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 26, 2017

Sarah Von Bargen of the blog, Yes and Yes joins the podcast to share about the crossroads of money and happiness. By mindfully choosing what you want in your life and understanding what makes you happy, you can learn to make better informed decisions.

Dec 19, 2017

We know that self care is important, and yet, it seems like it's the first thing to fall to the wayside when we get overwhelmed or busy. How do you make taking yourself a priority? What's holding you back? Find out with host Paula Jenkins.

Dec 12, 2017

Author, writer, and entrepreneur Alexandra Franzen joins to share about her new book, "You're Going to Survive." Join us as we discuss how to face and survive rejection, defeat, adversity, online trolls, and other soul crushing experiences.

Dec 5, 2017

Singer songwriter Morgan Bolender of viral hit Mary Oliver joins host Paula Jenkins to share about her journey from special ed teacher to full time musician on Kona, Hawaii.

Dec 1, 2017

Risk and vulnerability are two key pieces of following joy and possibility in our lives. Host Paula Jenkins talks about how to find your joy, and the role the courage plays. Also a recap on the NKOTB 2017 Cruise and Donnie Wahlberg's inspiring look at joy.

Nov 21, 2017

In this lookback episode, Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block shares about his foundation, Remember Betty, Donnie Wahlberg and Joey McIntyre and his solo album "Look at Me." Features the single "Hold On."

Nov 14, 2017

Rachel Baribeau of SiriusXM's College Sports Nation and GridironNow joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about her joyful and enthusiastic love of college football, her years as a sportscaster, and how she is working at Changing the Narrative across the nation.

Nov 7, 2017

Kelley Kosow of The Ford Institute joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about her new book, The Integrity Advantage. They share about perfectionism, Debbie Ford, living in alignment, transformation, and being the change you seek in the world.

Oct 31, 2017

Briana and Dr Peter Borten join host Paula Jenkins to share about their new book, Rituals for Transformation. Learn about creating your own sacred rituals, how to get in touch with what matters to you, and how to find enlightenment.

Oct 24, 2017

Christine Petty of the Free Her Spirit podcast joins the show to talk about learning to love and trust yourself, and how to connect with your own authentic spirituality. Learn about creating sacred space, discovering rituals, and exploring spirituality.

Oct 17, 2017

Caitlin Greer Meister is a voice actor, educational consultant, and mentor to artists. She joins host Paula Jenkins to share how you can create an authentic artistic career that provides the money, meaning, and freedom you desire.

Oct 10, 2017

Jorden Roper joins host Paula Jenkins to share about copywriting, working as a freelancer, starting her own business, and working with entrepreneurs.

Oct 3, 2017

In the Season 3 kickoff, Paula looks at ways to reconnect with joy when something you once loved doing now feels heavy.

Aug 29, 2017

For the season 2 finale of Jump Start Your Joy Paula Jenkins hosts a round table discussion with Kate Courageous, Michelle Ward, Laura Simms, Deb Cooperman and Sarah Von Bargen all about joy, inspiration, and self care in difficult political times.

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Aug 22, 2017

Life coaches Julie Houghton, Liz Applegate, and Paula Jenkins take a heartfelt look at the challenges and growth of the first two years of being entrepreneurs and starting a coaching business.

Aug 15, 2017

This week, I’m honored to have Andi Fairbanks of the podcast Everyday Extraordinaries join me for episode 99 to share about her role as a Creative Communications Consultant. She’s a self described “idea champ,” and works with visionaries and local politicians on public campaigns. 

Andi Fairbanks is an entrepreneur, podcaster, and consultant, starting her own business just about a year ago. Her work focuses on the human connection, the thing that connects all of us, and she helps visionaries to craft messages that inspire and motivate clients and audiences. She works with politicians and entrepreneurs as a Creative Communications Consultant, leveraging communications and education to teach, reach, and inspire groups to positive action.

Aug 8, 2017

Host Paula Jenkins looks back at the lessons learned over two years of podcasting - from creating a plan, to following passion, to learning to trust yourself, she shares all about the lessons of following a creative dream. 

Aug 1, 2017

This week it’s my true pleasure to have Mandy Ford joining me for an interview, where she talks about following your inspiration, doodling, and becoming an illustrator. Mandy is a graphic designer, and she returned to drawing after many years after inspiration struck her in a writing class, and she found herself doodling. This led to her posting her art on Instagram, and landing a licensing deal with Home Goods only 4 months later. 

In this episode, Mandy and I talk about:
- her early love of collecting rocks, Lisa Frank stickers and Poochie
- how working at a Earlham College, a Quaker seminary has changed her life and shaped her drawing
- how taking a writing class brought her back to her love of drawing
- how she got a licensing deal with Home Goods just four months after she returned to drawing
- what her creative process looks like, now
- her work with Illustrated Faith, creating scrapbooking kits
- her tips for Instagram and finding a community there
- the work she's most proud of to date (spoiler: it's being a mom to her twin boys)
- what harmony looks like for Mandy
- her thoughts on jump starting your joy - taking time to look up and notice the world around you, being kind, and giving freely to people

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Jul 25, 2017

This week I’m super excited to have Sarah Shuttle joining me on the show.  She’s the heart and soul behind Verity Road and the site Girl Untold. She’s a brand stylist from England who  spent her twenties recovering from alcoholism, anorexia, binge eating and self-harm. She dove deep into healing and fell  in love with graphic design. In her own words,  “creating visual stories led me out of darkness and into life.” This week, she shares about her journey in finding her voice, how to get past perfectionism, and getting past external expectations - Sarah’s lens is to see the cross roads of how these things tie in with your marketing and personal life, and you’ll love our conversation about all of it.

Jul 19, 2017

This week, Kira Sabin joins Paula Jenkins  to chat about love and relationships. She’s the Troop Leader over at the League of Adventurous Singles where she encourages single women to embrace the awesomeness of singleness, take responsibility of what is “theirs,” and let go of whatever is holding them back. She leads singles to figure out what they want, how to love, making decisions based on love (not fear). She believes in adventures, and breaking down walls, and revising mindset and confidence as the building blocks of discovering a relationship that feels right.

The other thing we chat about, at the beginning of our discussion is our deep seated love of Judy Blume, and of Anne of Green Gables. Kira has worked on a cruise ship, visited Prince Edward Island (Anne’s home), and she and I get into the debate of which is better? The 1985 version of “Anne of Green Gables” or the brand new “Anne with an E” that is now out on Hulu? The votes are in and you’ll have to listen to hear the reviews.

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Jul 11, 2017

This week, I’m doing a solcast about Finding Your Voice. It’s one of those things I’m super passionate about, and that is at the center of my Podcasting class. Today I’m sharing 6 things to consider in finding your voice and following your passion.


  1. It might be easier than you think …. let it be easy
  2. You probably know more about the message and your voice than you are giving yourself credit for
  3. Start with whatever feels like the obvious thing
  4. If you feel lost or not sure where to start, go back to what you know
  5. Passion over perfection
  6. It’s your own message and you can do whatever you want with it

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Jul 1, 2017

This week, I’m thrilled to be sharing what I like to call a look back episode, highlighting a favorite past guest. Early in Season One I had the pleasure of catching up with Matt Wood, who is the voice of General Grievous and R0-GR of Star Wars, and the senior sound editor at Skywalker Sound. I love this story of how he got the role of Grievous, and what’s even more special is that Matt and I went to grade school, middle school, and high school together. And, he offers some amazing thoughts on how he sees life, based on his observations on sound theory.

Matt has worked on The Phantom Menace, The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and the upcoming film, The Last Jedi. 

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Jun 27, 2017

This week, I’m so excited to be speaking with Zoha Abbas of the site, Multidoer. Zoha is a multipassionate creative, who works with  creative people with lots of different passions and interests to move from idea into action. We talk about how to bring your creative purpose and dreams to life.

In this episode, Zoha and I talk about:
- the definition of a multidoer: a multipassionate person who is action oriented
- Zoha's journey from working in creative agencies to being a coach for creatives
- how you can break through the noise and become a multidoer
- the difference between a multipassionate and a multidoer (action!)
- our love for the Passion Planner
- Zoha's thoughts on how to jumpstart your joy: smile, honor other's time, and choosing who you spend time and energy with

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Jun 21, 2017

Host Paula Jenkins takes a look at the ways to reconnect with your purpose and lists five ways to find your joy in this solocast episode. She reflects on her recent interview with Paul Selig, and seeing Danielle LaPorte while touring for White Hot Truth

Jun 13, 2017

This week, I’ve got a very special treat for you, it’s an interview with best selling author, psychic, and medium Paul Selig, in the celebration of the release of his new book, The Book of Truth. It’s the first time I’ve had someone channel on the show, and I know you will love this discussion. It’s moving and deeply insightful.
The theme for this month, “Your Purpose.” We’ll be looking at the ways you can follow your heart to live the life of your dreams, and how to get in touch with your purpose.


In this episode, Paul and I talk about:
- his earliest sparks of joy in drama and theater
- his journey to becoming clairvoyant, clairsentient, and then telepathic and psychic
- how he built his practice as an intuitive
- how he channels, and receives the texts that he shares
- what it feels like to sit in channel with The Guides
- difference between channeling, and when he is in the role of a psychic
- if everyone has the ability to tap into channeling
- what The Guides have to say about the pursuit of joy in this life
- what it is like to honor the call of being a channel, and the impact it's had on Paul's life
- if The Guides were present in the time of Moses, based on the fact that the phrase "Here I am" is found in the Old Testament, and very similar to what The Guides share in The Book of Truth
- what balance looks, or doesn't look like, for Paul
- how to jump start joy in your life

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