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 solve how to reconnect, get back to work and open up to love again so she created them. She began BadWidow.com and it resonated for people who had suffered a loss too.
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, doing singing and poetry open mics, cooking organic meals, NYC and Maine, talking about business and lifestyle-to-legacy ideas, and learning new stuff.
Topics She Can Discuss:
1) Learn 3 essential stages to navigate transition or loss more powerfully and peacefully.
2) What I learned about living fearlessly & taking bold action when my husband was dying.
3) How to handle depression, fear, anger, shame, grief, tears & other disturbing feelings when they show up unexpectedly.
4) How to open up to sex & intimacy again after not dating anyone since 1992 & find true love again online in just six months.
6) How to assess & rebuild support networks proactively so the right people are in them who can deliver what you need.
7) How self-care is an essential, not optional, practice for business success.
8) My experiences of my husband as an active and communicative ghost, after he passed away in my arms at home.
9) How to create WIN-WIN communication & supportive interactions between people who have suffered a loss and those who love them.
10) How Alison honors her husband's legacy of 1000 paintings while not giving up her own.
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