Do you need a machete to be a trailblazer?

Do you need a machete to be a trailblazer?

Trailblazer:
Noun,
a person who blazes a trail for others to follow through an unsettled country or wilderness; pathfinder.
 
Can you visualize a trailblazer hacking their way through thick vines and dense undergrowth, seeking a way out of a confusing and often frightening place?
 
Navigating my way through Womanhood Wonderland these last two decades has many parallels with jungle expeditions. I’ve often felt like that adventurer trying to hack a path to a clearing where I could stop and look around and really know where I am and who I am at the present age and stage of my life.
 
Unlike Jane in the Tarzan movies, I don’t have a figure-hugging leopard skin wardrobe to wear as I trapeze through life, but many times, I felt like I was barely holding on as I pendulumed between stages of my Baby Boomerness, career, relationships, hormonal, health and physical changes.
 
As women today, we face so many...

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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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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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