Embracing Renewal: Rediscovering Life's Joys After Grief and Sickness

Jun 27, 2023 5:06 pm


Hello ,

Toby has tested negative for Covid! He is well and ready to travel. 

Shelley is making plans for the future.

As we emerge from the shadows of grief and sickness, we embrace the joy of reclaiming our lives. It's a time of healing, growth, and reconnection as we take rejuvenating day trips and gradually assimilate back into the world.

New Mexico Day Trips is back this week with a new video of our trip to enchanting Pilar and Orilla Verde.

In this week’s videos, we'll be sharing stories of resilience and personal triumph along with practical tips for navigating this transitional phase towards healing and renewed vitality.

Together, let's celebrate the resilience of the human spirit and cherish the profound sense of gratitude that accompanies our journey of healing, growth, and infinite possibilities.

There is a Celebration of Life for Shelley’s husband, Kevin, planned for Saturday, July 8 at 2 pm. It will take place at the Riverside Church of Christ in Albuquerque and we will livestream it for those who cannot attend in person. We’ll provide more details soon.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers and for your continued participation in our lives and community.


Mastering the Art of Compromise: Strengthening Relationships, Communication, and Personal Growth

by Shelley Carney

In a recent episode of "Our Story Your Story," titled "A Journey of Compromise and Choices | A Gypsy’s Kiss Chapter 8," Shelley Carney and Toby Younis discuss the profound topic of compromise and its role in shaping our lives. 

Watch the video or download the podcast episode

Through personal anecdotes and reflections, they explore how compromise is essential for fostering better relationships, practicing effective communication, and achieving personal growth. 

This blog post explores the valuable insights shared in the episode and offers practical takeaways that can be applied to various aspects of our lives.

Compromise as a Tool for Better Relationships

Compromise serves as a powerful tool for nurturing and strengthening relationships. 

It involves finding a middle ground that respects the needs and desires of both parties involved. 

Rather than viewing compromise as a loss or surrender, it should be seen as an opportunity to foster understanding, empathy, and collaboration. 

By actively engaging in compromise, individuals can create an environment of mutual respect, where both perspectives are valued. 

It enables open and effective communication, allowing conflicts to be resolved with grace and without damaging the relationship. 

Compromise acts as a bridge, connecting individuals with diverse opinions and helping them build a foundation of trust and cooperation. Ultimately, it is through compromise that relationships flourish, grow, and stand the test of time.

Toby emphasizes that compromise is not a zero-sum game, but rather a tool for building healthy relationships based on mutual understanding and respect. 

"A compromise that results in a solution equally beneficial to both parties is necessary for a healthy relationship." — Toby Younis

Click here to read the rest of Shelley's informative article on our blog.

Here's our next week in content:

7 pm MST, Wednesday, June 28, 2023. Our Story Your Story with Shelley Carney and Toby Younis. Premier. youtube.com/@nmdaytrips


Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Orilla Verda, Pilar, New Mexico

Join Shelley and Toby as they return to the road and get under New Mexico's blue skies and sunshine to visit one of their favorite locations: The Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument at Orilla Verde near Pilar, New Mexico.

Enjoy drone footage, and beautiful views of the Rio Grande running high and fast as a result of the massive Rocky Mountains snowpack. During the trip, they took time to prospect the Arroyo Hondo (see it all on their Garage Prospecting Channel), make a stop at the Black Mesa Winery, another stop at Linda's Fresh Fruits (for some succulent cherries and nectarines) in Velarde and a final stop at Fatburger (for some green chile cheeseburgers) in Espanola.

7 pm MST, Thursday, June 29, 2023. Our Story Your Story with Shelley Carney and Toby Younis. Premier. youtube.com/@ourstoryyourstory


Emotional Denial and Defense | A Gypsy’s Kiss Chapter 9 | Our Story Your Story 

Join Shelley Carney and Toby Younis in another captivating episode of "Our Story Your Story" as they explore the emotional depths of Chapter 9, titled "Breakout," from the novel "A Gypsy's Kiss." In this installment, the central theme centers around Emotional Denial and Defense Mechanisms, offering a poignant exploration of how individuals cope with grief and loss.

Shelley and Toby will share their personal stories and life lessons they've learned when handling grief and letting go of blame and regret.

7 pm MST, Friday, June 30, 2023. Garage Prospecting with Shelley Carney and Toby Younis. Premier. youtube.com/@garageprospecting


How Much Gold? Goldpan and Suntan's San Pedro Claim Paydirt, Part 1

Goldpan and Suntan met up with Toby to trade some paydirt, and much to Toby's surprise, G&S brought him a ten-pound bag of paydirt from one of the San Pedro Mountain claims he prospects. We're going to have to process it in several episodes to extract as much gold as possible - so that we can give it to our viewers in our special GP paydirt bags! 

Watch as Toby classifies G&S's paydirt then runs it through the sluice, the blue spiral panning machine, the blue bowl, and the Miller table. How much gold do you think he'll find? Don't forget to leave a comment on this video to have a chance to win the gold Give Away on Saturday night!

7 pm MST, Saturday, July 1, 2023. Garage Prospecting with Shelley Carney and Toby Younis. Livestream. youtube.com/@garageprospecting


Saturday Night Gold Give Away

As far as we're concerned the only thing better than finding gold is giving it away! And that's what we do on Saturday nights. Join us as we spin CommentPicker.com to determine which of our viewers will receive a bag of Garage Prospecting paydirt in the mail. It could be you!

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