Archive for December, 2008

Meditation #42 by Good Karma on Flickr

Meditation #42 by Good Karma on Flickr

My sister has said that I am like a magpie. I easily get distracted by the myriad of things available to me. The internet for me is The Supreme Distraction.

I took a few days off from the internet when I went up north to my fiance’s family. Dial-up is not really even worth mentioning so basically they don’t have internet. Although I enjoyed myself, it made me realize just how much I use the internet in my daily life, particularly in my business – Cirkla.

The last few days I have been browsing directories and looking at websites. I am constantly amazed at how endless they are and how wonderful it is to find so many people that are interested in alternative health, green living and spirituality! Literally millions. I could never, ever, EVER reach the bottom!

What does this say for the business owner (like myself) who has a target market similar to mine? To me, it says, “NEVER GIVE UP.” Sure, these are tough financial times and people are generally tightening their belts, but it is very encouraging to know that there is an endless supply of people that you can talk to about your business! Even if you have a local business, the people that you find on the internet can add more sales to your everyday business!

I recently have a written a series of articles designed to help the business owner who is interested in getting started with using Facebook to build their internet presence. Check them out!


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Snowy Tree by Hogart on Flickr

Snowy Tree by Hogart on Flickr

I have been browsing the internet today, checking out new websites and looking for people who might be interested in joining our Cirkla Directory.  I just browse and look for interesting websites and then I write to them and tell them about Cirkla. I find some really interesting people and places that way, so today I would like to share with you a couple of new sites that I found…

One is a guy named Warren Grossman.

I first browsed his links page and it was a lot of fun. You get a real sense of the guy just by looking at his links page! Being a person myself who really loves the woods, trees and nature, I liked him immediately. I especially liked the part where he talked about having shoes that are like feet to stay grounded. In the summertime, I so prefer to go barefoot! There is something about being barefoot on bare earth that is so wonderful! (Unfortunately, though, not in Minnesota winters!)

Then I went to his Services page to see what he does. On this page, he has a cool video explaining his healing work. He has a very unique approach to healing. Check it out!

Then I found The Farm Community

Another great site was for a place in Summertown, TN, called The Farm Community . Wow. This place is like out of a dream! In fact, when I was a little girl my parents took me and my younger sister to a farm like this one. As a young girl growing up in the mid-70s, that place was like a hippie-peace-sign-love-fest. I totally loved it. We played group games and had so much fun. All my life, I have dreamed of having a place like this. Healthy community. The Farm has done it. They have natural building workshops and weekends where people can come and just enjoy the nature and good living that a community-centered farm can offer. In fact, it seems as if some of the individuals home offer bed and breakfast services for people wanting to visit the farm. Be sure and check out some of their videos on the Press pages.

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just figuring out ping.fm…

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Paula Quinlan's Open House

Paula Quinlan's Open House

Last Sunday, I went to an Open House at my dear colleague, Paula Quinlan’s home. If you don’t know Paula, she is amazing. Paula is a super-charged businesswoman who is all about keeping you healthy and saving the planet. She does a majority of her work with a company called Amazon Herbs and she told me a bit about what she is doing there. The Founder of Amazon Herbs is John Easterling and he has built his business model around saving the rainforest. When I talked with Paula, she was really excited about this. Through her business with Amazon Herbs, Paula actually has been able to earn herself a piece of the rainforests to help save them! How cool is that?

She also had some brownies at her open house that were very delicious. I can only assume that it was partially due to these brownies that Paula gets her fabulous energy? I have included the recipe here for you, but you really need to check in with Paula for the ingredient called “Power Shake”… that is one of her special products through Amazon.

Amazon Power Brownie recipe (with Paula’s modifications!!!)

½ cup unsweetened cocoa (powder)
1 stick butter

¼ cup olive oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour (50/50 blend)

5 Scoops of Power Shake
3 eggs
1 tsp maple extract

3 really ripe bananas
½ cup chopped walnuts (or choice)

Preheat oven to 325o. Mix ingredients together, one at a time in order listed. Lightly grease 8”x8” pan, spread in brownie mix, bake for 35-40 minutes.

If you want to get a hold of Paula for some of that Power Shake stuff, she can be reached at (651) 772-6971 or by email at paula@transformationambassador.com. Her website is http://www.transformationambassador.com. You may have to stand in line for some of that Power Shake, though. Be warned.

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Sending out all those press releases for Cirkla website is starting to pay off! We got written up in our local holistic paper, Edge Life magazine. Yeah! Read the Write-Up

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Saturday by Elvissa on Flickr

Saturday by Elvissa on Flickr

I noticed something today as I was adding my blog, Cirklasphere, to numerous blog directories… I noticed that I was putting my blog under the category of Alternative Health and I really haven’t written about health much at all! My website, Cirkla, is about alternative health but I have not written about health in my own blog.

When I thought about it, I realized that I really have been neglecting my health lately. In an effort to build my new business and to make a name for myself on the internet, I have really stopped taking good care of my body.

Yesterday, a girl at work had cooked up a big bowl of veggies and was eating them and I was practically drooling over them. So I went home and cooked myself a veggie stir-fry (since I had the house to myself anyways) and it felt great.

So tonight I want to introduce you to some of the wonderful bloggers that I met throughout this evening while focusing on health. One blogger referred to this sort of thing as “Link Soup” and I would love to give credit but have no idea how to find that site again. Fortunately, I have bookmarked a majority of the sites that I found on my new toy, Diigo.

So here goes… my edition of “Healthy Link Soup” —

  • First, I came across Liz Turtle and ahhh! I found the “Link Soup” reference! How delightful…Liz is working on losing weight through the Weight Watchers program and she is documenting it (bravely) on her website, TurtleProgress.com. She even has a little chart of her progress, which is great for us people who love to watch people (what are those called again?)So I hooked up with Liz on Facebook and Twitter.  It is really smart to display your social profiles on your blog! I love finding new people to befriend!
  • Then I somehow (?) came across this video called “The Gratitude Dance“, posted on jungleoflife.com – super fun! Everyone should dance now and again, and it is a great way to lose some weight while you are being grateful!
  • Next, I found this great blog where Sagan is challenging herself (and the rest of the world to the 100 Reps Challenge. Each day in December, Sagan is posting a couple of exercises to do 100 times. Check out her site to get the gist of it. I’m in, Baby! Sagan makes me WANT to exercise.

    Oh, and one last thing… I was thinking about starting some sort of healthy eating routine and then I said to myself, “Oh, with the holidays and all…” but then I realized that we are talking ONE day of Thanksgiving (done) and ONE day of Christmas. The rest is just a party here, a cookie there… no big deal! So I am going to start doing something. I have already started by eating a wonderful stir fry last night and by eating veggies for lunch today. Yeah, me!

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    Perhaps you noticed the little colorful boxes that just appeared recently on my blog page in the lower right corner? These are all of the blog directories that I am now listed on… (yeah me!) Like I said before, I am learning here right along with you, if you are a business owner trying to figure out all of the social networking / internet stuff! So fun!

    I encourage you to leave me a comment and let me know if you are a blogger and listed on any of those directories… or perhaps you just want me to visit your blog and leave a comment? Let me know…

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