About Me

Welcome to If It Brings You Joy! My name is Ellen Burgan and I’m a Certified Life Coach focusing on confidence and joy.

Life Coach Ellen Burgan

I’m passionate about helping people build confidence and tap into their inner joy to unlock a more meaningful and fulfilling life. I believe that with the right tools and guidance, anyone can cultivate a sense of ease, confidence, and joy.

When I’m not coaching, you can find me enjoying the beauty of nature in Northern Wisconsin. I love spending my summers on the lake and, while I do appreciate the winter snow for the first month, I have to admit that the other 4-5 months can be a bit challenging. Regardless of the season, I try to live a simple, relaxed life and embrace the joy that each day brings.

Life Coaching

I am a Certified Fearless Living Coach (CFLC) through the Fearless Living Institute*, which means I have expertise in helping people understand how the fear center in our brains makes us behave… and how we can overcome our unique obstacles.

As a Confidence & Joy Coach, I work with clients to overcome self-doubt, build confidence, and take inspired action towards a life they truly love.

My programs are based on the teachings of Rhonda Britten, an Emmy-Award winning coach, Oprah Winfrey’s repeat coaching expert, “America’s Favorite Life Coach”, and the founder of the Fearless Living Institute.

The Fearless Living Institute has been coined the “Ivy League of Life Coach Training.” Their Life Coach Certification Program, from which I’m a graduate, is a proven program that is grounded in a proprietary methodology called “The Wheels” and cutting-edge neuroscience that gives clients long-lasting transformation. We know that fear is at the heart of our struggles and disappointments.

I am passionate about the work I do and love helping people overcome the obstacles that may be holding them back. If you’re ready to make positive changes in your life and start living with courage and joy, I’d be honored to work with you.

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

Professional Experience

I bring over 30 years of professional experience as a Business Analyst and Project Manager to my role as a Life Coach. Throughout my career, I have worked with people to understand and solve their problems, skills that I now utilize to help my clients.

My time in the business world taught me the importance of having the right mindset in achieving success.

I believe that confidence and a willingness to try new things are crucial in overcoming obstacles, especially when learning something new. These experiences have shaped my approach to coaching and helping others overcome their challenges and reach their goals.


I am a wife of over 30 years and have been an empty nester for well over 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.

My husband is Ray, and we have two children: Jamie, a speech language pathologist who is married to Jim, who is also a speech language pathologist, and Chris, who after college and a career in communications decided to travel and work in various countries. Chris recently married Amy, who he met during his travels. I am also a step-mother to Nick, a computer engineer. Nick and I share some interests that the rest of our family might consider “woo woo.”

My family

I am a true animal lover, especially when it comes to dogs. I even 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