Joy Right Here

Joy Right Here
I share short stories and honest words to help you see + embrace your 100% life & live out true joy. I’ll keep each episode short, simple, helpful, and hopeful! If you’re tired of your life, exhausted in your story, or discouraged about your season, take a few minutes to tune into Joy Right Here.

28. A Life Update + Motivational Chat
Mar 2 • 14 min
WHEW! Nothing has been “normal” since November and the podcast has been in & out since December, so today I’m just sitting down and having a laid-back chat about life and all that’s been happening. I also share a phrase that’s been absolutely H U G E in…
27. 5 Ground Rules for Social Media
Feb 24 • 19 min
Today, I’m sharing my 5 ground rules for social media. And then? I’m going to challenge you to sit down and make some of your own. Believe it or not, giving yourself a set of boundaries actually sets you free! You’ll be less overwhelmed by social media…
26. You CAN Have a Great Valentine’s Day!
Feb 10 • 13 min
Take charge of your Valentine’s Day and go ALL OUT! Yes, you CAN have a great Valentine’s Day whether or not your’re in a relationship. Yes, you CAN have a great Valentine’s Day even if your current life season is dry as bone. We make things so much…
25. This SIMPLE Advice Is Life-Changing
Feb 3 • 10 min
You won’t believe how simple this is advice is to apply! And the best part is you can totally tailor it to your lifestyle. I’ve been implementing this one piece of advice since 2015 and it’s made ALL THE DIFFERENCE. Life just keeps moving. Days are often…
24. How to Be Delighted in 2020
Jan 13 • 12 min
Did you know that it takes DISCIPLINE and INTENTION to be surprised and delighted when you’re an adult! Did you know 2020 can be full of goodness and gladness if only we noticed the other side of our reality? Now I’m not saying we ignore our pain or live…
23. All It Takes for a Good New Year
Jan 7 • 11 min
Overwhelmed yet? Done with the hoopla of the New Year? It’s time to B R E A T H E! We are standing in the invitation of a lifetime…more life experienced with God! I hope this episode gives you a beautiful idea of what you’re year could be. And I hope it…
22. What I’ve Learned about God’s Good Gifts
Dec 3, 2019 • 9 min
In the spring, I shared this on Instagram, Little Roxanne looks soo much like her billy goat dad! I’ve even nicknamed her NJ (Nigel Junior) She’s got his wild spirit. She holds her own, is super smart, and SOMETIMES she will show a SPLATTERING of…
21. 7 Tips to Make Your Holidays Meaningful
Nov 25, 2019 • 15 min
You want a good holiday season, but you’re a human holding tough things. So how can you–and all of us–enjoy the holidays? Here’s 7 practical tips I believe will help all of us live the holidays fully and without regret. I think you’ll be AMAZED at the…
20. The Best Happenings Since Publishing “A Pygmy’s Life for Me”
Nov 18, 2019 • 9 min
My goal for A Pygmy’s Life for Me was (and is!) to bring clarity and truth to anyone feeling small, misunderstood, or isolated. And God has brought that goal to fruition. Meeting it in ways I never could. Yes, this book is my personal history (some…
19. Participate in Your Life
Nov 11, 2019 • 11 min
It’s NOT TOO LATE! Begin that creative project, learn that new thing, become an artist of sorts, enjoy the fall season, or press into the gift(s) you never expected to be yours this year! I’m learning there are gifts given directly to us and gifts we can…
WMG: Chapter 11 & The End
Oct 23, 2019 • 8 min
On Monday, we see Maryn reconcile with the overwhelming reality of 30 years and the possibility that it may very well be her story too. We see Aneta grieve and be given the gift of a sunset that looks just like her. Perhaps the most triumphant moment of…
WMG: Chapters 9 & 10
Oct 21, 2019 • 11 min
This is our last week of Where Maryn Goes and I have loved having this adventure with you! I trust that you have seen yourself in these words, that you can find your heart in Maryn, Aneta, or Stella. We still have two days and, my oh my, they are full to…
WMG: Chapters 7 & 8
Oct 17, 2019 • 11 min
Maryn and Aneta have just pulled Stella from the Ocean and are helping her stay alive. While neither Maryn nor Aneta can rescue Stella from Ocean like the Light-Maker can, they are able to take part by helping her to Peace… by giving her the company she…
WMG: Chapters 5 & 6
Oct 14, 2019 • 9 min
Where Maryn Goes is back for another week of adventure, reawakening, and healing! We left off with Maryn having just experienced the waves of grief. We left her with a new dress made of orange flowers and tentative hope slung about her. We see her…
WMG: Chapters 3 & 4
Oct 10, 2019 • 12 min
I hope Thursday finds you well. Got more laundry to fold? A second cup of coffee to drink? Get ready for an adventure. May you find yourself in the words you hear and know you’re not alone. Chapter 4 brings us a simple, painful, yet comforting truth: “The…
WMG: Chapters 1 & 2
Oct 7, 2019 • 11 min
Today we begin our FIRST EVER audio book series on the Joy Right Here Podcast! Light a fall candle, get cozy, (or just fold the laundry and do dishes), and listen to the first two chapters of my NEW novelette, Where Maryn Goes. Below is a synopsis of the…
18. Something NEW for the Podcast!
Sep 30, 2019 • 12 min
Here is the episode in which I cannot say C R E A T I V I T Y! Well anyhow, I’ve got some big news for you! The next few weeks on the podcast are going to be wildly good and so different. I think fall is a perfect season for fresh stories and old books,…
17. There’s Freedom in Not Being Enough
Sep 23, 2019 • 7 min
Do you ever feel insecure? Do you ever feel like you’re not enough? Well, GREAT! That’s the first step to freedom! Let me tell you something: YOU WERE NOT MEANT TO CARRY YOU’RE OWN CHAOS! So let me tell you what you ARE meant for.
16. Be a Noticer!
Sep 16, 2019 • 9 min
This one is SO simple but SO important!! We’ve got to take a minute to pause and enjoy everything that’s happened…all the good that God has done & all the life He is multiplying & remaking. Life is not perfect, and we get that, but life holds some lovely…
15. How to Effectively Fight for Your Heart
Sep 9, 2019 • 9 min
Last week, I shared an emotional look into my heart, and THIS WEEK I’m sharing 3 practical things YOU can implement TODAY to help you effectively fight for your heart. I’ve learned these by experience and believe they will help you as much as they have…
14. Sharing My Heart with You
Sep 2, 2019 • 9 min
A few things to know about this episode: 1. Nothing tragic has happened to bring on this episode. This is the ebb and flow of discouragement and trials faced here in this broken world! 2. The graveyard in this story is metaphorical. And I LOVE the picture…
13. The Battle of Pumpkin Spice Lattes & Swimsuits
Aug 26, 2019 • 7 min
WATCH OUT!! HERE IT COMES…the great battle between pumpkin spice lattes and swimsuits! Half your friends are enjoying their #PSL and the other half are hurling watermelon chunks at their faces telling them to PLEASE STOP! Oh for goodness sake! What if…
12. Stop Settling for Scraps!
Aug 19, 2019 • 10 min
Here’s a story about our goat, Roxanne, who got distracted by the scraps on the ground and how you and I can be just like her…settling for what we see, what’s easy, and what makes sense to us in the moment. But the truth is we don’t have a settling kind…
11. 3 Ways to Delight in Summer
Aug 5, 2019 • 9 min
HOLD UP!! It’s still summer! Pretty soon you’ll be back at school, or starting college, or seeing your kids off and away, or getting stir crazy for fall, BUT TODAY IS SUMMER! Let’s love life right here. Finish your summer strong, enjoy the busy, soak in…
10. How to Live Out Psalm 62:8
Jul 29, 2019 • 11 min
At 17, I discovered Psalm 62:8 and it has CHANGED EVERYTHING for me these last 7 years! This one is packed with truth—simple, practical, and encouraging. We aren’t meant to carry our chaos; we are meant to cast it all on God. HE gives rest. HE gives…
09. ONE Thing You Should Do for Christmas in July
Jul 22, 2019 • 12 min
I love celebrating the holidays and I LOVE celebrating life. I even invented Birthday Observation Day (because, why not?!).I’m a huge fan of “It’s a good day to have a good day!” So I’m sharing the ONE thing you should do for Christmas in July even if you…
08. When Spiritual Growing Pains Overwhelm You
Jul 15, 2019 • 8 min
More than halfway through 2019 and it’s just as hard as last year! And the year before that!! But listen here, 2019 is not hopeless and you are not helpless in it.🙌 Let me remind you of 3 big truths that will help you off the bathroom floor and get you…
07. Your Most Important Work
Jul 8, 2019 • 9 min
I see you! YOU’RE HERE and it’s frustrating! Couldn’t you serve God so much better in a different season? Couldn’t you do so many more important things for God if you were over there in THAT season?! Well, no. And let me tell you why! You’re in for an…
06. My Word for 2019
Jul 1, 2019 • 10 min
Let’s talk about my terrible cup of coffee…err..I mean my word for 2019! This word is revolutionizing the way I view the ups and downs of life in 2019. Hope this episode is encouraging for you & inspires you to think about your own word for the year!
05. You Are NOT Your Pain
Jun 24, 2019 • 8 min
It’s all too easy to place our identity in our pain. We begin to let pain (of all kinds) dictate who we are and who we can become. We live enslaved, swallowed up, consumed! That’s been me multiple times in the past 🙋‍♀️(and probably will be me at some…
04. The Story Behind My Porch Garden
Jun 20, 2019 • 11 min
Taking just a few minutes to sit outside and casually talk about the significance of my Porch Garden and the unlikely word I use to describe 2018. The birds are chirping about, the chimes are chiming, and the breeze gently interferes, so get some unedited…
03. This Is Not a Dead End
Jun 7, 2019 • 6 min
Your season may look and feel like a dead-end, but I’m here to tell you… your season is NOT a dead-end. Here’s how I can say that with 100% confidence! Head to for your FREE eDevotional today!
02. 5 Lies That WILL Destroy You
Jun 7, 2019 • 12 min
Discussing the 5 lies that will destroy you far more than your pain ever will! Have you believed any of these? I’ve especially struggled with Lie #2,4, AND 5. Let’s shed some truth on the matter and walk away with courage and joy! By the way, your free…
01. Welcome to Joy Right Here!
Jun 7, 2019 • 8 min
Sharing a window into the last 9 years of my physical/emotional pain & my goal for THIS podcast! Here’s why YOU & I can live out joy even as we live within 9 years of something hard…(many more HOPEful chats to come!)