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Did you ever have an experience that you thought you would never get through: A divorce, the passing of a loved one, losing your home, a pandemic?

The last one put me in a tailspin. I couldn't find my footing, or my connection to joy, no matter how hard I tried. I couldn't even get out of bed! Knowing, I didn't want to reside in this exhaustive place, I did what any one does who has storytelling as their vocation. I sought inspiration from stories. People were willing to have a conversation with me and talk about their hardships and how they came out on the other side. Thus, the Joyful Toolkit Podcast was born.

In this podcast, I speak to people who share their experiences and how they created a relationship with joy. Are you ready to find your joy? Let's walk this path together.

The Joyful ToolKit Megan Tusing

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Did you ever have an experience that you thought you would never get through: A divorce, the passing of a loved one, losing your home, a pandemic?

The last one put me in a tailspin. I couldn't find my footing, or my connection to joy, no matter how hard I tried. I couldn't even get out of bed! Knowing, I didn't want to reside in this exhaustive place, I did what any one does who has storytelling as their vocation. I sought inspiration from stories. People were willing to have a conversation with me and talk about their hardships and how they came out on the other side. Thus, the Joyful Toolkit Podcast was born.

In this podcast, I speak to people who share their experiences and how they created a relationship with joy. Are you ready to find your joy? Let's walk this path together.

    The Joy In Finding My Worth

    The Joy In Finding My Worth

    AHHHHH!! Joyful Toolkit listeners, can you believe this is the last episode of Season One? I surely cannot! This episode has some SPOILER ALERTS! So if you missed an episode that you really wanted to listen to, go back, listen to it or all of them, and then come back to this episode. BUT if you are still here, join me and learn what joyful tools I picked up from working on this podcast. Gather with me as I share:
    My gratitude to everyone who made this podcast possible, including Crackers In Soup, a podcast production company
    Shifting from interviewer to interviewee and answering my own questions I ask my guests
    What joy means to me
    A big transitional moment in my life and how I grounded myself in joy again
    Sharing tools, routines, and discoveries I have made to realign with my truest self
    The importance of community
    Honorable Mentions
    Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. - Oscar Wilde
    The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
    Speak
    Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
    The Joyful Toolkit Bookstore
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    This podcast is presented by Little But Fierce Productions™. A West Virginia native now based in Brooklyn, Megan is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has recorded over 200 audiobooks from her home studio with such publishers as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Harper Collins and more.  Contact her here!
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    Love what you are hearing in The Joyful Toolkit?  Leave a Review and a five-star rating! 
    Want me to learn more about me and/or my guests?  Follow me on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! I look forward to hearing from you and don't forget "And though she be but little, she is fierce." - Shakespeare
    Song Credit: The Light in You by Pastis
    This is a Crackers In Soup production.
    Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This means I may earn a commission should you choose to sign up for a program or make a purchase using my link. I love all of these companies anyways, and you will too!

    • 35 min
    Discovering Joy in Grief with Jacquette M. Timmons

    Discovering Joy in Grief with Jacquette M. Timmons

    This episode was recorded on 4/2/2021.
    Dear listener, we are almost at the end of season 1, and I cannot believe we are here!!!
    In today's episode, we are joined by Jacquette M. Timmons, a woman who focuses on the human side of money.
    Jacquette works as a financial behavioralist and is committed to getting you to see that you don't manage money. You manage your choices around money. In addition to being the author of Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate and frequent blogger, Jacquette is also the creator of Pricing Made Human®. PMH is designed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners tackle the question, what should I charge for this? From all sides, the financial, the emotional, the personal, so you can price more confidently, strategically, and end up with a thriving business and life.
    Join us as we talk about:
    Why we should continue to respect numbers but give as much attention to our behavior and our decisions.
    Why we must stay mindful of the systemic decisions that have been made for us.
    Pricing is indicative of so many different things: relationship with money, with ourselves, with business, and with people buying from you.
    How Jacquette found joy after two tough losses in her life, and how she continues to find peace.
    The existing relationship between money and social instances, and how we should learn to handle it.
    Some Joyful Tools
    Song: "His Eye Is on the Sparrow"
    Books: "Kindred" by Octavia E. Buttler (and any other titles she wrote!)
    Where can you find Jacquette:
    Website: jacquettetimmons.com
    Social Media: 
    Instagram: @jacquettemtimmons
    Facebook: Financial Intimacy
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    This podcast is presented by Little But Fierce Productions™. A West Virginia native now based in Brooklyn, Megan is an actor and award winning audiobook narrator. She has recorded over 200 audiobooks from her home studio with such publishers as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Harper Collins and more.  Contact her here!
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    Love what you are hearing in The Joyful Toolkit?  Leave a Review and a five-star rating! 
    Want me to learn more about me and/or my guests?  Follow me on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! I look forward to hearing from you and don't forget "And though she be but little, she is fierce." - Shakespeare
    Song Credit: The Light in You by Pastis
    This is a Crackers In Soup production.
    Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This means I may earn a commission should you choose to sign up for a program or make a purchase using my link. I love all of these companies anyways, and you will too!

    • 55 min
    The Joy in Your Creative Flow with Jennet Ingle

    The Joy in Your Creative Flow with Jennet Ingle

    This episode was recorded on 3/26/2021.
    Fellow listeners welcome to episode 10 of The Joyful Toolkit! For this decimal episode, I present to you, Jennet Ingle.
    Jennet is a master of flow and creativity and always makes things happen with ease. She is Principal Oboist of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. Jennet is a soloist at heart, joyfully taking over any stage that will have her.  
    As the owner and operator of Jennet Ingle Reeds, she makes and sells over two hundred handmade reeds every month, and helps people with their own reed-making through her YouTube series, The Five Minute Reedmaker, her weekly online Reed Club, and her beginner course, Zero to Reedmaker. She has recently focused on building a community for adult oboists.  Her signature group program, the Invincible Oboist, demystifies instrumental skills and helps oboists to get past the struggle to find ease in their playing.  Her new book, The Happiest Musician, encourages musicians to take agency in their careers and not wait to be chosen.
    PS: Jennet has also been a crucial part of creating this podcast!
    Join us as we talk about:
    How she broke the mold of her industry and why she built her own company for other musicians.
    What her visibility journey was like and what led her to find her true calling.
    Why Jennet went against the “course she was given.”
    What joy means to her: flow. When she is in the zone, in flow, doing the right things, she perceives joy.
    The rubric she uses to coach students and herself.
    How taking one step at a time instead of trying to solve everything at once helps her when getting thrown out of her flow.
    The path to success doesn’t have to be so difficult.
    Some Joyful Tools:
    Book: The Big Leap
    Where can you find Jennet:
    Website: jennetingle.com
    Social Media: 
    Instagram: @JennetIngle 
    Facebook: Jennet Ingle, Oboist
    Youtube: Jennet Ingle
    ❤️🧰🔦🔮📖🎤🍪❣️
    This podcast is presented by Little But Fierce Productions™. A West Virginia native now based in Brooklyn, Megan is an actor and award winning audiobook narrator. She has recorded over 200 audiobooks from her home studio with such publishers as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Harper Collins and more.  Contact her here!
    ❤️🧰🔦🔮📖🎤🍪❣️
    Love what you are hearing in The Joyful Toolkit?  Leave a Review and a five-star rating! 
    Want me to learn more about me and/or my guests?  Follow me on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! I look forward to hearing from you and don't forget "And though she be but little, she is fierce." - Shakespeare
    Song Credit: The Light in You by Pastis
    This is a Crackers In Soup production.
    Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This means I may earn a commission should you choose to sign up for a program or make a purchase using my link. I love all of these companies anyways, and you will too!

    • 47 min
    Finding Joy By Finding Your Center with Ekta Vohra

    Finding Joy By Finding Your Center with Ekta Vohra

    This interview was recorded on 2/26/21.
    After a few stressful days, I am absolutely delighted to have a calming person by my side, Ekta Vohra.
    Ekta obtained her bachelor’s in nursing from NYU and her Master of Science and nursing from Columbia. She has been a registered nurse in New York City for the past 11 years, working with a wide range of patients from oncology to colorectal. She has been a yogi most of her life and obtained her two-hour teaching certification in 2019. Ekta combines westernized medicine and holistic healing when providing care for her patients. Ekta loves connecting with people and is continuously amazed by the resilience of the human spirit.
    Join us as we speak about:
    Her profession as a nurse and why her journey into yoga was due to wanting to help people, whatever way she could.
    What led her to study nursing
    How yoga has helped her face difficult times, especially during COVID.
    What breathing means to both of us: something we’re in full control over. It can calm us and brings us to the present.
    What joy means to Ekta: state of being. It is also the simplicity of things; a meal, a hug, being quiet, a big window, etc.
    What she does to bring herself back to the present, back to joy when she feels she’s lost.
    The importance of community and support from others to overcome difficult times.
    What Blue Zones are, why people live more than 100 years, and how community influences that.
    Some Joyful Tools:
    Mantra: Soham (I am)
    Books:
    -          The Untethered Soul
    -          The Last Lecture
    Where can you find Ekta:
    Social Media: 
    Instagram: @SoulsUniteYoga 
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    This podcast is presented by Little But Fierce Productions™. A West Virginia native now based in Brooklyn, Megan is an actor and award winning audiobook narrator. She has recorded over 200 audiobooks from her home studio with such publishers as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Harper Collins and more.  Contact her here!
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    Love what you are hearing in The Joyful Toolkit?  Leave a Review and a five-star rating! 
    Want me to learn more about me and/or my guests?  Follow me on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! I look forward to hearing from you and don't forget "And though she be but little, she is fierce." - Shakespeare
    Song Credit: The Light in You by Pastis
    This is a Crackers In Soup production.
    Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This means I may earn a commission should you chose to sign up for a program or make a purchase using my link. I love all of these companies anyways, and you will too!

    • 45 min
    Creating Your Own Authentic Self with Jessica DeLugo

    Creating Your Own Authentic Self with Jessica DeLugo

    This episode was recorded on 2/18/2021.
    Hey there! Thank you for joining another episode of The Joyful Toolkit. In today’s episode, we are joined by someone who I truly believe showed up in my life by divine timing. She is a writer from a small town in Connecticut who loves to travel, converse, and spend time with family and friends. When she is not thinking about creative ideas or trying new vegan recipes, she can be found on her podcast entitled “Fearless Living”.
    Join us as we talk about:
    Navigating the corporate world and trying to find your own work that is more artistic or creative.
    Jessica’s definition of joy: paying attention to her own authenticity and finding her inner voice and listening to it. Also, feeling a sense of peace to who she is.
    Why prayer is one of the strategies she uses when she feels her foundation is falling out from under her.
    Her view on prayer: Not in the way that it's connected to organized religion, but affirmation and how words are connected to ourselves, inner selves, and the divine.
    An inner look at Reiki: a Japanese practice of taking universal life energy and utilizing that energy. There are different rules and regulations, and the training is focused on whoever is trained, takes on new students and can put Reiki symbols into your energetic field.
    More on her podcast: Fearless Living
    Why writing is one of the tools she uses to find her fearlessness.
    The weight of this quote: “Shining your light gives other people the permission to do the same”
    Some Joyful Tools:
    Abraham Hicks Daily Podcast
    The Artist's Way
    Pause on the Play Community
    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
    The Power of Now
    Eat, Pray, Love
    Peacefood Restaurant NYC
    Where can you find Jessica:
    Website:
    https://jessnicolette.medium.com/
    Podcast:
     The Fearless Living Podcast
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    This podcast is presented by Little But Fierce Productions™. A West Virginia native now based in Brooklyn, Megan is an actor and award winning audiobook narrator. She has recorded over 200 audiobooks from her home studio with such publishers as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Harper Collins and more.  Contact her here!
    ❤️🧰🔦🔮📖🎤🍪❣️
    Love what you are hearing in The Joyful Toolkit?  Leave a Review and a five-star rating! 
    Want me to learn more about me and/or my guests?  Follow me on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! I look forward to hearing from you and don't forget "And though she be but little, she is fierce." - Shakespeare
    Song Credit: The Light in You by Pastis
    This is a Crackers In Soup production.
    Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This means I may earn a commission should you chose to sign up for a program or make a purchase using my link. I love all of these companies anyways, and you will too!

    • 48 min
    Joy is Communication and Resonance with Greg Tremblay

    Joy is Communication and Resonance with Greg Tremblay

    This episode was recorded on 2/5/2021. In Chicago, at the Audiobook Publishers Association Conference, was the first time I spoke to my now dear friend, Greg Tremblay. After two hours of chatting, I knew I adored his energy and needed him in my life! Five years later, he is a guest on this podcast and a beautiful friendship has blossomed. So what does this multiple award-winning narrator of nearly 400 audiobooks in diverse genres have to say about joy? Listen in to find out!
    Join us as we discuss:
    Connecting with not only people, but all of our surroundings to find joy
    The Stress Cycle and why our brains are keyed for fight or flight
    Finding connection during isolation
    Being "Pandemic Fine"
    The importance mutual compatibility
    Emotional well-being
    The beauty of the calm of the moment
    Closure happening from inside
    Some Joyful Tools:
    Burnout by by Emily Nagoski PhD & Amelia Nagoski DMA
    Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski
    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
    Tai Chi - Easy for Beginners
    The Straight Story (1999)
    PolySecure by Jessica Fern
    Healing Your Attachment Wounds by Dianne Poole Heller, PhD
    Where can you find Greg:
    Website:
    www.gregtremblay.com
    Social Media: 
    Instagram: gtremblayvoice
    Twitter: gtremblayvoice
    Facebook: gtremblayvoice
    LinkedIn: gtremblayvoice
    ❤️🧰🔦🔮📖🎤🍪❣️
    This podcast is presented by Little But Fierce Productions™. A West Virginia native now based in Brooklyn, Megan is an actor and award winning audiobook narrator. She has recorded over 200 audiobooks from her home studio with such publishers as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Harper Collins and more.  Contact her here!
    ❤️🧰🔦🔮📖🎤🍪❣️
    Love what you are hearing in The Joyful Toolkit?  Leave a Review and a five-star rating! 
    Want me to learn more about me and/or my guests?  Follow me on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! I look forward to hearing from you and don't forget "And though she be but little, she is fierce." - Shakespeare
    Song Credit: The Light in You by Pastis
    This is a Crackers In Soup production.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Foxlayne ,

Bring on the JOY!

I love this podcast! The first episode gave me a beautiful and honest peek into how this podcast was born. Megan is vulnerable and authentic in sharing her obstacles, the inner critic perfectionism that (almost) kept this podcast from being brought to light, and ultimately, the joy she found along the way. I just purchased both books she mentions in the episode. I am so happy this podcast is launched and I can’t wait for the whole season, I'm looking forward to all the fabulous guest interviews sharing stories and deep truths. Bring on the JOY!

Sarah B.G. ,

So Inspiring!!!

Just listened to the first episode...super excited for more! Megan is so authentic and transparent as a host. Really delicious. Even after just one episode, the podcast has already got me reflecting on connection, creativity, and how I really want to show up in the world...

Runnerchic79 ,

Inspiring

I have to say, the first episode alone is really inspiring. Hearing about the challenge of perfectionism and it getting in the way and then you eventually pushing back on it is inspiring. What an incredible start to a podcast, I can’t wait to hear what’s next!

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