Today we’d like to introduce you to Carrie L. Burns.
Carrie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m a native California girl born and raised in Northern Cal (Alameda), but I’ve lived in Texas, Switzerland, Greece and now Southern California. I graduated from U.C. Berkeley and then went on to Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.
After I passed the bar exam, I realized I wasn’t cut out for attorney work, so I went on to work in fraud investigations until just recently. I’m also a childhood sexual abuse survivor, and a part of me has always known that sharing my story and my struggles would be a key to my freedom.
When I was younger, I struggled with suicidal ideation, depression, co-dependency, anxiety, and low self-esteem. With a lot of work and therapy (EMDR, RTT, CBT) and as the years progressed I was able to overcome my depression and self-esteem issues, but I still struggled with having fulfilling relationships.
Then, I went through my fifth painful break-up and realized I needed to do something different, or I’d end up in the same position again the next time. I started reading, writing, meditating and studying relationships and gender differences.
In 2016, with the help of my amazing sister Julie I launched my blog www.AcingLife.com and went on to become a certified Mars-Venus and Robbins-Maddanes Relationship/Life Coach. I also met my super-amazing boyfriend soon after.
Right now, I’m working on a coaching program meant to help women get over their break-up so they can go on to find the love they want and deserve.
As a blogger and coach, I help to inspire others with my story and let them know that even when all feels lost and hopeless, it isn’t. Change can happen at any time. You only have to have the courage to take the first step!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Oh Lord no! Building a website wasn’t easy (if it weren’t or my sister I would have given up). Marketing does not come natural to me like learning and writing does.
I strive really hard to be authentic in everything I do and in all the products I offer which are difficult in the social media marketing world we live in today. Deciding to change your life and career to become an entrepreneur is frightening and challenges all of your confidence, especially when you’re an introvert.
There are days when I want to give up, turn around and go back, but like everything in my life I keep pushing forward because if you aren’t moving, then you’re slowly dying. I may not get exactly where I thought I would be, but I’ll go where I need to, and that’s really all you can do. Choose a direction and keep moving towards it.
AcingLife – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m a blogger and Certified Life/Relationship coach. I blog about personal growth and relationships on my site www.AcingLife.com. I specialize in overcoming insecurity, getting over heartbreak and focus on creating the life that you want by mastering your emotions and learning to love and accept yourself (flaws and all).
I’m most proud of the fact that everything I put out and everything I believe in comes from personal experience (and I’ve had a lot of them). I don’t promote or sell anything as a “quick fix” because anyone who does is lying to you. I try not to promise some magical transformation because again, most of those people just want to profit off the pain of others.
Tony Robbins says that change happens in an instant, but I disagree. I believe the DESIRE to change happens in an instant and its what you do with that desire that makes all the difference.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success as being able to financially support myself helping others, doing something that brings me joy and gives me freedom while increasing my self-respect. I don’t believe in markers. I believe in feelings. I believe you can feel successful if you have a million dollars or if you’re struggling to make a living.
To me, success is defined by the relationships you have, the love that you give and the change that you inspire in yourself and others. You don’t have to save the world, but if you can have an impact on even one life, then you’ve done your job.
- One on One Coaching is $497 per month
- Email Coaching is $197 per month
- Website: www.acinglife.com
- Phone: 949-549-9526
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