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. firstname.lastname@example.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.
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).
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.
To end the year off in JOY I wanted to share the latest Joyfuel Kindcast with you, to remind us all of the beauty, magic and wonder of the personification of Christmas, it’s Santa Claus himself. It was such a joy to spend this special time together and to discover enchanting secrets from Father Christmas, and the magic behind the magic. I hope you too, enJOY!
It has been an extraordinary year together, apart. I have profound gratitude for the gift of your presence in the world and in my life, and vow to continue to contribute to news and media in ways that uplift, honor, celebrate the truths of being human and the things that offer opportunities to unite us through stories and mutual understanding.
I have been considering 2021 and the intentions I hold for my work with Joyfuel. This past year found me dropping and re-imagining my own understanding of what social media and communications could look like. I trust 2021 will continue to grow all of us closer to one another, towards more fully realizing our very real dependence on each other and our earth. Each and every person on earth matters and is significant to the new story the earth is beckoning us to imagine and live together.
Thank you for watching, listening and engaging in the multitude of ways you have this past year. I am so grateful for your views, comments, likes–your attention and presence, and to those of you who have given money gift support through our Patreon Joyfuel page, thank you.
If you have ideas or suggestions for the future of Joyfuel please do get in touch…. I’d love to hear from you.
In kindness, creativity and joy for you–for all of us,
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
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.
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.
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.
Less than two weeks ago I had an extraordinary opportunity to be a part of World UNITY Week, a week-long global collaborative celebrating the contributions and ideas of thinkers and seekers around the world… events and offerings committed to deep listening and learning to collaborate on healing solutions our earth and humanity deserves and needs.
Joyfuel partnered with so many inspiring organizations. I was behind the scenes of many presentations and even produced several Joyfuel programs including a wonderful panel discussion about JOY and Kindness with Greg Acuna, Joy Resor and Louisa Garrett.
I hope you will find time to listen and experience their deep and meaningful thoughts and ideas about the possibilities of kindness and joy even as we navigate our world in the throes of a global pandemic.
Huge THANKS to our panelists for their contributions and for their willingness to jump in to share this conversation.
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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.
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,
Joyfuel Founder and Chief Joy Activist
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.
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!
Questions, feedback or suggestions for our program? Get in touch using the JOYLINE! or email email@example.com
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 Facebookpage. If you’d like to help me grow MORE Joyfuel projects, please gift money fertilizer by becoming aPatreon contributor (monthly recurring donations, opt in and out anytime) or gift one-time contribution throughpaypayor venmo. We are building Joyfuel together.
Thank you for listening and for all you do to spread kindness!
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.
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