Clara Johnson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the College of St Catherine in St Paul, MN and previously taught Kindergarten at a STEM School in Faribault, MN. After the birth of her daughter in 2015, she took off her teaching hat and decided to become a stay at home mom.
In 2004, when Clara was 17, she lost her own mother, Carol, to breast cancer after a long 14 year battle of multiple recurrences with the disease. When Clara was 21 she participated in an amazing opportunity with the Breast Cancer Prevention Center. She raised money for the organization and in honor of her mother, she then climbed Mt. Shasta in California with several other women who were either survivors of Breast Cancer or effected by the disease. This experience was Clara's first introduction to the power of coming together with a group of people who had experienced a similar grief and it was very profound in helping Clara begin to process the loss of her mother.
It wasn't until Clara became a mom herself, (only one day before the eleven year anniversary of her Mother's death) that her grief for her mother evolved and took hold of her in a new and very emotional way. In 2016, Clara and her family decided to move from Northfield, MN to Minneapolis for a change of scenery, which is where Clara thankfully discovered Blooma and was introduced to the wonderful Twin Cities Motherless Mothers Group. She attended her first Motherless Mothers workshop in March of 2017 where she instantly connected with the other women and their mother-loss, and especially Christine Friberg, the founder of She Climbs Mountains. She has since attended almost every event hosted by She Climbs Mountains and the Twin Cities Motherless Mothers/Daughters Group and has become deeply invested in continuing her journey of grief, while also finding joy and gratitude in being able to help others who have experienced the same loss.
Clara and her Husband live in South Minneapolis with their daughter, Carol (who is named after her Grandmother Carol) and their Golden Retriever, Summit. When Clara isn't at home with her family, you can find her enjoying the outdoors, feeding off endorphins through many different forms of exercise, or spending time with friends.