For many reasons, there could not have been a better way to introduce Unassuming Collective to the world than to do an interview with Joyce. Poised with a positive and cheerful attitude, few would guess her struggle without inquiring.

On November 30, 2015 Joyce's husband, Ken, lost the battle against pancreatic cancer leaving Joyce to care for their 3 dogs, 3 cats, 2 turtles and his impressive collection of screws, hammers, scrap metal, scrap wood, motorcycles and so forth. For many, this situation would be overwhelming to say the least; yet, Joyce continues to work through her grief with admirable strength and is on a new journey to self-discovery. 

Along this journey, Joyce seems to have learned what this project aims to illustrate: we all have a story to tell and sometimes the people you would least expect have the stories that can heal you, help you and inspire you.

Listen to her full interview below.

Joyce at Signal Hill, CA, one of her favorite places in the city.

Joyce at her home with her 3 dogs, Minnie, Lucy and Lily.

Joyce overlooking her husbands collection of motorcycles. Before she began selling them after his death, the collection totaled 20.