Freedom From Empty

Helping you create a path for life and work that allows you to be fully present, peaceful and free.

Welcome to The Freedom From Empty Podcast!

Every other week, I explore the effects of stress, burnout and trauma on our health, well-being, relationships, and organizations, and - more importantly - share actionable strategies and tools we can use to become strong, effective, resilient leaders and humans. The Freedom From Empty Podcast is a safe space to talk about hard things, heal our pain, and practice thriving. 

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Episode #80: When did you lose your voice?

Episode #79: Interview with Jen Schappel

Episode #78: Freedom to Surrender

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Episode #44: Transformation

The product of transformation is beautiful. The journey is messy and hard. In this episode I share observations about the process of transformation and tips for supporting yourself through the journey.

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Episode #43: Making a Case for Trauma Informed Workplaces

I recorded this episode when we were already living with the impact of a global pandemic, but before the death of George Floyd. Before the effects of trauma--the impact of centuries of both overt and covert violence against people of color in this country--rose to a boiling point. More than ever...

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Episode #42: Understanding the Personal Impact of Trauma

We have not been taught to recognize the impact of trauma on our individual and collective well-being. This episode explores how trauma can translate into individual behaviors. You might be surprised what you learn. 

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Episode #41: Leading Through Crisis

What your people need right now, and by “people” I mean your teams, organizations, families and friends, is for you to show up as the highest and best version of yourself; someone who is grounded, non-reactive, transparent, consistent, and kind. In this episode I share tips for...

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Episode #40: T is for Trauma

Some of us are not on the front lines of the COVID19 battle right now, but as therapist Aundi Kolber writes in her book Try Softer “many of us, at some point or another, have had experiences that felt so overwhelming or threatening to our nervous systems that our brains encoded...

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Episode #39: 7 Tips for Coping with Anxiety and Supporting Well-Being in a Crisis (and Beyond)

You can't sleep. Maybe your chest is pounding. Or you were on the phone with your boss or client and couldn't find the right words. In the midst of a global pandemic, our fight or flight response is on overdrive, and that response, intended to help us escape a sabre toothed tiger, shunts our...

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Episode 38: A Call for Well-Being (When the Bottom Drops Out)

The world has changed dramatically. Everything is uncertain. We have choices. Our choices will influence the outcome, not only of this global pandemic but of the world we will live in in the future. 

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Intro

Welcome to the Freedom from Empty Podcast: Building Strong, Effective,...

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Episode #37: 8 Tips for Setting Boundaries for Better Relationships

Setting and holding clear boundaries allows us to support our well-being and the well-being of those around us. When I reflect on my own crash and burn, I can see clearly that my lack of boundaries led me to push myself to my ultimate limits, until my only option, as I understood it, was to...

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Episode #36: 5 Tips for Setting Boundaries at Work

Individuals, teams and organizations who operate within clear boundaries are more likely to thrive. Maybe you know how to use boundaries at work, but need a refresher. Maybe you never considered boundaries at work as an option for you or your team. In any case, this podcast explores 5 tips for...

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Episode #35: My Money Story

Sometimes we get exactly what we asked for. And sometimes we have to live through things we didn't know how to live through to get to the other side. From the time I was no longer able to work in 2015, I have known I was exorcising some of my demons and fears around money even as I lived through...

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Episode #34: Starting Again Isn't Starting Over

We may be conditioned to believe that life is an upward trajectory. And that if it isn’t, we are doing it wrong. But that construct just isn’t true. Often life feels like two steps forward and one step back. Throughout our lives, in the face of setbacks and detours and full...

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Episode #33: Vacation Rx

Toward the end of 2018, more than half of all employees were going to leave vacation time on the table at the end of the year. In fact only 23% of employees were using up all of their vacation time. And 10% weren’t using any time at all. We aren’t taking our vacations for a...

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