You did it, lady. You came through that hard place.

I’m proud of you. 

Now it’s time for another journey. 

As soon as you start to focus on your own joy, everything starts to rise and feel lighter. You can feel your nervous system start to calm. 

Sure, it feels awkward when you begin. You’ve spent most of your life putting other people first, forgetting your own joy. So it feels like you’re cheating if you carve out 15 minutes of time to do nothing but lie in a hammock or shoot baskets by yourself or watercolor without the need to be any good. 

That’s why you have to practice. 

As soon as you start leaning into your own joy, you’ll want more. 

You can learn how to make time for daily joy the same way you learned how to drive a car or learn to cook without the smoke alarm going off. You decided to make a habit to make your life better. And then you practiced, bit by bit, day by day. 

it’s time to practice your joy.

I understand you.

For nearly fifty years, I worried I wasn’t good enough. I feared and fretted and pretended everything was okay.

And then I had a mini-stroke.

I knew that I had to change my life. I learned to understand how my body kept the score of my traumatic childhood and how my well had run nearly dry. I learned to calm my nervous system to allow my mind and body to fully relax.

I started practicing my joy.

Learning to design my life for joy has changed me, deeply.

Now, I’m thriving.

I want you to thrive too. 



When you learn to name your joys and what blocks your joys, you start to allow more joy in your life. Being curious about the process allows you to learn how to practice your joy. When you practice, you’ll soon live with joy without having to think about it. You’ll allow yourself more joy. 

Sure, you could continue your life as it is: stressed, sometimes depressed, and waiting for joy to appear

Or, you could learn to build your capacity for joy, so you can live more often in the moment, appreciate what you have now, and make joy the first priority in your life

You can do this.


Practice Your Joy is

  • a 4-week workshop
  • with daily prompts for thinking and writing
  • plus reading assignments
  • in between the weekly 2-hour online classes.

If you sign up for this workshop, you’re ready to understand how your brain and body work with that cumulative toxic stress from traumatic experiences.

You’ll be on the path to thriving by finally putting yourself first in your life.

And if you Practice Your Joy, you’ll find a community of resilient women who have committed to creating more joy, together.

If this sounds like what you need, I’m looking forward to doing this work with you.


Shauna is a kindred spirit as a teacher — real and down to earth. She shares so much goodness with us who attend her sessions. I have found such solace and support in what Shauna shares. The companionship I find with Shauna and all the women from around the world she has brought together on Zoom? It helped save my sanity through the incredibly tough time of COVID lockdowns.

Shauna, as the host, helps us all find good in the world and our personal lives. She doesn’t gloss over the hard times. In fact, she acknowledges the trauma most of us have in our lives. She has been through it. She’s honest. She isn’t a fake purveyor of toxic positivity. She’s honest. She’s always rising.

Shauna does the research and shares the science with us.. She also offers us perspectives that might get us through our days with more joy. She also has a great, hearty laugh!

I’m grateful that Shauna is here.

— Martha K, Sacramento, CA

“The world needs Shauna’s work! This is not hasty positivity nor artificial optimism. This is Shauna, meeting us where we are with genuine compassion; guiding us back to our own wisdom; walking alongside us as we examine what might be blocking the brilliant parts of life. We may not always be able to control what happens, but with practice we can know and experience a more constant joy. Shauna’s work has changed my life. It will change yours too.”

— Brigette R., Virginia

I am so grateful the universe gave me what I needed — Shauna’s workshop. I learned so much about myself in this journey, things I needed to know. My life has changed this past year, but after this class, I realized I can handle those changes. I know now that I’m my own hero. Thank you, Shauna.

— Kathy HB, Colorado




Want to take this workshop in person? Click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Absolutely not. This isn’t therapy of any kind. If you’re struggling with crippling anxiety, depression, or profound symptoms of PTSD, please seek professional help.

This is a workshop for people who’ve done the hard work, with the help of a therapist, of figuring out what happened to them. And now, they want to create a more joyful life.

I struggled with complex PTSD for decades and learned how to thrive by making joy my lifelong practice.

I’m a voluminous reader and researcher, someone who has studied pretty extensively about the brain, the ways the body reacts in stress, the effects of trauma, and how to create pattern recognition. I’m endlessly curious, especially about all of this.

I’m a synthesizer. I amplify the knowledge of others who study the effects of childhood trauma on the body and the mind, as well as how to create habits that work and the effects of joy. By weaving together these facts and understandings, I can teach you what I’ve learned.

I’m a teacher. I’ve endured a lot of traumas in my life, talked to therapists for years, did dozens of meditation retreats, and changed my life to thrive in joy.

Teaching what I’ve learned is my way of helping others.

As Toni Morrison said, “The function of freedom is to free someone else.”

I’m sorry to hear that. I’ve been there, so I understand.

Practice Your Joy is the synthesis of the work, learning, and living I’ve been doing for the past thirty years. This is my purpose, the work I was born to do.

This is also my business. It’s how I feed my family.

That’s why I talk about this work in other places that are free to read. You may be interested in getting tips about how to find more joy in your day. Please follow my Instagram account, where I offer moments of delight and videos about joy. Sign up for my email list. I send you stories every week. And if you subscribe to my newsletter, Finding Your Joy, for only $5 a month, you’ll receive a little story about joy or tips for calm, every morning. I’m making joy videos every week and speaking about this wherever I can.

I believe that this work of learning to thrive through joy really matters.

I’ll be the guide and you’ll listen to learn. But you’ll also chime in with your stories, questions, and insights.

This keeps the experience intimate and spontaneous. We’ll become a community, able to share our stories. 

I love the men in my life. But so many women, including me, find solace and strength in connecting with other women in an intimate and supportive space. When women come together with compassionate intention, they can create community and connection with each other. This matters to me.

Sign up for some more joy!

Once a week, you’ll get specific ideas for how to practice joy in your life. Upcoming events? You’ll find out first. Ridiculous GIFs? Guaranteed.

PLUS, when you join the community here, I’ll send you — FREE — a life-proven formula for finding your joy.

Sign up today to receive THE SEVEN STEPS TO FINDING JOY.