The Mothers’ Empowerment Podcast

Welcome to the Mother’s Empowerment Podcast where we help you build an empowering lifestyle from the inside out by keeping it simple, inspiring, and doable. Look for a new episode every Tuesday.

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2 days ago

Hi I’m Isabelle and I’m an overcomplicator.  Are you an overcomplicator, too? Welcome to the club!
What are some of the ways we overcomplicate?
We keep gathering more and more opinions rather than forming our own
We think “but I don’t know how”
We learn more and more and then discover that there are contradictions!
We even sometimes choose confusion over clarity
This was me! Seriously, as a young mom, I so often felt unsure of myself, like I didn’t really know what I was doing and why didn’t anyone tell me it would be this hard, or confusing, or painful???
But here’s the biggest lesson I learned both in parenting and humaning…Clarity comes from taking action. Say that again!​Take Action
So, wherever you are on your journey, whatever is on the horizon for you, the ideas here can help you move forward with more confidence and ease. With 3 tips for how to be more decisive and 5 simple steps for how to take decisive action.
We can’t think our way through challenges. Or out of our problems. We can’t think our way to perfection. Or even into things working out how we want!At some point, we have to roll up our sleeves and just do it. Try that lesson. Be willing for it to flop. Because when things don’t go well, or don’t go as planned…that’s just as much of a learning experience as when everything goes swimmingly well. 
And guess what?  You’re also modeling for your kids that it’s ok to try things without knowing how it will turn out. That we learn from just seeing what happens. From observing the outcome and making adjustments from there.
Remember to celebrate your successes as well as your efforts! Celebrate your willingness to try!
Some things will work well for a while and then fall away. And that’s ok too. That’s just how it is. But in order to keep that forward momentum going, we need to stop overcomplicating and choose the next step.
Here are three tips for how to be more decisive…
3 Tips for How to Be More Decisive
Stop deceiving yourself into thinking that there’s one best or right way.…There are SO many ways to do life. We’re looking for someone to tell us what’s best and exactly how to do it. But that is just keeping us stuck.
Don’t second-guess yourself.
Look forward, not back – We want to look back briefly, observe the present, and plan for the next empowered action.
That’s how you gradually but incrementally improve. And gain that forward momentum that we all need in order to feel inspired to continue.
This is in part a personality thing, of course. Some of us feel a sense of heaviness about decision-making…like we don’t know enough or it feels like too big of a responsibility. Others of us want to continually change our minds, thinking there must be something better we just don’t know about yet. Some of us just decide and then regret our choice, thus going back to making a new decision. And others of us just drag our feet and keep saying “I don’t know what to do next.” OR “I don’t know how.”
My own personal experience early on…I kept constantly changing my mind. Every time there was a challenge or even push back from my kids, I’d start questioning my decisions. I’d think I was doing this mom thing wrong. So I’d do more research, ask another friend how she was handling nap time, stall, even do nothing some days because I didn’t know what to do.
There are hundreds of ways to raise a child…all these options are great… Until they get in your way of moving forward. I just want you to remember that you can and will find your OWN way.
Here’s what that looks like…
We want to commit, implement, observe, tweak, and move forward.
5 Action Steps to be More Decisive
And that very first step, to commit, requires us to make a decision. To make a choice.
My suggestion is you find someone further down the path than you are, find out why and how they did things, get in touch with your intuition about your child, situation, family…and then simply decide.It’s ok to rely on people you see as “experts” – it’s ok to learn more. But don’t let that slow you down. Give yourself a time frame. And then simply go all in.
I want to let you know first of all, you are not alone. And secondly, you can get past this. By gaining confidence in yourself. By recognizing this tendency and stepping out of that pattern. So you don’t stay spinning in that place of considering all the options all the time. Sometimes we just have to choose.Wherever you are on this journey or whichever type of decision maker you are, you can practice making decisions with more confidence and ease.
Speed, commitment, and forward momentum will get you to your goals so much faster. Will help you accomplish more. AND gain that confidence we all crave so much.
Just decide. Remember, you can always change your decision! But beware that you don’t do this too often. Because then you dilute the impact of your decision.
Indecision can keep you stuck. This can negatively impact your homeschool in big ways. And truly overcomplicate things.
As a reminder, here are the 5 steps to being more decisive:
commit, implement, observe, tweak, and move forward
Embracing & Living Out Our EMPOWERED Choices
So today, I invite you to practice being more decisive! This can make a huge impact on your life…making it more fun, more interesting, and yes, more successful.
Here are some simple truths to remember:
We all have good days and bad days, clean sinks and dirty sinks, cooperative children and saucy children.
We all wonder sometimes why we chose this over that, and think that would be so much easier and what’s wrong with me!
We all want it ALL, right now.
And, if we want the disempowering inner chatter to stop, we need to be bold and decisive and commit to the choices we have made. We need to choose again.
And then we need to just get on with it!
I’ll leave you with this wonderful quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe…
“Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!” 
If you like this idea of considering your options and then empowering yourself to make a decision and move forward, this is the way I teach and coach in all of my offerings. I want you to feel like you can do this, and feel more joy and ease along the way. Check out all that I offer!  (IsabelleBridges.com)
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Tuesday May 14, 2024

In this episode of The Mother's Empowerment Podcast you can experience the emotional benefits of Tapping as Leah Recor leads you through a tapping experience inviting you to release anxiety and overwhelm.
With certifications as a practitioner of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Neurolinguistic Programming, Leah knows how to use psychology as her go-to for life and business success. Not only has applying neurology to her business models expedited her success in building her own brands, but it converted networks into authentic connections, fast-tracked strategy for increasing product sales and client conversion, and created lasting employee satisfaction. Please enjoy Leah's workshop at https://youtu.be/I8QgyIWwTYU You can also find her at her Facebook Business Page https://www.facebook.com/leah.louiserecor?mibextid=LQQJ4d and on instagram at www.instagram.com/theabundantparent

Wednesday May 08, 2024

Have you ever heard the words “meal prep” only to imagine tupperwares full of plain chicken, rice, and green beans?
Maybe you genuinely want to eat healthier and plan ahead, but you find yourself overwhelmed by the process, and well, you don’t have six hours to prep food every Sunday. (Who does?)
In this episode, Michel Fox shares with us some practical ways you can plan your meals ahead and be intentional about nourishing your body throughout the week - without having to spend hours prepping or eating the same meal every day.
So grab a snack and tune in.
And if you want to dive into more ways to make meal planning really simple, check out Michele's website: https://www.michellefox.com. You'll learn how to develop weekly rhythms, time block your week to be more productive, and meal prep healthy meals using a quick and simple system.

Tuesday Apr 30, 2024

This episode explores ways to cultivate a relationship with your inner sister through mindfulness. We delve into tips and techniques for identifying and focusing on the good in your life and expanding positivity for a more fulfilling and joyful existence. We also discuss why a positive outlook significantly impacts mental and physical health and how to build resilience in facing life's challenges. This episode provides practical advice for improving your mood, boosting self-esteem, and living a happier life. I can't wait to share this episode with you. Learn more about Lindsay at https://lindsaymartenellis.com and get her book at https://amzn.to/3Xhnp0n
 
XXXX, Isabelle

Tuesday Apr 23, 2024

What do you do when you have a friend that is in trouble? Good question! Welcome to The Mother's Empowerment Podcast! In this week’s episode, I welcomed Brenda Winkle, an energy healer for high performers and a super Mentor for The Mother's Empowerment Sisterhood. (BTW, Brenda is going to lead us through breathwork on May 6th at 10am PT. You can check out that opportunity here: https://www.isabellebridges.com/mentorconvo-brendawinkle)
Throughout the episode, Brenda opens up about the pivotal transformations she has experienced since integrating the principles of EMPOWERMENT. Not did she leave an abusive relationship, but she uses the challenged she has faced to shape the way she approaches her burgeoning business. With a focus on the art of empowerment, Brenda highlights how crucial it is for leaders—whether in family or business—to trust their instincts and safeguard their energy.
Brenda sheds light on an often-overlooked yet essential aspect of moving from fear to empowerment— receiving deep listening from our believing mirrors. She underscores the impact of having relationships with other women who make us feel SAFE.
This episode is not just an exploration of personal development; it's a mini masterclass in leadership and stewardship of one's own life.
Join us on this inspiring episode to glean wisdom from Brenda Winkle's experience with her own empowerment. Learn more about Brenda at BrendaWinkle.com

Tuesday Apr 16, 2024

You're about to spend the next half hour with one of the most amazing women I have ever met... Katie Wood. Do you sometimes wish your kids would just be a little more grateful? I know I sure do.
Katie Wood's book, A Simple Seed, is now part of our morning routine.
Check out this interview with Katie, so that you can make more room for connecting with your family and what’s most meaningful in your lives.
“More is caught than taught in motherhood!” -Katie Wood
She's giving you simple, inspiring, doable strategies for gowing grateful kids.
Want to learn more about Katie Wood? Run on over to Katiewood.com
xoxo, Isabelle

Tuesday Apr 09, 2024

There’s something most people are completely unaware of, but is super crucial – how our nervous system plays a big role in our relationship with motherhood.
If you want to ease your mothering journey, you’ll want to tune into my conversation with Lisa Nichols. Lisa is a coach with a twist! By combining EFT tapping with coaching, she helps women business owners build their businesses not through hard work and doing all the things the "experts" tell them to do, but from a sense of knowing: knowing the value of their inner wisdom, knowing they are worthy, and knowing they will always find the solutions they need. She is also a Reiki Master and Tarot reader.
Key Takeaways
Inner transformation requires acknowledging and working through childhood traumas and beliefs.
Tools like journaling, women's circles, EFT tapping, tarot, and Reiki can help facilitate this inner work.
Making this inner work a priority, despite excuses, is the most empowering action women can take.
All of Lisa's best selling books can be found at www.lisagaynichols.com Connect with her here: https://www.instagram.com/tappingintoyourtrueself/

Tuesday Apr 02, 2024

There is undoubtedly a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding about menopause... starting with the simple matter of how the various stages of menopause are classified. Julia Mitchell is a midlife health coach helping women learn the best strategies to boost metabolism, gain energy, and burn fat while navigating the menopausal transition and beyond. She's a certified coach for the FASTer Way nutrition & fitness program and is currently studying for her Menopause Coaching Specialist and Advanced Macro Coaching certifications. In this episode we talk about Navigating the Menopause Transition. Check out Julia's Five Ways to Rev Up Your Metabolism in Midlife Gift: https://juliawmitchell.myflodesk.com/midlifemetabolism
And learn more about here at Facebook Business Page https://www.facebook.com/juliawmitchell
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/juliawmitchell/

Tuesday Mar 26, 2024

In today's episode, we explore the following concepts:
Is balance even possible
Mothering during different seasons of life
Using our breath as a powerful reset, even in our busiest of moments
And so much more...
This one feels big, important and timely to me... for all of us. So I hope you love it! Thank you for being here! xoxo.
Wishing you love and balance,
Isabelle

Tuesday Mar 19, 2024

Hello Dear Ones -
Here's a little excerpt from today's show:
"I like to ask myself 'what is the most loving thing I can do moment by moment?' I make decisions by choosing with love, leading with love and leaving with love rather than making them from a place of FEAR (an accronym for: Forcing, Exhausting, Avoidance, Rigidity.)" I hope you enjoy the episode! Learn more at jadahsellner.com or follow her on social media at @jadahsellner
Until next time - I wish you a BEAUTIFUL day! xoxo

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My heart is broken. I imagine yours is, too.

It can be hard to be present with all the pain and suffering that is happening in the world and in our own homes and lives.

At the same time, I know I came here to fully show up. To root all the way into my body, and into the Earth. To live EMPOWERED.

How do we become more open to love, and the very real pain that comes with it?

How do we act powerfully from our inner knowing, including claiming our pleasure, our rest, and our empowerment?

Inside each cell of our bodies lies a sleeping lotus. Like any seed, it can lie dormant, awaiting the proper conditions to blossom.

The lotus has its roots firmly planted in the mud. So my full hearted invitation to you, dear sister, is to take full responsibility for this one precious life you have been given, and to wake up in this incarnation. To rise up out of the mud.

The above statement is simple (I invite you to read it again, outloud), and takes a lifetime of courage to put into practice. Good thing we have exactly that… a lifetime!

As empowered women and mothers, we are here to accept the mess and limitation of human life, and to know that love is limitless.

The Mother’s Empowerment Show is here to offer you practical tools to help you breathe into that lotus.​ 

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