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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The Great Retirement Mirage

retirement who am i now Feb 03, 2017

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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Happy New Year

Are you nearing retirement and considered what the future holds for you?

Do you feel stifled or trapped in a career that ceased to fulfill you long ago?

Are you disappointed with the status quo but confused by what to do about it?

A new beginning with a career change, starting a business or a new social project is a good way to re-ignite your passion for life. Imagine how you would feel doing something that you’ve longed to do for years!

Money, although a factor, shouldn’t be the first consideration when it comes to making a change. The important thing when you decide to start a new or a second, or third, or fourth career, is to do something that you feel passionate about.

People often think it is difficult to start over again and begin in a new role. In truth, yes, it is difficult.

But here is the key to success; get started and start with something you love!

When you figure out what your...

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Guest Encore Blogger - Lee Woodward, Woman In Disguise

Welcome Encore Guest Blogger:

Lee Woodward, Owner of Woman in Disguise


Sometimes encores come in disguise.

When I met Lee Woodward she was leaving her role from big corporate to become an entrepreneur. Talk about changing some paradigms!

Lee's experience will be an inspiration for many others to pursue their Encore!



I am very excited to be a guest blogger for the Encore Catalyst. Isabel is always generous with her wisdom and warmth, so it is nice to be able to offer something in return. I’m also excited because I have started my own encore, I’ll call it an encore in process.

Here is how I got started on the script for the next & best performance of my life...

This April will mark one year since I quit my career. I use the word career because I was not changing jobs, companies or industry. I made the decision that I was going to start over, do a redesign so to speak. The decision was not...

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Community - Place One, Two, Three

who am i now Oct 22, 2015

I sat beside a gentleman on a flight recently who was on his way to speak at an international conference. Considered an expert on the topic of “community”, he shared his theory that as humans; we flourish and benefit from having three “places of community” throughout our lives. For most of us, our home and family is usually ‘Place One’, and depending on your age; school or work is usually ‘Place Two’.

‘Place Three’ in today’s accelerated, mobile oriented and often time’s isolated life styles can be more elusive. In simpler days, when families were typically large and extended, many were born and spent most or all of their lives within a small radius. The ‘Place Three’ community was rooted in church, ethnic or common interest groups or extended family and neighborhood gatherings.

I was raised in a rural area and I immediately understood this man’s concept of...

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Standing Ovations

When did you receive your last standing ovation?

Can you recall how great it felt to be recognized for something well done? Can you feel the glow spread over you, the flush of warmth from toe to head, the butterflies forming in your belly and fluttering up to burst out on your face as a big smile? Do you recall if the twinkle in your eyes came from tears of pride, joy or surprise? Can you reimagine the vibration of applause that made your heart beat a little faster?

Is it easy for you to recreate the joyful feeling of recognizing that you are truly deserving of the attention and appreciation?

The physical and emotional reactions to praise, thunderous applause, a hearty pat on the back, even a sincere “At-a-Girl!” have positive and enduring effects on our physical and mental well-being.

I don’t think we give ourselves credit often enough. We just keep doing, working, caring for, delivering, getting it done,...

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Getting Lost, a journey of self-dicsovery

I went for a drive in the country this morning. I got lost, purposely lost.

I’m staying with friends in Canada that live in a beautiful rural area away from Toronto. I’ve come here to spend time with people that I love and miss and to begin writing for my new project, The Encore Catalyst. After the family left for their work day, I got in my car and decided to explore the area and find a good old fashioned country breakfast.

The trees and fields are incredibly lush and green after the generous rains of spring and early summer. The roads are narrow and quiet and in many spots branches overhung the roadway like arms ready to embrace. Sometimes, I could not see what was around the next corner.

I kept the radio off and was smugly happy that my mobile network coverage was spotty to none. I wanted to disengage from the busy me, to quiet my brain and just drink in the beauty and abundance around me. No music, no news, no chatter, just the soothing...

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