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Alison Pena aka Bad Widow, is a lifelong New Yorker, who lives in Manhattan. As a primary caregiver until her husband of 25 years, David, died in her arms at home after an 11-month battle with pancreatic cancer, Alison learned A LOT about living fearlessly, even in the face of death itself.
As a widow, she faced pervasive assumptions that she was broken by her loss, perhaps forever. Alison discovered she didn't know who she was without him and people who supported her stepped up, stepped back or stepped out. As a result, she was isolated and lonely but could not find resources to answer her challenges so she created them. She began her BadWidow.com blog and it resonated with people in similar situations.
She is unafraid of ruffling feathers and having provocative conversations on life and death. Her Bad Widow brand is vulnerable, transparent, brave and inspiring.
Alison loves travel (domestic and foreign), reading and writing, cooking organic meals, NYC and Maine, talking about business and lifestyle to legacy ideas, volunteering at EHS and learning new stuff. She has a strong tendency to be joyful, inspiring and optimistic and to believe in the infinite possibility of people. Alison believes that, if people could shift from surviving to thriving globally, all the world's challenges could be solved working together.
How to navigate the 3 levels of transition or loss more powerfully and peacefully - grieving the loss, rediscovering identity now and rebuilding community proactively
What I learned about living fearlessly and taking bold action when my husband was dying
How it was to have my husband die in my arms at home with nobody else there
How to handle tears and other disturbing feelings during the holidays
Daring to open to sex and intimacy again after not dating anyone since 1992
Grieving and getting back to resourceful and financially and emotionally stable faster
Clarifying how to discover needs, wants and desires now, after the transition or loss
Assessing and rebuilding support networks proactively so the right people are in them
Finding new love with online dating after being out of the game for 27 years
Practicing self-care as an essential, not optional, practice for business success
Inventing the Affluence Code, which offers innovative entrepreneurship strategies, starting from within, that work every time
Sharing my experiences of my husband as an active ghost, turning TVs, lights and phones on and off, answering questions with song sequences
How people who love caregivers and people who have suffered a loss can get it right (when trying to support them)
How taking strategic action congruent with who you are (unlock your affluence code) leads to effortless and immediate results consistently
How Alison's husband left a legacy of 1000 paintings and how she honors his life work while not giving up her own
How shame and fear get in the way of effective action and optimal results
1) What are the 3 Levels of Loss and the best ways to navigate them?
2) How is the process of healing from loss the same as from other transitions, such as being downsized, getting a divorce or having a health or financial breakdown?
3) What lessons did I learn about living fearlessly in the last 11 months of my husband's life?
4) How did I hack Bumble to find new, true love again online dating in six months?
5) What is the Affluence Code and how does it work to provide entrepreneurs with successful results on their own terms?
6) Why is making specific requests to the right people the secret sauce to getting what you want (almost) all the time?
7) Is there a way to curate your personal and professional networks proactively so that they deliver the resources you need effortlessly?
8) Why do you introduce yourself as Alison Pena aka Bad Widow?
9) Why is including self-care in your schedule an essential business practice for thriving?
10) What frustrations or vision provoked you to create the Affluence Code and Bad Widow resources?
Alison Pena writes for Thrive Global and Medium so far. Among others, she has been a guest expert on Entrepreneur on Fire, How to Start Living Show, The Ambitious Entrepreneur, Define U, the Visionary Voice, Join Up Dots, Prosperity Place, Social Media Business Hour and Rags to Niches podcasts. Alison has also spoken on stages at the RW Project, Femme Live! and Thrive NYC and is eager for more live speaking engagements. Her first Bad Widow book will be published in late 2020.
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