About Me

If It Brings You Joy blog founder and author, Ellen Burgan.Hi! My name is Ellen Burgan, and I welcome you to If It Brings You Joy.

I am a midlife woman who loves to have fun, yet I’ve mastered the art of relaxation. I live 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.)

About If It Brings You Joy

Making the best of our empty nest!Are you a midlife woman like me? The chaos of kids has passed and now it’s time to make the best of our empty nest!

Sometimes the hectic life of raising children and establishing a career can leave our self-priority at the bottom of the list, and we forget to do the things that float our boat.

If It Brings You Joy is a blog that will encourage you to explore new things, reconnect with the things you miss, and maximize your time of midlife.

Here at If It Brings You Joy, I aim to help midlife women:

  • Rekindle your self-priority
  • Clarify passions
  • Discover new joys

I provide inspirational ideas and how-to resources to encourage midlife women who have “graduated” from the chaos of kids & have sufficiently climbed the ladder be prepared to launch a meaningful new chapter of life with a finely tuned mix of fun and relaxation.

Do you have a passion for personal growth and bringing joy to your  life? I know I do, and I want to share my ideas with you. Of course what I find joyful may not always be joyful for you, and that’s ok. We can learn from each other.

Writing motivates me to keep growing personally, and I will share my new strategies  and adventures with you.

My intent for If It Brings You Joy is to share what I learn as well as sharing inspirational ideas and how-to resources to help you up the joy-factor in your life.

I always strive to improve myself. Trying and experiencing new things first-hand is the way I learn best. I’m also a podcast fanatic (read about my favorite podcasts), and as often as possible I gain new knowledge by reading, attending various conferences and workshops, participate in small group discussions, and any other form of education I can take part in.

May my words be just what you needed to hear today, and may my words even inspire a positive change in your life.

Family

I am a wife of 29 years, and Ray and I have been empty nesters for 7 years.

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 work is now working/traveling in New Zealand with a one-year working holiday visa. I’m lucky enough to also be the 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 86 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 lives in the same town as me, and we spend a lot of time together. She’s also the chief proof reader for all my posts.

My two dogs rock my world, as I am a full-fledged dog fanatic. I also have 30 years of business experience and still work full time.

Join the If It Brings You Joy Community

Join me in building a community of people who are open to new ideas to make life fun and happy. Together we will remind each other to appreciate all the big AND little joys on our journey. You’d bring me joy by commenting on my posts with your thoughts and ideas.

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


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