About Jill

    Jill Baughan is an author, speaker, podcaster and curator of “joy shots” who helps people find joy, no matter what else is happening in life. Born in Bluffton, Indiana, she first discovered that joy and tough times can coexist when she learned, while riding the Tilt-A-Whirl at the annual Street Fair, since it was obviously possible for a human being to laugh and throw up at the same time.

    Jill is no stranger to painful experiences, such as the sudden death of her father when she was ten, and a long battle with infertility as an adult. Her first book, A Hope Deferred: A Couple’s Guide to Coping with Infertility, chronicled her journey, and offered suggestions for couples traveling the same difficult road.

    Even though the challenges of life have changed her, however, her sense of playfulness is alive and well. “Though there are times when part of me mourns what’s lost, sighs at what’s here and trembles a bit at what’s to come,” she says,

    “I still want to hop onto a Harley, swing like Tarzan from a vine, and get into a little mischief.”

    With this in mind, then, she wrote her second book, Born To Be Wild: Rediscover the Freedom of Fun, to help people unleash that power of play in their own lives. Her message here gives the reader a new ability to say “yes” to opportunities for exuberance.

    Since the publication of Born To Be Wild, Jill’s life has included multiple surgeries, chronic pain, family crises and a breast cancer diagnosis. Because of these challenges, however (and remembering that lesson from the Tilt-A-Whirl), she discovered new ways to find joy in the middle tough times, and was thus motivated to start her podcast, “Find Joy…No Matter What” in January 2020.

    Currently her newest book, Find Joy No Matter What: 90 Devotions for Experiencing Deep Delight in Tough Times, is scheduled for publication in 2025.

    As a frequent speaker, Jill’s message has touched hundreds of people at retreats, civic organizations, churches, support groups and businesses, where she loves to inspire their audiences with humor and depth.

    After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Purdue University, then a Master of Arts degree in Composition and Rhetoric from Virginia Commonwealth University, Jill spent 30 years as a writing instructor at VCU.

    She now takes all that fun and joy on the road.  

    She and her husband, Ben, live near Richmond, Virginia.

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