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Karin and Joe are proud parents of first-born twins, West and Elise, and Hoyte.
pain of that experience, I learned a lot about relationships, the world and myself, and those lessons helped make me who I am today. The cost of these types of challenges is being broken for a time, but the wonderful prize through recovery is one of healing, hope and inspiration to fix the broken places, emerge stronger and reinvent life. When we know better, we do better. I knew I needed more. In 2001, I did just that. I started the process of reinventing myself. I wanted to do better, have a better life, help people. Like every other woman, I wanted to find my soul mate. And most deeply, I wanted my own children. Step by step, I carved a new road for myself and trusted my gained wisdom. I went back to school, moved into town, formed a new circle of friends and learned how to laugh again. Although I was fearful and insecure at times, I put myself back into the world with purpose and hope. Turns out, I met friends who are like sisters now, found sides of myself I never knew existed, became a practicing therapist, fell in love, married and, at long last, became a mother of twins on my 38th birthday. Talk about
the present of a lifetime! While my road led me to the blessings of these gifts, it also surprised me with some unexpected road bumps.
How did I do that? The process of reinvention takes work. I had found inspiration in the healing process of counseling, but I did not realize how healing it would eventually be for my life. I tried finding my way, dabbling in fundraising, freelance writing, volunteering and public relations. These were all significant legs of my journey, but I kept feeling like a chunk of me was missing. What was it? What was I supposed to be doing? Then someone asked, â€œKarin, have you ever considered becoming a therapist?â€? Ding. Dong. I had spent years helping others wade through challenges and found great fulfillment encouraging and empathizing with families of sick children at the Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses. With girlfriends, it seemed I spent most hours analyzing relationship issues and figuring out family dysfunction. I was already doing it! Southern Seasons Magazine
First cover of Southern Seasons Magazine Holiday/Winter 2012-13 issue on newsstands December 2012.