shift from me to we

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Dear Joyfuellers,

2020 is certainly providing a year to potentially reconsider and re-imagine our individual lives while contemplating our interconnectedness and dependencies upon one another.

Since 2014 Joyfuel has run numerous experiments about what it might mean to be a mixed-media agency dedicated to kindness, creativity and joy: In-person and online ePlayshops, social media Mindful Moments, and Joyfuel Kindcasts–each Joyfuel project has intended participant exploration of how we might open to play and generate ideas towards activating greater joy in humans.

As founder and lead joy activist at Joyfuel, I view 2020 as the year we discover together how to collaborate on Joyfuel shifting from “me to we”, by community sourcing new and inspiring content for our readers and subscribers. Perhaps our leading question this year: How do we collaborate and support an emerging community of storytellers committed to telling personal stories of the kindness, creativity and joy that binds us together?

Towards this exploration Joyfuel has been chosen by The Pollination Project to receive a 2020 Impact Grant providing funding towards our basic annual expenses. This funding will allow further investigation and engagement with you and other Joyfuellers around the world, and I am deeply grateful.

I am also deeply concerned by the tidal wave impact of coronavirus creating lockdown and health care crisises, and food shortages all over the world. My heart is fully broken open to find ways to use ideas and funding to inspire and support people in sharing their stories of kindness, and how to find joy amidst sadness and loss.

Holding all of these facts and concerns, Joyfuel is rolling out a new initiative… a new branch is growing on the Joyfuel Tree called JOY CORPS.

Joy Corps aspires to train and support world-wide storytellers for kindness through storytelling workshops and brainstorming sessions supporting people through the ideation process of potentially solving their problems through the power of visual kindness storytelling.

Joy Corps is still very much unfolding and in the works. I hope to offer our first training in early May, and have new storytellers’ kindness stories featured on our media channels very soon.

As these projects are emerging, your financial gifts are greatly appreciated. Please consider a recurring monthly financial gift on Patreon (change amount or cancel anytime), a one-time gift through paypal, or gift a larger amount by check. Every penny will be used to grow and support our community in 2020.

Your ideas and thoughts are welcome. Please comment or hit reply to let me know what you are thinking. We will do this together. Now more than ever we need an agency to speak of the things that unify us in humanity, qualities of kindness, creativity and joy to support us through these challenging times. I am dedicated to you and this work and to finding a way together.

In gratitude for JOY,

Becky Suzik
Joyfuel Founder and Chief Joy Activist

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wisdom of elders Pearl Schechter

dear ones,
tonight i looked at this photo on my web site and thought, dear Pearl, my elder, friend and teacher. the first guest on the Joyfuel Kindcast, and the eldest friend I have. how are you? i sent my thoughts to her, and then went back to my work.
it’s been 18 months since we spoke.

then, 2 minutes later, my phone rang. 9:21 pm this evening. i answered…

“Hello, this is Pearl Schechter. May I speak to Becky?”

I could hardly answer her, for the joy that bubbled up inside!
Pearl is calling me. She had been thinking of me and hoped it wasn’t too late to call.
I literally could barely speak for the first few minutes of our 15 minute call–in shock of her call. It was a gift alike the synchronicity of how we met all those years ago.
Pearl’s connection to me, her response to my mental call to her, and the wisdom of the elders dictates I share Pearl’s interview with you right now. Pearl offers medicine for all of us right now, for our joy and our mental sanity.
Our audio interview appears below. Pearl was on the Joyfuel Kindcast, sharing a beautiful deep conversation that became our very first episode in 2014. We talked about kindness, joy and her husband’s wisdom “Never worry in advance.”
Please listen and let me know how she makes you feel. Let me know any questions or messages you might have for Pearl.
And please hold Pearl in your thoughts and pray with me for Pearl’s safety. Let’s take seriously the warnings and advice to stay home and flatten the curve of Covid-19.  Pearl told me tonight she hopes to turn 101 in a few months.  We need to protect and care for our world’s most vulnerable, like Pearl. Please stay home for Pearl and all the older people (and those at risk) whom we love. By staying home you will never know how many people you might save, but we WILL save lives for certain, by staying home together.
<3 becky
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☼ (◠‿◠* E4 Liz Buechele

The Joyfuel Kindcast with Liz Buechele:
The Smile Project

In this episode Becky Suzik talks with writer, speaker, roadtripper and kindness activitist Liz Buechele, and shares a deep conversation about the intricacies and challenges of cultivating JOY when our heart is breaking, in a world that is hurting.

Liz works in the non-profit sector and is the founder of the Smile Project, a non-profit organization spreading happiness through intentional acts of kindness and empowering young people to create kindness clubs in their communities. She has found an extraordinary way to combine her passions for writing, traveling and meeting kind people, spreading joy and kindness through her daily social media posts capturing where she finds happiness.

Liz has been writing Happiness Is posts for 8 years. Tomorrow–January 25, 2020– she will share a post worthy of celebrating, her 3000th consecutive post for happiness!

Links mentioned on the Kindcast

SPARK

#SmileProjectRoadTrip

Happiness is database

The Smile Project on Facebook

The Smile Project on Instagram 

The Smile Project on Twitter

Email Liz 

Music on the Program

Show theme Song “Being Kind” by Nimo Patel

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Questions, feedback or suggestions for our program? Get in touch using the JOYLINE! or email me becky@joyfuel.org

I am so grateful for our growing Joyfuel Community. If you enJOYed the show, please  share with your friends and family. You can leave a review on iTunes  or Facebook page. If you’d like to help me grow MORE Joyfuel projects, please gift money fertilizer by becoming a Patreon contributor (monthly recurring donations, opt in and out anytime) or gift one-time contribution through paypay or venmo. We are building Joyfuel together.

Thank you for listening and for all you do to spread kindness!

with love for your JOY,

 

 

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creativity and the headvoices that lie

Dear Ones, Please join me for 28 days of creative play! Joyfuel HeARTs is open for “registration”. Registering means I will send you creative, joyfuelled messages for 28 days. (Or however many days we have left when you register.)

Watch this video to hear what I believe about you (and me) and the voices in our head.

Want to come and play? If so, register here.

much love for your JOY!
<3 becky

new ePlayshop dedicated to JOY–YOURS

dear ones,

I’m super excited! I have been very busy preparing a new Joyfuelled-adventure dedicated to activating our JOY through lots of 15-minute bursts of creative expressive heART projects!  Drumroll….

Registration is now open for JOYFUEL HEARTS–
a MONTH-LONG ePlayshop dedicated to
JOY through creative art play!

  • Beginning Friday August 23rd, 2019 you will receive at least one email a day for 28 days with yummy, creative, colorful content to inspire you for at least 15 minutes creating everyday,  for JOY! Emails will include creativity videos, writing prompts, audio recordings, Joyfuel Gems of Wisdom, and joyfood for thoughtall to inspire creative muse and ultimately your JOY.
  • In addition to once-a-day email LOVE we will have once a week LIVE Zoom calls where we will meet and get to know each other by sharing stories, live creativity projects and joy!
  • We also will have a private Facebook Joyfuel Circle!

Gifting (aka cost, money, moolah, $$$$)

I’m offering this in gift economy which means participants can gift back to me, if and as they choose. The bottom line is JOY!

Suggested Supplies

In determining our projects I was very cognizant to use as few materials as possible, to UPCYCLE or MAKE something from something else, and to provide multiple options so hopefully you won’t need to purchase very many things. (If you live in the Raleigh/Wake Forest, North Carolina area and want to borrow some of my things, you are welcome to my stuff… my studio is YOUR studio!)

I will send our participants the full list soon, but here are some things you can start gathering to put in your heART box to get ready for the adventure! These are our to-be- upcycled materials.


♥ craft foam, flat packing foam
♥ assorted plastic bottles tops, lids (plastic and/or metal), and wine corks (Plastic or cork)
♥ make up foam sponges (used is fine)
♥ flat cardboard (like cereal, crackers or food boxes)
empty toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls (curious? : )
♥ TWO or more flat erasers (look in drawers before buying, it’s ok if they have been slightly used)
♥ an old hard-covered book to be turned into a heART journal
♥ assorted scraps of paper, wrapping paper, colorful napkins (serviettes), sheet music, programs, words/images ripped from magazines/newspaper
paper with something printed on one side
♥ 2 or 3 Compact Discs you no longer want 
♥ an old white cotton t-shirt, OR plain white tea towel 
OR piece of cotton or linen

 

Register by clicking image above or here.

(Ooooooweeeeeee! I like seeing all that BOLD text…. and I LOVE using what we have instead of buying NEW!)

After reading this list I hope you are curious about WHAT we will be making!!!! I’m going to remain a little secretive as I think some of the greatest JOY might come from surprises, but here are a few little hints 🙂

♥ mini journals ♥ prayer flags ♥ stamps ♥ cards ♥ heART journal ♥ stencils ♥  & MORE ♥

This online ePlayshop is inspired by my real-life playshops and I am going to do my best to make this as personal and enJOYable as if we were sharing the same paint tray!

I hope you will join me for this adventure. Please email or leave me a message on the Joyline with any questions and I’ll get back with you!  And register now for our August 23rd start date!

dedicated to JOY, (especially yours) xoxo
becky


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p.s. if you’d like to read how participants felt about their experiences with the past Joyfuel ecourse check these out…

Labyrinth Walk for Mindfulness and JOY

☀️💜🙃 Solstice Blessings Joyfuellers!

Today marks the Summer Solstice for half of us on Earth (and Winter Solstice for the other half). I wanted to make a special video to honor you. Here is video to the Labyrinth walk made especially for YOU, your presence and your JOY. Click below for the full ahhhhhhh, learn about labyrinths and walk in and out of the Chartres 11 Labyrinth together with me.

🙃💜☀️
~becky

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six-word story play

Hello dear Joyfueller,
Want to play for joy? I had a lovely conversation with customer service person at my cell phone company today. Somehow we found ourselves talking about writing. He told me he used to write. I told him I went through a very long period where I didn’t write at all, a drought that was a difficult time for me.
 
My new friend helped my original problem, then at the end of our call I said to him, “Hey, not sure if you want to write again, but if you do perhaps this might be a fun thing for you to try…” then I went on to tell him about Ernest Hemingway’s love of six-word stories. Hemingway is renowned for many things including inventing these pithy little word packets.
 
(Although I love Ernie, I’m thinking early humans probably invented them, round the fire one night… if we were truly earnest about it  😉 )
Anyway I shared one I wrote with my new friend–a deeply personal six-word story that took me 7 years to live. Six-word stories invite a great opportunity to write and capture an essence of something meaningful to you, and maybe to others too.
 
Why not have a go this weekend? What 6-word story do you have to tell? Perhaps write about something to do with life, your history/herstory? or your week, or today? or your imaginary rhinoceros? Want to play? If so, share your story in comments, maybe share where you are in our world too?!  You can post on social media with a new hashtag just for our community #mediaforjoyfuel. I’d love to feature your story(ies) in a future post!
 
(Oh…. about my new phone company friend? He was curious and he said he was going to try it. He missed writing.)

Have a Joyfuelled weekend dear love. I look forward to reading your stories. xoxo
 ღ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ღ
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limping for joy

Dear Heart,

That’s me…. a limping, wounded, bubble blowing, want-to-be-servant for joy–YOUR joy. If any of my posts or musings plop into your awareness, I hope it comes as a gift for your sacred beautiful deserving heart.

The reason? I think of you… ALL THE TIME. I often lie awake daydreaming about new ways I might nudge and remind you of your birthright for joy. With all of my heart I hope my writing will uplift, inspire, hold and nurture you upon a quest for a more joy in our broken and miraculous world. It hurts so much right now, to see all the brokenness.

I need to be brave… braver actually. I revere words and stories so much that sometimes I withhold them.

The time has come for me to trust my heart and share some personal stories. The sufferings I’ve endured are not exclusive or particularly unusual, but my pain demands my service to yours through words, art, beauty and the occasional radio Kindcast. So here I am, showing up, doing the work I feel so called to do. I know it’s been a little while since our last Joyfuel Kindcast, and I’m working on that.

I–like you–have burned in the fires of loss, illness and sadness. Now tarnished with an ashen patina, sometimes my words can sparkle. If you ever see the shine, really–truly deeply–that light is yours as much as it might be mine, and light bounces are good aren’t they? especially for our Joy.

Thank you for being here, for saying “like” and “subscribe”, for providing me with a possible entry point to your heart. I promise tremendous care and love.

ღ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ღ
becky suzik

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☼ (◠‿◠* Episode 3 John Pavlovitz

The Joyfuel Kindcast with John Pavlovitz:
Kindness & Other Superpowers

This episode features writer, pastor, speaker and author John Pavlovitz. Perhaps now more than ever we need to feel hope, like we are part of something good and kind amidst a world that is hurting and changing.

John Pavlovitz is a blogger, author and has been pastor for over 20 years. A minister steeped in the Christian faith, John is a husband and father, and also an activist for LGBTQ equality and human rights. John is a frequent speaker and sermonizer in Raleigh, North Carolina at UU PEACE Fellowship, and a minister at North Raleigh Community Church. He contributes to Huffington Post, Churchleaders.com and many other digital information channels.

John’s forthcoming book “Hope And Other Superpowers” offers ideas about the human superpowers we possess like kindness, creativity and joy, and the role these play in HOPE for our world.

Links mentioned on the Kindcast

John’s essay “If I Have Gay Children”
John’s web site
John’s Patreon
John and Jenn’s Etsy Shop with t-shirts (like John is wearing in photo above) and more!

Links to John’s books on Indie Bound

Hope and Other Superpowers (release date November 6, 2018)
A Bigger Table  2017

Music on the Program

Frank Turner’s song Be More Kind.
Show theme Song “Being Kind” by Nimo Patel

Youth Spotlight

Austin’s The Young Urban Gardener Facebook and  YOUTUBE Channel

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Andddddd, if you enjoyed the program and you’d like to SHARE with your family and friends, oooooh….. Thank you for helping spread kindness!  Hey and you can leave a review on iTunes   or Facebook page. Thank you for listening!

with love for your JOY,
Becky Suzik

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☼ (◠‿◠* Episode 2 The Human Kindness Foundation

Joyfuel Kindcast Episode with the Human Kindness Foundation’s Prison Ashram Project

 

Catherine Dumas, Executive Director, Sita Lozoff Co-Founder and Spiritual Director and Morgan Siem, Volunteer and Board Member of the Human Kindness Foundation

Today’s guests Sita Lozoff and Catherine Dumas are creating tremendous ripples of kindness in the world through the work of the Human Kindness Foundation and the Prison Ashram Project. Serving more than 35,000 incarcerated people in the US and other countries, the project has been supporting people in kindness and spritual direction for 45 years.

Visit the HKF web site to order books, t-shirts and support their work.  www.humankindness.org

Titles by Bo Lozoff mentioned on the show. All available by on the Human Kindness Foundation web site.
We’re All Doing Time (aka The Prisoner’s Bible)
Deep & Simple
Fiction: Lineage and Other Stories

From death row: Finding Freedom by Jarvis Jay Masters

To request books be sent to a prison inmate, provide person’s name, prison ID number, and facility mailing address. If you do not know the prison assignment there are many online searchable databases that will help you find their location.

Sacred Gates: Bringing Mindfulness to Prisons Volunteer Guide Click to open/read the full PDF
The film The Exonerated (watch trailer here) with Susan Sarandon is based on Sunny Jacobs’ story of wrongful incarceration.

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Questions, comments, feedback… LOVE  for Joyfuel? Please get in touch with me.

Thank you for listening. If you enjoy this show, please bless others by sharing.

In love and kindness,
Becky

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☼ (◠‿◠* TaaDahhh — Intro to the Joyfuel Kindcast Episode 1

Joyfuel Kindcast Introduction Episode with Becky Suzik

The Joyfuel Kindcast exists to share stories of youth and adults around the world doing things for kindness, creativity and joy. In this introductory episode, show host and producer Becky Suzik is interviewed by her 9-year-old son, Colin sharing the reasons she started the show and how listeners can get involved in support of their OWN joy. http://www.joyfuel.org

The Joyfuel Kindcast just launched on itunes and it may take a few weeks to show up as an option in iTunes. Please register HERE on  the JOYFUEL web site to receive notifications via email when new episodes are available.

Episodes will be released every two weeks.

The Joyfuel Community Generating Currency for Kindness, Creativity and JOY!

  1.  Be a Joyfueller-Listen with an open heart and mind, and seek ways to cultivate more kindess, creativity and JOY in your life. Sign UP to get the latest Joyfuel Kindcast episode delivered to your Inbox

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  2. Share constructive feedback and suggestion with me (Becky) about the show.
  3. Share the Joyfuel Kindcast with friends who may be blessed to hear stories on the show. Share links to shows on social media. Especially share with your friends in other countries (with folks who understand English)
  4. Gift financially to support new episodes, expansion of show, like creating a version for people who are deaf and heard-of-hearing.
    ❤️ Gift through Patreon ❤️
  5. Nominate youth and grown up people as potential show guests.
  6. Suggest grants, fellowships, additional funding streams (non-traditional-advertising) to bless the show’s production and keep it growing and glowing.
  7. 👍 Follow and LIKE on Facebook 👍
  8. Hold the intention and good thoughts for people who would be blessed by the Joyfuel Kindcast to find and listen and be LIFTED by the show.

Thank you for being here.

With all of my heart, for your joy,
Becky Suzik

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