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Jump Start Your Joy

Inspired by the quote “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day (Henri Nouwen),” this lively show looks at the inspiration, intention, and action that you can take to have for a positive mental outlook, even in hard times and improbable situations.
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Oct 22, 2020

In this episode of Jump Start Your Joy podcast, I’m delighted to be sharing an interview with Dr. Jeff Spiess. Author of the book, “Dying with Ease: A Compassionate Guide for Making Wiser End-of-Life Decisions,” Dr. Spiess was an oncologist, and later a hospice physician. He spent his medical career working with people were facing serious illness and death, and had a lot of experience in how to navigate both for all who are involved.

 

I’m honored to have Dr. Spiess on the show, and really excited to talk to him about how to find joy now, when we are alive. And, we talk about how to find joy even with the existential knowledge of knowing we are all headed toward death. What do we need to do now, to set ourselves up for more joy while we’re alive?

How do we help others who are facing death feel contentment and joy in their time here?

What’s it like to hold joy and the reality of our own mortality in the same moment?

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Oct 15, 2020

In the season 6 opener, I'm looking at the Messy Middle, and how we are living in it right now. What is the Messy Middle? Why is it hard? Why do we long to know the ending, while still needing to lean into this time of transformation? Join me.

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Oct 1, 2020

Recorded live from the She Podcasts Live Conference, we are sharing the six most joyful things we've seen and heard here - from podcasters doing innovative things, to the community, to the spirit of altruism and inclusion, it's been an amazing conference.

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Sep 18, 2020

How do you find a career that you love, especially when you're working a 9 to 5 that feels soul sucking? Have you decided it's time to make the change? Laura Simms is the expert in helping people find careers that feel like home.

In this episode, Laura Simms and I talk about:

  • The kinds of people she works with
  • Marketing during a pandemic
  • The trends she’s seeing in people looking to make a career change now
  • How to make the change: define what you want, and then make a plan to get there
  • Developing Quiet Confidence
  • How to know if you’re ready for a career transition

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Sep 11, 2020

Oren Jay Sofer is a communication expert and mindfulness teacher at Spirit Rock in Woodacre, California. He recently wrote the book “Say What You Mean: A Nonviolent Approach to Communication,” and I’m delighted to have him as a guest on the podcast.

In this look back episode episode, Oren and I talk about:

-Mindful communication

-That language is an inherited phenomenon

-How to stop ruminating over anger when you are upset

-The work of Marshall Rosenberg around non-violent communication

-Active listening and how to build understanding in communication

-His thoughts on how to Jump Start Your Joy: find ways to be kind and generous, attune to beauty, connect to meaning and purpose, and play more

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Resources

Say What You Mean: A Nonviolent Approach to Mindful Communication by Oren Jay Sofer (on Amazon)

Oren Jay Sofer’s Website

Sign up for Oren’s class that starts October 17, 2019

Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg

Sep 3, 2020

From mindfulness to lunar abundance, and quiet bohemians to happiness coaches, and self care and creative process, this season has been an amazing gathering of people who embrace playing small in their own way. This is the finale for Season 5.

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Aug 27, 2020

How do you move forward and find joy when you're in the middle of upheaval, tough times, and everything has changed? And how to you build a foundation during that time? In Part one of my season 5 finale, I share thoughts on joy during the pandemic.

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Aug 13, 2020

The pandemic has added a layer of stress to basic things like school and daily family life for many. Tami Hackbarth joins to talk about how you and your family can honor what what each person needs, adding kindness, grace, and ease to your days.

Aug 6, 2020

This week on Jump Start Your Joy, I'm sharing 6 ways to create a foundation for a joy-filled life during the pandemic. It's no secret that living in 2020 has brought many of the things that we considered foundational to our world into question. Health, school, our work, groceries, equality, safety, and freedom have all come into question as the world grapples with the immense change that COVID-19 has brought with it.

One of the questions I'm getting asked on interviews and from listeners is: how do I find joy now, in the midst of the pandemic?

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Jul 31, 2020

Author, artist, and entrepreneur, Colin Egglesfield joins to talk about creating connection authentic connection, listening, and how to become an "Agile Artist." He also shares testicular cancer, his role on All My Children, and his new online courses.

Jul 23, 2020

Starting a business can feel overwhelming and scary, but if you embrace starting small, and following what lights you up - it doesn't have to be. Inspired by a listener's question, this episode tells you how to embrace your dreams.

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Jul 16, 2020

I'm delighted to have the founder and CEO of Remix PR joining me today. Andi Albin works with big names in the music and entertainment industry, and she has lovingly built her business from the ground up. With clients like Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block, Matthew Morrison (of Glee), and Colin Egglesfield, Andi and her team focus on creating digital experiences and building relationships for clients. I'm honored to have her join the podcast to talk about the key to finding joy after hitting rock bottom.

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Jul 7, 2020

Elsie Escobar of She Podcasts and Libsyn joins me today to talk about finding your voice, how to pick a name for your show, that change is the only constant, and how she learned to ground in and get connected (and encourages others to do the same).

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In this podcast interview, Elsie Escobar and I talk about:

  • Her earliest sparks of joy, having soft serve ice cream with her grandmother, and playing with the contents of her wallet.
  • Starting her podcast back in 2005 (Elsie’s Yoga Class)
  • How to name your podcast (and why you should not stress that much about it)
  • Change being the only constant in podcasting and life
  • How to create a community
  • How podcasters can ground into their truth and share their stories
  • What’s bringing her joy: gardening, and walking in nature

Resources
Elsie Escobar’s Website 
Elsie on Twitter 
Elsie on Instagram 
She Podcasts on Facebook 
She Podcasts Live 
Recode Decode with Kara Swisher 

My recap on the 2019 She Podcasts Live Conference

Jun 30, 2020

The author of "Moving Beyond Trauma," Ilene Smith is a somatic experiencing practitioner, trauma healer and speaker. She shares the role trauma plays in our lives, how to work with trauma, and how to approach the current trauma vortex we're all living in, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jun 23, 2020

It takes a lot of heart, courage, and vulnerability to reject the pressure to "play big." By letting go of the expected hustle, and efforting, you can find joy in ways that are small, manageable, and noticeable, everyday.

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Jun 16, 2020

Inspired by the Erica Cordea's presentation at She Podcasts Live, in this episode I'm reflecting on how you can use the inspiration, intention, and action framework to embrace Imperfect Allyship and the work of dismantling racism.

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Here are the actions I will take (to begin):

1. Show up in "imperfect ally-ship"
Learn more about this from Erica Cordea at Pause on the Play  or tune into Erica on Amy Porterfield's Online Marketing Made Easy podcast. 

2. Keep working, and doing the work, while acknowledging that "The line of progress is never straight."
You can read more about this, which is in Martin Luther King, Jr's "Where do we go from here?"

3. Be mindful of intent AND Impact
Jamie Utt talks about this on Everyday Feminism 

4. Provide feedback to other allies in a way that the person can hear it.
When sharing feedback with other white allies; insight from Kathryn Britton in Positive Psychology News. 

5. Honor that "the hidden work is the heart work is the hard work." Doing the work doesn't need to be done real-time or publicly. Doing the work means I will share learnings and resources.
Read about this quote from Ashlee Eiland on Instagram.

Resources mentioned in this episode

Erica Cordea Pause on the Play

Rachel Cargle The Great Unlearn Patreon

Trudi LeBron 

Nicole Cardoza's Anti-Racism Daily Newsletter

Layla Saad: Good Ancestor Podcast and Me and White Supremacy

 

Jun 16, 2020

How do you find a career that you love, especially when you're working a 9 to 5 that feels soul sucking? Have you decided it's time to make the change? Laura Simms is the expert in helping people find careers that feel like home.

In this episode, Laura Simms and I talk about:

  • The kinds of people she works with
  • Marketing during a pandemic
  • The trends she’s seeing in people looking to make a career change now
  • How to make the change: define what you want, and then make a plan to get there
  • Developing Quiet Confidence
  • How to know if you’re ready for a career transition

 

May 26, 2020

In this episode, I’m delighted to be joined by Dr. Ezzie Spencer, author of “Lunar Abundance” and the “Lunar Abundance Journal.” After first hearing her interview with Jess Lively in 2017, I was deeply inspired by her story. Ezzie started out as a lawyer in Australia, and also holds a Ph.D in emotional well being. Starting in childhood, Ezzie found herself drawn to the moon and its phases in cycles, and found herself returning to its magic and cycles as she looked for ways to cope with the stress of life as a lawyer.

In this episode, Dr. Ezzie Spencer and I talk about:
-Her early sparks of joy in watching the moon
-Working as a lawyer, and finding herself at the brink of burn out
-Returning to the inspiration of the moon and its cycles and phases
-How to take inspiration from the lunar phases and cycles as a way to pace our own lives
-Re.love, and her work with women who have experienced toxic relationships
-How to jump start your joy: set an intention to be joyful, meditation, asking what is the one thing you’re grateful for, right now?

Resources:
Lunar Abundance: Cultivating Joy, Peace, and Purpose Using the Phases of the Moon by Dr. Ezzie Spencer
Lunar Abundance Journal (on Amazon)
Re.Love program for recovering from toxic relationships by Dr. Ezzie Spencer
Dr. Ezzie Spencer on The Lively Show Episode 212

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May 19, 2020

Jennifer Louden is a coach, author, and all around delightful powerhouse of self care, and I’m delighted to have her on the show to talk about her upcoming book: Why Bother: Discover the Desire for What’s Next. Considered a pioneer in the self care movement, Jennifer wrote her first book, The Woman’s Comfort Book, in 2005. I really enjoyed talking to Jennifer, and it was an honor to have her on the show.

Jennifer Louden and I talk about:
-How masterminds and coaches can help shed light on things that you can’t see for yourself
-Why Bother: Discover the Desire for What’s Next
-Using what bothers you as an invitation to dig deeper and create transformation
-Rock bottom as a place to transform from
-Why we need to normalize that life has hard parts to it, and struggle
-Taking action is the key transforming
-Living a human scale life - one that honors your need for boundaries and care instead of being focused on hustle
-Why “faster” and “hacking” and “hustle” don’t equate to “better” and why we need to set kind goals for ourselves
-“Net joy” and how to keep it as a compass for your life
-Change and growth are not linear
-How Wonder can help you get your bother on
-Grit without compassion is just grind

Resources
Jennifer Louden’s website
The Life Organizer: A Woman’s Guide to a Mindful Year by Jennifer Louden on Amazon
Order Why Bother: Discover the Desire for What’s Next by Jennifer Louden on Amazon

Episode 247: Why it's time to embrace playing small

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May 5, 2020

This week, Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh (also know as The Egg Whisperer) is back for her second interview here on the podcast. Dr. Aimee is a fertility specialist, living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she works with people who want to grow their families. It’s a treat to have her on Jump Start Your Joy to talk about how she has developed a positive mental attitude, not letting the virus steal her joy, and how she’s advising fertility patients to approach treatment during the coronavirus pandemic.

In this episode, Dr. Aimee and I talk about:

  • What and who inspired her unique way of treating patients with such care
  • What’s changed for fertility patients (treatment-wise, and emotionally) during COVID-19
  • How to learn more about your fertility: understand when you are fertile, how fertility declines over time
  • The TUSHY Method for getting a snapshot of your fertility: T is for falloppian tubes, U is for Ultrasound of your uterus, S is for Sperm, H is for Hormones, and Y is for Your Genetic profile
  • Why sperm is important to the fertility equation
  • How to approach a doctor with the questions you have
  • That more people should trust their intuition when it comes to health questions
  • Aimee’s mindfulness and meditation practice
  • How to sign up for Egg Whisperer School

Resources

Dr. Aimee on Episode 2 of JSYJ

Dr. Aimee’s Egg Whisperer Show podcast

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Apr 28, 2020

While there is a lot of noise out there about "Playing Big," I want to encourage Playing Small. What happens when you embrace that you ARE enough, just as you are, and that it is OK to live a life that fits you, right now? Let's dive in!

Apr 21, 2020

Managing your stress, and looking for ways to find joy, contentment, and peace during the pandemic will help you stay positive. Mallory Wisong joins to talk about practices and ideas on how to keep centered.

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Some of what we cover:

In this episode, Mallory and I talk about:

-Moon cycles, yin and yang, and the cosmic shift happening

-Grief, and the collective grief we’re all experiencing

-How trees communicate through their roots, and our connection to each other

-Examples of mindfulness tools we use, and that we’re finding especially helpful right now

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Apr 13, 2020

I’m delighted to be sharing this interview with Tiffany Han, host of Raise Your Hand Say Yes on the podcast this week. Tiffany is an amazing life coach, leader of her year long “Inner Circle” class, and offers up a lot of guidance on how to “have a life that feels as good on inside as it looks on the outside.”

In this interview, Tiffany and I talk about:

  • Life feeling like we’re all drinking from a firehose since the beginning of the pandemic
  • How to invite calm into your life as an ambitious person
  • Embracing self care, and taking the steps you need to take to feel good about yourself and your routine
  • Being a teacher and sharing your current experience and integration points with others as a way of teaching and validating experiences
  • Taking time to grab the bull by the horns, the first time around, to get something done (knowing that you’re going to have to do it that way sooner or later, and any other way is delaying the pain)
  • Why she’s returned to the title of “Life Coach”
  • What people really mean when they say they want freedom
  • What it means to be a truth teller, and how that is hard and how it can change your life
  • Continued evolution

Resources

Tiffany Han’s website 

Early Bird registration for the Inner Circle (through 4/17/20) 

Tiffany’s 31 Days to Flow Class (starts 4/27/20)

Join the Free “Plan Your Podcast 5 Day Challenge” starting 4/20 

Sign up for “Jump Start Your Podcast” to create your own podcast 

 

Apr 7, 2020

Grief and grieving is a big part of what the society is going through right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, I'm looking at the work of David Kessler and a past interview with Julia Samuel for thoughts on how you can name and process the emotions and grief you're feeling.

In this episode:

  • I share the article in Harvard Business Review where David Kessler names the discomfort we're feeling: grief. 
  • Her first love of swinging on her garden swing as a child Starting Child Bereavement UK, and her work as a patron
  • Her early influences, including the bereavement of her parents
  • Her love of personal connection, and how that led her from a role in publishing to becoming a grief and bereavement counselor
  • The roots and starting point for her book, Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving
  • Why people shut down and isolate when they grieve, and why they judge themselves on a right or wrong way of grieving
  • Why allowing yourself to feel the emotions of grief is important
  • How to feel the emotions of grief and loss without being overcome by it
  • The impacts of losing important figures like Princess Diana to society, and why so many people are deeply stirred by these tragic losses
  • How a country processes the loss of children in tragedies like school shootings, as it raises the questions of “the existential cruelty of life”
  • How Julia reacts to resistance, by continuing on her path
  • How to jump start your joy: by enjoying her grandchildren’s giggles, getting in touch with nature, and watching romantic comedies and The Amazing Miss Maizel

ResourcesJulia Samuel’s Website

Harvard Business Review : That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief (an interview with David Kessler) 

David Kessler on Dr. Brene Brown's Podcast, Unlocking Us
Julia Samuel’s book, Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving on Amazon
If you are grieving: Julia’s 8 pillars of strength (a free download)
On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elizabeth Kubla-Ross
Waking the Tiger, by Peter Levine (a book on healing trauma)
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel on Amazon Prime

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