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

Listen to Past Episodes in the Episode Library

Episode #8: Let's Talk About Mental Health

According to the National Institute of Health, an estimated 26% of Americans ages 18 and older -- about 1 in 4 adults -- suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. We tend to act as though mental health and physical health are two different things, but they...

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Episode #7: Making a Case for Play

When is the last time you played? When did you last do something just for the fun of it? Has it been a while? Are you squinting quizzically at the question as if it doesn't compute? As adults, we sometimes come to think of play as a waste of time. What if I told you that play is good for your...

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Episode #6: Setting Yourself up for Success

Many of us approach the New Year as a time to reflect and consider the changes we want to make in our lives. We set resolutions. We start strong. And then, we often lose momentum, become discouraged, and sometimes give up altogether. When we decide to make positive change in our lives, how do we...

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Episode #5: Listening

We hear a lot about listening to our teams, co-workers, and perhaps even our kids. But what about listening to ourselves?

When we listen well, to the messages our body is sending to us, we have the opportunity to support ourselves in a way that builds our health, strength, resilience, and...

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Episode #4: Hold Space for Healing

Our human capacity for denial is a survival mechanism that sometimes serves us well; holding unimaginable pain or seemingly unbearable things somewhere away from our hearts and minds until we are able to process them safely. And yet, unprocessed emotions also make us sick--physically and...

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Episode #3: Permission to Ask

We may have a sneaking suspicion that something in our lives isn’t working for us, and yet we are afraid to ask ourselves what that might be. We have to give ourselves space to breathe into the question--what in our lives may no longer be serving us? If we aren’t willing to ask that...

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Episode #2: Never Enough

Many of us are operating from a space of feeling like we are never enough--not good enough, or worthy enough, or that we haven’t “earned” the right to be loved and valued by others. These beliefs are often ingrained in us from a very early age. The fear of never being enough...

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Episode #1: The Crash

Many of us don’t make major changes in our lives until we are faced with a “wake-up call.” Before the wake-up call, there are often red flags that we miss or we may see, but ignore (or just fail to adequately address) along the way.  In this episode, I share the story of...

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