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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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.

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.

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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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 6, 2017

Career Coaches Michelle Ward and Laura Simms join host Paula Jenkins to talk about creating the career of your dreams. They share how to live past the excuses and  find the spark and joy that can help you find a career or launch a business that you love.  Learn all about:

  • What’s brought them joy in the last year
  • Their 90 Day Business Launch program and how they’ve sold out every time they’ve run it!
  • What’s holding you back from following your creative dream
  • What do to when you’ve got a case of the “big buts” and are having a hard time following your dream career
  • How Laura and Michelle met the first time, and why putting yourself out there and taking risks is so life changing
  • The amazing impact a great mastermind can have on your career and business
  • How adding Spark and Comfort to your routine can help when you’re going through big changes, and how it can bring people back into their lives
  • How doing the thing you love can make all the difference
  • How to jump start joy in your life

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May 30, 2017

Host Paula Jenkins shares four ways to find what fits in your life, exploring the work of Tara Mohr and Pema Chodron. Discover how commiting to yourself. gaining inspiration from gift goals, trusting in what calls to you, and finding a community. 

May 23, 2017

This week, Andrea Scher joins me to share all about so many magical and joyful things, and how to find more of that magic and joy in your life. You may know Andrea from her blog, Superhero life, or from the popular and life changing class, Mondo Beyondo. She also just started her own podcast, The Creative Superheroes Podcast, which I have been enjoying immensely. She has an ease and a joy about her that just draws you in, and I know you’re going to love this episode because we hit it off. This week she shares all about how to live a delightful, curious, joyful superhero life.


In this episode, Andrea and I talk about:
- How creating jewelry and blogging led to her working with photography and creating a community
- How she brings as much joy and magic as possible to what she does
- Her experience with grief, and how it’s been clarifying for her, both in life and on the podcast
- That joy is about connection
- The creation of Mondo Beyondo with Jen Lemen, and how that class came about
- How to the law of attraction has played a role in her life
- How to differentiate between what you REALLY want, and what does not fit for you, based on your body based, or somatic responses
- Her recent 21 Days of Magic class, and how she’s created a magical class for people who want to access their own creativity in new ways
- All about her wish tree, which she created out of simple supplies from Staples outside her house
- That we have the choice of making our days magical and joyful
- What harmony looks like for Andrea, and how being a part time parent has opened up new ways of being for her
- How to jumpstart your joy - by listening to the little whispers, and noticing what catches your attention.

May 16, 2017

This is the third week of May’s “Finding What Fits, and I’m thrilled to have Sarah von Bargen joining me today! The theme for May is “Finding what Fits;” where we’re taking a look at how to find what feels right for you in career, money, and life. You may know Sarah from her inspiring “Yes and Yes” blog; and what you may not know is that she’s recently launched a “More Money More Happy” bootcamp, where she shares how to create a relationship with money that leads to well, more money, and more happiness. This episode is all about discovering more money and more happy, right now.


May 9, 2017

Host Paula Jenkins discusses four steps for you to find what fits in your life in this solocast episode. Following these steps will lead to more joy, happiness, and contentment in your life by working with inspiration, intention, action, and courage.

Apr 25, 2017

Guest Jennifer Lee, author of the Right Brain Business Plan, joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about how to create a business you love, one that is built with heart and respect. 

Apr 4, 2017

This week, rounding out Courage Month, I’m joined by Kate Courageous. She’s a life coach, creator of the <a href="" target="_blank">Courageous Living Coach Certification</a>, the Coaching Blueprint, and the author of Your Courageous Life. I’ve worked with Kate for the last couple of years as a mentor coach in her coach certification program, and she is a powerhouse of knowledge, and as she says “Practicing Courage is her expertise, Teaching others to make courage a habit is her vocation.” Kate joins me this week to share all about the the four steps of habit creation, and how courage and neuroscience can impact your ability to form new habits. She and I always have an amazing time together and I know you’ll want to catch this interview.

Mar 27, 2017

Guest Stephanie Dalfonzo joins Paula Jenkins to talk about choosing love over fear, choosing joy, the law of attraction, joy as the highest level of emotions, how to face stress and anxiety, and a breathing practice for stress. 

Mar 21, 2017

Deirdre Fentem of Little Red Promotions joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about the courage it takes to market yourself, and how to make yourself shine in social media. She shares about becoming an entrepreneur, and working in anti-human trafficking.

Mar 14, 2017

Host Paula Jenkins shares about Saying Yes to Courage, and the four ways to follow courage in your life. She weaves in examples of the courage displayed by the lead character of Moana in this fun & light hearted look at courageously following your heart.

Mar 7, 2017

Guest Iman Gatti joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about the courage of facing trauma and grief, and share her own journey of being orphaned at age 6, to go on to become a coach, grief recovery counselor, and motivational speaker.

Feb 21, 2017

This week, I’m really thrilled to have Helen McLaughin on the show. She’s a curiosity coach, and in the last two years she’s gone from having a 9 to 5 job as an executive assistant to being a coach, getting married, and living full time on the road. I wanted to talk to her about what it’s like, finding a foundation while living a life that is constantly in motion. I know you’ll love hearing her answer!

In this episode we talk about:
- Helen’s love of creating and making books as “places for stories to live” as a little girl
- How growing up as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) meant she found joys in places that were safe and comfortable for her, with her family
- How she shed the worry of doing everything right, by “reframing it all as an experiment”
- Curiosity as a foundation for life and work
- Traveling for her husband’s work, and living on the road in an RV
- Writing as a foundation and touchstone each week, no matter where she is
- How her business (and mine) felt natural, as we both followed what felt natural and fun
- How having a weekly newsletter has been grounding, week to week
- That creating, connecting, and moving each day supports harmony

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Jan 31, 2017

Connie Curtis joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about gluten free living, and how to thrive and love a gluten free life style. Connie is a allergy and gluten free specialist. 

Jan 24, 2017

This week is a solocast about a mashup of things: first, Paula shares about her experience at the Women’s March this last weekend in San Francisco, and then dives into the importance of taking time each year to take inventory of your life, see what’s working, and do what she likes to call, some “pruning.”

Here are the five ways of crafting your most awesome year yet, from this episode:

1. Do you have room on your plate?
2. What is it that you want to do with this one, precious life?
3. What do you want the focus of this year to be?
4. What have you created in the past that now needs new room, in the present?
5. What is your word for the year?

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Jan 17, 2017

Guest Deb Cooperman joins host Paula Jenkins to share about journaling as a great way to get in touch with the true you. She explains how to start journaling each day, how to get past blocks, and how it's a great tool for people in the new year.

Jan 10, 2017

Jo Casey joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about mindfulness. Jo also shares about her journey starting a coaching business, and how new coaches navigate the territory of becoming an entrepreneur. Full notes:

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