Mrs. Fixer Upper

A week or two ago a friend approached me asking me to identify three blind spots in her. It was part of an exercise done in her leadership group. I shared a few things that she could work on and asked her to do the same for me. One of the things that she pointed…

Things I Wish I Would’ve Done Differently in my Twenties

Last year was the year I celebrated being on Earth for three decades. Leaving the first decade of full adulthood was not sentimental or pregnant with negative emotions for me. I felt the same and didn't see how another day would categorize me as "old." I had encouragement for the future since I had heard…

The Irony of Discipline and How to Use It to Your Advantage

Over the last few days, we have been dog-sitting the family dog. When she came into our lives about 10 years ago, her and I became really close. She would follow me around the house and would almost always let me hold her. I took care of her day-to-day needs, and even had a little…

Don’t Let this New Year be an Accident

There are a few phrases our parents mutter that, for whatever reason, stick with us. Maybe the phrases are funny, sweet, sad, or just truthful. I can remember many examples, but I choose to dwell on one my dad said that taught me a great lesson. He told me once, very simply, "Good things don't…

How to Keep Your House Clean (the Karla Edition)

I have to confess that I don't like to clean, but I dislike dirt more than the action of cleaning, so, I clean. Our house is not immaculate but we do maintain it regularly. I, like I assume we all do, have a dream where I won't ever have to clean. My homemaker duties quickly…