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.

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!