I’m really pleased to see you here – welcome 🙂 I’m Isobel and I’m your hostess …. oops, are we allowed to say that now or did we all become hosts? Like actresses become actors and heroines became heroes?
Well, sorry if it offends (not really) but I’m here partly to take a stand for the feminine – so I’m your HOSTESS. Nothing to be ashamed of in making it clear that we’re WOMEN so I’m reclaiming our feminine titles. And that’s just for starters! 🙂
It feels good to finally settle into my own name after years of slightly cheesy blog domains that never really encapsulated who I am and who I’m becoming. So what is IsobelPhillips.com about? Well for a start it’s about my journey as a midlife+ woman – and that means it’s about my body (yes, there’s stuff about losing weight, getting fit and dealing gracefully with the whole aging thing), my relationships, my mindset and my spirituality.
But it’s much more than just my journey, it’s about your journey too – especially if, like me, you’re a woman in your 50s or 60s who grew up just behind the first of the feminists. I was 10 when The Feminine Mystique was published and I totally took on board the concept that I could be, do and have anything I chose and that I was equal to any man (and secretly thought I was better than most).
But after an outwardly successful life which included my own business, a short corporate career (yes, most people do it the other way around) and a spell as a college lecturer, I arrived in my mid 50s with the feeling that I’d missed out on something, that I’d been conned in some way.
And I had. We all had.
More on that later … for now I just want to give you a sense of what you can expect from me, this site and the community I’d love you to be a part of.
If you’re suffering from stress, burnout, an unsatisfying or non-existent intimate relationship; if you’re concerned about weight gain (especially that tricky thickening around the waistline that appeared overnight) and staving off the effects of aging for as long as possible; if you feel successful and even powerful in your business or corporate career but are tired of having to take control everywhere else and would love to relax and accept help without feeling weak and vulnerable; if you’d like to learn to trust a good man again – and find him if necessary; if you’re tired of giving and are ready to learn how to receive gracefully; if you’ve lost touch with your body and your femininity – it’s my dearest wish that you’ll find something here to help you.
We’re all in this together. And while I may have found some of the answers, I certainly don’t know them all.
For over 10 years now I’ve based my life on the principles of the Law of Attraction. Actually I think I was using them long before that, because it seems I’ve always believed that we get to choose – our thoughts, our feelings, our reality. I remember a mentor of mine (wonder where Karl is now?) saying “It’s not about the event; it’s about how you feel about the event.” And I always knew that was a choice.
But in 2002 I made the conscious decision to listen to Abraham-Hicks and to put those principles into daily practice. And in that time I’ve gone from being a corporate wage slave with a four-hour-a-day commute to living in by the Red Sea, doing pretty much what I want, when I want.
Now I’m 63 years old (did you hear the gulp?) and for the last 7 years I’ve been living the life I dreamed about, knowing that I could have done it years earlier. I don’t want that for you.
I already know that when I’m lying on my death bed, there are going to be many things I regret not doing. Some of them will never happen now – and that scares me – and some I still have time to do. If I could go back to tell my 40-year-old self anything, it would be “Don’t wait! Don’t leave it until later. Don’t believe you have plenty of time, because that time will slip away faster than you can ever imagine.”
For the next 20+ years I’m going to be doing, being and having as much as I possibly can. I want to die empty, having lived the best life possible. I intend to spend the last quarter or third of my life playing full out and having fun, and I hope you’ll join me.