May 17, 2015

"Seed Money"

I have felt the creative urge lately and have been dabbling in decoupage and collage using modge podge and different papers and textures. I am truly a novice and still have so much to learn. I commented to a friend on Friday that I don't have any rubber stamps to add to my designs. On a whim I decided to check craigslist  to see if anyone was selling any stamps and supplies. I have never previously bought anything on craigslist.

I was happy to find someone locally who was selling all their supplies for $250. It was more than I wanted to spend yet some of the items looked perfect. I sent a message to determine if the items were still available as the listing was 19 days old and I first wrote that I would offer $200 if they weren't sold. Something prompted me to change the offer of $200 to $210 before sending the message. A couple of hours later I received a response that the items were available and she would take $210.

Immediately I drove to the house and was surprised to see the extensive collection of supplies that were now mine. A lifetime of collecting with love and passion. Many, many storage containers filled with hundreds of treasures; beautiful papers, stickers, stamps, pens, books and so much more. I was over whelmed as I was not anticipating the vast array of wonderful things.

Lola, the lovely lady, selling her supplies and I started chatting and found out we are kindred souls. She told me that when she decided to sell her supplies she hoped the person who bought them would love them as much as she had loved them. Yes, Lola, I love them. Also, surprisingly in 19 days no-one else had responded to her post. They were waiting for me.

Yet here is the most magical part of this story. Lola's son recently started a new business. The day before he received a quote for yard signs to advertise and grow his business. Yes, you guessed it, the amount of the quote was a beautiful, round, exact $210. When Lola shared this with me - we both knew the universe had conspired in some mysterious way to bring us together. She proceeded to say the $210 was in essence "seed money" for his business.

In the future when I am creating art with all the wonderful supplies, I will feel good knowing that in some magical way buying these supplies was the start of a new business. The seeds have certainly been planted and I know her son's business will reap success and flourish. I cannot wait to see the yard signs sprouting up around town.

There is always flow in the universe as energy moves in different directions. Sometimes we are not aware of how our actions have such a profound and universal effect. There definitely was magic in the air on Friday causing this cosmic exchange of beautiful energy.

Karen Hackel

March 5, 2015

Love has no labels

Great video - just over three minutes

October 31, 2014

Time To Come Out Of The Closet

Written in March 2014 
It's time for me to come out of the closet. Some of you already know and for those of you who don't, here goes...
A week before relocating from New Jersey to Florida, I tested positive for the BRCA1 gene. This means I have an 87% chance of getting breast cancer or a recurrence (duh, I had breast cancer 19 years ago) and a 50% chance of getting ovarian cancer. In December, a month after moving, I had my ovaries and Fallopian tubes removed taking care of the ovarian cancer risk. I recovered well from the first surgery and am enjoying life in sunny Florida. On March 18th, I will be having a prophylactic double mastectomy, while not looking forward to the surgery and recovery - I am focusing on the positive statistics that will reduce my breast cancer risk from 87% to 3%. 

I am very grateful I live in a time where I have options and can be proactive about my health. 

I am so lucky to have found excellent surgeons I trust and to be surrounded by a wonderful network of love, support and caring.
As Angelina Jolie stated "Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of". I have always been a warrior and I plan on coming out of this next battle stronger and better than ever.~ Karen

P.S. The photo was taken as I went into surgery. It is now seven months since surgery and I am feeling fabulous.