Personal Note from Joy:
Maybe it was being born with the name Joy Time or it’s just my innate response to life’s challenges, whatever the underlying reason, I find joy everywhere. At a very young age, I realized my ability to shift the mundane into magical moments resided in my paying close attention to the little details, actively engaging all my senses, being grateful and recounting the memories of the moment once past with those who would celebrate the fullness of life with me.
I find joy in life’s little and big bumps in the road, the sweet look of love in my partner’s eyes, watching a magnificent sunset, going on little adventures to find new places to have picnics, reading a good book, and of course cooking and eating delicious meals with my family and friends. True joy comes in the journey not just the end destination. By fully being present for all that life has to offer, whether the times are happy or challenging, that is the way to live life.
Relationships and love have always been important to me but it was the life altering experiences that happened in 2010 that really brought home this lesson—a major car accident, a bout with cancer, an unengagement, the discovery of a brain tumor, subsequent 10.5 hour surgery to remove it that threatened my ability to smile, and a follow up surgery a few months later. Surviving and thriving post 2010 left me with a clear perspective on what mattered most in my life and continuing my work with Joy of Romance, Inc. was paramount. I’m convinced that relationships are what make our lives rich and full. They are essential for making the world go around. I love love and helping people cultivate, nourish and celebrate love in their lives.
I’m blessed to be in a wonderful relationship with someone who wants to make this the best relationship of his life as much as I do. Creating and celebrating life’s little moments with my partner are one of the keys to our success. We don’t take one another or life in general for granted. Each day is a gift.
I would be delighted to learn more about your story and how I might be able to bring more love and joy to your relationships.
Before embarking on her mission to excite and educate people about how to become their personal best in their relationships, Joy Nordenstrom ran the operations of several businesses. Ranging from party photography to organizational consulting, from helping create an importing/exporting motorcycle company to starting her own New Zealand wine importing business before people knew there was wine there, and from being a Chief Operation Officer of an entertainment company to the Director of Sales Development and Marketing of a community based loyalty card business. Across the board, she explains it was the close relationships with the people she worked with that made her work rewarding and successful.
An entrepreneur at heart, Joy ran several lemonade stands before going door-to-door to sell her hand-made purses and booties in fifth grade. People who have known her for some time often use the following words to describe Joy: tenacious and fearless. These two qualities continuously serve her clients, associates and her life’s greater purpose.
Joy received an MBA in Entrepreneurship, and a BA in both Communications and Economics, with a minor in psychology. All degrees are from Mills College in Oakland. During her pursuit of learning what makes relationships thrive, Joy has extensively studied the works of Dr. Helen Fisher, Dr. Paul Ekman and Dr. John Gottman to name a few. She is a certified matchmaker from the Matchmaking and Behavioral Science Institute in New York City. Joy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her love, their new baby boy and her 4-pound Yorkshire Terrier, Mighty Miss.