Follow Your Inner Voice With Kara Johnstad 047

What does it mean to be a Pink Coattails entrepreneurial woman?

For Kara Johnstad, founder of Voice Your Essence™ this means bringing the power of the voice…with all of its beautiful and mysterious capabilities, to everyone, regardless if they think they can sing, or not.


Please join us as Kara tells the story behind her biggest mindset challenge, takes us behind the scenes in her business, shares her coolest resources and more!

Author, voice specialist and founder of VOICE YOUR ESSENCE, Kara Johnstad is a singer-songwriter, transformational catalyst and a powerful voice in the time and age of transition.

Kara empowers audiences around the world via concerts, lectures, workshops and 1-on-1 coaching. With more than 100 songs written, all produced and published under her own indie label, Kara’s music speaks volumes and touches on universal themes that affect us all: love, relationships, life, death, sexuality and inner healing.

Big Why

Simply stated, Kara is passionate about educating people on the power of the voice. Hers is a deep and powerful  calling.

Mindset Challenge

Like many women entrepreneurs, Kara’s persona is very complex, with diverse interests and capabilities. Coaches have told her, “Kara, you have to choose!” She finally realized that she did not have to choose and has figured out a way to bring all of her diverse talents and interests to her clients. But she still finds it a challenge to integrate everything into her web and social media presence.

Energy Plan


Kara believes strongly in ritual and has certain times that she does things. One of the things she does consistently every day is to mediate. She does a lot of writing and songwriting in the morning, has lunch and then meditates for an hour.

She really enjoys ‘brain syncing’ which allows her to tap into a theta wave state (see links to her favorite tools in the Little Pink Notebook section below.)

She also walks daily (having a dog helps!), does yoga three times a week and eats very healthy.


If she’s really exhausted she will listen to a brain sync recording that helps her go into a delta state for complete rejuvenation. Kara also gets offline, sleeps and eats good food!

Business Fun

Kara is having fun with a Kindle challenge and is going to Rome, Italy finishing a huge project producing her original songs with a full symphonic orchestra which will be out in 2015 and she’s also setting up her first online group program.

Business Vision

Kara did a concert in Berlin where she worked with the audience to open their voices. Listen as Kara explains how the participants literally gave voice to their dreams and desires.

Little Pink Notebook

~ Personal Development Book –

Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness and Spiritual Well-Being by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi

~ Business Book –

Power Up For Profits: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Online Marketing by Kathleen Gage

~ Favorite Food Find

When Kara needs comforts food, she reaches for Celery Root Schnitzel. She shares her recipe below.

~ Recipe Celery Root Schnitzel (vegetarian) Scroll down for the recipe below!

~ Fabulous Body Care Product

Kara loves a makeup line based on sea salts called AHAVA 

She loves the Dr. Hauschka skin care line. She also describes a homemade scrub made with sea salt and lemon massage oil.

~ Confident Calm Technique

As a singer, Kara has a powerful technique to reconnect with her vision. She explains her ‘anti-vision’ board and how it empowers her.

Connect With Kara

Website –
Facebook –
Twitter – @karajohnstad


This is one of Kara’s favorite recipes and Kara explains how to make it below in her own words. She includes directions for a vegetarian version as well…

Celery Root Schnitzel (Vegetarian)

I adore celery root schnitzel. It is a comfort food. Classic Wiener schnitzel uses veal that has been pounded, breaded and fried to a crispy golden brown.

I prefer vegetables, and celery root is perfect (some call it celeriac, celery knob or knob celery.)
This vegetarian version features celery root slices that have been blanched to tenderness before getting the same treatment.

Serves 6 as an appetizer or 3 as a main dish. Feel free to double and triple the recipe depending on how many guests join you.

Ingredients –

1 large celery root, 10-12 ounces
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup all purpose flour or substitute ground almonds or hazelnuts
1 cup breadcrumbs or substitute rice flakes
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fresh herbs – for example rosemary or parsley

To Make –

Fill a 2 quart pot with water and 2 tablespoons sea salt and bring to boil.
Peel celery root carefully with a paring knife.
Slice peeled celery root onto approximately 3/8 inch think round slices.
Blanch in boiling water for 3 – 5 minutes and drain in colander.
Allow to cool before proceeding with recipe.

Place flour or ground nuts in a shallow dish.
Place breadcrumbs or rice flakes  in a second round shallow dish.
Place beaten eggs with fresh herbs in a third shallow dish.

Spread steamed celery slices out on a cutting board.
Season both sides with salt and pepper.
Dredge each slice in the four ( or ground nuts).
Dip in egg mixture.
Finally coat with breadcrumbs or rice flakes.
Heat a cast iron griddle to medium.
Cover bottom of griddle with a thin layer of ghee or clarified butter. ( or good vegetable oil)
Fry 3 or 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
Drain on paper towel and serve with a wedge of lemon.

Kara’s notes:

Celery Root Schnitzel is best served with mashed potatoes and a big salad.

I like making extra and eating it cold for lunch on the days following.

The classic version is with flour and bread crumbs. I personally eat very little gluten. I have no allergies, I simply feel lighter when I leave out bread and flour. So I often substitute the breading with ground almonds, rice flakes, or you can use other gluten free flour like chestnut or even cornmeal.

Variation – Try Kohlrabi Schnitzel. Simply substitute Kohlrabi for celery root.

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