I’ve been working hard all year to build something for you.
Introducing my new website: You Can Have More Joy.
You’re a superhero — you came through a hard place.
But there’s still a piece missing from your life.
Do you know how to have fun?
Where’s your joy?
Have you noticed that you feel the need to please other people? Do you feel like you’ve failed if you’re not productive? Do you take on all the sorrow of people around you? Are you still working to be the smartest person in the room? Is it 3 am and you’re on your phone, turning the pillow over again, hoping this will help you sleep? Did you reach the end of the day without making even 15 minutes for yourself?
Did you know that each of these is a trauma response? And that trauma responses can block you from finding ease and joy?
You can have more joy. You just don’t know how.
I CAN TEACH YOU HOW TO PRACTICE YOUR JOY.
I worked for months, building a FREE guide called The Seven Steps to Finding Your Joy.
When you sign up for the newsletter, you’ll receive that guide automatically. It will come to your inbox, one email a day, with specific steps to help you find more joy in your life.
If that guide moves you, but you want to practice those steps in community, then sign up for the Practice Your Joy workshop.
a 4-week workshop
with daily prompts for thinking and writing
plus reading assignments
in between the weekly 2-hour online classes.
If you sign up for this workshop, you’re ready to understand how your brain and body work with that cumulative toxic stress from traumatic experiences.
You’ll be on the path to thriving by finally putting yourself first in your life.
And if you Practice Your Joy, you’ll find a community of resilient women who have committed to creating more joy, together.
If this sounds like what you need, I’m looking forward to doing this work with you.
These workshops are open only to 12 women per session. This keeps the experience intimate and spontaneous. We’ll become a community, able to share our stories. Why only women? I love the men in my life. But so many women, including me, find solace and strength in connecting with other women in an intimate and supportive space. When women come together with compassionate intention, they can create community and connection with each other. This matters to me.
I’m also offering an in-person version of this workshop, on Vashon Island. We’ll be talking, laughing, asking questions of ourselves, and learning practical tips to center joy in your life.
You must be fully vaccinated to attend this workshop in person. And you must bring proof of your vaccination with you. That means we can all relax and feel more joy as we gather.
If you know you need a more personal approach, I’d love to work with you one-on-one. We’ll take our time and dive fully into your story.
And of course, there’s this newsletter. You’re already here. And I’m so thrilled to know the bass line of this space now, after years of playing. I want to help you find your joy. Your joy matters.
I’ve been working on what I want to offer and this website for a long time, because I want you to have more joy. After reading that guide to the 7 steps, you can take action that will put joy at the center of your life.
This is my work, my purpose, my passion. Joy has always been my theme song. But now I know why I'm singing it.
Join the chorus. Let's find more joy together.
Please share this newsletter and the website with anyone you know who might need more joy. Thank you.
And if you’re on the list of free subscribers, this is a good time to subscribe to this newsletter. Next week, the posts go back to stories about joy and ways to find hope, which will be subscriber only.
If you subscribe — at only $5 a month — you’ll receive a weekly essay from me, about a time in my life that I felt doubt, worry, and fear, then came through that time to find more joy.
I also send out stories of other people who’ve come through hard places to find joy. Those might come in the form of video interviews, recorded conversations, books I recommend, movies that have helped me to understand more, and art that was created in sorrow and joy.
It’s important to remember that you’re not alone.
Want to find your joy?
This is a good place to start.