Hey there! I’m Louisa Percudani, contributing author of Live Now, speaker and host of the podcast Live Now. I am passionate about encouraging others to live full out no matter what their circumstance. Oh, and I’m also passionate about film, Paris and finding a great size 11 shoe.
Like most people, I had a mental blueprint as to how my life would unfold both professionally and personally. Early on in my career, I experienced great success as a marketing specialist. I played an integral part in the development of non-profit organizations and event management teams, even launching an Emmy-nominated television series for teens. To top this, I met my incredible husband, and we started making plans to start a family. I was on my way to checking off many of life’s boxes…or so I thought.
An unexpected turn
Then, in my late 30’s, an unexpected series of events would throw my original blueprint right out the window, changing the trajectory of my life. Within a five-year period, both my father and mother were diagnosed with late-stage cancer; my husband, whose brain cancer had been dormant for years, had an aggressive re-occurrence. I immediately went into my strategic, pragmatic, and positive mode, taking action and doing endless Google searches looking for answers to help my loved ones now. I watched them battle for their lives, all the while witnessing them still living full out. Sadly, both my father and husband died within 18 months of each other; remarkably my mother entered a full remission.
In the “prime” of my life, it felt like the foundations I had built my life up to this point couldn’t sustain me. The old ways of doing things weren’t working. My inner emotional landscape was so loud a domino effect began as I questioned everything that brought me to this point including my career, spiritual beliefs, and relationships. As I went through this metamorphosis, I was naturally always looking outside of myself to make it better, i.e., different jobs, new relationships, moving to new locations; however, this delayed my healing and I wasted a lot of years of regurgitating the past and honestly, I was afraid to full out dream again.
An unexpected, amazing shift
In retrospect, as I shifted my focus internally, what began to appear for me were amazing mentors, the right books, and courses in personal development. I saw I possessed a natural resilience; I could handle anything that life presented to me, even if it’s not what I had planned. Different gifts and talents began to emerge from within as a writer, intuitive and coach. This gave me great peace of mind and a new perspective on everything; I felt a true personal power especially knowing that I had a choice as to how I reacted and responded to ANY area of my life. It became very clear that this is what I wanted to share and guide others though.
My new blueprint in life is to simply live full out, right now in the present; to empower others and help them realize that they can integrate and transcend life’s twists and turns with courage, power, and grace.
Louisa Percudani currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii…far, far away from her New England hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut. Hawaii was never on her life’s blueprint, but it was part of some greater plan and living in paradise with wonderful new relationships has its benefits. She’s ready for whatever life lines up next!