The JOY Factor: Mindfulness, Compassion, Positive Psychology, Healing, Yoga

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Jun 17, 2016


Today's guest is all about helping people reclaim their joy around food. Amy Goldsmith is a nutritionist who talks about the importance of finding someone you can trust to help you forge healthier habits with food. She shares what brings her joy, what steals it, and how she gets it back. 

Here's a little more information on Amy and how to find her:

Amy Goldsmith graduated Cum Laude from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise.  She has 17 years of experience in the clinical inpatient, outpatient, consulting, and corporate world and specializes  in Eating Disorders, Sports Nutrition, and Thyroid health.  As a sports nutritionist she assists with getting the client to peak performance by incorporating the best nutrition before, during training, race time, and recovery.  She is co-founder of the HOPE Consortium, helping people with Eating Disorders, and works intensely and independently with clients suffering from an Eating Disorder. Amy has been featured in multiple media outlets and has presented to area running groups and clubs, the Frederick County and Montgomery County MD School Systems, and high school and college athletic departments as a topic expert.  She believes in an individual approach to assist with attaining personal goals by meeting each individual where they are.  In her spare time she trains and competes in triathlons and running races as well as works out at Odin Crossfit in Frederick MD. She has been married for 11 years and is a mom of two children ages 8 and 7, her most favorite, most challenging, but most rewarding job.


Here are a few resources on nutrition and mindful eating.

May 23, 2016

Today's guest is Jason Doorish and we're talking about remembering the basics when it comes to joy. Jason is a Licensed Professional Counselor and he's an expert on bringing mindfulness into the day every day. He reminds us that often the best things in life are the simplest and we all could benefit from chilling out a bit more and taking life less seriously wherever possible. When it comes to intentional joy he recommends starting where you are and operating from the understanding that we all have more power than we think over the situations life throws at us.

A few tips to remember:

  1. When you start on this path. It’s ok to fail.  Know that you won’t have a perfect plan but be on the look out for things you can commit to.
  2. Build a life step by step that promotes joy. Get enough sleep, eat breakfast and take naps!
  3. It’s not just one thing but each practice strung to the next that helps to create a sense of expansion and joy.
  4. Accept that you’re going to have bad days. Good emotions and bad emotions come and go.
  5. Be open to figuring out what your small joys are and then pursue them. 
  6. Remember to be Self-Full


Contact Jason at

The Mindfulness Solution






May 6, 2016

Today’s guest is Beth Boatman. Beth is a sex therapist and sexuality educator with the insight and expertise to inspire all of us to create more joy in our lives by embracing a sense of healthy sexuality.

She shared the story of how she came to be known as Beth the Sex Consultant and offered her thoughts on comprehensive sex education, balancing different sex drives and keeping desire alive across the lifespan.

One of the key points she makes is the importance of the c word……communication! Whether it’s talking to your child about sex or trying to increase your level of desire with your partner, the key is to become more comfortable expressing yourself.

If you’re struggling (or maybe avoiding?) having a chat with someone you care about, this interview might be just the thing you need to spark up a conversation. Enjoy!

Beth Boatman received a Masters Degree in Human Sexuality Education atWidener University and is a Certified Sexuality Educator (AASECT) and aBoard Certified Sexologist (ACS). She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Family Therapy at Texas Woman’s University where she specializes in psychotherapy for individuals and couples facing issues related to sexual dysfunction, intimacy issues, chronic illness, and medical family therapy. Beth is a lifelong resident of the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area and provides counseling services, education, speaker presentations, and professional trainings on sexuality related topics.


Find Beth at

Book Suggestions:

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape
By Peggy Orenstein

The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls, Revised Edition
By Valorie Schaefer

Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence
By Esther Perel

Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love and Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships
By David Schnarch PhD

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Apr 22, 2016

Today's guest is an expert on holding her own in the face of struggle. Joclyn Hanson is a professor of communications but really knows how to teach the art of being classy, strong and light hearted. Listen in as she shares her insight on turning the worn out phrase "mid-life crisis" into mid-life TRANSFORMATION! 

Apr 22, 2016

Today's show is all about laughter! Our guest  is Laura Gentry,is dynamic leader in the world of laughter yoga and the founder of the Iowa School of Laughter Yoga. 

“Joy-real heart singing joy- is possible and you deserve to have it.” Laura Gentry

Listen as Laura shares:

  • What inspired her to bring more laughter into her life
  • How she builds laughter into her day
  • Specific laughter exercises you can begin doing immediately
  • How laughter can be a mindfulness practice and a daily elixir
  • Insider details on this year’s lineup for the Laugh Fest of the Midwest May13-15, 2016 

Warning- you may have to tune out your serious side to relax and deliberately give yourself a minute to be silly with us. 

Recommended Links and Resources:

Apr 21, 2016

Welcome to the JOY Factor podcast, featuring bi-weekly conversations to help you reclaim more space in your life for joy.

The Joy Factor is a podcast for anyone with a desire to create more joy in their lives.  Julie Hanson, Licensed Psychotherapist, Certified Life Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher,  interviews experts in the field of mental health and positive psychology as well as everyday people who’ve got their own take on how to be on the hunt for joy even in the midst of struggle. She’s on a quest to connect her listeners with the tools, tips and inspiration to claim their right to joy!

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