Our podcast host, Isabel Alexander, shares her feelings and outcome from a life changing decision one year ago.
One Life to Live.
How do you want your life to be remembered?
What will be said about you when you die?
If the topic of your life’s significance in on your mind, you may also relate to Episode 22, Do Epic Shit:
Don’t leave your message or memory to chance, write your own eulogy and then get busy living it now!
Download Isabel’s contribution to your legacy at FreeGiftFromIsabel.com
About the Host:
Isabel Alexander – Vitality Champion, Business Strategist, and Transformation Catalyst
Dynamic, a self-made entrepreneur who overcame obstacles with an unrelenting positive nature, a farm girl work ethic, and a conscious choice to thrive rather than survive, Isabel Alexander cultivated an award-winning, $10 million+ global chemical business and grew it from dining room table to international boardrooms.
Isabel’s strengths include the ability to initiate and nurture strategic relationships, a love of lifelong learning, and talent for helping others maximize their potential.
An inspiring speaker within both industry and community, she is a driving force behind those with the courage to follow her example of thriving against the odds.
With 50+ years of business experience across diverse industries, Isabel is respected as an advisor, a coach, a mentor, and a role model. She believes in sharing collective wisdom and empowering others to economic independence.
Chief Encore Officer, The Encore Catalyst (www.theencorecatalyst.com) – an accelerator for feminine wisdom, influence, and impact.
Founder of the Lift As You Climb Movement (www.facebook.com/groups/liftasyouclimbmovement)
Author & Speaker ‘Who Am I Now? – Feminine Wisdom Unmasked Uncensored’ (www.IsabelBanerjee.com)
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I'm especially grateful for your company as I celebrate.Speaker:
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occasion, an anniversary of sorts, not an anniversary from a wedding, althoughSpeaker:
that's ironic that I should think about that because in fact, it's theSpeaker:
anniversary of the beginning of a divorce.Speaker:
365 days ago today, I boarded a flight, to leave a marriage, aSpeaker:
life that I had lived for 12 years.Speaker:
a lot of relationships, and some unhealthy habits and patterns in my life,Speaker:
and I've spent the last year unlearning some of my lessons during that periodSpeaker:
and getting reacquainted with me.Speaker:
The real me!Speaker:
Absolutely stunningly surprising to me that 12 months has already gone bySpeaker:
another year of my life on this planet.Speaker:
And it was hard.Speaker:
There was a lot of hard stuff.Speaker:
There was a lot of emotional stuff.Speaker:
There was a lot of gut wrenching, soul searching, hand ringing,Speaker:
hair pulling, you name it, during that period of time where I oftenSpeaker:
said What The F have you done here?Speaker:
Was it the right thing?Speaker:
Have you made a mistake?Speaker:
Are you sure this is what you want.Speaker:
I am sure.Speaker:
I am sure indeed.Speaker:
But it did take a while for me to get to this place of not looking back overSpeaker:
my shoulder and not doubting in my own judgment that it was hard to doSpeaker:
this, but I had to do it in order to continue to thrive and live my best life.Speaker:
My Encore, this one and whatever the future ones will be.Speaker:
I'm known as the Encore Catalyst Transformation Catalyst, the mistress ofSpeaker:
reinvention in some circles, and that was long before this past 12 months change.Speaker:
If you're not sure what catalyst means, the definition for me, that really makesSpeaker:
sense is that a catalyst is a substance or an individual who enables or facilitatesSpeaker:
a change or a reaction without being consumed or changed by the reaction.Speaker:
A year ago and more back, I realized I was being consumed by the life that ISpeaker:
was living, and I was being changed in ways that I didn't like and were notSpeaker:
sustainable to my mind, my body, my soul.Speaker:
My spirit was disintegrating in front of me and I reallySpeaker:
felt that I was dying slowly.Speaker:
Sounds very dramatic.Speaker:
I know, but really I felt like I, my life force was leaking out of me.Speaker:
Like the old Chinese torture c alled Death by a Thousand Cuts.Speaker:
Rather than continue that very slow death, I made a decision to try for a new life.Speaker:
Here I am.Speaker:
And I am thriving and I'm not finished reinventing or transformingSpeaker:
by any stretch of the imagination.Speaker:
In fact, I hope I never will.Speaker:
Cuz I think once you stop changing and growing and evolving, that is the end.Speaker:
That is the end of your life and you begin to contract and decline.Speaker:
I've learned a tremendous amount about myself and life over the past year,Speaker:
and because I am a lifelong learner, I'm grateful for that and I know thatSpeaker:
there's much more for me to learn.Speaker:
But today I'd like to share just 10 of the lessons that I really feltSpeaker:
were worth all of that hard knocks, hard learning in the past 12 months.Speaker:
I learned that the sun rises every day and it's up to me to do the same.Speaker:
I bring light to others, but I shine brightest when ISpeaker:
loved myself first and most.Speaker:
I did not make a mistake.Speaker:
I learned what I did not want, and I decided to pursue what I did want.Speaker:
Relationships change in unforeseen ways.Speaker:
Accepting change is part of our growth and letting go with loveSpeaker:
is the only healthy option.Speaker:
When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.Speaker:
That wisdom is thanks to Dr.Speaker:
Regret is fatal if you allow it to grow and fester.Speaker:
Everything I expected to be true about this age and stage of my life was wrong.Speaker:
Everything I experience now at this age and stage of my life is better onlySpeaker:
if I begin and keep moving forward.Speaker:
Everything I accomplish at this age and stage of my life matters.Speaker:
I am living my legacy.Speaker:
Number 10 is a lesson I learned a long time ago in my life, and ISpeaker:
am grateful for this refreshment and reinforcement of this.Speaker:
I have the power to grant wishes starting with my own.Speaker:
If these lessons resonate with you, and if you're thinking, but how do you start?Speaker:
Where do you begin?Speaker:
What is my legacy?Speaker:
How can I do this with no regrets.Speaker:
Then I'd like to share with you something that I created and usedSpeaker:
for myself and used this many times with clients and friends and peopleSpeaker:
that share my vision for let's live our life fully and make a difference.Speaker:
It's called Live Your Eulogy, and it's an exercise that I guide youSpeaker:
through that will help you script your eulogy the way you'd like itSpeaker:
to be read and to get started with a plan to live your legacy while youSpeaker:
are alive to influence it, Impact it.Speaker:
That's available at FreeGiftFromIsabel.Com and I'd love to hear what you come upSpeaker:
with, for your eulogy, your Legacy plan.Speaker:
You can share that with us in the Lift As You Climb Movement Facebook group.Speaker:
Or reach out to me at Hello@TheEncoreCatalyst.com.Speaker:
If you'd like to have a little bit more of the backstory of how I got to thisSpeaker:
anniversary occasion today, Episode 41 - Irreconcilable Change, I'll giveSpeaker:
you a little bit more background.Speaker:
So in closing, Thank you again, and I hope to see you here soon becauseSpeaker:
we have a big, exciting future ahead of us, OUR ENCORES, and I'd