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Hey, <<First Name>>!

"People are drugs." 

My friend, Sean, dropped that knowledge on me this weekend. How true is that?! The energy of the folks we surround ourselves with can totally change the way that we experience life. 

For example, I spent the weekend with some of my chosen family— Sean, Cass, and Daniel. A few days with them genuinely left me a better person. 

Cass cooked every meal for us and fueled our bodies with deliciousness. Daniel brought a bunch of movement games, taught me new stretches, and helped me remember how much I love improv. Sean inspired me to think way bigger with my Joy List partnerships, and shared a really connected conversation about some difficult family issues.

I left this weekend on a major high— all because I took my drug of choice, grade A humans. (Too corny? No regrets.)

Do you have folks in your life like this, <<First Name>>? Reach out and let them know why you appreciate them!

I'll wait.


Done? Alright! And now, without further ado, the GIF and the fun things. Take it away, trippy llama:
Okay, okay. One more thing. Real quick!

Tickets for the next Joy List Social are live! Reserve your spot here for January 23rd at the gorgeous Betaworks. RSVP on Facebook here. Remember, the last one sold out! 

If you're interested in volunteering, email Yuko, our amazing volunteer coordinator, at

Want your company to collaborate with the event? We're only partnering with three brands! Email to get more info.

Monday, December 31

Insight Meditation Center New Year's

There's no better way to ring in the new year than with silent meditation, music, poetry, small group discussions, and intention-setting. This is how I'm starting my 2019!

$20-$60 sliding scale. 8 PM to 12:30 am. Insight Meditation Center, 28 West 27th Street. Info here.

Unity in the Park

Wrap up 2018 by holding hands in a public space. D'aw.

Free. 11:40 PM to 1 AM. Prospect Park. Info here.

Jivamukti New Year's

Finish the year with a yoga class, a gorgeous vegan meal, and some silent reflection. Attend for part or all of the evening!

Various prices. Free for the silent reflection. 4 PM to midnight. Jivamukti, 853 Broadway. Info here.

Tuesday, January 1

Resolution Art Run + Yoga

I love that this isn't a super intense run. Instead, jog at a 10-minute mile pace, chat with some great people, and stop along the way to learn about the murals you're seeing. End the experience with some runner's yoga and conversation. Huzzah!

$35. 1 to 3 PM. The Yoga Collective NYC, 135 W. 29th St. Info here.

Seize the Day by Bubbles and Bass

If you prefer daytime parties, start your New Year's off with a bunch of beautiful burners. Or, if you never went to sleep, join them at 5 AM! This party has everything: tarot readings, body paint, and live music. Get into it!

$39. 5 AM to 5 PM. House of YES, 2 Wyckoff Ave. Info here

Wednesday, January 2

5Rhythms + Sauna

Y'all know that I love 5Rhythms, the mindful dance practice with five different tempos. So adding in a sauna afterwards?! Oh yeah. I'm in. No dance experience necessary!

$20-$35. 7:30 to 11 PM. Area Yoga, 429 Bergen St. Info here.

Prepare and Serve a Meal

Start 2019 with some good deeds. Join to prepare the weekly meal, serve, and/or help clean.

Free. 3:30 to 8 PM. All Souls Church, 88 Saint Nicholas Ave. Info here.

Thursday, January 3

New Moon Manifestation Ceremony

Keep the intention-setting going with this new moon ceremony. You will discuss the astrology of the new moon, see where it impacts us individually through our birth charts, and develop specific intentions based on these discussions. You'll also have time to journal.

$15. 7 to 9 PM. Earth Arts Center, 936 Madison St. Info here.

Awakening Myth: A Night of Story and Shared Wonder

My roommate, Dennis, went to this experience last month and couldn't say enough good things about it. Gather to hear a myth, then share a conversation about it. When was the last time you got into some good storytelling?

$10. 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Address given at purchase. Info here.

Radical Writers Meetup

I am all about this! This group's goal is "to help create a more collaborative dialogue surrounding politics and using writing as our base. Our writing meetups are designed to engage its participants in researching further into newer societal structures, policy proposals, and creative problem-solving in our respective field(s) of interest and expertise." YUSSS.

Free. 2 to 5 PM. Mayday Space, 176 St. Nicholas Ave. Info here.

Friday, January 4

NYC Sisters Swamp Together

You've probably heard me talk about swamping. It's the practice of women getting together to dance out their emotions. We scream. We hit things. We cry. And we do it together. 

This event is for femme folks only. Before the swamp, read up on the practice here and check out the book that inspired it here.

$5. 5 to 7 PM. Ev and Co,  64 East 4th St. Info here.

Friday Night Blues Dance

I once stumbled upon a group of people blues dancing, and was fascinated. This stuff is sexy as helllll. Come for a basics lesson, then get your wiggle on.

$15-$20. 8:30 PM to 1 AM. Stepping Out Studios, 37 West 26th St. Info here.

Saturday, January 5

Saturday SoulSpa

I. Love. Lab/Shul. This god-optional, everybody-friendly Jewish group puts on some baller events. This Saturday, join them for a family-friendly gathering of storytelling, prayer, and ritual.

Free. Bring food to share. 3:30 to 6:30 PM. JCC Harlem, 318 West 118th St. Info here.

Intensive Vipassana

Feeling a little overwhelmed? Get your mind right with a day of silence.

Free. 10 AM to 4 PM. The Rockaway House, 504 Beach 68th St. Info here.

Sunday, January 6

New Moon Circle

My new friend, Deborah Roth, runs a wonderful new moon circle every month. Bring a 6” pillar (fat) candle, and a snack to share! I'll be there with some ladies to celebrate my upcoming birthday. 

$25. 6:30 to 9:30 PM. 160 Central Park West @ 76th St. Info here.

What’s Your Spiritual New Year’s Resolution?

Shoutout to Mark for letting me know that there's a group in NYC called Meaningful Conversations! How Joy List-y is that?! This time around, they'll be chatting about resolutions and the pursuit of happiness, with a focus on the Bahai perspective. 

Free. 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Bahai'i Center, 53 E 11th St. Info here.

Want to partner with The Joy List?

Read this info, then fill out the form!

End of Year Reflections

I wrote a Medium post reflecting on 2018. You can read it here.

Next week, I'll have a post that dives into my theme for 2019–– the year of the wise woman. *Suspense.*

I'm speaking at Startup Grind!

Big news, y'all. I'm giving a talk at Startup Grind Global in SF called "Why Community is the Secret Sauce of Storytelling." I'll also be MC-ing the storytelling stage for both days! If you're in the area, come and get a hug.

Know cool folks in SF who I should meet? Connect away! I'm there February 7 to 17.

Follow Us On The Interwebs

That's it for for this week, <<First Name>>!  Tell a friend who's new to NYC to subscribe, like the Facebook page for even more events, and follow us on Instagram.

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Hug and a high five,

Jillian and The Joy List team
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