Lina Carvajal is an engineer turned banker turned Art Therapist, Life Coach and Counsellor. She’s gone from being stuck (more than once) in a life that looked great on the outside but felt completely misaligned on the inside. This is a story of how she found her way out of the ruts and into a life that she loves.
Lina also shares the valuable wisdom that she gathered about self-worth and self-love - the two things that were most impactful in her transformation.
Lina spent much of her life seeking happiness - she lived a life that looked great on the outside but misaligned on the inside. She was uncomfortable and felt like she just didn’t fit. She found herself in this rut more than once in her life! She found what she was looking for when she turned toward self inquiry and looked into self-worth and self-love.
Getting Out Of A Rut
Once Lina realized that she as living a life of expectations, she started to make changes to get out of that rut including moving from Columbia to Australia. She also realized that she was focusing on trying to fix her weaknesses rather than build her strengths. That realization also helped her get out of the rut. Other things that she did to move forward include:
Asking herself the transformational question “What do I want to create?”
Asking friends for feedback to figure out her strengths. They helped provide a helpful objective view for her own blindspots.
These breadcrumbs lead her to counseling
Dived into self inquiry and challenged her own limiting beliefs
Learned to move out of her thinking mind and into her emotions
Learning to accept yourself and be comfortable in your own skin
Lina developed self worth when she:
Stopped living by other people’s expectations
Stopped looking for approval by collecting a bunch of certifications. She leaned into her own skills and trusted that it was good enough.
Whatever you’re creating in the world at this moment, is perfect. You’re enough.
Lina felt good enough when she:
Gave herself permission to feel everything that she did about herself
Knew her strengths (it’s always been there, but are you ready to see it)
Got back in touch with her inner self
Asked herself “What do I want to create”
You choose if you’re worthy or not
Start where you are and use what you have, knowing that it’s enough
Use the resources that you have and do what you can
Feel the fear but do it anyway
Do something to move toward your better life every single day!
Philosophy for living a life you love:
Everything begins within yourself. The relationship that you have with yourself is the relationship that you have with everything. Have the best relationship that you can with yourself and then from there, you’ll affect everyone outside of you.
One of Your Biggest Lessons So Far:
“We’re all an original so don’t die as a copy”
What is one nugget of wisdom that you would share with fellow seekers who are on this journey of growth and transformation?
You are already who you’re looking for. You are who you are and that’s enough.
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are” – Joseph Campbell
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