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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Get Started with these Recent Episodes

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Episode #77: Interview with Erika Biddix

Episode #76: What Will You Do With the Pause

Episode #75: Breaking the Chains of Fatphobia (Part Two)

Listen to Past Episodes in the Episode Library

Episode #17: Running on Empty Series (Part 4)

This episode is the fourth in a five-part series exploring signs that stress is starting to wear away at your effectiveness, health and overall well-being as reflected in different areas of life and health. Each episode also presents one, research-based recovery practice that can help you start...

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Episode #16: Running on Empty Series (Part 3)

This episode is the third in a series exploring signs that stress is starting to wear away at your effectiveness, health and overall well-being as reflected in different areas of life and health. Each episode also presents one, research-based recovery practice that can help you start to restore...

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Episode #15: Running on Empty Series (Part 2)

The episode is the second in a series exploring signs that stress is starting to wear away at your effectiveness, health and overall well-being as reflected in different areas of life and health. Each episode also presents one, research-based recovery practice that can help you start to restore...

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Episode #14: Running on Empty Series (Part 1)

This episode launches a 5-part series in which we will explore signs and symptoms of Running on Empty in five different areas of life and work. In each episode I also share one research-based healing and coping strategy to improve effectiveness, resilience and well-being.

This first episode...

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Episode #13: The Easy Button

While it is true that there may not be an “Easy Button” for life as a whole, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t easy buttons available throughout each day or each week or each year. And sometimes, I think we forget to press the easy button. This podcast explores learning...

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Episode #12: Understanding the Difference Between Stress and Toxic Stress

Our body processes "good" stress and "bad" stress the same way. In other words, it cannot tell the difference. And some would say that stress is neither inherently good OR bad. Toxic stress isn't actually about the source of the stress, but about the chronic and ongoing nature of the stress....

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Episode #11: Breathing Into the Good

When things are "too good to be true" do you start looking for the other shoe to drop? I know I do. In this episode, I share an experience with self-sabotage that started with things feeling too good to be true. Counter-intuitively, feeling good can sometimes be uncomfortable and scary. How can...

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Episode #9: On Wake-Up Calls and What Is Next

Wake-up calls are often thought to be life-threatening and dramatic. And sometimes, they are. But, they don't have to be. Every day, we have the opportunity to consider whether the way we are living our lives is worth the price we are paying for it. We can choose to chart a new path at...

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Episode #10: The Brain Connection

Our brains fill in gaps in information with fear and bias based on old data. We often ascribe meaning to the present based on the past. We can become consumed and overwrought by our own thoughts. And if we get too caught up in the stories in our mind, we can actually create and perpetuate...

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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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