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A podcast to inspire you to create joy every day in your life... even when times are hard. In each episode we will explore concepts that will inspire us to create joy.

Create Joy Catrina Gandara

    • Self-Improvement

A podcast to inspire you to create joy every day in your life... even when times are hard. In each episode we will explore concepts that will inspire us to create joy.

    S2 E2 - How Billion Dollar Industries Manipulate us Into Hating Our Bodies and How We Can Fight Back

    S2 E2 - How Billion Dollar Industries Manipulate us Into Hating Our Bodies and How We Can Fight Back

    There are industries worth millions and billions of dollars who are banking on the hope that you and I will think we are not good enough the way we are. When we feel bad about themselves, they make money. Let’s learn who they are, and how we can fight back.

    #createjoychallenge

    Find 5 people that we can compliment - on anything BUT their size.

    Find something that is ACTUALLY important. I promise those compliments are going to mean so much more to them than anything about their shape. My favorite compliments are the really weird ones. Ask my husband. It literally makes me so happy inside when he gets creative with his compliments. If he can get in deep and compliment something that I could easily think was overlooked, it totally makes my day. Be creative, and you might just make someone’s day, which could have the coolest ripple effect. If you want to, you can also compliment someone publicly on social media!

    I would love to hear about what you are learning with your challenge this week. If you have an amazing experience, I would love to hear about it! Just send me an email, send me a DM on instagram @createjoypodcast, or even better tag me in a share and use the hashtag so we can inspire others to compliment more creatively.

    Quotes

    “Many, if not most of the temptations that he puts in our paths cause us to abuse our bodies or the bodies of others. Because Satan is miserable without a body, he wants us to be miserable because of ours.” Russell M. Nelson

    “Your value is not determined by a number on a tag or on a scale.”

    “They can’t sell us things if we love ourselves.”

    “Let’s use food as fuel - not as a moral compass.”

    “Imagine how much good we could do if we used all the time we spend thinking about making our bodies smaller, and put it towards something actually meaningful.”

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    • 18 min
    S2 E1 - There Are a Million Things Right With Your Body

    S2 E1 - There Are a Million Things Right With Your Body

    Are you ever frustrated with your body and wish you could change it to be skinnier, stronger, healthier? Well, I have a message for you! 
    #createjoychallenge
    Find something to love about your body. 
    Even if it is just one little thing. Every time you catch yourself saying something negative about your body, whether it be about your size, athletic ability, health problems, etc. say 3 things that you love about it. It’s going to be hard at first! But I promise it gets easier.
    Quotes
    God didn’t give us bodies so we can be skinny.
    “Many, if not most of the temptations that he puts in our paths cause us to abuse our bodies or the bodies of others.” “Because Satan is miserable without a body, he wants us to be miserable because of ours.” Russell M. Nelson

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    • 19 min
    15 - What First Grade Can Teach Us About Christmas - SEASON FINALE

    15 - What First Grade Can Teach Us About Christmas - SEASON FINALE

    This is the last episode of the season! Thank you so much for all your support. We will be back on the podcast with the very first episode of season 2 on January 13th, but until then I will still be hanging out on Instagram every so often.

    In elementary school my teachers had this poster on the wall that said “Everything I need to know, I learned in Kindergarten.” I think I only got a tenth of the way through it, because there were just so many words on it, but today I applied that same message to episode 15 as I talked about how I applied 1st grade lessons to Christmas. Here is a spoiler: you deserve to enjoy Christmas too.

    What’s it all about?
    Here are the top 3 tips:

    1. Edit Down to the Most important

    Remember when you (or your kids) tried to learn how to write? This point is based on that (fun) experience.

    2. There is a difference between a want and a need

    Stick to the needs - appreciate the wants.

    3. There is a difference between a fact and an opinion

    Don’t let other’s opinions of what you “should” do control your happiness.

    Create Joy Challenge
    The Create Joy challenge for the next few weeks it to do what you need to do to have the best Holiday Season ever - your way.



    Thank you

    Thank you again for all of your support and love as we wrap up Season 1 of the podcast. It has been so fun to spend this time with you and to be a part of a growing community. I appreciate you more than I have the words to describe.


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    • 16 min
    14 - Success is Not a Matter of Luck (Part 2 of 2) - with Javier Gandara

    14 - Success is Not a Matter of Luck (Part 2 of 2) - with Javier Gandara

    This is part 2 of my interview with Javier Gandara. Just a quick recap… in part 1, epsiode 13, he talked about his upbringing, about how life is not fair, and that’s OK, and about walking 6 hours home from school passing out resumes because he did not have the equivalent of $0.25 to pay for a bus ticket back home. He talked about how his family of 7 all shared one mattress on a concrete floor, and about some really key moments in his life that helped him to set a different path for his future.

    This week we get to see all of those struggles start to pay off, as we learn why rejection is important, how an outburst from a teacher changed everything, and some motivation for reaching our own big dreams. I am so excited for you to learn from him.



    Create Joy Challenge

    This week’s create joy challenge is to dream big.

    Your present does not define your future… unless you let it. It may not feel like you have all the advantages necessary to do those big things, and you probably don’t. But that is OK. You know why? I think Thomas S. Monson said it best: “The future is as bright as your faith.” You may not have the resources or the connections or whatever you are telling yourself that is keeping you from your dream… but you have something bigger. You have the potential to have God on your side, and “with God all things are possible.” Mathew 19:26

    So Dream Big, Pray Hard, and Work towards that goal every single day. Then reach the top of that mountain and enjoy the view while you set your next goal. You can do this!



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    Quotes from Episode

    “Do not make small goals because they do not have the magic to stir men's souls.” - Spencer W. Kimball

    “The future is as bright as your faith.” - Thomas S. Monson

    “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." Mathew 19:26

    “Success is not a matter of luck. Success is a matter of numbers, probability, and statistics.” - Javier Gandara


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    • 26 min
    13 - Your Past Does Not Determine Your Future (Part 1 of 2) - with Javier Gandara

    13 - Your Past Does Not Determine Your Future (Part 1 of 2) - with Javier Gandara

    In part 1 of 2 of Javier’s story, he shares about  growing up with very little in Mexico. He talks about the hard times, his parent’s sacrifices, some turning points, and why the word “mushroom” plays a big part in his life story.

    Create Joy Challenge

    This week’s #createjoychallenge is to resist the urge to become discouraged and instead find the “areas of opportunity” in your hardships

    LIfe might seem unfair… in many ways, but as Javier mentions, it is not only unfair for you. It is unfair for everyone. Realize this, and do what you can to move your life in the direction that you want it to go. You might be amazed at what you can accomplish when you stop feeling sorry for yourself.

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    Instagram @createjoypodcast

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    Quotes from Episode
    ”The earlier you realize that life is not fair, that things are not just going to be rosy for everyone and that it is up to you to change the situation and to make things better… the easier it is to empower yourself.” - Javier Gandara

    “Hard work beats everything.” - Javier Gandara

    “The more you learn how to learn, the more you love to learn.” - Javier Gandara

    Interesting Fact on Mexico’s Economy
    As of January 2019, Minimum wage in Mexico is 102.67 pesos per day, which with the exchange rate on the day of recording is

    $5.28 per day. =

    $31.68 per week (working 6 days a week)

    $136.224 per month

    $1,635 per year

    According to the INEGI, National Institute of Statistics and Geography, only 269,000 Mexicans earn $16 or more per hour.

    For reference, Scottsdale, AZ has a population of 249,950. Mesa, AZ has a population of 496,000 people. So the amount of Mexicans who make equal to or more than 33,000 per year could fit in the city of Scottsdale, AZ. Everyone else is living on much less than that.  How many other people? I am glad you asked.

    There are 124.6 million people living in Mexico. Which means that 124,331,000 people live on less. This makes up a mere 0.22% Of Mexican. Which is a crazy statistic when you compare it to the top 1% in the United States making $1.32 million.


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    • 25 min
    12 - Living your big dream - with Audra Elkington

    12 - Living your big dream - with Audra Elkington

    Have you ever had a dream that just felt too big and too scary? And the thought of it was almost paralyzing? 

    I hope today’s story helps to inspire you to reach for your own dream. To dig a little deeper and try a little harder, and accomplish those great things that God has prepared for you. Because He has something prepared for each of us.

    Create Joy Challenge

    This week’s #createjoychallenge is to ask God every day, what He needs you to do today. The answers might surprise you. Some days they are big things, some days they are scary things, and some days it is ice cream with your daughter, which I am OK with. Whatever it is, I encourage you to do it! As scary or silly as it may seem, it is definitely worth it! You know how I know? Because God knows our situation so much better than we do, and He loves us enough to take care of the things we do not even see.

    Quotes from Episode

    "If you are feeling massive resistance, the good news is that it means there's tremendous love there too." - Steven Pressfield

    "Don’t let a day go by without doing something to act on the promptings of the Spirit." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf April 2011 General Conference - "Your Potential, Your Privilege"



    Connect with Audra 

    Connect on instagram @audraelkington

    Connect on her website www.audraelkington.com



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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

AudraJo7 ,

Inspires me to change

I have loved catching up on all the episodes. Catrina is addressing topics relevant to anyone. The guests have provided some great tips to help me change some things in my life. But it’s all done in a fun way! Each episode ends with me feeling like I’m excited to implement the ideas.

Gay Lynne ,

Favorite podcast

I loved the way you and Cami interacted and the challenge to open ourselves up to vulnerability. However, I have a problem with one comment you made Catrina, hers will not become my favorite podcast. It will have to take second place to the “Create Joy Podcast”!

cmoss36 ,

Inspiring and genuine

I love this podcast because of how authentic it is. Catrina is so awesome at asking heart felt questions, being sensitive, but also having really natural conversation with her guests. She has a calming voice while also being an authority. I can’t wait to hear more episodes!

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