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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May 17, 2016

Mayi Carles joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about her Life is Messy Planners, about being Multi-Passionate, and about the Multi-Passionate Must-Haves bundle sale. Plus, how to organize your creative mind, and thoughts on being a working mom.

May 10, 2016

Holly Becker of decor8 and Blogging Your Way joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about she started out, how to find your voice in blogging, why the world needs to hear what you have to say, and how to find your blogging niche.

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.

Apr 12, 2016

Mary MacCarthy of Glorious Hugs joins Paula Jenkins to talk about entrepreneurship, and her mission on creating gift care packages for senior citizens. We also speak about connection, and finding joy in your life.

Apr 5, 2016

Today's Cris Guillebeau joins the show to talk about discovering the work you were born to do, which is the focus of his brand new book, Born For This. Chris is the creator of the World Domination Summit, author of The $100 Start Up, The Art of Non-Conformity, and The Happiness Pursuit. He's traveled to 193 countries using travel hacking. I'm super excited to bring him on to speak about his new book, Born for This, and to talk about how joy has played a part in his journey, plus get his input on how to bring your dream into action AND ways to jump start your joy.

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.

Jan 12, 2016

Marla Cilley, also know as the Flylady,  is back for a second episode! In this edition, Marla dives into how to do the Flylady method of zone cleaning your home, and how to work through the days of the week to stay organized. We got to talk about a lot of fun and easy ideas to keep your home and life organized. Plus, Marla shares about the inspiration for her next book near the end of the episode, and I got goosebumps when she told me about her visit to the National Shrine of Saint Therese. It's an inspiring and amazing story, and one that you will NOT want to miss :)

If you have not yet listened to the first episode, you can find it here.

I'm so excited to share this second hour with Marla for today's episode as part of the "Loving your 2016" series. I'm really honored that she shared about her upcoming book, and just blown away by her lovely story around her time in the chapel.

In this episode, we talk about:
- how she breaks out the zones to cleaning your home
- the theme for each day of the week, when using the Flylady method
- how to approach having your mother in law come over (enlist her help in cleaning!)
- how admitting you need help, and welcoming it, and how that changes your view point
- what she keeps in her closet to give as gifts should an event come up
- planning out big family vacations, (calendar party)
- how to create a relaxed environment around timing when family is leaving
- her plans for live events in the spring
- revisiting her trip to San Mateo, CA a few years ago
- her writing process for her new spiritual book, including her visit to the chapel of St Therese
- how Sink Reflections got it's name
- a few thoughts on saints - Marla's website
The National Shrine Museum of St Therese
Marla is the author of "Body Clutter," and "Sink Reflections," both are best sellers, and  I can not recommend them highly enough.
Sink Reflections - Marla's first book (on Amazon)
Body Clutter - Marla's second book (on Amazon)
Eric Dodge, Why Not Today (on Amazon)


How do you find peace in your life?

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Jan 5, 2016

Marla Cilley, founder of, is a true inspiration. I found her site over ten years ago, as I was going through a divorce and knew I needed to find a way to take care of myself and my home.  I had started the search, thinking that I simply needed to find ways to clean and declutter, and to get my life back on track. What I found was Marla's loving wisdom, her "Flying lessons," her support, a lot of humor, a fun community, and a renewed sense of who I was. For this, I'm grateful.

I'm so honored to have Marla as a guest for today's episode as part of the "Loving your 2016" series. It was a true joy to speak with her, and to spend time soaking up her love and joy-filled philosophy. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the state of your home, or you've made organizing your life a priority for this year, I encourage you to listen, and to visit for more resources. She offers all of this for free - and you are in for such a treat.

In this episode, we talk about:
- how Marla arrived at her current zone cleaning process, including the overwhelming amount of cards and lists that she started with, trying to "perfect" an organization process
- shining your sink, what it is, and how that changed Marla's life
- that two resolutions that started everything
- Marla's take on the word perfect (and how she corrects me when I use it!)
- the food addiction, and why foods evoke memories and provide an endorphin rush. (along with why Mac n Cheese was Marla's go to food when she got stressed, and why I run for peanut butter and chocolate).
- an easier way to clean your bathtub
- a great way to keep bathtub toys stored, and Flylady's first viral post on facebook
- making cleaning fun
- why having a wall calendar is important for organization and teaching our children
- why Marla calls "jobs" or chores "blessings"
- why it's important to release things that don't bring you joy
- the power and importance of complimenting other people - Marla's website
Marla is the author of "Body Clutter," and "Sink Reflections," both are best sellers, and  I can not recommend them highly enough.
Sink Reflections - Marla's first book (on Amazon)
Body Clutter - Marla's second book (on Amazon)
Eric Dodge, Why Not Today (on Amazon)
Pam Young and Peggy Jones card file system (Side Tracked Home Executives) on Amazon

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Jan 1, 2016

Brooke-Sidney Jackson is the founder and CEO of "Bella and The Babe," a website that has resources and support for authentic mothering. She is the author of the brand new "Mama Love Planner" and offers Joy and Empowerment sessions for mothers, and women hoping to become mothers. In the past, Brooke-Sidney has been a lawyer, a journalist, and she now works full time for herself, encouraging, guiding, and offering support to other women.

I sensed right away that Brooke-Sidney and I had so much in common. We met a few years ago, when we were both leading (in)courage groups and discovered we lived only 30 minutes from each other. It has been a complete joy to catch up with her on this podcast episode. I think you will love her wisdom around so many hot mama topics, and her very loving and sensible approach to how to listen to what YOU want as a mother, instead of listening to what others think is right for you and your child, and your family. I walked away feeling more empowered, more focused, and ready to be more authentic in my own mothering choices.
In this episode, Brooke-Sidney and I talk about:
- getting away from making mothering decisions based on what other people say, and focusing on what feels right to you
- how to deal with some of the hot mama topics of breast-feeding, cry it out, male circumcision, co-sleeping, car seats in a way that feels authentic to you
- that it's OK to change your mind on parenting techniques, or change or direction as your child grows
- the major changes that mothers go through from the beginning
- the importance of self care for moms, and how self care can take just 15 minutes a day
- that going after your dreams and goals is even more important once you are a mom, as it sets an example for successes and how to handle failures for children.
- our hopes and dreams for our sons' generation
- how Brooke-Sidney created her own Mama Love Planner, after not being able to find a planner that assisted with both scheduling and self care
- the impact of a gratitude practice: take stock of at least three things that you're grateful for each day, a practice that goes hand in hand with bringing more joy and contentment in your life
- why putting your dreams down on paper helps you reach them, and why doing a brain dump helps free up room in your head to do other things

Order your Mama Love Planner on Brooke-Sidney's site - click here.
Visit Brooke-Sidney Jackson's website: Bella and the Babe
San Damiano Retreat - set up your personal retreat and request spiritual direction


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Dec 26, 2015

In this episode, I walk you through setting heart centered goals using my own "Ten in Three" method. In short, you check in with your heart, listening for what you want to do over the next few years, and then you narrow down what you hear to ten things you want to do over the next three years.

If you're feeling like you want to tackle some new things in the coming year, I encourage you to try this Heart Centered Goals method. The benefit of this method is that you aren't going to be tackling an enormous list of "resolutions," instead you'll be focused on working towards just three big things. It feels more like a choice, and less like a compromise. And, for that reason, I think you'll find that your heart centered goals stick in a way that resolutions never do.

About 18 months ago, I was looking to make a lot of changes in my life. I had just signed up for a program to become certified as a life coach, and there was something about that decision that made me feel like it was time to "put my house in order."  I came up with this methodology, and it worked. Not to glorify the art of busy (far from it!),  in the last two years I've gotten married, gotten certified as a life coach, led 3 in person retreats and set up and led a 10 speaker online retreat, started a podcast, launched a business, worked full time, and had time for my five year old son and husband.

The thing at the heart of this is what I call the "Ten in Three." It's the ten things you want to do over the next three years. It works because it's simple. It works because you start with your heart.

In this episode, I talk about:
- A different way to set goals, using a heart centered approach
- why the original "SMART" method for goal setting doesn't work for everyone
- how different people have different temperaments
- that depending on your personality, you may do better holding yourself accountable (and totally resist having the traditional "accountability buddy")
- my own way of setting and reaching goals
- why you should write your goals down
- why flexibility is important with goals
- how to set a narrow, defined list of goals over the next three years
- why fewer goals are better, even when (especially when) you want to accomplish a lot over a year

Ten in Three Worksheet that accompanies this episode
Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life on Amazon
Gretchen Rubin on Lewis Howes' School of Greatness
SMART methodology for setting goals
Kathleen Davies, Episode 1 of Jump Start Your Joy
Debbie Ford's The Dark Side of the Light Chasers on Amazon
"Relaxing" music track by Bensound used during visualization exercise


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Dec 15, 2015

Alison Arngrim played Nellie Oleson for seven years on the hit show, Little House on the Prairie. She is often described as the "acid tongued hellcat" of the show, the small villain with golden ringlets and lovely clothing, and the arch-enemy of Laura Ingalls. Alison and I jumped on the phone for a little over an hour, and all I can say is that it was one of the most fast paced, hilarious, and engaging hours I've ever experienced.

Alison shared a good deal about her book, "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch," and we spent time chatting about her childhood and landing the fabled role of Nellie Oleson. What really stood out in our time together is Alison's true appreciation and gratitude for the role that Nellie eventually played in her own life. As a shy child, a child that was being sexually and physically abused at home, playing Nellie instantly pushed Alison into a role that changed her, and made her more courageous. Since then, the role has given her a platform, allowed her to help charities that assist abused children and AIDS patients, and more recently, allowed her to start speaking about issues that women face in her lecture "More Than Just Surviving."

I want thank Alison for her time - speaking with her was an inspiration. I know you're going to love this episode, and if you do, I encourage you to check out her book Confessions of a Prairie Bitch on Amazon. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it before she and I spoke.

In this episode, Alison shares about:
- making people laugh as a child
- possibly "retiring" from acting at age 11 prior to getting the role of Nellie
- her realization that the role of Nellie was very different than the other hyper-sweet children she often read for
- the instant change of how people reacted to her in public after Little House on the Prairie first aired
- why she thinks Little House on the Prairie is so popular throughout the world
- Michael Landon, and how he created plot lines for the show
- Melissa Gilbert is now running for Congress in Michigan
- her amazing friendship with Melissa Gilbert
- the best way to find a good date
- how she met her husband Bob at the AIDS Project Los Angeles
- the "Pocket Nellie"
- leveraging fame and people's love of Nellie to help others
- her upcoming line of scented candles and a ceramic pony
- how to sign up for the Nellie Newsletter
- her upcoming lectures with Petersen Productions
- working with Girl Cave in Huntington Beach
- a hint about her second book!

Upcoming Events (as of 12/15/2015):
- January 30, 2016 Prairie-Oke - Karoake - a one night event
- March 19, 2016 Nite of Dreams Little House on the Prairie Tribute Dinner

Alison Arngrim's website (sign up for the Nellie Newsletter here)
Nite of Dreams website (sign up for the Tribute Dinner)
The Girl Cave in Huntington Beach
Alison Arngrim's Book, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch on Amazon

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Dec 8, 2015

Rachael Maddox is the recent author of the book "Secret Bad Girl" in which shares her own journey. Subtitled "How I broke my long-standing sexual trauma spell and grew vibrant, vital & free. A provocative memoir & wildly wise resolution guide," her book relays her story, and offers insights on how anyone under the trauma spell can reach full recovery. Rachael is a coach, a singer and songwriter, and a teacher, plus she's funny, real, and so genuine. While it's a tough topic, we both laugh plenty and share how joy really IS possible, even after living through a traumatic event (Rachael's past trauma being sexual trauma, mine being PTSD related to childbirth).

In this episode, Rachael outlines some of her findings in researching how to resolve sexual trauma. She shares that trauma is something stored in the body, the result of a person's fight, flight, or freeze response not being fully resolved after the initial trauma incident. In her work, which involves extensive coaching, training, and research, she's found that resolving sexual trauma is something best done through somatic (body) work. Her approach is heartfelt, genuine, and something she's lived through.

Rachael had a successful kickstarter, and her book is now available for download on Amazon starting 1/19/16.

In this episode, Rachael talks about:
- what trauma is, and how it remains in your body long after the trauma event
- the definition of a trauma spell or trauma cloud
- different kinds of trauma, such as post traumatic stress disorder and rape trauma
- Rachael's path to healing, which started at Adult Circus camp
- suggestions for addressing trauma in your own life
- Rachael's Dream Tour around the US this last summer
- her song, "live" on the podcast, "Shake"
- where I fess up about one of my core desired feelings being "enraptured" and Rachael's insights on how rapture means to "be your longing"
- the Celestine Prophecy of Everything (Rachael's take on her role in the world)

Rachael's website at
Sign up for the 12/22/15 webinar episode to work on your 2016 goals
Episode 10: Molly Larkin (I reference this in the interview)
Peter Levine's book, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma
(on Amazon)
Danielle LaPorte's book The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul (Core Desired Feelings) (on Amazon)

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