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
September 1, 2014.
Addressing the wage gap!
A Beautiful Me® podcast airs every Tuesday after the 9:00 am news on
WGRT 102.3 FM in Port Huron, Michigan.
The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
Fannie Flagg, keeps you laughing in this comic mystery novel about two women who are forced to re-discover who they are. Fun-filled, spanning decades and generations The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is another wonderful novel by the fantastic storyteller, Flagg. Unforgettable characters, side-splitting hilarity and of course those deeply touching moments. Enjoy!
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
A Tragedy’s Bright Spot
Sometimes it takes several hard pushes before you find yourself tripping onto the right path. Back in 2009, the economy tanked. I lost a job as a factory worker. I had gone through a divorce. I had three children to support.
Over the next few years, I lost our home to bankruptcy, I lost a second home that was supplying me with rental income and I lost my life savings trying to stay afloat. It was during this time that I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I was exhausted all the time and in a lot of pain. I thought it was stress. Unfortunately, I learned the symptoms I had would stay with me for a lifetime.
One day during a peak time of depression, I couldn’t take it anymore. I knew I had to get these dark thoughts out of my system. I was angry at the world, I felt like a victim, in my mind, I felt helpless. I decided to create a blog. I had never read a blog or had a blog of my own, but I felt that a blog would allow me to get my thoughts out and scream at the world a little.
That one step, creating a blog changed my whole life. I am now a freelance writer. It was always a dream of mine to write, but I felt it was an impossible dream. I was at the bottom and knew I had nothing to lose. Writing made me feel alive again. The best part was that I could work from home and manage my fibromyalgia symptoms by taking rests when I needed to or getting up and stretching or take a walk when I would stiffen up.
It took a lot of bad situations pushing me down, crying and soul-searching for me to find the bright spot in a lot of tragedy. My life now is everything I could ever have hoped for. I make a good living, I get to be a stay-at-home mom and I love what I do. Looking back I am grateful for all of the heartache. It brought me to a place that is better than anything I could have ever hoped for.
Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer, social media consultant, and supports the vision of A Beautiful Me®. Her popular blog, Searching for the Happiness can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press.