Joy was born in Hawthorne California and raised in a few states while moving with her family. In 1984, she joined the Air Force and was stationed at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There, she met Scott, who was in the Army stationed at Fort Carson. They later married and Joy got out of the Air Force to join and support Scott in his Army career and to start a family. In 1997, they were stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas and soon made Wakefield their home, where they still reside. She became a realtor and worked for a couple of agencies before venturing out on her own and opening Fort Riley Real Estate in 2007. In 2022, Joy downsized Fort Riley Real Estate to be able to focus more on her clients and to pursue other interests. These days Joy is an avid gardener and outside girl. She loves to document her love for the outdoors and share it with her followers.