Teachers hold a special place in our hearts, and we especially love this one - meet this week's #wingwoman, Carolina Smith! Carolina is an elementary school teacher, a certified yoga teacher, a self care advocate, and the creator behind the LIA project. Carolina was one of our guest speakers in our last round of Build Your Circle, and she helps educate women how to tune in, trust and connect with their highest self. In our interview, Carolina shares how important it is to live by your own inner knowing rather than other people's agendas, how it's been a struggle making authentic connections over the past year, and how with every friendship, she has learned more about who she is and who she is becoming. Continue reading to learn all about Carolina!
1. What makes you happy?
Dark chocolate, beaches, red wine and sunshine!
As well as currently watching our house renovations come together with my fiancé.
2. What advice would you give your younger self?
You have everything you need already inside you, self-trust, intuition, health, etc… follow each step that takes you to a place of remembering what society has tamed out of you. Ask the question and speak with intention. Live guided by your inner knowing rather than other people’s agendas and keep on doing the next aligned thing.
3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?
Illiteracy. There are so many children and adults in this world that have a limited education because of illiteracy. I don’t mean just reading words… but also reading their body’s signs and understanding their own mind. As an elementary school educator, I teach children how to read and write, but as a yoga instructor & wellness educator, my hope is to teach women how to become physically and emotionally literate with their own bodies and minds.
4. How did you find your purpose?
I don’t think I’ll ever find my purpose. I believe purpose is something I’ll strive everyday to align with as it’s something that evolves as I do. I would say that every day I choose to take the next step towards what feels right and trusting I will find purpose in that decision.
5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?
My biggest pain point in building new relationships is making authentic connections with like-minded friends online versus in person. Obviously this year we’ve distanced ourselves from each other physically, so it can take double the effort to reach out and make that connection online. Something I know is that it’s worth it every time that effort is put in!
6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?
I’ve learned that people (including myself) evolve. That change is our nature. It’s not up to me to judge or determine that change for another is good or bad. With every past friendship I’ve learned more about who I am and who I am becoming.
7. Who are your SHEros (AKA female heroes)?
First and foremost, my mother. She has taught me everything she knows about how to navigate this wild world. To name drop a few: Jenna Kutcher (online business mentor), Coach Carrey (lifecoach & meditation teacher), Brene Brown (author & researcher), Lisa Webb (author,entrepreneur & teacher),... so so so many others.
8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?
Currently catching up with Marie Barker’s Live On Purpose Podcast & The Goop by Gwyneth Paltrow. Currently reading, Breath by James Nestor and The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker.
9. Where can we find you?
I would love to connect with you on Instagram @liaproject or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.