that china in 1976 and I doubt that
she used it more than ten times in the 25 years she had it until her passing in 1999. She was so
proud of it, yet she was afraid to use it. And now I have had her china for nearly 12 years and
have never eaten off of it once. Why? Because up until now, I have never thought why not?
Why don’t we just eat off the good china tonight even though we are having hot dogs and mac
and cheese? Is there a rule that says we must not eat hot dogs on the Noritake? No, so why
not?

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