We choose the story we want to live
My name is Celinne Da Costa and I am blissfully, head-over-heels, crazy in love with the world.
Born in the heart of Rome, Italy, to a Brazilian mother and an Italian father, I’ve been a child of the world since I was introduced to it.
Since leaving Italy, I’ve gone from living in the quintessential suburban neighborhoods that American dreams are made of, to getting my degree at the University of Pennsylvania, to working a shiny corporate job in New York City.
In 2016, I gave it all up to design a life I yearned for: one that allows me to pursue my passions, rediscover myself, and nurture human connections.
It all began with a social experiment around the world, and has since evolved into a life-changing journey that has proven to me what I always knew in my heart:
We can design the life we want, if we choose to.
GROWING UP, I NEVER FELT LIKE I FIT IN ANYWHERE.
Since I immigrated to the U.S. as a child, I was sold the idea of the American Dream: work hard, climb the corporate ladder, make lots of money, buy a white-picket fence house in the suburbs, retire and travel when I’m old.
I always felt there was something inherently wrong with me for wanting something different. I wanted to:
see the world.
create my story.
make my own rules.
I silenced my dreams and instead settled for the “responsible” path to adulthood. I attended a prestigious university, got a decently paying advertising job, and started building a stable life full of comfort and routine.
All the while, I struggled with depression, anxiety attacks, and heart-wrenching feelings of incompetence — I was living a placeholder life, and no matter how much I pretended. I instinctively felt that I was meant for more than what society had prescribed me.
I HID FROM CHANGE, SO LIFE THREW CHANGE AT ME.
By my third year living in New York City, the strong dissatisfaction growing inside me was almost unbearable.
Then, life intervened.
A series of events completely threw me off balance: I didn’t get the promotion I wanted, my ex-boyfriend unexpectedly broke up with me, my beloved grandfather passed away, and my rent skyrocketed. To top it all off, I had a heart-breaking experience volunteering at an orphanage in the slums of one of the unhappiest countries in the world, Cambodia.
After returning from Cambodia, I knew that I had to change my life. I was at the point where nothing was going as I wanted, I lacked purpose, and I had a burning desire for more.
I asked myself — am I going to do something about this?
The answer was a resounding “yes.” That day, I decided to take my life apart and redesign it from scratch.
THAT’S WHEN I LEFT EVERYTHING BEHIND, AND TOOK A LEAP OF FAITH.
Six months later, I quit my job, packed a carry-on, and set out on a social experiment to circumnavigate the globe by staying with people with whom I shared a human connection. The challenge was that I’d somehow be personally connected to everyone who hosted me (friends, friends of friends, people I met on the road, etc).
Shortly before leaving New York, I made a promise to myself:
I will NOT spend another minute of my life consciously living in fear.
I spent close to a year putting my fate into the hands of people — mostly strangers — around the world. An astonishing 70+ hosts in 20+ countries across five continents opened their homes to me.
I believe they did this because they recognized in me what they recognized in themselves: a hunger for life, to do more with our days than just work, pay bills, and die.
Regardless of race, culture, or socioeconomic background, every person I encountered along my travels generously shared their stories with me, and as a result, unlocked a love for humanity in me that I didn’t even know existed.
I’M WRITING MY STORY JUST AS I WANT IT, AND MY PURPOSE IS TO HELP YOU CREATE YOURS.
My journey taught me that we all have a story to tell, and that story has the power to change your reality. Why not make it a reality that reflects your dreams?
What is the vision for your life and your business?
What is the legacy you want to leave behind on this planet?
Are you proud of the life you’re building?
If not… what are you going to do about it?
The life you live starts with the story you choose to tell — to yourself and to the world.
As I carve out my own path, unruly and winding as it may be, I hope to lend you some inspiration and guidance to help build yours.
are you ready to tell your story?
See what clients say about me.
I originally hired Celinne to help me with content. To pull out of me the stories and ideas that I knew were living inside of me. And man, what I got was so much more. Celine helped me to not only fine-tune my messaging and create an entire bank of incredible stories to share, but she also guided me to dig deep and really understand the impact of my work. She ultimately became a mindset coach for me and someone I could share my spiritual side with.
We all know in our hearts why we do what we do. But sometimes putting all of those big beautiful ideas into words can be so challenging. If you have trouble properly articulating what you do, how you do it, and WHY you do it I can’t recommend Celine enough. You will come out more focused, clear and empowered to spread your message and teach from a place of confidence and flow.
– Meghan Sylvester, Spiritual Teacher and Life Coach, USA
Celinne is a masterful storyteller who can quickly and efficiently pull out the deepest parts of your brand story and help you find clarity where there was once before confusion.The one thing you need to know about Celinne’s work is that her words and stories sell. I was featured in international press and had a $70k group program launch shortly after working with her, and that wouldn’t have been possible without Celinne. A few months later, I scaled to a 7-figure business. I highly recommend her to business owners and entrepreneurs looking to take their business to the next level and turn their brand into a legacy.
– Sabrina Phillipp, Online Business Coach, USA
I reached out to Celinne because I knew that I was not delivering my true message as I really wanted to and I knew that I was putting at risk the value of my brand and of how it would have been perceived by the people I want to serve. It was thanks to a brand identity workshop with Celinne that I finally felt that my message, my story was aligned with what I stand for and what I was trying to communicate but I was failing at until then. Celinne has the unique talent to bring into surface your most true story, your message in the most authentic and powerful way.
– Massimo Filasieno, Founder & CEO of Leading Interview, Dublin, Ireland
Celinne has a special talent for digging into the truth of things. With her, I went way more in-depth about why I started my business and for whom. She got rid of my sales pitch, and made it a beautiful human story, way more fun to tell! We all have this real reason inside us, but it is so hard to discover it on your own. When you hire Celinne, she will change the way you sell your business, and it won’t feel like selling it anymore. I am happy that we can continue to work together since it is so valuable for Coworkparadise and myself!
– Michael Tesselaar, Founder of Coworkparadise, The Netherlands
Celinne completely surpassed my expectations, she is a master at her craft and knows exactly what to ask to get to the heart and core of what you want your business foundation to be. She has the ability to get answers to those important questions that we can’t seem to answer by ourselves. She pokes in the right spots that will help distinguish what you deem necessary for your business model and then goes on to give you structure and guidance on how to build the framework that will become your brand. I ended the workshop feeling immensely content with how much progress and clarity I had obtained, so much that I will now continue working with her as my coach as we begin the adventure that is building my vision and brand!
– Juliana Piraquive, Fitness PR Strategist, Miami, USA
Sitting down with Celinne to break down my company’s vision has really made me connect the dots, within just a few hours. Her ability to ask the right questions and poke the right spots, while keeping track of the progress of the break-down is really admirable. I would highly recommend any business owner who’s looking to have clarity on how to execute on their vision to have a branding workshop with Celinne. You will be able to determine what your company stands for and add value there, but more so, gain understanding of what your core is as a person. And that’s something that is valuable for life!
– Bram van Turnhout, Commercial Director & Co-Owner of BRM Lasermachines, Amsterdam, The Netherlands