Is if you stay in the game, through every victory, mistake, challenge, even

the tears, and you refuse to give up, all things will work together for

your good! As a matter of fact, you’ll end up in a better place than you

could have originally imagined.


That is one of the main reasons why this ‘meet Joanne’ page means a lot

to me. I love to connect with people in a genuine way, so instead of

having it written for me I created the time to write it from my heart to you.


Originally from Brooklyn, NY, I moved to Atlanta, GA as a young adult

to pursue a communications degree and a dream job as a journalist

at a major newspaper. I accomplished two of the three – the degree and the

major newspaper job but it wasn’t as a journalist. It was in advertising

and editorial marketing. However, unbeknownst to me at the time, it was a path that would lead to where I am today ... being the founder of Joanne Funchess - joy in real life.

Having the privilege of working with such talented people, I learned and developed many great skills in marketing, writing, design, planning and more. It was fun! But, I knew there was another chapter for me so I left to be a wife, to be a mom and very shortly after to start a business.


Launched in 2008, my secret love for greeting cards turned into a company that created custom cards for consumers. Before I knew it, business owners wanted to know if I could do the same for them so of course I said, “YES!”  Then, they said “I’m too busy to mail these cards can you do it?”  Again, I said “YES!”  and did so, on a seasonal basis. But, as I networked and built relationships I saw there was a great need for this far beyond a seasonal basis. Now, Joanne Funchess - joy in real life has evolved from providing a product to providing full-service campaigns that help companies express appreciation and create joyful relationships that lead to referrals and grows their business. Wow!

The journey was worth it! All of it! And, it’s worth it for you. Keep going along your path, trust God, press through the challenges and say ‘YES’ more! Because in the end it will all work together for your good!


With joy, always!


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 What I Know For Sure

(I love when Oprah says this!)