About Me

Welcome to Jump Start Your Joy!

Hey there! I’m Paula Jenkins, and this space has been my online home since 2015, where I’ve been on a journey of sharing the inspiration, intention, and action people can take to find more joy in their own lives.

The focus of my work is and has always been that of welcoming people home. That looks like helping people journey inward with labyrinth walks and meditations, honing their voice to share their message with the world in podcasting, and sharing my own message through my show: Jump Start Your Joy®.

That’s what I’m all about. Whether it’s guiding you through inward journeys or amplifying your message via podcasting, I’m here to spread joy and make the world a brighter place.

But let me rewind a bit. Before diving into this joyful adventure, I spent over two decades managing big digital marketing projects. It was thrilling at first, creating magic out of thin air, but eventually, the long hours and corporate chaos took a toll. That’s when I realized I needed a change.

The turning point? The birth of my son, a 56-hour labor, and an unplanned C-section, which led to a diagnosis of PTSD. It was a tough battle, but I followed that small, quiet voice from within that was calling me to be the strong, joyful, encouraging mother that I wanted to be for this new baby. Joy became my way-finding emotion, and my beacon of hope.

In 2015, I took the leap and became a certified life coach, launching my podcast, Jump Start Your Joy®. It’s more than just a podcast; it’s a celebration of choosing joy every day. Through stories of resilience and courage, I aim to remind you that joy is a choice, and you have the power to embrace it, even in the hardest times and the most improbable situations.

Fast forward to today, and I’ve traded the 9-to-5 grind for a life of purpose, working from home, producing two top podcasts, and helping small businesses share their unique stories with the world.

So, if you’re ready to embark on your own joy-filled journey or create a podcast that sparks change, I’m here to guide you every step of the way.

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy, and keep choosing it, every day.” – Henri Nouwen

And hey, if you prefer the official bio, here it is:

Paula Jenkins is a certified life coach and the host of the popular podcast, Jump Start Your Joy®. With a mission to spread joy through coaching and podcasting, Paula has been empowering others to find their voice and share their stories since 2015. Prior to her coaching career, Paula spent over 20 years as a project manager in the digital marketing industry, working with major clients like Clorox, Visa, and Xbox. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paula lives with her husband, son, and their rescue chihuahua-mix, Chewbacca Baloney Jenkins (aka Chewie).