Our Story

From an early age, our founder, Karla was interested in clothes and fashion. Specifically clothes that were unique and fun. She went to college for a business degree, and then on to Paris for a month to take merchandising classes. But something was lacking. What she found in Paris was not quite what she expected and she felt that the industry was a bit fake.

Life went on and she found herself with a successful career in Information Technology. She also fell in love with horses and developed a deep desire for personal growth and learning more about what it means to know your authentic self and live a life that is authentically you.

In 2017, Karla founded Spirit of Strength. At Spirit of Strength, we believe that each one of us came into this world with unique gifts. We are all Spirits of Strength. When we are in alignment, when we are authentic, when we find our voice and share these gifts with the world…this is when we truly step into our power. Our true strength manifests when we share our Magic.

At Spirit of Strength, we see potential. We see possibilities. We see connections. We BELIEVE in and inspire Magic. Spirit of Strength strives to foster Connection and CommUNITY. We hold regular events that will support you, inspire you, guide you to discover more about yourself and help you to move into true alignment with who you are. The Spirit of Strength herd is an integral part of what we do. You can learn more about Chief, Sunshine, Spirit, Bodhi, Hope and Bumble, below.

In November of 2018, following some intuitive nudges, Karla decided to combine her interests and create the Spirit of Strength clothing boutique. Cowgirl, western, gypsy, hippie, and boho styles all influence the Spirit of Strength vibe. You will also see a hint of nature, the elements and the nature spirits. Our hope is that you find something here that you find fun, unique, and authentically YOU. So often we get lost in life, and we forget who we are. At Spirit of Strength, we want you to "Remember Who You Are", and be YOU.

A big part of why we do what we do at Spirit of Strength is to help horses. A portion of all Spirit of Strength profits will go to help horses in need. Our long term vision is to have a sanctuary for horses with thousands of acres.  Probably somewhere west with a mountain view.  Where horses, including the mustangs, can run FREE.  The non-profit paperwork for Open Spaces Sanctuary is in progress now.  For the short term we will do what we can in our current location in Michigan.  We will need to either relocate somewhere with more usable land or add more fencing, run ins, etc in our current location.  We will be posting more about our vision as it unfolds and we are so excited to have you come along with us on this adventure!  We will also continue to share our vision wherever we go to allow the universe to make the connections that need to be made to make it a reality.

We Believe in the Magic! 

The Team


In 2017 I founded Spirit of Strength with a desire to empower Dream Weavers, Change Makers and Visionaries of all ages to be the change they want to see in their lives and in the world.

I see Potential. I see Possibilities. It lights me up to make connections. I believe in MAGIC. I aspire to help you along your Hero’s Journey.

I am a lover of animals, nature, the elements and Mother Earth. I believe that all living things have a soul and that we are all connected. I believe we all have the ability to make a positive contribution. I believe in partnering with horses and the horse consciousness. Helping equines in need resonates deeply with my soul.


As you can see from her picture Jess loves to spend time with her dog Bailey.  Jess has a lifestyle blog where she writes about topics such as fashion, beauty, relationships.  You will notice she is also featured in many of the Spirit of Strength photos on the website.  2019 is a very big year for her with college graduation and a wedding coming up!  Jess is a visionary and is not only Karla's daughter, but also her go to person when she wants a second opinion about pretty much anything.  She has a compassionate heart, a strong spirit and will undoubtedly find a way to make this world a better place.  You can read her blog posts here: www.jessicanikolajuk.com


Chief is the lead gelding in the herd. He truly is the Chief and takes very good care of everyone. For being such a big guy he is actually quite sensitive. He likes to help people to be empowered in their sensitivity. Freedom is also important to Chief. He likes to have a choice. This makes him an excellent partner for learning about boundaries.  When people ask about the bump on his forehead, we just tell them he is really a Unicorn - you never know!


Sunshine is a pony, and she is the lead mare. She is a nurturer. She is also always on the lookout watching over the herd. She is very sensitive to what emotions people bring in with them, so if you come to visit Sunshine, be aware of what is happening on this inside. That being said, she likes to help people (and her herd members) to process their emotions.


Spirit is confident, spirited, and fierce. Fierce in a good, loving way. When life gets hard, sometimes we lose our spirit. Spirit empowers people to remember their strength and to not allow the adversity of life to change who we are. She helps people to embody the strength of their Spirit. To remember that you are a Spirit of Strength.  Spirit was born in June of 2016.  She and Bodhi are full brother and sister.


Bodhi embodies a very “zen” energy. He is usually calm, letting most things roll off his back. He has a sweetness and purity about him. He is gifted in assisting people with the awakening process.  Bodhi was born in June of 2017.  He is also Spirit's little brother!  Other than his white blaze and taller white back socks they look very much alike.  

Hope and Bumble

Hope and Bumble arrived in July of 2018.  A good friend's husband was diagnosed with lymphoma and she asked if we would take them in.  They have a forever home now here at Spirit of Strength.  Hope and Bumble are minis but don't let their size fool you.  Hope is one tough cookie and if you ask her she runs the place.  She doesn't let anyone big or small intimidate her.  Underneath it all she is actually a very sweet girl.  Bumble is the tiniest horse here, but her personality is big.  She is full of spunk and has a sassy little diva head toss.  She is a little cautious around people but also very curious and wants to meet everyone who comes to visit.  Deep down she really just wants to be loved (don't we all!).  Her nickname is Bum Bum and when they have something to celebrate Karla and Bumble like to do a little dance they call the Bum Bum.  Maybe a video for another time....