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The Bridge to Fulfillment is hosted by Blake Schofield, founder of Connections Illuminated, mom to three kids & former corporate executive who got tired of sacrificing her life for a comfortable paycheck. This podcast is designed to change perspectives on what is really possible for women and help them to build a fulfilling career & life on their terms without taking a pay cut or starting over.

Have questions or topics you'd love to see covered on the podcast? Email us at hello@connectionsilluminated.com !

Want to see how or if we can help? Schedule a FREE 15-minute discovery call by going to www.SpeakwithBlake.com

The Bridge to Fulfillment Blake Schofield

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    • 4.9 • 70 Ratings

The Bridge to Fulfillment is hosted by Blake Schofield, founder of Connections Illuminated, mom to three kids & former corporate executive who got tired of sacrificing her life for a comfortable paycheck. This podcast is designed to change perspectives on what is really possible for women and help them to build a fulfilling career & life on their terms without taking a pay cut or starting over.

Have questions or topics you'd love to see covered on the podcast? Email us at hello@connectionsilluminated.com !

Want to see how or if we can help? Schedule a FREE 15-minute discovery call by going to www.SpeakwithBlake.com

    Ep 143: How to Advocate for Yourself at Work with DEI Expert, Netta Jenkins

    Ep 143: How to Advocate for Yourself at Work with DEI Expert, Netta Jenkins

    Most people, particularly women and women of color, simply aren’t comfortable advocating for themselves at work. 
    Maybe it’s because of how you were raised, or perhaps it’s generational. Or maybe you just don’t want to rock the boat. So, you wait…. hoping that one day, you’ll be recognized and get that raise or be given that promotion. 
    The question is why? Why don’t we know our own self worth enough to use it to our advantage as a tool for change? 
    The answer is simple: It’s because you just haven’t had the right combination of tools and role-models showing you that the change you seek really is possible. 
    Today, Blake welcomes Netta Jenkins, a leading voice in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion field whose soaring audience engagement was doubtless a key factor in Forbes naming her as one of the top 7 anti-racism consultants in the world. Netta was featured in CIO Views publication as “The Top 10 Most Influential Black Women in Business to Follow in 2021”.  An acclaimed author with a deep background in communications, leadership, and behavioral psychology, Netta has been advising corporations and audiences of all kinds for more than 15 years on the most effective strategies to address systemic racism, its traumatic impact, and the path to social justice.
    In this episode, you’ll hear how Netta was encouraged from a young age to advocate for herself, despite circumstances that could have easily had the opposite effect. She shares how that strength helped catapult her to success, and how she helps others cultivate a strong, unbreakable sense of self-worth that gives them the courage to confidently change their circumstances. 
    What You’ll Learn:
    • How Netta developed her strong sense of power from an early age (4:10)

    • The most important element of self-advocacy (10:21)

    • The 3 steps you can take towards a better career path (10:08)

    • Moving forward through the scars of negative experiences in the workplace (20:37)

    • An acronym to help organizations address their root issues (26:32)

    • Key questions to ask during the interview process to know whether this a company you’ll be able to grow with (34:07)

    Favorite Quotes:
    1. My mother said something so pivotal, she said, “Netta I didn't bring you in this world to cry about things. I brought you in this world to create change”. -Netta

    2. Oftentimes, we don't realize the importance of our words. But we also don't realize the importance of our belief systems and how those belief systems then create the outcomes of our lives. -Blake

    3. What I love about the idea of self-advocacy is it's about how can I create that change? How do I be the one to move that instead of expecting somebody else to fix it. Instead of it being external, it now becomes internal. And so I can do something about it, I can be that person that creates the change.  -Blake

    4. If a patient went to their physician and asked them to write a prescription without first understanding the patient's underlying health condition, that would be a problem, right? So organizations must resist that impulse to just seek immediate relief for their symptoms, and instead focus on the core disease of what's happening. -Netta

    5. When we understand who we are and our perspective, we can better understand other people and their perspective. And we can have empathy and we can have real conversations that bring teams together, change organizations, and create the result we actually want to create. -Blake

    6. Organizations are going to see if they can't get it together, and start to really solve for these disparities, these systemic gaps within their organizations, they won't have an organization. -Netta
    Connect with Netta Jenkins:
    Website: www.nettajenkins.com  
    Community Space: www.ourdipper.com 
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/nettajenkins/
    Additional Resources:
    To schedule a 15-minute discovery call to see if or how Blake can hel

    • 40 min
    EP 142: Are Your Career & Life Goals Too Small?

    EP 142: Are Your Career & Life Goals Too Small?

    What do you dream for yourself and your life? A hassle-free day at work, fewer headaches, or simply a weekend free from checking emails or responding to work-related text messages? Perhaps even a job you actually enjoy and feel energized by (or does that seem too good to be true)?
    Those goals are really just the tip of the iceberg of what’s possible. For so many women, they’re the goals we strive for on a daily basis. 
    But the truth is that most people don’t dream BIG enough. 
    We tend to dream or set goals within the limits of what we know or what we’ve seen. But, there’s a whole world that exists outside of what’s known, and that’s where real fulfillment begins to take shape and transform into something much bigger. 
    Today, Blake challenges you to consider the unknown: What if you dreamt a little bit bigger? If your goals include financial freedom, independence, career significance, and more time to enjoy life with your family, then what’s holding you back from achieving it is the gap between what you know and what you don’t know yet. 
    If all you know is hustle and unfulfilling work, then you’re simply missing the pieces that can connect you to what’s actually possible. Learn how to push past the fear and take the first steps towards transformation. 
    What You’ll Learn:
    • Why most people aren’t setting their goals high enough (1:50)

    • Blake’s personal story of seeking change (3:29)

    • The potential future you could be sacrificing because of fear (6:32)

    • Challenge your beliefs about what’s possible (8:52)

    • The first step on your path to transformation (11:09)

    Favorite Quotes:
    1. “Most people's career and life goals are so much smaller than what they can actually accomplish.”

    2. “I had a lot of beliefs and a lot of perspectives that were keeping me stuck and trapped in a life, and a career that was far less impactful than I wanted it to be. My dreams and my goals were far too small.”

    3. “I have been able to accomplish things I would have never thought possible: Working 20 to 25 hours a week, being able to not work nights and weekends, being able to go to my kid’s events, truly waking up energized and passionate excited about what I do every day.”

    4. “If there's anything in your life that you wish were different, or if there are things that you do because you feel like you have to or you should, or because that's the only possibility for your life, I want to challenge you that that's not true.”

    5. “Ultimately, that contraction of what you think is possible for you is actually the thing that's keeping you stuck.”

    6. “Every single day that you get up, that you're not living life to the fullest is another day of regret, another day of lost time, and another day that you're not able to be fully present with your family to really enjoy the life that you've been given.”

    Additional Resources:
    To schedule a 15-minute discovery call to see if or how Blake can help you, go to: www.speakwithBlake.com
    To get access to free resources, updates & future events, join Blake’s newsletter at: www.bridge2fulfillment.com
    For more information about us & alternate ways to connect, visit:
    www.ConnectionsIlluminated.com
    Have questions or topics you’d like to see covered on the podcast? Email us at hello@connectionsilluminated.com

    • 13 min
    EP 141: Is Stress Keeping You Up At Night?

    EP 141: Is Stress Keeping You Up At Night?

    Finally laying your head down on a pillow at night should be a welcome relief. But for many working women, it’s become a place where our worries gather. Your body tosses & turns while your head feels like a circus of anxiety. 
    If you’ve ever found yourself struggling to fall asleep, or you wake up in the middle of the night with your mind racing, you’re not alone. Worry, stress, & anxiety are all too common sleep companions keeping us from getting the rest we need to wake up recharged. 
    But it doesn’t have to be this way. 
    Real rest is possible when you have the right tools to get unstuck from the mental loop. 
    Today, Blake explains why so many women are suffering from a lack of sleep, and what those thoughts keeping you awake at night are trying to tell you. She shares valuable tools that will help you shift that pattern in your life, and a simple exercise that’ll help you find relief tonight. You’ll learn how to pinpoint where and when you may have developed these worry habits, and how to reframe your understanding to receive them as gifts that will ultimately help you grow.
     
    What You’ll Learn:
    • The impact that a lack of sleep can have on your life(0:31)

    • A simple practice to help relieve anxiety before going to bed (3:17)

    • How to view the emotions you’re experiencing in a more helpful way (5:01)

    • The definition of a trigger and what it feels like (6:02)

    • Why processing your feelings and patterns is so important (8:22)

    • What your sleep disruption is trying to tell you (10:09)

    Favorite Quotes:
    1. If you're not sleeping well, you can't think well and you can't live well. 

    2. We get to a place in our life where the coping mechanisms that we developed in our childhood are no longer working for us.

    3. Most of us haven't been taught how to deal with our emotions or to honestly understand that what we feel isn't necessarily the truth. 

    4. One of the greatest gifts that you can give yourself, your family, your children and those around you is to learn how to really understand what your feelings and what your patterns are telling you and really be able to process them. 

    5. Our feelings are actually a gift. They're not scary. They're there to help us grow. They're there to help give us freedom. And when we understand how to do that, we begin to be empowered.
    Additional Resources:
    To schedule a 15-minute discovery call to see if or how Blake can help you, go to: www.speakwithBlake.com
    To get access to free resources, updates & future events, join Blake’s newsletter at: www.bridge2fulfillment.com
    For more information about us & alternate ways to connect, visit: www.ConnectionsIlluminated.com
    Have questions or topics you’d like to see covered on the podcast? Email us at hello@connectionsilluminated.com
     

    • 14 min
    EP 140: Brittany’s Story: Close the Gap & Transition to Your Dream Career NOW

    EP 140: Brittany’s Story: Close the Gap & Transition to Your Dream Career NOW

    Sometimes life gives you lemons, and other times, it delivers them by the truckload. When the unexpected happens, and it feels like we’re just not catching any breaks, that’s a good indication that you’re ripe for a transformation. 
    Today, Blake welcomes Brittany to the program to share her story of change, and how this program has helped her recognize and step into her unique potential. A newly single mom who was suddenly forced out of her job, Brittany was doing her best to support her daughter while simultaneously going through a divorce. Like many women, she believed that in order to make a career change, it would require years of building skills and experience, perhaps even a new degree, in order to find what she truly wanted to do.
    But thankfully, a little voice inside of her knew better. She took action and reached out to see what she might find if she dug a little deeper into her true values. After only 45 days, she was able to find the flexibility she wanted through remote work that allowed her to uplevel from a manager role to a director-level role.  All WITH unlimited pay incentives!
    In this episode, you’ll hear how Brittany did it, and how you can tap into her real-life inspiration so you can finally reach for what’s possible in your life and career! 
    What You’ll Learn:
    • Where Brittany started and why she felt compelled to start the program (2:21)

    • Why changing jobs just wasn’t going to be enough this time (6:20)

    • How Blake saw beyond Brittany’s fears and recognized her potential (11:39)

    • Recognizing your strengths to market yourself authentically (18:21)

    • How Brittany’s exciting new role ticks all of her natural talent boxes (23:25)

    • How the personal depth of this course made it different from previous coaching experiences (26:43)

    Favorite Quotes:
    1. I wanted so badly to reframe what was happening to me and make it a positive situation. -Brittany

    2. It felt like I had too much on my plate to see clearly. -Brittany

    3. I think a really great tool, when you find yourself in that position, is to find somebody that is able to coach and guide you there. I lost the ability temporarily to get myself there. It was almost fate that led me to you. -Brittany

    4. I truly believed that if I did not make that investment, I would end up taking a job out of fear; a job that I wasn't going to be happy with, was not going to fulfill me, and maybe not even have the values that I wanted a company to have. Maybe I’d take less pay out of desperation because “any pay was better than no pay” in my head…but I knew better. -Brittany

    5. When you have the confidence to understand who you are as a person, where you add value, and how to show that to people, you don't show up as that person that says the same canned thing that everybody else says. And that's why you stand out. -Blake

    6. As women, and even as little girls, we're taught not to create waves, and to make everybody happy. And as a result of that, we aren't always showing up as our authentic selves. -Blake

    Additional Resources:
    To schedule a 15-minute discovery call to see if or how Blake can help you, go to: www.speakwithBlake.com
    To get access to free resources, updates & future events, join Blake’s newsletter at: www.bridge2fulfillment.com
    For more information about us & alternate ways to connect, visit:
    www.ConnectionsIlluminated.com
    Have questions or topics you’d like to see covered on the podcast? Email us at hello@connectionsilluminated.com

    • 39 min
    EP 139: Mid-Career Transitions: Risk or Opportunity?

    EP 139: Mid-Career Transitions: Risk or Opportunity?

    If you’ve often felt pulled toward making a career change, but think you’re just too deep in your current line of work to risk transitioning, you’re not alone. 
    For many women, mid-career transitions often feel too risky, but the truth is that the skills and experiences you’ve already gained in your position are actually adding more value to what you have to offer. With such an abundance of experience and knowledge to share, mid-career may even be the BEST time for you to make a change. 
    Today, Blake breaks down the barriers and debunks the most common myths around mid-career transitions. She uncovers the root of the fears that keep us stuck and shares why transitioning in the middle or later part of your career is not only common, but can be one of the absolute best times to do so.
    It’s time to move past your fears and learn how to communicate the unique skill set that only you bring to the table. 
    What You’ll Learn:
    • 4 reasons why mid-career is the best time for a transition (1:11)

    • How to stop making fear-driven decisions (3:36)

    • Are you trying to accelerate with your foot on the emergency brake? (5:04)

    • Why you might feel stuck when all you want is change (7:22)

    • The real risk of staying on a path that isn’t right for you (9:12)

    Favorite Quotes:
    1. We only know what we've seen and experienced. And if you've been in the same company, role, or industry your entire career, you're limited to what your experiences and knowledge have been.

    2. You create the life you want by going after the possibility and the opportunity.

    3. The risk isn't in creating change. The risk actually comes from staying in a path that doesn't align.

    4. Opportunity comes when you seek help from someone who has been there and done that and been able to do the same for others.

    Additional Resources:
    To schedule a 15-minute discovery call to see if or how Blake can help you, go to: www.speakwithBlake.com
    To get access to free resources, updates & future events, join Blake’s newsletter at: www.bridge2fulfillment.com
    For more information about us & alternate ways to connect, visit:
    www.ConnectionsIlluminated.com
    Have questions or topics you’d like to see covered on the podcast? Email us at hello@connectionsilluminated.com

    • 11 min
    EP 138: Break the Cycle of Overwhelm

    EP 138: Break the Cycle of Overwhelm

    What if, instead of constantly feeling overwhelmed, you were finally able to breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate your success? 
    What if, rather than never feeling like you have enough time to do something just for yourself, you actually had “me” time to refresh and rejuvenate? 
    Imagine a life where you finally felt like you were in control, you could sit back and celebrate your achievements, and life didn’t feel so….overwhelming. 
    If that sounds great, but you’re thinking “that’ll never be me,” then today’s episode is just the fuel you need to spark change in your life. 
    For high achievers, overwhelm seems like it’s just par for the course, but normalizing consistent cycles of overwhelm isn’t the answer. Rather than settling for a quick fix, real change means getting to the root of the problem. But often, we can’t see it because we’re lacking the tools (and the time) to make such a big shift on our own.
    Today, Blake asks you to think about what it would feel like if you were in control. What would it feel like if you woke up every day with peace of mind and truly felt accomplished? In this episode, you’ll learn the effects that overwhelm can have on your life, and the false assumption you might be holding on to about why you can’t reduce the responsibility that you’re carrying. She also shares an exercise with 5 tips that will help you identify what would need to happen in order to create change. 
    It’s time to recognize that something needs to change and you can do something about it. 
    What You’ll Learn:
    • The long-term effects of overwhelm (0:38)

    • What you can do when you’re feeling overwhelmed (1:00)

    • Our false assumptions about change (4:12)

    • How to take action and reduce your stress (5:46)

    • What it means if you’re consistently feeling overwhelmed (7:06)

    Favorite Quotes:
    1. If you are a high achiever, you may ultimately end up spending a significant portion of your life in overwhelm, paralyzing you from the very changes you need in order to create a happier, more peaceful, and more balanced life.

    2. What would it feel like if you were in control, you had peace of mind and you truly felt accomplished?

    3. It's important to connect to what we want to feel and what that would look like so that you can really identify what would need to happen in order to create that change.

    4. We're assuming that we have to do certain things, we're assuming that it's going to be painful or complicated or take a lot of time, we're assuming that we have to figure it out all on our own, we're assuming that nothing can change. But that couldn't be further from the truth.

    5. By allowing yourself time to process through your current situation, what options you have, and prioritize what will make the biggest impact, you can begin to see light at the end of the tunnel.

    6. If you find yourself consistently getting into cycles of overwhelm, there are likely tools and knowledge that you're missing that are keeping you stuck. But you can shift those. You can get support.

    Additional Resources:
    To schedule a 15-minute discovery call to see if or how Blake can help you, go to: www.speakwithBlake.com
    To get access to free resources, updates & future events, join Blake’s newsletter at: www.bridge2fulfillment.com
    For more information about us & alternate ways to connect, visit:
    www.ConnectionsIlluminated.com
    Have questions or topics you’d like to see covered on the podcast? Email us at hello@connectionsilluminated.com

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

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70 Ratings

AshG0000 ,

Lead me to my next career move

Because of this podcast, I became a client of Blake’s, went through the program and landed my next job opportunity with clarity and confidence. The episodes are incredible stories that resonated so much with me that I absolutely had to learn more. And I’m so grateful I did. Highly recommend!

Madmarcy ,

Inspiring

These podcasts are truly inspiring! Blake has such a passion and love for what she does and the women she helps, it really comes across in these sessions. I would not be where I am today if it wasn't for Blake. These sessions will motivate you and transform the way you think. Highly recommend!!!

CBredeson ,

Networking Unlocked

Loved the episode on creating a networking strategy! Blindly reaching out to people has always felt uncomfortable to me but Blake outlined how to think about it differently! Highly recommend this episode if you’re job searching or just looking to expand your network.

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