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Karen Palka is the Founder & Executive Director of A Beautiful Me®. She is a creative person who sees the value in each individual and loves to empower ALL women of ALL ages.

Podcast moment for the week of
April 21, 2014.

Hey You!
The Importance of Names

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Goodbye To Yesterday – #1 Discovery Series

Stories about the Amish interest me because their lives are so different from my own.  Wanda Brunstetter has a number of Amish friends and uses her knowledge of their beliefs and way of life to bring fascinating insights into what their homes, families and churches might be like. The Discovery series consists of six books, following main characters Luke and Meredith Stoltzfus through six seasons.  You will love the characters and enjoy the story of hardship and faith.  www.wandabrunstetter.com/



Cathie Martin is an avid reader and
artist. She has had many
roles in life including
her current position
as News Director at
WGRT 102.3 FM.
A highlight of her job
she says is reviewing
books and interviewing

Show Me Your Closet & I’ll Show You Mine

Someone said to me recently, “you always seem so put together.”

What I thought: I’m pretty sure I have toothpaste in my hair, yesterday I wore my son’s socks to work, when was the last time I paid my cable bill? 

What I said: Thank you!

Raise your hand if you rush around tidying up your house before a friend stops by.  Or try on at least three pairs of jeans and then throw on a baggy jacket before you head out, so nobody notices the three extra pounds you put on this winter.  Or decline a dinner invitation because you’re tired, stressed out or sad, and you don’t want anyone to know that something is wrong.

In case you’re wondering, my hands are raised.  High.  I have definitely been that person.  And I wish I could have back the hundreds, maybe thousands, of hours I wasted trying to be “perfect.”  

Because what I now realize is, showing our own vulnerabilities can be one of the greatest gifts we extend to one another.  It is how we connect with each other, how we find comfort during difficult times, and how we say to each other, “I understand.  I have been there.  I struggle too.”

Imperfect people are more fun to be around.  Their messy cars and unpaid bills and grounded-for-life kids make us feel better about our own imperfections.  Imperfect people let us relax and focus on living instead of hiding.  They let us focus on working through our problems instead of pretending they aren’t there.  

So the next time you bounce a check or rip a seam or run out of gas on your way to the PTO meeting you forgot about until it was almost over… tell me.  I promise I will love you all the more for it.

Guest bloggist, Lynn Alexander, is a proud supporter of “A Beautiful Me®” and is the vice president of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County.  Her latest attempt at not being perfect can be found at www.givewhereyoulive2014.org.


Bina West

“There is nothing unusual about success. I only carried out my idea. Too many people fail because they are afraid of other people’s opinions. This is especially true of women. The only thing to do is go ahead.”