Who are you?

I’m taking Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course and taking him up on his challenge to answer this questionnaire publicly.

What do you want to do?

(Not your job, but your work, now, tomorrow, and in the future)*If you’re having trouble answering this, you’re going to have trouble moving up, because you’ve abdicated your dream to whomever walks in the door next.

I want to continue leading and serving and being part of our community at Joy-Based Living. We are a growing group of conscious, wholehearted people. We support each other in enriching our lives from the inside out. We hold a space for one another, for our radiance to emerge. We engage conversations around the 12 key practices in our E-book, which allows us to be authentically seen.

Our JBL logo was designed and contributed by Vito Acosta, one of our members in Bogota Colombia. It represents who we are: a Web of Well-being, made of points of light.

Who do you want to change, and how do you want to change them?

There are so many people who want more JOY in their lives and who have done intensive transformational work on themselves, for healing, and for thriving.

People who are asking themselves, “What’s next?” and who are open to possibilities. People who are conscious and brave enough to ask themselves, “I wonder what’s wanting to emerge?” and follow their visions, ideas and hunches.

The Joy-Based Living Beginner’s Guide E-book offers an opportunity to unite with a like-minded community, and to keep their conversation going, giving and receiving comradery and support.

It’s called a Beginner’s Guide because, honestly, look around, as a society we’re much more driven by fear than by Joy. In fact, research shows that most people are actually afraid of Joy.

Brené Brown calls it “joy-foreboding.” Dr. Mario Martinez calls it “joy-ceilings.” Dr. David Hawkins says “let go of the resistance to your negative feelings, as well as to your positive feelings.”

I think there are enough of us who are experiencing more JOY in our lives. By joining hands, we normalize our experiences and make ourselves — and our society —and our JOY — so much stronger.

How much risk?

(from 1 [a little] to 10 [bet everything]), how much are you willing to put at stake to make the change you seek?

I’ve stacked all the cards in my favor to the best of my ability and have bet everything on it. Honestly, it’s a 17-year dream come true. I’ve put my whole life into it.

How much work are you willing to do to get there? Be specific about the tradeoffs.

Buku Time. Superhuman Effort. Falling down. Getting up. Taking flight. Doing it again.

Why? For the thrill of knowing that this possibility could serve people, with or without my being there. For the JOY of knowing that I would have a place to go, where I could reach out and join the conversation, and ask for support, too, where I don’t always have to be the leader.

This past year has been a whirlwind that began with a Kickstarter campaign last June. There was a ton of work that went into building the online experience and writing the E-book in a way that would take people on a powerful journey while being super easy to navigate and connect with the others, in a deep dive conversation.

Challenges rose up as I realized that our online platforms were too cumbersome for many of our users, who are non-techies. So back to square 1. As soon as I listened to Seth Godin’s book Tribes, we moved to Basecamp and redesigned the experience. Best thing EVER.

A few of our members have helped with redesigning, editing, and writing, to such a degree that that I really feel confident saying that it is a peer-led community, with structures that support the best in each of us emerging. Just as I imagined it.

Now that conversation is in flight, I am thrilled.

Does this project matter enough for the risk and the effort you’re putting into it?

Absolutely, without a doubt!

There is so much brilliance and beauty and LOVE inside of people. So many people hold it back out of fear of being wounded.

Our world needs more spaces, more cultures, more conversations, more communities where each one of us can allow our goodness, greatness, genius and RADIANCE to shine in its fullness.

“Culture is the most powerful medicine and the most powerful poison we have.” — Seth Godin

“For all one can wish for in life is a place to belong, to love and be loved, without doubt, without judgment, without condition. This will be my fairy tale.”
 — Princess Grace of Monaco

If you’re ready to go deeper with the JBL community, here’s how!

Your entry into the community (and our email list) is the JBL Beginner’s Guide E-Book! Found here: www.joybasedliving.com/beginnersguide

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