Meet Jo

Hi I'm Jo, Personal Development Coach, Positive Psychology Practitioner,

Music Teacher, and founder of Create Your Life Academy.

I specialise in coaching individuals and groups for positive change using a strengths-based approach, primarily focusing on enhancing wellbeing, building resilience, and providing strategies for life optimisation.

I also integrate mindset coaching into my tailored music lessons and workshops, to enhance learning, engagement, perseverance, self-esteem and core confidence.

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I'm a life-long learner with a growth-mindset, having studied, trained, read and researched myself into euphoric bliss and work that energises and intrinsically motivates me daily. In other words, I love what I do!


During my career in the Music Industry, I noticed there was a major need for more self-care practices and solution-focus to build wellbeing. I began to question:

How can we build wellbeing? How can we experience a thriving and flourishing life?

These impactful questions led me back to University and deep into Postgraduate research, integrating Postive Psychology and Coaching. Like music genres, this is my coaching style, along with a genuine passion to support my clients to unlock their potential and experience a thriving fulfilling life as their flourishing selves.


I've always found myself naturally guiding and supporting others, being in the practice of utilising and applying what I teach is also important. I'm here to help bridge the gap from where people are, to where they want to be, and to learn how to ENJOY the process of getting there - not just the end outcome!

My Story

"It took for Jo Kathleen Marie to hit rock bottom before discovering her purpose in life. The personal development coach, musician and “conscious content creator” hasn’t always been the positive, bubbly

and full of life person she is now.

Only a few years ago, Jo had overworked herself to the point that she (could no longer) leave the house. 


“I went through a period of time with anxiety and depression and I just wasn’t taking care of myself,” she says. "I was ready to check out.”


It was after seeing the quote “pain can be your greatest teacher if you allow it to be,” that Jo began to turn her life around.


“Something just clicked and I thought if I can get through this then I can help others,” she says.

“My first step to recovery was making myself a tea and sitting outside on the step. It doesn't seem like a big deal but it was."


“For me going through my own mental health battle set something off in my mind and I was ready to learn about my mum and get myself out of it. Honouring her memory and wanting to leave a legacy was why I moved into well-being and coaching.”

While her road to recovery hasn’t been an easy one, Jo says it’s one that has now put her on the right path to help others.


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How did I get here?


What began as an extensive research project to navigate my way to better health and re-wire my brains response to trauma, soon became the inspiration behind Create Your Life Academy.

Since connecting with my purpose, I changed lanes into Postgraduate studies in Positive Psychology, specialising in Coaching Individuals for Positive Change, Building Wellbeing & Resilience and Group Facilitation.


I completed my Mental Health First Aid accreditation and additional training in credentialed coaching, acquiring my first 100 hours of individual coaching in 2017 working as a coach in Anxiety Free Living.

By 2018, I landed back in my hometown and launched my dual business Jo Kathleen Marie - Create Your Life Academy, fresh off the back of a qualification in New Small Business Management.

We all face challenges in life. My experiences have taught me that changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them!

Want to work with me in

Create Your Life Academy?


Is it time for you to get unstuck, optimise your life, get clarity to start living your dreams and goals as your thriving flourishing self?