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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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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Feb 14, 2017

I now see this as an early way of setting a foundation of joy in my life. As I actively sought out, and said yes to the things that were coming from a place of love, I was also choosing joy. I was choosing joy and inviting it further into my life.

And this is what creating a foundation of joy is all about. It’s recognizing that you make a choice to seek out joy, and you make a choice to include joy in your life.

And why is this important?

Because setting up a foundation of joy is setting up a new kind of basis by which you can live your life.

When you’re choosing joy as a foundation, it helps build a solid base for your whole world and your whole reality. It started helping me see things in a new light. Because unlike a standard lens of judging things on being successful or a failure, joy has an application no matter your outcome. You could succeed in your goals and feel joy, but you can also fall short of a goal, and be able to find joy in your life despite the fact that you may not have met your outward facing goal.

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.

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.

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. 

May 31, 2016

Five Ways to Add Joy to Your Life - host Paula Jenkins shares her top five ways to jump start your joy, and talks about various topics such as wellness and self care, love, gratitude, surrounding yourself with good people and following your heart.

May 19, 2016

Cory Huff of The Abundant Artist joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about how to sell art online, acting, the art of storytelling, being a multi-passionate, the inherent creativity of all people, Dungeons and Dragons, and asking inappropriate questions.

May 3, 2016

Lexi Koch joins host Paula Jenkins to talk aboutbeingvulnerable, along with sharing about her own life journeyfromsocial worker, to farm manager and owner, to life coach.

Apr 26, 2016

It's such a pleasure to have Laura Simms join the show this week! Laura is a career Coach and an expert in meaningful work, and she's the creator of the truly amazing "Your Career Homecoming" program that helps women find work that feels like home. I really love Laura's open and easy going nature, and getting to chat with her felt like talking to a friend. She's relatable, down to earth, and the fact that she has changed careers from one that she was truly passionate about (acting), to one that feels more purposeful and rewarding (career coach), really spoke to me. I have an knack for landing plenty of jobs, and love that she helps clients focus on "the why" (the purpose, legacy, contribution, service, impact they're making) before they ever get to thinking about "the what" (abilities, strengths, things you can do), or "the how" (environment, the work pace, your leadership role, how much you're paid) of what that career looks like.

Apr 19, 2016

Host Paula Jenkins discusses the role of joy and purpose in our lives, and introduces the idea of "The Joy Trajectory" and your very own Inner Joy Advocate.

Mar 29, 2016

Today, Jordana Jaffe, a Facebook group strategist, joins me on the podcast and we chat about the magic of using Facebook groups to create a super comfy, magical business. While Jordana mostly works with women entrepreneurs who are introverts or homebodies on how to create their own super engaged Facebook group and successfully participate in other Facebook groups so that they can grow their online community and get clients while staying at home in their cozy pjs, she has a ton of great info and insights for non-introverts (like myself), too. I loved getting to talk to her about her journey, one that after multiple launches in 2013, led to her feeling disconnected from herself, and wanting to find a way that felt more authentically her in her own business. The result is a business that feels energized, and cozy.

Mar 22, 2016

Emilie Wapnick is the Founder, and Creative Director for Puttylike, an online home for "multipotentialites," which are people with many interests and creative pursuits. Her philosophy is that you do not have to do just one thing with your life, and that it is possible to integrate your many interests into your life. Emilie is a writer, speaker, mentor, coach, and she is currently working on a traditionally published book, as well.

Mar 15, 2016

Host Paula Jenkins speaks with Diane Pauley about finding heartfelt, targetted, aligned clients for your small business or entrepreneurship.

Mar 8, 2016

Logan Nickleson is a content marketer at an ad agency by day, and in his "spare" time, he runs Music for Makers, creating and sending out a free piece of music every monday. We chat about his business, how he finds time to do it all, and ad agencies.

Mar 2, 2016

Paula Jenkins, Host of Jump Start Your Joy, reflects on the lessons she's learned in the first six months of podcasting on the topic of Joy. Plus, a giveaway and the March line up of guests is announced.

Feb 23, 2016

Christy Tennery-Spalding joins Jump Start Your Joy as a healer, activist, writer & self-care mentor. Host Paula Jenkins chats with Christy about self care and "sacred focus," and how to find more joy in your life.

Feb 16, 2016

TRex Tuesdays, the hilarious dinosaurs that ice skate, flower bomb, and cheer people up every Tuesday on Facebook, join host Paula Jenkins for an exclusive interview and video. Learn how Trexes eat popcorn and which dinosaurs were the tastiest.

Feb 9, 2016

Author David Ramos joins Paula Jenkins to talk about his upcoming book, Enduring with Job, and other stories of hope and truth in the Old Testament.

Feb 2, 2016

TV Producer Josh Davis joins the podcast to talk about his journey, including working on "What Would You Do?" and "The Rossen Report" on the Today Show. He shares about saying yes to following your dreams.

Jan 26, 2016

Liz Ross, CEO of Periscope joins Jump Start Your Joy to talk about heartfelt leadership. We talk about accountability, transparency, people-first leadership, how to create and lead great teams, and how one shares about their life as successful leader.

Jan 19, 2016

Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block joins Jump Start Your Joy to talk about his new album, Look at Me. He shares about how his mother, Betty, who passed away in 1999 continues to inspire him, and about his work with his foundation, Remember Betty.