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Introducing Michaela Renee Johnson: Be You Find Happy

4224 Fowler Lane, Suite 201, Diamond Springs, 530-401-3756,,

Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?

I’m a licensed psychotherapist. After working in marketing for 12 years, I felt I’d exhausted the career. I had just published Teetering on Disaster, a memoir, and so many people reached out saying it helped them. At the time, I was seeing my own counselor, and I loved how she embodied calm and peace, sitting in her chair with her shoes off and a blanket. I thought, “What an amazing job!” That started me on the path of getting my master’s degree in psychology, which to this day goes hand in hand with marketing, which is all about what makes people tick.

How are you involved with both the community and your customer?

Between donating and volunteering time to sporting events, to participating in the HartSong Ranch Biscuits and Gravy Cook-off, and hosting the annual Divide Chili Cook-off, my husband and I always have something fun on our plates. We were both raised in this area and feel that giving back is an important part of being in a community.

What life accomplishments are you most proud of?

The old me would have listed publishing two books, getting a master’s degree, running marathons, and hiking “14ers,” but the wise me says my son. Being a parent is such a challenging life experience, because it forces us to grow as individuals, but at the same time, the most rewarding and proud moments I have felt in life involve my son.

Where do you go when the going gets tough?

I’m a firm believer in the importance of mindfulness, so typically to my yoga mat, on a hike, or—if it’s really hectic—to the beach.