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Every Body Holds A Story Podcast

Sep 29, 2021

Today we are speaking with the Life Coach and Author, Robert Pardi. Robert, born in NYC, is one of those rare individuals who embrace change and live what he calls “possibility in action”. He received his MBA from Columbia University and was quickly recruited by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the largest sovereign wealth funds. Shortly after, his wife Desiree, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. Unfortunately, she passed 11 years later. In 2014, throwing caution to the wind, Robert leaped from his comfort zone.  He changed careers and moved to the same Italian village his great grandfather immigrated from over 100 years ago.  He is now a certified life coach, adjunct professor, international guest speaker, and the author of Chasing Life - The remarkable true story of love, joy, and achievement against all odds.

In this episode we discuss:

1) Robert shares his thoughts on our imperfections and how it relates to a mosaic or a kaleidoscope and how our imperfections add character and depth to our character.

2) The meaning we give to words like loss, grief, joy, and how our perspective can shift the meaning of all of it.

3) Robert dives into the expectations, how we continue to push through and not listen to or address what our body is dealing with.  His body forced him to slow down, stop, be hospitalized, and actually grieve the loss of what he thought his life was supposed to look like.

4) The role of caregiving and how it is a challenging role, not one we are trained for, and the purpose is to support someone with living the remainder of their life.  Caregiving is not fixing their health, it is supporting the family member through this time. 

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