With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope … —Martin Luther King, Jr.
Creative Girl and much of my work is offered using a gift economy philosophy… basically this means I let go of whether or not I personally make profit and trust that if what I bring is of value to my community together we will find a way. It’s not that I don’t need or use money, it’s that I am choosing to focus most of my energy on how I can contribute to children and creativity, without placing a specific financial requirement.
Creative Girl has been going for THREE years now and through our playshops and camps we have celebrated more than 30 girls! I do NOT do this alone. Using gift economy has led me to explore and invest in multiple alternative forms currency: I use my personal energy to solicit supply donations and discounts from companies, receive used supply donations, shop thrift stores, and upcycle as we can.
Instead of investing financially in marketing, I depend on friends who know me and what we are doing to spread the word. Many families gift financially, some are not in a position to. No girl is ever turned away. Our children are the ultimate currency: their creativity, self expression and unique spirits SHINE! I will never know the “value” of celebrating girls, except to say that what I experience with them and see in them is priceless and beautiful.
Next week we have our summer playshop in Raleigh. If you’re in a position to support this work for girls, I would be so grateful to receive any amount financial contribution towards the program, specifically you could be a PAINT sponsor, as we ran out of paint at our last playshop doing the above drum painting creation. We’d be so grateful…. we’ll even make you a surprise colorful gift to express our appreciation. 🙂 Paypal me email@example.com or email me for other ways.
We have ONE more opening, so if you know a girl in Raleigh, Wake Forest North Carolina, aged 9 to 14 please share our web site www.creativegirl.net
Thank you for reading and thank you so much for the countless ways you support me!
p.s. I thinking about writing much more about gift economy here. In five years I’ve learned about what this means (at least to me) and would love your feedback and questions to help me articulate it better. What do you think?
p.p.s and yes, I smell the pungent irony that I’m writing about gift economy and asking for financial support. The fact is, running a business using the gift economy still finds me on a spectrum, and dependent on financial resources, but I must say I’ve learned how to use a powerful dollar with greater love, awareness and intention. ❤
About a day until our LIVE adventure begins. JOYFUEL Rising!!!! Please check out our new site for JOY to see if my intentions speak and spark to you. It would be my blessing to share this journey with you and welcome you to the Joyfuel adventure.
JOYFUeL invites you to consider a multitude of different things you can do to activate your JOY.
JOYFUeL is not a lecture series, nor does it profess all the answers.
JOYFUeL poses questions and ideas intended to help reveal habits, patterns or thoughts that leak the JOY from our daily experience.
JOYFUeL is for ADULTS to be enjoyed alone or shared with a friend.
JOYFUeL is for CHILDREN probably most engaging for kiddos ages 8 and up– to promote awareness of the power we all have to consciously choose activities that become part of our daily routines.
Read previous Joyfuelers’ experiences here.
Will you join me for the joy of it? Yes? Clicky here and let’s go on a JOY-fueled adventure together –from the convenience of our own homes 🙂
with ❤ for your JOY!
❤ Dear Soul Shiners ❤ ,
Last year I dedicated a ton of my life, time, energy, love and passion (not bragging but sharing my reality–twas like 1000 hours) to create a homeplay adventure infused with art, photography, videos, audios & workbooks. It is called JOYFUeL.
Ya’ll just about blew my MIND with your joining, sharing and supporting this adventure, an experience intending to greater activate our JOY. I was so moved by our experience that afterwards it felt good and maybe somehow important, that I offer it again: This time round much better organized and with mucho more JOY!
I’m honored, blessed and superDEEEEEEEduper excited to announce the JOYFUEL web site. Tahhhh DAHHHHHH! You are invited to check out the site and join with me again in this adventure into our JOY. We will begin on October 9th and go for 44 days … all for JOY and JOY for ALL! I promise it will offer new goodies like interviews, videos and other surprises, all intended to support you on your journey to be a better guardian of your own JOY. And the good news is that it’s NOT big holiday season, so hopefully those of you who weren’t able to spend as much time as you may have wanted to, will be able to go CRAZY JOYFUL this time and play, going deeper into exploration of your JOY health.
Please join me in raising our vibrations, and in activation of our JOY together. (Oooooooh and if you have kiddos, it’s great to do with your children, as they need support as they navigate this way noisy world, that often muddles and depresses our joy.)
with my ❤ for your JOY,
❤ becky jaine ❤
Adorned with the words JOY and LOVE that day, I was carrying intention and hopes for JOYFUeL; the homeplay program I’ve been dreaming up since summer.
For the past several months I’ve contemplated how to contribute to love and joy in the world using my own story, creations, and my imaginings. I have asked–and depend upon–the kindness and generosity of my friends … their talents and equipment and their help spreading the JOYFUeL.
JOYFUeL is what I’d do if I had a million dollars. I don’t yet … but I decided to stop using money as an excuse and use LOVE as currency to contribute to something I hope you will find beautiful, meaningful and JOYful.
Registration is open until November 30th. First installment to come December 1st. Joy will be delivered to in boxes around the world for 44 days. Want to join our adventure???? If so make sure to sign up and hit “Submit” for joy at www.beckyjaine.com/joyfuel . (If not that’s ok too.)