Thursday, December 29, 2011

A New Year, A New Day

In the last few days of 2011, I take some time off and reflect on the past year. I think about the good things that happened like having a baby this year in April and how happy that made me. I smile when I think about fun times I had with my family and friends. But there were some not so great things that happened like the flood we had in our office in February, and all the stress that caused. And I get sad when I remember the loved ones who have passed on.

When I was a little girl my Mom used to say something to us at bedtime which I always remembered. She would say, "Tomorrow's a new day." It sounds really simple but I always felt better when she said it. Especially when she said it at the end of a bad day. To know that tomorrow I could wake up and start over again, was comforting. To know that as bad as today was, there was hope that the next day would be better.

So this is the way I approach the new year and every year. I feel we should reflect, remember the good and the bad. Not to regret the bad, just to learn from it. Use it as something that can help you grow. Think about this new year and ask yourself if there's anything you would like to improve, change or just do more of. That's the beauty of starting fresh, there's hope for change. There's an intention to do better. Remember that not only is it a new year but every day is a chance for you to start over again.

Here are my intentions for 2012:
1. To be more patient with people, with my children, with myself.
2. To be healthier, including losing weight and eating healthier.
3. To share my faith. (as my daughter says, "Sharing is caring")   :)

I'd love to hear your intentions for the new year. And don't forget...
tomorrow's a new day.

Feeling Blessed,

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."
Matthew 7:7-8

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Grateful Spirit

Over the years, I didn't always appreciate what I had.  I was annoyed by small things.  Annoyed by terrible drivers, people who took too long to order in the drive thru, telephone calls on my home phone with someone trying to sell me something while I'm trying to eat dinner....I was irritated by so many things actually.  At the same time, I was holding on to resentment and pain from my past.  I didn't realize how my attitude and negative thoughts actually were affecting my day to day interactions with people I love.  Then something happened and it changed everything.  I was able to start over and got a  new perspective on life.   

I went to a bootcamp called Life Enrichment Bootcamp in January 2010.  At that time, I was feeling like something was missing and something wasn't right in my life.  After talking to a dear friend and therapist, Dr Maryanne Watson, she recommended I attend this "workshop".  She told me it was Christian based and that it was worth 10 years of therapy.  She had peaked my interest so much, after talking to her, I got online and read about it.  I signed up right then and there. 

The workshop was unbelievable.  It helped me realize I was missing out on enjoying my life by hanging on to things that had happened in the past.  Those four days of bootcamp were intense and given the choice, I would do it all over again.  There were hundreds of people there with me.  Listening to my group's stories made me realize we all were suffering in some way.  The exercises and training we experienced were priceless.  At the same time, I was saved spiritually too.  I became born again.  My husband, Raj, also became Christian and was baptized.  It was so amazing to see God work in us.  Made me realize all things are possible through Him as it says in Matthew 19:26.

It's been a long road but I know now that God doesn't want us to dwell in sorrow, past hurts, or other worries.  He wants us to love one another.  It's hard to love others when you don't love yourself.  So I encourage you to open your heart, seek out something greater in your life.  Let go of past hurts.  If anyone is interested in finding out more about the bootcamp I attended, you can read more at  You can mention me as the person who referred you and this enables you to attend it for free. I also need to give credit to Dr Art Arauzo as he was also instrumental to my healing. He and Dr Watson are the best and they have helped thousands of patients. 

Love to you all......Have a beautiful and safe Christmas and God Bless You!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Laugh a Little or A Lot

There hasn't been a time when my sense of humor hasn't helped me in some way.  We all go through tough times now and then.  Now of course, you can't laugh during horrible situations.  But I do enjoy a good laugh, even at my own expense, and often.  When I was working in San Antonio at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital, my supervisor told me, "Laura, I don't think I've ever met anyone who laughs at themselves as much as you do."  I received it as a compliment (although I'm not sure if it was intended as one).  What better way to stay humble and laid back, then to chuckle at your own mistakes once in while. 

Often, we hold ourselves to a standard of perfection.  I used to do that in my 20s.  Thinking that everything in my life had to be perfect otherwise it was an indication of some failure on my part.  Then in my 30s realized that was far from the truth.  No one is perfect.  Well there is one perfect person, God.  I've come to accept myself for everything that is me, imperfections and all.  This and keeping my sense of humor with me at all times, is why I'm living a life I love.

According to, laughter is also great for your health: relaxes the body, boosts the immune system, triggers the release of endorphins, and protects the heart.  I've even seen Laughter Yoga Clubs in the news.  Apparently there are thousands of these clubs all over the world.  Sounds like a blast!  I just want to attend one just to join in on the fun.

So don't take yourself so seriously.  Revel in the moment and keep a healthy perspective on things.  Even when you're in a dark place, try to remember that there is always someone who is suffering more than you are, somewhere else in the world.  Much love to you all and of course....keep laughing!

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Welcome to my new blog, Reinvented You.  Let me give you a little background on me and what you can expect from this Blog. 

I'm Laura Garcia Kakar, born and raised in San Antonio Texas.  Growing up, I quickly learned I had to work really hard to get out of poverty and make something of myself.  Thank God, I have one Sister, Cynthia, and she is truly amazing and a role model for me.  Cynthia and I were the first ones in our family to go to and graduate from college.  My parents, Joe & Oralia, are survivors and I learned a lot from them over the years, too. Eventually I went on to become a Physician Assistant and now co-own a Sleep Medicine Clinic in  Plano, TX, called the Dallas Center for Sleep Disorders (  It has been a dream of mine to be able to help others like so many have done for me along my journey.  Paying it forward is important to me.  So this is what I intend to do with this blog.  To share knowledge, inspire, motivate and ultimately to enrich lives.  I look forward to engaging with you, my Reader.  I encourage feedback, comments.  Thanks!   

"With God, all things are possible." - Matthew, 19:26.