Linda Joy is on a mission. A mission fueled by the lessons learned and the wisdom and insights gained on her transformational twenty two year journey from single welfare mom and queen of self-sabotage to heart-centered visionary and inspirational catalyst.
As publisher of Aspire Magazine, the premiere inspirational magazine for women, host of Inspired Living Secrets and the bestselling publisher behind Inspired Living Publishing, Ms. Joy’s passion permeates all of her inspirational multi-media brands – each brand dedicated to supporting and empowering women with a Universal message of hope, love and self-empowerment.
What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?
Being an everyday goddess means being committed to the walking the path of authenticity, self-empowerment and inner healing. It means trusting and following the calling of my soul and doing the inner work to heal and release the layers of self-doubt, shame and old stories that keep me from embracing the truth of who I am. It is understanding that as I step into my power and truth as an everyday goddess I empower other women in owning their truth. Being an everyday goddess means staying connected to my heart center, honoring my truth and being of service to the world with my unique gifts and presence. It means holding a space of love and compassion for others on the path.
At what age did you awaken to the presence of the Divine Feminine and would you describe it as a sudden awakening or a gentle unfolding?
Looking back over the last twenty-two years of my spiritual and self-empowerment journey I would have to describe it as a gentle unfolding. Each step I took along my sacred path allowed me to heal and release layers of old wounds that had kept me separate from my truth. As I continued along the path of healing, which continues today, I have been able to own my truth, tune into and trust my inner guidance and live my life from the inside-out. Over the last three years I have felt an accelerated energy guiding and supporting me in deep inner work and has also led to meeting, connecting with and supporting other women sharing this sacred journey. At 51 I feel more at peace in my life and in myself as a woman than I ever have and that’s my deepest desire for all women.
What roles in your life had to transform in order for you to live authentically?
The most important role that I’ve had to transform in my life has been my relationship with myself – on a physical, spiritual and emotional level. Through that transformation I came to the understanding that until I truly loved, honored, and nourished myself as a woman I was not able to accept the same from others. As I healed, my relationships and roles were magically transformed or released as needed and each one became an energetic match aligned with my heart and truth. I’ve seen this happen time and time again in women’s lives as they healed and learned to embrace their truth their outer relationships began to support the new energy they radiated. It begins within!
What have been some of the greatest inner gifts you’ve experienced since stepping into your feminine power?
The greatest inner gifts that I’ve experienced have been the lightness of spirit and deep joy that I feel in my heart. No matter what outside circumstances are whirling around me I have found a sacred place within that grounds me in peace and love that I can turn to at any time. My intuition and connection to Source have never been stronger and I have found that in honoring each of those connections on a daily basis, I am able to live my life from a place of inner strength and peace.
Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?
One of my favorite rituals is lighting my favorite incense, listening to Karen Drucker’s beautiful song/mantra “I am so Blessed” and sitting quietly allowing myself to bask in the love. As an avid reader, another ritual that feeds my soul is to begin and end each day reading from an inspirational book – whether it’s sacred text or the newest book from a favorite spiritual or personal development author I find nourishment in their words.
Is there a particular Goddess that you are intimately drawn to and why?
Not at this time, but there are two Goddess cards (from my Doreen Virtue deck) that I have consistently pulled for the last three years – Dana: Manifestation, Alchemy and Divine Magic and Hathor: Allowing yourself to receive and nurturing yourself. I’ve been feeling led to delve deeper into the meaning and energy of these Goddess energies and look forward to the journey.
Is there a personal message that you would like to share with women?
My message to every woman is this… YOU have access to all that you need to heal, transform, and thrive in your life. The inner peace, self-love, and validation you are searching for cannot be found ‘outside’ of yourself (believe me, I’ve tried) the key is within you – always has been. Begin by giving yourself permission to honor your truth and the calling of your soul. Forgive yourself for your past, and give yourself permission to receive all the love, abundance and radiant health that you deserve. When you begin the journey inward you too will awaken the goddess within.
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