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I'm Susan Dunlop. I work with people who want to live a life by design, not by default. People choosing to create a life and business that they are excited to lead.

This is my passion project, Coffee & Contemplation with Susan, the cross-generational sharing of women's stories from every decade of life.

The guests I invite have stories to share, even if they often first think they don't! Sharing the dark and light, memories, lessons learnt, what makes them who they are, their outlook on life, words of wisdom and a few favourite things.

The value of shared stories cannot be underestimated.

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I'm Susan Dunlop. I work with people who want to live a life by design, not by default. People choosing to create a life and business that they are excited to lead.

This is my passion project, Coffee & Contemplation with Susan, the cross-generational sharing of women's stories from every decade of life.

The guests I invite have stories to share, even if they often first think they don't! Sharing the dark and light, memories, lessons learnt, what makes them who they are, their outlook on life, words of wisdom and a few favourite things.

The value of shared stories cannot be underestimated.

    Episode 41 - Susan Dunlop - exciting preview of what I'm doing! The 3 Vital Questions and transforming drama in work and life

    Episode 41 - Susan Dunlop - exciting preview of what I'm doing! The 3 Vital Questions and transforming drama in work and life

    I want to share with you a 1st preview of what I've been working towards this past year.

    Back in 2005, when I was 40, I came across the Drama Triangle and its 3 roles of victim, persecutor and rescuer, developed by Steven Karpman. That was 16 years ago. I immediately understood it, could see how the roles of the drama triangle played out in life, in families, society and in business. 

    Busy as I was, I put it on the shelf, not sure what to do with that new knowledge; and then through serendipity, and one International Coaching Federation webinar in 2018, I was introduced to the positive antidote to the (dreaded) drama triangle!  The webinar delivered by co-founders of the Bainbridge Leadership Center in the USA: Donna Zajonc, master coach, and husband, David Emerald, author of the best selling book "The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic) and more recently, the 3 Vital Questions: Transforming Workplace Drama. 

    I'd read both of the books a year or so ago. Then, earlier this year I completed the Transform Drama to Design Your Dreams coach training with Donna, and have now become certified as a trainer, to deliver workshops and facilitate the eCourse in the 3 Vital Questions: Applying the Power of TED* (The Empowerment Dynamic) to Work and Life. 

    I'm just coming down off 'night school' having attended live via Zoom, to practice delivery of the training with fellow trainers in the States, Canada and the UK, over the past 3 weeks, setting my alarm to be at my desk at midnight til 7.30 am and loving every minute of it!

    The workshop I will be delivering is a comprehensive, yet personalised, 2-day format; and the latter a 8-module facilitated eCourse that I will be delivering to leaders in business, in our community and those choosing to be leaders, not followers, in all areas of their life. Perfect for anyone who wants less drama and more fulfilling and effective work relationships, including CEOs, other senior leaders, department heads, HR leaders, leadership and organisation development professionals and team leaders. 

    Really, it's for anyone who is ready to transform working together, and developing relationships that are resourceful, resilient and innovative.

    It's work that will equip any human being, business and their teams to be happier and more productive. In the workplace, or in setting personal desired outcomes, this work is about moving forward and making a positive impact on those you relate to, or serve and it will create a ripple effect throughout our communities. Perfectly suited for any business, continuing to transition to new ways of operating, as we move through the drama of covid-19 disruption!

    This podcast is about women sharing stories. I feel the shift for me, in acknowledging the drama triangle at play; the anxiety it causes; the draining focus on problems; to a much more vibrant way of approaching life, with outcomes that are passion-fuelled and easy to operate within, has been life-changing. This shift has helped me enormously in my way of doing business, coaching and in my most important relationships. The training in it, likewise, perfectly timed, with respect to my own healing journey of writing my memoir and choosing to be a role model, in a #thekidsarewatching, kind of way.

    Please, if you have any questions or are curious about this work, for yourself, your team or your family, I'm here for you so just reach out via email, phone or through my website and we can talk.

    Email:  susan@susandunlop.com.au

    Phone: +61 439 333 740

    www.susandunlop.com.au


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    Episode 39: Jaya McIntyre, professional photographer. An inspiring, creative and calming presence in an erratic world

    Episode 39: Jaya McIntyre, professional photographer. An inspiring, creative and calming presence in an erratic world

    Jaya McIntyre, is a girl born of the '70s in Melbourne and raised on the Sunshine Coast in a Brady Bunch kind of loving and chaotic family. Jaya's childhood was about experiencing festivals and environmental events with her 'hippy' environmentalist parents, fun days in the sun, that led to her love of photography, people-gazing and music. 

    Now the woman at the helm of her own Empire Art Photography in Mooloolaba, Jaya shares what brings her the most joy from her creative work as a professional photographer. Also, we discuss her belief that most people have a story to tell and how Jaya has constantly improved on her craft, in order to also bring joy to her clients. She has now done that by depicting their stories in photography for more than 20 years.

    Jaya shares her experience of the shock to find she had breast cancer in her 30s, just as her plans for setting out in business alone were coming together. Also, how having experienced what she did, has added extra layers of resilience and a greater sense of awareness of what she does and does not want in her life now. 

    One of her loveliest lessons taken, to me, was Jaya's deeper understanding and compassion for another woman, any woman, just like her, who one day might need to go to the shops in her PJs and uggies. 

    In the title I mentioned Jaya is an inspiring, creative and calming presence. It was an absolute pleasure speaking with this gentle, thoughtful and caring woman today. 

    I promised to share Jaya's business details here. 

    You can find her at www.womeninspired.com.au or www.empireartphotography.com.au



    Hello, I'm Susan Dunlop, a Personal Life Coach and Business Coach, in Noosa, Queensland. All that I offer, where I've come from plus where I'm going can be found at www.susandunlop.com.au. 

    The Coffee & Contemplation with Susan podcast show is my passion project, a way to have kind-hearted women, from every decade of life take time to pause, reflect on what makes them who they are today, and share that for the benefit of themselves, those they love and people in their communities. The podcast is being listened to in 8 countries across 8 platforms. Episode 40 is coming soon! Take care til then.


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    Episode 38: Kate Davidson - 3 words Kate wished she'd learnt about 20 years earlier than she did... and more

    Episode 38: Kate Davidson - 3 words Kate wished she'd learnt about 20 years earlier than she did... and more

    Today’s guest I heard about, long before I met her. As a business owner myself here in Noosa for some 20 years, I have always liked hearing news of business successes and applauded businesses focused on providing friendly, safe, respectful, individualised care. That mattered to me back in my days of owning RNS Nursing, and now in coaching. 

    Kate Davidson, award-winning business woman and owner of the EFM Health Club franchise in Noosaville, takes it absolutely seriously too, in a way that quality service incorporates a magic mix of fun, variety, great music, a good chat, the celebration of consistent effort and achievements of her members.  

    This episode touches on Kate's life lessons learnt. From acknowledging the reality of crippling social anxiety as a child and the repercussions of that in the form of being the target of bullying; to her decision that she alone had to take the steps to seek help, in her desire to live life on her own terms as a woman. 

    Kate has consistently stepped up, hurdled over and skipped through health, life and business challenges. Navigating her way through life and business and becoming the woman she is today, Kate shares how she often has to remind herself how far she has come and how:

    "old me would be so proud of me. In fact, old me would probably not believe that this version of me was for real."

    We talk on where Kate's life originated; her dreams of what or whom she wanted to be when she grew up; health and life hurdles that she's faced and how she's overcome those; her passion project; what (OK, who) is the most important thing (person) to her in the world now; and what would be the most valuable advice Kate could give 7-year old her, that she wished she'd have received from her own mum when she was 7. Plus Kate's favourite sing-out-loud song revealed!

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    As for me, I am a professionally trained coach and NLP practitioner, certified in hypnosis and therapeutic arts coaching; a member of the International Coaching Federation and American Board of Hypnotherapy.  

    I coach my clients in all areas of life and business. 

    I offer 1-hour introductory coaching sessions where we talk about what it is you truly desire in your personal life or for your business, and how coaching can help you with making that your reality. If you aren't certain what it is you truly desire, that's just another kind of starting point to put a pin through on your life map and then work forwards from there.

    You can book a time directly via my website or, if easier, please email me and we can line up a time to suit directly.

    EASY LINKS TO REACH ME:

    SEND ME AN EMAIL

    ONLINE BOOKINGS

    WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS


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    Episode 37 - Everything has a cycle: Nuray Ozden, on openness to change and speech pathology with a holistic focus

    Episode 37 - Everything has a cycle: Nuray Ozden, on openness to change and speech pathology with a holistic focus

    Episode 37's guest is Nuray Ozden, a woman in her 40s and 4-years new to the sunny Sunshine Coast in Queensland. 

    Nuray knew she was going to be a health care professional when she was 3-4 years old, telling her aunty 'one day I will fix your voice'. Before leaving high school Nuray was clear about her career path to become a Speech Pathologist.

    As a Speech Pathologist of some 25 years' experience, her private speech pathology practice focuses on the whole person. That came about naturally to Nuray, having chosen a non-pharmaceutical path to heal her own body from within, from fibromyalgia, whilst still at university in her early 20s. 

    Nuray's name can be translated to "a new ray of light" which she portrays in every day life. Nuray shares how she picked herself and her heart back up, over a long 10-year journey of grief, having suffered devastating loss, as a young mum in her early 30s. Nuray saw, from within that dark space, the weak foundations of her marriage; and with courage and determination went about all that was required to leave what didn't serve her behind. With new-found excitement, Nuray took her 2 children, to find what was next for them, something new, something better, someplace different.

    It was what Nuray referred to as "jumping off the cliff and landing with trust that it just had to work, and there was no doubt she would make it work."

    A shift of thousands of miles from her established life and career in Melbourne. A 20-hour drive with just 3 suitcases, her 2 children and herself, packed up in her car, to find a new soft spot to land in sub-tropical Queensland. Here, Nuray has started over, bringing her speech pathology patients, her unique holistic approach. 

    Nuray shared that "we all know when it's time for change and we know when something is completed. Really trust and follow your heart, because your heart will never lead you astray." 

    Content: If this episode touching upon Nuray's stillbirth affects you, I have sourced details of the Pink Elephants and SANDS support organisations and their chatlines (see below).

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    If you have any questions or would like to find out how to contact Nuray, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at susan@susandunlop.com.au and I can provide you with her details.

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    As for me, I am a women's coach in life and business; business mentor and trainer of teen and young women in the skills of life that fall outside of the high school curriculum. I would be only too happy to offer you a discovery call, for a chat about what it is you truly desire in life, and how coaching, mentoring or training can help you with making that your reality. You can book a time directly via my website or, if easier, please email me and we can line up a time to suit directly.

    EASY LINKS TO REACH ME:

    SEND ME AN EMAIL

    ONLINE BOOKINGS

    WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

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    2 x MISCARRIAGE AND STILLBIRTH SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS WITHIN AUSTRALIA:

    Pink Elephants

    SANDS


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    Episode 36 - Me (Susan) as the Guest of Nikki Creber on Noosa.FM 101.3

    Episode 36 - Me (Susan) as the Guest of Nikki Creber on Noosa.FM 101.3

    I had the pleasure of being interviewed on 15 March on Noosa.FM 101.3 - Shaken & Stirred with Synoxie Program (Synoxie is the radio name for Nikki Creber). Nikki has kindly shared the recording of the interview with me this week. So, where better to listen to it than on my own podcast show #coffeeandcontemplationwithsusan.

    Nikki asks me a number of questions including what is life coaching? We chat about the development of my craft as a coach and touch lightly upon all the arrows I've got in my quiver these days. 

    Thank you Nikki for the opportunity to be your guest. 

    PS. Nikki, when will we get to share that lychee martini?

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    I am the coach to women who have set their intention to be the highest expression of themselves and follow their highest vision. 

    Visions for:


    physical wellness;
    psychological and spiritual health;
    creativity, exploration & play;
    community connection;
    livelihood, career & influence; and
    intimate relationships & family life.


    In opening up to explore their highest vision, and why it is important to them, they:


    gain understanding of what has been holding them back;
    acknowledge where they are in relation to the vision already;
    accept what they want to, or might need to, let go of;
    find exciting avenues that are open for them to explore;
    decide what they need to start doing; and
    then take a step forward 
    PLUS so much more!


    That is such a freeing, pleasurable, life-enhancing experience to gift yourself as a woman, at any age. 

    Come coaching with me and I will guide you on that exciting journey. 




    Interested in coaching? Book an intro session directly into my scheduler via this link to my homepage at www.susandunlop.com.au. I'd be honoured to support you as your coach. Not sure? Have a look at these kind words from women who've coached with me - happy clients. 
    You might also like to join my members community - a link to the sign-up for that is also available on the home page.
    If you would like to be kept abreast of my memoir discussed in the interview, I did hit the target of having the first full draft ready for the editor by 14 April! It is now churning carefully away through its next editing process. To be kept abreast, place pre-orders and receive alerts of proposed dates for publishing, please also join my member community.
    Follow me on FB and Instagram too if you aren't already: you'll find me via these 2 links: Facebook | Instagram



    Please rest assured that if you do join my members community, I know how much we're all being bombarded with newsletters, sales funnels and all kinds of information overload. I've been in the business world before the advent of the first eNewsletters and I promise that I will not be contributing to that bombardment of your inbox. Worthwhile content guaranteed!

    Take care of yourself today,

    Susan Dunlop

    Professional Coach ICF NLP | NLP Practitioner

    Certified in Hypnosis and Therapeutic Art | Member ICF and ABH

    www.susandunlop.com.au | susan@susandunlop.com.au


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    • 37 min
    Episode 35: Opening up the conversation of sex and intimacy with Alexandra Skoeld of Soul Intimacy, Sydney

    Episode 35: Opening up the conversation of sex and intimacy with Alexandra Skoeld of Soul Intimacy, Sydney

    Content warning - we touch briefly on the topic of Alexandra's experience of sexual abuse. If anything discussed in this podcast causes concern for you, the incredible counsellors at 1800respect are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by phone on 1800 737 732 or web chat via their website at 1800respect.org.au.

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    Alexandra Skoeld, is a woman who found her soul's calling, her purpose, as a result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and what happened to her as a young teen. The light that came from that darkness has led Alexandra to found, then grow, her successful sex and intimacy coaching practice, "Soul Intimacy", in Sydney. 

    Some of Alexandra's words that stood out the most to me during our podcast chat:

    "Have a look outside the bedroom first. Do you allow yourself to receive outside the bedroom? Very often as women, we are nurturing everyone else, making sure everyone else has everything they need, before we look after ourselves.

    Start outside the bedroom and allow yourself to receive. As women, when we allow ourself to be turned on by life; and we allow ourself to feel sexual and sensual; and we access our sexual energy, our creative energy, we are able to move forward towards our goals and dreams; because we are starting to learn to trust the wisdom of our body."

    We talk about:


    Alexandra's entry into this field of coaching; the difference between sex therapy, sexology and intimacy & sex coaching.
    What are the most common worries women and men bring to coaching; and the most common desired outcomes they wish to achieve from working with Alexandra.
    A tip of the ice-berg chat only, in relation to worry, shame, guilt about masturbation/self-pleasure, unresolved trauma, struggles with body image, feeling safe to fully open, disconnection to our own body and sexuality. 
    Where is a safe place to start? Alexandra's 6-week online course for women "My Voice, My Body, My Pleasure" starts in early May. That's one safe place to start. The details of Soul Intimacy's instagram page are available via this link: www.instagram.com/soulintimacy

    If you listen to this episode after May 2021, yet were interested in attending My Voice, My Body, My Pleasure, Alexandra has a waiting list for future dates so please reach out to her via Soul Intimacy directly; and have a chat with her, about whether that course is right for you.

    Alexandra and I are going to have a further podcast chat after her 6-week course ends in mid-June; so please also feel comfortable to send questions through that she can answer, not just for you, but for the other listeners who might be wondering the same thing. 

    Thank you Alexandra for sharing your story today.

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    Do you have questions you'd like me to ask Alexandra in the 2nd episode? Please email me: susan@susandunlop.com.au.

    Coffee and Contemplation with Susan is a podcast of real women doing extraordinary things. A place where stories are shared, for the storyteller's benefit, as well as those listening.

    I'm Susan Dunlop, a professionally trained life & business coach, from Noosa, Queensland, Australia.


    If you, or someone you know or love, would like to step up to share your story, please reach out and email me. 
    Likewise, if you have plans for doing great things, and could do with a thought- and belief-partner, by way of a life or business coach, someone with plenty of experience behind her, email me and we can chat.

    Take care,

    Susan Dunlop

    Professional Coach | NLP Practitioner | Member International Coaching Federation


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    • 37 min

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