My Story

"Joy is not in things; it is in us." - Richard Wagner

I believe that we are meant for creativity and connection

I believe that the act of creation is sacred.

I believe that to live in Love is our highest calling.

I believe that joy and laughter are gifts we should share freely {and often} with others!

I believe fiercely in the power of hope and kindness to heal.

I also believe that women are wild, passionate, vulnerable, complicated
and stronger than we ever imagined!  

I seek to honor our stories though exploring and sharing my own.

Hello!  My name is Karla Lawrence, founder of Grow Joy and multi-passionate artist, writer, healer and teacher.  My mission is to help compassionate women and soulful introverts create and grow joy in their lives by learning how to prioritize their self-care.

Through creative journaling, yoga, & coaching I help women get to know, like, and trust themselves unconditionally; without guilt.

I offer virtual coaching and personalized class, workshop & retreat experiences designed to help individuals stop putting themselves last and start nurturing themselves first.

As an artist, I enjoy painting whimsical portraits and figures that celebrate the feminine.

I also teach in YogaFaith classes to help individuals connect with the Creator both on and off the mat.

As the founder and former owner of the Creative Counseling & Consultation Center and Karla’s Mixed Media Studio, I have been nurturing the wellbeing of adults through counseling, life coaching, education, art, and yoga for over 15 years. 

It’s time for you to create and grow joy in your life and shine your light in the world!

Wishing you more peace & joy than your heart can hold!


“You are the light of the world… let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Creator who is in heaven.” - Matt. 5:14-16 ESV

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