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Jump Start Your Joy is a podcast by Paula Jenkins, a business coach and podcast producer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. 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 lead to joy in your life, the world, and other people's lives.

Jump Start Your Joy Paula Jenkins

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 45 Ratings

Jump Start Your Joy is a podcast by Paula Jenkins, a business coach and podcast producer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. 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 lead to joy in your life, the world, and other people's lives.

    Return to Nature with Emma Loewe

    Return to Nature with Emma Loewe

    Emma Loewe is the co-author of The Spirit Almanac, and she is the senior sustainability editor for mindbodygreen, and she has 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.
    Read the full show notes on my website.
    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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    • 32 min
    Eight Great Ways to Jumpstart Your Creativity and Get Unstuck

    Eight Great Ways to Jumpstart Your Creativity and Get Unstuck

    Creativity and joy are closely related. If you're feeling stuck, and need some inspiration on how to tap into creativity - Marion Abrams of Grounded Content and I have 8 ideas for you to jumpstart your creativity and joy.
    Here they are:
    1. Just do the thing. Starting is the hardest part.
    2. Double down on what you've been doing. Recommit to it. 
    3. Take yourself on an "artist's date. " (as inspired by Julia Cameron's book, The Artist's Way)
    4. Revisit the source of your inspiration. What started you on your creative journey? Spend time with that, and DO some of it. 
    5. If you're creating something and have data that can inform you as to what has done the best (on your blog, podcast, social media), spend some time looking at what past episodes or posts have done the best. Go back and look at what some of your favorite past work has been, and take inspiration from that.
    6. Take a break or a breather.
    7. What has been the favorite thing you've created for your show / blog / art? What did you love about it, or love about creating it? Use your past favorite work as inspiration for what comes next.
    8. Go pro, as inspired by Steven Pressfield's "War of Art." Sometimes, you are not going to love your art or the thing you create. And, that's when you need to go back to it and do the work.
    Bonus: try "Morning Pages" as an exercise, (Julia Cameron's book, The Artist's Way)
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    Resources:
    Podcasting and Content Creator Insights / Our YouTube Show
    Marion's site and Grounded Content
    The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
    The Art of War by Steven Pressfield
    Big Magic by Liz Gilbert
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    • 19 min
    Finding Joy and Learning to "Give From Your Overflow" During Stressful Times

    Finding Joy and Learning to "Give From Your Overflow" During Stressful Times

    The weighty-ness of the past two years means we're all working through difficult things. Joy is as important now as ever before. Joy gives you room for "overflow" which allows you to be more present & available for the things that matter most.
    In this episode, I'm sharing:
    1. a quote that made me rethink the role of joy in the world, and why we must keep choosing it.
    2. How the current news cycle, and use of fear by many politicians and mass media keeps us stuck in feeling like we can't do anything but stay plugged in to the fire hose of fear that they create.
    3. Why and how joy is important: taking time for joy-filled things like concerts, writing, creative outlets, and other things means you build overflow.
    4. How overflow allows you to do more of the important things you love. And how that can change the world.
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    Resources:
    Episode with Sonya Renee Taylor
    Support "The Body is Not an Apology"
    Support "ARD (Anti-Racism Daily) Newsletter"
    Find & Subscribe to The Newsworthy (a daily news podcast)
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    • 22 min
    Intentional Comfort and Joy in the Midst of Grief with Jenn Oglesbee

    Intentional Comfort and Joy in the Midst of Grief with Jenn Oglesbee

    Jenn Oglesbee is a certified life coach and licensed clinical social worker, and the discussions that she and I had last summer on Instagram Live are what me to choose the “Intentional Comfort” for season seven on Jump Start Your Joy. We had a series called “What the Hell?,” and in it we discussed the events of the past couple of years, and how they impacted our lives. Jenn and I share a love of talking about joy, and have both woven it into our work.
    It’s an honor to have Jenn come back a year later, and share more about her own journey. In December of 2021, Jenn lost her sister to a rare form of brain cancer. She has been open in sharing about how the grief has shown up in her life, and how losing someone as close as a sibling has felt. She and I had had an interview on the books at the end of last year, and she asked to reschedule our discussion until after she felt ready to talk about things. And, she offered to dive into how finding and making space for intentional comfort in the midst of grief has looked for her over the past few months.
    Resources
    Jenn Oglesbee’s website: https://www.jennoglesbee.com/
    Our three Instagram lives from last summer: Part One Part Two Part Three
    The mashup of the three Instagram Lives, as heard on Jump Start Your Joy
    In this episode, Jenn Oglesbee and I talk about: her joy as a child, doing dance parties, writing, and playing the uncertainty involved around her sister’s illness and diagnosis, and navigating supporting her during the COVID pandemic the difference between coaching and therapy looking for the little joys in life during hard times, even when joy feels like it is hard to grasp the grief and uncertainty that many of us felt during the pandemic surrendering to grief giving yourself permission to take a break for emotions other than grief during mourning how writing can help you process big emotions sharing what feels right, to the right people, when you are ready reconnecting with joy how she jump starts her joy: with downtime, making time for creativity, giving yourself permission to look weird and feel foolish Sign up to receive the Jump Start Your Joy newsletter
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    • 42 min
    Five Easy Mindfulness Tips to Help You Every Day

    Five Easy Mindfulness Tips to Help You Every Day

    Mindfulness is a great way to find more joy and center yourself. In this time of transition, when things feel difficult, it's great to have a few easy, go-to mindfulness tools. 
    The five are:
    1. Notice your emotions, and share them with someone else.
    2. Breathe, as taught by Thich Nhat Hanh. I share his practice of inhaling, exhaling, and smiling.
    3. Observe (or spend time in) Nature. As discussed in my previous episode with Emma Loewe, author of Return to Nature, nature has restorative properties for humans. When you feel stressed, take a moment to look out your window or take a break for a walk if you have the time.
    4. Meditate, using a visual or guided meditation.
    5. Spend time walking a labyrinth, either by physically walking a labyrinth or using a hand labyrinth.
    Resources:
    Emma Loewe on Jump Start Your Joy
    Insight Timer (Sarah Blondin) - for guided meditations
    Insight Timer (my channel: Paula Jenkins) - for guided meditations
    World Labyrinth Locator to walk a labyrinth
    Veriditas, a non profit that offers courses on about labyrinths
    Kennolyn Camp
     
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    • 17 min
    Finding and Honoring Your Heart's Second Home

    Finding and Honoring Your Heart's Second Home

    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.
    Read the full show notes on my website. 

    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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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Adeline Olmer ,

Great Recap!

This was such a wonderful way to get a glimps of the top episodes! I loved listening and most importantly I was inspired! Thank you!!!

JenHancock ,

The perfect balance of inspiration + action

Inviting, uplifting, practical, and consistently fascinating curation of topics and guests — this is my favorite podcast! I never want to miss an episode!

deb-coop ,

Consistently inspiring

Paula’s infectious delight is hard to match, and she interviews such engaging and interesting guests. Each episode is inspiring, and they all have actionable ideas to help improve the quality of my life and my small biz.

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