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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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May 17, 2022

In tying in with this season's theme of "Intentional Comfort," and the mini series on "Finding Home," I'm excited to share about how finding and honoring your heart's second home. The idea of having homes beyond the physical place you dwell is one that hit me in about 2004, when I attended a retreat at San Damiano in Danville, CA. It became clear to me that some places feel like home, usually because of the community or the connection I had to them. In this episode, I'm sharing a few of those places, what they mean to me, and how you can also find and honor your heart's second home.

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Resources

Laura Joyce Davis on Jump Start Your Joy, talking about Shelter in Place

San Damiano Retreat in Danville, CA

Kennolyn Camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains

The Sea Ranch

UC Santa Barbara

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Apr 27, 2022
Laura Joyce Davis started her podcast, Shelter in Place, just as the pandemic shut California and the United States down on March 17, 2020. We talk about finding joy in hard times, defining the meaning of home, and sheltering in place as parents.

Laura is a Minneapolis native who now calls Oakland home. She is an award-winning fiction writer, a Fulbright scholar, a WNYC Podcast Accelerator finalist, and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. She is a mom of three young kids who believe that anything is possible if you have a cape, a crown, and a very good book (she doesn’t disagree). In past lives she’s been a collegiate running coach, a Big Ten athlete, an award-winning a cappella singer, and a blue ribbon winner at the 4-H county fair. Both at Shelter in Place and in Laura’s past writing are grounded in the conviction that changing our communities begins with changing ourselves.

In this episode, Laura and I talk about:

  • what sheltering in place was like with children
  • the overwhelming impacts of the fires in California in August 2020
  • Laura's family moving to Massachusetts during the pandemic
  • the first two seasons of Shelter in Place the podcast
  • how we look to define "home"
  • the three ways that Laura jump starts joy: playing, speaking, and listening

Resources:

Shelter in Place Podcast website

KASAMA Collective

She Podcasts Live

Claim Pod Parity

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Apr 19, 2022
In this interview, I am so honored to be joined by author Sonya Renee Taylor. Sonya is the author of the the New York Times Bestselling book, “The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love.” She just recently released an updated version of that book, and the “Your Body is Not an Apology Workbook: Tools for Living Radical Self Love.” Sonya is joining me to talk all about radical self-love and joy. And, she shares that when we start to love ourselves, we can transform how we interact with others in the world.

Sonya Renee Taylor and I talked about:
– her early joys of creating radio shows with her friend
– slam poetry festivals, and how entering them fed her soul
– how “The Body is Not an Apology” got started
– how the Genesis story in the Judeo-Christian tradition relates to shame and body image
– how to tell if your joy is coming from an altruistic place, or if it may have residue on it
– embracing radical self love
– why radical self love is not easy work
– the indoctrination of all of us in a society where the hierarchy has a vested interest in keeping us from embracing self love
– giving from your overflow, and how that can help you steer clear of burnout
– that choosing to spread radical self love feeds itself, and creates room for more radical self-love

Resources

Sonya Renee Taylor’s Website
The Body is Not an Apology Website
Support The Body is Not an Apology by making a contribution
Sonya Renee Taylor on Unlocking Us with Brene Brown

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Apr 12, 2022

for mindbodygreen, and she has just released the amazing book, Return to Nature: The New Science of How Nature Landscapes Restore Us. In it, she shares the different kinds of landscapes, how they effect your mental health, studies about why they improve your mental health, and things you can do to counter-act the effects of climate change on these landscapes. This discussion fits so well into this month’s theme of “finding home,” and I hope you love this conversation about the return to nature with Emma Loewe.

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In this episode, Emma Loewe and I talk about:

  • How the idea of this book came about
  • A profound memory Emma has of a maple tree in her yard growing up, and why many of us have anchoring memories that revolve around nature.
  • My resonance with the landscapes of oceans and coasts and forests and trees.
  • What a forest bath is, and how to experience one
  • The fractals in trees, and why that is soothing to humans
  • How to handle grief and anxiety over climate change in an effective and non-overwhelming way

Resources

Emma Loewe’s book, “Return to Nature: The New Science of How Natural Landscapes Restore Us” on Bookshop.org

Emma Loewe’s website

Emma Loewe on Instagram

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Apr 5, 2022

Fred LeBlanc is back for the third time on Jump Start Your Joy, and he’s joining me this time to talk about his new single, “Mardi Gras State of Mind” and his reflections on how things changed for him (and all of us) during the pandemic. In refreshing Fred style, we also dive into talking about the influences that shape people (including Elvis and Anne Rice), and how dreaming big can change the world.

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In this episode, Fred LeBlanc and I talk about:

  • His time during the pandemic: getting married, shelter in place, doing online concerts, and revisiting music
  • Playing Lundy Gras and the Jazz Festival
  • Tupolo Mississippi, the birth place of Elvis, and how our environments have a profound impact on our lives.
  • Anne Rice, and how she was a friend of Cowboy Mouth
  • The inspiration for Mardi Gras State of Mind
  • His excitement about touring again.
  • Their San Diego, CA concert.

Resources

Mardi Gras State of Mind by Cowboy Mouth

The Things You Wanted to Do by Cowboy Mouth

The Secret of Life by Dr.Joseph Murphy

Cowboy Mouth’s Website

Fred LeBlanc’s Frist Two Interviews On Jump Start Your Joy

Fred LeBlanc of Cowboy Mouth on Learning to Create Your Own Joy From the Inside Out (Open Wide)

Energy, Joy, and Cowboy Mouth with guest Fred LeBlanc

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Mar 30, 2022

In this episode of Jump Start Your Joy, I’m so excited to welcome Heather Hall, a transformative Leadership Coach, strategic Executive Coach, and evocative Spiritual Director whom I met through CLCC. She’s also the author of Step Up and Stand Out: 20 Tips for Aspiring Introverted Leaders. Heather helps aspiring introverted leaders, and their managers, connect with their voices and values to bring their ideas and vision to life.  I hope that you enjoy this episode about stepping up and standing out for introverts with Heather Hall.

In this episode, Heather and I discuss:

  • What is an introvert, extrovert, and ambivert? What goes on inside the mind of an introvert?
  • How discussions around “following your passions” puts pressure on introverts to prove themselves or go for something seemingly larger than life.
  • The corporate world was created by extroverts for extroverts. So, how do you navigate leadership as an introvert?
  • Why Heather wrote Step Up and Stand Out and the lessons she’s learned throughout her corporate career.
  • How workplace boundaries can improve your quality of life, your relationships with co-workers, and even prevent burnout.
  • The power of saying “tell me more” before accepting opportunities or new commitments.
  • Tips and advice for transitioning from a specialist role to a leadership-focused management role.
  • How introverts give away their power at work and how to fully own your introverted skillset without people-pleasing or perfectionism.
  • Networking, collaborating, and creating effective partnerships with extroverts.
  • How to cultivate more joy in life.

 

 

Resources:

Heather Hall’s website: Discover with Heather

Step Up and Stand Out: 20 Tips for Aspiring Introverted Leaders by Heather Hall

Connect with Heather on LinkedIn

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Mar 15, 2022

10 Things That Will Inspire More Passion and Joy in Your Work and Life

  1. Introspection - Using the tools above, or working with a coach, a mentor, or a journal can provide a lot of insight for you. It's also important that you take time to heal any sort of past trauma or issues that might be making it hard for you to define or get in touch with your passions.
  2. Just start moving and working on things. Lots of times people think that they need to have everything all figured out before they can take the first step. Instead, think of the first logical step and give it a try.
  3. Let your passion stand on it's own. If you're interested in something, give it a try. Sometimes, instead of taking a first step, you may think that you need to have a plan to monetize a hobby, or have an end goal in mind for why you'd begin working on it. Passion and creativity are often most joyful when they are done for the sake of being fun and playful. You don't need an end "result" on the horizon to begin.
  4. It's OK to make bold moves. You often learn the most when you try something that is out of your comfort zone. Many people worry that they will "fail" when they try something they haven't done before. What if you removed that idea from the equation, and decided that there was no such thing as failure when it comes to following your passion?
  5. It's OK to "go back" to something if your first try doesn't work the way you'd planned. If you are working on building a business, and it doesn't work the way you'd envisioned the first time, it's OK to go back to work that supports you and your family. There's no shame, and nothing lost in continuing your quest as a side hustle, or starting over with a new focus.
  6. Notice if you've had "enough." You might discover that something that once brought you joy no longer does. Or, you might realize that you've had enough at a job that isn't serving you, or that you're no longer interested in continuing a hobby or a business that you once enjoyed. This is natural and part of being human.
  7. Look for the pivot points. I also call this being "well planned and loosely held," but notice when you see something shifting before your eyes in your plans. Often times, as you begin to build something your focus changes. You can also shift your business or your hobby or your interests to match those changes.
  8. Follow what feels right. If you've grown tired of doing something, stop. If something else feels interesting or bring you joy, do that. Resist staying with something just because you "should."
  9. The universe will give you opportunities to show you that you can do it. As you begin to grow your hobby or your passion or business, you'll see that the universe will show you that you're very capable of doing something. Looking back, you'll be able to see that you overcame challenges to get to where you are. Stop to celebrate those wins. You grow and change as your interests do, and it's always good to notice that you did something you once thought might be impossible.
  10. You'll get more of something when you're ready. This may have to do with manifesting, or with growth. You'll see that once you've got a grasp of how to do something, you'll often be faced with opportunities that allow you to grow. Be intentional about the growth. You might find that old versions of what you thought you wanted resurface. It's OK to say no to things that don't fit you, anymore

Resources

Brene Brown’s “Living Our Values” Exercise

ClaimPodParity List and Website

Jen Edds of Brassy Broadcasting Company (she created the #ClaimPodParity song)

Heather Hall, Coach for Introverts

Interview with Lauren Artress about Labyrinth

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Mar 8, 2022

In this interview, I'm excited to be joined by Scott Leftwich. Scott originally started collecting console video games, and then began collecting early arcade games. He now owns 125 video games, and has the largest privately held collection of video games on the East Coast. Once a month, he opens the arcade for "Wieners and Losers," where people can play games for three hours and enjoy hot dogs and other food. He also has a band named Scott Leftwich and The Atarians, and in 2021 he opened an 80s themed Airbnb in his home. I hope you enjoy this conversation celebrating the 80s! 

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In this episode, Scott Leftwich and I talk about:

  • the 1980s, and how as kids we had so much fun
  • his love of early 1980s arcade games (1984 and earlier)
  • how his collection of early 1980s arcade games grew, and how he learned to work on them
  • Wieners and Losers, his monthly arcade event
  • that he has 9 games of which there are 10 or less remaining in the world
  • his band, Scott Leftwich and the Atarians
  • the inspiration for his 80s themed Airbnb that opened in 2021
  • the joy that the arcade brings the community

Resources

Long Live the 80s! Wieners and Losers Website (find out more about the arcade)

Scott Leftwich and The Atarians

Scott's 1980s themed Airbnb in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Scott and Wieners and Losers on The Daily Woo

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Mar 1, 2022

In this, interview, I'm really excited to be joined by Dr. Barbara de Latorre of Third Opinion MD. She is an amazing doctor who leverages her knowledge of Eastern and Western medicine in a brand new way to help people get in touch with their intuition and navigate the healthcare system, using their own Third Opinion.  

In this episode, Dr. Barbara de la Torre and I discuss:

  • How she created Third Opinion MD after being in corporate medicine for many years.
  • The strain that the pandemic put on the medical system, and how it revealed issues that had been present for a long time.
  • The impact of collectively from small practices to managed practices on health care.
  • The definition of medical qigong and how it fits in to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • The role her mother played in her journey as a doctor.
  • A transformative quote from her teacher, Master Liu He.
  • How you can become your own best doctor.
  • Cancel culture and how as a culture we've become focused on the extremes of yin and yang, and how to balance it.
  • The shift to balance in the healthcare system.

Resources

Dr. Barbara de la Torre's Website: Third Opinion MD

Dr. Barbara de la Torre's Podcast: Third Opinion MD Podcast

Schedule a consult with Barbara

Episodes with Dr. Shelly Smith-Acuna on Third Opinion MD: Part One and Part Two

William J Peters on JSYJ

Lauren Artress on JSYJ

Matthew Wood on JSYJ

Fashion by Mayhem on Instagram

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Feb 22, 2022
In this episode, I'm honored to be interviewing Lauren Artress. She is an author, Canon of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, founder of Veriditas, and a spiritual pioneer and a leading force in popularizing the Labyrinth in the US and around the world. I have been fascinated with Labyrinths for years, and this last December became a trained Labyrinth facilitator. I'm excited to have Lauren joining me to talk about her experience with the Labyrinth, The Labyrinth Movement, and how it offers parallels and insights into our lives.

In this episode, Lauren and I talk about:
- the labyrinth and what it is
- her journey in finding the labyrinth in Cathedral de Chartres, France
- the role of the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco - both now, and during the AIDS epidemic
- the Holy Fool and how it relates to the Labyrinth
- Hand labyrinths: how they work and how they came about
- The parallels and metaphors of our lives and the walk of the labyrinth

Resources
Lauren Artress' Website
Veriditas Website
World Labyrinth Locator

Interview with William J Peters on JSYJ

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Feb 10, 2022

Liminal space is defined as the transitional space that can be physical, metaphorical, spiritual, or emotional. Pulling from examples in Disneyland, Proper People, & Station Eleven I'm looking at how we navigate through liminal space when we encounter it.

In this episode, I'm discussing:

- the definition of liminal space

- the four types of liminal space: physical, emotional, metaphorical, and spiritual

- examples of liminal space in every day life

- intentional liminal space and happenstance liminal space, and how they are different

- 5 ways to work with liminal space when you encounter it in your life

Resources

Interview with William J Peters on JSYJ

What is Liminal Space on "A Liminal Space"

The Impact of Liminal Space on Mental Health on Very Well Mind

The Proper People on YouTube

Liminal Space at Disney Parks by Offhand Disney

Station Eleven on HBO Max

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Jan 25, 2022

Marion Abrams of Grounded Content joins the show and we're talking all things content creation, with a special lens around pocasts.

I know so many of you that listen, have some sort of entrepreneurial pursuit where you are creating content week over week or on a regular basis. And some of those past episodes about content creation and creativity have been the most downloaded here on JSYJ. 

Good content all comes back to purpose. What is your mission and why are you creating this thing? This applies to whatever it is that you are making if you are an entrepreneur, whether that be social media, videos, blog posts or written work, etc. It all comes down to your filter and purpose, and offering up something that other people want to engage with.

What is a podcast? Is it the same as a video on YouTube? Is it another word for interview? 

How do you approach editing a podcast or other content? What do you need to know about crafting something for an audience?

What about publishing options? (specific to podcasting - where do you publish, why you need a podcast host and more)

And, how do you grow your podcast or following? What are the best methods?  

Be sure and check out part one of this episode over on Grounded Content. 

Resources

Read the full episode notes on my site.

Join me for a Quarterly Podcast Planning Session on February 4th, or sign up for a mini VIP day to launch or optimize your show. 

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Jan 19, 2022

In this episode of Jump Start Your Joy, I am interviewing William J. Peters. He is the founder of the Shared Crossing Project and the director of its research initiative. He is the author of the new book, "At Heaven's Door: What Shared Journeys to the Afterlife Teach about Dying Well and Living Better." Recognized as a global leader in the field of shared death studies, he has spent decades studying end of life experiences. He is a practicing grief and bereavement therapist, and he holds degrees from Harvard and UC Berkeley. In this interview, we are talking about understanding shared death experiences.

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In this episode, William J. Peters and I discuss

  • the definition of The Shared Death Experience
  • Near Death Experiences
  • An NDE (near death experience) that occured to William in his teenage years
  • His new book, "At Heaven's Door"
  • The research he has done on death, dying, and shared death experiences
  • My own personal story of a shared death experience
  • The work he does with the Shared Crossing Project
  • How understanding death, dying, and shared death experiences can allow more comfort in your life
  • The three ways he jump starts joy in his life: be kind to yourself, do what you love in life, helping other people

Resources

At Heaven's Door (the book) by William J. Peters

The Shared Crossing Project

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Jan 12, 2022

I'm delighted to have guest Tami Hackbarth back for a second interview on Jump Start Your Joy. Tami is the host of a hundred percent guilt-free self-care podcast, and she runs a very successful coaching business where she works with women to help them define and follow up with self care. In this conversation, we're talking about taking the best care of yourself by addressing "deferred maintenance."

In this episode, Tami and I talk about:

  • how to approach deferred maintenance.
  • what happens when you leave things unattended in your life, and how they can cause problems when they are not addressed. These can include getting the right amount of sleep, or getting basic checkups for your health.
  • that taking care of the basics honors our future senior citizen selves, as it allows us to remain healthy and independent as we age.
  • how our bodies change as we enter our 30s and beyond, and how it's important to intentionally make time and space for our own daily care
  • the decline in muscle mass that all women experience after age 30
  • what's brought us joy in the last year: unexpected laughing, spending time outside, and swimming. I share that I have been enjoying Cobra Kai and Ted Lasso.

Resources

Tami's Deferred Maintenance program (sign up here)

Tami Hackbarth’s website
100% Guilt Free Self Care Podcast on Apple Podcasts
Tami on Instagram

Tami's first interview on JSYJ

Subscribe to JSYJ on YouTube

Jan 4, 2022

Signe Myers Hovem is a spiritual counselor, an energy worker, and the author of The Space in Between: An Empaths Field Guide. In this interview on Jump Start Your Joy podcast, we are talking about empaths and highly sensitive people (HSPs).

If you are a highly sensitive person, or if you have a sense that you may be an empath, then I think you're going to get a lot out of this conversation (which ties so closely to this season's theme of intentional comfort on the podcast). HSPs and empaths notice the energy around people and places and things, and this can be overwhelming to them. The Empath's Field Guide, and this conversation, offers a lot of insight on how to manage your energy, hold space, and work with your gifts.

In this episode, Signe Myers Hovem talk about:

  • What it means to be a functional empath.
  • The difference between empathy versus being an empath.
  • Exploring what it means to identify as a highly sensitive person.
  • The power of our words and what we choose to call things.
  • Minding your energy, and holding space without having your own energy drained.
  • How to set up strong boundaries with people, places, or things if you feel an energetic drain and decide if you want to get involved further.
  • How do we navigate through the space of being an empath or an HSP in everyday life?

Resources

Signe Myers Hovem's website

The Space in Between: An Empaths Field Guide by Signe Myers Hovem

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