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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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 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

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, 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?

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

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


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


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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Mar 31, 2020

Fred LeBlanc, the energetic drummer and lead singer of the band Cowboy Mouth is back for a second visit this week to talk about his brand new release, “Open Arms.” It was fun having him join me for this interview about the new music the band is putting out, along with an updated version they’ve done of their hit, “Jenny Says.” 

What Fred LeBlanc and I talk about in this interview:

  • His new EP, Open Wide 
  • Thank God I’m a Country Boy, which is on the new EP
  • “King of The World,” a song that is about him, on the new EP
  • How the Coronavirus impacts touring, and his take on it
  • How to reconnect with joy, and keep choosing it

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Mar 27, 2020

How do you embrace change, when everything feels like everything has turned on it's head? In this short episode, Paula talks about the inspiration, intention, and action you can take to find calm in the storm.

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Mar 24, 2020

Tara McMullin joins Paula to talk about the many ways she's pivoted in her life and business in recent years. In this fun interview, we talk about "What Works" and how you can jump into authentic leadership as a business owner.

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-Running a small business
-Podcasting and how it’s a growing industry
-Our backgrounds, which are both in religious studies
-The What Works network, and how she engages with small businesses
-What happens when your personal values are misaligned with your business
-The importance of independent thinking and personal agency
-The What Works rule of “no advice,” and valuing experience over expertise
-What happens when we “live a Story”
-Being an Enneagram 3, and not chasing accomplishments
-Our similarities: softball, religious studies, podcasting
-How to Jump Start Your Joy: do what you say you will, question your assumptions, and expect success

The Art of Gathering by Pria Parker on Amazon
Company of One: Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing for Business by Paul Jarvis on Amazon
War of Art by Stephen Pressfield on Amazon
Enneagram Institute

Mar 17, 2020

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Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, school closures, and shelter in place announcements, no doubt you're feeling a bit overwhelmed. In this episode, Paula shares 9 ways to work with, and tame, overwhelm in your life.

4 Things to Try:


Stop worrying about trying to find the silver lining, or the bright side of the situation


Embrace “let it be” instead of “let it go”

Notice the emotions and feelings that are present

Mindfully choose what is most important, and what (or who) you want to give your energy to

Five things to consider when working with overwhelm:

Can this thing wait?

Take a break from the situation

It’s OK to treat yourself

You are not your thoughts

Sleep is important

Mar 10, 2020

Kayla Butler of Ivory Mix is joining me this week to talk about how she started her business, what it’s been like growing a stock photography site, and how community has been the center of her business from the beginning. In this episode, I'm delighted to be talking all about joy, creativity, and stock photography at 'Ivory Mix' with Kayla Butler.

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-Her early love of drawing Disney stories, and desire to be a Disney artist
-Going into interior design as a career
-Getting burnt out once she was in a director position and no longer creating designs regularly
-Choosing the name “Ivory Mix” as a blank canvas for her to try new things
-How creative people keep hitting up against the wall of possibly becoming more involved in running a business than doing the creative pieces, and how to juggle that
-How giving away quality, free, incentives can help build a strong community
-Growing a business while working a 9 to 5 job
-Creating a business that is niched, and different than a standard stock photo site
-Importance of building authority and how to do it
-Ways to jump start your joy: gratitude, random acts of kindness, and creating boundaries

Mar 3, 2020

Christy Tending is back for her sixth visit, and this time we’re talking about how our lives and businesses have recently evolved. It’s a living discussion, and one that started when we met to co-work at a cafe this summer and found ourselves diving into a conversation about how we’d recently had a very mindful and impactful experience of making decisions that have intrinsically changed who we are, and how we approach things.

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In this episode, Christy Tending and I talk about:

  • How things can reach a point where it’s no longer possible for you to continue doing what once worked for you
  • How Christy quit drinking and the reasons why she chose to make that change
  • The intrinsic connection between making decisions as a consumer, capitalism, and politics
  • How I called bullshit on the idea that “the other shoe was about to drop” in my personal life and marriage
  • How nagging is a choice, and how to stop nagging (zen moment: just stop)
  • How you can create a business or an offering, or a podcast, by focusing on the things that seem easy to you
  • What’s easy for you is not necessarily easy for anyone else (and how that leads you to discount the power of what comes easily)
  • Why it’s important to talk about the role of racism, alcoholism, climate, and other pieces of our heritage that we don’t find acceptable with our children
  • Why and how stating what your business stands for, and how it has evolved helps you find your true audience (and why that’s OK)
  • How we evolve and become more comfortable with stating what words fit us (anarchist, Buddhist, etc)
  • The roles of studentship and conversely, being a “guru”
  • Studentship: What it looks like to be a student of your own process, and of learning new things as you go
  • The possible role of self doubt and the inner critic when you complicate things
  • The balance of really not knowing the outcome of any situation, and finding our way to be confident and share our expertise around something
  • The wisdom of leaning on others in your community for knowledge and leadership, instead of acting like one person knows everything (which they don’t)
  • The importance of having community in business
  • We all have access to the divine any time we want it, and we all have access to politics and power whenever we want it
  • That capitalism tells us that if we are good at something and it is lucrative: we’re supposed to do that thing until we drop

Christy Tending’s beautiful new website

Christy Tending’s podcast: Tending Your Life

Feb 25, 2020

This week on the podcast, I’m delighted to be talking about changing the narrative for small businesses and entrepreneurs in marketing with JinJa Birkenbeuel of Birk Creative and the Honest Field Guide podcast. JinJa and I had the pleasure of meeting at She Podcasts Live, and I truly enjoyed her sense of humor, realness, and her enthusiasm for podcasting. It’s a treat to have her on the show.

In this episode, JinJa and I talk about:

-Her early love of candy and the magic and freedom she felt going to the store to buy some each week with her friends
-How to help businesses keep up with the pace of change these days
-Coaching women and entrepreneurs in finding success in business
-How she is changing the the narrative for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
-Using LinkedIn for networking, connecting, and growing your business (more than looking for a job)
-How it’s sometimes uncomfortable to own your own expertise, and your own narrative
-Taking a good look at what motivates you and how much you really need
-Focusing on the conversation that’s at the heart of marketing no matter what medium you’re working in
-Finding what fits for you in marketing, regardless of what everyone else is doing
-Owning your introversion / extroversion
-The reality of being a solo-preneur and juggling so many things. (Automation is great, but it’s still hard to keep up).


Birk Creative
Episode 14 of The Honest Field Guide Podcast: “I hate networking”
Honest Field Guide Podcast
Laura Li’s Quietly Bohemian Podcast
Forbes Article about Jinja this week “How Google-Sizing Her Mindset Propelled This Founder’s Career Forward”

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Feb 20, 2020

Marketing yourself or your small business is a journey. In this episode, I'm focusing on what happens when you talk about what makes you unique, as inspired by Taylor Swift's journey as seen in Netflix's Miss Americana.

Action: Look at your social media feeds. Look at what you’re sharing. Look at the pictures you’re posting. And get honest with yourself.

What are you sharing because it’s expected? 

What language are you using because it’s a turn of phrase that’s popular right now?

What images are you posting to keep up with an image of what’s expected or cool?

Where are you censoring yourself, and why?

On the flip of it, notice what you’re sharing that feels like you, to the core. 

What are you saying that you want to say more of? 

What in your social media brings you joy and highlights the things you love about yourself and your life?

And, where have you been hiding out and wanting to say something, but you’ve been quiet because of an external expectation?

Tune in to Miss Americana on Netflix. 

Listen to Episode 234 (Six Ways to Make Marketing More Joyful) by clicking here.

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Feb 18, 2020

Having been a project manager in marketing and advertising for 20 years, it was a shock to me when I moved into marketing myself. If you have listened for awhile you’ll know that I started my podcast as the marketing arm for a life coaching practice. The podcast took off, and, I started learning a lot about what to know about being successful at marketing as an entrepreneur, and how to make it joyful. 

I’m sharing my thoughts with you here this week about how I have found my way to the Joy of marketing. 

Find the whole article and show notes on the website. Click here.

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Feb 13, 2020

Marketing your small business doesn't have to feel gross, or like an effort or hustle. This week I'm sharing the inspiration I found in my conversation with Suzie Soloviev, and sharing how you can look to your past to find your joyful through line, now.

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the Inspiration this week is to look at your life from a place of wonder. If you drop the accolades and list of things you’ve accomplished (which are all amazing, btw!), how would you introduce yourself to someone else? If you look at what you love and what lights you up, how do you define yourself? 

Intention: I will start to notice how I see myself. I will notice when I identify with accolades and degrees, and I will notice when I see myself as the things I’m passionate about, that bring me joy. I will look for and uncover those things if it seems like I can’t remember what they are.

Action: On a sheet of paper, take 5 minutes and list out the top 5 things that you loved doing and being in these age ranges:

Ages 1-5 (or your earliest memories)

Ages 5-10 (this is early elementary school)

Ages 10-20 (think about middle school and high school) 

Ages 20-30 (college, and a lot of “adulting” firsts happen in this range)

30 and after (adult life, with it’s shifts. Also, feel free to add in 30-40, 40-50 if you like. I’m not suggesting that life remains static after 30. I might also add in “Life after having a kid”)

Take a look, after you’ve made your list, and look for patterns. Was interacting with people a major part of your life? How about planning or leading? Creativity? 

Now, I want you to look at your current life and see if the major through lines are still present.

This is your story, your narrative, something you love. Can you craft a new bio or a new description of yourself that involves what you found, above?

And, would you consider using that description the next time someone asks what you do?

Feb 11, 2020

In this episode, I’m delighted to have Suzie Soloviev of Your Sacred Record coming on to talk about how you can have more fun and more joy in your marketing. She’s a story teller at heart, and helps people discover how they can tell their story clearly - from bios, to copy for websites, to crafting your message, Suzie digs in and finds the truth and clarity for her clients. Plus she shares how she incorporates puppets into her business, which you’re going to want to learn more about, and we dig into why you need to be sharing your pricing up front, as part of your marketing information.

In this episode, Suzie Soloviev and I talk about:

-Her earliest sparks of joy: performing and video taping those performances as a kid
-Her background writing copy for businesses
-How she landed her first client on a call
-Why marketing can feel arduous or like a chore (hint: You’re pushing something you don’t really want to be doing)
-Why Suzie has a puppet in her Instagram feed
-How to embrace your own truth and let it become your business (we both fought it)
-How it’s hard, as a multipassionate, to own the Thing you want to do
-How to write a great bio
-Pricing and Marketing are part of the same conversation
-Three ways to jump start your joy: Add plants to your home or living space, do something silly and share it with a child (or online), and sing with other people.

Suzie Soloviev’s website: Your Sacred Record
Brene Brown: The Call to Courage on Netflix
Brene Brown: Joy is Terrifying

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