Category Archives: Karen’s Blog

Finding Your Blessing

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. Martha Washington (1731-1802). When we are able to appreciate what we have in this moment, our blessing, instead of fretting about the past or worrying about the future, our life changes. Living in the moment and seeing the…
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Giving

Those who know me know my motto: "If you make the people who give $25 feel just as special as those who gave $25,000, you'll have work the next day." This is my motto not only because I like to stay gainfully employed, but also because I believe that the significance of the gift is…
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Different But Not Other

It is perhaps human nature to notice when something or someone is different. It is one thing to notice these differences, it is quite another to designate the difference as other and therefore less than. Back in 1991, when I became Mrs. Minnesota International, I was interviewed as part of the competition I was asked…
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Expectations

We all have expectations: of ourselves, of others, of how events will turn out and even of how we will feel. We expect that our holiday will be straight off the pages of Martha Stewart, or we dread a meeting because we assume it will be uncomfortable. An expectation is sometimes a bias. The feeling…
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Confidence

I will admit it, there have been items at my auctions that have caused one to wonder. When I had to auction off bull sperm, the first thought I had was, "what am I going to say about this?" Life presents moments such as these: the awkward question at the job interview, sitting next to…
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Second Chances

A special thing happens sometimes at auctions. Two bidders are actively biding against one another for a unique item, perhaps a backstage pass or a meal with someone influential or famous. But in the end, only the highest bidder wins. On rare occasions the donor offers another event, meal or meeting, so that both bidders…
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Nourish

We've all heard the word nourish. Perhaps it makes us think of skincare or food and nutrition. It does mean to provide sustenance. But it also means to aid, strengthen and enrich. In that sense, when we get involved with non-profit or charitable organizations, we seek to nourish the needs of those in society who…
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Hope

Whenever I meet someone new and they find out that I am an auctioneer who specializes in charity events, a funny look crosses their face, I guess because there just aren't many full time auctioneers out there, even fewer of us women. But, as I've said in past posts, I love what I do. My…
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The Power of the Pause, the moment the auction changes

Sometimes in life, business or relations, we must stop and pause. But by stopping, we are not doing nothing, in fact the point at which we stop may be the point of greatest change, when the most happens. The philosopher Lao-Tzu said, "when nothing is done, nothing is left undone." He promoted the idea of…
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Service

The word service can be used to mean many things: to work for or to fix. Service is another word for military and signifies offering kindness or aid. Many of us serve our community at the local school, church, or soup kitchen. We may serve our country in politics, government or the military. And some…
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