EP23: Grief & Lessons For Living On


In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • How Cecilia dealt with the guilt of losing her sister to an opioid overdose
  • How Cecilia had to shut down her successful high-profile business to take care of herself
  • The importance of taking the time to fully grieve and the role a grief therapist plays for those experiencing great loss and heartache
  • What Cecelia did to immediately alleviate the grief she was experiencing and the practices, tools and habits that got serotonin flowing
  • Why daily cardio is important to activate our feel-good hormones, especially during times of hardship and grief
  • What all-natural remedies and supplements Cecilia turned to during her grieving process
  • Hear how one small miracle shortly after 9/11 changed Cecilia’s life forever

Episode Resources

Show Notes

Today’s deeply touching episode is with my friend, Cecilia Pagkalinawan, who is a badass businesswoman and serial entrepreneur. This episode is very raw and honest conversation where Cecilia opens up about losing her sister, Theresa, to an opioid overdose.

Cecilia shares how the devastating news of her sister dying impacted her to her very core and how the loss of her sister affected every inch of her life. It came at a time when Cecilia’s career was at an all time high, and she shares what happened after as her life come crashing down.

Cecilia shares how she fell into a depression, how she had to stay strong to keep it all together for her high-profile business, and how she struggled with the grief as her business started to fall apart because of the dot com crash.

Listen in to learn how Cecilia managed to find peace through all-natural healing methods, and the one piece of advice an empathetic friend that helped put things into perspective for her so she could face her loss one day at a time.


Cecilia Pagkalinawan

Cecilia Pagkalinawan is a serial entrepreneur and is launching her 4th startup BRWN which is a storytelling platform for and by people of color. Previously, she ran ecommerce and digital marketing for brands such as Burberry, Frette and La Perla and consulted with private equity firms in creating value and growth for consumer brands. She was named one of “Silicon Alley Top 100 Internet Executives” by Silicon Alley Reporter, “NY Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” by NAWBO, received Burberry’s “Rising Star Award” and was named by Inc. Magazine as one of New York City’s top 4 content marketers and a “Supermarketer.” Her startup appLOUD was called “Awesome, Terrific and Priceless” by Mac Observer and StyleTrek was named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of “Top 100 Brilliant Companies.” Cecilia resides in Brooklyn with her son Mateo and rescue dog Shorty.


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