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Create Joy

40 EpisodesProduced by Catrina GandaraWebsite

A podcast to inspire you to create joy every day in your life... even when times are hard. In each episode we will explore concepts that will inspire us to create joy.

40 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

S3E5 Individual Purpose and Collective Values - with Jenny Furse Of Progress and Purpose Podcast

September 14th, 2020

53:51

In this episode with Jenny Furse of the Of Progress and Purpose Podcast, we discuss why it is important to get to know the individual in order to have a better understanding of the group. We discuss why it is important …

3.4 Our Differences Connect Us - Jasmine Bradshaw - First Name Basis Podcast

September 3rd, 2020

44:11

In this episode with Jasmine Bradshaw of the First Name Basis Podcast, we discuss why we should listen to other people who are different than us. …

S3E3 The Barrier of Devaluing Happiness

August 10th, 2020

23:08

If you could have three wishes, genie style, would you choose happiness? Do we actually value happiness? IN this episode we break down things that we …

S3E2 The Barrier of Resisting Trials

July 27th, 2020

24:27

Trials are going to come in waves. They are inevitable. That’s just the way it is. Today we discuss why resisting these trials actually prevents us from feeling joy instead of protecting us from pain.

As always, you can …

S3E1 Why Create Joy?

July 20th, 2020

16:23

Welcome back to the Create Joy Podcast! I am super excited to have you here!

In this episode I explain the why behind the podcast and what I am doing to create more joy in my own life and in my community. I am excited …

Encore - The Angels that Beckon us to God Often Look Like Trials - with Melina Chaffin

June 22nd, 2020

43:11

My dear friend Melina Chaffin is one of the sweetest, kindest people you will ever have the privilege of hearing from. She has her fair share of hard times, and handles them with grace and determination that is to be …

Encore - Your Past Does Not Determine Your Future

June 8th, 2020

47:10

In this Encore episode, I share our family's story with my husband, Javier. He talks about the hard times, his parent’s sacrifices, some turning points, and why the word “mushroom” plays a big part in his life story.

Are We Subconsciously Raising Racist Children?

May 29th, 2020

39:10

It can be easy to say that we aren't racist, because we don't do the "big things" that we think racists do. But there are a lot of little things that we may be doing without realizing the effects that they have on …

S2E16 How Trials Help Us Rise Higher - Season Finale

May 25th, 2020

21:40

Like most of the world, I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately. While spending some time with my kids, I have learned some valuable lessons about why both trials and sweetness are needed to help us …

S2E15 What is Ramadan and What Can I Learn from It? - With Shahnila Ahmad of Brave Muslim Parents

May 12th, 2020

51:37

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, when Muslims fast during daylight hours for the entire month. It is the holiest month in the …

S2E14- Mothers Day Might Not Be The Best Day Ever

May 8th, 2020

12:33

In this episode I talk about how your expectations might be keeping you from seeing what is amazing around you. I think it is especially relevant this mother's day. 

I also have a bonus project I am sharing with you. To …

S2E13 - Finding Meaning - Lessons Learned from Auschwitz

April 28th, 2020

21:24

Viktor Frankl’s inspiring book, “A Man’s Search for Meaning” can help us figure out how to find meaning in hard times through meaningful work, love …

S2E12 This one is for the kids

April 21st, 2020

14:15

During this global pandemic, we may be attempting to shield our children from what is going on, but are we being part of the problem? Are we creating a home environment that makes them feel loved, safe and protected?


S2E11 It's OK to Not Be OK - How Being Vulnerable Helped Me Find My Sister Tribe - with Stephanie Donegan

March 30th, 2020

49:57

In this episode, Stephanie Donegan shares how sharing her experiences with really hard things brought unexpected benefits, and some of the best …

S2E10 We Can Work With our Bodies Instead of Against Them - with Julie Tracy of Posture Massage

March 23rd, 2020

49:34

Our bodies are amazing, wonderful creations, and they know exactly what they need! They usually start to tell us subtly, and if we don't listen, they …

S2E9 10 Ways to Find Joy Amidst the Chaos

March 16th, 2020

20:32

In the episode we talk about 10 ways we can find joy amidst the chaos in the world of the coronavirus. It can feel scary and give us a lot of …

S2E8 Live a Healthier, Fuller Life - with Lorin Smith of Good Gluten Free Grub

March 9th, 2020

40:12

Our guest today is Lorin Smith of @goodglutenfreegrub 

In this episode she talks about her own crazy journey to diagnosis, and how she has found health in spite of her struggles. 

She also gives us amazing takeaways to …

S2E7 A Butterfly Will Never Be A Caterpillar Again

February 24th, 2020

15:52

It can feel mind-blowing to think about the changes that take place for a caterpillar to become a butterfly. Do we realize that as women, we go through similar changes? Do we realize that we try our hardest to go back …

S2E6 The Lord Wants to Guide Us - Birthday Episode with Grace Gandara

February 17th, 2020

14:21

This week we have my daughter, Grace Gandara on the podcast talking about how God can guide us. You can also find her on her podcast "Kids Change the World."

Podcast https://anchor.fm/kids-change-the-world

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S2E5 How to Take Care of Yourself so You Can Handle Life - with Melissa Fredrick

February 10th, 2020

38:34

Melissa Fredric is a mental health advocate who is passionate about you taking care of yourself. In today’s episode she gives three ideas on how we …

S2E4 3 Simple Ways to Make Valentines Day Meaningful

February 3rd, 2020

15:30

In this episode I share 3 free or cost effective ways to celebrate valentines day in a way that will truly make your family feel loved. The quick …

S2 E3 Your Body is Talking to You - Are you Listening? - with Julie Tracy of Posture Massage

January 27th, 2020

31:56

Our bodies are amazing, wonderful creations, and they know exactly what they need! They usually start to tell us subtly, and if we don't listen, they …

S2 E2 - How Billion Dollar Industries Manipulate us Into Hating Our Bodies and How We Can Fight Back

January 20th, 2020

18:50

There are industries worth millions and billions of dollars who are banking on the hope that you and I will think we are not good enough the way we …

S2 E1 - There Are a Million Things Right With Your Body

January 13th, 2020

19:22

Are you ever frustrated with your body and wish you could change it to be skinnier, stronger, healthier? Well, I have a message for you! 

15 - What First Grade Can Teach Us About Christmas - SEASON FINALE

December 16th, 2019

16:00

This is the last episode of the season! Thank you so much for all your support. We will be back on the podcast with the very first episode of season 2 on January 13th, but until then I will still be hanging out on …

14 - Success is Not a Matter of Luck (Part 2 of 2) - with Javier Gandara

December 9th, 2019

26:40

This is part 2 of my interview with Javier Gandara. Just a quick recap… in part 1, epsiode 13, he talked about his upbringing, about how life is not …

13 - Your Past Does Not Determine Your Future (Part 1 of 2) - with Javier Gandara

December 2nd, 2019

25:50

In part 1 of 2 of Javier’s story, he shares about  growing up with very little in Mexico. He talks about the hard times, his parent’s sacrifices, some turning points, and why the word “mushroom” plays a big part in his …

12 - Living your big dream - with Audra Elkington

November 25th, 2019

39:33

Have you ever had a dream that just felt too big and too scary? And the thought of it was almost paralyzing? 

I hope today’s story helps to inspire you to reach for your own dream. To dig a little deeper and try a …

11. You need to slow down to enjoy your extraordinary, ordinary life

November 18th, 2019

15:25

Create Joy Challenge

This week’s create joy challenge is to focus on your extraordinary ordinary life. Slow down and focus on the GOOD, focus on the …

10. Your Loneliness is Killing You

November 11th, 2019

19:58

In this episode we explore why we are lonely, and what we can do about giving 3 (that maybe could have been 4) useful tips. 


You can buy Big Talk …

9. - How to Create Meaningful Memories Around the Dinner Table - with Sally Dupaix

November 4th, 2019

34:17

On this episode, Sally Dupaix teaches us the importance of connecting over family meals, and how to create meaningful memories and connections with 5 …

8 - Connect to Your Past to Heal Your Future

October 28th, 2019

20:32

This week I discuss why knowing your family history matters. Spoiler: the reason why is a lot deeper than what you are thinking! I go into a couple of stories in my own family history and show why their reactions are …

7. Why You Should be Vulnerable, and How to do It - With Cami Moss

October 21st, 2019

41:58

In this episode, Real Connections host Cami Moss talks about why we should be vulnerable, and how to do it. She goes into her own life experiences …

6. Love Yourself First

October 14th, 2019

17:23

You can read Terri's story on the website.

This week’s Create Joy Challenge is this:

If you are still not feeling like you are important, and of great value, go over the challenges from the past 5 weeks and figure out …

5. You Can Create a Happy Life with Melina Chaffin

October 7th, 2019

22:21

This is Part 2 of 2 of my interview with Melina Chaffin.
Connect with Melina on Instagram @melinajchaffin
This week’s Create Joy Challenge is simple. Here is all you need to do. As you are looking in the mirror every …

4. He is exactly who God intended him to be

September 30th, 2019

24:52

This is part 1 of a 2 part interview with my dear friend Melina Chaffin. On a trip to Utah a few couple of months ago, I reached out to her to see if by any chance she lived there, and she did! We met up and had the …

3. "Be Ye Therefore Perfect"

September 23rd, 2019

18:37

I don't think that God wants us to be frustrated while trying to achieve perfection. In this episode I dive into ideas and interpretations to help us achieve that perfection in a way that allows more grace into our …

2. What if Your Imperfections are Actually Your Strengths?

September 16th, 2019

15:27

What if your perceived imperfections are actually your strengths? Are you just looking at them wrong? In this episode we explore ways that you may be looking at your life all wrong, and what you can do about it.
You can …

1. Don't Leave Things Unsaid

September 5th, 2019

13:26

Welcome to Episode 1 of the Create Joy Podcast! 

Imagine how much good we could do in the world if we told everyone exactly how much they mean to us? 

Season 1 Intro

August 27th, 2019

8:42

Welcome to the Season 1 Intro for the Create Joy Podcast, with Catrina Gandara. On this podcast, we believe that we have the power to create joy every day, and we will explore how to create joy together.. 
Connect on …

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