Joyfuel ACTIVATE! a mini playshop for your joy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear HeARTs,
I’m excited to invite you to a mini Joyfuel playshop with my dear friends Noel Marshall and Bob Warner at CoCreators Convergence. You are invited to join us in this Zoom Room https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83114637833 on Thursday September 9th at 8pm EDT for 90 mins of exploration of joy and joy guardianship, with ideas especially for these uncertain times.

Come and consciously explore your own personal relationship with joy, self kindness and creativity. Bring bright colored art supplies (crayons, markers, oil pastels…. whatever you already own, blank paper or a journal and let’s play!

I’ll offer a few expressive heART experiences that may lead to you creating a work of heART that you might enjoy not liking…. heck… you may even enjoy LOVING your creation too.

Come to Co-Creators Convergence and let’s active our joyfuel together!
ABOUT: Becky Suzik believes in the healing powers of expressive arts and stories. As a creativity and joy activist she offers playshops designed to activate creativity while exploring personal narratives about people’s talents/abilities/curiosities. Becky’s company Joyfuel is a mixed-media unforce devoted to sharing and promoting kindness, creativity and JOY in and for the world.
About CoCreators Convergence: CoCreators Convergence is a Barbara Marx Hubbard legacy group dedicated to giving our unique gift to the shift in Humanity. This dynamic, open-hearted hub gathers every every Thursday to converse co-creatively. Visit their website to learn more about this remarkable collective on the forefront of creative collaboration towards healing humans and our earth. http://www.cocreatorsconvergence.com .

Hope you can join the JOY!
Love. love. LOVE!
becky xo

Joyfuel Saraswati Playshop, can you come and play?

art by Sue Halstenberg

Dear Joyfuellers,
It’s time to shine and play together in a zoom-based playshop devoted to YOUR creativity and JOY and a creativity goddess, Saraswati…. Can you join us?
Who:    YOU are invited.
What:   2 hours of creative play and expressive heART exploration through listening to stories, music, movement and expressing our own creative nature. (No previous art making experience necessary. Nothing is required but an open heART. Bring whatever art supplies you might enJOY playing with. More details will be shared with friends who register.)
When:   Sunday August 1st, 7pm to 9pm EDT (New York timezone) and/or Monday August 2nd, 11am to 1pm EDT. (Come to ONE or BOTH.)
 
Where:  Join us from YOUR place in our world, in Becky’s zoom room. (This is a private event and will NOT be livestreamed.)

Why:    Joyfuel Playshops provide time and space to rekindle and express your creative nature, perhaps meet some new friends, and make something of meaning and/or beauty that did not previously exist! Come to dance, enJOY music, hear a few stories and be inspired by a Goddess of Creativity, Art, Music, Words–Saraswati!What’s NEXT? RSVP by emailing me to let me know you can join us for the first or second session–or BOTH, that’s fab too. becky@joyfuel.org

Oooooh and in case you’re wondering….  there is no formal cost but your precious attention. I offer my work in gift economy spectrum with the intention to be as inclusive as possible. I’ll share more during the playshop, but please know you are not required to pay anything. If you choose to gift to me, I am grateful and shall share half of your gift with an organization doing worldchanging work.
so much LOVE for your JOY,

Joyfuel is simmering a new Playshop May 28, join me for JOY!

Dearest Joyfuellers,

I have so many beautiful stories to share with you about this past year. I have never felt more devoted to my sacred mixed-media work than this past year, and finding ways to express, and attempt to inspire the JOY of others –my favorite music of all– through my work.

By breaking our hearts open in sadness, physical separation and loss during this past year of the Pandemic, Mama Earth is calling us into loving action towards the reduction of unnecessary suffering in the world. It is time to risk and love as if today might be the last day to love, because truly I know that LOVE and a new way of looking and being love will save us and create our new story together.

I am devoted to using–and reinventing– media and technology for kindness, creativity and joy, aspiring  towards co-creating peace on earth.

Through intentional use of technology, my heart and actions fly around our Earth (while from my home upon Tuscarora and Catawba land in North Carolina) working with and for so many others who are no longer waiting for governments to fix broken and hurtful systems of our world… instead we are doing the healing and restorative sacred listening work we need now.  It is beautiful. It is time to shine and become the love we were made to be.

I am humbled and in awe of what I am connected to, In service to a bigger vision than Joyfuel. While Joyfuel is on the backburner, it is still simmering while I learn, listen and discover more of how I might use my lifelong experience in communications to make a more significant impact for good in the world. Joyfuel is still here and in a few months, after World UNITY Week–a massive global giftfest, for which I am working behind the scenes–, I will begin devoting more daily time to the Joyfuel Trifecta (kindness, creativity and joy).

In the meantime I wanted to share what I hope is a lovely opportUNITY for us to play together towards animating YOUR joy. This Friday May 28 at 12 noon EDT (New York time) we have a Joyfuel Playshop! WooHoooooooo!!!!!!!!

Register for JOY HERE

Come and dedicate two hours to your own personal JOY, creativity and more than a smidge of self kindness.
Using basic art supplies (crayons, markers, oil pastels, etc… whatever you have!), music and words we will journey and co-create together what I hope will be a playful and joyful uplifting time together in our private zoom room.
This playshop is offered within the spectrum of gift economy. Half of all funds bless me and my family, the other half will support two groups of women doing healing and restorative work in the Amazon Rainforest and in Cameroon.
You are welcome to gift to me if you choose and as you are able, any amount you choose, or support my work through Patreon.
I am deeply grateful for all gifts,  and especially the gift of your presence.
Here is a short video sharing more about the Playshop!
https://youtu.be/TCys-6j3Ez4

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(This is a private event and will not be streamed online. This is for YOU if you are interested in learning more about consciously cultivating JOY in your life and JOY as a daily practice.)
So much love from my heART to yours,
Becky
p.s. Make a wish…. blow out (yes, exhale on the image for realsies)… and I am praying with you: We shall be blessed.

Joyfuel Kindcast musician Pushkara Sally Ashford

dear ones,

On my journey to reclaiming my personal joy I made a conscious decision to bring people and experiences into my life that brought me joy— daily. Today I would like to extend an opportunity worthy of your attention and time— for your JOY!

Check out the Joyfuel kindcast – with Pushkara Sally Ashford who shares her journey as a singer who lost her voice and went on to find her soul. Pushkara is a peace activist, is 80 years old and lives on Whidbey Island in Washington state. Please join us for about 70 mins and comment in the chat and offer your own reflections on her remarkable life story, and her music which is totally UPlifting and beautiful!  (Visit the Joyfuel YouTube Channel here and SUBSCRIBE https://www.youtube.com/user/monkeychimonkeydo/videos .)

If you can’t join live, the video will still be there after it airs so you can revisit… but if youcando LIVE we can connect and reflect in the chat beside the video. (This sounds like joy to me.) with so

much love for our joy… becky

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Caravan of Unity North Carolina

Dearest Joyfuellers,

The Caravan of Unity has made it’s way across the United States, embarking from Grace Cathedral California on August 28 and now, it’s 10th stop is in Raleigh North Carolina, my hometown, and will conclude this Tuesday September 29 in Washington, DC exactly where Dr. King sang his I Have a Dream Speech, some 57 years ago.

Super grateful to have been connected with this amazing event and want to invite you to join me in a Zoom Room to watch it together. I can’t believe it but it’s in less than four hours: starts at 8pm EDT (NY) but join me at 7:45 pm EDT to get settled for our watch party.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82202302586

Here is the program lineup. You can also watch at various places on the internet but you are very welcome to jump in our zoom room.

Join us for the Caravan of Unity North Carolina event featuring
* Peace Pole Dedications from UU PEACE Fellowship and Planet Peace Affiliates,
* an uplifting message especially for children from Young Community Activists Elijah and Trinity Lee,
*music from the North Carolina Master Chorale,
* volunteerism initiative serving children through NC Guardian ad Litem,
*unity message and poem from NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green,
* inspiring personal empowerment story from Holly McCoy and Nina Magpili-Smith of INtangibles, Durham NC
and prayers from May Peace Prevail on Earth, Global Silent Minute and so much more.

Join us in our Zoom Room at 7:45 and watch together at 8pm EDT!
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82202302586

Broadcasting from Peace Weekend https://peaceweekend.org and https://facebook.com/peaceweekend

We are committed to taking loving and peaceful actions toward co-creating a world of peace, justice, freedom… and joy for all. And I am committed to telling stories of creativity, kindness and joy… stories that unify us while honoring our diversities.

with so much love for our joy,
becky

shift from me to we

(click above to hear an audio description of this post)

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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☼ (◠‿◠* 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

CLICK HERE Record YOUR Voice Mail MESSAGE
on The Joyline

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


Register by clicking image above or here.

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
becky suzik

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