Finding Joy

Adventure Sister Stacy and I have a book we wrote on called Lessons Through Joy. We tell stories about how we were tired of learning lessons the hard way and decided it was time we started learning lessons through joy. It was an intentional manifestation of how we were willing to ‘learn our lessons’. Believe it or not, we did learn many lessons through joy after we sent that request up to the heavens in a fire ceremony in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

I believe that because we were expecting God/Spirit to answer our request; it happened. We had also made steps to purposely look for the blessings in each of our situations, deciding to focus on the good rather than what we perceived as bad. Stacy and I often consult each other when life gets rocky. We depend on each other to be there when we need to talk or vent our frustrations. I depend on her to remind me of the good, when I have had a bad day.

Bad days happen to us all, often when it rains it pours and somedays it can feel overwhelming. I am human, I have bad days. Lately its been storming, shaking things up in my calm life. I feel the need to step back and look at the big picture. There are things demanding my attention keeping busy and distracted from what was and is truly important to me in my life.

I have big dreams goals and aspirations folks! Sitting on my tush isn’t going to get me there and I know I’m busting my butt for a good reason. I am dedicated my goals. This is not to say that it is always fun or exciting. Some day’s all these goals and dreams take a lot of hours, leaving no time to relax or enjoy nature I love so much. Some day’s make me think can I really have it all? Can I really write books, run for State Office, run a business, enjoy the great outdoors, and have a happy family all at the same time????

Yet, I know deep in my soul, I cannot and will not quit. That’s not who I am. That’s not what I want. What I have decided to do instead is to ask the Universe again, to start helping me learn my Lessons Through Joy. I know it is possible because it’s happened before. I am going to choose to look for the blessings in my situation. I am choosing to be thankful for all the opportunities I am offered.

I believe that Spirit would not give me these opportunities and desire to make a difference in the world if I was not able to achieve them. I believe if by chance I don’t succeed, I will still be just fine.  I also believe the way I choose to look at things is how I choose to experience life. If I think today is crap, then in fact I will have a craptastic day.

If I wake up and decide I am ready to seize the day, I usually do! I’ll admit once in a while I wake up on the wrong side of the bed. My attitude sucks and I need to adjust it, or my day will reflect my energy. Today was one of those days. I spent all day in a miserable mood, sharing my energy with my family and receiving what I had given.

I complained to Stacy and as she usually does, she helped me put things into perspective. She’s not in the thick of things here at my house, she can see the forest and that I am just a tree in it. Stacy reminds me to step back, relax and to see the blessings in the situation. So instead of complaining about to do’s and such, I am going to express my gratitude for all I am blessed with today.

I am thankful for the generous people who have offered and delivered exceptional help to the Emy for House Campaign. These people have been a blessing since the moment I met them. I will probably never be able to repay my gratitude for their time and energy donated to help me win. These people help me believe there is an abundance of good in the world.

I am thankful for my husband who supports all my big dreams, aspirations and goals even when they are a lot of work for him and take time away from our family. He is devoted and takes care of me with stability, strength and love. I am blessed beyond words to be the one he loves this much.

I am thankful for my daughter who I think of as a great friend, she gets me out of the house, takes me and the dogs on walks because she knows just when we need them. My daughter is an amazing, and kind young woman who I am incredibly proud of. I am thankful for that.

My mother and I have not been able to see each other much but I try to be in touch with her more often then we used to. I love her lots and I know she loves me. I am very blessed to have my mom, she shaped the strong willed, big hearted woman I am today, I am thankful for this too.

I have tremendous friends and supportive family. Even though they may not understand my desire to do all I do, they love me and support me anyway.

I am thankful to have a roof over my head, enough to eat and a life that keeps me feeling alive. To feel strongly and feel big feelings is human and what makes me chase my goals. When it feels like a bigger job then I anticipated, its up to me to trust that I will not be delivered anything I cannot handle. It’s up to me to find my Lessons Through Joy every day.

Wow, I feel better after I see my blessings on paper.

I wonder how many times I have counted them out while complaining about trivial situations? I hope not too many. I know many of you understand that life can feel heavy, and somedays it pushes more than you think you can take. I believe all of us feel that way at one time or another. What is important is to step back, count your blessings, be sure to acknowledge there is always, always, always, something to be thankful for.

 

Wishing you an abundance of joyful blessings,

Emy Minzel ~ Adventure Sister

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Nature is calling!

As an Adventure Sister, I can feel safe in saying. This girl NEEDS some adventurous activity soon! I need to get into the wilderness and on to the water. My nature loving spirit feels the absence of Mother Nature acutely. I have vacations planned this summer and I am looking forward to them already. Yet until then, I cannot just ignore this craving for wild countryside and watery adventures happening inside of me right now!

I live in a beautiful wooded area, yet I crave floating on the water as much as possible during our short Minnesota summers. My husband does not enjoy water activities leaving me to count on myself and other friends to paddle with. The kayak is still in the garage and has not had it’s first voyage of the season yet. So sad!

I know it would be easy to toss they kayak in the truck and go, if I was able to just made the time. I also like to go out on the lake with a friend, it seems more enjoyable when you can share the moments. I am not afraid to go kayaking alone however, I have not gone this summer yet.

What I crave is a connection to Spirit that I can only feel when immersed in the outdoors. There are factors besides my time that keep me active around the house checking off my to-do lists. As most people can attest, we can rationalize anything. I tend to put my desires on the back burner when busy. What is it that really keeps me from soaking up the beauty of nature while hiking, camping, swimming, and kayaking?

These are some of my very favorite activities. Why don’t I put them on my list of priorities too? I know that I must make sure I get my work done and keep up with my responsibilities. Yet isn’t keeping my spirit centered, connected and happy part of my responsibility as well? I think it is. If taking an hour or so to float my boat is what I need, I must do it.

My Adventure Sister Stacy seems to be able to get more nature therapy into her schedule then I, even though she is on the road almost all the time. I love how she makes time to do so! She and her husband just purchased a houseboat in Florida and to get out to enjoy it regularly. I think that’s a magnificent way to make sure you get some environmental healing. Although the boat is a fixer upper and they spend just as much time working as playing. I find her dedication to adventure and exploration admirable and I like to do the same.

Stacy seems to go through life lessons just a few years before I do, and I see how she manages them. I look up to her in a big sister kind of way. I see that even though Stacy schedule is just as demanding as mine if not more, she knows that spiritual connection to the Earth/Mother Nature is very important. I see how she finds wonderful friends who enjoy the same types of activities which gives her more opportunities to explore and have great company while doing so.

I have been on the lookout for other local adventurous and outdoorsy people to spend time in nature with. I did not know that I am so unique in my love for the great outdoors, or maybe my obsession with water is also not shared? I find this hard to believe. Clearly, this not true because it is a bond Stacy and I share.

Sometimes going on the water by yourself isn’t ideal or not safe, so I find myself feeling stuck in the house or stranded on dry land! But it is just a feeling and not always true. I can choose to change those feelings into action and purpose. That’s what feelings are for right?! They guide you to what it is that you desire.

Does anyone else find it hard to fit in adventure or connect to nature when you hear the call? I trust that one day soon I will manifest an abundance of water loving adventurers to join me.

Until then, I must go solo!

Into the water I go. To free my mind and heal my soul.

Wishing you an abundance of joyful blessings,

Emy Minzel ~ Adventure Sister

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Week three / 90-day meditation check-in

This week has been just about as hectic as the previous, this is becoming a normal state of being lately. For this reason alone, I see the need to mediate even more. I have been doing my best to sneak quite time and some deep breathing. This is not the same as meditating and I can tell the difference. Yet I feel that I am consciously still working on managing my stress in small ways.

I was at the doctor this morning and did have some weight loss. I lost almost 4lbs! Although, I cannot say for certain it was because I am meditating and reducing stress hormones. I am more likely to think that I am just extra active in the summer months then in the winter. Spring weight loss is kind of normal for me. That and thanks to the very warm and humid temperatures all week I am sure I could have also lost a lot of water weight due to perspiration.

I find I can relax much easier when I have had a good day of checking things off my to do lists. Seemingly each day this to-do list gets longer and longer because of additional campaign duties. I don’t mind the extra work, I do have some moments that I find overwhelming. This is when I must do better at being kind to myself and recognize the need for a break.

I have a feeling that the life lessons I will be learning this summer will be teaching me how to rest instead of quit. Trust me there are times I want to quit. There are times I wish for my peaceful, serene and sometimes boring life back! Yet I know this is not what I truly want. I have no desire to live a hum-drum life that looks the same every day! Been there, done that.

That’s why I am working so hard. I wish to change my life in magnificent ways. I wish to surround myself with wonderful friends and family time. I just miss the extra time to myself that I used to have to take care of my own needs. Who would not miss such important time? I know this feeling is normal and I let is pass as quickly as it comes.

I felt the urge to share this picture of my African Violet. It was a gift from a wonderful neighbor recieved just last month. Taking this picture felt like an intuitive compulsion so, it got me wondering the meaning behind the beautiful and finicky flower? I like to listen to my intuition for reasons just like this. I believe Spirit talks to us in many ways, it’s up to us to disypher its messege.

I did some research and found the Violet is a symbol of loyalty, strength, courage, devotion, deep love and commitment. African Violets teach us less is more, strength is in the spirit, and helps us to understand balance. It is said to nurture the violet will teach balance in health, love, commitment and longevity. Doing so will fill your home with joy, love and solidarity. How fitting!

I needed to hear this today. Even though I have much to do, to do, to do! I must keep making time for my spiritual and mental health and happiness. I just wanted to update you on the progress of the Adventure Sisters 90-day Meditation challenge. Have you been trying to meditate more? How do you fit time into your schedule for yourself? I would love to hear your ideas!

Wishing you an abundance of joyful blessings,

Emy Minzel ~ Adventure Sister

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Week 2 meditation update

First of all… Really?! This is only week two? It feels like it’s been a month. So, clearly. I am failing forkin’ miserably at this meditation stuff. No meditation for me! I ain’t got time to bleed, my friends! I know you feel me. I could really use several more volunteers for the Emy for House Campaign. I could use an extra helper or family nanny too!

Is it too much to ask someone to take care of things around the house including me, while truly loving my dogs and sing to my birds while I’m gone?! P.s. I miss time with my husband and daughter. This is a lifestyle change I did not expect. Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying the people I meet and all I learn immensely. This change is exciting!

Yet, I spent many years constructing my beautiful life of simplicity on purpose. I love working at home, I get to bring my dogs to work with me every day. I like eating lunch on the deck between clients and sneaking in loads of laundry. I also have filled my home with lots of plants and things that take my attention. And what else…. oh yeah, my family, working and writing! These things all need my attention every day.

These ‘things and duties’ are my life that I love! I worked hard to build this simple rural life, and I will not sacrifice the life I love. I am working on fitting the responsibilities of campaigning into my life, as opposed to fitting my life into the campaign. I refuse to let it consume all my time. I know what matters most in this world and it is not a job title.

I want this opportunity to represent my community fiercely because I want to fight for my beliefs. I want a thriving community, I want a clean environment, I want affordable healthcare and so much more for everyone! Yet, I do not feel it would be fair to ask me to sacrifice my health, love and family for the opportunity. I know others agree, but there are a few who seem to expect I put my life on hold to get this position.

This political position does hold immense responsibility. I know this, but if I don’t have family to fight for, if I don’t hold on to the intention to protect what I love; that’s when corruption, self-interest, and debauchery take hold. It is why I consider the love of my family and simple life style so valuable and important.  I hold on to my intention to fight for what I love.

I suppose they don’t tell you this part on purpose. People in congress encourage you to run alongside them. Most of them are wonderful people who have embraced me and try to help me succeed, because the more people you have on your team the easier it is to ‘win.’ Although, I don’t view it as winning. I believe we are all on the same team even if others don’t know it. I do feel like I am being guided to my purpose. I love every opportunity in this life that I have been blessed with!

At the end of the day, I try not to complain. I am a good kind of tired.

A good tired means I worked hard and was purposeful today. It means I feel like I accomplished something, and I believe in everything I did. It means I can sleep peacefully and soundly because even though this exciting time in my life is kinda kicking my butt… Life is darn good!

I am thankful for this good tired, I am also thankful that my days are full of things I love. I will figure this work/life balance thing out like we all must.

Realizing this internal struggle, I see I must make some sort of spiritual practice mandatory in my day, I know it is important. I can tell, and I miss it when I slack. I agree with my Adventure Sister Stacy, that when I try to meditate while laying down before bed, I seem to sleep better. Although then I miss the sudden insights of wisdom that seem to download during some meditations. Divine guidance is so much easier to hear when you are tranquil and awake!

Stacy and I took 2 minutes out of our busy day yesterday to speak to each other and do different sort of meditation. It was short, thoughtful, specific and powerful. We sent our meditative energy towards a specific purpose of love, community, harmony and abundance for everyone. It was almost like praying together but slightly different with the same intention.

This short meditative timeout purposely raised our vibes to love and peace. It was almost like hitting the reset button on my mind. When we were finished we felt lighter, less stress and connected to each other and the Universe. This feeling of peacefulness is how I know and why I know, I must make time for meditation and other spiritually lifting practices in my daily life.

Meditation does help me feel better it keeps my intentions pure and my mind focused.

I will check-in again with week three, I know I can do this! I can find time for everything that is important to me! Mind, body, spirit balance here I come!

Have you been following the Adventure Sisters 90-day meditation challenge? How are you doing with it? I’d love to hear from you!

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Sending you love, luck, and most of all JOY!

Wishing you an abundance of love and blessings,

Emy Minzel ~ Adventure Sister

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What if?!

What if’s can be exciting, concerning, scary or life changing. So, when I get to imagining the future it can be extremely exciting or scary depending on how my emotions are at that moment. I have been thinking about where I am putting my effort and energy, it feels exciting! I am putting in a great deal of time, energy and creativity into moving forward to the future I hope to create.

I would love to have a chance to facilitate change in my community as the Representative for my district. I love my community, I love the small towns with great people. I love how everyone I meet truly cares about each other and bettering our rural way of life.

The books Stacy and I are writing have been a big part of our lives for the past several years. We have invested a large chunk time pursing the dream of helping others. It took time to define the purpose of the message we wanted to convey. We did it by supporting each other and fostering strong relationships not only with each other but in all our relationships.

We want the Adventure Sisters philosophy to be defined as nurturing. By learning to love ourselves as we are, leveling up, and encouraging others to be authentic while accepting everyone for who they are too. We promote Learning to love others because of our differences, not in of spite them!

We are all different for a reason, celebrating uniqueness helps others believe in themselves. When you believe in yourself, you believe you can do things others may not be able too. When people are encouraged and supported they try small things to better life, this benefits everyone around you.

These small acts of bravery, kindness, and love multiplied by everyone in the world could and would make the world a better place for all of us. The Adventure Sisters know that even just a little effort helps the world be a better place.

Yet when my imagination gets going, I think what if?! What if I do all this work, invest all this time, money and energy into pursuing my dreams and… I end up being exactly where I started this time next year? What if we don’t end up where we thought we would? Will I be able to handle disappointment if I fail? I will.

What I know is at this point in my life, is that it is scarier for me not to try to succeed doing what I love, then to worry about failing. I have this opportunity to reach for the stars while being brave enough to be authentically me. Choosing to level up by doing more then I thought I could.

I know I must accept the outcome as it is, not how I thought it would look. The thing about life is you don’t know how it will look when you get where you are going. Then when you are finally ‘there’ most of the time you are already reaching for something else.

Is this the point in my story where I talk myself out of the negative what if’s? Is this when I give myself the advice I would give to a friend and say,

“This! This is where you are supposed to enjoy the moment. Enjoy today as it is! Choose to really take in the excitement and emotions of how it feels to take baby steps in the directions of big dreams! It is okay to be terrified and excited all at the same time.”

The uncertainness of my future concerns me. Most days I talk myself into believing I will reach these goals. I tell myself I am emotionally strong, hardworking, kind and big-hearted woman that can do anything I put my mind to.

On the days when I don’t see any progress, reward or feel unsupported, those days feel very different. That’s when the what if’s sneak in. Today I won’t allow my active imagination to scramble the energy of my big beautiful dreams of a healthy happy life, community and world.  The Universe is listening to my vibration, I know it’s best to keep my thoughts positive.

What if I do succeed? What if I do win the election? What if we do get a publishing contract? What if I get the chance to be the change I wish to see in the world? What if my dreams come true? What will I do with my life then? I would then be starting two new careers both very different but truly having a direct impact on the world around me. Holy Moly…. What if?!

What if I get to live the life of my dreams right here in the community I love? Doing exactly what I like to do, by just being authentically me?! That would be exactly what an Adventure Sister would do!

And so, it is.

p.s. We did not win the publishing contest, but we will not let that keep us down. The Adventure Sisters will keep on putting one foot in front of the other until we get to where we are going! Once we get there, well that will be the beginning of yet another adventure!

Wishing you an abundance of love and blessings,

Emy Minzel ~ Adventure Sister

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We have already won

Tomorrow Adventure Sister Stacy and I will find out if we win a publishing contest we submitted our book trilogy in. We have been so busy with other parts of our lives that we haven’t had time to worry or concern ourselves too deeply in the outcome. Although we both sincerely really want to win this contest, we are detached from fixating on the win.

Our success does not rest on winning a contest. Our success lies within the people we help, the readers who enjoy our work and get joy from our message. When we started our joint literary adventure, we were very clear with each other that we truly wanted to help others find joy in their lives.  We have both been through our share of tough times and we wanted to share with others how we chose to cope, heal, and rise above to make it through to today.

The community we build on acceptance of being authentically you, doing our best to level up in our lives by being better and doing better, while seeking joy in our lives every day, even the crap days, is exactly what we wanted to create.

We wanted to create a non-judgmental community of authentic, great, and magical in their own way kind of people, that are willing to accept and cherish others for their differences. The Adventure Sisters celebrate uniqueness. We celebrate eccentric and unconventional people who do what they can to truly stay authentic to themselves while being the best person they can be.

When deciding to write these books of lessons, we kept in mind that most people at the core of their beings are good. Keeping this in mind, we knew that even those with the best of intentions make mistakes in their lives, including us! We believe that in general, most people are doing the best that they can in the time and space they are given when on the journey of life.

This gave us strength to be brave enough and support each other while spilling our guts, our dreams, our fears and our feelings out on to the pages of our books. We keep our Facebook posts and blogs positive because we know that the world is bursting with stories of the opposite. We are fully aware of the energy we send out into the world with our words. This makes us hold each other to not higher standards necessarily but to the standard of joyfulness, to do our best to be the light in the dark.

We see the good in the world because we are looking for it. If we can’t find it, we create joy ourselves. We don’t need music to dance, we beat to our own rhythm inside, we radiate with joy because that is what we also need to feel in our own lives. We understand that winning a contest would indeed be exciting and joyous for us both. We also believe that life will support us on the path to our highest and greatest good.

If we win, we will be ecstatic and overwhelmed with thankfulness! If we do not, we will not be discouraged. We will keep on, keeping on! Because that is part of the adventure too. Together we have learned to trust life to bring us exactly where we need to be. This literary adventure has brought Stacy and I closer than we ever were, I can truly say that I now love my friend/soul sister as if she is family. I view this relationship alone as a giant blessing gift wrapped just for us inside our joint journey.

This is the magical stuff of life. Starting out in the deep forest of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, two hippie chicks just looking for enlightenment one portage at a time, has led us to situations in our lives we would have never even imagined. I believe we will succeed, it may not look like what we think, but I know that no matter what… it’s going to be fabulous, because we will make is so!

Thank you for reading my blog and following the Adventure Sisters as we reach for the stars. We hope that you will learn from our wins, our losses and enjoy our unique views on the world around us. I cannot wait to share the next steps of our adventure with you!

Sending you love, luck and most of all JOY!

Wishing you an abundance of love and blessings,

Emy Minzel ~ Adventure Sister

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Enjoy Life!

This past weekend has been full of family, friends and love. My mom came to stay for a visit and we had my neighbor over for dinner. The next day we went out with my best friend of 29 years to play bingo on her birthday. Today is Mother’s Day, I woke up to the dishes done and the animals all fed because my daughter took care of it for me.

My mom and I are going to go flower shopping this afternoon, which is a tradition we both enjoy very much. I love it when life sends me a whole weekend full of blessings. It was busting with love and friendship all jam packed with laughs and memory making.

Sometimes it’s okay to leave chores unfinished, it is okay to leave the to do list sit unchecked for one more day. The good stuff of life comes when it is here, and we must seize the opportunity to enjoy it or it will pass without us.

There are many days that seem to all look the same, going to work, coming home, doing the same chores year after year, week after week and day after day. If we don’t grab the special times and enjoy them thoroughly they will pass, leaving us with a life of work and chores! No, thanks.

This is not the kind of life I have any interest in creating for myself or my family. When my mom is visiting I like to enjoy our time. I choose not to worry about the stuff that doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of life. Once in a while we need to remind ourselves what is truly important.

P.s. it is not work, and it’s not chores or your to do list. These things are just things. I have learned people are important, connection is important, making my relationships and fostering more love and enjoyment in my life, this is what is important.

Everyone around you will benefit from participating in life to the fullest. I have found when I am “here and now” that it helps my spirit feel connected with those I am spending time with. I have a nurturing soul that cherishes connection and feeling like I am doing my part in creating my life experience for the better.

Taking pleasure in life’s small moments like sharing morning coffee with my mom and daughter, oh man… This is the stuff makes my heart smile.

I know we will look at the pretty flowering plants that my mom and I pick out, we will see them all summer long and as months go by we will remember our day together. I will remember that this weekend she won BINGO two times in a row! I will remember time spent with my longest time friend on her birthday.

I will remember my daughter being her super sweet self. How she took care of the small stuff this weekend, that would bug me if left undone. She knows this about me, I like things just so, and I appreciate her effort to help me very much. I feel loved when she shows she cares in these small but meaningful ways.

I will remember roaring laughter at the kitchen table with my mom, daughter and neighbor. It was as if the house was rumbling with much needed girl time therapy, deepening relationships, making soul connections.

I will remember that this whole weekend, because I chose to be present, invested and here. All in, all weekend.

Where are you today? Are you thinking of your to-do list ? If so, make sure you write, ENJOY LIFE right on top of that list!

Wishing you an abundance of joyful blessings,

Emy Minzel ~ Adventure Sister

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