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 15, 2014.
The Universal Language
A Beautiful Me® podcast airs every Tuesday after the 9:00 am news on
WGRT 102.3 FM in Port Huron, Michigan.
Walking On Water
Richard Paul Evans finishes up his “Walking” series with this fifth book. If you have been following Alan Christoffersen through his walk, you know that a year has gone by, since he lost everything; his wife was killed in a terrible accident; his partner has stolen his business; and he has lost his home. He has been walking from Seattle to Key West meeting a variety of people, and coming up against some revelations about himself. As he approaches his walk destination, he needs to look at what his walk has taught him and make some very important decisions. 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
Who Do You Surround Yourself With?
In 2001, a coworker and I decided that we should open our own company. After much debate and discussion, we moved forward with our plan. It involved many late nights, early mornings and several weekends of nonstop work. My husband was my biggest supporter. He never once complained about playing mom, being dad and still working his 40 plus hours a week. He would often bring our three daughters to the office for dinner. Family time was important, so instead of dining at our kitchen table, we ate at a conference table. We would catch up on each other’s day, do homework and enjoy the down time. In 2011, my business partner and I decided that the time had come to go our separate ways. Neither of us wanted to keep the business, so after a successful adventure, we said our goodbyes.
In 2012 my husband started running. He encouraged me to do the same. I could hardly run one quarter mile without feeling like I was going to pass out. Again, my number one fan kept encouraging me. He would give me training schedules; ask me to run with him and give me advice on how to meet my goal time. After several months, I ran my first 5K. I kept hearing, “I told you that you could do it.” Next up was a 10K, and then my husband, oldest daughter and I all ran a half marathon together. Never in a million years did I think that I could run that far. What a feeling of accomplishment.
As my 50th birthday approaches, I find myself looking back on my life. Should I have done things differently? I think we all say “what if” at some point. I can honestly say that I am very fortunate and blessed! I have a loving and supportive husband and three beautiful daughters. These by far are my biggest accomplishments. I have so much pride in my family.
Happiness and success don’t always come easy. If you surround yourself with loving and supportive family and friends; you truly can accomplish many things.
Julie currently resides in Bruce Township, Michigan. She loves spending time with her family at their home in Caseville. She supports the work of A Beautiful Me® and continually strives to encourage her daughters to be strong and independent women.