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The Top 3 Reflections of 300 Episodes (and 7 Years) of Podcasting

Jump Start Your Joy

Release Date: 11/23/2021

Finding and Honoring Your Heart's Second Home show art Finding and Honoring Your Heart's Second Home

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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.   ...

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Shelter in Place and Finding Your Way Home with Laura Joyce Davis show art Shelter in Place and Finding Your Way Home with Laura Joyce Davis

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Laura Joyce Davis started her podcast, Shelter in Place, just as the pandemic shut California and the United States down on March 17, 2020. We talk about finding joy in hard times, defining the meaning of home, and sheltering in place as parents. Laura is a Minneapolis native who now calls Oakland home. She is an award-winning fiction writer, a Fulbright scholar, a WNYC Podcast Accelerator finalist, and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. She is a mom of three young kids who believe that anything is possible if you have a cape, a crown, and a very good book (she doesn’t disagree). In past...

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The Body is Not an Apology with Sonya Renee Taylor show art The Body is Not an Apology with Sonya Renee Taylor

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In this interview, I am so honored to be joined by author Sonya Renee Taylor. Sonya is the author of the the New York Times Bestselling book, “The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love.” She just recently released an updated version of that book, and the “Your Body is Not an Apology Workbook: Tools for Living Radical Self Love.” Sonya is joining me to talk all about radical self-love and joy. And, she shares that when we start to love ourselves, we can transform how we interact with others in the world. Sonya Renee Taylor and I talked about: – her early joys of...

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Return to Nature with Emma Loewe show art Return to Nature with Emma Loewe

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for mindbodygreen, and she has just 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...

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Fred LeBlanc on Finding a Mardi Gras State of Mind show art Fred LeBlanc on Finding a Mardi Gras State of Mind

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Fred LeBlanc is back for the third time on Jump Start Your Joy, and he’s joining me this time to talk about his new single, “Mardi Gras State of Mind” and his reflections on how things changed for him (and all of us) during the pandemic. In refreshing Fred style, we also dive into talking about the influences that shape people (including Elvis and Anne Rice), and how dreaming big can change the world. In this episode, Fred LeBlanc and I talk about: His time during the pandemic: getting married, shelter in place, doing online concerts, and revisiting music Playing Lundy Gras and the...

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Stepping Up and Standing Out as an Introvert with Heather Hall show art Stepping Up and Standing Out as an Introvert with Heather Hall

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In this episode of Jump Start Your Joy, I’m so excited to welcome Heather Hall, a transformative Leadership Coach, strategic Executive Coach, and evocative Spiritual Director whom I met through CLCC. She’s also the author of Step Up and Stand Out: 20 Tips for Aspiring Introverted Leaders. Heather helps aspiring introverted leaders, and their managers, connect with their voices and values to bring their ideas and vision to life.  I hope that you enjoy this episode about stepping up and standing out for introverts with Heather Hall. In this episode, Heather and I discuss: What is an...

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10 Things That Will Inspire More Passion and Joy in Your Work and Life show art 10 Things That Will Inspire More Passion and Joy in Your Work and Life

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10 Things That Will Inspire More Passion and Joy in Your Work and Life Introspection - Using the tools above, or working with a coach, a mentor, or a journal can provide a lot of insight for you. It's also important that you take time to heal any sort of past trauma or issues that might be making it hard for you to define or get in touch with your passions. Just start moving and working on things. Lots of times people think that they need to have everything all figured out before they can take the first step. Instead, think of the first logical step and give it a try. Let your passion...

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Long Live the 80s: Arcade Games, Music and an Airbnb with guest Scott Leftwich of Wieners and Losers show art Long Live the 80s: Arcade Games, Music and an Airbnb with guest Scott Leftwich of Wieners and Losers

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In this interview, I'm excited to be joined by Scott Leftwich. Scott originally started collecting console video games, and then began collecting early arcade games. He now owns 125 video games, and has the largest privately held collection of video games on the East Coast. Once a month, he opens the arcade for "Wieners and Losers," where people can play games for three hours and enjoy hot dogs and other food. He also has a band named Scott Leftwich and The Atarians, and in 2021 he opened an 80s themed Airbnb in his home. I hope you enjoy this conversation celebrating the 80s!  In this...

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Embracing Western and Eastern Medicine to Form Your Own Third Opinion with Dr. Barbara de la Torre show art Embracing Western and Eastern Medicine to Form Your Own Third Opinion with Dr. Barbara de la Torre

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In this, interview, I'm really excited to be joined by Dr. Barbara de Latorre of Third Opinion MD. She is an amazing doctor who leverages her knowledge of Eastern and Western medicine in a brand new way to help people get in touch with their intuition and navigate the healthcare system, using their own Third Opinion.   In this episode, Dr. Barbara de la Torre and I discuss: How she created Third Opinion MD after being in corporate medicine for many years. The strain that the pandemic put on the medical system, and how it revealed issues that had been present for a long time. The...

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Discovering the Sacred Path of the Labyrinth with guest Lauren Artress show art Discovering the Sacred Path of the Labyrinth with guest Lauren Artress

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In this episode, I'm honored to be interviewing Lauren Artress. She is an author, Canon of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, founder of Veriditas, and a spiritual pioneer and a leading force in popularizing the Labyrinth in the US and around the world. I have been fascinated with Labyrinths for years, and this last December became a trained Labyrinth facilitator. I'm excited to have Lauren joining me to talk about her experience with the Labyrinth, The Labyrinth Movement, and how it offers parallels and insights into our lives. In this episode, Lauren and I talk about: - the labyrinth and what...

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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