Speaking is one of my favorite ways to connect with you!  Since it’s my goal to encourage and equip you to find the joy in your life that’s walking alongside all the nasty, undesirable stuff, you can expect my presentations to include both humor and depth. 

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    Find Joy… No Matter What

    Joy and sorrow really can travel the same road together; it’s often a matter of being intentional about accessing the joy that’s walking right alongside the tough times. During our time together you will

    • Learn specific strategies for inviting joy into your challenges
    • Find ways to “discipline” your mind to look for joy
    • Make room for “joy shots” every day…no matter what life is like right now

    Maximize Your Moments

    So often we spend our time either trying to manufacture fun (by planning vacations, parties, and weddings, for example); or we simply wait for fun to show up at a special event, like a movie or a concert. You may not realize, however, that every day–even a “bad” day–offers moments of  joy that are yours to capture and celebrate. In this message, you will leave empowered to

    • Increase your ability to recognize opportunities for joy
    • Seize and celebrate those sweet, fleeting moments
    • Enjoy living in the present, no matter what challenges you’re facing

    Finding Joy in Every Season of the Soul

    Seasons of the soul have nothing to do with age, but rather your heart’s response to what’s happening in your life. In our time together, we’ll take a look at summer as a season of abundance and celebration; at fall as a time of transition and change; at winter as a time of loss and hardship; at spring as a time of new beginnings. In this workshop (or weekend retreat), laughter is included and tears are a possibility. Joy, however, is guaranteed as you

    • Identify the season you’re experiencing now
    • Discover how God can love you (and how we can love each other) through each season
    • Emerge with specific tools that can help you thrive in your current season

    Born To Be Wild

    When was the last time you did something for the first time? Is there something you’ve dreamed of doing, but haven’t done yet because you haven’t made the effort or summoned the courage? What’s keeping you from living life as an adventure rather than a series of responsibilities and problems? As a result of this presentation, you will be inspired to wake up your wild heart, and

    • Restore adventurous dreams that you’ve postponed
    • Find the courage to take playful risks
    • Use moments of fun to experience joy in in times of grief and loss


    Fun was had by all

    “She is such a joyous spiritual spark plug!”

    Rev. Les Cantrell, Pastor

    First Baptist Church
    Bluffton, IN

    “[Jill is] a fun firecracker!”

    Barb Roose

    Author, Speaker, Literary Agent for Books & Such Literary Agency

    “Jill brings a shot of joy to her presentation which is entertaining, yet incredibly moving.”

    Karla Allen

    Public School Coordinator of Counseling Services, Hanover County, VA

    “My faculty thoroughly enjoyed our time together. Jill made us laugh, cry and be thankful for those moments of hope and triumph, even when joy doesn’t seem possible. I know she had a tremendous impact on our mental and physical health.”

    Mark Beckett, Principal

    Chickahominy Middle School, Mechanicsville, VA

    Past Speaking Events include presentations for the:

    – National Heart Association

    – Virginia Department of Corrections

    – Virginia School Counselor Association Conference

    – Virginia Department of the Treasury

    – Federal Reserve in Richmond, Virginia

    – Salvation Army

    – University of Richmond (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)

    – National Association of Ministry Assistants Conference

    – Network of Enterprising Women


    Make a Joy Box for Someone You Care About

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