Jump Start Your Joy

Jump Start Your Joy is a podcast by Paula Jenkins, a transformative life coach, retreat leader, and speaker living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The show focuses on the many ways that people follow their dreams, and look for joy in their every day lives. Paula hand picks guests with inspirational stories; people who have intentionally and mindfully decided to follow a path that brings them joy. We talk about how adversity can bring out one's strengths, how acceptance precedes growth, and how curiosity about one's life and the world around them often leads to finding one's greatest joys. A mix of humor, life coaching, and genuine love of people lead to the quirky and fun style of this podcast.
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Dec 13, 2016

I'm so thrilled to have Danny Williams and Steven Hundal join me for this episode to share all about the play they will be starring in at the Children's Creativity Theater in San Francisco entitled "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)." Danny and Steven are both multi-passionate, renaissance souls. These guys juggle work and families, and are putting on this play to support charities for the holidays. They truly have made a commitment to joyfully uplifting others during the holidays.

Dec 7, 2016

Rosie Williams joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about her newly published book Repurposed Faith: Breathing New Life into Your Quiet Time. 

Dec 1, 2016

In this flashback episode, Amber and Brady Black of the art site Serious Creatures join host Paula Jenkins to discuss their work as educational directors of Home of Hope Lebanon, where they teach abandoned and abused, and refugee children. 

Nov 16, 2016

I'm thrilled to have Mark Jaffe, author of "Suitcase of Happyness," as my guest. Mark is a former Walt Disney executive, and he has spent a good deal of his life looking at how to cultivate happiness. At a young age he realized that his happiest life was not something out of reach. He studied, observed, cultivated, and ultimately enjoyed an enduring happiness through a singular focus on identifying what worked and what didn’t. In this episode, Mark and I talk about how to find and pack your suitcase of happiness.

Nov 8, 2016

Christy Tending joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about how courage and vulnerability can add depth and beauty to your life, and lead you to a place that is lovingly and completely human.

Nov 3, 2016

In this solocast episode, I'm diving head first into how you can find your inner calm in the midst of this chaotic Presidential Election. To set the stage, this episode is focusing on what's going on behind the emotions and intensity of this election, and what each of us can do recenter ourselves. Whether you support Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, it's likely that you are feeling fearful about the outcome of the election. So let's take a look at what you can do, even when it feels like there aren't a lo of options.

Oct 26, 2016

Guest Matt Marr of the Dear Mattie Show joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about finding your muse, narrative therapy, what to do about bullying, and his work with Camp Brave Trails, a LGBTQ youth leadership camp. 

Oct 18, 2016

Russell Hurst joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about his Star Wars in the Yard Instagram account, toy photography, his work at a news station, and how he brings joy to people every day on taking photos and telling stories on Instagram. 

Oct 12, 2016

Michelle McQuaid joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about the science of positive psychology. We talk about grit, wellbeing, the mastery curve, and why mindfully choosing joy is good for your health.

Oct 4, 2016

Host Paula Jenkins shares around what failure can teach you about finding balance in your life. What happens when you label something as a "failure?" How can you get past the right and wrong thinking and see failure as a healthy thing? 

Sep 20, 2016

Tess Blankenship joins host Paula Jenkins to share about the joys of delegation, hiring virtual teams, freelancing and entrepreneurship. We chat about creating process, and knowing when and how to hire for business growth.

Sep 13, 2016

Lara Heacock and Stephanie Ducharme join host Paula Jenkins to talk about courage, imperfection, perfectionism, and the vulnerability, love, and awareness it takes to drop the mask and live our true lives.

Sep 8, 2016

In this Season 2 opener, host Paula Jenkins and Christy Tennery-Spalding discuss balance, your internal landscape, & external processes (including breathing and meditation practices), and processes to support balance. We introduce our Roots & Wings class.

Sep 2, 2016

Hi friends! Welcome to Jump Start Your Joy's Top 10 of Season One. Last week, as part one of the season finale, I shared some of the most memorable moments of the last 52 weeks. This week, I'm sharing the most downloaded episodes, and sharing what made them really special. Many of the guests sent an update on "What joy has looked like for them" since we last spoke. The result is a fun, heartfelt, joyful finale to a year that has been life changing for me.

Aug 23, 2016

Host Paula Jenkins revisits favorite and standout memories as she looks back on a year of podcast episodes. Highlights? "Pants Drama," Nellie Oleson, Purpose vs Passion, Facing your Fear, practicing radical gratitude, acceptance, and hospitality.

Aug 16, 2016

I'm thrilled to have Tiffany Han, creative brand strategist for highly creative women, join me for this week's show where she shares about what saying yes to creativity and doing what you love has meant in her life.  Tiffany has been a life coach, business coach, and has recently segued into working as a brand strategist. And, she's the host of the wildly popular podcast, Raise Your Hand. Say Yes. 

Aug 9, 2016

Kris Nations, jewelry designer and small business owner, joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about her inspiration in starting Kris Nations in 2004, and shares what it's like to work with her sister, and what has changed in her business over the years.

Aug 3, 2016

When you facing any sort of change, whether it be a something you choose (think changing careers, buying a house, etc) or something that happens to you (think losing a job, illness, losing a family member), you rely on "process" to get through the change. And before you glaze over because I'm using the coachy word "process," I encourage you to stick with me here. This stuff is actually pretty interesting! What I'm diving into here is the idea that there are really two types of process, and why it's important to recognize them and harness them to get through a change.

Jul 27, 2016

Host Paula Jenkins shares about how to bring your dreams to life, how to get past whatever is keeping you stuck, and the steps to start taking actiong, today.

Jul 19, 2016

Cam Adair of Game Quitters joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about how he has dealt with video game addiction in his own life and started a community to support others wanting to live a life of purpose. 

Jul 12, 2016

Flylady Marla Cilley joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about how to form habits and routines to create more joy in your life. Lots of great ideas for keeping your home and family feeling happy and loved.

Jul 5, 2016

Sharon Aldeguer joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about embracing joy and living her bucket list after having brain surgery to remove a large tumor. An inspiring and love filled interview.

Jun 28, 2016

Paula Jenkins talks about what overwhelm is telling you, and shares the four things you should do if you feel overwhelm or anxiety in your life.  

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Jun 23, 2016

Melissa Sue Tucker of Addiction Support Podcast and Sixty Seconds of Solitude joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about facing addiction support with love, compassion, and kindness.

Jun 14, 2016

Burlesque dancer Velvet O'Claire joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about purpose, passion, authenticity, femininity, sexuality, gender roles, power, and burlesque. It's a show you won't want to miss.

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