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Ep 101 Safe Spaces for Radical Self-Awareness with Sierra Carter

April 27, 2023 Well Connected Twin Cities / Sierra Carter Season 5 Episode 101
Ep 101 Safe Spaces for Radical Self-Awareness with Sierra Carter
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Ep 101 Safe Spaces for Radical Self-Awareness with Sierra Carter
Apr 27, 2023 Season 5 Episode 101
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Interview with Sierra Carter about her work in creating safe, accessible spaces for people to find peace and joy through purpose-driven, heart-centered organizations. 

Sierra Carter is a spiritual entrepreneur, radical self-care facilitator and music executive who takes pride in finding balance and being grounded. As the founder of The Zen Bin + Heal MPLS, she has developed community and safe spaces across the Twin Cities with one intention in mind - supporting people as they pursue purpose and find themselves and God through radical self awareness and self care.






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Interview with Sierra Carter about her work in creating safe, accessible spaces for people to find peace and joy through purpose-driven, heart-centered organizations. 

Sierra Carter is a spiritual entrepreneur, radical self-care facilitator and music executive who takes pride in finding balance and being grounded. As the founder of The Zen Bin + Heal MPLS, she has developed community and safe spaces across the Twin Cities with one intention in mind - supporting people as they pursue purpose and find themselves and God through radical self awareness and self care.






Well Connected Twin Cities is connecting you with local health and wellness professionals in your community. Discover what's possible by surfing the directory, taking a class, or attending the next event.

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Ep 101  Safe Spaces for Radical Self-Awareness with Sierra Carter

[00:00:00] Cynthia: You are listening to the Well Connected Twin Cities podcast. I'm your host, Cynthia Shockley, and I'm here to learn alongside you through meaningful conversations with health and wellness practitioners. This is your time to experience some mindset shifts, learn practical tips, and get excited about what is.

[00:00:22] We want you to own the power of choice in your personal wellbeing journey. Let's discover what's possible right here in our Twin Cities community.

[00:00:33] Hello, and welcome back to the Well Connected Twin Cities podcast Today I'm here with Sierra Carter. Sierra is a spiritual entrepreneur, radical, self-love facilitator, self-care facilitator, and music executive who takes pride in finding balance and being grounded As the founder of the Zen Bin and Heal Minneapolis, she has developed community and safe spaces across the Twin Cities with one intention in mind, supporting people as they pursue purpose and find themselves in God through radical self-awareness and self-care. So welcome Sierra. So happy to have you here.

[00:01:12] Sierra: Thank you so much for having me. 

[00:01:14] Cynthia: I've gotten to know you just through your website and through the food that you offer the community, but tell us a little bit about you, your story, what brought you here and into the roles that you take on.

[00:01:28] Sierra: Yeah. I feel like in all things even from a little girl, I've always been like a nurse, wannabe nurse, if you will.

[00:01:35] Wannabe healer, if you will. I've always wanted to nurture. My mother is one of the most amazing nurturing people I've ever met in my life, my entire existence. And so being her offspring, naturally, I just have the heart that I have to give to the world. What brought me to holistic wellness? I was living in Chicago for a while about seven years and found myself at the lowest point of my life.

[00:01:58] I was very, very high functioning, depressed, had heavy anxiety was extremely overweight. Went to LA after just of detoxing from Chicago for a bit and was introduced to mindfulness from there. I learned about yoga and I had always been stretching in my room and doing different things, but then I started like really practicing yoga.

[00:02:17] And when I came back to Minneapolis, I was looking for a community that I could be a part of, but either I was the only black girl in the classroom or I was the thickest plus size person there. So I always felt like I was being judged and just. Insecurities, whatever. A friend of mine told me, create what you wanna be a part of.

[00:02:33] So I created a community where anybody can come at any level and just pursue their healing. So I was healing from a lot of personal things and now I just created a platform for other people to tap into that and bring their gifts, either to facilitate healing for others or just to come in as you are and figure out how you can love yourself, accept yourself, but also, heal.

[00:02:55] Cynthia: Yeah, and I love. Timeline of just you being able to do your own healing and then finding these practices that really spoke to the way you were already taking care of yourself. Which is amazing. I think it's, sometimes I look back on childhood, I'm like, oh sometimes it's just intuitive.

[00:03:13] And then we find a practice that has a name and has a, has a method behind it and we're like, oh, okay. I can get on board with this. It already feels natural. 

[00:03:23] Sierra: Yeah. No, that's why I push just being in tune with yourself. I think intuition, that discernment, that thing that God has placed in the inside of you, you right, as a young kid, we don't ever know what's in you, but what's in you no one can take from you, which is beautiful.

[00:03:37] So it's a beautiful thing. 

[00:03:39] Cynthia: And, we got to touch on this a little bit before we started the recording but if you can share with others too how God plays a role in what you do and how people who maybe don't necessarily call God, like how they're included into the circle, into the community.

[00:04:00] Sierra: Absolutely. So God is I feel like I'm a best love God. I feel like everything I do stems from just trying to bring peace on earth, if you will. I think finding peace within myself made me realize that there's so many broken people in the world, and the only way that I found consistent peace was understanding that I was creating a perfect image.

[00:04:19] And before I was formed in my mother's womb, God knew me To know that is it is just like a, it is just a confidence that comes with that. When it comes to God and just spirituality and any, anything, I consider myself a spiritual entrepreneur. I always say God is the c e o of all my brands, my businesses, and myself.

[00:04:36] And I'm just the visionary here and the vessel to help execute and make it real in the physical. And I think everybody understands to some extent. We are just spiritual beings having a human experience. So whatever spiritual practice you tap into, whatever you feel, whenever you feel the most aligned with your highest self fly self, as my friend says I think it's important for you to honor that.

[00:05:00] And I think for me, God is in everything that I do, and I think God is just light. God is just positivity. God is love and I am a lover by nature. So if you come to the Heal Minneapolis or you come to Zim and you're gonna be loved, no matter what faith background you have, we have, we're an interfaith community.

[00:05:17] But at the root of it all, it's love, trust, respect those foundational principles that I feel like resonate with me on a soul and spiritual level, but also the people that are attracted to me 

[00:05:26] Cynthia: I love that. It just even makes me think of gosh, I think, I don't even know how old I was, but at one point my mom mentioned to me that she, when she goes to church and listens to sermon, sometimes it was helpful to her to just, anytime the name God was mentioned, she would replace it mentally with love.

[00:05:48] And, For her, that was what felt more authentic and And that just I was like, oh yeah, I guess you can. Name. A name is a name, but it's what's a name? What's beyond the name? What's the name doing? What's the meat and potatoes of it? 

[00:06:03] Sierra: Hundred percent.

[00:06:04] And I think that one thing that makes what we've built as a community and a collective is that we don't press religion on anyone. Some people are religious by nature but religion does not. The relationship that you have with source with God with Jesus, with our law, with whoever you attune to your ancestors, whatever you feel like is that source of strength from you?

[00:06:26] I think so. Being that it's a non-judgemental community. You come as you are and we gonna figure it out and we gonna love on you and that's just what it is. 

[00:06:34] Cynthia: Yeah. I love that. And so at the Zen Bin, what are some of the offerings that you have there that people can utilize to feel a part of?

[00:06:45] Sierra: Yeah, so we just actually moved into a new space. we're developing it, we're almost done. We're gonna be opening very soon. It's called Holy Ground, which is a safe space, a very grounding space for you to tap into at Holy Ground. You can expect to come in. We have a multimedia. Sweet, if you will.

[00:07:02] So if you wanna do some podcasting or just some recording. A lot of our collective is recording like meditations and really cool things in there. We also have a huge multipurpose room that we do. Yoga classes, we do studies, we do book club, we do self-care workshops. We do community acupuncture.

[00:07:18] We do cardio classes, a little bit of this, a little bit of that there. And tons of self-care workshops, learning about holistic health, holistic being, and just healing childhood trauma in, in whatever trauma that you've experienced as well. We have a licensed therapist that we partner with that facilitates amazing group therapy sessions.

[00:07:34] So that's holy ground. We also have a small treatment room there that you can get some reflexology, some energy healing of some massage as well. And then we're also developing a new space also in North Minneapolis that's really centered for spiritual entrepreneurs, people who. Know that they got some gifts from God and they need community to help foster that, but then also have the resources to facilitate whatever they're doing as well.

[00:07:58] So we're developing a flex, little co spiritual, co-working space, if you will for us, by us Beautiful collective thing. And then a part of that, we also have a healing cafe, an herbal shop in North called Hill, Minneapolis. Where we are at the intersection of affordability, accessibility in real plant-based foods.

[00:08:16] We're not using any soy M S G or anything like that, but we're getting creative with the intention of putting more vegetables on people's plates, however that looks in fruits. It's really fun to have all that going on in our little community. 

[00:08:29] Cynthia: I love it. And I got to try some bowls from Heal Minneapolis at the well-connected re-imagined routine event in January.

[00:08:39] And I just remember hearing people's feedback. They're like, wow, this is actually delicious. Like I think people hear plant-based and they assume, oh, it's just gonna like taste healthy, which has this wrap of not being as delicious or flavorful. But that was something I think. Heal Minneapolis was able to flip the script on a bit, which was awesome to see people eating these plant-based meals.

[00:09:04] Kids are at the event eating these meals and it was delicious. And I think we had a couple left over and I was like, I'm gonna take these for meal prep. That's, it was so good. Yeah. 

[00:09:15] Sierra: We think that's why we trying to stay away from like the term veganism, it turns a lot of people off. Plant-based is a lifestyle veganism.

[00:09:23] What it is on its own on, but again, just being able to season up your veggies and make it all make sense is really fun for us as well. 

[00:09:31] Cynthia: Yeah. And so where is Heal Minneapolis also in Northeast area? 

[00:09:37] Sierra: North Minneapolis? Yes. Everything that our whole entire ecosystem is in North. It's a wellness desert and a a food desert as well.

[00:09:44] So being able to again, provide resources for our community to have access to things that we don't have to leave our own community to get healthy. Before our heel opened, the only the nearest restaurants were like fried chicken and McDonald's and, subway, right? So a lot of processed things, keeping us with high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and just self-hate really?

[00:10:05] Cuz we're in survival mode. Yeah. Eating hot chips and Takis and all that stuff every week. And because that's what we have access to. I'm really proud of the work that we're doing there. Same thing. There's a couple, fitness facilities, but there's not like a holistic approach to anything in our community is either like yoga or cardio fun dance classes.

[00:10:24] It's always it's like there's a gym, there's a Y M C A, but I think curating things with fun, music themes and different things is really appealing to us. And like I said, everything we do is really rooted in doing it for us and by us as well. 

[00:10:37] Cynthia: Yeah. This. Vision comes to mind of, the concept of a food desert and what you're creating with your community is just this like little oasis and it's like slowly growing and bringing more greens, more hydration, more just connection.

[00:10:58] And it's just it's just beautiful to even imagine and see happening out in North Minneapolis. It actually, it reminds me since you said you lived in Chicago for a while too. I remember my dad had a shop in south south Chicago, and I remember visiting and.

[00:11:14] I didn't have the right terminology of like food desert or the concept of, how systemic racism all plays out. But I just remember being confused okay, yeah, it's all fried, all unhealthy, fast food. The only thing we ate if we were at my dad's shop was like really greasy Chinese food or like Popeye's and that's what was local and and after years and years of my dad eating this way, every lunch and every dinner, it was, he had a health issue that happened and.

[00:11:46] I just think about the generations of families living in these spaces and the impact that you're making by creating a different path opening up some new possibilities for future generations as well. 

[00:11:59] Sierra: A hundred percent. I think if we're all able to get outta survival mode our community will be, Healing transformed.

[00:12:04] I think it, it is on a systemic level. I think we've been conditioned tonight. We don't even know. Typical African Americans don't know where we come from. We don't know. We were just brought here in some capacity. Our ancestors were here, served in some capacity all the way back to slavery.

[00:12:20] So now it's reclaiming that narrative and nourishing ourselves. I think conditionally, even me, myself, being a black woman, I was conditioned to be ultra independent. It's hard to even tap into being in my feminine energy because I'm so used to and conditioned to, to honor that masculine energy to protect myself, but also to protect my community and what is mine.

[00:12:41] Being able. Really just surrender to some source. And higher power, again, is allowing you to like, all right, I can actually thrive. I don't have to survive every day. Focus on everything. Yeah. 

[00:12:52] Cynthia: Yeah. You don't have to survive. You can thrive. Hundred percent. And I had so much fun looking at the offerings that you have at the Zen bin, cuz even in the naming it.

[00:13:07] You can sense like the desire for accessibility to your community and to like, feel like at ease, there's r and b candlelit yoga, there's find your flow trap, soul yoga trap, soul meditation. Can you tell me a little bit more about how this music plays into what Zen Bin offer? 

[00:13:31] Sierra: Yeah, I think music is that universal language.

[00:13:34] I think that universal feeling that God energy is love, but I think when it comes to communicating and articulating just any emotion or any feeling, I think music, no matter if you speak Spanish, English to grinny anything I'm a creative by nature and I think because I work in the music industry as well, I just have always loved music.

[00:13:52] I love records. I love r and b music. I love gospel music. I love hip hop. It depends on the vibe I'm in, but when you pair music with anything, you have fun. It's just like vibes, so I always say no judgment, just vibes. With Zen Bin it's been super fun because our community resonates with.

[00:14:09] Fun, creative things, especially with music. So when you're, when you say yoga, someone's ah, I don't know. But if you say, Hey, it's paired with candles and some r and b music, it's okay, this feels a little bit more, self-care is, it shouldn't be a luxury, but we can make it luxurious for us, so being able to do that trap soul meditation is a practice that I develop myself using trap beats and r and b beats and soul beats. Pairing it with like poetic flow and ways of playing with things. So I've been for about five years I've been curating my own style of teaching and I'm super proud of it.

[00:14:42] I'm super proud of how people resonate with it and just being able to take melodies and beats that we're used to with the music that we're already listening to or hooks and then. Cutting out some silence in there and then being able to lighten people and love on people with my words.

[00:14:56] It's always been a beautiful thing too. Yeah, I think just being creative, I think everything is super, super fly, has to be fly, you know what I'm saying? So it's fun. 

[00:15:04] Cynthia: Oh my gosh, yes. Why not make it. Fun. Make it just something, it's it's a party. Join the party, let's go 

[00:15:12] Sierra: a hundred percent.

[00:15:12] And meditation looks differently for everyone. Some people might find meditation and cooking, so we have cooking classes, but some people might find it with just sitting in silence or listening to some calming music, some tones, some people need to hear a couple words, or affirmations cuz a lot of the songs that we're listening To music with intention. You should be listening to music that have affirmations built in there. You know what I mean? Or things that are repeated. So it gets in that, into your subconscious so you can feel that, I feel like I'm a diva. I feel like I'm beautiful. I, you know that. Just being creative and intentional I think is where we found some success.

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[00:16:44] Cynthia: Hmm. 

[00:16:46] Yeah.

[00:16:46] Taking something familiar, but then infusing it with this layer of intentionality, this invitation to make it mean something deeper. It's so funny. I love when people have careers that seem not to make sense together, but they do. So you're also a music executive. What does that look like in your day-to-day?

[00:17:07] And then how does that just tie into everything you do? 

[00:17:10] Sierra: So it's beautiful because my career in music has made so many turns. It started out doing PR and marketing being a publicist. Then I started out doing branding work, which I still do some brand consulting and things like that.

[00:17:21] But now I've been running. For about four years I was running operations for indie hip hop label, locally little music festival as well, sound, sun, Rhymesayers. And then last year I took a step down just cuz I do have a lot of things going on. But I'm still able to use my talents and my, just the energy that I have so much love for the people there.

[00:17:42] So now I'm a vice president of vision and alignment so I'm consistently holding the label and the c e o one of my favorite people in the world aligned to his higher self fly itself, but then also the purpose of the organization and just making it be a purpose-driven, heart-centered organization and that accountability.

[00:18:00] Is beautiful and I get to see the growth in all of our team. I lead all culture things, so really pumping that. But then same thing with the artist. How do we connect and be intentional? And I think vision is my gift. So being able to hear someone's vision and then figure out a way to make it happen and hype it up.

[00:18:16] And also just support the operational practices there. It's a, beautiful thing. I love going in the studio, watching people just in purpose. When I see you on purpose, I wanna support you, and when I support you I'm gonna hype you and make your confidence really big. So I think that's where I am set apart in the industry.

[00:18:31] I just get to love on people and support their dreams. 

[00:18:34] Cynthia: And how perfect that the next step in your journey is creating this intentional space for spiritual entrepreneurs and to be that hype woman for everyone. I think that's wonderful. 

[00:18:45] Sierra: Lovely. That's why I said everything just works together. It, so I think it's just such a beautiful thing.

[00:18:51] Cynthia: Amazing. I, it sounds like you've got a lot of different things going on at once. How do you stay, I'm just curious personally, like how do you stay organized? What does that look like? In terms of just functionality of having all these different things happening all at once?

[00:19:08] Sierra: Yeah, I think for me, rights, a passage of being just a woman in general. I think it's important for you to wake up early in the morning to get yourself grounded before you take on any task. So before I do anything every day I take a moment just to simply exist and just be a woman. There's so many titles that I hold is from professionally to being a daughter, to being the coolest aunt in the world.

[00:19:28] You know what I mean? But I think. The most grounding thing for me is just again, what my routine and my ritual is in the morning. To stay organized on Sunday nights. I just look at my calendar. I look at everything going on in the week and just do a high level thing. And what keeps me grounded is just the people around me it's so important to find your tribe because your tribe will hold you accountable to your purpose and to your yourself. if my friends see me or my family sees me starting to burn out, we got strategies in place, to avoid that. If I'm going for a walk with my friend or if I'm going out of town with another friend, or if I'm just simply venting or just going through something.

[00:20:05] I think having people love on you when you, especially when you love on the world, is very important as well. 

[00:20:11] Cynthia: Yeah. Just filling up your cup and making sure that first thing in the morning, that is the priority that you're taking care of yourself, and I love that you're. Really practicing what you preach in a sense too, right?

[00:20:24] So it is that radical self-care, and I think especially in the world of entrepreneurship, it can feel radical to actually prioritize your own self-care, especially if you're a healer. 

[00:20:36] Sierra: Yeah. And I'm not always the greatest at it, but that's why I have certain people, that's what in my life, that are like, Hey, what are you doing?

[00:20:43] You need to go on the fruit fast. Like my friend always you need to fast. I'm like, okay. So fasting, prayer, all that good stuff. Just in the mix. Listening to my sermons, taking breaks from social media, everything. It helps just figure things out. none of us are perfect people, but our imperfection makes us perfect.

[00:20:59] So being able to just, honor yourself and a lot of radical self-care and self-love comes with radical self-acceptance. Accepting that you're not perfect, accepting that you're doing exactly what you need to do. You're exactly where you are, right place, right time. So not trying to get ahead of anything and not holding under things of the past.

[00:21:18] Cynthia: Yeah, there's that quote. If you're in the future, you're anxious. If you're in the past, you're depressed. If you're in the present, then that's where you're at. Peace. 

[00:21:28] Sierra: Yeah, and I definitely cosign that heavy. The present moment is such a beautiful place to be that. And I love that quote.

[00:21:35] I think it, I don't know who said it, but the presence is a gift. That's why they call it the presence. Big Sean. Yes. Yeah, 

[00:21:42] Cynthia: Yeah. It's been said in many different ways. Yeah. By different people. I think that might be a quote from Buddha. 

[00:21:48] Sierra: Yeah, it is Buddha. It is Budha. But Big Sean flipped it in a rap song too.

[00:21:54] Cynthia: Awesome. 

[00:21:56] Oh, man. For you, Sierra, to, you mentioned that community, that tribe is so important. Do they also, are they also a part of the heal Minneapolis community, the zen bin community? Do you keep things like compartmentalized or is it. Everything's all smooshed together.

[00:22:15] Sierra: So I think that everything works together, but everything is separate as well. I think the people that support me in heel and also support me in Zen Bin. Heal is Zen Bin as well. Like Zen Bin technically owns Heal, if you will, so everything is. It's again, this ecosystem of energy.

[00:22:34] But when it comes to the people that are participating, most people participate with everything. But then most people, again, I push everyone to find entrepreneurship and whatever. If you have a purpose here, let's make it into something. What is your dream? And being able to help. Coach a lot of the collective, I'm like your coach too.

[00:22:50] This is what we're gonna do. Cool. You wanna do this, but let's get a L L C for that. Teaching people these skills because at the end of the day, our community doesn't have too many resources outside of neon, which is amazing. We don't have too many resources that teach us how we can, sustain ourselves and our dreams.

[00:23:07] Have to, stay in this survival state or live paycheck to paycheck, things like that. So finding freedom and liberation through, just pursuing purpose. I'm very passionate about that as well. 

[00:23:18] Cynthia: Yeah. And so just pursuing that purpose, but helping and uplifting others to also do that.

[00:23:27] Using the systems that exist think that's huge. 

[00:23:31] Sierra: Yeah. We're only successful as the people around us. So like you can say that I'm successful, but I'm only successful because the people around me are successful. They're finding personal liberation and love. I can't be the happiest, most peaceful person in my life, in my brands and my businesses or anything.

[00:23:45] Everyone has to for me to feel like I'm doing something right. I am a visionary. I'm a great leader, but at the end of the day, like I. I can't I'm very selfless in that way as well. We're all gonna get it where it's not just one person. It we're really a community and a collective. We move like that, we work like that and it's mom.

[00:24:02] I love it. 

[00:24:03] Cynthia: Yeah. And I'm really, I love that you embody that also in your financial structure cuz Zen Bin offers donation-based courses and classes. it focuses on accessibility. Can you tell us a little more about just how that works from a business standpoint and then also from the community standpoint?

[00:24:24] Sierra: Yeah, I think when it, and it's so funny cuz it falls back on the spiritual principle of being obedient. I think when you see someone needs help you, you can't put a price on healing anyone's trauma or healing someone's depression or healing someone's emotions. You can't and I think that, like a lot of people, a lot of business advisors, like my business advisor who just is the most amazing person we wrestle sometimes cuz she's you just do this.

[00:24:48] It's so cheap. It's so cheap. And I'm like, this is what God is. I feel like this is what's on my heart. We gotta follow that intuition, that we gotta follow it if it's on my heart and I think that It ebbs and it flows cuz I learn you had to sustain business. But I feel like God sustains everything I do.

[00:25:01] I just have to show up and be obedient in that way. beyond really being intentional with creating space for me to pray and hear from source in the ways that I receive it. I think that's just how it flows at here. There's some things that, We sometimes charge, a x amount of rate for a certain class or a certain workshop due to like resources.

[00:25:20] But I don't believe God would gimme a vision or get, or I don't feel like I would feel so strongly about something if it wasn't aligned with myself. Again, not everybody can afford. Things, right? And so removing the financial barrier has been beautiful. That's why I love Heal too, because you can get quality food for the low, and it's for people who can afford it. But then some people who can afford it, they might tip more or they might donate more, or they might pay something forward for someone. So it's just like building community and really trying to keep love at the root of all that we do, 

[00:25:52] Cynthia: yeah, and it's that love over fear.

[00:25:55] It's that abundance over scarcity that takes a lot of bravery and I've never considered that. It also takes obedience, right? And it's not obedience in the way we think of obeying someone outside of yourself, but obeying what's inside. That intuition, that knowing that pull at your heart.

[00:26:16] Yeah. And that's, God, that's source that's there for a reason. And it, yeah, that's just like boggling my mind. The concept of obeying, but obeying what's inside. 

[00:26:26] Sierra: Exactly. You gotta obey that because it's there for a reason, and trusting that gut feeling. I've so many times I've tried to like, Okay, let me try this then.

[00:26:36] Because it's this, but I feel like those are tests too, to see if you're gonna fold on yourself. I'm like, I'm not folding on myself. I can't. I'm too passionate about it. And It doesn't make sense to a lot of people, but it's not meant to. I think it's, it makes sense to me and it works. It's been working, five years in business, having the same mindset is crazy.

[00:26:53] And just being able to get more spaces it's crazy that I feel like I always say God, trust me with three spaces, I'm, it's wild. Like I can't hold you. It's definitely wild. It's definitely wild. 

[00:27:04] Cynthia: Yeah. What you're doing's working, so keep it rolling. 

[00:27:07] Sierra: Yeah, that's what I always say too. 

[00:27:10] Cynthia: Oh, that's awesome.

[00:27:12] Ugh. And to have these spaces and to have, the trust of. Your community and to see it grow. You mentioned that, you're like the best auntie, but also it's I really believe starting a business is like becoming a mother too. This is your baby and you are the one who created this life in a sense.

[00:27:35] Sierra: Yeah, my friend was just talking to me about that last night. That definitely, I definitely am like the divine mother for sure. And the way that I nurture my ideas, but then also the people that are aligned with my ideas. I think it's just like a beautiful thing. I'm just so invested. It's he always say heal isn't just about the community, the people that work there, everybody needs healing in some capacity.

[00:27:56] I think that, nothing is a coincidence and I feel like God brings the right people to you to love on and nurture in different seasons of their lives. So I think it's just a flow. I like it, it's fun. 

[00:28:07] Cynthia: Yeah. And for listeners, it sounds if people are feeling like, if they're in the North Minneapolis area and.

[00:28:16] This is a resource that would benefit them. They can show up, right? They can come to these events, donation based or like more at an affordable price point, and to be able to meet people, have that community, whether it's at Heal Minneapolis or the Zen Bin. And then, if you want eventually into that spiritual entrepreneur space when that information drops.

[00:28:39] And then for people who maybe aren't in North Minneapolis but they wanna support and they want to be a part of this in some way what are some ways that they can get involved? 

[00:28:49] Sierra: Yeah, so it's crazy cuz people have traveled from Iowa, from Wisconsin just to come to, oh, a healing circle or yoga class cuz they've seen it online or even to heal.

[00:28:58] So it's crazy. So we're definitely attracting people outside of our community as well, which is. Amazing. But for people who don't live in, we definitely are starting to offer some digital offerings as well. We're building an infrastructure now to really sustain that. We also offer workplace wellness where we pop up in different workplaces and schools which has been super fun in different districts.

[00:29:18] Just with the same thing, emotional regulation honoring your gifts and just being intentional and living intentionally. Really just, you can come through if you feel comfortable to come through. If not, there's a digital offering. There's a couple consultants and coaching that you can get as well that's digital honor at your own pace.

[00:29:34] We have a client in Texas and we have clients all over, which is really crazy to think about, but it's a. Yeah, 

[00:29:42] Cynthia: it's cuz you're following that heart, obeying that intuition and goodness is flowing. I love it. 

[00:29:51] Sierra: I love it too. 

[00:29:52] Cynthia: I wonder for you, if there was one message that people can walk away from this conversation with, something to take away, what would you hope that their takeaway.

[00:30:03] Sierra: My takeaway for anyone is always just don't allow your trauma, but no matter if it's childhood trauma or church trauma or any type of trauma hinder you from honoring that spirit within yourself. And I think finding people that. Can support that and nurture that is essential. And trusting that the divine, that God, the source wants the best for you is always a beautiful thing just to always know as well.

[00:30:30] So my takeaway is just don't allow anything to stop you from finding peace, finding joy. Pain doesn't last forever. We've all been sad, we've all been depressed. We've all felt anxious. We've all been super worried about what's next, but really honoring. What today brings and getting yourself in the sun, you going outside for a walk, moving your body that can cure so many things. Changing just the things that you consume on a music level, food level, anything. You'll be great. So I just want people to love themselves. Find God in whatever way it works for you, and know that you are the bomb.com.

[00:31:05] Cynthia: Yes, the bomb.com. Ooh, I haven't heard that one in a while. Thank you so much, Sierra. This has been an amazing conversation, and it's just what you're doing is, truly god's work. It's following that heart, following that intuition, and it's bringing more and more good things into the world and healing so many people.

[00:31:29] Sierra: Thank you so much in your obedience to being on and creating a platform and a safe space for people to share their stories and find joy as well. 

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