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Lyndsey DePalma, founder, House of Steep

COLUMN = HEALTHY LIVING

Lyndsey DePalma is the founder of new Arlington, VA tea house and reflexology studio—about the treasure that is tea, the power of reflexology to heal and harmonize, and her entrepreneurial dreams for the future.

Before coming up with the concept for House of Steep, the shop’s creator Lyndsey DePalma wanted something for herself—to relax, and just be, for a while each day.
Not satisfied with any of the existing answers and armed with some entrepreneurial hard-wiring and a respect for natural healing, Lyndsey left her corporate career in human resources to bridge the gap.

A firm believer in present living, this small business owner also publishes her thoughts and ideas on relaxation and a peaceful lifestyle at placidhouse.com.

Since October of 2010, House of Steep has been taking up residence in Lyndsey’s heart and will become the ultimate destination for busy corporate citizens, casual connections, bridal parties, street shoppers, believers in alternative healing, moms and grandmoms, yogis and yoginis, consultants, crafters, lovers, and the rest of us.

For more information, visit www.houseofsteep.com.

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

4oz tequila + 1oz TripleSec + 2oz lime juice + 1oz simple syrup (sugar=water), 1 cup crushed ice. Shake + dance around the kitchen.

– Avenida Margarita

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats