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The Art of Living Well Podcast®

Jun 9, 2021

We are thrilled to introduce today’s guest, Jacquelyn Fletcher Johnson. Jacque is the founder of Heartwood Healing and the creator of the Heartwood Self-Mastery Programs. She’s an award-winning author and motivational speaker who has offered individual mastery, mindfulness, and resilience training and coaching to thousands of people through her work with organizations including Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, UnitedHealth Group, OptumHealth, Weight Watchers, Senior Care Communities, the Carver College of Medicine, and many more.

She is the co-creator and host of the Healing Words television show and a founding faculty member of the Creative Writing at the Bedside program, both administered by the Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine at Mayo Clinic.

Jacque is the award-winning author of 14 books including Dear Body, Love Me. Her work has received an iParenting Media Excellence Award, and was a Gold Recipient of a Mom’s Choice Award.

Her advice has been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Experience Life magazine, The Huffington Post,, OmTimes Magazine, Macleans, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota Parent magazine, Newsday,, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and the Washington Post.

She began training in self-mastery and mindfulness techniques more than 20 years ago when she lost 100 pounds that she’s kept off for two decades. Her love of understanding human behavior won her a yearlong fellowship from the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society to study with a team of therapists. She’s a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Great Story Coach.

Jacque graduated with degrees in English and Women’s Studies from Wellesley College and holds an M.F.A. in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College. She’s a member of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST and her company, Heartwood Healing, is a network organization on the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience. She recently served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Loft Literary Center. Find out more about her work at

During today’s conversation Jacque shares her inspirational story about how she lost 100 lbs in her twenties which lead her on the path to live an intentional and happier life.   

She talks about her book, Dear Body, Love Me and how it is an apology letter to her body and a manifesto of self-acceptance and self-love. We encourage you to listen to Jacque read the book aloud on YouTube.

She also talks about how to achieve hard goals and how to reignite passion and purpose and she offers many tips and suggestions along the way.

We hear about her breast cancer journey during the Coronavirus pandemic and how she handled the year with humor.

And finally, we learn all about Jacque's self-mastery program which she developed to help people get comfortable with their bodies, feel vibrant and have tools to face challenging things. You will not want to miss this powerful conversation.

Resources Jacque mentions:

The Choice, by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

You can find Jacque on:

IG: @jacquefletcherjohnson


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Special offer: Look for our Instagram giveaway to win her book Dear Body, Love Me.

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This episode is brought to you by Appetite for Change, a non-profit in North Minneapolis that uses food as a tool for health, wealth, and social change. To learn more about AFC, listen to Episode 31 of our podcast with one of their co-founders Michelle Horovitz, as well as our bonus episodes with co-founder Princess Haley.

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