THE JOYFUL LIVING PROJECT

Inspiring Joy Around the World

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What if...in today's world, filled with negativity, stress, and suffering,

…we didn’t have to wait for things to change to begin our healing?
…the catalyst for positive change lies within our daily experiences?
…we could leave a legacy of hope, positivity, and inspiration for our children and generations to come?

I believe that all of this is possible and...

It starts with the gift of Joy

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My name is Yasmin Nguyen, and I am on a mission to inspire more joy, connection and freedom in our lives.

I created the Joyful Living Project to activate positive change and build thriving relationships, businesses, and communities.

I packed up my life and I drove across America for 18-months to explore 3 basic questions: 

  • What does joy look like in our lives? 
  • How can it positively impact our relationships, businesses, and community?
  • What’s holding us back from experiencing more joy?  

 

I believe that by exploring these questions, we have the opportunity to expand possibilities and transform the way we live, the way we connect, and the way we make a difference. 

I believe that from this seed of joy grows hope, possibility, kindness, love, gratitude, empathy, and connection that can transform our lives, relationships, and country.

I believe that in every moment, we have the choice to focus on what’s wrong or what’s good.  My mission is to invite people to choose joy.

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Day 797 - Joyful Living Project  It's hard to believe that exact 2 years ago this day, I was 24hrs away from giving up my home and everything familiar for the last 15 years to hit the road on a quest and adventure to discover joy across America.  I remember being a nervous wreck. I had second thoughts if I should really do this crazy thing. Where will I sleep? How will I make money and survive? What if my car breaks down? What if? What if? What if?  These last 2 years have been unimaginable with epic connections, experiences, and impact. I'm grateful for so many of you who have followed the #joyfullivingproject and supported me in countless different ways.  Sometimes we just have to take that first step and focus on the next and then the next and the next to open the doors to possibilities and miracles.  What's something big you've been on the fence about pursuing? What's the first big step you can make towards making your vision come true?  What could be on the other side of fear and worry is joy.

Day 797 - Joyful Living Project

It's hard to believe that exact 2 years ago this day, I was 24hrs away from giving up my home and everything familiar for the last 15 years to hit the road on a quest and adventure to discover joy across America.

I remember being a nervous wreck. I had second thoughts if I should really do this crazy thing. Where will I sleep? How will I make money and survive? What if my car breaks down? What if? What if? What if?

These last 2 years have been unimaginable with epic connections, experiences, and impact. I'm grateful for so many of you who have followed the #joyfullivingproject and supported me in countless different ways.

Sometimes we just have to take that first step and focus on the next and then the next and the next to open the doors to possibilities and miracles.

What's something big you've been on the fence about pursuing? What's the first big step you can make towards making your vision come true?

What could be on the other side of fear and worry is joy.
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18-Month Journey Across America

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Joy Shared in These All Places 2018 - 2020

On July 1, 2018, I began my 18-month journey across the country to curate ideas, conversations, and communities that inspire joy, connection and freedom.

Portland, OR July 1 – August 16
Seattle, WA Aug 17 – August 19
Bandon, OR Sept 6
Ashland, OR Sept. 7
San Francisco, CA Sept. 8 – Oct. 3
Los Angeles, CA Oct. 4 – Oct. 11
Chattanooga, TN Oct. 12- Oct. 15
Palm Springs, CA Oct. 16 – Oct. 24
Phoenix, AZ Oct. 25 -Oct. 31
Tucson, AZ Nov. 1 – Nov. 6
Houston, TX Nov 8 – Nov 12
Portland, OR Nov. 13- Nov. 30
Dallas, TX Dec. 27 – Dec. 30
Playa Del Carmen, Mex Jan. 19 – Jan. 27
Tokyo, Japan Feb. 1 – Feb. 18
New Orleans, LA March 16 – March 21

Vancouver, Canada March 23 – April 10
Houston, TX April 12 – April 14
Austin, TX April 15 – April 28
Dallas, TX May 2
New Orleans, LA May 3

Blairsville, GA May 4 – May 5
Chattanooga, TN May 6 – May 12

Atlanta, GA May 13 – May 14
Nashville, TN May 16 – May 19
Asheville, NC May 19 – May 21
Charlotte, NC May 22 – May 24
Miami, FL May 25 – May 31
Havana, Cuba – June 1 – June 4
Philadelphia, PA June 7- June 11
Fenwick Island, DE June 12- June 14
New York City, NY June 15 – June 23
Boston, MA June 24 – June 27
New Hampshire June 28 – June 30
San Francisco, CA July 1 – Aug. 3
Pittsburgh, PA Aug. 5 – Aug. 6
Indianapolis, IN Aug. 7 – Aug. 9
Marion, IN Aug. 10 – Aug. 12
Chicago, IL Aug. 13 – Aug. 15
Detroit, MI Aug. 16 – Aug. 18
Chicago, IL Aug. 19 – Aug. 25
Kansas City, MO Aug. 26 – Aug. 29
Denver, CO  Aug. 30 – Sept. 5
Boulder, CO Sept. 6
Bryce Canyon, UT Sept. 7
Zion National Park, UT Sept. 9

Salt Lake City, UT Sept. 10- Sept. 16
Boulder, CO Sept. 17
Morrisville, MO Sept. 18 – Sept. 19
Louisville, KY Sept. 20 – Sept. 21
Cincinnati, OH Sept. 22 
Columbus, OH Sept. 22 – Sept. 26

Washington DC Sept. 27 – Oct. 13
Philadelphia, PA Oct. 14
Boston, MA Oct. 15
Vermont & NH Oct. 16 – Oct. 18
Portland, ME Oct. 19 – Oct 20
Fenwick Island, DE Oct. 21 – Oct. 27
Branson, MI Oct. 30 – Nov. 4
Portland, OR Nov. 20 – Dec. 4
Ft Worth, TX Dec. 9 – Dec. 12
Miami, FL Dec. 15 – Dec. 20
Phoenix, AZ Dec. 24 – Dec. 26
Santa Ana, CA Dec. 27 – Dec. 29 
San Diego, CA Dec. 30 – Jan. 5
Palm Springs, CA Jan. 6 – Jan. 9
San Francisco, CA Jan. 11 – March 11

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Meet Joyful Joe

Instagram @Joe.joyful

Joyful Joe is a Joy Ambassador who has been travelling with me. He’s just your average Joe who reminds us that anyone can experience moments joy in the simplest ways.

Found a nice walking stick for my hike through Zion Canyon. #JoyfulJoe #hiking #zionnationalpark

Found a nice walking stick for my hike through Zion Canyon. #JoyfulJoe #hiking #zionnationalpark ...

Don't forget to stop to smell the flowers. Joy is in being present and appreciating the beauty in front of us. #JoyfulJoe #bepresent #smelltheflowers #boulder  #joy

Don't forget to stop to smell the flowers. Joy is in being present and appreciating the beauty in front of us. #JoyfulJoe #bepresent #smelltheflowers #boulder #joy ...

Found my long lost bigger cousin Joyful John in Pittsburgh! #JoyfulJoe #pittsburgh

Found my long lost bigger cousin Joyful John in Pittsburgh! #JoyfulJoe #pittsburgh ...

From I can tell, Randy is pretty darn creative and colorful! #JoyfulJoe #artist #randyland #pittsburgh

From I can tell, Randy is pretty darn creative and colorful! #JoyfulJoe #artist #randyland #pittsburgh ...

They call these redwoods! #JoyfulJoe #redwoods  #trees #muirwoodsnationalmonument

They call these redwoods! #JoyfulJoe #redwoods #trees #muirwoodsnationalmonument ...

I'm exercising my first amendment right #JoyfulJoe #firstamendment #constitution #muirwoods #funnysigns

I'm exercising my first amendment right #JoyfulJoe #firstamendment #constitution #muirwoods #funnysigns ...

Such colorful friends here in this sleepy beach town! #JoyfulJoe #frogstatue #beachtown

Such colorful friends here in this sleepy beach town! #JoyfulJoe #frogstatue #beachtown ...

I love waterfalls!!! #JoyfulJoe #muirwoods #waterrefillingstation #waterfall

I love waterfalls!!! #JoyfulJoe #muirwoods #waterrefillingstation #waterfall ...

Sometimes I like to just dance in the woods. #JoyfulJoe #muirwoods #feellikedancing

Sometimes I like to just dance in the woods. #JoyfulJoe #muirwoods #feellikedancing ...

I found a new friend! #JoyfulJoe #bear #wildlife #muirwoods

I found a new friend! #JoyfulJoe #bear #wildlife #muirwoods ...

I'd like to introduce you to my friend Karl #karlthefog . He gets around! #fog #sanfrancisco #coldsummers #bayarea #JoyfulJoe #travel

I'd like to introduce you to my friend Karl #karlthefog . He gets around! #fog #sanfrancisco #coldsummers #bayarea #JoyfulJoe #travel ...

Woohoo! Going off road! #JoyfulJoe #bicycle #mountainbike #cycling

Woohoo! Going off road! #JoyfulJoe #bicycle #mountainbike #cycling ...

Looks like I found a wonderful nook in New Hampshire! #JoyfulJoe #nook #cabininthewoods #lakefront #lakelife

Looks like I found a wonderful nook in New Hampshire! #JoyfulJoe #nook #cabininthewoods #lakefront #lakelife ...

I'm a glass is half full guy kinda guy. #JoyfulJoe #glasshalffull #joy #positivity #optimism

I'm a glass is half full guy kinda guy. #JoyfulJoe #glasshalffull #joy #positivity #optimism ...

I like this place already! #JoyfulJoe #joes #boston #bostonjarbor #travel

I like this place already! #JoyfulJoe #joes #boston #bostonjarbor #travel ...

Did someone say Angry Birds? #JoyfulJoe #seagull #angrybirds birds

Did someone say Angry Birds? #JoyfulJoe #seagull #angrybirds birds ...

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

~Maya Angelou