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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

January 28, 2013

Karla’s Korner – Life Lessons: Are We Helping or Hurting?

Life Lessons

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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!

Life Lessons: Are We Helping or Hurting

I have written a lot over the past few years about letting our children grow and go, meaning that I believe it is our job to nurture our children and teach them to become independent able body individuals who can and will be successful members of society. I have also written about how much that part of parenting hurts. Having our children depend on us for everything in the beginning is exhausting; then one day we realize that they don’t need us as much and that realization is difficult to handle. Being somewhat of a control freak I have struggled with the idea of not knowing where my daughter is all of the time. I barely slept the first few months she was away at college and when I did I had horrible nightmares. I worried, texted, called and walked the floors. At the point of near exhaustion and with a lot of encouragement from close friends and family I decided that the only way to get my life back was to let her have her own life and trust that her dad and I had done our job in preparing her for life; her life. So far, I believe she has done a great job and while I will always worry about her I can honestly say that the panic worry no longer exists; I have let her go and I am happy for her. I am happy to say that she does come home from time to time to visit which makes my heart very happy.Continue reading

December 31, 2012

Karla’s Korner: Lessons From 2012

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!

Lessons From 2012

Staring out the window at my neighbor’s yard it almost seems fitting that their deflated Christmas decorations are scattered, windblown and out of place. The holidays are over and nobody really cares if blowup Santa is still sitting upright in the cut-out sleigh or that Joseph is laying down by the manger (after all I’m sure the real Joseph got a little tired standing there waiting for those fellas to show up). We spend so much time getting ready, preparing everything perfectly for Christmas that in the end, we are tired and ready to throw it all back in the box and move into the New Year without stopping to reflect on what the year has meant to us.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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