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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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Apr 17, 2018

A recent hot topic with my mastermind has been that of confidence. About two months ago, we did a webinar for the first time on it, and found that it was such a deep and wide topic. This episode is a two-part one … today you’ll get to hear part one on my show and on Wednesday, part two is airing on Liz Applegate’s show, Midlife Schmidlife.

There are a couple of things I know to be true about confidence: nearly everyone, at some point, struggles with feeling self-confident. While it’s not unusual for other people to look and act extremely confident, the thing I’ve found (especially in talking to so many guests for the podcast) is that at some point or another, everyone doubts themselves. And I want that to sink in for you. Even published authors, even rock stars, even the front man of a band, or the voice of a super villain – every single one of them has shared with me that they don’t always trust in themselves, and, they feel like other people likely have it more together than they do.

The other thing that’s tricky, and interesting, about confidence is that it’s an emotion you only feel after doing the thing that scares you. This is also universally true – even with outwardly confident people – that you’re going to run into things (often those things that are most important to you), that scare you. And, doing whatever it is for the first time? You won’t feel so confident about it.

The tricky thing? The confidence comes AFTER you do the thing that is scary. It’s a bit of a leap of faith, and that’s what makes it so tricky, so scary, and why so many people stop in their tracks before even trying to do the thing that they are scared of.

There’s another way of thinking of this – it’s not so much that you don’t have confidence in yourself, it’s that you’re feeling fear and that’s uncomfortable.

In this week’s episode, Liz Applegate, Julie Houghton and I are tackling the questions of confidence. I hope you’ll join in.

In this episode we talk about:

  • How confidence shows up for us in our lives and work
  • What it means to reconnect and claim your voice when you’re not feeling confident
  • How being kind with yourself about your human experience of feeling afraid is a key component to working through your fears
  • That everyone experiences not feeling confident
  • The myth of comfort and safety vs discomfort
  • How people pleasing, boundaries, and being afraid to speak up play into confidence
  • Learning to communicate more effectively to feel more confident
  • Identifying what is in your control, and how that builds confidence

Resources
Sign up for our Workshop on April 20th
Listen to Part Two on Wednesday on Midlife Schmidlife
Liz Applegate’s Website and Podcast
Julie Houghton’s Website
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life (book on Amazon)

Mar 27, 2018

This week’s interview with personal stylist and coach, Rayne Parvis is one of those special and fun discussions that really feels more like a chat with an old friend than an interview. Rayne and I hit it off from the start, and we laugh so hard in this interview that it’s a total delight to be sharing it with you this week.

Rayne has been very joyfully styling clients now for the past few years, and she taps in to her own gift of being able to “see you in your best potential.” She loves helping people pair down their own clothes, pick out what works, and shop with them to find new pieces to compliment their style.

What I love about Rayne is that she took the time to answer my own bizarre questions , including - what styles look best on someone who is 4 foot 10?
Do these ¾ length sleeves make my butt look big?
Why can’t I let go of these shoes I bought in Boston 20 years ago, but have never worn?

You’ll want to tune in for the answers, because Rayne and I have so much fun going through all of these questions and more.

Rayne and I talk about:

  • Her book: Ultimate Guide to Style: From Drab to Fab by Rayne Parvis
  • Rayne’s earliest spark of joy - riding a bike with her friends, and surprising / not surprising herself herself when she took off on two wheels for the first time
  • The difference between fashion, and personal style, and why you need to know what works for you (and not just what’s trendy)
  • How to dress for your body type
  • That you should take a picture of yourself in an outfit, to see what it looks like on your, and update from there
  • Why you need to find style icons that are a match to your own body type, and use them as inspiration.
  • The magic of outwardness and inwardness of fashion
  • Rayne’s past career as standup comedienne Raynecat, including her time doing a TV pilot with CoCoa Brown
  • Her take on standup comedy - being the highest of highs and the lowest of lows
  • How she got started in her styling business - by saying yes, following her heart, and speaking in to what she knows she is good at
  • Where she has seen resistance

Resources
Ultimate Guide to Style: From Drab to Fab by Rayne Parvis
Rayne Parvis’ Website
Rayne Parvis on Instagram

Mar 27, 2018

This week’s interview with personal stylist and coach, Rayne Parvis is one of those special and fun discussions that really feels more like a chat with an old friend than an interview. Rayne and I hit it off from the start, and we laugh so hard in this interview that it’s a total delight to be sharing it with you this week.

Rayne has been very joyfully styling clients now for the past few years, and she taps in to her own gift of being able to “see you in your best potential.” She loves helping people pair down their own clothes, pick out what works, and shop with them to find new pieces to compliment their style.

What I love about Rayne is that she took the time to answer my own bizarre questions , including - what styles look best on someone who is 4 foot 10?
Do these ¾ length sleeves make my butt look big?
Why can’t I let go of these shoes I bought in Boston 20 years ago, but have never worn?

You’ll want to tune in for the answers, because Rayne and I have so much fun going through all of these questions and more.

Rayne and I talk about:

  • Her book: Ultimate Guide to Style: From Drab to Fab by Rayne Parvis
  • Rayne’s earliest spark of joy - riding a bike with her friends, and surprising / not surprising herself herself when she took off on two wheels for the first time
  • The difference between fashion, and personal style, and why you need to know what works for you (and not just what’s trendy)
  • How to dress for your body type
  • That you should take a picture of yourself in an outfit, to see what it looks like on your, and update from there
  • Why you need to find style icons that are a match to your own body type, and use them as inspiration.
  • The magic of outwardness and inwardness of fashion
  • Rayne’s past career as standup comedienne Raynecat, including her time doing a TV pilot with CoCoa Brown
  • Her take on standup comedy - being the highest of highs and the lowest of lows
  • How she got started in her styling business - by saying yes, following her heart, and speaking in to what she knows she is good at
  • Where she has seen resistance

Resources
Ultimate Guide to Style: From Drab to Fab by Rayne Parvis
Rayne Parvis’ Website
Rayne Parvis on Instagram

Mar 20, 2018

On the show this week, I’m delighted to be joined by Julia Samuel. She is a British psychotherapist who specializes in grief and bereavement, and founded the UK Child Bereavement charity, that works with children who are grieving, as well as those who are grieving the loss of a child. She is the author of Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving.

Julia is a truly delightful person and I really enjoyed getting to speak with her. At first blush, grief may seem to be a strange topic to be covered on a show about joy, but, I see the two emotions as beautiful bookends to each other. Both states are vulnerable in their own ways, both grief and joy are deeply personal things, and each of us experiences them in our own ways.

What I love so much about Julia Samuel’s book is that she honors and understands that the journey of grieving is different for each person, and that it’s different based on who you have lost in your life. She chose to divide the book up into sections based on the person’s relationship to the deceased.

Julia explains in the interview that she chose to do this because grief is different for each person, and because she wanted the book to be a companion for people who are grieving. She made it easy to pick up, easy to read a bit at a time, easy to see yourself in one of the people she shares about. She also includes the explanations, from a clinical perspective, of what is happening in the bereavement described - the patterns, what to expect, how you might feel. It’s a book crafted for people when they are experiencing something that makes them feel separate, disconnected, alone, and isolated, and gives them support and insights during a difficult time.

Julia and I talk about:

  • 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

Resources
Julia Samuel’s Website
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

Feb 27, 2018

Confidence coach, marketing mentor, and dancer Tanika Mason joins host Paula Jenkins to talk about how to shine with confidence. Tanika shares how to build confidence as an entrepreneur so that you can build a dream business you love.

Feb 20, 2018

Amy Smith joins the show to talk about how to set loving boundaries, honor what you need, how to have hard conversations with compassion, self love and kindness. As two life coaches, and joy experts, Paula and Amy have a light and joyfilled discussion.

Feb 13, 2018

Ellie Bassick-Trovato, a life coach, joins me to talk about choosing love over fear, and how choosing love has changed her life. Inspired by "Conversations with God," by Neale Donald Walsch.

Feb 6, 2018

The Imposter Syndrome pops up when you're following dreams, and it can make you question if you're a fake or a fraud. Host Paula Jenkins talks about how to deal with feeling like an imposter, and how to deal with it if shows up.

Dec 26, 2017

Sarah Von Bargen of the blog, Yes and Yes joins the podcast to share about the crossroads of money and happiness. By mindfully choosing what you want in your life and understanding what makes you happy, you can learn to make better informed decisions.

Dec 19, 2017

We know that self care is important, and yet, it seems like it's the first thing to fall to the wayside when we get overwhelmed or busy. How do you make taking yourself a priority? What's holding you back? Find out with host Paula Jenkins.

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.

See all of the show notes at www.jumpstartyourjoy.com/episode101

 

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.

See all the shownotes at www.jumpstartyourjoy.com/episode95

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

You can find out more about the show at www.jumpstartyourjoy.com/episode94

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

Learn more at www.jumpstartyourjoy.com/episode92

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

See all of the show notes at www.jumpstartyourjoy.com/episode89

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. 

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