back: Sarah B, Cat, Jill, Dawn Marie, Sue; middle: Christine, Lupe, Lisa, Pamela, Sarah J; front: Cindy

Inspiring thoughts, ideas and information provided by women business owners.

The purpose of Keystone Women's Circle is to unite, support and promote women business owners. A keystone is the stone in an arch that binds all others in place. In a circle of stones, every stone is a keystone. We believe that together we can create a foundation, not of brick and mortar, but of relationships and mutual support, enabling all of us to prosper.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Some of my keystone sisters are not having the best of days so I will post a quote you have probably heard me say before - I do not know the author but I do love the words.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

Hoping you will all be dancing again soon,
Lisa Fahey

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gotta love it!

Okay guys, so it really feels like winter now.  I haven't seen snow like that since I can remember.  We tried to shovel a couple times on Saturday to keep up with things but with the wind we eventually said "screw it" and went inside for some hot chocolate.  Sunday morning as we thought we would try and go to Unity service but quickly changed our mind due to the 3 foot drift over our entire driveway.  We bundled up and started working.  We had to shovel in layers since it was so deep.  We would get a few few of driveway uncovered than have to rest.  More hot chocolate than back out again.  We are stubborn Minnesotans and refuse to buy a snow blower (kicking myself for that stubbornness on Sunday) but anyways, we kept at it.  A few hours later and a throbbing back and arms, a neighbor who lived down the street about 5 houses and who we've never met, comes over with his small bobcat kinda thing and helped us uncover the end of the driveway.  As I stood back and watched him work, I felt so appreciative for the kindness of people who are willing to spend their time and energy and gas to help those in need.  It made me start to think of ways in which I could help others.  Pay it forward idea.  I thank my neighbor and friends and family for making winter a little warmer.
May you all be blessed

Sarah Bran de Leon

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Baby its cold outside.......

It seems like just yesterday, I had my favorite flip-flops on and I had to be careful at the end of the day when I would start my car because the stirring wheel was so hot from sitting in the sun all day!  Hard to believe!  That is Minnesota for ya! 
I found this Japanese proverb and thought is was worth sharing.

                One Kind Word Can Warm Three Winter Months.

Have a wonderful rest of the week, and please be kind.

Lisa Fahey

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mom and Me Holiday tea (and Dads, Grands, Aunties too!)

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Oohh, I am getting in the mood are you?  Well if you are not, I suggest you come to Mom and Me Holiday Tea Saturday, December 11th 10am.  We will surely share this Christmas spirit with you.  Join us for Tea, Cider, treats and stories with Mrs. Claus. 

That's right MRS. CLAUS is here early to wish us all a Merry Christmas!  Moms and daughters, Dads and sons, grandma and grandpa, aunties and uncles young and old, all are welcome to this wonderful Christmas event presented to you by the Keystone Women's Circle. 
Where: Mystic Journey, 109 N. Meridian St. (next to Golden Touch Jewelry) Belle Plaine.
When: Saturday, December 11th, 10am
Cost: $5 per person, no more than $15/family.
Don't delay, RSVP by Monday, December 6th call 952-873-3364

It is also gift basket day at Mystic Journey.  Enjoy a day of shopping and free gift wrapping with 10% of sales benefiting the Southern Valley Alliance for battered women.
Sarah Jaeger, Mystic Journey

Friday, December 3, 2010

Local Holiday Shopping

Holiday Boutique at Kingsway (The Lutheran Home Campus) Dec. 3 2pm-8pm

Little House in the Country Holiday Boutique. St. Johns Assumption church 26523 200th street Belle Plaine. Saturday December 4th 9am-3pm and Sunday December 5rd 11:30am-3pm. Dept. 56 collectable, Potted spruce tips, Holiday treats and more! Directions: Go north on hwy 25, then a right when you see the St. John's Assumption sign.

Bring A Blanket, Get A Free Lunch
Subway Restaurant’s annual Bring A Blanket collection is Sunday, Dec. 5 all day at participating Subway Restaurants, which includes Belle Plaine. Those who provide a new or gently used clean blanket will get a free lunch. Blankets collected in the Twin Cities metropolitan area will be given to Bridging Inc for distribution during 2011. Blankets collected in greater Minnesota will be distributed to organizations in each community. 

Holiday Boutique at Rectory Bed & Breakfast  Dec. 5 10am-4pm.

Marion's Place OPEN HOUSE this Sunday, December 5th 1-6pm. An enchanting location for events & gatherings. Check out this new Belle Plaine jewel. 23961 Kittson Blvd Belle Plaine. Directions: cross over 169, turn right on Hickory, and head on up the hill until Hickory ends, at which point you can only turn left. Go straight ahead until the road turns to gravel, then watch for the farmhouse on the left.

Have a Fun and Snowy Weekend! Pamela Healing Essence Massage

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Why exercise may not be working

Okay, some news for all of you sweating your butts off and not seeing any results.  A recent article posted by Time addressed that issue.  Why do so many of us exercise long and hard and not see results that we're expecting.  Well recent studies found that exercising stimulates hunger.  And that many people who workout lose the benefits because they end up eating more!  It takes an hour of walking to burn 500 calories.  How long does it take to eat 500 calories?  Not long. The study also found that people who worked out tended to lead sedentary lives the rest of the time.  So for best results, instead of working out hard for an hour 3 times a week, than being sedentary the rest of the time,  try and remain active throughout the day, and focus on healthy eating.  to read the full article go to:,8599,1914857-1,00.html 

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

Sarah Bran de Leon

Thursday, November 18, 2010


I recently read  that it takes about 1000 years for the average pair of shoes to decompose in a landfill. That is not a typo - 1000 YEARS!  I had just bought a new pair of cute brown boots and took them back after I read it.  Not only did that save me forty buckeroos, I felt a bit better about all of the shoes I have that will be here long after my grandchildrens grandchildrens grandchildrens children are born.  It was one tiny step on my part. I love to shop for shoes but I have never thought about the impact on the earth.  I will from now on!!

Lisa Fahey

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mark your calendars!

Two events happening in Belle Plaine this Friday, November 19th;

Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, 7pm at Emma Krumbees General Store.  This fundraiser is to benefit Belle Plaine Dollars for Scholars. 

Ladies Night Out 5-9pm at Its Just Me Salon, 102 West Main St.   They'll have desserts, wine, great deals, and drawings all night, along with 14 other vendors from the area!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wow. The post proceeding this one is truely an eye opener for me!  Sarah that was so beautifully written.  I did not grow up in a hunting family, we fed the deer in our backyard in Bloomington along the river valley and would run to the window when one was spotted to watch them.  I don't think my dad owned a gun and if he did, I never saw it.  I wouldn't say I am against hunting, to say that would get me into intense conversations that I do not wish to participate in.  I don't want to see it, I don't like to hear the shots fired and wonder if there is an animal out there suffering, I don't want to hear hunting stories, and I certianly do not want to eat it!  But Sarah's blog shed a new light on the subject for me.  And for a 14 year old to be learning the lesson she is teaching is absolutly heart warming.  I teared up reading the message, and not because I felt bad for the deer (which is typically my reaction) but because there are people out there with wonderful values and morals in a world that most of the time does not make sense to me at all.  YOU are a gift Sarah, not only to your family but to ALL of the lives you are touching.

Lisa Fahey

Monday, November 8, 2010

Gifts from nature

Must of you born and raised Minnesotans know what time of year it is right? 
Now I was raised with a father that was an avid deer hunter.  It was a big deal to go deer hunting.  When I was young I was a tom boy and really enjoyed hunting with my father.  I think a lot of it was that I really enjoyed being outside witnessing nature at its best.  It has been a long time since I hunted with my father.  As an adult, my feelings about deer hunting are mixed.  I do feel there is a need to help control the deer population but the killing of an animal is tough for me. 

I now have a 14 year old boy who is interested in hunting.  He went this year with his step-dad.  Part of me really wants to support him.  I feel that I learned a lot about nature when I was hunting and I want him to experience it for himself and make his own decision about it.

This year my boy was in a deer stand by himself.  Granted my husband was within eye site of him but as a mother I had mixed feelings about this too.  Is he mature enough to make decisions safely?  Is he ready to make the decision to end a life? 

Well, he got a doe.  As he was telling me the story of how the event unfolded I was proud of him.  He made the conscious effort to be safe and to make sure he got a clean shot before he harvested her.  She was a beautiful girl.  As I admired her, thoughts came to mind about gratitude.  About being thankful for the gift she gave to us.  Her life.  I want my son to appreciate nature and the gifts they bring us.  I told him he should thank her spirit for her sacrifice. 

Hoping that my words did not fall on deaf ears, I turned to walk away.  From the corner of my eye I saw him patting her on her chest.  I knew right then and there that a major lesson was taught.  To not think that we are entitled to what we want.  To think that we can just take when we need.  But to ask, receive and be thankful for our gifts especially those gifts from nature.

Sarah Jaeger, Mystic Journey

Friday, November 5, 2010

How Can Massage Help My Health and Well-Being?
Generally, people use massage for either general relaxation and well-being, or to address a specific complaint, such as pain or limited range of motion. Research suggests massage therapy may contribute to both goals.
Some of the general benefits of massage therapy may include:
Physical relaxation
Improved circulation, which nourishes cells and improves waste elimination
Relief for tight muscles (knots) and other aches and pains
Release of nerve compression (carpel tunnel, sciatica)
Greater flexibility and range of motion
Enhanced energy and vitality
Some clinical styles may help heal scar tissue as well as tendon, ligament, and muscle tears

What specific conditions can massage therapy help?
Massage therapy may help the body in many ways. Massage can relax muscle tissue, which may lead to decreased nerve compression, increased joint space, and range of motion. This may lead to reduced pain and improved function.
Massage therapy may also improve circulation, which enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells and helps remove waste products. These circulatory effects of massage may have great value in the treatment of inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or edema (an excessive accumulation of fluid in body tissues).
Massage therapy is also thought to induce a relaxation response, which lowers the heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure; boosts the immune system; and generally decreases the physical effects of stress.

To find out more visit: Taking Charge of Your Health

Have a great weekend! Pamela Healing Essence Massage

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Boutique this Saturday!

Belle Plaine's annual Stop and Shop Boutique will be held this Saturday from 10am to 2pm.  Stop be the Vet's Club Downtown for great shopping from local artisians.  Crafts, jewlery, baked goods and much more will be in abundance just in time to start your holiday shopping.  And Bonus!  Free coffee and cookies will be served!

Hope to see you there!

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.  ~e.e. cummings

Wishing you a wonderful laughter filled day!
Lisa Fahey


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Not just for men!

This is for all you ladies out there....  

I want to talk about weight training.  Its not just for men anymore.  So many women are afraid to do resistance training cause they're afraid of "bulking up".  Well let me put your fears to rest.  The reason men are able to "bulk up"  is because they have higher levels of testosterone.  Women don't have enough to allow us to build extreme amounts of muscle.  For women, weight training can only enhance our femininity.  There are many benefits for women to start weight training,  just a few of them are:

  • If your trying to lose weight, one of the best ways to increase your metabolism is to increase muscle. Muscle burns 3 times as many calories as fat.  The less muscle you have the less calories you'll burn.
  • Being on a resistance program while losing weight tells the body to lose the fat but keep the muscle.
  • As women age we lose muscle mass more rapidly than men.  Weight training can help offset this.
  • A Harvard study found that 10 weeks of strength training reduced clinical depression symptoms more successfully than standard counseling did.  Women who strength train commonly report feeling more confident and capable as a result of strength training.
  • Osteoporosis affects 1.2 million women because of depleting levels of estrogen which protects bone.  Weight lifting Increases bone mineral density and strengthens the muscles cushioning the  bones.

So ladies, "Man up" or should I say "Woman up" and get out there and start lifting weights.  You'll feel better both physically and mentally.

Sarah Bran de Leon

Thursday, October 28, 2010

If you are anything like me, the change in seasons (in this weeks case, goodbye sun, hello wind, rain, snow and cold temps) triggers something inside to make changes in oneself.  I am on a kick to get loose weight, cook healthier meals for my family, clean out closets, make more money, spend more time with family etc. etc. etc.
Thinking of all the areas in my life that need improving or changes can be so overwhelming.  I am going to go a bit easier on myself this fall and take baby steps.  For those of you who are looking to make and accomplish goals let me give you a bit of advice:  Make a list of things you would like done.  Make it simple.  Put wake up on your list.  That way, if you accomplish nothing else on your list, you can at least cross that off!  Ask for help.  If cleaning out the garage is on your list, ask your husband or kids to help out!  Put on some music and make the best of an otherwise icky chore.  My friend and I once helped each other put up Christmas Lights.  We had a great time doing it together and it made the project much more enjoyable!  The day to day tasks can get boring but if you can put a new twist on it, you may actually have a good time.  Set realistic goals and do not get to discouraged when those darn obstacles get in your way!

I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday.
  ~Author Unknown~

Lisa Fahey

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

We are women, hear us roar!

"I think the key is for women not to set any limits."
— Martina Navratilova

I am so proud to be a member of the Keystone Women’s Circle.  We are not afraid to try new things.  We can do anything we set our minds to do. We each bring a different talent to the table and as we work collectively, we do great things.  We have much planned for the future and I know that we not only will have our lives enriched, but also will enhance the lives of others who participate in our offerings.

I am so proud to be a member of the Keystone Women’s Circle.  I know that I have the support of each and every member and that they care as much about me achieving my personal goals as they do their own. 

I am so proud to be a member of the Keystone Women’s Circle.  C’mon ladies. Let’s hold hands, count to three, and jump. Who knows where we are going to land! I know, however, that it will be amazing!

Cathy Isles
Bridging the Universe

New business direction!

I'm very excited to let everyone know that I'm taking my business in a new direction.  I've had the honor to help people with many issues over the last 3 years, from Anger to Anxiety,  Self-esteem and phobias, smoking and weight loss.  I have loved them all and felt blessed to be able to help.  One of the issues is particularly exciting to me and I've decided to focus on that.  I love working with weight loss clients and feel so excited and blessed to be a part of  their growth and healing as they meet their goals.  I am now Calm Waters Hypnosis for women, as that is who I love to work with, and I specialize in weight loss.  Its what I love to do... and let's face it, I'm the boss and I get to do what I want:-)  So cheers to me for doing what I love, and cheers to all of you who are out there making your dreams come true. Women are amazing, were so strong and smart and courageous.  Be the author of your life.  Do what you love to do!

Have a great day and be courageous
Sarah Bran de León

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Peppers Promote Weight loss

"Experts have long known that capsaicin-the compound that gives chile peppers their kick-promotes wight loss, but they haven't understood how. Now research shows that the substance triggers changes in proteins that help fight fat accumulation.  "Add dried or fresh peppers to lunch and dinner," says registered dietitian Manuel Villacorta, of the American Dietetic Association.  The hotter the chile, the more capsaicin, so "start mild with ancho chili powder and move your way up to jalapenos, then habaneros."  Want to work the magic on your holiday fare? Villacorta suggests baking an apple with chili powder and cinnamon; mixing a fruit salad with pineapple, chili powder, and lime juice; or adding chiles to hummus.  But peppers alone, no matter how strong, can't keep weight under control, he stresses.  "You still have to eat healthy and be active."" -Carlene Bauer, Wholeliving Magazine  Have a wonderful week! Pamela

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Art imitates life

I was reading the other day and a very interesting thing stood out to me.  Some group  was trying to see if art imitated life in regards to our large portion sizes of food.  So they studies the most famous meal ever painted: The last supper with Jesus and his disciples.  They found that over the last millennium the paintings have depicted larger plate sizes and more food!  Very interesting. 

Hope everyone has a great day! 

Sarah Bran de León
Calm Waters Hypnosis

Friday, October 8, 2010

Photographs of a Most Wonderful Evening

How can you go wrong when you combine Women, Food, and Wine?  Top that off with informative, interactive mini-sessions and you have yourself a success!  That is exactly what last night was.  Women, no, GODDESSES gathering together, on a beautiful autumn night, to celebrate friendship, learning, and relaxation. Smiles and laughter were endless and the energy was unexplainable.  Here are a few photos for memories and for those of you who were unable to join us and want to see just what all the buzz is about.  The pictures do not do the evening justice but I can tell you, it truly was a wonderful night.

Thank you so much for all of you for attending, our hope is that you went home with some inspiring ideas.
Lisa Fahey,
One of the Proud Stones in the Keystone we have created and will continue to build.

Autumn Gathering of the Goddesses

Last night the Keystone Women's Circle held our first Autumn Gathering of the Goddesses.  It was a huge hit!  All the ladys in our circle did a fantastic job.  Everyone that attended had very positive comments about our event.  Looking forward to our next event!  Great job ladies! Pamela Pomplun-Morgan

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Our event is just over 24 hours away!  If you have not signed up for Autumn Gathering of the Goddesses yet you are going to miss out on quite the event!  Contact one of use to see if we can squeeze you in!  Happy sunny day!

Lisa Fahey

Friday, October 1, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happy Fall!

Where oh where did September go?  The fall colors and sunshine made for the most beautiful market last night.  Everyone had a smile on their face and the energy was amazing.  If only I could bottle that up and sell it!  We had a bake off and I wanted to share a photo of Terry's apple pie.  Looking at it instantly warmed my inside and I am not a fan of apple pie!  It just looks like comfort.  It was warm out of the oven.  It made me think how it must have been years ago when people cooked everything from scratch and buying a frozen meal and microwaving was unheard of.  Don't get me wrong, I love modern conviences, but a nice balance is key.  So Today I will send a wish for all of you :
May you find balance in your life and feel warm inside always!

Lisa Fahey

Friday, September 24, 2010

high fructose corn syrup vs. sugar

Many people do not realize that high fructose corn syrup is composed of the same simple sugars found in table sugar and honey — glucose and fructose — in virtually the same ratios. Health and nutrition experts—including doctors, dietitians, researchers and professional organizations — are in agreement that whether it’s corn sugar or cane sugar, your body can’t tell the difference. Sugar is sugar. Like all foods, sweeteners should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet. The American Medical Association recommends that consumers “limit the amount of all added caloric sweeteners to no more than 32 grams of sugar (8 teaspoons of sugar) daily based on a 2,000 calorie diet”.

“White sugar, brown sugar, sucrose, honey, maple syrup, even high-fructose corn syrup are all roughly the same mix of the simple sugars called glucose and fructose.”Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., Nutrition and Health Expert for The TODAY Show, Woman’s Day, May 1, 2010

Have a wonderful weekend! Pamela Pomplun-Morgan Healing Essence Massage

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Last Saturday I took my son to football and the eager 9 year old waiting for me in the car in full pads made us be about 30 minutes early.  I pulled into the parking lot where only three other cars stood.  To my disappointment, the school lot was full of garbage from McDonalds.  I told my son, "lets go.  It looks like we are going to have to pick up after last nights pigs." We picked up what we could and I was happy to see another father and his two boys join in.  How is it that we can live in 2010 and still have people walking around and being so disrespectful to our earth?  Who thinks the world is theirs to abuse?  I guess there are those out there who don't stop and think about the gifts they are given by being a part of this great planet.  On the other hand,  It was wonderful to see young kids picking up and not even questioning why.  It is our duty to teach children how to respect the earth and as in Saturdays case, what we can do if others don't.
Picking up someone else's trash is never fun, but when you do, you can feel the sun smile and gently pat you on your back.

Lisa Fahey

If man doesn't learn to treat the oceans and the rain forest with respect, man will become extinct.
Peter Benchley

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mother and son time- precious

Many of you know that I have an adorable 14 year old son (that puts him in the 9th grade).  He is at the stage where one minute he wants to spend time with you, the next minute he doesn't so balancing my relationship with my son has been interesting.  I wish someone wrote a book like "What to expect with raising a boy."

Having the busy schedule that I have, I make a point to schedule "mom and son date night" about every two weeks.  It has been difficult to find things to do that we will both enjoy.  We have come to agree that we both like trying new foods.  I have been lucky with my son.  From a very young age I never had a problem with him trying new foods.  He would always say, "Mom, I will try it once and if I don't like it I'm not having it again."  Needless to say, he likes pretty much everything. 

This last Saturday we had "date night" and we decided to try Sushi.  I have never tried sushi before so this was the first time for the both of us.  We both had unknown expectations and a bit of excitement about trying something new.  While we were waiting for our sushi to be prepared we talked and laughed.  It was a great bonding time. 

During our conversation, my son asked if I could buy him a razor.  I said "very funny, you don't need a razor."  "You still have a baby face"  He said, "mom, yes I do, look at my face."  Sure enough, he had some stubble.  Of course, as a mom you know your babies will grow up but I just cannot believe how fast they do! 

So, after our sushi (which was great by the way. Tokyo sushi and grill restaurant-Shakopee)  We want to the store to buy him a razor.  I was filled with different emotions.  Sadness, that my son is not a baby anymore.  Excitement, that I am a part of this experience of buying his first razor.  Proud, that my son is developing into a man.  I wanted to tell everyone "We are here to buy my son his first razor!"

Of course, he wanted the fancy electric shaver and the shaver that has all the attachments to trim a beard and after a discussion about not going overboard, we settled on a simple razor, shaving cream and after shave lotion (I didn't think he needed the aftershave, but what do I know I am a girl). 

On the car ride home, I told him he will have to have his step dad show him how to shave when we get home.  He said, "mom, I already know how to shave."  I said "really, how."  He said he has been watching his dad and step-dad shave for years.  I said "watching someone shave and doing the shaving are two different things."  He said "remember, when I was little and I have a fake shaving kit.  I learned then."  A memory of him when he was 3 or 4 sitting on the counter in the bathroom with his pretend shaver, shaving flooded my mind.  He was so cute and  now look at him he is doing it for real!  I had to hold back the tears.

When we got home.  My son gave me a hug and thanked me for the great time we had together and for his new razor and products.  Even though I know next week he will probably not want to talk to me.  It is these precious moments that I will remember forever.  Mother and son time- precious.
Sarah Jaeger, Mystic Journey

Friday, September 17, 2010

What You Can Eat to Defeat Cancer

I watched this segment on Dr. Oz last week.  Have a wonderful weekend! Pamela Healing Essence Massage.

Foods That Fight Cancer

Anti-angiogenesis, the starving of cancers by cutting off its blood supply, now a proven cancer-fighting strategy in cancer clinics supported by a growing body of scientific research, is migrating to the grocery store and farmer’s market. Many healthy foods contain bioactive compounds – specific substances that affect the body in certain ways, such as lowering blood pressure or cholesterol, or mopping up cancer-promoting free oxygen radicals, or inhibiting angiogenesis. In addition to the foods Dr. Oz and I discussed on the show (airing Friday, September 10, 2010), some other good examples of cancer fighting, anti-angiogenesis foods include:

Green tea

We now know that all fruits and vegetables are not created equal – some are much more potent than others, based on their anti-angiogenesis profiles.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I recently returned from a most wonderful trip to a place called Holden Village in Washington.  The Village sits in the Cascade Mountains and to say it is a remote location, is an understatement.  To spend a week without phones, computers, TVs radios or cars, brings one a sense of peace that I can not put into words.  So many times I find myself caught up in the rat race of life.  It seems so cliche to say that, and I did not think of myself as living like that until I was blessed with the opportunity to take a step back and live the simple life.  Now I realize how busy we all are and that there is an urgent need for us to make time to take a nature walk, play a game of cards,write a letter,or sit with someone from another generation and listen to the wonderful stories.  I am so very lucky to have been given this opportunity and will cherish the memories and make it a point to live a bit of the "Village Life" right here in Belle Plaine.
Lisa Fahey

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Inner bonding

I have been on my own personal journey for a while now and would love to share with you all what I've been up to.  I have been getting in touch with my inner child and healing old wounds.  It is a long, often hard journey but one I feel so blessed to be on.  When we release our old baggage and connect with our little one (inner child) then we can find so much joy and happiness in life.  When you feel sad, mad, inadequate, lonely. etc....and really stop to listen to what your telling yourself its absolutely amazing.  Our thoughts which stem from our beliefs cause our feelings!  Example)  If your feeling nervous meeting someone new and you really listen to that voice in your head, it might be telling you that your not good enough and that people wont like you (false belief).  And how is that belief going to make you feel?  Sad or scared?  
     Every day, I honor my little one and promise to her, to take care of her and respect her feelings and needs.  I promise to make her a priority and give her what she didn't get as we were growing up. I didn't have the ability to get what I needed as a child but as an adult it is my responsibility to give myself what I want and need.  We don't have control over how anybody else feels or behaves but we do have control over our own beliefs and feelings.  I choose to take care of myself and my prayer for all of you is that you make that same commitment to yourselves.  Your worth it!

The best books I have ever read and that I would recommend to anyone are:
Healing your aloneness       and     Inner bonding         
Both are by Margaret Paul and can be found at

Or you can go to
for a free 7 day email course that goes into more detail about the inner bonding process.

Love yourself,
Sarah Bran de León

Monday, September 13, 2010

I made a pledge will you?

Many of us have been affected by the down turn of the economy.  With this added stress and through our limiting belief systems we feel the need to separate from others and compete because there is not enough.  This separation and the idea that others can hurt you and therefore the need to protect yourself needs to be released. 
We are in a period of great change.  There is a shift happening.  It is a realization that what we have been doing is not supporting our needs anymore.  We are now realizing that the old, limiting belief system is not working and learning that we individually can manifest our truth and live the life we truly want to live.

Today's message is brought to you with the help of Nanice Ellis.  Nanice is certified as a Master Results Coach and Master NLP Practitioner. She is vastly experienced in Coaching, Crisis Counseling, and Intuitive Consulting with more than 20 years of Public Speaking experience. Nanice is a member of both the NLP Society and the International Federation of Hypnosis.

According to Nanice: It is time to wake up.  When we embrace oneness - everything changes. Competition falls away. Protection is a thing of the past. Scarcity gives way to infinite abundance. Love rings true and we all choose in the direction of love and kindness. We are now opening to the intrinsic and unquestionable knowing that we really are one of a kind - wherever you look there is only one Kind.
The life you have been dreaming about is awaiting you. All that is required is that you embrace it with open arms and an OPEN HEART as you remember the oneness of Who You Really Are.

The Pledge
The Pledge is an agreement you make to yourself. By committing to this agreement, you will have chosen to align with your highest good and the highest good of all. The Pledge is about personal and global transformation. It is simple yet holds the power to transform your life; and the World! If even 1% of the people on this planet take the pledge, the Earth, herself, will transform and we, the children of Earth, will experience The Harmonic Evolution (THE!)

The Pledge is an opportunity to re-affirm your life and realign it with the life you always intended to create - and live. Most of us have gotten our identities and guidance from educational systems, religions, governments and financial institutions but these crippled and limited systems are falling away; these systems represent old programs and paradigms that have kept us trapped in limiting beliefs of scarcity, unworthiness and limitations. With the falling of these systems, many people are left alone with no identity or guidance to follow. The Pledge is that answer for higher guidance and a new direction.

The Pledge shows you the way and teaches you that the way begins with you. No one has the answers for you and no is going to save you. That fantasy is dead and gone so that a new higher wisdom can swoop down and take its place. The Truth lies intrinsically encoded in the Pledge so that when you take the Pledge and Pass It On, you are saying YES to the Truth and offering it up to those around you. The Pledge gives your life back to you and gives you a seed to plant in your garden; while helping others to plant their own seeds. The Pledge is The New Constitution for a New Life - a New World - a New You.
Nanice Ellis
Join me and countless others who are making to pledge to ourselves to not only benefit our own lives but the world around us.  Go to to make the pledge.
Sarah Jaeger
Mystic Journey

Friday, September 10, 2010

Common pain relievers raise heart risk for healthy people

Found an interesting article on over the counter pain relievers.  Have a great weekend! Pamela Pomplun-Morgan Healing Essence Massage

Common pain relievers raise heart risk for healthy people.  By Ed Edelson, HealthDay.  USA Today

Healthy people who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve minor aches and pains may raise their risk of dying from heart-related problems, a Danish study finds.

The American Heart Association and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration already warn people with heart disease to be cautious about taking NSAIDs, which include ibuprofen (brand named Advil, Motrin) and diclofenac.

The new study is the first to show the same kind of increased risk among people without cardiac problems, says a report in the July issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, published online June 8.

"Very few studies have been designed to answer the important question: Do NSAIDs also increase the cardiovascular risk among healthy people who use these drugs for minor complaints?" said lead author Dr. Emil L. Fosbol, a cardiologist at Gentofte University Hospital in Hellerup. "This study is the first to confirm that the cardiovascular risk is indeed increased when healthy individuals use some of the drugs."

The risks for different NSAIDs — found in an analysis of national medical records of more than 1 million Danes from 1997 to 2005 — varied widely. Participants, whose average age was 39, who used ibuprofen had a 29% greater risk of fatal or nonfatal stroke, compared to those who took no NSAID.

Use of diclofenac (Voltaren and Cataflam) was associated with a 91% higher risk of death from all cardiovascular diseases, while rofecoxib (Vioxx) use was associated with a 66% increased risk. But the study found no increased risk of cardiovascular problems — indeed, a slightly lower risk of death — associated with naproxen, sold over the counter with brand names including Aleve.

For people taking the largest doses, diclofenac was associated with a doubled risk of heart attack, and rofecoxib (Vioxx) was associated with a threefold increased risk of heart attack. Vioxx was taken off the U.S. market in 2004 because of a study finding high rates of heart attack and stroke.

"These findings are completely consistent with what we have found in patients with cardiovascular disease," Dr. Michael E. Farkouh, a clinical cardiologist at Mount Sinai Cardiovascular Institute in New York City, said of the Danish study. "Drugs that elevate blood pressure and are associated with a thrombotic (artery-blocking) effect can be harmful in patients who are otherwise healthy."

The percentage increases in the study were large, but the absolute overall risk in otherwise healthy people was small, Farkouh said. Nevertheless, "before you take any medication, you should consult with a physician, particularly these medications," he said.

That warning applies especially to people who exercise regularly and are thus more likely to take an NSAID for muscle and joint pain, Farkouh said. Regular use of an NSAID increases the risk not only of cardiovascular problems but also of bleeding, a known side effect of the medications, he said.

In fact, the Danish study found an increased incidence of major bleeding events, some fatal, from all NSAIDs except celecoxib (Celebrex). Celecoxib did not appear to raise the risk of coronary death or stroke either.

The Danish findings are consistent with a 2007 American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement about the increased risk of heart attack and stroke associated with NSAID use, said Dr. Elliott Antman, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, lead author of that paper, in a statement issued Tuesday by the AHA.

"The recommendations we made were based on our best estimates from the existing pharmacological and biological research available at the time," Antman said. "I find this new study reassuring because it endorses the recommendations we made using a large body of actual clinical evidence."

Antman's advice for anyone taking an NSAID regularly is that "it is advisable to discuss with your physician why it was originally recommended or prescribed, whether you need to continue taking it, and at what dose."
It may be wise to consider alternatives, the study authors and other experts said.

"The majority of studies have shown that naproxen has a safe cardiovascular risk profile and that ibuprofen in low doses (1200 mg and below per day) also is safe in respect to the cardiovacular risk," Fosbol said.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

I Adore Autumn!

Autumn is for me what New Year's is for a lot of folks.  It's my time for reflection, for clearing out clutter, releasing old habits, making a fresh start.  As a kid, I loved getting new school supplies...fresh white paper (hated that awful newsprint paper), sharp-tipped crayons, pristine pencils, and I loved going back to school.  A fresh start, with new things to learn, new friends to meet, new adventures.

All these years later, September feels exactly the same.  Could be the Scots blood in me, as this is the season of the old Celtic new year, though I find that many of my friends feel this way.  If to everything there is a season, then also to everyone there is a season.  If Autumn is yours, then Happy New Year to you!  I wish you abundance, joy and beauty on this year's path of learning, growing, living and loving.

Have it good!  Dawn-Marie, Artist in Wonderland at

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Keystone Women's circle presents an 
As Dawn-Marie mentioned in the previous blog, the event will take place on Thursday October 7th.  You will not want to miss out!  Space is VERY limited so contact one of us ASAP if you would like more information.  I will try and attach the invitation soon.
Enjoy this oh so wonderful September Day and stop by the Farmers Market (4 to 7 pm Court Square)


Lisa Fahey

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Save the Date!

Since I just exhausted this week's rant on the soapbox over on my own blog, I'm out of interesting news of my own, so I will cheat, and share Keystone news. 

Save the date, Thursday October 7th, when we will be hosting an evening of fun and pampering, just for women.  Details will be firmed up next Tuesday, and emails sent to each of our client lists.  If you aren't on any of our email lists, click on one of us, and then on the email link from our individual website, and let us know to add you.

The event will include mixing your own essential oil blend, a bit of yoga, a short massage, hypnosis for stress-reduction, sampling new fall make-up colors, fun decorating ideas, with tips for improving the physical and energetic flow in your own home, a gift bag (or two!) of things to take home, and yummy treats and drinks.  It's an Autumn Gathering of the Goddesses, kind of like trick-or-treat for big girls.

Curious?  Check back here next week, or watch your email!

posted by Dawn-Marie deLara, Artist in Wonderland at ... click on over to read my soapbox rant on the femininity of power tools!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Unexpected Emotion

A few weeks ago, my husband and I attended a friends wedding.  This wedding ceremony was held on the same beautiful, outdoor property as my husband and my wedding ceremony.  At first I struggled with going to this ceremony, in fear of loosing the memories of my wedding, since this wedding in more recent. (I know, silly thinking)  Then I came to my senses and realized this wedding would be a completely different experience from a completely different angle.  So we attended.

I don't consider myself an emotional person, I have to be very upset to cry.  Well as I sat waiting for my friends wedding to start, looking at the gorgeous landscape, the tidal wave of memories flowing through my mind, a massive flood of emotion came over me.  I wanted to cry.  This is the first time in my life I wanted to happy cry!  It was unbelievably overwhelming, and one of the best experiences I've had. Pamela Pomplun-Morgan.  Healing Essence Massage

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Little Ways to dodge the bugs

Sometimes life just gets overwhelming.  Too much stuff to do, too many bills to pay, too many commitments to keep.  And it builds and builds until wham, down you go with a cold or the flu, right?  Not me.  Really.  I don't get sick.  I occasionally get royally bitchy (my signal that I'm out of whack, and in need of self-care), to the point where the Keystone gals probably wish I would take my attitude home and give it a nice long nap (which I do), but I haven't had a cold or flu in at least four years.

One has been trying to catch me this week.  I've felt it surreptitiously poking around in my throat, upping the sludge production in my sinuses ever so slightly, and making me a little tired.  How have I blocked it?  Little ways.

First, I immediately reminded myself that I am created in the image and likeness of God, and therefore, illness is not part of my reality. 

Next, every time I noticed the symptoms threatening to flare up (you have to pay attention and catch it at the first tiny sign), I did three quick rounds of EFT meridian tapping (google this for all kinds of free instruction) to open any blocked flow there, as emotions and illness are linked (Tapping is new to me this year.  Prior to this, I just did forgiveness meditations, which apparently affect the same physical changes in the body.  Tapping is really quick though, and doesn't require solitude). 

Then, I gave myself a little sympathy, as my personal life is in a difficult transition, and I sometimes expect myself to handle everything to perfection, when in fact most of those problems are beyond my control.  Perfectionism is the highest form of self-abuse, so knock it off already.

Knowing that, I released all the stresses to Divine Intelligence, and made some time for forgiveness work in morning prayers.

Finally, I made a commitment to focus on "Little Ways" for a few days.

This is a technique I named when I was repairing a statue of St. Therese, the Saint of Little Ways.  I was also studying some of the teachings of Eric Butterworth, and they both were saying the same thing:  Be mindful of the small things you can do.  In the past, I simply gave myself permission to take a day to do whatever I felt like, explaining to boss or client that I needed a day to dodge a bug threatening to catch me.  Trust me, a boss just won't know how to argue with you when you say, "I'm calling in well"! :)))  Little Ways is the enhanced version of this.

The technique is to simply keep doing the next thing in front of you that needs doing, the minute you notice it needs done.  Not even the smallest thing gets left for later.  Stitch on the button now, take out the compost now, return the phone call now, and don't even look at the caller id, just pick up the phone and deal with whoever is there NOW.   Whoever or whatever presents itself, focus there, deal with it, then move on to the next thing.

Yes, this can play havoc on a schedule, but if you stick with it, problems untangle amazingly quickly, time frees up, and within a few days, you find yourself no longer overwhelmed because the mountain of stuff is much smaller, and what's left of it is no longer threatening to avalanche.  Can't disrupt your schedule any more than calling in sick to work later in the week, so you may as well try it.  Illness is borne of stress, so eliminate the stress (kids have stress too, and they are also lightening rods for parental stress, community and news stress, and other energies in the environment, as well as having fewer physical immunities built up). 

Of course, being able to say "I haven't had anything worse than an occasional mild headache and girl cramps in about four years"  does eliminate a major topic of everyday conversation.  However, it can be amusing to toss this out there when your co-workers start complaining.  It truly amazes me how much people will try to argue with me about this, saying how I'm just lucky, what good genes I must have, or that it's all because I don't have kids.  All I can say is you get what you believe in. 

We all go at our own pace, on this path to the heaven within.  Mind you, I muck up my life in plenty of other ways, so no one would mistake me for a saint.  I just offer this in case anyone reading today would rather not waste precious minutes of life on pointless illnesses.  So, be well, and if you're not, and not ready for this prevention, you can always ask me to serve up my best remedy:  comforting hugs(don't worry, I'm not going to catch it), healthful prayers, homemade chicken soup, and some sympathy for the stresses in your life, as those work almost as well.

Dawn-Marie, Artist in Wonderland at

Monday, August 23, 2010

Spritual Message for the day

Today's message is brought to you with the help of the Osho Zen Tarot cards. Sitting in reflection of what you, the reader need at this moment. I pulled out 1 card for a representation of your message.

Card picked- Abundance: A jolly man sits a top a book on a cloud high above the mountain tops.  He is holding a pink lotus flower.  He has grapes on his lap and is dressed in a gown and cloak that is brightly colored with a rainbow of colors.  In the right and left corners of the card, the sun and the moon are present.

Having nice material things is great!  Who doesn't want fancy things right?  Unfortunately, there comes a time when you get bored with the fancy material things and you want something different.  This is because you are not whole.  True abundance is when you are rich in the body; rich in the mind; and rich in the soul.  Only a whole person is a happy person. 

Take a look at your life now.  Where are you lacking in abundance?  Check-in with your body.  What is it saying?  Is it healthy?  If not, now is the time to take the steps towards being healthy.  Check-in with your mind.  What is it saying?  Take a class, read a book on something that interests you.  The mind is always wanting to learn more.  Check-in with your soul.  What is it saying?  Find a way to connect with your spirit.  Attend a church service, meditate, or just take a walk outside and feel God's greatness in nature.

A whole person is an abundant person.

Sarah Jaeger, Mystic Journey

Friday, August 20, 2010

I learned of a great, all natural cleaner: lemons. Halved lemons can be used as a scratch-free scrubber on dishes, counters, sinks, and stainless steel. 
Stay cool. Pamela

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

In this tough economy, most of us are living paycheck to paycheck.  If you were to become temporarily disabled, how would you pay your bills?  You would be surprised at how affordable a Disability Income Policy can be.  If you are not offered a plan through work, consider taking a look at a policy and what it would cost you in case of an accident that leaves you unable to work for any period of time. 

Farmers Market today 4-7pm at Court Square in Belle Plaine!
Buy Local ~ Buy Fresh!

Lisa Fahey

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Default beliefs

I am currently reading a really good book by Sue Patton Thoele called  "The courage to be yourself".  Its a women's guide to emotional strength and self-esteem.  She was talking about default beliefs and how when we're in a crisis or stressful situation we automatically default to our oldest strongest beliefs.  Of which most are negative.  An example would be, If you had a belief that everything was your fault or that you always do things wrong.  When your in a stressful situation or a crisis, say a fight with a spouse or friend, you would automatically pull up the belief that you did something wrong and are to blame for the problems in the relationship. That limiting belief prevents you from looking at the problem from a more realistic perspective and allowing the other person the take responsibility for how they are feeling and handling the situation.  Not to mention the pain that it puts on us for always being responsible for how other people act and feel.  I want to put out there for everyone to become aware of what your default beliefs are and whether they are empowering or limiting.  Whether they are real or false.  I think you might be surprised by what you find.  Happy hunting!

"If I could identify one core problem about the world, it's that we've been taught to distrust ourselves."
-Shakti Gawain

Sarah Bran de León

Monday, August 16, 2010

Spiritual message for the day

Recently I have been guided to take a step further on my spiritual path by intuitively passing along messages from spirit.  Today's message is brought to you with the help of the Osho Zen Tarot cards.  Sitting in reflection of what you, the reader need at this moment.  I pulled out 1 card for a representation of your message.

Card picked- The Source:  A brightly colored sun with variations of oranges, reds and intense white.

Today is a day to remember what you are and what you came here to do.  During our busy lives, we seldom take the time to check-in with our "source" energy or that godly light within us.  We get wrapped up in our scheduled existence and may get distracted from our true path.  What does your heart desire? Are your staying true to yourself and what your true feelings are?  Meditate on that today and your answer will come.  It will put things into perspective for you.  No matter how daunting the task may be if it is your hearts desire there will always be a vast reservoir of energy from "source" to sustain you.  Follow your heart which is your "source."

Sarah Jaeger, Mystic Journey

Friday, August 13, 2010

shop local, save on mileage

I viewed and interesting documentary called Food, Inc.  It explores the truth about our food, where it comes from, the food industry as a whole, and its various impacts.  It was very factual but yet shocking to me at the same time.  One fact it discussed was on average one meal travels over 1500 miles to reach our plate.  1500 Miles!?  This includes the mileage to harvest, mileage to processing, mileage to the store, us traveling to the store to purchase it, and then to our plates. 

Produce is in season.  Shop your local farmers market.  Shop your local meat market.  Save on mileage. Healing Essence Massage, Pamela

Who inspires you?

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of women business owners who inspire me.  Here are links to a few websites you might find inspiring:   Check out the galleries to see the diverse styles of Maureen's polymer clay sculpture, then take a video tour of the boarding house where you can stay when attending classes there.  She was on my list of imaginary mentors long before I met her in person, and then one day I discovered I live 7 miles from her shop.  Lucky, lucky me!   Robin Brown creates life in lovely vintage layers.  I love her bold quirkiness.  I'm not tempted to go quite so wild, but she certainly gives me the confidence to let my "Mountain Girl Goes for Baroque" style show a bit more.  Life is too short to hide your light, and Robin proves that just being your true self is the most precious gift you give to the world.

Ashley Carter of creates the paper follies I'm certain I would create if only I could collect another ton of ephemera, in order to have just the right parts on hand for the projects that my never quiet mind constantly designs.  I think I'll make some party hats inspired by hers for my next birthday bash!

Come join us on Mondays at 1:00 at Mystic Journey, and tell us who and what inspires you!  And visit me at if you want to see a little bit of how this artist lives her business...
Have a great weekend!  Dawn-Marie

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Deep thoughts

Hello everyone.  I don't have any deep thought of my own today so I want to share someone elses.  ENJOY!

When you're going up the stairs and you take a step, kick the other leg up high behind you to keep people from following too close.

If you're ever shipwrecked on a tropical island and you don't know how to speak the natives' language just say "poppy-oomy" I bet it means something

I wonder if angels believe in ghosts.

Instead of studying for finals, what about just going to the Bahamas and catching some rays? Maybe you'll flunk, but you might have flunked anyways; that's my point. 

I hope that made you laugh a little.  Enjoy the rest of your day.  If your brain can handle more deep thoughts check out the website.  AHAJOKES.COM

Thanks, Sarah Bran de León

Calm Waters Hypnosis

Friday, August 6, 2010

What would you think?

If your time on this earth was at its end, what would you think; I wish I would have worked harder and earned more money or I wish I would have spent more time with my family and told them how I much I love them.
Have a great weekend! Pamela

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A few good quotes...

"The highest form of bliss is living with a certain degree of folly." -Erasmus

"Kiss my soul through my lips."  Tennyson

"Dawn-Marie, are you a kid or a grown-up?"  Lauren, age six, when I was 39.

Have a great weekend.  To see where I get my incredibly grown-up sense of humor, pop on over to and meet a few members of my family!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Eating fresh

Our Garden is loving today's rain.  (Actually so am I.  I may finally get the bathrooms cleaned if I can't be outside)
We have picked a ton of Cucumbers and are eating them fresh like crazy.  I have also done some pickling and will enjoy them all winter long.  Not only are they good for you to eat there are many other uses for the easy to grow vegy. You can find all of the information on the web. If you do not grow them, the Farmers Market always has plenty of locally grown items for a great price. I found this information today while looking for new recipes and thought I had to share.    

Conventionally grown cucumbers, like other fragile vegetables, may be waxed to protect them from bruising during shipping. Plant, insect, animal or petroleum-based waxes may be used. Carnauba palm is the most common plant-source wax. Other compounds, such as ethyl alcohol or ethanol, are added to the waxes for consistency, milk casein (a protein linked to milk allergy) for "film formers" and soaps for flowing agents. Since you may not be able to determine the source of these waxes, this is another good reason to choose organically grown cucumbers.
taken from

So if you are in the mood for some ethyl alcohol with your cukes, you may have to head to a conventional store.  If you like yours without, give me a call. I have plenty and would love to share!

Have a great weekend!

Lisa Fahey

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Heavy slumber, lighter days...

This just in from The Center for Science in the Public Interest (Independently funded research you can trust...I love these people!)

Sleep More, Eat Less

Wondering why you're so hungry?  Maybe it's because you're not getting enough sleep.

Researchers allowed 12 healthy, young, lean men to sleep for either four or eight hours in a laboratory. 
After one night of four hours of sleep, the men ate 22% more calories the next day than they did after eight hours.  They also reported being more hungry before breakfast and dinner.

In a separate study, scientists found that a single night with only four hours of sleep led to insulin resistance in nine healthy lean men and women in their 40s.  After the night of restricted sleep, the participants were less able to move blood sugar into their cells, which suggests that their bodies were at least temporarily resistant to insulin.  Insulin resistance can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and possibly breast cancer.

Other studies that limit adults' sleep find higher levels of gherlin, which makes people hungry, and lower levels of leptin, which makes people feel full, in their blood. Changes in gherlin, leptin, and insulin resistance may explain why studies find a higher risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure in people who get too little sleep.

What to do:  Get enough sleep.  Most adults need 7-8 hours a night, and school-aged children need at least 9 hours.  From the American Journal of Nutrition via Nutrition Action Health Letter

Just one more thing in favor of the exploding trend in separate bedrooms for even happily married young couples.  Women who sleep well are slimmer, happier, and thus (wouldn't you think, guys?) sexier!  That's all for tonight.  I'm off to dreamland!

Dawn-Marie, Artist in Wonderland at

Monday, July 26, 2010

Integrative Medicine therapies are on the rise

One of my very good friends and avid supporter of Mystic Journey stopped by the shop and delivered to me a very interesting report from the Mayo Clinic that I would like to share with you. 

This particular report was sent out with their Mayo Clinic Health letter and is titled: Integrative Medicine, Health and wellness for the 21st century.  In this special report they highlighted some of the most common integrative therapies among adults and explained that these therapies had a significant increase from 2002 to 2007. 

This article highlighted the fact that traditional medicine has been opening up to the idea that a person's health and wellness is not just about the treatment of an illness but a treatment that includes the mind, body and spirit as a whole.

Most traditional medicine treatments have had years of studies that were financially backed by pharmaceutical companies proving that they work.  Non-Traditional medicine or integrative medicine has not had as many studies but there has been a fair amount of evidence behind them as interest and use continues to grow.

What therapies fall under integrative medicine you ask?  Meditation, Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese medicine, Hypnosis, Energy therapies (Acupuncture, Reiki/Qi gong), massage and chiropractic care all fit into this category.

The idea is not about conventional vs. integrative medicine but finding the best of conventional and the best integrative medicine for each individual person.  I encourage you to investigate integrative medicine and open yourself up to the possibilities of a more personal treatment.

Here is where you will find some great information to get you started: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Of course, Mystic Journey is here to guide you and help answer any questions you have.  We also have a list of therapies and classes on our website.  Be sure to also look into my fellow Keystone Women's circle businesses for guidance.  Healing essence massage and Calm waters Hypnosis to name a few.

Sarah Jaeger, Mystic Journey

Thursday, July 22, 2010

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a whole flock???

If you are a woman, and even the slightest bit self employed, you really ought to join us on Mondays at 1:00 at Mystic Journey.  Superhero capes are optional...but really fun!
We did the Bar-B-Q Days Parade as "Women in Business, Everyday Superheroes".  That's Lupe Fonseca as the "Goddess of Glam", who did the entire parade in silver heels, Dawn-Marie (Quinche) deLara as "Splash" the ninja painter, and Sarah Bran de Leon as "Captain Subconscious".  Not all the members were able to participate, but we rounded out the numbers with three of my art students. 

Sarah's daughter Kadence, above, with us, chose to be "Heart Girl, bringing love to places where there isn't any."  Faith, pictured below, donned her cape and, as the quietest of the three, the fitting persona of "Peace Girl".  Jensen's picture got deleted, but we'll get the adorable "Art Girl" posted on here, as soon as possible.
Choosing superhero names can be quite a process.  However, when we googled "painter", we discovered that in the mid 1700's painter meant panther, which in America was actually referring to our native wildcats, cougars.  It wasn't a big leap from Slash to Splash!  Playing superhero is really fun, but...

I have just one in blazes is a superhero supposed to get her zipper down to pee with fingernails this long???

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful vacation at the beach.  The ocean was at a perfect temperature and we had a great time visiting with other people.  It is so nice to get away.  We spent a lot of time, just sitting, watching and listening to our surroundings.  It is great to relax and that is why I have enjoyed meditation so much.  I can now use the sounds and sights from our trip to help me relax.  (Until I need a reminder of the real thing - then I will have to go away again :)
Farmers Market today from 4-7.  Gardens are in prime shape!  Stop by for some wonderfully home grown stuff!

Have a great night - I hope you all get to relax.  Even for a moment.

Lisa Fahey

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Challenging comfort zones!

So this weekend I had the opportunity to challenge my comfort zone.  I'm sure everyone knows what I'm talking about. Made myself go to a place that made me feel a little uncomfortable but knew that it would be good for me.  The opportunity arrived in the form of the BBQ days parade!  Myself, Dawn Marie Quinche and Lupe Fonseca were superheros for a couple hours!  Along with some little superheros who helped us out.  I was Captain Subconscious!!!!  I wore capri leggings with a bright red cape and red gloves.  I felt a little self conscious walking down the middle of Main street in that get up.  But I can't even begin to describe the sense of pride I felt that I did it!!  I know that I can do anything that I set my mind to.  But sometimes it takes a challenge, it takes us pushing ourselves past our comfort zone.  It reminds me of a quote that I heard.
"the greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear that you will make one"
So many times we don't do things cause were afraid of making mistakes. Afraid of looking like a fool (that was my fear).  But if you don't try, if your not willing to make mistakes, your missing out on soo many opportunities.  So I put out the challenge to everyone to challenge yourself, surprise yourself with what you're able to do, how strong and capable you are.  Cause I can guarantee that your stronger than you think you are!

Thanks for your time,
Sarah Bran de León

Friday, July 16, 2010


Found a easy tomato pasta sauce and salsa recipe.

Heat 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil with 1 tbsp minced garlic.  Add 3lbs coarsely chopped plum tomatoes, bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 mins.  Season with salt to taste. 

In a food processor, pulse 1/2 small chopped yellow onion, 1 small chopped garlic clove, and 1 small chopped jalapeno.  Roughly chop 1 1/2 lbs cored plum tomatoes and add 2/3 of it to food processor.  Pulse until chopped.  Transfer to a bowl.  Then pulse remaining 1/3 tomato until liquefied.  Add to bowl with 1 tsp white vinegar, 2 tsp chopped oregano, and 3/4 tsp coarse salt.  Stir to combine.

Enjoy!  Pamela

To be or not to be...authentic

It comes up one way or another quite often, in gatherings of women entrepreneurs:  How much of your true self do you reveal to the public, when you are in business for yourself?  Do you passionately speak up for your political, religious, and social ideas, or is it better to remain neutral and offend no potential customer? 

Polymer clay artist, Donna Kato, ran into this dilemma a few years back when she made a political comment on her polymer clay blog, and offended a New Yorker, who loved her work, but was opposed to her politics.  She started a separate blog for her politics, but lost the fan, until a year or two later, a few of us who knew the story realized we also knew him from classes, and told him to go back and see the apology she had written to him.  Not for her beliefs, but for alienating him with content that had nothing to do with art. 

I struggle with it a bit, when I type these posts, and more especially the posts on my own blog, where I often write from my spiritual perspective.  As the daughter of atheists, living in a predominantly Catholic and Lutheran town, in the heart of the Midwest, I feel vulnerable expressing beliefs that fall in the "Christian New Thought" category.  Never mind that many of Oprah's most popular guests are also of this faith, I still worry about turning off potential clients, or not getting some of the Catholic church work that makes up a good chunk of my business.  And then there's the worry about what my folks will think...really, Dad, just look at the pictures.

The best way to answer the question may be to take yourself out of the spotlight for a moment.  As a consumer, don't you do business with people of other faiths, who have opposing political views, or are just plain strange?  Unless there is an extreme problem, most of us do.  And back on your side of the counter, if there are people who might not like the real you, are they really the people you want for customers?

You have a light to shine on this world, and a higher authority to answer to.  Do you have the right to hide your unique self from the world?  We each have to answer that for ourselves.  As for me, I choose authenticity and to live wide-open, and this weekend, in the local parade, I shall make a fool of myself quite spectacularly, as "Splash", the plus-sized ninja painter, just one of several "Everyday superheroes".  I'll just be sure to hand my fliers to the gals who are laughing, with a knowing twinkle in their eye!

Be happy, be real!  Dawn-Marie, Artist in Wonderland, at

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I visited with a client yesterday who recently had to give up driving.  After we were done talking "business" we sat at the kitchen table and chatted about anything and everything.  She feels so stuck.  She has a big family and they take her wherever she needs to go, and she has friends that just pop in to say hi.  Her sadness, however, comes from her loss of control.  She is now dependant on others for rides.  This must be an aweful feeling.  On the filp side, her daughter now comes over every Sunday and they go to church together.  Another daughter calls her every night on her way home from work.  My Grandpa just happen to tell me last week, after his brother past away, that he will miss the phone call he had with his brother every Sunday.  This all gets me thinking how I need to get better about reaching out to loved ones just because.  We can't wait for something to happen to force us to be better about just stopping by nor do I want to be regretful because I did not make it a point to call someone on a weekly basis just to say hi.  It is the little things in life that make a difference.  So to all of you who I may not have said it to lately :  "you are special to me and I am greatful for the time we have spent together and look forward to memories we will create".
My office has been busy as I tried to blog so I apologize if I did not make much sense today.  At any rate, enjoy your day, tell someone you love them, and do a random act of kindness - it really will make the world a better place!

Lisa Fahey

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Total fitness; Low impact exercise

There is the common misperception that exercise must take a long time and be painful in order to be effective. While a good workout should be a bit of a challenge, it doesn’t need to hurt to be beneficial. Furthermore, research suggests that a moderate-intensity, low impact activity such as yoga or walking, is just as effective as high impact activity in lowering the risk of conditions such as heart disease. Low impact exercises – which can improve your health and fitness without harming weight bearing joints – are perfect for individuals who are:

have injured joints, bones, or connective tissue injuries
have chronic problems such as arthritis, osteoporosis, or stress fractures
are overweight
are new to exercise

Effective low impact cardiovascular exercise should allow the heart rate of the participant to reach a level greater than 50 percent of its maximum. Low impact cardiovascular exercises generally have low physical risk and are effective for general fitness.

To find low impact activities, look for anything that involves intense stretching and strengthening components. According to The National Institutes of Health at, walking and swimming are both perfect examples. 

Recommended activity levels:
Adults: 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days a week.
Children: 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each day.
Targets can be achieved with 10 minute bursts of activity spread throughout the day.

Have a wonderfully hot weekend!  Pamela

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Just Another Thursday in Paradise

Sarah J had me paint this quote on the wall of her yoga room:

"Make each moment an occasion to be deeply, happily at peace." (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Simple, but profound. 

Want it worded in Christian?

Jesus said "The Kingdom of Heaven is within you", and his sidekick John used a word that has been translated as "repent", but apparently modern linguists say it also translates as "change your mind."

"Change your mind, for the Kingdom of Heaven is within you." (GB)

Whatever spiritual tradition you follow, the great teachers have all said the same thing:  Happiness is an inside job.  So, when life's challenges start mounding up, I find it useful to remember both those phrases, and then try something called an afformation, which is a question, instead of an affirmation, which is a statement.

Instead of trying to convince yourself with the affirmation "I am deliriously happy", when someone has just delivered you a truckload of bovine byproduct, try saying "Why am I so happy?"  You can try to think up an answer if you want, but I think it's best to just keep repeating the question and letting it percolate.  What happens is your subconscious is designed to make whatever you say be true.  If you keep asking "Why am I so happy?", that little workhorse inside of you will do everything it can to answer the question, and pretty soon you'll find yourself whistling away in a garden of well-fertilized flowers.

Be happy!

Dawn-Marie, "Artist in Wonderland" at on over to see one of my favorite pieces of art on this week's post, and keep an eye on this page for some serious silliness coming in a couple of weeks.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Guidance from Higher Power

I am reading a book called "Inner bonding" written by Margaret Paul.  It  is an amazing book and I would love to share a part of the book that struck me.    We so often forget to dialoge with our higher power or don't realize that we can get guidance  from our higher power.  When we are feeling bad, mad, sad, angry or whatever were feeling we can get an amazing amount of info just by listening to our feelings.  There is always a reason for feeling the way we do.  If you cant tell what your feelings are trying to tell you, you can ask your higher power for guidance.  A couple questions that you can ask your higher power is
1) What is the truth about this belief that is limiting me or causing me pain?
2) What is the loving behavior in this situation?

An example may be if you have an arguement with your spouse, child or friend.  We might feel guilt or shame or feel that there is something wrong with us. That we are flawed in some way.  That is the limiting belief.  The truth may be that everybody disagrees at times and that you and they are entitled to their own opinions.  There is nothing wrong with you. 

When you allow yourself to dissect those beliefs and feel your feelings you can take steps to correct the misperceptions and limiting beliefs.

A loving behavior could be finding support from friends or taking some time to yourself or remove yourself from the situation. 

Thanks for letting me share this with you.  I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend. 

Sarah Bran de León

Monday, July 5, 2010

Being as busy as I have been this last month I decided to have a little break this 4th of July weekend.  My brother-in-law has a camping area by Mille Lacs lake in Garrison.  All of the in-laws were there since Friday, my boys included (I refer to my husband and my son of 14 years as "my boys").  After some deep thought I decided to close the shop early on Saturday and head "up-north." The drive was nice, traffic was moving smoothly and I was in a zone making sure I didn't think about anything seriously.  I am on a mini vacation.  Nothing needs to be solved within the next 24 hours.  It can wait.  I would say that I was practicing a form of "walking meditation."  (Except I was driving of course) Being aware of what was going on around me.  What kind of vehicles were on the road, wondering where they were going and what kind of story they had.  Being aware of the trees, what kind of birds and animals were out and how the car felt as it hugged the road.  It was very relaxing just being in the moment.
I arrived at the camping area at 6:30pm.  Everyone was coming in from the lake all bronzed and red faced from the day of boating.  It was nice to see everyone again.  After a great meal of hamburgers and brats on the grill we settled in for the night looking forward to the next day and for my day in the sun.
Seeing everyone wake up was an interesting experience.  I could tell who reapplied the sun screen when they should have and who didn't by the intensity of the red in their faces and exposed skin.  Everyone said how fun it was, how the sun felt great at the time and how the sun was not their favorite today.  Sun is good, sun is bad.  Lucky for them, it was an overcast day but warm non-the-less we headed out on the lake.  Since it was an over-cast day I really didn't slather on the sunscreen.  It was a great day full of jet skiing, tubing and lounging.  Even with the over cast it felt great to be outside.  I could feel all the built-up stagnate energy leave my body.  I needed this!  After being indoors for so long I forgot how invigorating it is to be outside.  It is funny how we get so caught up in what it is we need to do and to get done and how just taking a break and being outdoors once in a while totally recharges the battery.  With that said, I am feeling that instead of being "kissed by the sun" the sun "made out with me" as I am a little burnt in some areas today.  Sun is good, Sun is bad even when it is hiding behind the clouds.  The message here is get outdoors, even if it is for an hour a day and even if it is an overcast day.  It is free therapy but be sure to wear and reapply sun screen even on overcast days.
Sarah Jaeger, Mystic Journey

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mahatma Gandhi once said, "I have so much to accomplish today that I must meditate for two hours instead of one."

Have a safe and happy 4th of July Weekend!
Lisa Fahey

Friday, June 25, 2010

Define your success

Success can be defined many ways.  To some it's being the best parent possible, or owning a big expensive house.  Working endless hours to "make money," or scoring for a big win.  However success is defined is up to each of us, in our own terms.  This meaning is personal and constantly changing.  Success is not easy.  It takes hard work and dedication to achieving what is truly most important in your life.  Define your success.  Pamela

What a week!

First, congratulations Sarah Jaeger on the huge turnout for your yoga open houses! Your intuition that this was needed in Belle Plaine was obviously right on target! If any of you readers missed these events, but are looking for a place to take yoga, check it out. The teachers are top notch, the owner is the best, and the paint work isn't too shabby, either.

I've spent my last two weeks 20-30 feet in the air, spiffing up paint, to help get St. John-Assumption Church ready for it's annual festival. If you're in the area and hungry around lunchtime on Sunday, it's classic hog roast! Just take 25 across the bridge and up the hill, then watch for the St. J's sign, just after the county 14 intersection.

If you want to compare barbecue, head to Jordan on Saturday (or Sunday) for the Jordan Art Festival,, which is held in conjunction with Pork in the Park. I'm not participating this year, but many friends of the Keystone gals are involved, like Cathy Isles, who owns Bridging the Universe,, a unique line of disease-specific greeting cards. You'll find Maureen Carlson,, involved both as story teller and polymer clay artist. Talk to her about her center, and it's healing arts focus. If you time it right on Saturday, and I'm sorry but I haven't yet heard what time this is, you can catch Cindy Heimerl on stage as story teller Ruby LeFey...she is sooo funny!

Weed the garden and scrape the peeling porch paint if you must this weekend, but don't forget to take time to stop and smell the...shredded pork!

Dawn-Marie, Artist in Wonderland at