Empowering Chats with Susan Burrell
”Punching Her Way to Fame!” with Alicia Doyle…

”Punching Her Way to Fame!” with Alicia Doyle…

April 22, 2022

Ep. #182 - Punching Her Way to Fame! An interview with Author, Journalist and Ex-Boxer, Alicia Doyle. 

I am thrilled to welcome Alicia Doyle to this Empowering Chat. Alicia shares her story of how she got into professional boxing in her late twenties and how through that experience she thought she had found a cure for her depression.  And she did, but it was temporary. The fast-paced world of sports and boxing was such a strong focus that it provided her a distraction for the 2 years she was actively competing.

Eventually she learned how to release the rage and find her self-esteem. Alicia works with at-risk kids and has incorporated all that she learned in the boxing ring into her daily life. She mentors troubled youth and is a guiding light for them.

Her book, Fighting Chance, is not only about her life as a female boxer in a male-dominated sport but it is also about her story of survival in the ring of life.

I’d like to share this excerpt from her book:

I never expected boxing to infuse my psyche emotionally, spiritually and mentally, and put me on a path toward enlightenment. To this day, the skills I discovered in the ring translate to everyday life. I learned that the fight starts from within – and when faced head-on with conviction, honesty, vulnerability and faith, the battle is sublime.

Alicia recognized that the way out of her depression was to face her dark fears and lean into her experience as a boxer. Her book, Fighting Chance, tells that story. And writing it also helped her heal.

In this episode we share stories of struggle, light and inspiration.

To purchase Fighting Chance visit: AliciaDoyle.com/buy-fighting-chance

To learn more about Alicia Doyle and the work she does visit her website: AliciaDoyle.com

To Learn more about how I show up in the world I invite you to visit my website: SusanBurrell.com

”The Love Smacked Addict” with Sherry Gaba…

”The Love Smacked Addict” with Sherry Gaba…

April 15, 2022

Ep #181 - The Love Smacked Addict – An Interview with Trauma Coach and Author, Sherry Gaba.

Anyway you slice it and dice it, no matter if you call it Love Addiction, Relationship Addiction, Obsessive Love or Romance Addiction, it all comes down to unhealthy practices in the name of love.

My guest for this episode of Empowering Chats, is Author and Trauma Coach, Sherry Gaba. Her book, “Love Smacked: How to Stop the Cycle of Relationship Addiction and Co-Dependency to Find Everlasting Love,” focuses on insecure attachments and what obsessive love looks like. Often times people who feel alone or who were abandoned as children will seek validation from others and become addicted to being in relationship.

Sherry experienced this first hand in her life and knows the importance of having self-love and a strong sense of self before entering into a love relationship.

Sherry explains that many times (although not always), the obsession and addiction to another is an attempt by that person to recover the love and attention that may have been missing in their life as a child. That person grows up with a warped sense of self and often times doesn’t have self-love or a strong sense of who they are. Without the nurturing, you can develop low self-esteem.

Her book focuses on how to break that cycle of dependency and addiction so that you can live fabulously on your own or with a life partner. She offers tools in her book that give her readers ways to recognize good partners and steer clear of bad ones, and how to define healthy boundaries.

Ultimately giving to yourself and finding ways to feel comfortable in your own skin is the key to healing.

To learn more about Sherry, visit her website at: SherryGaba.com

Sherry is offering an online group coaching program she calls, "Wake-Up Recovery," to help her clients overcome their love addiction issues by applying principles of positive psychology and mindfulness.  She is offering my listeners a one-month trial to her coaching program for only $1.00.  To take advantage of this offer please follow this link: wakeuprecovery.com/become-a-member-co1/

Please visit my website to learn more about how I show up in the world: SusanBurrell.com

”You Too Can Find Your Prince” with Marcia Naomi Berger…

”You Too Can Find Your Prince” with Marcia Naomi Berger…

April 8, 2022

Ep #180 - You Too Can Find Your Prince – An Interview with Author and Social Worker, Marcia Naomi Berger.

In this episode of Empowering Chats I have a lively conversation with Naomi Berger about overcoming the obstacles of dating in order to find your path to marriage. Her latest book, entitled, Marriage Minded, An A to Z Dating Guide for Lasting Love is an easy read. It is set up so that you can read it cover to cover or open to the section that calls to you.

We chat about how times have changed and how going to college in the 50s and early 60s was seen as a path to finding your future husband. Or as Naomi shared, many in her circle would jokingly say they were working toward their MRS degree. Under M in her A to Z guide Naomi’s book talks about the importance of having a mentor or model to express how relationships can work well. That particular section caught my attention and as Naomi stated, her book is made to be read as a guide either cover to cover or in sections.

Naomi’s book also feels like an A to Z guide in getting to know yourself and finding self-love. It helps you to build your inner foundation of self-love so that you can then naturally radiate out to the world that love and that light you carry – which can then attract more love toward you and translate to a lasting love in a committed relationship – whatever that may look like for each individual.

For more on Marcia Naomi Berger visit her website at: MarciaNaomiBerger.com

To purchase her book, Marriage Minded, An A to Z Dating Guide for Lasting Love visit: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/marriage-minded-marcia-naomi-berger/1138488951

To learn more about how I show up in the world I invite you to visit my website at: SusanBurrell.com



Cultivating Peace

Cultivating Peace

April 1, 2022

Ep #179 - Cultivating Peace - a solo show with the host of Empowering Chats, Susan Burrell

This episode is the first show of April, 2022 and the focus is on self-love and peace.

I start this episode by asking some powerful questions about how we chose to show up in the world, post lockdown. How are you choosing to re-emerge in the world? Into your life? Are you choosing to emerge from a place of peace or a place of anger and fear?

I encourage you to focus on Peace. And begin with yourself, with your inner peace – and then when you have grasped that I challenge you to extend that peace outward to your community and ultimately to the world.

We already have the seed of peace within us – we just need to remember to focus on that peace in order to grow and materialize that peace. I think it’s also important to understand when this focus becomes intense, stuff may show up that looks nothing like peace. And that’s okay too, because this process can be like a detox. Sometimes it takes facing those non-peaceful moments or triggers in order to gain the actual peace you seek.

In this episode I invite you to put your mindfulness on peace. On self-love. This practice can be contagious. The more peaceful we are, the more it spreads to those we touch and to those surrounding us.

My goal is to love beyond measure. To love and live in peace, despite the reel of ugliness that is playing out in front of me. I choose to Love anyway. In doing that I remind myself – and you my listeners – to remember to be a presence of light and peace for the world. Peace resides within each of us – so remember to give to yourself and others the gift of peace wrapped in love.

To learn more about the work I do I invite you to visit my website: SusanBurrell.com

For those of you who are interested in the words of Poet, John O'Donohue I have included below the words to his poem which I read at the end of this episode:

“For Peace” by John O’Donohue

As the fever of day calms towards twilight
May all that is strained in us come to ease

We pray for all who suffered violence today,
May an unexpected serenity surprise them.

May those who risk their lives each day for peace,
May their hearts glimpse providence at the heart of history.

That those who make riches from violence and war
Might hear in their dreams the cries of the lost.

That we might see through our fear of each other
A new vision to hear our fatal attraction to aggression.

That those who enjoy the privilege of peace
Might not forget their tormented brothers and sisters.

That the wolf might lie down with the lamb,
That our swords be beaten into ploughshares

And no hurt or harm be done
Anywhere along the holy mountain.


© John O’Donohue

”Permission GRANTED!” with Meredith Grundei & Joseph Bennett…

”Permission GRANTED!” with Meredith Grundei & Joseph Bennett…

March 18, 2022

Ep #178 - Permission GRANTED! An interview with co-hosts of the podcast, "Are You Waiting for Permission?" Meridith Grundei and Joseph Bennett.

How often growing up were we told by our parents, grandparents, teachers or anyone else in authority that we must ask for permission to . . . fill in the blank . . . to leave the dining room table? To go out and play? To speak-up? The list goes on and on.  Well, in this episode of Empowering Chats I invite co-hosts of the, “Are You Waiting for Permission?” podcast, Meridith Grundei and Joseph Bennett to share their thoughts on waiting or giving permission.

We have a fun, interactive conversation about what giving ourselves permission to do looks like. It’s different for each of us and yet, at its core, we all want the same thing. It’s about trusting our inner knowing and owning our own power. Freedom opens doors when we give ourselves permission to do that which brings us joy and fulfillment.

As Meridith shares, patience also plays a part and we need to understand that it may take a while in order to manifest that which we are after. It’s about taking it one step at a time. Joseph shares his epiphany of going from creating an “action” list of all those things he felt needed to be accomplished to realizing it was time for the big “pause.” And how he reached his decision to give himself permission to rest and reflect on that which really matters to him.

So join me as I engage Joseph and Meridith in this lively conversation about granting ourselves permission.

To explore Meridith and Joseph's podcast visit: Are You Waiting For Permission?

To learn more about Joseph Bennett visit his website at: JosephBennett.org

To learn more about Meridith Grundei visit her website at: GrundeiCoaching.com

For more information about the writer's retreat being hosted by Joseph in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in April, visit: www.sanmiguelretreats.com

To explore more about what I do please visit my website at: SusanBurrell.com

”Health, Healing & Harmony” with Cyndi Dale…

”Health, Healing & Harmony” with Cyndi Dale…

March 11, 2022

Ep #177 - Health, Healing and Harmony an interview with Cyndi Dale

In this Empowering Chat I welcome Chakra Coach and Author, Cyndi Dale. This show is entitled, “Health, Healing and Harmony,” on purpose, because when our energy system is aligned, we experience the best kind of health and healing, and therefore harmony too.

In this chat, Cyndi takes us down the path of learning more about how our body’s chakras relate to our health. We discuss the beauty and energy we each hold within our own chakras. Cyndi explains how our chakras are like frequencies that represent our endocrine glands in our body, and they must be fed the proper foods in order to support our energy. And it’s important to note that each body’s chakra energy is different.

In her latest book, Chakras, Food and You, Cyndi Dale and her co-author, Dana Childs, help their readers customizes their health assessments based on their chakras. Within the pages of the book is the Chakra Type Quiz, which helps you learn which foods and supplements, exercises and movements work best for you in order to find your peak performance. Also included, are tips on meditation and spiritual practices and other self-care rituals to bring harmony to your whole-being.

Cyndi Dale is an internationally renowned author, speaker, healer, business consultant, and the author of nearly 30 books about energy medicine, intuition, and spirituality. 

To learn more about Cyndi Dale please visit her website at: CyndiDale.com

To purchase Chakras, Food and You and explore her other books visit: CyndiDale.com/product-category/books/

For more about me, I invite you to visit my website: SusanBurrell.com

Reclaim Your Energy

Reclaim Your Energy

March 4, 2022

Ep #176 - Reclaim Your Energy

In this solo episode of Empowering Chats with Susan Burrell I focus on personal energy. Our personal energy. The one that can get depleted if we don’t pay attention to what energizes us and what depletes us.

How do you get energized? Does giving your energy away make you feel happy? Or resentful? In this episode I chat about how to be intentionally energized and how to avoid the energy vampires.

For me personally, to energize means eating healthy, getting a good night’s sleep and spending time outside in nature. I like to take time to listen to the birds, especially the hummingbirds. And it’s important to me to go quiet and investigate my inner landscape too in order to recognize what is triggering me.

Perhaps for you being near the ocean brings you peace and energy or taking a gentle hike among the mountains is what energizes you.

In this episode I share some tips on how to root yourself so that your energy is not depleted.

It’s important to pay attention to who or what you are giving your energy to. Oftentimes we give and give and give, but if we are not also receiving and giving back to ourselves, we will become depleted. 

Sharing our gifts automatically without thinking about how much we are giving can also be draining.  It’s important to remember to just BE and quiet your mind. We all know this – but we need to remember to do it as it is an on-going practice.

To learn more about how I show up in the world I invite you to visit my website: susanburrell.com


”Deplete or Renew?” with Dr. Mark Halpern…

”Deplete or Renew?” with Dr. Mark Halpern…

February 25, 2022

Ep #175 - Deplete or Renew? An Interview with Author and Curious Co-Creator, Dr. Mark Halpern

My guest in this Empowering Chat episode is Dr. Mark Halpern. Mark is the author of the book, Coherence Revolution. We discuss how anxiety is like an addiction and can affect our optimal health. We also dive into how we can become curious co-creators in our daily lives by doing self-exploration and inquiry into those things, or people, in our lives that deplete and those that renew. Things in life generally do one or the other.

Mark’s life was crippled with anxiety for many years until he found a way out of the anxiety addiction he was living. Curiosity and the need to discover answers led him on this journey of exploration.  What he found came down to recognizing that which depletes you and that which renews you.

Mark explores the question of, “Which one do you choose?” Or put another way, “Which one chooses you?” Mark’s book helps you discover what is renewing you and what is depleting you.

It was through the research of the HeartMath Institute that Mark discovered the concept of Coherence. When the heart and the brain operate coherently, people experience emotional health and inner peace. In his book he takes readers through the various techniques he discovered to achieve his emotional, physiological and mental harmony.

Mark has developed a course based on his book to help others become co-creators in their daily lives and learn how to overcome that which depletes them.  Mark's next class begins on Saturday, March 12, 2022. If you are curious and want to learn more, and get a 50% savings on his upcoming class, Coherence Revolution visit: Coherence-Revolution-The-Course.

To learn more about Mark and to purchase his book visit: CoherenceRevolution.com

I invite you to visit my website to learn more about how I show up in the world: SusanBurrell.com

”Discover the Peace of Letting Go” with Peter Russell…

”Discover the Peace of Letting Go” with Peter Russell…

February 18, 2022

Ep #174 - Discover the Peace of Letting Go - An Interview with Author, Peter Russell

We all have our typical ideas surrounding what letting go means to us. I know I did before I had this Empowering Chat with my guest today, Peter Russell.

Peter is the author of the book, Letting Go Of Nothing. In this book, he explores what that looks like - and it’s not what you think. I believe many times we see our relationships or attachments to an outcome as a tangible thing we can literally release or let go of. And we convince ourselves we just need to change or replace that “thing” or that thought we are attempting to release, with another more pleasing thought. And that is letting go.

Peter challenges that line of thinking. He says what we really need to let go of is our mindset, or the way we view that “thing” we are trying so hard to let go of. His explanation of letting go of no-thing caused a metaphorical somersault to occur in my head. I had to pause and pick apart what Peter was saying.

And so, our conversation shifted to acceptance. And the noticing of what is occurring in our lives. And rather than running away or pushing away those so-called things we are trying to let go of it’s really about facing them. Accepting them for what they are. Seeing the resistance these “things” are causing to our minds and to our bodies, so that we can begin the process of “letting go.”

Peter reframes letting go as letting in and letting be. He opened up my mind to new ways of approaching this age-old phrase of “letting go” so that I can re-think how I can let go by letting in or letting be.

Curious? Want to know more about how to let go, by letting in? Take a listen to this Empowering Chat with Peter Russell, you won’t be disappointed.

For more about Peter Russell visit his website: PeterRussell.com

To purchase Peter's book visit: PeterRussell.com/LGN/book

To learn more about me and how I show up in the world I invite you to visit my website at: SusanBurrell.com

”Who Am I?” with Connie Zweig…

”Who Am I?” with Connie Zweig…

February 11, 2022

Ep #173 - Who Am I?

That can be a weighty question and one I tackle in today’s episode with my guest Connie Zweig. Connie is a retired psychotherapist who was recently initiated into Elder-hood as a Certified Sage-ing Leader.

She is also the author of, The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul.  She and I discuss the shadow side that we all have and often times hide from. As we approach the latter part of our lives, it is important to ask ourselves, “Who am I?”  The answer may surprise you. The shadow side can reveal quite a bit about who we are and how we respond to this question.

Connie’s book is a guide to working through the inner obstacles of later life and embracing the spiritual gifts of aging.

Her book offers many diverse spiritual practices to help you break through denial to awareness and move from self-rejection to self-acceptance allowing mortality to be your teacher.

To order Connie's book visit: barnesandnoble.com/w/the-inner-work-of-age

To learn more about Connie: ConnieZweig.com

Visit my website to learn more about what I do: SusanBurrell.com

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