About Me and This Site


Life is full of surprises and unexpected events, especially when you have children. I am the mother of two; a 19-year old daughter and a 21-year old son. Both of whom I adore.

A few years ago, we were the victims of a Home Invasion that went on for several months. That experience put us on an Unsolicited Journey setting in motion a series of events and challenges that continue to have rippling effects to this day. Our lives were changed forever. You can’t let an event in your life define who you are. It’s not what happens to you but what you do; how you respond, when something happens that becomes part of your character. While this unfortunate event doesn’t define who we are as individuals and a family and while this blog is not solely devoted to writing about that event, it was a motivating factor.

Taking The World On With A Smile! attempts to put the joys and the challenges of this author’s every day life into perspective. It’s about Letting Go and living life. It’s about now and then. Current happenings, memories and people that have or have had an impact on my life.

It’s about this mom striving to live Life on Life’s Term — Not Mine trying to find the best approach for the issue at hand, dealing with those unexpected happenings as they occur and the interactions and impact of family, friends and everyone else we come into contact with.

Living life on life’s terms is not always easy.

It’s how you approach it that really matters and what you learn from it along the way that counts.

Be it at home or at work, in the company of family or friends, this mom strives to live life on life’s terms with grace and equanimity.

“When we make peace with life events, even when things don’t go the way we want, we exhibit grace. When we manage stressful situations with humor, we exhibit grace. When we are accepting of others, we exhibit grace. Grace is not about physical beauty or having a ballerina’s poise. It is composed of generosity, forgiveness, and equanimity in the face of trying times.”  ~Sarah Brokaw

  1. April 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    you’re always taking the world on with a smile!!!!!!!!!!


    • May 13, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      …..and you (and Noah) are among the biggest reasons I keep trying to!


  2. Anonymous
    July 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Do you still have the bus? I am desperately trying to find one for a family photo in August in Garden City Beach, SC. If so, please contact imadubs@aol.com.


  3. July 31, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Hello! What an interesting story, and I really like your blog….Crazy how life sets certain things in motion. Sometimes it’s hard to take it all in stride, but it’s always easier with a smile! Thanks, and I’m going to keep reading! ~Pam


    • July 31, 2011 at 8:18 am

      Thank you so much, Pam! I appreciate your kind words.


  4. October 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I’m happy to have landed here. I admire your take on life and look forward to following your journey.


  5. October 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Thank you! I’m happy you landed here also & look forward to checking out your blog as well!


  6. January 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I have a 4 year old and 2 year old little girls. They are my delight. I am an unsolicited SAHD now but making the most of it. I am looking to you for experience and guidance! 😛


  7. February 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I love your blog


  8. March 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you, Cormac! You are very sweet!


  9. August 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Ms. Karen, don’t hate me but I had to give you another award on my latest post. I know y9ou must be tired of these things by now. 🙂 Keep that “Life With a Smile”!


  10. November 22, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Hi Karen. Thanks for visiting my site — your comment (and your site’s name) pulled me to pop over and explore. I found so much inspiration and encouragement in your approach to life. May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Cheers!


  11. December 5, 2012 at 6:44 am

    let’s check in my website: you received a new award 🙂 all the best


  12. December 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Karen, I wanted to nominate you for an(other) award. If you chose to accept (their is no obligation) check out http://ourlifein3d.com/2012/12/11/this-is-so-crazy/. If time prohibits this time of year, I completely understand. Have a great weekend!


  13. December 25, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Your blog title should be a mantra for all!


    • December 25, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks Frank & thanks for stopping by!


  14. December 28, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Malcolm’s Corner and liking ‘Freedom Works’.


  15. February 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    ciao! luvFAB and inspiring blog.


    • February 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

      Thanks for stopping by!


  16. February 27, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Taking the world on with a smile! i like that! Great blog! Congratulations!


  17. October 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Hello Karen, me again. I know you are getting tired of this but I have another award for you. One you truly deserve! For more details follow the red carpet to http://ourlifein3d.com/2013/10/22/blog-of-somewhere-hot/…..Stop me when you run out of room in your trophy case. 🙂


    • October 27, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Andy! Thank you. I totally appreciate the kind words on your blog post and am honored that you thought of me for this “award”. It may just be the motivating nudge I needed to get my “post” back on 🙂


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