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An Interview With Jacki Carr: Define Your Truth

Jacki Carr was always the advice girl. Boy problems? Changing careers? Trying to find a good book to read? She’s your girl.

Now Jacki is not only a great advisor, but a professional goal coach, writer, yogi, and one of Hanuman Festival’s inspirational speakers.

Stories jackicarr

We all create stories. Stories become our language. Language becomes our truth.

Jacki says her journey started when she acknowledged and took ownership of her story: girls are mean. From a bad experience as a young girl, she created this story and as it started to develop in her language, it became true—all girls are mean and should be avoided.

Upon realizing this story, Jacki was able to awaken to her true Self. She started with defining her values: family, adventure, yoga, etc. She chose to be open to “now” instead of “then.” She chose her language to create her reality with her values and she took responsibility for her truth. She made a decision to create her best life.

With the right help and the right questions, anyone can recognize stories from the past and decide whether to keep living them or redefine that truth.

Goal Coaching

Jacki doesn’t give the answers. She asks the questions. When you have the right questions, you can find the right answers. When you can see beyond your own “blur,” your own self-doubt, you can start to see your new reality and start to make changes.

“We each need a team of people to believe in us so we can start to believe in ourselves,” says Jacki.

Many people who reach out for coaching from Jacki are in a place of transition or stagnation in their lives. By asking the right questions, she is able to clear the “fuzziness” of the situation and set the person on the path they’re supposed to be on. It’s a process, she says. Sometimes we just need to be heard. Sometimes we just need someone to believe in us when we’re criticizing ourselves. Sometimes we just need someone to say, “I’m so glad I heard you.”

Rock Your Bliss

Jacki partnered with her friend and yoga instructor Mary Beth LaRue to create Rock Your Bliss, a movement to bring people to live their best lives. They’re up to amazing things and “making shift happen.”


Jacki shared this poem with Hanuman Festival and it’s worth sharing again.

Remember the sky that you were born under,
know each of the star’s stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is. I met her
in a bar once in Iowa City.
Remember the sun’s birth at dawn, that is the
strongest point of time. Remember sundown
and the giving away to night.
Remember your birth, how your mother struggled
to give you form and breath. You are evidence of
her life, and her mother’s, and hers.
Remember your father. He is your life also.
Remember the earth whose skin you are:
red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth
brown earth, we are earth.
Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their
tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them,
listen to them. They are alive poems.
Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the
origin of this universe. I heard her singing Kiowa war
dance songs at the corner of Fourth and Central once.
Remember that you are all people and that all people are you.
Remember that you are this universe and that this universe is you.
Remember that all is in motion, is growing, is you.
Remember that language comes from this.
Remember the dance that language is, that life is.

-Joy Harjo


Originally published on the Hanuman Festival blog.

Photo courtesy of Hanuman Festival.

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