How to overcome obstacles and achieve goals

How to overcome obstacles and achieve goals

How to overcome obstacles and achieve goals

Season 2, Episode 2

In this week’s episode of the Holistic Mama Speaks Podcast, Carrie Marie engages in an inspiring discussion with special guests Dr. Jo, Michael Mulkey, and Jennifer Clarke-Kinsey, focusing on the powerful topic of overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. Recognizing that obstacles and challenges are an inevitable part of life’s journey, Carrie Marie and her guests are here to empower you with practical tips and techniques that you can implement into your own life to overcome adversity and accomplish your aspirations.

Together, Carrie Marie and her guests equip you with the tools and mindset needed to conquer obstacles and achieve your goals. By implementing the practical tips and techniques shared in this episode, you’ll gain the confidence, resilience, and clarity necessary to navigate challenges and turn your dreams into reality.

Tune in to this empowering episode of the Holistic Mama Speaks Podcast, and discover how you can overcome obstacles and achieve your goals with the guidance of Carrie Marie, Dr. Jo, Michael Mulkey, and Jennifer Clarke-Kinsey. Embrace their practical wisdom, tap into your inner strength, and embark on a transformative journey towards a life filled with accomplishment and fulfillment.

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About today’s guests

Dr. Jo, Women’s Holistic Healer; Life, Wellness, & Spiritual coach; Yoga, Pilates, Barre, Meditation, & Mindfulness Teacher

Dr. Jo’s mission is to help women identify and celebrate their unique identity, boldly use their voice, and proudly take up space.

She incorporates techniques from both eastern and western medicine to facilitate mind/body/spirit healing, and evolution and has her doctorate in clinical psychology.

Dr. Jo works with all women’s issues, and especially loves working with women who struggle with negative body image and disordered eating, since this is something she knows well, having personally struggled. She loves helping women feel confident, strong, & empowered. She’s also passionate about helping women tell their story without shame. There is power in storytelling and she always says secrets equal shame. One of her favorite sayings is (author unknown): “To listen a person into full existence is perhaps the greatest gift you can give.” For her, the greatest gift is being the listener, the witness.

Dr. Jo’s business is called Tula Soul. The word ‘tula’ means ‘balance’ in Sanskrit, ‘wind’ in Finnish, and ‘poem’ in the Phillipines.

Jo lives with her husband and their pet fish; is very close to her parents and two sisters; one 13 months older and one 2 years younger. While she isn’t a parent, she is a very involved Auntie to a 4-year old nephew who lives just a couple miles away, and mothers in many other ways through her work, mentoring and volunteering.

She fell in love with yoga in a yoga/body image group when I was in treatment for anorexia. Jo had a profound thought, “I don’t have to loathe my body,” and experience embodiment for what felt like the first time. She started yoga teacher training the day she got out of treatment. Since then, Jo’s completed over 1,000 hours of yoga teacher training, and yoga remains a necessary component of her life. For her, It is a practice and a way of life, not an exercise.

Before she transitioned to women’s coaching, Jo was a clinical psychologist and had a successful private practice where she specialized in trauma.

Jo has published poems and leads women’s poetry circles because she believes that women’s stories lend themselves to the nuance and rhythm of poetry (and she’s not talking about rhyming or a particular format).

Jo’s best friend (and yoga teacher) designs a clothing line “Be a Kind Human” and she helps her sell those at Farmer’s Markets and pop-ups!

Dr. Jo was also voted Alignable’s Best Local Business Person of 2022!

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Michael Mulkey, Holistic Professional

Michael is a holistic professional who has come up with his own proprietary method to help identify & get past limiting beliefs and patterns that keep people from achieving their full potential. Michael specializes in many different aspects of people’s lives & what might be holding them back, but one thing in particular that I asked him to talk about in this episode is wealth & success, since many of us know that there is the potential of being wealthy & successful, since we know there are other people who have achieved those things, but maybe are not quite sure of how it’s possible for us, as moms, and what may be holding us back from achieving that.

Michael helps individuals, business leaders, & artists to consciously and subconsciously re-perceive themselves, their circumstances, and their personal power.

Using his proprietary Mindset Evolution Method(R), he helps you identify and transform self limiting beliefs and patterns that block your personal growth and potential. This is one-on-one deep transformational work. These powerful shifts have immense impact and create a ripple effect in your business, relationships and life.

MEM sessions are a simple and effective way for you to change limiting beliefs that are blocking you from reaching your goals in life.

In a session, you will define your present situation (challenge), and Michael will help you to identify and transform the subconscious beliefs/programs that are keeping you from reaching your desired outcome.

To change your undesired programs, Michael will work with you using a unique combination of resources which include (but not limited to) Muscle Testing, Whole-Brain Integration, and Goal Clarification. This approach enables you to communicate directly with your subconscious mind in order to safely and effectively make the changes that are limiting you. This process is called a Balance because it creates a balanced identification between the left and right side of the brain, allowing safe and effective access to make the desired changes. Mind-Body-Spirit.

Michael was originally from Baton Rouge, but a Tennesseean for the last 25 yrs. He’s a musician, writer, and lover of nature… He worked in the music industry, left the corporate world after 20+ yrs., and now devotes his talent & energy to “humans” making a positive transformational change in their life or business.

This year Michael was blessed and honored to be named West Nashville’s 2022 Local Business Person of the Year. The largest online referral network for small businesses, honored local leaders who’ve gone above and beyond guiding peers and supporting entire communities as the strived to recover after the pandemic.

Visit his website at

Jennifer Clarke-Kinsey, Master Hypnotherapist

Jennifer Clarke-Kinsey

Jen is a hypnotherapist that empowers women to overcome their limiting beliefs so that they can step into the success that they so richly deserve. She focuses primarily on creating positive mindsets around health and weight loss. She also partners with Isagenix nutritional products to support her clients on their journey.

Jen married and lives in central Florida. She is passionate about travel and just visited Greece – a huge bucket list item for me. I also play the bass guitar and my husband and I enjoy doing open mic events on zoom. I enjoy working out and reading. I’m a big history nerd.

Visit her website at

About your host

Carrie Marie Vaughn, Podcaster, Speaker, Author, Coach, & Holistic Wellness Professional

Carrie Marie is a faith-filled wife, mother of 3, and a cat mom who is very passionate about empowering moms to live a happier, healthier, more abundant life. With a wealth of experience in holistic wellness and personal development, including speaking engagements on the same stage as John C. Maxwell, she’s dedicated to sharing insights and practices that can transform your life.

In addition to hosting this Holistic Mama Speaks podcast, she is also the author of the book, Mom Mantras; The Daily Affirmation Guide for Mothers of All Kinds, and owns Building Upward, LLC, which offers holistic wellness products, coaching services, courses, and events, as well as business coaching & consulting.

In her free time, Carrie Marie enjoys being outdoors, walking, hiking, horseback riding, playing games, dancing, & spending time with family & friends, as well as crafting & DIY projects!

She’s so excited to be sharing this podcast with you, to introduce you to different holistic wellness practices, products, techniques, and more, so that you can start living a happier, healthier, more abundant life!

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