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Conversations with the Inspiring Carlie Carpio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carlie Carpio.

Carlie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to help people, but I didn’t know how. When I got to college, I discovered architecture and construction engineering. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world that I could literally help people build their dreams. So, I pursued engineering at the University of Oklahoma and after college moved to Dallas – for what I thought was my dream career. While I was working, however, I realized that the actual job was less about helping people build their dreams and more about the daily grind of capitalism. It was clocking in and clocking out and helping the rich get richer, and I wasn’t okay with spending my life like that. I wanted to make a difference.

Having absolutely no idea what to do, I reconnected with my passions. I had always been an athlete and loved playing sports. During college, I tore my ACL, and throughout my recovery, I realized I had a gift helping other people with their health and their goals. I became a Certified Personal Trainer while I was still working in engineering. I also decided I wanted to work for myself and help make a difference in the community, so I started studying for the GMAT and applying for business schools. It was during this time that I also started on my yoga and self-love journey.

In 2015, I moved to Los Angeles for the full-time MBA program at the USC Marshall School of Business. I focused on social entrepreneurship because I knew I wanted to make an impact and make money – but what would that even look like? I knew my heart was in the underrepresented community, but I didn’t know how and in what facet.

It was through a conversation with my mentor that it hit me, I wouldn’t be where or who I am without key people stepping up in my life. I’m first generation and grew up in the bottom quartile of income, my mom worked 2-3 jobs, and her and my stepfather struggled through alcoholism and domestic violence my whole life. If it weren’t for my coaches, some of my teachers, friend’s parents, etc., I wouldn’t have made it through. They poured into me, affirmed me, and helped keep me on the path. I want to be able to be that person for someone, and on a larger scale, help build systems of equity that provide that and other opportunities for others. My friend Leila explains it as “we try to fix in the world what’s broken in us.”

It was then I knew what I wanted to do. I went from engineering buildings to engineering lives! All of my passion for sports, coaching, leading, self-love, mindfulness, yoga, and self-care coupled with my life experience fuse into this beautiful gift that led me to my purpose. I now help people create a life they love.

I am a CPT Certified Personal Trainer, CYT Certified Yoga Teacher, and a Dynamic Mindfulness Instructor.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome? Do you have any advice for people on their journey?
Oooh lawd! Absolutely not. There are so many ebbs and flows, peaks, and valleys along the way. Yet, no matter how crazy it may get sometimes, it is always worth it!

The biggest struggle I have had is with imposter syndrome: knowing that I am enough and worthy of all of the amazing things that are coming my way, learning to own my greatness, and working to truly love myself. Yet, this struggle has also been my greatest joy along the way. Life can really feel as good, or even better than we portray on social media, but it all starts inside.

My advice for anyone on their journey or beginning their journey is to start with yourself. Everything starts from within, so work on yourself and being in alignment with your goals and your heart because everything will manifest and flow from there. One of my favorite lines from Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is “And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Spend some time meditating, journaling, ideating, and getting clear on:

  • Your Goals: what do you want to accomplish?
  • Your Needs: physical, financial, emotional, spiritual, etc. If these aren’t being taken care of – its hard to move forward.
  • Your Strengths: what are your natural strengths and areas of expertise?
  • Your Learned Skills: what do you bring to the table experience wise?
  • Your Passions: what sets your soul on fire?

This creates a roadmap to you! It doesn’t give you any direct answers, but it helps you get clear, set boundaries, and take care of yourself along the way. Then you can see what’s in alignment and what might not fit with where you’re going

Get out of your comfort zone. Be kind to yourself. Let yourself fail. Make mistakes, then, get back up and keep going. Stay true to yourself. Only do things you believe in… and always have fun along the way.

What should we know about Holistically Dope? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Holistic health and wellness changed my life and that’s why I am so passionate about sharing it with others. I’ve turned what excites me into my “job.” I do many things, like personal training, mindfulness consulting, and teaching yoga, but my company, Holistically Dope, is the culmination of it all. I create programs, workshops, and curriculum for individuals, corporations, entrepreneurs, and classrooms, to become the dopest versions of themselves in every area of their life: mind, body, soul.

My customized programming is a fusion of physical health and nutrition, mindfulness, yoga, meditation, self-love, life experience, and my business acumen, to meet people where they are and provide them with access and tools to get to where they want to go – both in life and in business. My background and varied life experience enable me to understand not only the community I’m focused on supporting but also formal education and corporate landscapes and helps me build a bridge between them.

I also recently started a podcast called Carlie’s Couch, with my friend and fellow entrepreneur, Alexia Clincy, which talks about all of this and creating your best life – whatever that looks like for you. We create brave spaces and a platform for women and people of color to talk about anything, especially the topics people of color don’t typically have a platform to discuss, from business to networking to mental health, social and emotional literacy, creating change and advocacy, mindfulness, and self-love.

I am most proud when my clients and listeners reach their goals or have breakthroughs. I am most proud when it clicks, and they share their progress and stories. It makes it all worth it and is confirmation that I’m on the right path.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
One-hundred and ten percent! I can look at almost everything in my life and see how it played a direct role in who I am today. From my passions and curiosity, how much I’ve always loved leadership and teaching, to being involved in any and everything that interests me. It’s all connected, and the beautiful part is you can’t ever go wrong being yourself.

The most poignant connection is being inspired by where I came from, how I was raised, and my drive to make sure that my life, my future kids’ lives, and the community around me will be different. Better. It helped me understand that it was always bigger than me and helped foster a fire and drive that is relentless. Rising tides raise all ships, and we can create the life we want to live while rising the tide for everyone else too.

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Dominic Jones, Ann Marie Clark

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