Got Doubts About Your Dream? Build It Anyway.

by Mindy Kaleta on June 16, 2017

Okay.  We are in the really early stages of building our dream…Ladybug Junction Farm [learn more]

We’ve been searching for just the right area and property.

We went to an open house last Sunday.

The house was beautiful, the property was almost perfect.

The realtor was enthusiastic and personable and we walked away thinking, “this is it!” for Ladybug Junction Farm!


I couldn’t sleep that night. Woke up at 2:00 am with thoughts racing and feelings of overwhelm.

“Can we really do this?”

“This is such an expensive and huge project!”

“Who are we to think we could even pull this thing off?”

“What if we fail?”


For two hours, my mind was analyzing it, dissecting it and that quote from the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun showed up in my memory.


In the story, Frances, a writer from the US travels to Tuscany to escape her life in San Francisco.

On a whim, ends up buying an old villa.


Talking with her real estate agent she confides:

I wake up in the night thinking, “You idiot.   

I mean, you’re the stupidest woman in the world.

You bought a house for a life you don’t even have.”

Her agent asks:

“Then why did you do it then?”

And she replies:

“Because I’m sick of being afraid all the time and because I still want things.  

I want a wedding in this house. I want a family in this house.”

Then her agent shares something that will change her life forever:


between Austria and Italy, there is a section of the Alps called the Semmering.

It is an impossibly steep, very high part of the mountains.

They built a train track over these Alps to connect Vienna and Venice.

They built these tracks before there was a train in existence that could make the trip.

They built it because they knew someday the train would come.

I knew that was a message for me too.


Don and I may not know exactly how Ladybug Junction Farm will come into our reality. But we just know it will.

If that agent had asked US, “then why did you do it then?” we would have answered:

“because we too are sick of being afraid all the time and we still want things.

We want to rescue animals and give them a loving home in this house.

We want to bring animals and kids together in friendship in this house.

We want to instill in kids a love for reading and books in this house.

We want to bring health, wellness and vitality to people and animals in this house.

We want to connect with the community in this house.

We want to send the message of kindness, compassion and respect for others in this house.”

It’s one of those dreams that won’t let go of US.

When you have a dream that strong, you must follow that dream!


I finally got to sleep that night. The days that followed turned into a fact finding mission.

The act of just showing up at the Open House got us moving on “will this property fit our needs?”

And not only that, but “can we do what we want to do on the farm in this area?”


Now we are in the process of meeting with zoning inspectors and again get the opportunity to share the Ladybug Junction Farm concept!

It amazes me that whenever we “share our passion for the farm” people seem to get excited! Then WE get excited all over again!


Here’s the deal.


When you have a dream that is REALLY BIG and you start to doubt your ability to pull it off…just stop!

Stop and ask yourself,

“why do I want this?”

“why is this so important to me?”

“on my 90th birthday, will I regret not doing this?”

Only you know the answer to these questions.


Will it be scary?  Yes, it will.

Will it be worth it?  Again, YES IT WILL!


Get excited for YOUR dream!

Know why you want it.

Then share it with everyone!

Once you are firm in your passion for it, it’s super easy to share it with others!

What’s your dream?


If you would like to Help Us Build Ladybug Junction Farm with your encouragement, monetary support and shares

Go to Our Go Fund Me campaign to see all we have planned!  It’s super exciting!  Come join us!






Health & Wellness

“A state of health, happiness and prosperity”

Health & Wellness – the second of our three core values at Ladybug Junction Farm is one that is near and dear to our hearts.

Both Don and I are committed to acquiring the best state of health, happiness and propsperity of people & animals and providing the best envvironment we can for ourselves, our animal family and the people who visit.

The Health & Wellness Adult Classes & Workshops:

We are eagerly seeking and looking forward to providing classes, workshops and events that contribute to the “state of health, happiness and prosperity physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  We believe that when we are in a state of health & wellness, we are able to live our best life.


Here are some of the activities and topics we would like to see at the farm: 

  • Yoga, Qigong and Tai Chi  in the Pasture
  • The Health Benefits of a Plant Based Diet
  • Health, Nutrition and Cooking Classes for Adults & Kids
  • The Benefits and Importance of Meditation
  • Natural Remedies and Nature’s Farmacy
  • How the Human/Animal Connection Brings Peace to the Soul
  • The Healing Properties of Essential Oils for People & Animals
  • Music Therapy to Reduce Agitation, Improve Sleep/Mood and Lower Stress and Anxiety
  • and Much MORE!


A HappySafePlace to Call Home Program:

This is a resource, connection & support to all who selflessly serve humanity & animals AND to offer educational & self-care resources to help take care of YOU so you can continue to do the work you do for the long haul.

I was inspired by Nathan Runkle while listening to one of his interviews…that we as caregivers, advocates or activists…MUST include SELF-CARE and NURTURING. He himself practices self-care daily in the forms of meditation, yoga, celebration of the small and large successes, laughing and living a complete life.

TAKING CARE OF YOU, is the best thing you can do to continue to TAKE CARE OF THEM.

Within any position of caregiving whether it be serving humans or animals, there are times when you as the caretaker, need a “soft place to land”, express your concerns, issues or situations to those who totally understand where you are coming from – other caretakers. We want to be that place for you.  [LEARN MORE and join our Facebook Group]

As we get closer to the actualization of the farm…

we will be sending out a list of activities, classes and workshops that are available. In the meantime, if you would like to be a part of our Health & Wellness programs, please contact Don & Mindy and let them know how you would like to contribute and support.  We would be so excited to talk about what you have to offer!  [Contact Us]


At Ladybug Junction Farm…

…we will be introducing new and fun ways to encourage and support these programs with various activities and events.


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FRIENDSHIP – One of Three Core Values at Ladybug Junction Farm

Ladybug Junction Farm

“Where ANIMALS and KIDS come together in FRIENDSHIP

through READING, LEARNING and the LOVE of BOOKS!”


You see there is a small animal sanctuary, educational center and reading barn that keeps flashing through my mind.  I can see it! Sometimes it feels so real, I almost think we are there! You know, kind of like those virtual reality glasses that are trending now days?

I don’t really  need those glasses though, because I have a very vivid imagination and a brain that can envision it all!


I can see it NOW!


I see the home we will be residing in…the educational center…and the soon to be famous Reading Barn!

I can see the goats frolicking and playing little goat games.

I see little horses grazing with the herd in the fields.

I can picture cows, sheep and maybe a llama or two!!!

As I sit here I can envision our farm coming to life!  I can SEE the animals interacting with children and adults!  I can HEAR the positive stories of the animals and how they want to engage in “FRIENDSHIP” with trustworthy humans.   I can FEEL the excitement of the children as they READ a favorite book from the barn library to one of the animals who is willing to listen. Yes, I can SEE, HEAR and FEEL it all!

Then I awaken from my daydreaming and come back to the present moment and I am more eager than ever to take the steps…one step…each day…towards making this “dream” a reality!

Why Focus on FRIENDSHIP?

Because being friends is so much more than just a “knowing” about a horse…a cow…a sheep…a goat. FRIENDSHIP implies more.


True FRIENDS don’t hurt FRIENDS.  They look out for one another!

This is just one small way of creating a world where KINDNESS reigns and every living being is RESPECTED for WHO HE IS!

There are two other Core Values at Ladybug Junction Farm

Next time, we will be talking about EDUCATION and why we consider that a vital and core value at the farm in everything we do!



New Kid’s Focus at Ladybug Junction Farm

by Mindy Kaleta on March 26, 2017

The Puppy Scents Project

Be Kind – Be Fit – Be Me

What is the Puppy Scents Project?

The Kids’ Guide to Puppy Care, Puppy Scents is not only informative about how to care for and train your puppy, but has a much broader purpose.  Using the concepts of the little pup Roc’s story brings awareness to children and adults alike as to the importance of three major issues in our world today – Be Kind, Be Fit, Be Me.

Be Kind

Puppy Scents is written from the pup’s point of view. When we take the time to listen to another’s point of view, we learn so much.  It changes the way we react, what we say and how we feel.  Understanding and respect for another’s point of view, allows us to create loving and forever friendships; while encouraging  us to Be Kind and Compassionate to others, animals, nature and ourselves.

Be Fit

Throughout the book Puppy Scents, the little pup Roc is obsessed with treats!!  “I love treats! Did I tell you that I love treats? Oh, I know you know, but I’m gonna tell you anyway, I LOVE TREATS!!”

But too many treats and not enough outdoor play and exercise can be a problem for kids and pups! Roc does admit,

“I guess the bottom line is pups need plenty of good food and exercise.”

The Puppy Scents Project encourages children to create a friendship with a furry pal and for the sake of themselves and their pet to get outdoors and play as much as possible. It’s always more fun when you have a pal to join in!

Be Me

Roc is who he is.  He’s a puppy and puppies do have some pretty annoying habits that may not be tolerated well or encouraged by the human members of the family. Roc soon learns that boundaries are sometimes necessary in life, but that doesn’t have to change who he is!  Roc says: “I am who I am and I can Be Me,” without giving up what makes him special.  He says:

“I’m a pup and proud of it!”

Roc wants kid to know that as long as they are not intentionally hurting anyone else in the process, they have a right to be who they are!

Our Mission

Teaching kids to Be Kind, Be Fit, Be Me through outdoor play while creating forever friendships between kids and pets.


a boy and his dog

Our Vision

For every child to have and experience the joy of pet animal friendships through outdoor play and exploring nature.

The Puppy Scents Project is based on the book Puppy-Scents, The Kids’ Guide to Puppy Care 


Puppy Scents wants to help families understand their pup’s point of view, give support, encouragement and training to puppy parents and kids to create a loving bond with their dog so they don’t give up when puppy issues arise.

The Puppy Scents Project will be an intricate part of Ladybug Junction Farm with classes available for kids (ages 6-12) and their pups (ages 2-6 months).

Until then, get YOUR COPY of PUPPY SCENTS!   CLICK HERE! (free shipping!)


Live Your Dream…always!

by Mindy Kaleta on March 19, 2017


Since my last post, we’ve been getting questions about where our Ladybug Junction Farm is located and/or when it will be open.

Let us clarify. We too are super excited about Ladybug Junction Farm…BUT… we are not quite ready to be “open for business” so to speak!

I know!  It’s tough to hold back our enthusiasm too!

But…let me assure you…we are working diligently to bring it to fruition in real life!

To be honest…this dream has been going on for quite some time now!  

Don and I are both in love with this farm dream and it just won’t let go of us!

It’s a big undertaking!  I mean…seriously!!!  Think about it.

First – we need and want to be solid and secure before launching something with other lives at stake.  The last thing we wish to do it to start this venture without appropriate items in place or funds to support whatever may come up on the farm or for the animal family members we adopt.

We are looking into applying and acquiring a 501c3 designation, writing up a business plan and other legal and funding considerations.

Second – to make this a reality, of course we will need to acquire the right property area and zoning to accommodate the needs of the type of farm we offer.  We are also planning on being on-sight founders and want to get settled in before we start adding to our new animal family.

Third –   running a farm such as this requires an entrepreneurial spirit!  Don and I certainly do possess that! Mindy has been an entrepreneur for 20+ years and looking forward to using her talents, skills and expertise to run the farm, care for the animals and overseeing the activities and events.

Don’s background in building maintenance and working for AT&T for 36 years brings solid expertise in acquiring, building and maintaining our farm property and projects.

As we speak, we are gathering our team of advisers and partners to assist us!


The truth is…

…for years…our farm dreams have been hanging in the background of our minds. I am a Life Coach,  Author and Publisher (Kaleta Publishing, LLC); offering programs, assistance, coaching and mentoring…with a lot of computer windshield time.

Instead, what my heart wanted more than anything was to move to the country, engage with animals,

promote a love for reading and books, writing and publishing…especially when it comes to children.

Our focus for the farm is two-fold. Children’s Literacy and Animal Advocacy. 

We dream of the day we have our beautiful farm up and running while bus loads of kids come to engage and learn more about the animals. But more than that…to find the JOY of READING at THE READING BARN!  The farm will also include the Farm Gift and Book Store where the farm animal’s new story BOOKS will be available!

Ladybug Junction Farm…

Where kids and animals come together in friendship

through READING, LEARNING and the POWER of  BOOKS!

What better way than a beautiful natural farm setting where kids and animals

can meet up, interact and become Best Friends Furever!


Maybe read a BOOK or two!


Do you have a dream that will NOT let go of YOU?  Listen to your heart!  Don’t waste another day NOT living your DREAM!

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Update on Ladybug Junction Farm

by Mindy Kaleta March 1, 2017

Just a shout out to those who are eagerly waiting for Ladybug Junction Farm! Lots to do before that happens!  We had no idea! 🙂 We are looking into the legal aspects of the farm, where we can build and what our farm will ultimately be for you!  Thus a lot of refining and adjusting […]

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Just livin’ the dream!

by Mindy Kaleta December 18, 2016

Just livin’ the dream! Ahhh…wouldn’t that feel good!   Living your dream life is not for the faint of heart.  It takes guts!  As we near the end of 2016…it’s natural to start thinking about how we want things to be different in 2017. When you are super focused on what you want and you […]

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The Delightfulness of Animals

by Mindy Kaleta November 19, 2016

Just a short note for your Sunday… Animals and “delightfulness” just go together!  It’s such a true match to the magical, joyous and loving characteristics of animals.  I am amazed every day at the simplicity of the lives of animals; how they are always in the present moment, ways in which they show unconditional love […]

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Here you have a VOICE. Here you are SOMEONE. Here you MATTER

by Mindy Kaleta November 9, 2016

  As we awaken today with a new president elect, no matter who you are or who you voted for, you probably feel like you’ve just been through a major earthquake. It doesn’t matter who your candidate of choice was, we’ve all felt some major shifts. Today…just for today…I invite you to be light and […]

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Job Loss, Broken Bones, Surgeries & How we made it Through!

by Mindy Kaleta November 4, 2016

Oh, my goodness…where do I start?  Well, first off I want to say…I owe you an apology! As you can tell…there’s been a lot going on this past year!  Holy Batman! First of the year started with a loss of a job, and with that of course a loss of income. Then came a trip […]

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