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Doing the Right thing…

Although this post has nothing to do with Candles, it touched my soul and reminds me of the extremes some people will go to, to do the Right thing.  I thought I would share it in the hopes that it would stir your soul as well.

Let us never forget! The world hasn’t just become wicked…it’s always been wicked.. The prize doesn’t always go to the most deserving.

Irena Sendler

12 May 2008 (aged 98)
Warsaw, Poland

During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.. She had an ‘ulterior motive’.
She KNEW what the Nazi’s plans were for the Jews (being German).  Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger
kids)…She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.

She was caught, and the Nazi’s broke both her legs, arms and beat her
severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.  After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected.
Al Gore won — for a slide show on Global Warming.
Later another politician, Barack Hussein Obama, won for his work as a community organizer for ACORN.
Now, more than ever, with Iran , and others, claiming the HOLOCAUST to be ‘a myth’.  It’s imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.  Remember….

Would you take a stand at your own risk if the need arose?  Words for thought…

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

Me, as a Teen

As a teenager I was eclectic. Some say I still am.

I had long dark brown hair, and almost black eyes, and gigantic white teeth almost too big for my face. I preferred dark clothes *still do* and always had my nose in a book.

I was on the thin side, average height. Loved high heels though, still obsessed with them.

I never thought I quite fit in, but looking back, I think I did somewhat. I always had a smile, and found quite a few opportunities to get into mischief. *still do*.

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An easy step towards conquering Chaos ❥

Welcome to my life. ☺

It is a little crazy here sometimes!

If you are like me you are juggling lots of balls at the same time, which can be challenging at best.

I am the owner/candlemaker for Blue Moon Candles an Indie Business (check out the Indie Beauty Network) making Organic wax Candles, I am a mom that works both in and out of the home, I also manage a Dental office.  On top of that I have many interests and love to do lots of other things!   All of these things add joy and purpose to my life.  They can also conspire to wreak havoc if I am not careful & organized.

Here is a fantastic resource I have found, it is helping me get my life and home in order, so I would like to share it with you.

The site is called The Fly lady.

The description of her site is: that The Fly Lady has a special way of weaving housecleaning tips with homespun humor and daily musings about life. She has a no-nonsense approach to getting your house and your life in order. She mixes housekeeping advice with insights about life and love and anything else that is on her mind.

For me it is a helpful step by step guide on how to stay on track…here is her info on Beginning Baby Steps. I like it that there are limits, so I do not get as easily overwhelmed…you can do anything for 15 minutes right?!  There are some good recipes and lots of other resources for busy people there too.

Check it out and let me know what you think…and I will keep you posted on my progress.  Wish me luck!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

Interview with Donna Maria Coles Johnson of the Indie Beauty Network.


This is the 1st of a 3 part story series, featuring 3 different Women of Substance

~Women of Substance~

Featuring Donna Maria Coles Johnson.

Donna Maria Coles Johnson

Donna Maria Coles Johnson

If you are like me, you are always interested in what makes someone a success?  How can I learn form them and incorporate some of their secrets into my business & life?

It is a rare find indeed when you meet just such a woman that has excelled not only in her business but also her personal life, and she is ready and willing to encourage and mentor others.  In Donna Maria’s case hundreds of others!

Read on to see what Donna Maria has to say: 


Lisa Kasper:  What kind of business do you operate?  

Donna Maria:  The core of my business is the Indie Beauty Network (http://www.indiebeauty.com). From this core emanate numerous additional businesses and activities such as producing and hosting the Indie Business Radio Show (http://www.indiebusinessradio.com), hosting (along with my husband business partner) the Media Is You training conferences (http://www.themediaisyou.com) and a video production company (http://www.indiebusinessmedia.com). Everything revolves around the Indie Beauty and Indie Business brands, which are my trademarks. 


Lisa Kasper:  What prompted you to go into this line of business?  

Donna Maria:  I learned how to make my own cosmetics about 15 years ago. I left well paying jobs, and then returned to them, 3 separate times, all the while knowing that my passion was for women and the things that empower us and make us appreciate our beauty. Since I am professionally trained as both a journalist and an attorney, it seemed natural to create an organization to provide business building services and encouragement to people who make and sell beautiful products for a living. I closed my cosmetics business to launch the Indie Beauty Network. It is one of the greatest joys of my life. 

Indie Beauty Network

Indie Beauty Network


 Lisa Kasper:  What is your Mantra/Mission?  

Donna Maria: My mantra is: Enjoy your life, build your business, have your way.


Lisa Kasper:  What do you feel sets you apart from others in your industry?  

Donna Maria:  My complete dedication to serving my members. Also, I produce results. While I’m not perfect and don’t do everything right, my members and business partners tell me that partnering with me is enhancing their lives and their businesses.


Lisa Kasper:  What are you doing to promote your business? 

 Donna Maria:  Connecting with and helping as many people as I can. I use social media a lot and have recently increased my travel schedule to enjoy more speaking opportunities.


Lisa Kasper:  Has your business grown this year? By what percent?  Do you project growth for next year?  

Donna Maria:  Business has more than doubled over the past 12 months. I project even more growth next year.


Lisa Kasper:  What is the market group that you target?  

Donna Maria:   Women and families who desire to earn a living using their talents and gifts in a small family business.


Lisa Kasper:  What drives you to do what you do every day?  

Donna MariaMy love for women and their families, especially those in business. Ten years ago, my dear friend Robin was trying to escape an abusive marriage. She had started a Mary Kay business and had found a new place to live. Before she could get out, her husband killed her.


When I helped Robin’s parents sort through her things, I found a drawer full of the handmade toiletries products I had made for her over the years. Robin could never throw anything away, and there they all were. Some like new, others half used and sort of smelly. But all made with love. They were in a drawer where she also kept sacred cards and keepsakes from her children.


I know there are millions of other women with children — not all in situations like Robin was in — who are are trying to create a better life for their children. Robin drives me. She lives inside of me. And when I get tired or overwhelmed, I remember her and her struggle and I become more determined that women from all walks of life can achieve their dreams and surround themselves with people who will help them do so. Thank you for asking.


Lisa Kasper:  How do you get it all done?  

Donna Maria:  I don’t. 

Seriously, there are baskets of unfolded clean laundry in the upstairs hallway, the dishes need to be washed, my daughter’s hair needs to be braided, I need to figure out what to cook (or buy) for dinner and my dear husband needs some attention, and yet, I also want to answer your questions because you’ve been waiting so long. I’ll prioritize all of these things. I’ll get done what absolutely must be done. Then I’ll get a good night’s rest, wake up tomorrow, go to church and do it all over again.


Lisa Kasper:  What is your biggest accomplishment?  

Donna Maria:  It hasn’t happened yet.


Lisa Kasper:  What would you tell other women to encourage them in the workforce?  

Donna Maria:  Own a business of your own, even if you have a traditional job.


Lisa Kasper:  What would you change if you could go back 10 years?  

Donna Maria:  Nothing. That’s not because I did everything right or made no mistakes. It’s because it’s a useless thing to think about. I prefer to think about how I will change the future.


Lisa Kasper:  And for us because we are nosey…what is your favorite fragrance???  

Donna Maria:  Pink grapefruit essential oil always makes me smile.


If you could ask your own question, what would you like to ask Donna Maria?