About Me

Welcome to If It Brings You Joy!  I am a trained Life & Joy Coach dedicated to helping people prepare for a new season in their lives that’s filled with more ease, meaning, confidence and joy than ever before.

Life Coach Ellen Burgan

Hi! My name is Ellen Burgan. I love to have fun, yet I have a big appreciation for the art of relaxation. I live a simple life in Northern Wisconsin surrounded by nature at its best.

During the  summer I love to be on the lake, and I think the winter snow is beautiful – for about the first month. (The other 4-5 months, not so much.)

Life Coaching

I am a Certified Fearless Living Coach (CFLC) through the Fearless Living Institute*.

What does that mean? In a nutshell:

I’m an expert on fear and all the ways it messes with our heads and stops us from achieving our goals.

As a Life & Joy Coach, I help people:

  • Rewire themselves for courage and confidence
  • Identify excuses and self-doubt to keep it from being a repeating pattern
  • Take inspired action toward their goals and a life they truly love

I love what I do – it’s my passion!

My programs are based on the work of my teacher and mentor Rhonda Britten. Rhonda is a pioneer in the Life Coaching Industry, an Emmy-Award winning coach, one of Oprah Winfrey’s repeat coaching experts, and was voted “America’s Favorite Life Coach.”

Rhonda Britten and me at the Fearless Conversations Workshop in 2019.

The Early Years… can you relate?

The chaos of kids and career have passed and now it’s time to make the best of our empty nest!

Yet it seems like yesterday that I was dancing in the living room with my babies, then volunteering in classrooms, driving them to sports & activities, and finally the big step of dropping them off at college.

Sometimes the hectic life of raising children and a career left me at the bottom of even my own priority list, and I forgot to do the things that made my heart sing.

Yes, I was blessed with a wonderful family and loved everything that comes with raising children – all in addition to my career.

There were times when I was TIRED! If I only had known then what I know now. I could have taken more personal responsibility for getting my needs met so that I could be the best version of me – for myself, husband, my children, and everyone else I love. That’s one reason why I want to support people in their journey to being their best self filled with inner joy.

My journey of personal growth has gotten me to a place where I feel confident to go after new goals, speak up for myself, and take the much needed guiltless time for me. I’m getting better and better at showing up as my true authentic self. As I work on myself, I believe I show up as a better person for my family, friends, and clients.

By the way… It is possible to feel at peace with both parenthood and your career!

Professional Experience

Prior to becoming a Life Coach, I worked for 30+ years as a Business Analyst/Project Manager. I worked with people to understand and find solutions to their problems. Now that’s one of the things that I do for my clients!

My time in the business world helped me see how having the right mindset can make the difference between success and failure. Having confidence and being willing to try new things helps people overcome obstacles – especially when learning something new.


I am a wife of over 30 years, and Ray and I have been empty nesters for about a decade.

Our wedding, and then us at our daughter's wedding.
Ray and I at our wedding in 1989, and us more recently at our daughter’s wedding.

I have two children: Jamie, a speech language pathologist and she is married to Jim who is also a speech language pathologist; and Chris, who after college and 3 years of a career in communications gave it up to work/travel in various countries. He recently married Amy, who he met during his travels. I’m also  a step-mother to Nick, a computer engineer. Nick and I share interests that the rest of our family would probably say are “woo woo.”

My family

At the beginning of 2018, my dad passed away at the age of 87 after having dementia for several years. I was lucky enough to have my parents move to my town about three years before his death, as I was then able to help him and my mom quite a bit.

My mom still lives in the same town as me, and we spend a lot of time together. She’s also the chief proof reader for my posts.

I am a full-fledged dog fanatic. Actually, I adore most animals. I fondly refer to the many deer in our area as our neighborhood pets.

So Glad You’re Here!

Feel free to read the following posts about me and my family to get to know me a little better:

JOY: /joi/ . Gladness not based on circumstance
A sense of well-being regardless of external situations

* Fearless Living Life Coach Certification Program