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Episode Description 


What would it take to radically re define ourselves as moms? Are we stuck in a rut, or wanting to pivot or add more creative passions into our lives? Are we in a situation that is not working but we stay because of fear? Today’s guest & fitness instructor mom of six, Kayla Johnson-Neal, knows from experience what it was like to hit rock bottom and have to re-invent herself and believe in her own truth.

After a tough divorce & three kids by 31, Kayla had to pick herself up by her bootstraps and decide what direction she wanted her life to go. Fear or empowerment? Having always been ambitious about the fitness world, Kayla went on to branch out from a day job that turned into her very own business.

Now with thriving businesses, and married to the love of her life, Kayla believes passionately in how our lows can teach us the most and lead us to where we are meant to be.

She also feels so called to help other mamas take care of themselves and empower their own goals and creativity and has recently opened a Star Cycle franchise in Santa Barbara, California. Here she continues to inspire and uplift patrons, especially mamas, to live their BEST lives.



  • How disempowered she had felt a a young mother
  • Why she is so passionate about moms taking time for self care 
  • Why she feels sad for the young mother she once was
  • Her road to find herself which included a tumultuous divorce
  • Being a single mom of 3 by age 31
  • Facing naysayers & sticking to her truth
  • How her day job at a gym turned into her fitness business today
  • Having to be courageous in scary moments like losing a job and health insurance as a single mom.
  • How being a “doer” has helped her
  • How leaving a bad relationship led her to marry the love of her life
  • Reflections the life she has created with her now six kids and husband
  • Recently opening a Star Cycle Franchise in Santa Barbara 

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Nicole De Leon is the host of the Soul Mammas podcast, a mama of a toddler and two teenage stepsons, a writer, life coach and surfer. When not with her family or interviewing inspiring mamas around the world, you can find her in the water at her favorite surf spot on her “mom breaks.” Email her at to join her one on one and group coaching session for rediscovering your purpose as moms.  



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