Susan Burrell is an inspirational speaker and author, and she has written a book to give you the tools you need to make 2020 your happiest year ever. Susan took a powerful life lesson from a contentious divorce, looked deeply at the wonderful guidance she had been giving clients and students for 25 years, and wrote a book, called Live An Empowered Life! A 30 Day Journey. She test-drove the book herself, working through the exercises and journaling her way to discover who she is inside—a divine spark that is completely amazing. Susan says that describes every one of us and we all need to wake up, open up and welcome the gifts life gives us.
This amazing conversation goes into detail about Susan’s story, and includes some of Dr. Nancy’s own journey, as both women share how they realized their mistakes taking responsibility for relationships and events that were not theirs to shoulder. Susan’s personal feeling about her marriage was that she had walled herself up to keep herself safe for 28 years. She had tried to “fix herself” in multiple ways, but all the journaling and transformation workshops weren’t enough, because she didn’t need fixing. Now that she has found her true voice, she encourages women to knock down those walls, get past your fears and choose to be you.
Vulnerability Is A Strength, Not A Weakness
Susan says that she had to realize that vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness, and that we use fear to keep ourselves small. She likens it to the Wizard of Oz, being fearful of who is behind the curtain. Instead, she says the first step to toward the happiness you deserve is trust. You can’t trust yourself if you don’t know yourself. The first exercise in Live An Empowered Life is to write your story. Susan says it’s a tool to empty out your mind and rid it of the ideas that keep us hiding our lights. She said a friend told her that she couldn’t do the first exercise because she didn’t know what her story was. She says that you must be able to tell your story – that is the only way you can face your truth, be available to others, and (most important) available to yourself.
Live An Empowered Life! A Book for Doing More Than Reading
Live An Empowered Life is designed to be the vehicle for an inner retreat where you can go on a journey and do the work from the comfort of your home. Some days guide you to dig deep into beliefs that are deeply rooted in family or culture. Other days deliver a gentle ride on your journey. There are pieces that are interactive with Susan’s website with guided meditations, which are also available on Insight Timer. And there are inspirational videos periodically to prompt your journaling. Susan hopes that everyone will reach the same destination that she did at the end and says, “I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my entire life now.”
More on Setting Intentions & Upcoming Events
Listen to this interview and hear more of Susan’s story, how to allow intentions to work for you and other steps that led her to respect and love herself. Check out Susan’s website, susanburrell.com, to buy the book and access the interactive pieces that make this book and support materials such an amazing self-empowerment tool. Stay tuned for Susan’s 6-week book study that will be available on Zoom. 2020 is an important year. Turn the page on a new decade and open Susan’s book to discover how you can supercharge your life.