Alli Waddell: Reinvention: Quitting Old Identities to Redefine Yourself | Quit Happens

Reinventing yourself to live closer in line to your values is something we should all strive to do, especially if we’ve been following a path that doesn’t feel quite right. And the brilliant thing is, it’s never too late! Today’s outspoken and hilarious guest, Alli Waddell, is over 40 and states, without a doubt, that she is quitting herself!

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About Alli Waddell:

Alli has been in the wellness industry for 17 years, starting as a fitness instructor and exploring careers as a nutritionist, attending culinary school, and realizing that true health comes from within. She’s now opened her own ketamine infusion clinic, Illumma, where they provide alternative mental health treatments. It’s been a long journey to get to where she is now, but Alli has faced both her supporters and naysayers with a casual nonchalance.

But now that Alli has found a career path that fulfills her, she’s turning her attention to being a voice for those who can’t speak up. In a rare foray into the political, we talk about the recent war against women’s reproductive health and Alli opens up and shares the many reasons why having an abortion was the right choice for her.

Alli’s passion for women’s reproductive rights is rampant in this episode. She shares that when she hits menopause, she might mourn the children she never had, but she made the decision to be childfree of her own free will, and with complete confidence. It’s okay to mourn our choices and still be satisfied with them.

How do you live in accordance with your values? Have you ever felt you want to start over again, even when you’re hitting later in life? Do you stand up for the rights of others?

In This Episode:

  • What it’s like to step away from your life and reinvent yourself
  • How you can be brave and help others be brave
  • Why you need to let go of your past self to grow forward
  • Why it’s okay to start over when you’re “over the hill”
  • What it means when you feel relieved when people cancel on you
  • Why you need to consider every aspect of life when it comes to an unexpected pregnancy
  • Why it’s okay to still mourn your choices, even though you made them with confidence
  • Why access to healthcare and education will reduce the number of abortions
  • Why we need to break the stigma of what people have an abortion look like



“I have to let go of her in order to fully embrace this new thing. To me, feels like the next evolution of me, in this higher version of myself.” (5:49)

“That unease is just because I don’t know that I’ve done the work that I need to do to kind of solidify, or that vision hasn’t fully come into what exactly that is gonna look like.” (10:53)

“[When I got an abortion,] it was f*cking hard, it was hard and it was sad and it was traumatic… but it was the best choice. And it was the best choice for everyone involved. It was the best choice for him, it was the best choice for me, and it was the best choice for that baby.” (19:34)


Find Alli Waddell Online

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Find Illumma Online 

Follow Illumma on Facebook | Instagram

Read 30 Years of Depression, Gone

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