Joy Rocks!

by Lance Ekum on · 27 comments

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“Joy is not in things; it is in us” ~ Richard Wagner

Today, I’m hanging out with the very awesome Brandi Reynolds over at the Joy Rebellion.  Brandi writes about the joy rebel within each of us, and offers weekly missions to help bring that out.  Today, she’s sitting down and asking me some questions on what this all means in my life.

So what is the ‘joy rebel’ concept all about?  It’s about being uniquely and authentically you.  What’s it mean to me?  Check it out right here!

And while you’re there, a couple of recent posts by Brandi include:

Mission Monday:  Receive

The Unofficially Official Joy Rebel Day

Thank you Brandi!  You ARE a rebel, and with a cause that brightens the world many times over!  Keep shining your light, you’re making our world a better place every day!

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Writer Dad May 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm

I’ll hop on over. Thanks Lance!


Positively Present May 20, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Joy Rebellion is AWESOME. That’s great that you’ve put this on your site. Joy definitely ROCKS!! 🙂

Positively Present´s last blog to give the world a virus


Caroline May 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Can you ever get enough joy? Thank you for introducing me to another great blogger!

Here’s to JOY!!!

Caroline´s last blog post..WOW…I said that?


Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings May 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Yay, a joy rebellion! I’m there! Now where did I put my blue William Wallace face paint?

Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s last blog post..Here’s a Quick Way to Beat Perfectionism


Rupal May 20, 2009 at 4:11 pm

I must admit to having visited her site many many times since first seeing it here Lance, thanks for the intro! I’m a joy rebel…and PROUD!

Rupal´s last blog post..For da feets


Laurie May 20, 2009 at 6:05 pm

I find joy interesting. As I understand it, you are still can feel joyous in the midst of difficult times. I’m not sure I have experienced that but maybe you have Lance. We seem to connect joy and happiness but they are different. How would you differentiate the two?


J.D. Meier May 20, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Great interview and I like how you’re quick to share your lessons and insights that are down to Earth.

J.D. Meier´s last blog post..Iterate More, Plan Less


Giovanna Garcia May 20, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Great post.
I enjoy your work…keep spreading your message.
Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Have a great day.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action


Stacey / Create a Balance May 20, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Joy Rebel is a perfect place for you Lance. Your post are always filled with joy. Great interview.

Stacey / Create a Balance´s last blog post..HelpersMarket – People Helping People


Lance May 20, 2009 at 9:49 pm

@Writer Dad – Thanks much Sean!

@Positively Present – Hi Dani. Thanks for checking this out. Brandi has done an excellent job of cultivating joy, and finding all sorts of ways to express that! It really is an honor for me to be there today.

@Caroline – Hi Caroline! Joy’s a pretty great thing, isn’t it! And Brandi is one awesome lady who spreads joy in so many ways!

@Sami – Hi Sami. A rebellion of a pretty great kind! Now…where did you put your camera, so you can get a picture in the face paint (I’m waiting…)!!

@Rupal – Hi Rupal! You ARE a joy rebel, no doubt!! I’m in great company, being around you!!

@Laurie – Hi Laurie. Hmmm…I guess if I had to differentiate joy and happiness – I would say that joy might be more if a quality from within, while happiness might be more the expression of the from within. If this is the case, then we can find joy in difficult times (as maybe we are satisfied with how we handled a difficult situation – there could be joy there) while there may not be happiness – the expression of that – since it might be hard to be happy about the difficultness of the situation. While this is just my take on this, there are some grey lines in all of it too.

@J.D. Meier – Thanks much J.D., and thank you for reading it all – I appreciate it very much!

@Giovanna – Hi Giovanna. Thanks for stopping by today!

@Stacey / Create A Balance – Hi Stacey! Thanks so much – and it’s great to wear this badge – “Joy Rebel”! I’m loving it!!


The Commenter Formerly Known As Jannie Funster May 20, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Found her blog last week, via you. She’s a one-off for sure. Gee, the world is full of such wonderful, wonderful folks! What a nice planet to live on.

The Commenter Formerly Known As Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Five Pansy Poems, Poem, Pansies


Dan and Deanna May 21, 2009 at 12:58 am

Thank you to both of you for the good posts. Keep up the good work. That is what we come back for all the time.
Dan and Deanna “Marketing Unscrambled”


brandi May 21, 2009 at 6:07 am

Lance, I said it over on my other blog but I wanted to say it here too-I think it says something about your presence that so many amazing people in this community already know your wonderful, positive blog. The comments on my blog towards your interview are so wonderfullly sweet and encouraging.

Laurie-I absolutely agree with you. One thing about my joy rebellion is I try to make it clear that connecting with joy isn’t about espousing happy clappy crap if you aren’t feeling it or sugar coating things. I believe our pivot point-our true nature is joy. Happiness is an emotion, a valid emotion but one that is within a wide array of emotions (anger, bewilderment, disappointment, contentment, etc). Joy is deeper than an emotion, which is transient. That’s all my opinion anyway-

brandi´s last blog rebel interviews:: jungle of life


Tess The Bold Life May 21, 2009 at 8:23 am

Lance rocks, his family rocks and joy rocks, yeah! I think all of your long warm comments are changing the blogging world.
An example for all of us to slow down and appreciate each other. You are all about helping others and you can’t keep it from coming back to you.

Yes to the green outdoors, the sun, blue sky, running trails and you! Thanks for being you. Rock on!

Tess The Bold Life´s last blog post..Bold Spontaneity In California


Nadia - Happy Lotus May 21, 2009 at 11:07 am

Hi Lance,

Great interview! I am so happy that you have found your own way of being happy and true to yourself. You are awesome, my friend! And like Tess said…joy rocks! 🙂

Nadia – Happy Lotus´s last blog post..The Phoenix In You


Srinivas Rao May 21, 2009 at 11:48 am

Very cool interview. You gave some really great advice here. Look forward to more pearls of wisdom 🙂

Srinivas Rao´s last blog post..The weakness in force


Liara Covert May 21, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Joy is to be experienced every moment. One need only be open to that and aware it is forever possible.

Liara Covert´s last blog post..Admit what is real & change everything


Barbara Swafford May 21, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Hi Lance,

That was another fabulous interview. Brandi asked the perfect questions which gave us more insight into why you do what you do, and why you are as you are.

I love the part where you said, “See the possibilities in life, not the impossibilities”. Using that attitude can certainly make our world a whole lot brighter.

Barbara Swafford´s last blog post..Like A New Best Friend


Hilary May 22, 2009 at 4:18 am

Hi Lance .. your blog is a great place to be .. and I’m now going to rock over to Brandi’s site .. keep working at the press ups .. sounds like there’s a little work to be done there!!

I too feel like a joy rebel and love my life .. just making my mother happy through her last days is so important (long ones they may be) .. and so worth it .. she’s given me a way forward to the future .. without sharing her experience I’d have never moved in this direction & for that I am so grateful ..

Joy Rebel Hilary from the Jungle of Life .. is mousing over …

Thanks so much
Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters

Hilary´s last blog post..Minnie Mouse, Pomeranians, Bats and travel ..


Lance May 22, 2009 at 5:11 am

@Somebody called Jannie – Brandi rocks (and so do you!!)! When we were picking planets to live on – yep, we chose a winner!

@Dan and Deanna – Brandi asked some great questions – and they were fun to answer! Glad you liked it!

@Brandi – Thank you. And I mean that very deeply. It really is an honor to be sharing some space on your site for this interview. You have a real gift of bringing out the joy in others – so, many thanks to Christine Kane for the introduction! You’ve definitely had me more focused on the joy in my life – “leader of the rebel pack” Brandi!

@Tess – Tess!! Thank you! And do you know what – I happen to think the same of you – you rock – as does everything I see that you come in contact with. I’m better for knowing you…

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. It’s always great having your upbeat and smiling attitude here Nadia! Thank you! Joy definitely rocks!!!

@Srinivas – Thanks much! Looking forward to having you as part of the community here.

@Liara – Hi Liara. This is a great point, Liara. Being open to joy is the first step in really and deeply experiencing it.

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. It was tons of fun to work with Brandi on this – she aksed some questions that made me really think, and that alone was good for me to do. Sharing them on her site was an honor. We do limit ourselves too much, I believe. I know that I do anyway. It’s so easy to look at something and not see what can be, only what has been. Yet, possibilities are endless!

@Hilary – Hi Joy Rebel Hilary! You’re doing a great thing with your mother – she’s lucky to have you in her life. Very awesome – as difficult as some days may be – you are most definitely providing joy – and in a very special way. A joy rebel indeed, you are!


Amy Jewell / Cirklagirl May 22, 2009 at 8:32 am

Hi Lance,

I LOVE Brandi! So glad to see that you are giving her kudos out here on this post!

Amy Jewell / Cirklagirl´s last blog post..First Twin Cities Conference on Awakening


Tabitha May 22, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Lance, your interview with Brandi was outstanding!
You guys Rock!

Tabitha´s last blog post..Give It Away Friday!!


Lance May 22, 2009 at 3:35 pm

@Amy – Hi Amy. Brandi is all sorts of awesome, and she deserves it all! I’m a lucky guy to be over there on her site! And you’re awesome too, Amy! Have a fantastic weekend!

@Tabitha – Hi Tabby. Thank you! And it’s great to follow your lead over there!


Amy Jewell / Cirklagirl May 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Takes awesome to know awesome, Lance!! Have a great holiday!


jen boda May 22, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Thanks for such inspiring quotes and blog posts, they bring me so much joy–and your pictures are always interesting and uplifting.

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jen boda´s last blog post..Embracing Failure: The Real Secret of Success


Bella May 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Oh, how my blog and I are excited for Joy Rebel Day on July 1st!!!
It will be colorful, fun, giving~to~the~world, random acts of kindness
and much, much more! Even now as I type this, my mind is working
on plans for this beautiful day AND I CANNOT WAIT!

Thanks, Lance for posting this !

All things positive,
Always ~



Lance May 25, 2009 at 4:52 pm

@Amy – Thanks much!! And…you’re too kind to me. You too, enjoy the holiday weekend!

@Jen Boda – Hi Jen. I’m glad you’re enjoying them – and it’s great to have you here as well!

@Bella – Hi Bella. Doesn’t Joy Rebel Day sound like the greatest!! And, you’re getting me excited on what this day can fully mean – wow!! Brandi is creating something pretty special!


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