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Joyful News 5.17.22

Joyful News 5.17.22

Put some joyful news in your day!

Joyful News is a set of stories I’ve gathered from around the world that spark joy. In this episode I share these joyful news stories:

  • The Manuscript Writing café in Tokyo just for writers who have a deadline to meet (h/t to The Drew Barrymore Show where I learned about this story
  • The app Too Good to Go that helps reduce food waste, protects the planet, and gives us tasty treats at a deep discount
  • How to get a free year of AppleTV+ from Sprint and T-Mobile
  • What we can learn about kindness and rest from hummingbirds thanks to Willow Defebaugh, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Atmos Magazine

Listen here https://christaavampato.com/joyful-news-5-17-22/ and wherever you get your podcasts.

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The Joy of Podcasting and Neurodivergent Stories with Carolyn Kiel

“I find my joy in podcasting.” ~Carolyn Kiel

I’m happy to share this week’s JoyProject podcast interview with the wonderful Carolyn Kiel, creator & host of Beyond 6 Seconds: a #neurodiversity podcast.

In this episode, Carolyn shares her journey and joy behind the microphone as she lifts up the stories of her guests.

At the end of the episode, I share the tools I use to create JoyProject: Zencastr for interviews, Otter_ai for transcripts, WordPress for the website, Headliner Video for audiograms, Unsplash for photos, Anchor for podcast hosting and distribution, Canva for quote posters that I share on social media, & Twisted Wave for audio editing.

Listen to the episode at https://christaavampato.com/the-joy-of-podcasting-and-neurodivergent-stories-with-carolyn-kiel/ and wherever you get your podcasts.

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Need a boost of joy? I’ve got you covered with my Joyful News podcast episodes.

Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash

We need joyful news. In addition to the first interview of the JoyProject podcast, The Joy of Old Things with Ashley Semrick, I released my first Joyful News episode.

Joyful News is a set of stories I’ve gathered from around the world that spark joy. Listen wherever you get your podcasts. You can also listen here, along with viewing a transcript, extra links, and resources: https://christaavampato.com/joyful-news-5-3-22/

In this episode, I talk about: 
– my 15-year business school reunion at UVA Darden School of Business
– a Brooklyn bookstore crawl
– roads in India made from plastic waste
– a parade of planets
– a new orchard on Governors Island with a historical twist
– Don’t Hesitate, a poem about joy by the beloved poet, Mary Oliver

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My JoyProject podcast launches TODAY: The Joy of Old Things with Ashley Semrick and a joyful news segment

My podcast, JoyProject, launches its first interview and joyful news episodes TODAY. Historian and teacher, Ashley Semrick, talks to me about The Joy of Old Things. Listen at the link below or anywhere you listen to podcasts. This link also has a transcript of the episode, photos, and links to extra resources.

In this episode, Ashley and I talk about our love for history and its relevance in society today. We explore the history and stories held in objects, and how anyone can get started doing historical research about any topic that interests them. We especially focus on teaching history to young people and getting them excited about digging into the past as a way to understand the world around us.

Topics discussed in this episode:

– The complexity and necessity of joy in difficult times, and how to find it and create it

– How and why to teach history to young people

– How to conduct historical research about any topic of interest

– The important role of museums, media, and cemeteries in historical research

– Ashley shares how her parents sparked her love of history at a young age

– How Ashley found and returned a 100+ year old diary to the family of the man who wrote it thanks to Ancestry

– The joy of found objects and discovering the history behind them

– NYC’s Sanitation Museum—a collection of found objects curated by a NYC Department of Sanitation worker who collected items that New Yorkers threw out for 30+ years

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The JoyProject podcast launches in 1 week on 5/3/22

One week from today on Tuesday, May 3rd, the JoyProject podcast will launch with the first interview and a Joyful News segment! I start each conversation by asking people “what brings you joy?” There will be a new episode every other week on Tuesday mornings. The trailer is live now at https://christaavampato.com/joyproject

Ashley Semrick will be our first guest on May 3rd and it’s a joy-filled episode that celebrates history.

After 2 years of thinking about this exploration of joy, I can’t wait to share it with everyone. You can get all the details and listen to episodes at https://christaavampato.com/joyproject

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Write every day: Creating joy and managing anxiety during coronavirus

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Central Park by Christa Avampato

Thankfully spring has not been cancelled.

Now that many of us are spending more time on our own and at home, there’s a lot we can do to keep up our spirits and manage our anxiety:

-Take a walk outside
-Foster a shelter dog (you’re home anyway!)
-Offer to watch a friend’s child if they need to go to work or get out to run errands
-Donate to a nonprofit
-Support your open local businesses
-Help a neighbor who can’t get outside
-Thank everyone who still has to be at work – from grocery store clerks to first responders to public transit works to parks crews
-Write
-Create art and music
-Read that book and watch that movie that’s been waiting for us
-Call or video chat with a friend or family member
-Work on a home improvement project
-Learn something new
-Exercise
-Cook and bake; try a new recipe
-Rest, relax, and meditate
-Spend some time thinking about what really matters to you and how you might bring some dreams to life

Times like this can be difficult on many levels for many people. There’s still joy to be had and to make for ourselves and for others, even during a pandemic.

What are you doing for yourself & others right now that makes you happy? I’d love to hear about it.

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Joy today: Research for my next novel in NYC’s Little Italy

This week I went down to Little Italy to revel in the joy and desserts of my ancestors, and to do some research for my next novel that will be set there in the early 1900s. The San Gennaro Festival runs through this weekend and it’s an absolute delight. If you’re in New York City, wonder down to Mulberry Street where you’re sure to find some characters and cannolis.

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Joy today: My new film project

“One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.” ~James Russell Lowell

After reading Adam Savage’s book, Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life is What You Make It, and watching Werner Herzog’s Masterclass on filmmaking, I decided to buy a camera kit to start shooting and editing some short-form film. My topic for this project is joy (no surprise there if you know me AT ALL!) Essentially, what I want to do is film you showing me and talking to me about something, anything, that gives you a supreme amount of joy. In exchange, I’ll share the raw footage with you as well as the edit. And, with your permission, I’ll share the edit on Vimeo and YouTube with any kind of attribution you’d like. If you’d be willing to have me film you, let me know and I’ll share more about the project.

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Joy today: How film editing is like writing

Got started today in film editing with Adobe Premiere Pro and I love it! As writers and storytellers, we often hear that writing is editing. It’s also true for filmmaking – editing is the key to removing the unnecessary so the necessary can literally speak.

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Joy today: Don’t quit before the miracle

“Don’t quit before the miracle.” ~Anne Lamott

Listen up, gorgeous human. You don’t have to settle for the scraps that fall from the table.

I just woke up from a dream that put everything in perspective for me and I wanted to share it with you. I was enrolled at a very sexist college as one of only a very small handful of women. Graduation was upon us, and our small group was talking about making our graduate school decisions. A very old and cranky professor whom I had in undergrad in real life (who was not supportive of me at all) sat down at our table to tell us that it really didn’t matter what we chose to do because none of us were going to amount to anything. And I just snapped.

I stood up, grabbed my bag, and told this professor that he knew nothing about what any of us are capable of. I told him I planned to move to New York, and soon he wouldn’t have to wonder what I amounted to because he’d be reading all about it. Everyone would. Then, in true Leslie Knope fashion, I wished him a good day and said I felt sorry for him that he was so unhappy with his own life that he felt compelled to be terrible to other people.

Everyone at the table, including that professor, was completely shocked. (FWIW, everyone was wearing the same drab grey clothes and I was wearing bright pink. I was only aware of this after I stood up from the table.)

Now, here’s the fascinating part: in my dream, my dream was to have the life I have in New York in real life. That realization was a lightning bolt. I sat straight up in bed, in real life in New York, with every opportunity just outside my door. This is what I’ve amounted to: I have my dream’s dream.

Brian often tells me that we get what we settle for. It’s a refrain that rings through my mind every day. I’ve only ever been willing to settle for my dream, and bit by bit I got that dream. It was hard work, with lost of disappointments and twists and turns. I never gave up, and I’m not done yet. There are still some pieces waiting to be found and set in place—the right romantic relationship, another book, a film, a home I own—and they’re all abundantly possible. I know that now. Let’s go get Monday, shall we?