Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Joys of Technical Difficulties

Being new to blogging, I knew there would be difficulties, but my goodness it didn't seem like it would ever end. My desire is to use this blog as a means of communicating what is happening with Spreading Joy Corporation. The "newsletter" feature on my website isn't very pretty when it is sent out, so after I did some research I came up with this as a solution. Feedburner allows you to sign up via email and anytime I send a new post, it comes to your email inbox with no additional effort on your part.

Feedburner, for the past 2 weeks, did not recognize that I had "enabled" the email service. I tried to sign up for it many time and got an error message. After de-activating and re-activating many time, yesterday for the first time, I was able to register. So now, I feel more comfortable that anyone who wishes to receive updates via email can do so.

Ahhh..so many technical things to learn. Continue to be patient with me as I learn the ins and outs of blogging and the technical aspects that go along with blogging.

IRS update - Just 10 days after my initial posting on August 3rd, 2008, I received a letter from the IRS. Immediately I opened it, wondering what I had messed up on the application. To my complete amazement - it was my Tax Exempt approval letter. Spreading Joy Corporation is now an IRS recognized Non Profit Organization! (how truly great is that!?!) There are so many things that I want to do, so many ways to start Spreading Joy - it is time to get organized and start Spreading Joy!

The Challenge:
Have you visited the website lately? http://www.spreadingjoycorp.com/ There are 2 sections that are designed to help you with ideas on how you can do things for others everyday. The calendar and the 30 Day challenge page will get you started.

The calendar has a different idea posted for everyday. I'm always looking for low cost/no cost ways of Spreading Joy - you can email me any ideas you may have. IF you are new to Spreading Joy the ideas start in July of 2008 and is complete through September. It is so easy to spread joy. Once you start looking for ways, the ideas will just come to you. Thank you for your efforts in spreading joy!

"No one has ever become poor by giving." ~ Anne Frank

Cup of Joy

Grab your cup and take another sip as you enjoy this encouraging poem.

Anything is Possible By Author Unknown

If there was ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, IT IS NOW. Not for any grand cause, necessarily... but for something that tugs at your heart, something that's your inspiration, something that's your dream.
You owe it to yourself to make your days here count. HAVE FUN. DIG DEEP. STRETCH. DREAM BIG.

Know, though, that things worth doing seldom come easy. There will be good days. And there will be bad days. There will be times when you want to turn around, pack it up, and call it quits. Those times tell you that you are pushing yourself, that you are not afraid to learn by trying.

PERSIST. Because with an idea, determination, and the right tools, you can do great things. Let your instincts, your intellect, and your heart, guide you.

TRUST. Believe in the incredible power of the human mind. Of doing something that makes a difference. Of working hard. Of laughing and hoping. Of lazy afternoons. Of lasting friends. Of all the things that will cross your path this year.

The start of something new brings the hope of something great, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Spreading the Word

Spreading Joy comes from the desire to make a difference. I simply want to spend the majority of my day doing for others. I love to see people smile. I love hearing laughter of children and I truly love the JOY of Christmas - where everyone is focused on the one thing we should be focused on all year long….OTHERS!

Doing things every day that will bring a smile to someone’s face is the best feeling you could ever have. Why do you think shows like Extreme Home Makeover, and Oprah’s Big give are so extremely popular? They are actually doing what so many of us would love to be able to do. They are giving BIG, they are doing HUGE great things for others! For the brief segment of the show, we are feeling only a portion of what they are feeling - the joy of giving and doing for others in a great way.

Spreading Joy Corporation’s desire is to remind you that anyone in any financial situation can make a difference everyday. It doesn’t require a lot of money, it only requires a desire and some dedication. Are you ready to make a difference? Are you ready to try? Visit the Spreading Joy Corporation home site to find out about the 30 day challenge as well as some low cost/no cost ideas for Spreading Joy. Making a difference daily is as easy as simply being dedicated to doing so.

This blog will keep you updated on our Non Profit Organization application status from the IRS. Currently they have assigned all applications received by March 2008 to an agent for review/approval. SJC's was submitted in May 2008.

There will be posts that are designed to encourage, challenge and motivate you. It will be a reminder that even though prices continue to rise and discouragement seems to be looming around every corner, that there is still joy in giving. Giving is the ultimate way of getting joy. It will remind you that "There is no joy like Spreading Joy!"

Cup of Joy
Grab your cup and take another sip as you enjoy these encouraging things.

Before You...

Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.


1. TODAY I WILL NOT STRIKE BACK...if someone is rude, if someone is impatient, if someone is unkind, I will not respond in a like manner.

2. TODAY I WILL ASK GOD TO BLESS MY 'ENEMY'...If I come across someone who treats me harshly or unfairly, I will quietly ask God to bless that individual. I understand "enemy" could be a family member, neighbor, co-worker or stranger.

3. TODAY I WILL BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT I SAY...I will carefully choose and guard my words being certain that I do not spread gossip.

4. TODAY I WILL GO THE EXTRA MILE...I will find ways to help share the burden of another person.

5. TODAY I WILL FORGIVE...I will forgive any hurts or injuries that come my way.

6. TODAY I WILL DO SOMETHING NICE FOR SOMEONE, BUT I WILL DO IT IN SECRET...I will reach out anonymously and bless the life of another.

7. TODAY I WILL TREAT OTHERS THE WAY I WISH TO BE TREATED...I will practice the golden rule. "Do Unto others as I would have them do unto me"- with EVERYONE I encounter.

8. TODAY I WILL RAISE THE SPIRITS OF SOMEONE WHO IS DISCOURAGED...My smile, my words, my expression of support, can make the difference to someone who is wrestling with life.

9. TODAY I WILL NURTURE MY BODY...I will eat less... I will eat only healthy foods. I will thank God for my body.

10. TODAY I WILL GROW SPIRITUALLY...I will spend a little more time in prayer today. I will begin reading something spiritual or inspirational; I will find a quiet place (at some point during this day) and listen to God's voice.

Check out how this young man is Spreading Joy!

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