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Hello JoyCat 2019 supporters!

First off, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has shown support for this project. I can’t describe how much it means to me, so here’s a kitty to help translate.

While, we’re far from hitting our Indiegogo goal, we’re moving forward with the project nonetheless. It’s really coming together! Click here to donate (only 5 days left!)

Here’s an update on the project:
Application has been submitted!
Engineering is nearly complete!
We started building the structure for the yarn ball!

3 of 11 hexagons are complete, we’re confident with the plan, and we’ll continue construction next week.

There are only 5 days left in the Indiegogo campaign! Click here.

We will be building pretty much weekly from here on.

Email me or check out our Facebook events page for more details.

JoyCat 2019

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Bringing Joy To The Infinite Masses

As I write this post, I am learning that life expectancy rates in the US have dropped 3 years in a row now. More suicides, more gun deaths,and more overdoses are contributing to the decline. It turns out that up until 3 years ago, life expectancy rates hadn’t dropped in over 100 years. It seems there are many reasons to be stressed and upset:politics, global warming, declining empathy, increasing isolation and increasing lack of motivation. Yikes, all of this is pretty heavy. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for an antidote!

I can’t say that I have a magic solution for humanity’s problems (or even all my problems.) But I can say that through yoga, meditation, shamanic practices, reiki, art and music, I’ve learned to get myself to a happier place where I am not afraid to examine intense emotions and work through them. One where I trust the process of life. This is not to say I’m happy 100% of the time or that I never get stressed out. There’s plenty to be stressed about and sometimes the circumstances do get the best of me. However, I feel that there is an antidote to the current condition of humanity and it’s the emotion of joy, connection to community, and feelings of curiosity and playfulness.

A desire to bring joy to the infinite masses is the driving factor behind the creation of JoyCat 2019. There’s something about cats (especially cats on the internet) that can bring temporary relief to the stresses of life. Simply seeing an image of a cat sitting on a Xerox machine, playing the piano, farting rainbows while flying through the sky, or stuffed into a tiny box, can bring a smile to one’s face. It doesn’t take much research to learn that along with the first 4chan message boards there were cat memes. I could argue that the antidote to the isolationism caused by social media is cats AND they were introduced almost immediately upon its conception. Internet cats are especially great because they cross through the boundaries of allergies and introversion. I’m a big fan.

I have an image of a kitten pouncing on my desktop at work. I go to it when I’m feeling down. It cheers me up almost instantly. Burning Man also cheers me up. While sitting on my couch watching the Burning Man livestream last year, I knew that there needed to be a giant kitten pouncing on the playa. To me, Burning Man is also an antidote to the rigid expectations of society. It’s about inclusion, creativity, playfulness, radical self-expression and radical self-reliance (which equals resilience!) For a week we can shed the shackles of our capitalistic society, don our tutus, dance, explore, celebrate creativity and hard work, and clean up after ourselves.

Every time I go home to Black Rock City, I feel a renewed sense of hopefulness for humanity. Yes, it’s hard work but that just adds to the experience. Anyhow, this GIANT kitten will bring tremendous amount of joy and smiles to many people. And it’s going to take quite a bit of work to get her through a full cycle of life and death on the playa. I invite you to be a part of our JoyCat community by visiting and contributing to our crowdfunding campaign. We’re going to have some special surprises along the way.
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Rebecca Totman