What is an ENCORE?

For most, or all of your life, you’ve been cast in roles by others and played parts based on timing, obligation and necessity.

You have been someone’s child, a student, a team member, a branch on a family tree. You were instructed, you were modeled, you conformed.

You have been an employee and or a boss, a member of communities, a volunteer, a leader, a citizen. You contributed, you adapted, you compromised.

You have been a parent, a caregiver to family members and others, a port in the storm. You balanced, you juggled, you sacrificed.


You studied, achieved, failed and tried again.


You have been a consumer, a spender, a saver, an investor.


Life and influencers thrust these roles upon you. Conscious choice was much rarer than imposed decision or circumstantial opportunity. It was expected; get an education, get a job, start a family, follow the rules.


You’ve fulfilled the roles, played the parts as directed by society and...

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Man I Feel Like a Woman!

Sunday, March 8th is International Women’s Day 2020, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

 We should celebrate women every day but I’m glad that the spotlight is on women and their impact on this day every year!

I’m thankful for the reminder to stop and reflect on the contributions and leadership of women throughout history and around the world. If not for the resilience of women and our drive to keep going through adversity, the human race would have less and be less.

Recently I read an article about cultural icon, Shania Twain and her return to the spotlight after overcoming major difficulties. Ms. Twain was a major influence on women of my generation. She had us on our feet, dancing with girlfriends and singing at top volume. Shania was a catalyst for joyful and fierce femininity!

Like Shania Twain and so many other women, I've had comebacks after major...

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Evolutionary Woman

I've been called the Mistress of Transformation & Reinvention. I embrace that title as empowering but also a responsibility.

 

A woman’s life is fertile with opportunities to change, grow and reinvent!

 

My own journey has been filled with many tours, detours and ‘Oh My Goddess! I did not see THAT coming!’ experiences.

 

Full disclosure: Not all my life’s adventures and opportunities started as my idea. In fact, some of my roles happened to me or were forced upon me, and sometimes, I resisted and struggled with the change.

 

You might think that my story has almost come to an end at age 65, traditionally the age that our generation was expected to retire or begin our descent into obsolescence . . . Vroom Vroom!

 

Rather than winding down, my story is picking up speed!

 

I celebrated my ‘un-retirement’ by publishing a book...

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Lift As You Climb

‘Lift as You Climb’ is my personal mantra. It is a guiding principle in my life, woven into the fabric of my character by personal experience. Rather than compete, I believe we all achieve much more when we collaborate, share resources, and support others to be the best they can be.

I grew up in a farming community and witnessed neighbors coming together often to help each other bring in crops, raise a new barn, put out fires and share with others in need.

So, I suppose it was this organic education that led me to understand that opportunities to help others is not like pie. There are not a limited number of slices and then you run out. Opportunities to help others are infinite and the rewards are exponential.
 
If you read my book “Who Am I Now? – Feminine Wisdom Unmasked Uncensored”, you will know I had a challenging start in life. I achieved great success and abundance because so many others were willing to help me,...

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My Birthday Gift to You

I am feeling so joyous and abundant about this birthday and to celebrate, I want to give you a gift from me!

 

I am the one turning 65 years young and I should be the one ripping up paper and ribbons, but this is one of my most treasured rewards and I’d like to spread the love.

 

If you know a little about my life’s journey, I have reinvented, transformed and squeezed into new identities and roles – many, many times already.

And I’m not done yet!

Each and every time, I was in the process of discovery and transition to the next me, I experienced periods of doubt, fear, panic, lack of confidence and extreme cold feet.

I’ve tried a ton of tools and techniques to help me make the leap from one trapeze bar to the next in my life with the least pain and anguish.

 


And not fall flat on my face!


I’ve meditated, medicated (mostly wine), journaled, read, doodled and visioned. I...

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Me

Leonardo DiCaprio and I have a lot in common

The 2002 movie, “Catch Me If You Can”, starred a young Leonardo DiCaprio, playing the part of Frank Abagnale Jr.

This award-winning film directed by Steven Spielberg, was inspired by the true story of a young man who successfully posed as a teacher, a doctor, an airline pilot and a lawyer. He so convincingly assumed each role that few questioned his authority to hold these positions.

 

In each identity, he leveraged his love of learning, powers of observation and personal confidence to adapt and function as different people.

My interpretation of the story is that Leonardo, aka Frank, succeeds in each impersonation because he immersed fully into each persona, believing he was that identity and didn’t need to act. He became that individual and stayed in character until there was a reason to transform.

This is why I think Leonardo, or at least his...

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This is how it began

This is how it began

Early in April 2019, I sent out an email asking friends and close colleagues to help me fulfill my goal of writing and publishing a book.

The concept for this book had been percolating in my brain for about seven years and a few times, I made a start of it but did not follow through.

Knowing that I often perform better when I have a tight deadline and when I am accountable to others, I put my vulnerable self ‘out there’ and lit a fire under my own “ASK”

 

. . . Six months later, with cheerleading and contributions from my inner tribe, the book will be published and available to women around the world.

 

The email that sparked the flame and fueled my fire to complete my goal:

Dear Divinely Wise Woman,

I am writing a book. Finally!
I want to celebrate my 65th birthday this September by publishing “A Real Woman’s Guide to...

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Do you believe in Encore Love? I do and I did!

For those who don’t know me, I can share that I took a chance on love again in my mid-fifties.

I surprised many (including myself) when I accepted a proposal ‘to start the journey to the rest of our lives together’ from a man who concealed a romantic heart behind a gruff persona and an intense career.  I, too was intensely focused on my career, enjoying the single, entrepreneurial lifestyle with lots of long hours, travel and spontaneous self-indulgence. My home was a haven to recharge from my self-inflicted stressful life and to spend precious time with my family and friends. 

I was so busy ‘being busy’ that I didn’t notice that anything was missing in my life. I thought I had it all and perhaps suffered from the “legend in my own mind” syndrome. I’d been practicing for this fiercely independent role since I left home at the age of sixteen.

Yes, I had married before and had significant relationships but I thought I was...

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The Great Retirement Mirage

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The Great Retirement Mirage

A major segment of the population is on the cusp of change and transition. Many of us who strive for this pinnacle are disappointed and unprepared for the reality of the retirement mirage that enticed us. Many of us will live longer than the resources we currently have to sustain the lifestyle vision that kept us plodding forward. Even more of our generation will experience the emptiness of lack of purpose and identity. The Encore Catalyst pulls back the curtain to reveal how we can star in our encores and love the life we design!

 

We’d worked long and hard to get to this ‘freedom’ stage of life only to be disappointed, sometimes shocked at reality versus expectation. I refer to this as The Retirement MirageTM.

 

If you are anything like me, a Baby Boomer who worked hard for decades, you have been dreaming of the day you could finally retire.

 

After all, wasn’t retirement the ultimate prize you worked so hard...

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Retirement Mirage

A major segment of the population is on the cusp of change and transition. Many of us who strive for this pinnacle are disappointed and unprepared for the reality of the retirement mirage that enticed us. Many of us will live longer than the resources we currently have to sustain the lifestyle vision that kept us plodding forward. Even more of our generation will experience the emptiness of lack of purpose and identity. The Encore Catalyst pulls back the curtain to reveal how we can star in our encores and love the life we design!

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We’d worked long and hard to get to this ‘freedom’ stage of life only to be disappointed, sometimes shocked at reality versus expectation. I refer to this as The Retirement MirageTM.

 

I am Isabel Banerjee, CEO, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Catalyst and example that extra-ordinary things are possible if you believe and you take action!

I learned by trying, doing, failing and starting again. I...

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