Lina Chan - Resilient and Optimistic
What are your “and” words and why? Resilient and optimistic. I chose resilient because I am a strong believer of not letting challenges bog you down, and learning from negative experiences so you can grow and become a better person. I've tried to apply this to all the challenges I've had in my life. I chose optimistic because I always try to see the best in things and be grateful.
What you are known for saying / a quote from you. What does this quote mean to you, (or if it’s from someone else, why does it inspire you)? “Be a tank! Don’t let anything stop you!” I believe that everyone has an innate strength. My responsibility in this world, and through my work at Adia is to help women find their inner strength so that whenever life throws something challenging at them they have this source to fall back on, grow and shine.
Which other Ladybadasses inspire you and why? My mother - she lost everything when she first moved to Brazil with my father. They only had $200 to start their life and raise 3 children. With a lot of love, passion and determination she worked two jobs, then built her own business, raised 4 children, taught us to be independent, strong and provided us with the best education we could have asked for.
When did you first realize that you had some Ladybadassery in you? When I lost my first two pregnancies - the first was a stillbirth and the second was a miscarriage. The experience could have broken me and my relationships down but with the right support, optimism and determination I turned that experience around. I’m now turning this experience into building Adia with a mission to help women on their journey to motherhood by providing better access to science and support.
What keeps you motivated on days when you aren't quite feeling like a Ladybadass? My children and husband. When I am feeling down I look at pictures of my family. When you experience death in your immediate family it changes your perspective. You become more grateful and you don’t take things for granted.
What is your advice to other women who are trying to tap into their Ladybadassery? Believe in yourself and be grateful. When we are grateful for the things that happen in our lives, even the hard things, opportunities appear. Seize those opportunities and believe that you can achieve what you set your mind and energy to.
Lina is the founder and CEO of Adia, a science-based plan that provides convenient tests and expert support for womens’ fertility journeys.