There are women who make things better . . . simply by showing up.
There are women who make things happen.
There are women who make their way.
There are women who make a difference.
And women who make us smile.
There are women of wit and wisdom who ~ through strength and courage ~ make it through.
There are women who change the world every day . . . women like you.
~ Ashley Rice
This feminine wisdom is shared from a small plaque that sits on my bookshelf.
On days when I feel overwhelmed with the changes going on around me and the changes I need to make, I pause a moment and read this to remind myself that I am not alone.
Who’s in your tribe?
#Anxiety #MentalHealth #WorkingMom
I am sharing a social media post made by my niece who lives in Canada. She lives in the province of Québec but drives one hour each way, five days a week to work in the neighboring province of Ontario.
Like most young working-parents, she and her husband struggle to balance full time jobs and the education and social life of their children. Additionally, they have adult family support roles and actively contribute to the communities they live in.
I am incredibly proud of my niece for everything that she does and for selflessly sharing insight into the complexity of being an essential worker and a severe anxiety warrior.
I have not disclosed her identity to protect the privacy of her family.
For all of you who are hiding behind the mask of judgement, please pause a moment to consider this true story.
As shared, edited only for clarity:
“I have written this post about...
I've been feeling restless and indecisive lately. My current state of mind resembles the general condition of 2020 to date.
There has been so much uncertainty and unrest in the world, and I am feeling the same way mentally.
I understand what is happening to me. This isn’t the first time I’ve experienced this condition. It happens every time I need to change and grow again.
I know that I am ready for new challenges and new experiences in my life but I’m still hesitating a little – not 100% sure of what is the first right step to take.
I am fortunate to have so many opportunities.
And I am overwhelmed because I have so many possibilities.
I am impatient and scared at the same time.
I authored a book last year and shared my story of how I have reinvented and transformed so many times in my life.
And here I am again wondering “Who Am I Now?”
I know that I am on the verge of another transformation.
I am a Woman Under Construction.
And that is...
Girlfriends are essential to my happiness and health – so much so that I consider them to be a powerful supplement I call Vitamin G!
Recently, I received a telephone call from one of my most potent Vitamin Gs – a best, forever friend.
We live thousands of miles apart but stay connected with regular lengthy conversations and share our challenges, dreams and celebrations.
One summer evening she called and asked me to go stand outside, look up at the stars and just listen until she was finished telling me something.
She shared what she valued most about me and our longstanding friendship.
It was a powerful and emotional experience to absorb her words and realize that although distance separated us, we stood under the same stars.
I fell asleep that night with even greater gratitude for our friendship.
This is the email I sent to her the next day:
Thank you for the beautiful connection last night under the stars!
I felt so loved by your thoughts about me and what...
Today is ‘Toss Away the Could Haves and Should Haves’ Day. I don't know who decided that was it day worth national observance but there it is in black and white on my calendar.
‘I could have’ and ‘I should have’ are statements of regret. I certainly don't want to come to the end of my life and have a list of regrets.
I am sure that I will have a list of errors in judgement and embarrassments, experiences that I did not want to repeat more than once, and a list of people that I am glad left my life after they had taught me a lesson.
I have learned that regrets are pointless. You cannot undo what has been done. There is no rewind or auto-correct feature on our existence.
Every experience in my life helped to sculpt me into the woman I am today.
For certain, there have been many experiences I would have preferred to avoid or modify, but then again, I wouldn't be who I am without having lived through those. Many of those experiences are shared within...
I respect, honor and pledge to support others who suffer from PTSD.
I now have a deeper empathy for all of you – whatever the catalyst is for your suffering.
My experience to date with Pandemic 2020, and the impact of social isolation, physical distancing and uncertainty have magnified my understanding of the effect of trauma, stress, and loss of control.
May we all heal, grow and transform together.
I have a complicated history with the word SELF and I think it's because the emphasis is on self that transitions to SELFISH.
As a female in my generation and heritage, I was taught from an early age to put others before myself, to nurture and care for others, but to minimize what I needed or felt.
“Selfish” was a nasty label to put on anyone, and especially to be avoided as a woman.
As I matured, I had to unlearn a lot of the teachings of my earlier life. I have come to realize how critically important it is to take care of myself.
In fact, self-care is the opposite of being selfish because when I am at my absolute best, at the peak of my performance levels, I can do so much more for others.
Self-care is not one single area of focus, it is a balancing act of physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual care.
Self-care might be scheduling a facial or investing in getting my hair done.
Self-care might be hiring a coach,...
Pandemic 2020 has been hard but it has also given me some valuable lessons and gifts. I discussed this topic recently with my co-hosts on Transformation Decoded’s video blog series.
Another benefit of staying home and staying safe has been extra time to clear up some clutter and review old files. I came across the blog below that I wrote a few years ago. It’s great to be reminded that abundance is all around us and we can transform any situation into an opportunity.
It is impossible to be “ON” 100% of the time. I don’t always feel brilliant or sparkle. There are days that I just want to wear old PJs and fuzzy socks, binge watch TV comedies and eat salted caramel gelato.
Fortunately, most days I love my life and I know deep in my belly that I was always meant to be an entrepreneur. On the days that I’m tempted to hit the snooze button, I whisper to myself “Isabel, this is no way to build an...
When I hear the phrase ‘work life balance’, I chuckle and get a mental picture of a teeter-totter. You know, like the ones from our childhood where you and a friend or, possibly a rival, sat on opposing sides of that board balanced on a fulcrum.
When two friends played together, we used our energy to push off and create a joyful flight for our companion, hair flying and falling in the air, and giggles and squeals rippling out into space. We reciprocated to give each other a fun ride, taking turns initiating lift off.
However, if your playground nemesis shanghaied the other end of the totter, they could easily manipulate your experience by keeping you dangling high in the air, and then without warning, maliciously jumping off the teeter totter causing you to plummet fast to bone jarring impact with the ground.
As a woman who raised a family and a business at the same time, my life often felt like a merry-go-round and teeter-totter circus. I juggled children,...
Why does the word ‘retired’ irritate me?
I suppose it is because as a child in the boomer generation, I was indoctrinated that I was so damn lucky to live in a society that planned for my obsolescence.
Success had been defined for me as the privilege of stepping off the stage and out of the spotlight to make room for the next generation. Like an aging actor, I would be thanked for my service and ushered to a back seat to watch my understudies take over.
That was the part I was handed - but I went off script and refused to leave the stage!
At age 65, by definition in the retirement play book of 21st century North America, I have already retired and unretired multiple times.
Each time I have reached the point of ‘enough!’ of a role, or I feel that I can no longer grow in that identity, I chose to bring that part to a close; retire from it, and audition new roles, stages and experiences.
Only by trying out new roles, and testing...