We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Carey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, what role has risk played in your life or career?
To me, the risk comes from not taking the risk. The only way I grow and feel my most awake is when I’m out of my comfort zone to be part of something bigger. I really just think it’s more about following my heart and seeing where that takes me.
I guess I got that perspective from being a competitive figure skater at a young age. I did a lot of falling and getting back up, and I still couldn’t get enough. My passion really found its place with the sport and it got me through those awkward high school days. It felt good to be good at something I loved doing. I was actually horrified skating before judges and yet I managed to win two National Championships and ultimately a World Silver Medal. At 17, I was performing professionally in Ice Follies, then with Ice Capades, loving every minute. It was a full out “dream come true” experience, and yet, there’s something very honest and humbling about mistakes that find you sliding across the ice on your a__ in front of thousands of people. Turns out, putting my vulnerability on display allowed me to develop a new strength. I had to let go of trying to be perfect, as long as I had given it my best. Taking risks let’s me discover what I’m capable of, especially in those times I can’t yet see it for myself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m really excited about where I find myself at this stage of life. I’m a few months away from enrolling in Medicare, and I’ve just launched a media platform that honors our evolving identity as women. I brought the best parts of my two previous careers together and sort of repurposed them into something totally new. Intentfully FiT is where I landed.
I wanted to open up a conversation with women of age that is empowering verses age-defying. I created Intentfully FiT as an online oasis where women over 50, like me, share stories and curiosities about this chapter of our lives.
In themes of Lifestyle, Fitness, Mindfulness, and Wellness, we hear from experts and everyday “sheroes” who speak to where we’re at, inspiring us to live our passions out loud, in the age of NOW. It’s is all about celebrating each season of our lives as the best versions of ourselves, because we’ve earned it.
Letting my hair go gray started it all. The freedom I felt made me question what else was limiting me. I started exploring new perspectives to refresh the lens I viewed my life from, and to support the natural changes my body was going through. In sharing the journey with girlfriends, the concept kind of grew from there.
To me, it’s about celebrating our ageless authenticity and knowing that everything we need is already right where we are.
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When I think of it, my professional career path has always been guided by what I’m passionate about; connecting with people in meaningful ways. Skating professionally, I always imagined I was performing to move or shift at least one person in the audience. Running my public relations agency for 27 years, I loved taking something from concept to completion and creating events that brought smiles to children. And now with IF, I’m sharing what I’m passionate about with a whole new group of people.
Of the many lessons I’ve learned along the way, gratitude is my takeaway. I’m thankful for the failures and challenges that taught me how dig deeper, the faith in the process that let me recognize my goals, and how I led with my heart on decisions that mattered most. I’m grateful for the love I have with my family and how I got to be a mom. And now that I’m diving into another adventure, I’m grateful to find a new purpose in sharing my curiosities with other “agers” like me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For connection and beauty nothing beats a hike at the Los Leones Canyon Trailhead in the Pacific Palisades. It’s a moderate climb and the views of the Pacific are stunning. Then it’s a short hop to tour the Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine just off Sunset Blvd. With shrines, waterfalls, and meditation gardens, it’s a wonderful place to feel at peace in heart and mind. Then a short drive north on PCH finds you at the Malibu Country Mart where the shops are artfully woven into an intimate communal space. Great for browsing, people watching, just sitting and watching the kids play in a centrally located area with a slide and swings. We love to order a lobster rolls from Broad Street Oyster Company and then walk across the highway to the beach to eat them picnic style while watching the surfers.
Venice Beach is always offers up great energies with interesting people. It’ fun to take in the sights, local vendors, and eateries. The nearby Santa Monica Pier with its rides and attractions even has a trapeze that sends you soaring. Strolling along Abbot Kinney is a great vibe and Gjelina Restaurant has the most amazing dishes and tastes.
During the holidays I especially love downtown L.A.’s outdoor skating rink at Pershing Square; a really magical place to glide among the skyscrapers. Drinks at The Perch give you a bird’s eye view of the centrally located park, or cocktails or tea at the classic Biltmore Hotel offer up a feeling of nostalgia. Visiting the Grand Central Market on Broadway is a super entertaining culinary journey, and of course one has to grab a breakfast snack at The Egg Slut. For Italian dining in a most exquisite atmosphere Rossoblu is the place with handmade pastas and rustic wood-fired dishes.
For an artful adventure, a trip to The Getty Museum never disappoints. The masterpieces even extend to the picturesque gardens and the dominating stone structures.
For an outing getaway, we love heading to Santa Barbara to bike around the beach and shop along State Street. We always stop at Summerland while driving north on the 101 to check out the shops and take in the ocean air. The Sacred Space is a beautiful store and sanctuary to explore, and next door, Field & Fort is a wonderful gift shop and eatery.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Shoutout goes to my family; my husband and two daughters who are my best cheerleaders, my life’s treasure. Their love is constantly shaping me into a better person. I’m especially grateful to share a new stage of closeness with my daughters now that our relationship has shifted from mother/child, to friends who are just hanging out. I get my wings from my mentors Dolores Sheen of the Sheenway School and Culture Center, and Dr. James Mellon, the spiritual leader of my extended family at The Global Truth Center. Being part of a spiritual community is relatively new, and yet it feels like coming home when we gather on Sundays to “Love Only,” “Forgive Everything,” and “Remember Who You Are.”
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