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This is the Born to Be a Badass Podcast.

Focused on Women, Violence & Safety, Life after Trauma, and Developing Personal Power & Courage.

Born to Be a Badass Cynthia Jolicoeur

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This is the Born to Be a Badass Podcast.

Focused on Women, Violence & Safety, Life after Trauma, and Developing Personal Power & Courage.

    INTERVIEW: Women and Firearms with Caren Heise  

    INTERVIEW: Women and Firearms with Caren Heise  

    Karen Heise is an emergency preparedness coach and firearms instructor. She leads two shooting chapters of The Well-Armed Woman and has multiple instructor certifications. She and her husband have a business where they help individuals and families become better prepared for emergency situations, covering all aspects of emergency preparedness including firearms training and maintenance. 
     
    In this episode, Caren and I discuss:
    Getting exposure to firearms, firearm education, and situational awareness levels. The Well Armed Woman (TWAW) a group of women who meet monthly and practice, learn and grow as shooters. All levels from newbies to experienced competition shooters. Listening to your intuition, recognizing and sensing that something bad is about to happen, and not ignoring it. Conditioning yourself to recognize danger and how to prepare for handling danger when it is imminent.   
    Key Takeaways:
    Caren’s advice to women in their 20’s is to just go after what you want. And if you fall down, get back up again. Also know there's a special someone out there for everyone. Get out there, do it and give it your best shot, but be cautious at the same time. Don't be naive, try to educate yourself on how the world works so that you don't follow into some of the common pitfalls that many young women do. Caren’s advice to find your own power and courage is to find your voice, your calm, and learn how to be okay with not reacting.   
    "These ladies are not only self-protection like-minded and second amendment like-minded, but they're just cool and kind ladies." 
    —  Caren Heise
     
    Connect with Caren Heise:
    Website: TWAWshootingchapters.org
    Email: prepandmakeready@gmail.com
     
     
    CONNECT WITH CYNTHIA:
    If you'd like to chat with Cynthia, sign up for your Personal Safety Preparedness Consultation with her today!
    Remember to subscribe to "Born to Be A Badass" so that you don't miss a single episode, and join us in the "Born to Be A Badass Collective" group on Facebook. While you're at it, won't you take a moment to write a short review and rate our show? It would be greatly appreciated!
    If you work in the self-defense world, are a survivor, a healer or otherwise BADASS woman and you would like to be interviewed by Cynthia, reach out at cynthia@jolicoeur.com
    To learn more about previous guests, listen to past episodes, and get to know your host, go to Apple Podcasts or here.
    Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin
     

    • 1 tim. 31 min
    Roundtable: #500 Rising Training  

    Roundtable: #500 Rising Training  

    #500 Rising is a movement that stands on the strong shoulders of the women who have come before us. Our first mission is to train female instructors in essential self-defense, and to support them as they reach out to their communities and networks to make a difference in the stubborn statistics of violence against women. It was founded by Tammy Yard McCracken. The first instructor training was recently held in Minneapolis, MN, and today’s roundtable discussion features many of those who participated and who were certified as the first officially endorsed #500Rising instructors.



    Tammy Yard McKracken is owner of Kore Self-Defense & Krav Maga and a globally certified expert level Krav Maga instructor. She is the third woman ever to earn an expert rank with Krav Maga Global (KMG) in North America. She is also one of the instructors for Violence Dynamics.
    Allison DiRienzo Allison is co-founder of Wolf Dog Marketing, a full service digital design agency, an Executive Team member of the #500Rising and Violence Dynamics organizations, a Board Member on She's Local and the Metrowest Conference for Women, and is a kickboxing instructor. She lives and trains martial arts in the greater Boston area with her husband and two giant wolf dogs.
    Kasey Keckeisen is a police officer in Minnesota and is an executive officer on the force’s tactical team. He has been training in martial arts for more than 25+ years and holds 6th degree black belts in Judo, Jujitsu, and Aikido and a black belt in Taiho Jutsu. Kasey is one of the founders of Violence Dynamics.
    Liisa Carter is a civilian follower of Violence Dynamics and a participant of the 500 Rising training.
    Sheena Williams experience is working in private security working hand in hand with law enforcement in an ER setting. She has since opened her own self-defense school and has been working there for 8+ years where she utilizes her skills in martial arts that she has been practicing for nearly a decade. 
    Tia Keck along with her husband owns the Rock Hill Martial Arts gym. Tia is also an advocate of training for women to help them be safer not just feel safer.  
    Kelly Sayre is the owner of Diamond Arrow Group where the training includes situational awareness, pre threat indicators, reading body language, while also making and reinforcing your boundaries. 
    Amy Stewart Cooper is from Boise, Idaho, and has been training in martial arts for 8-10 years. She has been teaching women’s self-defense for a year and going to self-defense seminars for 3 years.
    Maggy Rae (Emme) is a self-defense trainer who spent 14 years in the corrections field and was also an officer for 7 years. She believes it is OK to have the fighter mindset and still be feminine.
    Lisa Abbott  is the owner of Subtle Warrior Self-Defense in northeastern Nevada and she spends her time traveling to teach at self-defense seminars.




    In this episode, the Guests and I discuss:
    The #500Rising movement and the recent Foundations Training for the first group of #500Rising instructors What prevents women from attending a self-defense course? Why have Women’s-only as opposed to mixed-gender self-defense and training courses? Benefits and positive challenges within the 500 Rising Training. The advice and corresponding resources to improve self and familial protection abilities.   
    Key Takeaways:
    Being understanding and making the training and self-defense environment comfortable for women that have been in negative and triggering past scenarios. Distinguishing between the actions of being responsible for and responsible to a person.   Utilizing teach-backs in training. While intimidating, it is also a useful teaching tool for constructive feedback, and to help you improve as an instructor and coach. Trust your instinct and intuition that you can defend yourself.   
     
    "Trust your intuition, always.

    • 1 tim. 48 min
    INTERVIEW: Taking Action with Caterina Rando  

    INTERVIEW: Taking Action with Caterina Rando  

    Caterina Rando is a best selling author, sought after speaker, and an extraordinary women’s business mentor who passionately serves women leaders on a mission. Her over 25 years of educating and empowering audiences and groups makes her truly masterful at providing a ton of value. She shows women how to be loud and proud about the value they bring in order to serve more people and make their businesses thrive. She’s a published author with books including Learn to Think Differently which was released in more than 13 countries and multiple languages. A Women’s Guide to Starting a Giving Circle, and her latest book  The ABC’s of Public Speaking which quickly hit number one in 4 Amazon Best Seller categories. Caterina is an absolute powerhouse and probably one of the most joyous uplifting people you can meet.     
     
    In this episode, Caterina and I discuss:
    Shifting your self-perception mindset, dealing with setbacks, life obstacles, and managing disappointment. Not isolating yourself. Build a community or be a part of a community that supports you. Make an effort to consciously connect and only to take and accept feedback from trusted sources and to trust yourself.  Not letting typical expectations and things hold you back. Embracing the fear, not worryng about what other people think, and letting go of thoughts of perfection. Creating Giving Circles: providing education and support and improving the lives of girls and women around the world.   
    Key Takeaways:
    Caterina’s favorite self-care practice is in the power of action. Getting up and making things happen instead of wallowing and making the conscious decision to be positive in life. Caterina’s advice for women in their 20’s is that everything is going to work out, stop worrying so much.  Caterina’s view on developing your own personal power and courage is to feel the fear and do it anyway. Navigate through fear by taking action. Action is the antidote to fear. Be proactive vs reactive when it’s something you want to do but are afraid to.  
     
    "I want every woman to know that she matters, she has massive value to bring, that her voice matters." —  Caterina Rando
     
    Book Mentioned: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers 
     
    Connect with Caterina Rando:
    Thriving Women in Business Center San Francisco
    Podcast: Expand Your Fempire With Caterina Rando
    Facebook: Caterina Rando
                  Thriving Women in Business
    Website: CaterinaRando.com
    Books: Learn to Power Think
              The Women’s Giving Circle Guide
                 ABC Speaking
     
    CONNECT WITH CYNTHIA:
    If you'd like to chat with Cynthia, sign up for your Personal Safety Preparedness Consultation with her today!
    Remember to subscribe to "Born to Be A Badass" so that you don't miss a single episode, and join us in the "Born to Be A Badass Collective" group on Facebook. While you're at it, won't you take a moment to write a short review and rate our show? It would be greatly appreciated!
    If you work in the self-defense world, are a survivor, a healer or otherwise BADASS woman and you would like to be interviewed by Cynthia, reach out at cynthia@jolicoeur.com
    To learn more about previous guests, listen to past episodes, and get to know your host, go to Apple Podcasts or here.
    Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin
     

    • 1 tim. 13 min
    Playing The “What If” Game

    Playing The “What If” Game

    In this episode, Cynthia discusses:
    Playing the positive or negative “what if” game. The “what if” game as a useful tool in preparing for unknown and potential dangers. Mental Blueprints: Imagining scenarios and possible solutions to those scenarios Not dwelling on the negative “What ifs.”


    Key Takeaways:
    Create a “mental blueprint” or programming for your brain that helps you to react more quickly and work through the fight, flight, or freeze modes. You freeze when you have no blueprint. Work through “What ifs” that you are most likely to encounter or deal with in multiple situations and all the variables that may occur. Playing “what if” is a beneficial way to prepare for things, instead of thinking about all the things that could go wrong. Let the “what if” game guide you and help you address concerns and questions you may have.  
    CONNECT WITH CYNTHIA:
    If you'd like to chat with Cynthia, sign up for your Personal Safety Preparedness Consultation with her today!
    Remember to subscribe to "Born to Be A Badass" so that you don't miss a single episode, and join us in the "Born to Be A Badass Collective" group on Facebook. While you're at it, won't you take a moment to write a short review and rate our show? It would be greatly appreciated!
    If you work in the self-defense world, are a survivor, a healer or otherwise BADASS woman and you would like to be interviewed by Cynthia, reach out at cynthia@jolicoeur.com
    To learn more about previous guests, listen to past episodes, and get to know your host, go to Apple Podcasts or here.
    Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin

    • 20 min
    INTERVIEW: Horse-inspired Growth and Healing with Chris Nichols  

    INTERVIEW: Horse-inspired Growth and Healing with Chris Nichols  

    Chris Nichols is the President and Executive Director of The Medicine Horse Project, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of abused, abandoned, neglected, or displaced horses. She is certified in horse inspired growth healing and facilitates programs for veterans, women's empowerment, and at risk youth with her method of discovering resiliency through horsemanship. Chris also offers horsemanship workshops and clinics helping equestrians develop deeper connection and partnership with their horses.
     
    In this episode, Chris and I discuss:
    How humans and horses work together to learn and heal one another in a safe space. Dealing with and moving past fear through acknowledgement, vulnerability and building a network of support. Women’s empowerment and education through horsemanship activities to build trust, confidence, leadership and personal strength.  Fear now as opposed to an anticipated fear. Meeting basic needs of both humans and horses: safety, nourishment, play and sex/ intimacy.   
    Key Takeaways:
    Chris’s favorite self care practice being with the horses and getting to spend undemanding time with them. To spend time in their world and become a part of the herd. Chris’s advice for women is to make yourself a priority. To live and plan your life for you. If you don’t take care of yourself you can’t be your best self for you or anyone else. Have the courage to step back – it’s critical for your own self health. Follow 1 WIG (Wildly Important Goal) You can’t do 10 things well – do one in a wildly important way. Chris’s advice to develop their own personal power and courage comes to the basic 4 needs of humans and animals. Safety, nourishment, play and sex/intimacy. Defining what makes you safe and what actions you are taking to fulfill those things to build confidence, power and to chase your passion so all aspects of your life are fulfilling.  
    "It takes courage to step back, push yourself back from the complicated table and take a moment for yourself." —  Chris Nichols
     
    Organization Mentioned: Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue
    Book Mentioned: Move Closer Stay Longer by Dr. Stephanie Burns 
    Retreat Mentioned: Wild Horse Empowerment Journey For Women
     
    Connect with Chris Nichols:
    Facebook: The Medicine Horse Project
    Website: MedicineHorseProject.org
    Instagram: @themedicinehorseproject 
    Donate: The Medicine Horse Project
     
    CONNECT WITH CYNTHIA:
    If you'd like to chat with Cynthia, sign up for your Personal Safety Preparedness Consultation with her today!
    Remember to subscribe to "Born to Be A Badass" so that you don't miss a single episode, and join us in the "Born to Be A Badass Collective" group on Facebook. While you're at it, won't you take a moment to write a short review and rate our show? It would be greatly appreciated!
    If you work in the self-defense world, are a survivor, a healer or otherwise BADASS woman and you would like to be interviewed by Cynthia, reach out at cynthia@jolicoeur.com
    To learn more about previous guests, listen to past episodes, and get to know your host, go to Apple Podcasts or here.
    Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin

    • 1 tim. 26 min
    INTERVIEW: Self Awareness with Jackie Coban  

    INTERVIEW: Self Awareness with Jackie Coban  

    Jackie is a Triple Certified Coach in Enneagram, life coaching, and neuro linguistic programming. She lives in the greater New York City area and she works with individuals and companies to create sustainability and to reach goals through self awareness and emotional intelligence. Jackie helps people understand the who, what, and why they are at their core. She is the CEO and founder of Table for Nine Coaching and the host of Table for Nine Podcast. Jackie has also healed from her own experience with abuse and has worked with survivors of human trafficking.
     
    In this episode, Jackie and I discuss:
    The consequences of your mindset. Repressed memories: how the brain can hide memories and bring them to the surface later. Self discovery as part of the healing process. Giving yourself trust and forgiveness. Use of the Enneagram model. Neuro linguistic programming. Develop self awareness, ask yourself “why” repeatedly to get to the core issue.  Tips to recognize sex trafficing. Somatic experiencing: when trauma and abuse take up reside in your body until you deal with the trauma and can heal completely. Self awareness and fear. Why am I afraid? Is it fear or is it an actual risk to my well being?  
    Key Takeaways:
    Jackie’s favorite self care tip is to get up and get dressed for the day even while working from home. Now that she is more confident in herself and her business, she likes to get up and get half dressed. Professional on top, sweats on the bottom. Jackie’s advice for women is to develop their concept of boundaries. You don’t need to feel obligated to everyone and everything. Have and set your boundaries, say them out loud, and stick to them. Jackie believes that for women to develop their own personal power and courage they need to start saying no and sticking to their no. Your no has power, keep your power, don’t people please.  
    "Get yourself in the habit of boundaries as early as you can and in every area of life. Don’t just have them in one area, have them everywhere." —  Jackie Coban
     
    Connect with Jackie Coban:
    Website: Tablefor9Coaching.com 
    Instagram: @tablefor9coaching 
    Podcast: Tablefor9
     
    CONNECT WITH CYNTHIA:
    If you'd like to chat with Cynthia, sign up for your Personal Safety Preparedness Consultation with her today!
    Remember to subscribe to "Born to Be A Badass" so that you don't miss a single episode, and join us in the "Born to Be A Badass Collective" group on Facebook. While you're at it, won't you take a moment to write a short review and rate our show? It would be greatly appreciated!
    If you work in the self-defense world, are a survivor, a healer or otherwise BADASS woman and you would like to be interviewed by Cynthia, reach out at cynthia@jolicoeur.com
    To learn more about previous guests, listen to past episodes, and get to know your host, go to Apple Podcasts or here.
    Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin
     
     

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