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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 risking what matters most.
 
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Do you know what makes you special? Knowing and expressing our past experience, gifts and what we bring to the table in our careers is one of the hardest parts of making a successful career transition - and it’s also one of the most vital. On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, Blake dives into the practice of building effective bridge stori…
 
How has COVID impacted your career? Some of us were lucky enough to hang onto our jobs and continue on the same path. But some of us found ourselves violently placed in unfamiliar territory. When Karen reached out for help, she had just lost her job after 32 years at the same company. She felt scared, lost, and alone - but she did the work and gain…
 
When was the last time you were called a "perfectionist"? For too many driven women, perfectionism manifests itself internally as constant second-guessing and anxiety. It clouds our judgment and freezes us where we stand. How much more could you achieve if you didn't have that barrier in your way? On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, Blake…
 
“There’s a common misbelief that if you do work that helps people, it doesn’t pay well.” For a huge chunk of her career, Jennie Nash struggled to make money as a writer, despite her success in scoring book deals. What she did learn during her years writing, however, was the ins-and-outs of the publishing world. Since then, she has put that knowledg…
 
Massive amounts of people were furloughed during the pandemic, stuck with nothing to do but worry about the future, and no clue as to how they might get back to the career they had…. When COVID hit and Robin was furloughed, she sat wondering if she’d have a job left when the dust settled. She spent her time job searching, only to find “more of the …
 
“What we hold onto tightly is often what holds us back” - Wendy Pope Uncovering the right time to make a career change is never easy...life always seems to be in the way - but take some time to ask yourself the right questions and watch the opportunities unfold. On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, Blake digs into the question of when the …
 
It is common to believe transitioning our careers means we’ll have to take a big pay cut, a step back in impact or a leap of faith...but just because some people make that choice, doesn’t mean it is the only one available. There is another choice - a better one, in fact. On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, Blake tackles the topic of trans…
 
Work life balance is always a hot topic...but amidst this pandemic and the shift of working from home, the risk of burnout, depression and an all-out war is building for working moms. COVID is the great accelerator - the cracks in the foundation are now starting to become full-fledged gaps. So what do you do about it when you feel stuck in Groundho…
 
Making career moves is hard at any point in life - but if you're making a change after 20+ years working, and getting little to no feedback from potential employers who won't hire you, it's all too easy to fill in some blanks… On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, Blake addresses the subject of perceived ageism as you make a necessary caree…
 
Are you clear enough on what you want to be able to transition into a new career? Maybe this sounds familiar: "I could have told you that I wanted better work/life balance, to be more present with my family, work that felt challenging, creative & made a difference. I wanted work that allowed me to leverage my passion for developing and helping othe…
 
It was March 14, 2020, the office was closed down due to COVID and Patrice, an HR professional, found herself homeschooling her two kids, stressed out to the max. She was searching for how to make the best of the situation and what the right path was for herself because she was tired of feeling emotionally detached from her work and sacrificing her…
 
If you’ve been around a while, you know the feeling of jumping to take another job, hoping this next move will finally be “it” only to find out 6-12 months later that you are back in the same spot - or worse. When jumping to another job isn’t the answer, this is what you need to do. On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, Blake lays out the r…
 
For many women who are searching for a fresh start, the search starts on the outside. You look for a new job with a new commute, better pay, different people… and then you flounder, until you realize that the work starts with you. Leslie Quinn found herself waking up each morning dreading her commute & the time spent away from her kids. With tradit…
 
What makes you happy? It seems like such a simple question, but surprisingly few of us could answer honestly and with confidence. The truth is, figuring out that answer takes a lot of work, some dedication and a strong support group. After having children, Jen O'Hare’s perspective and passion for her work disappeared. She found herself burned out, …
 
Every now and again, life pulls the rug out from under us. It's too easy to feel unmoored and lost when this happens, but in fact, we are the only ones who can empower ourselves to get up and move forward, secure in what we have to offer. When Charlotte found herself out of a job with a healthy severance package, lots of time to decompress and reco…
 
2020 isn’t turning out like any of us expected...and yet, in spite of all the uncertainty, we might find ourselves receiving the greatest blessings in disguise. On this short, thought-provoking episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, Blake dives into the process of reflecting on change as a result of COVID-19, asking the right questions to reach a st…
 
Although conversations are a component of societal change, they must be followed by action. With that in mind, how do we, as a society, take actual, meaningful steps towards ending violence and injustice? On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, the Dialogue for Change continues as Nicola, Erica and Robin share their unique experiences and dis…
 
In the current time of calls for change, protests, riots, and the confusion and anger we are collectively experiencing, the most productive and healing thing we can do right now is begin to talk to each other. And not only to talk, but to listen. Listen to black voices, experiences, pain and needs. It’s the only way we are going to be able to move …
 
It’s a common story - you were so excited about losing weight with that new gym membership, and then you fell out of the habit a month later. Or, you had a great idea for a business and you never managed to get started. Or maybe you just need a change and aren’t sure how to take the first step. Whatever the case, there’s a formula for beating your …
 
It can become easy to let the responsibility of your career drive your decisions. As women, we often feel the need to “suck it up” and deal with stress or unfulfillment for the sake of those around us. In truth, though, when we seek happiness, confidence and peace, everything else in our life thrives along with us. Like so many others, Meta found h…
 
It can become really easy to believe you are doing the right thing for your family by staying in a career that is comfortable but no longer fulfilling. Why should they suffer or have to give up things just so you can be happy...but what if you “sucking it up” is actually causing more harm than good? Kevin Cross was no stranger to career unfulfillme…
 
Big decisions come with lots of factors, and, after a while, it can start to feel impossible to make any choice - let alone the right one. So, how do you decide if it's time to make a move? On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, Blake lays out the one question that will help you figure out whether it's time for a big change, recognize what's…
 
For those who have been in one role for a long time or a specific type of role, changing careers can seem like a huge leap of faith. But it doesn’t need to be. If you’re properly prepared, and steady in your values and needs, you’ll find that you can take a measured, rewarding path forward. On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, Blake contin…
 
So many of us are afraid right now. Between the economic situation, health risks, and everything else that makes the future look very unsteady, it’s .easy to find your head spinning when you think about protecting your future in the job market, let alone transitioning into a role that fits and fulfills you. On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillm…
 
Very few of us can say that the current state of the world is causing us absolutely no stress. There's the economy to worry about, our work, the health of our families - add to that stress a feeling of uncertainty in your career trajectory, and it becomes too much to handle. Time to look at some healthy ways to address the stress. On this episode o…
 
People are a treasure trove of lessons. Because no two of us have exactly the same story, the best thing we can do as we search for clarity and alignment is to surround ourselves with others who can encourage, teach, and provide us with some much-needed perspective. Jeff Moore is one of the most well-connected individuals you could ever hope to mee…
 
No two journeys towards success look alike. Missed opportunities, big wins and strange "ah-ha" moments make up steps on the path to personal fulfillment, if you can just begin by listening to yourself. Katie Richardson, Founder of YearCheer, found herself searching for something better for her future - but she wasn’t sure what it was. A series of e…
 
Coronavirus has thrown us all for a loop - many of us now find ourselves working with a completely new schedule or environment as we self-isolate, and that comes with a ton of new challenges. How do you navigate this new normal? On this episode of The Bridge to Fulfillment, Blake gives listeners some useful tips and tools for staying on track and s…
 
The world is in uncharted territory at the moment as we deal with the COVID-19 crisis. No one quite knows how to handle the situation, much less move forward in spite of it. So how do you choose to react, to plan and to carry on? Misty Lown, founder of More Than Just Great Dancing, has a lot of experience navigating unknown territory and creating s…
 
So - you're thinking of going your own way and creating a business to get you the fulfilling life you want. The process of starting a business from the ground up is intimidating, and it can be tough to know what advice to take and even how to proceed without taking a serious false step. As with a lot of situations in life, it helps to hear from som…
 
The wrong career can make you feel like the walls are closing in, and the idea of getting out to find something better can feel next to impossible. In fact, the change you’re after isn’t far off – the process starts with the decision to get out of your own way. Although she had built up a successful career in retail, Araceli found herself unfulfill…
 
I’ve been studying what successful people do (and what makes them different) for decades. Still, it wasn’t until I understood the lessons I’m sharing today, that I genuinely got why and how some people can both be incredibly successful AND also progress forward into new challenges without crippling fear or anxiety. You see, how you think about your…
 
We have to shift the way we think about gratitude - we can be incredibly grateful for our blessings, but that doesn’t mean we need to be complacent. If we believed we should “just be happy with what we have,” we’d never have any of the major innovations or growth as a society. So when you find yourself starting to internalize and take on guilt for …
 
Stress and anxiety have been so normalized in our society and yet it is literally stealing our lives. My guest, Hannah Bacaron, is an integrative stress management coach who uses proven scientific methods to improve health, clear and permanently releases negative emotional patterns and increase productivity. She not only shares her personal journey…
 
Considering quitting your job because your stress level is sky high & you just don’t know how much longer you can take it? Before you do, listen in. In this episode we talk about why changing your circumstances alone won’t fix your issue & how you can drastically improve your work situation within weeks so you can make the best long term decision a…
 
When did we get to a point where people just resigned themselves to believing that everyone is unhappy and overworked in their jobs so you have no other choice? The old saying is that people don’t leave companies, they leave bosses, but I’d also say they leave cultures...which provide a breeding ground for toxic bosses, interactions, etc. Here’s wh…
 
Most people stay stuck in situations that are making them unhappy for far too long...until something negative happens that forces them into action. WHY? Because they fear that making a change will be too hard, cost too much or be too risky. But that doesn’t have to be true. You have other choices & today we’re going to be talking about how to build…
 
Clarity at times can feel like the most illusive thing to find. We spend years of our lives trying to figure out where to go. We ask friends and family in the hopes they see things we don’t. We read books, do exercises, research online hoping to finally get clarity. But what we don’t know is that clarity comes from inside, not outside. The key is t…
 
We spend our lives searching and achieving hoping the next thing will finally make us happy, but that cycle is actually what makes happiness illusive. In order to truly achieve fulfillment, we must come to the realization that our happiness doesn’t come from external things or circumstances. We must change how we think and align our lives with what…
 
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