Who Am I Now?: Feminine Wisdom - Unmasked Uncensored Paperback – September 20, 2019
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While this book is written for women, I found it very enlightening as
a man. . . packed with wit, wisdom, and insight, and it is one of
those books that will, undoubtedly, inspire women today to look
past the conventions and traditional beliefs that limit them to
embrace who they really are, to determine what they can become.
In the author's own words, this story is: "...naked, raw, and
trusting."The author shares her vulnerabilities, her mistakes, and
insecurities,and in so doing, she connects with readers and infuses
the writing with an authenticity that is eloquent. The voice is very
strong and confident. The prose is beautiful. But the message in the
book has the potential to transform the way most women see
themselves today.It is a must-read for every woman.
Review Christian Sia
Readers' Favorite 5 STARS - sure to
bean essential bedside book for thoughtful women who want to
take control of their new lives.
Produced as a 'Womanual' that provides guidance on life and adjustments, the work is aimed at Baby Boomer and Generation X women who are now entering a new phase of their lives where they may feel displaced from the modern world and unsure of their role as older women.
and empowering guidebook focuses on topics such as self-love, genuine relationships and focusing on what you, as a woman, really want from your life regardless of societal expectations.
Review by K.C. Finn
Readers' Favorite 5 STARS - the voice of every woman who wanted to move forward,
do something, but was held back because of societal
I felt a connection with the author the moment I started reading.
I think this is one of those rare books that I would actually keep by my bedside and read a couple of pages before starting my day because it is so empowering.
From the Author
I set out on a quest to celebrate my 65thbirthday by publishing a book.
In the beginning, I planned to write the story of mypersonal journey and discoveries as I searched for the answers to "Who Am I Now?".Primarily, I intended it to be a cathartic autobiography.
As I discussed the outline of the book with some trustedfriends, I started to realize that my quest could become a mission, perhapseven a movement.
When I talked about my own desire to have a community, a safeand inclusive tribe of wise women who I could share with, and learn from, handsshot up in the air and I heard a resounding "Me Too" from the women I spoke to.
I learned I was not alone in my search for relatableknowledge to help me navigate this ever-changing life as a woman of my age inthis age. I was surprised to find out that so many women were looking foranswers too.
And then, women did what we do best, we spread the word andthe movement was underway!
There was no turning back for me now. No excuses toprocrastinate or quit.
During the past ten years, I've felt like Alice inWonderland, down the rabbit hole, growing, then shrinking, not quite fittingin, experiencing unexpected and unpleasant effects of feeling like a strangerin the land of "I've never been this 'me' before."
Without a script to follow, how should I prepare, adapt orenjoy being this age in these times. There's a lot of (mis)information outthere, mostly from entities trying to sell us something. But truly, the most usefuladvice and information I received came from women, like me, who have experiencedthe physical, emotional and relationship impacts that happen during periods of transformation.
In the past decade, I have changed my business card, placeof residence, hair style, dress size and much more; some things more than once.I've changed my last name, added to the places in the world I visited andsignificantly increased my knowledge of the betrayals of the aging female body.
Each time I thought I was successfully navigating my waythrough 'Womanhood Wonderland," something else derailed me and put me onanother track of change, challenge and growth.
I have learned I am not alone on this magical mystery tour.This is a quest for knowledge, confidence and joy. I began this work as a safespace to share revelations, perspectives, and tacit knowledge. It became a venuefor the voices of women like you, me and all the Alices who are redefining ageand feminine constructs.
I invited my tribe to share the uncensored, unsanitized,irreverent, funny/not-so-funny, mad-bad-sad truth about our bodies,relationships, careers, finances, and how we're figuring out, one chin hair ata time, how to thrive in the multiple 'encore' times of our lives!"
My vision for this community is inspired by our ancestralsisters who shared wisdom, skills and truth around the fire or sewing circles.Within the sanctity of their group, they learned and supported each other. Thiswas how knowledge was transferred between generations. The knowledge was vettedby the experience the women lived. They knew how to stay safe, keep the firesburning and find the juiciest berries. They understood that survival of thetribe depended on sharing this knowledge forward.
Today, with our society so mobile and so busy, there are fewopportunities to sit by the warmth of sisterhood and absorb the wisdom of ourtribe.
My quest is to curate a tribal narration of what reallyhappens as we age, how to harness it, and how to laugh at and love yourselfmore than you ever have!
Unlike Alice's, our story never ends. It begins again andagain as we transform and evolve into the women that we are meant to be.
I offer this book to share the stories, experiences andcollective wisdom of women like me and like you, approaching 50 or alreadyliving a real life in our 50s and 60s and beyond.
My passion project is to curate the truth of some of what'shappening now, coming, and possible about our bodies, relationships, careers,finances, and how we're evolving as amazing women in the encore times of ourlives.
There is so much that we have not encountered yet, don'tknow will happen, have been misled about and too often feel completely alonein.
We are individuals but we do not have to be alone.
Join me and let's start the conversations.
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Isabel Banjeree has written a book that speaks to the collective female hive, no matter our age or walk of life. This book encourages us to speak our truths, share our stories, and support each other through the knowledge that we are not alone. Most of our experiences are shared experiences. I think this author was about “me too” way before the me-too movement ever began.
The book is divided into sections—each focusing on challenging or defining moments—and in each section several women share their individual stories and words of wisdom. They open themselves up with shocking honesty to share their life experiences, failures, and successes. And, as different from each other and from you as all these women might be, I dare you to read a section and not find part of yourself embedded in the words. The one word I have for this book is Relatable.
You will walk away from "Who Am I Now" not feeling alone, and maybe you’ll even shed some of your insecurities along the way. You'll accept all the different iterations of You. Maybe you’ll see that you ARE good enough, skinny enough, pretty enough, smart enough, and understand that we women have no expiration date, no matter what society has tried to tell us. Maybe this book will help you to rewrite your own story, see yourself with more compassionate eyes, and end on a note of acceptance.
This is not a book to read once at put away. Keep it accessible, by your bedside or in your over-sized purse. Open it at random and soak up the advice and affirmations shared in its pages. Reach out to your female friends with refreshed appreciation and honesty. Savor and support the women around you.
The book gave me pause to reflect on my own journey and identify what wisdom to consciously bring forward and what chapters should be mourned and/or celebrated then laid to rest.
Perhaps, reading other’s wisdom gained will unlock your own. 😊
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