You are in for a super soulful, life-giving conversation today! I sat down with my longtime friend, Valentina Esteban, to talk allllll about her journey of uncovering her truth, and how you can do the same. Val is truly one of the coolest people I know. She has a background as Canada’s youngest professional bikini competitor– she rose through the competitive bodybuilding ranks at a very young age and was on track to have a super successful career in fitness, until she decided that it just wasn’t for her and literally walked away from everything she had built because she realized that it wasn’t her TRUTH. She has had some crazy cool experiences while traveling the world which we’ll talk about in the episode, and she has some really amazing insights on how we can all cultivate stillness and truth in our own lives. You will literally feel like you just stood in the sunshine after hearing Val speak, and I’m so excited for you to get to know her!


Review of the week from @Samanamamaza: “A role model who shows up with authenticity everyday (5 stars) I’ve been following Marie since she was starting out as a bikini competitor and I’ve loved how she’s been so real and open about everything in her life. Her podcasts make you feel as though you’re just hanging out with friends and learning some amazing information about fitness, nutrition or overall wellness. I have listened to every single episode and never left without learning at last 1 extremely useful thing (it’s usually so many more than that) and feeling motivated and inspired. I’m so glad I have the Grind and be Grateful Podcast for my long commutes to school. Thanks Marie <3” (1:28)

Who is Val (5:28)

Purpose through bodybuilding (7:47)

“That led me to becoming a pro bodybuilder, and once I achieved that, I thought it was what I wanted but even thought I had everything that I thought I wanted, I didn’t feel like I was being fulfilled by it anymore; it felt like I was going through the motions because it was all I knew.” (10:50)

“I started having that feeling of emptiness, and like I was now doing this for other people.” (11:58)

Val’s Instagram pivot from bodybuilding to spirituality (13:40)

Val’s words of wisdom for working through big realizations (16:13)

“Harnessing our energy for balance and doing a little bit of everything in our lives is so important, because it’s so easy to get sick of something because we push so hard or force so hard, that we just don’t do anything at all.” (19:22)

“If you’re going into the gym with that sense of hatred for your body, that type of energy is going to come right back into your body, and the way that you transform your body is going to harness that energy.” (20:09)

Val on ‘perspective’ & our ‘conditioning on body image’ (20:21)

“For the most part, the female body is supposed to have the curves, the little bit of grabbing onto, and the cellulite, and the stretch marks, that is part of our female body and we just have to learn to accept that instead of trying to change it with surgeries and the gym and all these crazy gimmicks that society has given us” (23:00)

“When I don’t have a clear vision I follow my heart and that actually leads me to where I’m supposed to go” (23:50)

Traveling for 2 years (24:30)

Open heart, open mind & embracing what comes your way (25:45)

“What mattered most was connecting with people, who I was surrounded with, how connected I was with myself; being purposeful with what I was doing” (26:16)

The difference between running away from something vs. coming ‘home’ to yourself (27:30)

Ways to go inside and sit within, without leaving home (29:10)

Not identifying through masks (30:47)

“I am a small little drop in an ocean of consciousness” (32:24)

Coming from a place of purpose over a place of ego (32:40)

Three Ways to uncovering your truth and living it out (35:15)