What’s your devotion? Ours is to choose joy, take risks and repeat #lioness Episode 43

Episode 43

In this podcast, Michele and I offer you a rare peek into how our tribe connects with each other. We talk about how to create and find your true, authentic community. We talk about what it means to be an authentic leader. We explore what it means to have a devotion that transcends emotion. And we also explore what it’s like to continually choose joy while taking risks.


  • Devotion
  • Redefining leadership
  • Taking risks
  • Giving each other evidence that it’s safe to take risks (example: no one died in the process of posting a TikTok video)
  • Michele’s risk-taking adventures over the last few years, especially overcoming her fears about showing up in social media platforms
  • Michele mentioned Jeff Fay, photographer and storyteller http://www.jefffay.com/
  • How we each processed life when we were young, Michele through art and Debbie through reading and writing
  • Debbie’s greatest fear prior to a 10 day silent retreat
  • PRIVATELY ANNOUNCING Michele’s new art classes, teaching individuals and groups – virtually and globally!

Question for you: What’s your devotion?

Please post your answer in the comment section below, or go to anchor.fm/sassyshorts and leave us a voice message.

Thank you so much for all of your comments, likes and shares! You are letting us know that we are making a difference and we really appreciate you for that.

Much love,

Debbie and Michele

JBL Trifecta

Debbie Happy Cohen, author and coach, is also the founder of Joy-Based Living. Her Master’s Degree is in counseling, specializing in family systems, healing emotional trauma, and practical spirituality. Also affectionately known as Happy D! and Reverend SASSY SHORTS!, she lives on Lookout Mountain in Alabama, near Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her books include Reach Your Stars!SANCTUARY, It’s All About Kids: Every Child Deserves a Teacher of the Year, and I Don’t Think So!  You can find her blogging at http://www.joybasedliving.com.

Michele Stone is a professional artist in Tampa, Florida as well as a Certified Therapeutic Art Life Coach. She teaches classes for children and seniors and also curates art exhibits at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. Masterpieces with Michele, LLC is her company where provides painting parties for adults at their workplaces.  You can watch her videos and subscribe to her youtube station here.


This podcast is for all you moms and dads out there freaking out about what to do with your children for the next 2-4 weeks, while we are all quarantined. We plan to do a whole series of refreshing topics and life hacks to keep the stress and frustration down to a minimum. They will cover a wide range of topics, including emotional intelligence, doodling, navigating challenging times, resistance and so much more. Please leave a comment and I might draw out a doodle for you!! 


This podcast is CLEAN LANGUAGE AND KID FRIENDLY. I am swearing to give up swear words during these podcasts because your young ones are at home and you need this info to be heard and shared freely!! We want you to be a great lioness during these times. We want to help you you be the calm amidst the storm. We know how much you love your kids and we know how much you care.

Please comment!

Your voices mean the world to us!

Thank you!

To access all blog posts and podcasts with Debbie and Michele, just click LIONESS in the main menu of www.joybasedliving.com or go to the Search bar at the bottom and type LIONESS.

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