• sparkfireswan

A&A Lessons from Wisconsin

Updated: Jan 13, 2020

End of Week #7

We are halfway through July, and boy has it been a month already! Today is #Moonday, and tomorrow we welcome in a Full Moon/Partial Lunar Eclipse in the task making sign of Capricorn. This is the second Eclipse of the month, and the middle of a series of Cancer/Capricorn Eclipses happening from July 2018- June 2020. Eclipses shake us up, right to our core, and push us far outside of our comfort zones. There is something we are all learning and experiencing right now, on a soul level – an individual lesson we are all finding ourselves pushed through.

Mercury retrograde is also nearing it’s halfway point, and the month is still moving along. July is about taking things slow, REdoing anything that took a back burner earlier this year, and REfocusing on those things that matter the most in our lives. It can also be a time to REst, RElax, and take a vacation – to north country for example!

I am writing this post to you right now from a local coffee shop in Moose Lake, MN, on this beautiful sunshiny, muggy, Monday. Joe Jitters Coffee and croissant breakfast sandwiches welcome in the new week. We are back in northern Minnesota, and ready for the next step of our grand adventure.

Our first official campground with our travel trailer!

Quick Update on Roscoe

If you didn’t see my recent Facebook post, after his surgery last Wednesday, you can check it out here. He is healing better now, after a rough past few days of travel, and is almost through his medications too. We are taking things one day at a time and always on the hunt for solutions to make his adventure cat life the best it can be!

Lessons from North Country

Be patient.

Take life Slowly.

Surrender to the Universe.

Trust the process.

Things will happen that are out of your control, but you always have free will to decide how you will react and respond.

Be more patient, again.

Trust that the Universe is on your side, and everything you are experiencing is a lesson you needed. (On a soul level)

Always check out the windows before exiting the RV, there might be a bear!

Don’t ever take your eyes off the road, a deer might try to jump in front of Frank the Tank!

Probably don’t go for a run/walk/anything without protection, you literally might run into a bear.

Find natural ways to repel bugs and mosquitos.

Don’t be afraid to kill dinosaur bugs and large spiders.

Go sloooow – hang your laundry on the line to dry, hand wash your dishes, sweep your home, clean daily, put things in their proper place, and just breathe.

Be aware of your surroundings.

Learn to become one with the dark, instead of fearing it.

Always do what’s best for you, and don’t live your life for anyone else. Their opinion of you is only a reflection of what they are going through.

Drink less, sleep more.

Cherish your loved ones, and every moment of time you get to spend with them.

Write it out. Self reflect. Work through it. Process your emotions, your trauma, and what you need to heal so that generations after you don’t have to go through the same thing. Own up to your own shit, and find a way to overcome it.

Learn your family history. Your heritage. Learn about your great-grandparents, and extended family. Learn where you came from and how you got there.

Get to know your family, really listen to them. Ask them what they are healing from and trying to work through.

Be one with nature. But don’t feed the bears.

Eat your vegetables. (Or grow them!)

Sweat it out.

Be strong. You can get through anything life throws at you with the right mindset and the right support system. You’ve got this!

Process your emotions, don’t let them bottle up or boil over. Sit with them, really FEEL through them. You are not defined by what you feel, but your emotions ARE your responsibility. It’s okay to be mad, upset, sad, angry. But understand why you feel the way you do and where it is coming from, and let it run its course.

Life is short, make sure you are doing the things you’d rather be doing. In 15 years will you look back at this time and regret it or smile in pride from it?

Just jump.

& just remember, everything is going to be just fine in the end. And if it’s not, then it’s not the end yet.

My mom’s cabin, and some of her land in Stone Lake WI!

The Biggest Challenge We Overcame

I’ve said this time and time again, but one of the biggest struggles for us has honestly been the lack of internet and a 4G connection. One of the soul ways I’m trying to succeed right now in life is through utilizing online resources to make money and make a name for myself, which is really hard to fucking do without network connection. I’m trying to continue to build an online community, which I can’t connect to without internet. I didn’t want to see all my hard work go backwards right now, as I know building an online following takes work and interaction and availability every day and now I felt like I was being forced to be more silent. I didn’t feel connected to what is going on with my community, my family or my friends and I felt more out of the loop with what is going on in the world. I felt like I couldn’t fully share myself and my creative ventures, as I couldn’t as easily connect “as normal”.

Quite honestly, at first it made me feel really left out. The thoughts running through my mind consistently were along the lines of: I can’t just text my family and friends and anyone I’m missing, as it may not go through (and picture messages most definitely didn’t go through). I can’t just “google” anything on my mind or on my to-do list. I couldn’t do any research on stuff that would help us out or things we may still need to order or look up. I couldn’t upload any blog posts or Instagram updates – AND I couldn’t do freelance writing articles as I couldn’t access topics, sign up for articles, or research what is needed in an article. (And that was supposed to be a way to make money right now!) I also couldn’t promote or follow up on my CBD oil business, which was also supposed to make me money right now! Dude, I also couldn’t fucking watch Netflix! *sad face*, *eye roll*… And I also couldn’t load my workouts that I pay money a year to access and do at home instead of at a gym… And it really all felt like a struggle and a major adjustment at first.

& then everything fell into place. We got into a new routine. We found solutions to the problems at hand and things changed from there.

First, we would drive into town twice a day (morning & night) and connect to the outside world. Then, we would realize there are spots off of County Rd F closer than town, that we can park on the side of the road and connect. I also realized I could download my workouts to view offline and have my whole built up library of moves on hand. I did the same thing with my favorite podcasts! Next we discovered on an afternoon walk that we had a 4G connection just down the road out of my mom’s cabin’s driveway. And then eventually, the internet just didn’t start mattering as much anymore anyway.

Adam got a cash job and I wasn’t as concerned about my online diligence for money, at the time. I stopped caring what time of the day I was posting on Instagram and what everyone else was doing and posting on there. Our lack luster desire for 4G fizzled out and we started to actually like not being connected to all the drama and responsibility of connection.

We started to feel more free, and in charge of our connection on our own terms.

Positive Realizations

We have spent the last 7 weeks in the middle of the woods in North Country, where everything is peaceful, tranquil and serene. It’s been a great time to relax and take life slowly. It’s been a great time to just LIVE instead of rushing from one thing to the next. It’s been a time to just BE, and I think that is what we are