Month: February 2018

Introspection with Joy

Hey lovelies,

If you know me well, you understand that sometimes I step back and take a breath. Life is beautiful and intense all at the same time. At times, when the intensity of life momentarily outweighs the beauty, I turn my vision and focus inwards…

I hope your day is filled with pure, unadulterated bliss…

From my heart to yours,

Joy

Body Freedom

Hey lovelies,

When I first began sharing my naturist adventures publicly (Jan 1/2018), I had no idea what people would think. I didn’t necessarily expect a negative response, but I also didn’t expect my images to elicit such a positive response. Men, women, and couples from all over the world began sending me emails, messages, and posting comments of support on my social media accounts.

“Joy, your bravery moves me. You openness humbles me. Your strength inspires me.” -T.H.

Some people even shared their own partially clothed or fully nude self-portraits with me. I am not talking about nude photos of an erotic nature, I am talking about thoughtful, elegant, and inspirational photos. Within the first 30 days of launching my Twitter account, my tweets received over 1 million impressions.

After contemplating the reactions to my posts, I came to the realization that I have something of value to offer. The top comment I receive is that I exude a “natural confidence” when I am nude. I found this interesting. I reflected, asking myself why I am so comfortable being naked. I don’t have a concrete answer, but I definitely feel comfortable when I am naked.

As I further explored this topic, I decided that it makes sense to offer “Body Freedom Sessions” to men, women, and couples. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. So I have been digging deeper to see what a Body Freedom session looks like. Years ago I worked with a client in his late 60’s who had never been naked in front of a single human being. He had been married for most of his adult life, but his conservative upbringing made it uncomfortable for him to be nude in front of his own wife.

He decided that he wanted to change this aspect of himself, so he reached out to me. He asked me if I would be willing to simply sit with him and talk comfortably with him while he undressed. That is exactly what I did. I made some tea and talked with him while he nervously fumbled with the buttons on his shirt. I continued talking while he finished undressing. He was worried he would become aroused. I told him not to judge himself, just open to the experience and try to embrace his body.

It was an absolutely beautiful experience. During his session, I chose to stay fully clothed. It was not something I had ever done before and I didn’t see how my own nakedness would enhance his experience. After a few sessions, he managed to do the same thing with his wife. They ended up both slowly taking off their clothes until they stood in front of each other. Man and wife. Standing naked with the lights on for the first time in their lives. They cried and held each other, then made sweet love. With the lights on…

I am working on creating a full Body Freedom Session description. In the meantime, as this process continues to unfold, if you think a session with me would be beneficial for you, please reach out through my contact page.

I hope you are having a beautiful day!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

Get naked with Joy

Hey Lovelies,

As you are likely aware, beyond my work with photographers, I enjoy taking self portraits. The process is simple; I decide to take a photo, set up my iPhone press shoot and the delay activates. I never know exactly when the camera is going to go off which is how I manage to capture candid style images.

It doesn’t always work of course. There are times when I am feeling self conscious or I am experiencing body image issues. During those times I find I tend to pose more so the quality of the photo honestly kinda stinks. As a Photographer, I love capturing authentic moments rather than posed moments.

Yesterday the sun was shining through the windows of my air bnb unit and it felt amazing. I started by taking a self portrait of an everyday moment; me drinking my morning cuppa java. Next I was just standing in front of the window, coffee in hand and finally I took one of me dressed for my day.

What I found interesting is how comfortable I look and feel when I am naked. Of course, I have to be in the right place with the right people, but in general, I am more comfortable naked than I am textile (clothed). Since I started this journey a lot of people have said that they would love to Get Naked with me…

So I am starting to offer what I refer to as “Body Freedom Sessions”. If you ever want to let go of your inhibitions and get naked with me (on an emotional and physical level with a non-sexual focus) feel free to email me:

GetNakedWithJoy@gmail.com

I hope you are having a beautiful day!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

Sessions with Joy…

Hey lovelies,

This past week has been amazing! although I don’t have a permanent space in Victoria yet, I am currently staying at a live/work space in the heart of downtown Victoria. Yesterday was the first day of my new practice. I had an inspirational phone session first thing in the morning, then facilitated a Get Naked Yoga™ session via Skype, and during my afternoon I had three sacred sexuality coaching sessions.

I am about to head out the door to an evening yoga class then dinner with a friend, so I am going to keep this post short and sweet. I just want to say that I am feeling inspired, passionate, and liberated. I hope you are feeling the same! Have a beautiful evening.

From my heart to yours,

Joy

Naked laptop lifestyle

Hey lovelies,

This week I am staying in a sweet condo right in the heart of downtown Victoria. I am currently on building my new website and getting geared up for the launch of my Street Dharma program (focused on bringing programs that nourish the minds, bodies, and spirits of the homeless in my community).

Feeling passionate and truly excited! I hope you are having a blissful Sunday!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

I am going on an adventure…

Hey lovelies,

Today I packed up the lovely little willowpond cottage I have been staying at for the past month. I am heading to Victoria with my sister. We are staying at an air bnb right downtown. Hoping to have a fun adventure. Living out of a bed and breakfast may seem like a lot of fun…and it certainly has its moments, but packing your life up every month or so has its challenges.

However, I am grateful for this beautiful life I am living and enjoying the journey as it unfolds before me. I hope you are having a totally blissed out day!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

The other side of Joy

Hey lovelies,

A lot of people have been asking me questions about myself. Rather than respond to the same questions over and over again, I thought it might make sense to write a short post answering some of the most common questions.

Childhood: I grew up in a tiny town about an hour North of Toronto. I lived across the road from a beautiful river and close to Lake Simcoe, which meant that I spent a lot of my childhood swimming, sailing, and participating in water sports (including frozen water sports like skating, ski-doing, and ice fishing).

Career: I have never enjoyed working for other people and I find it very difficult to force myself to do things I don’t enjoy. I like being my own boss, so beyond being a Sex Coach, author, and blogger, I consider myself a lifestyle entrepreneur. Over the years I have had multiple streams of income, and I am currently working towards building an online income.

Joy: As for my adult life, I was married from the time I was 19 and I became a mom to my beautiful daughter, Eden, a week after my 21st birthday. I have four kids (2 girls and 2 boys) who are now 13, 17, 19, and 21. They are amazing, dynamic, creative, artistic, and absolutely awe-inspiring human beings.

Gypsy: As for where I call home, I am a gypsy soul; I have lived in Ontario, British Columbia, Washington, Arizona, and Iowa. After separating from my husband in September of 2017, I took a couple months to make a major life decision,  then I moved back to BC. I recently considered moving to Arizona to be near some of my closest friends, but after contemplating everything, I have decided to try and make it work here in BC where my oldest three kids and my sister live. I am hoping to finally put down solid roots.

To date, other than questions related to my relationship status, the top question I am asked is:

“Are you a nudist?”

Nudist: I don’t have a straightforward answer to this question. My mom tells stories of me stripping down as a child. She says it was impossible to keep clothes on me. As I grew up, I found myself regularly participating in situational nudity (skinny dipping, going to nude beaches, hot tubbing, nude sunbathing, etc.). I have never identified as a nudist, though nudism was not something that was comfortable for my husband and I am no longer with him.

Naked: My new found freedom seems to have affected how often I go naked. Does that make me a nudist? To try and answer this question, I took a complex nudism quiz. After taking answering all of the questions, I got a score of 69% nudist. That number made me laugh. Although the focus of this blog is not sexuality or even sensuality, I am a deeply sensuous woman…

Naturist: As I mentioned in a previous post, I like the term, Naturist. So maybe I am a Naturist. But to me, these labels are not necessary. While writing for this blog, I have discovered the deeper meaning of what my intention is. Beyond Rewilding myself through my naked in adventures in nature, I have an intention that I think is vital to the health of our society.

My intention is:

Mission: To desexualize nudity and normalize healthy sexual expression and exploration. So there you have it. As for my background with sexuality, I have explored Tantra, Kundalini Yoga, the Quodoshka path, and a variety of related sacred sexuality teachings. For years I wrote about sexuality and participated in multiple related events. To watch the Youtube intro for my interview as one of the experts who was interviewed for the Ultimate Tantra Summit, please click HERE.

I hope you are having a truly blissful day!

From my heart to yours,

Joy