Isabel Cuevas Santos describes herself as a woman who gets things done, a person who strives for excellence. As a full-time volunteer and board member, she devotes her technical and leadership skills to Gawad Kalinga (GK), a non-profit organization for alleviating poverty. She credits GK with helping her heal from a childhood tragedy: when she was 13, she witnessed her father’s murder. Isabel was eventually able to forgive her father’s killer and became an advocate for people in extreme poverty. She believes that the poor deserve to live a life with dignity and to have access to choices.

Learn more about how brokenness can transform to forgiveness in this interview. Listen to the episodes below.

Mike Grogan and Isabe Santos of Gwad Kalinga

In part 1 of this interview, Mike and Isabel discussed the following:

  •   What people most often take for granted.
  •  How a childhood tragedy influenced Issa’s life
  •  Isabel’s definition of success as a woman
  •  Why Isabel is working with Gawad Kalinga and the poor
  •  The impact of leading with questions. (It’s easier said than done.)

In part 2 of this interview, Mike and Isabel discussed the following:

  • The benefits of having a simple life.
  • What Isabel’s considers her most important battle.
  • Isabel’s strategies for being the best person she can be.
  • Why it is more loving to rebuke people for being lazy or slacking off.
  • How small acts of good can lead to a better world.

Quotable Quotes:

Here are some words of wisdom shared by Isabel in this interview.

  • The best change I’ve made is to face life each day with courage and hope.
  • To have people that love you, to have a mission to live for, to know your purpose: these are the things that I’m most grateful for.
  • Life is not perfect, but there is always a reason to be grateful.
  • She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25
  • Forgiveness is a daily decision.
  • It is better to love than to be liked. – Tony Meloto
  • They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. – Carl W. Buehner
  • We all need tough love to become the best that we can be.

Join the Conversation:

Can you think of a person in your life who needs your forgiveness? After hearing Isabel’s story, do you think you can forgive that person? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

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