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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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Nov 23, 2021

It's episode 300!! I'm sharing my top 3 reflections of having a podcast (and a business) over the past 7 years. Hear stories about staying inspired, how to remain consistent, why just starting is the hardest, and all about the magic of trying new things. Thank you to YOU for tuning in, for sharing JSYJ with others, and for bringing joy into the world. I am sending you love, and wishes for comfort and joy.

Over the past 300 episodes, I've had some learnings and find myself reflecting on them. Here's what I know to be true:

1. Just start. 

Whatever it is that you're longing to do, take that first baby step. The first step is always the hardest, and it's often the thing that keeps us from moving towards our purpose and our dreams. Recognize that it's likely fear that's holding you back, and that fear just wants to keep you safe. That doesn't always serve you, or your dreams.

And, if you're already doing "the thing," you might find yourself dragging your feet to take future steps. Sometimes I dread editing my own show, but once I sit down, open the editing software, and get starting I love it, just like I always do. Procrastination is a dream killer. Get your momentum going by just starting.

2. Consistency.

Consistency is about more than posting on a regular schedule. It's about the timing, about what you share, about the core of your message, it's about alignment between yourself and your business. It's also about showing up for yourself, and for your audience (or your customer, because consistency plays a role in product based businesses too), so they know when and where to find you.

When I started I took the advice of Pat Flynn about remaining consistent with my podcast. In this episode, I also share a story about meeting Lewis Howes, and how that impacted my first year of podcasting. 

Consistency becomes easier when you're aligned across the board with what you love, what you do, what you talk about, and what feels right for your and your business or show.

3. Try New Things (or, living out "Well Planned, Loosely Held")

When I started my show, and made the commitment to try it out for a whole year before making a decision on if I wanted to continue, my fried Christine Petty asked me the beautiful question of "imagine what is possible when you say yes to something for a year?" Her words have continued to inspire me, as they speak to the never ending possibilities that are out there when you say yes to your dreams. 

"Going off script" is another part of trying new things, and something that Andrea Scher shared about in episode 299. In her brand new book, "Wonder Seeker," Andrea talks about the idea of trying something brand new, and out of the ordinary and seeing what happens.

In playing with my format for this show over the past 7 years, I have literally learned to go off script. I started with writing every solo episode out in its entirety. I no longer do this. 

In your show, or your blog, business, or life - find ways to keep things fresh. You can always keep with the core idea, and try on new "seasons," which offer a different way to look at a topic you've stuck with for a long time. 

Thank you all for tuning in! I have such deep appreciation for you, and wish you so much love, comfort, and joy. 

Resources:

Pat Flynn's Smart Passive Income

Lewis Howes' School of Greatness Podcast

Matthew Wood on Jump Start Your Joy

Amy Bernhardt of Mimi's Little Loveys on Jump Start Your Joy

The Way of Integrity by Martha Beck

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

Free Her Spirit Podcast by Christine Petty

Andrea Scher on Jump Start Your Joy

Wonder Seeker by Andrea Scher

 

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.

Read the full show notes on the website.

Sign up for "Three Joyful Things" Newsletter on my website.

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

Nov 19, 2019

Learn the ten things you need to know about crafting a creative process for your podcast, blog, or other creative pursuit. Find out why you need to set aside time, the lies we've all been told about what creativity is (and isn't) and how to define process

Oct 22, 2019

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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