In the spring of 2015 I left a nearly 15-year career on Wall Street and embarked on an adventure that transformed my life.
At the time I had it all by conventional measures of success: a prestigious title at one of the largest investment funds in the world, a fancy apartment in New York City, lavish vacations, and a killer designer shoe collection.

In terms of life’s formula I had done everything I was supposed to: Ivy League School, Master’s Degree, Wall Street, but then why did I feel like I was dying inside? Wasn’t I living a life people would kill for?

I was constantly exhausted, my life felt like it was on replay each day. I was constantly rushing: rushing to get to work, rushing to the gym, rushing home to eat dinner and then rushing to bed only to do it all over again the next day. I felt, empty and claustrophobic, held hostage by my lifestyle.

My personal life was in shambles. I couldn’t maintain a relationship for more than a few months, I was constantly sick with stomach issues and migraines, and had trouble sleeping. To make things even worse, I felt guilty and ashamed of being so unhappy. How dare I be so ungrateful when I had so much?
Pain can be a great motivator. I didn’t see it that way at the time but my pain and desperation were actually the gifts that planted the seeds of my rebirth.

I began making small changes to my routine, having no idea at the time that these little adjustments would have a profound impact on the entire course of my life. First I started taking care of the way I treated my body, I stopped drinking alcohol and eating foods that were harmful to me. And you know what? I started to feel great!

Daily meditation calmed the constant noise in my brain, giving me a whole new level of mental clarity and connection to my intuition. As I cleaned up mentally and physically my energy and motivation levels increased and for the first time in my life I started to pursue interests outside of work.

I reconnected with my love for dance, which has been hugely transformative. It was during dance class that my soul began to awaken to the rhythm of the drums. I started getting excited about other things besides work, my world opened up, and it gave me the courage to dream that there in fact could be something else out there for me.
Pain can be a great motivator. I didn’t see it that way at the time but my pain and desperation were actually the gifts that planted the seeds of my rebirth.

I began making small changes to my routine, having no idea at the time that these little adjustments would have a profound impact on the entire course of my life. First I started taking care of the way I treated my body, I stopped drinking alcohol and eating foods that were harmful to me. And you know what? I started to feel great!

Daily meditation calmed the constant noise in my brain, giving me a whole new level of mental clarity and connection to my intuition. As I cleaned up mentally and physically my energy and motivation levels increased and for the first time in my life I started to pursue interests outside of work.

I reconnected with my love for dance, which has been hugely transformative. It was during dance class that my soul began to awaken to the rhythm of the drums. I started getting excited about other things besides work, my world opened up, and it gave me the courage to dream that there in fact could be something else out there for me.
I made a decision, I would give myself one year of exploring my next steps, and if I didn’t find anything I would quit my job. During that year I met with anyone that did anything that sounded remotely interesting. I went on awkward coffee dates, drinks and phone calls, I begged people to introduce me to that friend of a friend that had a life that sounded cool to me.

And guess what, 10 months later I was granted a fellowship to help a company in Colombia, all sponsored by a Swiss Fund. Enter here my old friends Fear and Doubt. Loved ones said to me, “Are you crazy? People would kill for your job, you can’t just give it up!” Or my favorite “You are 35, you need to stay in NYC and get married and lock it up while you’re still cute”!

I was terrified, but I was even more terrified about my life staying the same than I was about becoming a poor spinster. There is an expression that says ¨Leap, and the net will appear¨. Well I leaped, hopped on a plane down to Colombia and my life has never been the same.
Fast forward to today and I can honestly say I have the life of my dreams. I live in paradise, am surrounded by a group of like-minded friends, and have a have budding network of entrepreneurs and transformational coaches to support me on my path.

I am the founder of two businesses, Warrior Girl Coaching and the clothing line Kilele, which deeply fulfill me. My headaches and stomach issues are gone, and I sleep peacefully and deeply at night. I feel a sense of belonging, of purpose, and am frequently brought to tears of gratitude for the life I have today. And guess what, I feel younger than ever!

But on all journeys there are setbacks.
Fast forward to today and I can honestly say I have the life of my dreams. I live in paradise, am surrounded by a group of like-minded friends, and have a have budding network of entrepreneurs and transformational coaches to support me on my path.

I am the founder of my own life coaching business Warrior Girl, the clothing line Flan de Coco and the urban dance project The Mecca. I am also in a wonderful relationship with the man I love. My headaches and stomach issues are gone, and I sleep peacefully and deeply at night. I feel a sense of belonging, of purpose, and am frequently brought to tears of gratitude for the life I have today. And guess what, I feel younger than ever!

But on all journeys there are setbacks.
In 2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and suddenly every fear I could imagine came crashing down on my shoulders at once: financial, professional, relationships, vanity, fertility and of course mortality.

After undergoing a double mastectomy surgery at the ripe age of 39, I returned to Colombia terrified, afraid of leaving my family, my doctors, my city, but for the first time in my life ready to take a risk in the name of love.

I had no idea that I was about to face my most difficult challenge yet. After working for my entire life I found myself unemployed, worlds away from friends and family, with no idea what was next. My finances had dwindled down to almost nothing (who knew that cancer was so expensive), and for the first time I felt the icy cold grip of financial fear.

Aside from the physical pain, my surgery had split me open from the inside emotionally. Me, who prided herself on being strong and independent (there’s no crying on Wall Street!) was suddenly face to face with my biggest fear. I had no choice but to be vulnerable, to depend on others, to ask for help, to cry, to tell the people I loved how much they meant to me and how much I needed them.

It was in this moment of profound weakness and vulnerability that I discovered the real meaning of strength. I learned to love parts of me that I had hidden for years, and realized that loving and embracing them was in fact the greatest act of strength and bravery there is.

It is through our darkness that we get to know our light, through our weakness, our strength. My greatest difficulties, failures and defects have become my greatest assets, they are what make me uniquely qualified to guide others.

I used to hate my scars but now they fill me with pride, battle wounds of a Warrior Girl, who in her darkness found her light, and in her weakness, her strength. Sending so much love to all of you on your own paths. Remember, we are all Warriors, and I’m here to remind you if you ever forget.
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