I have found much evidence to the contrary. In fact, looking at photos I’ve taken in recent years for ISpyJoy.com and LicensePlateWisdom.com as well as images of the joy-spreading work of The Joy Team, it seems the Portland-Vancouver metro area is overflowing with joy, love and wisdom.
This video is a just a sampling of those images–all taken in the Portland / Vancouver metro area.
City of Roses, you are also the City of Joy, Love and Wisdom.
June 8, 2011 3 Comments
As you’re driving to work or a board meeting or a dentist appointment today you might see a big yellow billboard reminding you to choose joy. Or maybe one nudging you to believe in yourself. Or maybe one boldly declaring You are totally awesome!
Believe your eyes. You can choose joy, you can believe in yourself, and yes, you really are totally awesome. Totally.
There are 8 bright yellow billboards boasting positive messages going up in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, sometime today through Friday. They’ll be up for 4 weeks. In that time over 2 million sets of eyes will have seen them. That’s 2 million impressions for joy.
April 5, 2010 1 Comment
Many of you may remember my daughter and I hitting the streets last November with messages of joy and inspiration from The Joy Team. Now we’ve made it official.
The Joy Team is now a non-profit corporation in Vancouver, Washington with the sole mission of spreading joy, optimism and inspiration to millions. Instead of reaching 30 or 40 people at a time, we’re shooting for millions. How are we going to do it? With the awesome power of outdoor advertising: billboards.
And we’re planning to put the first round of inspiring billboards up in the Portland, Oregon metro area in April or May of this year. We’ve got at least two billboards in the works. And we’d love to have more.
Want to be part of what very well may be the first ever ad campaign with the sole purpose of spreading joy? Find out how here.
March 7, 2010 No Comments
The Joy Team hit the streets yesterday in what some (well, maybe just my dad) are calling an act of Guerilla Happiness.
My daughter, Taryn, and I dropped 23 Joy Notes at random locations in Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. We started what I hope to be the first of many outings with 18 different card designs — 6 of them drawn by Taryn and 12 of them created on the computer by me.
All the cards have positive, encouraging sayings and / or images on the front, hence the name Joy Notes. On the back is a note addressed Dear Friend, which lets the finder know the card was intended for him or her to find and keep.
Taryn and I happily dropped cards on park benches, in planters, tucked in cereal isles, propped in bathrooms, nestled in store windows… Together we had a wonderful time.
Driving home I was filled with joy at the thought that 23 people will stumble across these cards and their day will be brightened, even if just for a few minutes.
While Taryn and I have set out these seeds of inspiration in Portland and Vancouver, batches of Joy Notes have been sent to Seattle in Washington, Beaverton and Medford in Oregon, and Santa Fe in New Mexico.
To see photos of all 23 drops, visit our Facebook Fan Page.
The fronts of the first 18 Joy Notes are below.
November 30, 2009 4 Comments
Taryn and I are heading out to spread joy today in Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.
We’ve started The Joy Team, t-shirts and all, and are on our way to put our first game plan into action.
More to come…
November 29, 2009 2 Comments