Isabel Allende: Truth & Story
Published October 19, 2017
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    Isabel Allende is a woman who fearlessly enters the imaginal realm and trusts where her instincts take her. The most widely read Spanish-speaking author in the world, her books have sold over 65 million copies worldwide. She received the Medal of Freedom from Obama and carried an Olympic flag with Sophia Loren. But that’s not all that makes her incredible. More about this episode: Isabel understands struggle, pain, and what it means to fight, and she passionately serves women and girls around the world through her foundation and work. In this episode, Isabel explains what really makes a heroine, sharing the darkest moments on her own heroine’s journey, and offers profound insights on feminine energy and how it can change the world. Show Notes: -Isabel’s somber and isolated childhood: Growing up in Chile after her father abandoned them, the death of her grandmother, and finding solace in reading and storytelling. [2:59] -How love and feminism saved her from her angry teenage years, disgusted by authority and male chauvinism. [5:12] -On having to flee Chile for Venezuela, Isabel’s insights on immigrants and refugees, and having “too much imagination” to be a journalist. [7:33] -Why Isabel sees stories as truer than truth, and how her twenties and thirties provided the necessary raw material for her writing. [11:08] -A passionate rebel heart – Isabel explains the key quality her female characters have, plus the survival stories of real women she’s witnessed through her organization. [14:02] -On sisterhood and female community, and the difference between the hero’s and heroine’s journey [17:03] -Isabel’s “dissent”: The darkest phase of her heroine’s journey, and her wisdom on trials making the heroine. [26:27] -The high price Isabel has paid for feminism, and how feminine energy can change the world. [31:57] -How Isabel has seen women and feminism change, and why you should never try to avoid pain. [36:08] References: Majo's website – Isabel's website – Check out the incredible work being done through The Isabel Allende Foundation – Music by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs – Want to support women's voices? Go to & become a bigger part of the Heroine community. Check out our rewards for supporters.
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