TheLivelyShowJoyTheBaker

Today’s episode has been a long time coming.

It started last fall, when The Lively Show was just an idea waiting to happen. On a tiny white leather couch at a New York City event, Joy Wilson (aka Joy the Baker) helped me understand the world of podcasting.

And she promised to be on the show.

Today, in episode #20, she did just that.

Joy is well known baker, cookbook author, blogger, and podcaster.

But she also happens to be a most joyful and charming person.

Today we’re chatting about her long – and often hilarious - journey to baking and blogging, how she faces fears, and why moving to New Orleans has helped increase her peacefulness.

This is a laugh-filled episode that is literally a “Joy” to listen to!

 

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL FIND OUT ABOUT

 

  • How Joy became a baker (hint: it involves the US Postal Service, Ben & Jerry’s, a mall, the Cheesecake Factory, and English literature).
  • Why Joy chose not to go to college directly after graduating from high school.
  • Why Joy dropped her expenses by 50% to go full-time with her blog.
  • Why Joy recently relocated to New Orleans.
  • Joy’s empowering approach to fear.
  • How Joy is adjusting to the slower pace of New Orleans compared to Los Angeles.
  • Joy’s recommendations for those contemplating a big move.
  • Joy answers listener questions about motivation, growing a blog, her summer reading list.
  • Joy’s biggest doubts concerning her upcoming third cookbook.
  • Joy’s recommendations for those just starting out on this journey.

 

SHOW NOTES

 

Joy the Baker Cookbook

Joy’s upcoming cookbook, Homemade Decadence

The Joy the Baker Podcast

The Pioneer Woman + Joy

The Good Luck of Right Now

Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Minimalist Baker

Social Triggers

Grace Bonney’s (Design*Sponge) Lively Show episode

Dana’s (Minimalist Baker) Lively Show episode

 

LISTEN TO THE SHOW

 

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Want more? Check out past Lively Show episodes here.

 

PS – Have you listened to all 20 Lively Show episodes? If so, please let me know — I would love to personally thank you!

 

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  • http://www.jacquelynclark.com/ Jacquelyn

    Two of my favourite people in one spot! This was wonderful, thanks Jess!

  • http://jaybirdblog.com/ Alicia | Jaybird Blog

    Ooh, I can’t wait for this one! I’ve listened to all of the podcast episodes so far and have recommended it to friends- it’s a lovely bright spot on the long highway commute. :)

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    Aw, that is so great to hear!! I hope you enjoy the episode!!

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    Yay! I hope you enjoy it!

  • http://www.acouplecooks.com Alex

    First time I’ve listened to your podcast — enjoyed the interview with Joy! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://forbiddenriceblog.com/ Julie | Forbidden Rice Blog

    Thanks so much for this podcast! I am a huge fan of Joy’s and thoroughly enjoyed this interview. I am looking forward to going back and listening to the other 19 episodes! :)

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  • LeanneHersh

    Can’t get enough of these stories!

  • Tiffany

    These podcasts are AMAZING. Totally changing my outlook and inspiring me to work hard towards getting out of my boring desk job and into something I LOVE. Thank you!!

  • http://www.TheActorsDiet.com Lynn Chen

    Awesome awesome awesome interview. (And podcast!)

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  • KrisitnT

    Cant wait to start listening to her podcast! I’ve been looking for other good ones — also any suggestions on other great podcasts would be awesome :)

  • http://www.teaspoonsf.com/ Caitlin

    I loved this! I listen to her homefries show and read her blog, so it was nice to hear her talk like “joy wilson” not “joy the baker”. Great interview!

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    That is so great to hear, Alex!! You might like to check out the other episodes too, http://jesslively.com/livelyshow/ : )

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    Aw, that’s awesome! I hope you enjoy them!

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    That’s great to hear, Leanne!

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    That’s great to hear, Tiffany! Best wishes, and remember to serve in the present moment at every point along the way. : )

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    That’s great to hear, Tamara!

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    Thanks, Lynn! I’m glad you enjoyed it. : )

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    Cool! I listen to Smart Passive Income and Ask Pat (both biz) along with After the Jump (Grace Bonney) and Joy The Baker. : ) The With Purpose podcast is good, too!

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    That’s great to hear!

  • Rebecca Magee

    Hi Jess! I am loving your podcasts, and this one really spoke to me,
    specifically your own struggle on location and Joy’s decision to move. I
    was living in New Orleans (where I’m from) and found real happiness
    being back in a place that was slower – comparing that to NYC where I
    have lived before and after that year, I enjoyed the space that a slower
    city gives. As an example, I strangely lost a lot of weight without
    even trying when I lived in New Orleans, because my anxiety levels
    dropped so much. The other side to that is that I’ve struggled for the
    last year with the anxiety of being back in NYC (even though I’m here
    for a great reason).

    Coming out of that experience, I feel some clarity that as a really
    self-disciplined and self-motivated person, I just don’t need the fast
    pace to keep me going – I do that naturally and on my own, and I do better in a place where I don’t feel the unrealistic pressure to keep up.

    But it sounds like my struggle now – of having to be back in a big city but
    craving a quieter place (and almost needing it for my sanity) – is
    similar to your own desire to move to Austin. So what do you do if you
    have to be some place (in my case, b/c I have my dream job here) that
    isn’t the right match? How do you “get through it”? Maybe not something you would have an answer to but I just wonder if others are feeling this way too.

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me, Rebecca! I really appreciate it.

    I can totally relate, as you know, to what you mean about wanting a quieter place. I’m not sure if you saw, but earlier last week on Tuesday I shared my own struggle, and eventual conclusions that I came to about what I’d do if we had to stay in Chicago: http://jesslively.com/begentle/. If you haven’t read it, I think you might really enjoy it.

    Overall, I’d consider what your Values are, and in this case it might be quiet, and calm. Perhaps you can find a way to embody those Values in New York, the best way that you can. Maybe that’s living on a higher floor that is quieter, trying wax ear plugs (I just tried them and find them way better for canceling noise like trash collectors and sirens while sleeping than home ones), picking a place on a quieter street or neighborhood. Or maybe even commuting if it’s a big Value that outweighs a drive into the city?

    I hear you. It’s not easy to stay in a place that you’d rather not be in. But maybe the Value and Intention setting will help shed some light on how you can make the best out of your living quarters as long as you’re at your dream job. : )

    Love,
    Jess!

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  • Emily Wignall

    I’ve been listening to your podcasts from the beginning…they are just getting better and better! They are so inspiring to me as I start out with my tiny blog. Loved the push at the end to spend as much time promoting content as creating content…I totally needed to hear that!

  • Meg

    Loved the podcast – thanks for sharing your wisdom and humour Joy and Jess!

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    : ) I’m glad you liked it, Meg!

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    That is so great to hear, Emily! I’m glad you like the show and even think that it’s continuing to grow and improve. : )

    And I’m glad you liked the part about promoting. Check out socialtriggers.com for more information on that sort of thing!

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  • Emily C

    I loved listening to you two! I am new to this podcast but found it through Joy, and am glad to have listened. I’m ready to dive in to the archives and learn from some more smart people.

    I’ve been reading the Luminaries all summer (I started it in December before my baby was born, oof) and have to say, reading such a big book in the summertime has been great. Summer kind of lets you get down in to a good long book like that in a way that I don’t find in the other seasons. Three cheers to slowing things down in the summertime.

  • http://jesslively.com/ Jess Lively

    That’s awesome to hear, Emily! Welcome to the show. : )

    I hope you check out today’s episode as well as the others in the archive!

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