Hi! I’m Karen. Thanks for stopping by
As a wife, mother, grandmother and professional, life has taught me many lessons. Being the youngest of nine children, we did many activities together. Growing up, my siblings, parents and I all ate meals together, a rarity these days. My family piled in the big black station wagon and attended church each Sunday. We did chores and prayed together as a family. As you can see, faith and family were core values growing up. In addition to my values, having seven older brothers provided me a unique perspective of life that few other women experience. By watching my brothers, I learned a lot about male-female relationships. Since my brothers were also my playmates, I developed a ‘tough skin’ due to the teasing I endured.
As an adult, because of my own struggles with marriage, I felt a need to help others struggling with marital and family relationships. I pursued a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. After completing my degree, I did not pursue marriage and family counseling as a profession. However, the training I received was extremely beneficial in helping me understand my own family as well as others. Professionally, I had over twenty years of human resources experience. Moving forward, I decided to focus on career counseling, which was a perfect blend of my training and professional experience. My desire to serve others has been fulfilled through my mentoring of young mothers at a pregnancy care center.
So with some stumbles and a few curved balls thrown at me, I feel blessed with the life I’ve lived. No life is perfect. It shouldn’t be. If it was, we’d never learn to handle disappointments or how to pick ourselves up and keep moving. Nor would we learn to lean on a higher power for hope and strength to continue the journey. Throughout my life, I tried to live out my life verse, which has helped me to keep my life in perspective. I hope you find this verse a blessing during your life’s journey.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ~ I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank my daughter, who has provided me with ongoing support and encouragement to follow my dream. Most of all, I am thankful for her insight and expertise as a writer and editor as I share my pearls with you. I love you KayeCouture!
You may be sure that wisdom is good for the soul. Get wisdom and you have a bright future. - Proverbs 24:14.
Love and Blessings,