About Carla

 

“Walking that fine line between making it happen and letting it happen” 

Hello! My name is Carla Da Costa and I am the coach, author and creative behind Living With Heart Co. I live in Perth, Western Australia with my two daughters and am the author of an award winning collection of books the Living With Heart series. The books are much loved guides supporting women to create and live their best life possible from the inside out and were awarded life coaching book/product of the year for 2017/2018.

I was inspired to do this work after rediscovering me. It’s a cliché I know to lose your self, but after having had children and feeling dissatisfied within myself and my marriage, I did!

Rediscovering what I wanted and needed for myself, not just as a Mum but as a woman has literally freed me to gladly be me again. The girl, the woman I always was before life and “adulting” got in the way. Who took things seriously but didn’t take herself so seriously. It has been a rewarding, challenging, soul lifting and life changing experience and I now feel more myself, more comfortable in my own skin and more confident with what I have to offer others than I have ever done before.

Pilates, music, travel, sunshine and my family lift my spirits. I’m really into having a close, tight circle of friends. I’m certainly loyal, my close people don’t chop and change. I love and am drawn to down to earth, genuine souls from all walks of life. I’m not judgey. I’m forgiving to a fault. I have an easy laugh- including at myself. I am open but value my own privacy. Most definetly I’m a big-hearted, open hearted and a wear my smile on my sleeve kind of girl. And I don’t change- I am the same person with everyone I meet.

I’ve been single, married and divorced. I’ve dated. I’ve taken time away from dating to learn to be comfortable with me. I have experienced depression, anorexia and obsessive compulsive disorder. I spent six months of my early adolescent life in an adult psychiatric hospital recovering from the above three and thankfully have stayed recovered for over twenty years. If there is a defintion of what living in your head over you heart looks like when it goes completely wrong, that experience would be it.

My vision of living with heart and being my best self evolves continually as I do. I used to think I needed to always make it happen in life but I’ve come to realise the importance of accepting and having peace with the flow of where I am and what I’m doing.

I do the self-loving work on me, to bring out the best in me and I force nothing outside of myself. I’m always motivated. I’ll always believe in putting my best foot forward but now I equally embrace my femininity, my needs, my desires, my intuition and my softer intimate side. And I know that when I do that, what is right for me presents itself when it’s meant to. There’s no make it happen anymore, I let it happen.

My desire is to see women glowing from the inside out and embracing life to the fullest. I’m passionate about women being at their best from the inside out and living a life that embraces us for who we are, before we are anything else to anyone else; a woman.

I know I’m a better everything – lover, Mother, friend, daughter, when I prioritise myself as a woman first.

There are practices that keep you healthy, radiant, positive and glowing from the inside out and I am hugely passionate about them. Exercise, being outdoors, laughter, time with my girlfriends, fresh food, meditation or quiet time, open heartedness and a willingness to grow, love, make mistakes sometimes and learn fast are mine. Follow me here long enough and you’ll hear about them all!

Fun Facts

Fan Girling: Elle Macpherson’s sexy strong fit body in the 90’s 😍, my girlfriends, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lana Del Ray’s music, Jamie Oliver’s cooking, Jennifer Hawkin’s wardrobe and style, Tony Robbins for changing my life

Current Loves: Mini breaks over one long holiday, eye shadow, sleep-ins on a Sunday morning, candlelight, mixing up Pilates with F45 classes, letting others care for and be there for me completely- I’ve met some wonderful souls with that new attitude, smoothies, the Date Night playlist on Apple Music

Next Dream Destinations: Macchu Picchu, Vietnam, skiing in Japan

Self Love Musts: Moving my body, taking the time and effort to dress well, delicious tasting food with a glass of wine at the end of the day, laughter and conversation, music playing in the background, catching a sunrise or sunset, downtime, honesty and intimacy in my relationships and friendships, a glance at my diary and goals while I sip on my coffee in the morning

Favourite Anything: The Crown and Shameless (US version) on Netflix, The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, Hibiki Suntory Whisky, a good live band, a handsome smile, Apple Music playlists, flying

Media

BIO

Carla Da Costa is an award winning author of the Living With Heart series of books and a creator of online programs designed to support women to live at their best from the inside out. She is an advocate of healthy, positive living and the former co-owner of a Reformer Pilates Studio. Carla is also a qualified Dental Hygienist and likes to think that in both her professions she gives her clients a reason to smile a little brighter. Positive change, personal growth and a true sense of self are the reasons behind everything that she writes, creates and shares. Carla is currently living in Perth, Western Australia with her two daughters.

WORKSHOPS

Carla teaches and has run inspiring workshops for small groups. Topics have included:

  • Confidence and mindset
  • Goal-setting and motivation
  • Health and fitness

INTERVIEWS

Carla has written for numerous publications including The Huffington Post, Pilates By Lisa, Inspired Coach Magazine, The Elephant Journal, The Ladies Coach, Raspberry Magazine and The Working Mum’s Collective.

Topics have included goal setting and vision boarding, creativity, motherhood, life after mental illness, social media marketing, mindful eating and movement, relationships, wealth and living with a grateful attitude.


HEADSHOTS

Happy Praise

There’s a lot of people talking about creating positive change, but not quite as many actually doing it. This is where Carla’s brave work stands out; her message is her life. She is a courageous, kind and creative woman whom I’m blessed to know.


Claire Baker, Health & Life Coach - This is Life Blood

2017-03-09T13:48:35+00:00
There’s a lot of people talking about creating positive change, but not quite as many actually doing it. This is where Carla’s brave work stands out; her message is her life. She is a courageous, kind and creative woman whom I’m blessed to know. Claire Baker, Health & Life Coach - This is Life Blood

I adore Carla.  She’s kind-hearted, wise and wonderful, and she has a true gift for supporting women to reach their highest potential.


Carla brings love and joy to everyone she meets, and she shares her story with a special blend of truth and grace that allows women everywhere to not only share their own stories, but intentionally create their life and future too.


Sarah Jensen, Podcaster & Business Coach - Sarah Jensen

2017-03-09T14:04:22+00:00
I adore Carla.  She’s kind-hearted, wise and wonderful, and she has a true gift for supporting women to reach their highest potential. Carla brings love and joy to everyone she meets, and she shares her story with a special blend of truth and grace that allows women everywhere to not only share their own stories, but intentionally create their life and future too. Sarah Jensen, Podcaster & Business Coach - Sarah Jensen

I love Carla's bright, happy and balanced approach to life. She is a constant source of inspiration, wisdom and ideas - with a passion for health and wellness for the body, mind and soul.


Amy Zempilas,  Fashion, Style & Personal Blogger  - Absolute Amy

2017-03-09T14:05:38+00:00
I love Carla's bright, happy and balanced approach to life. She is a constant source of inspiration, wisdom and ideas - with a passion for health and wellness for the body, mind and soul. Amy Zempilas,  Fashion, Style & Personal Blogger  - Absolute Amy

Carla is a happy soul. Generous with her time and attention, loving and fun and she has practical knowledge and spiritual tools that really help - her passion is contagious!


Carla is constantly creating and is a wealth of resources.


Tracey Jewel, Author of Don’t Mess With The Goddess

2017-03-09T14:06:53+00:00
Carla is a happy soul. Generous with her time and attention, loving and fun and she has practical knowledge and spiritual tools that really help - her passion is contagious! Carla is constantly creating and is a wealth of resources. Tracey Jewel, Author of Don’t Mess With The Goddess

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