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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Oct 22, 2020



Imagine coming home into yourself and going back into the world changed - a better version of yourself, and amplified as your most true and authentic self? Getting away from society’s pressure of who you should be as a woman.


Did you know that the best gift you can give yourself and those you love is by becoming the best of who you are?


Susan Crawford is the founder of Meraki Inspired, a space where she operates as a coach and as a speaker. She is an unconventional woman who helps other women be the same. She has a background in government, learning and development, but felt off before she made the change to become her most authentic self. 


Susan has developed a program called Free to be Me that is about authenticity and helps women get in touch with themselves and not overthink who they are but instead live it confidently and authentically. Listen in to learn how to spot stress and overwhelm caused by your job which is mostly felt by your body. You will also learn how to live your life authentically doing what makes you happy without caring what others think.


Key Takeaways:

  • How to live your life experiencing it with freedom and happiness.
  • Learn about the signs of stress to look out for when your body is experiencing overwhelm from your job.
  • How to celebrate the good times and good things when you have the opportunity than waiting it off.
  • The power in you a woman to become the most authentic version of yourself as you accept yourself.


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Episode Timeline:

  • [0:41] Intro
  • [5:47] The importance of staying calm in this storm called COVID-19.
  • [8:12] Susan explains how she found her freedom after leaving a government job and pursuing her business.
  • [10:31] The challenges of the process of becoming a mother as you try to become whole through everything in your life.
  • [13:36] Susan describes the events that led to wanting to get unstuck herself and follow an unconventional path
  • [19:29] The signs of stress that Susan experienced from her job that almost broke her.
  • [21:26] How she found love and passion for coaching and the meaning of her business name ‘Meraki’.
  • [24:49] Learning how to fill up yourself with what you know makes you happy and not live for what makes others happy.
  • [29:59] The three pieces of unconventional life- the ‘Champagne on Tuesday’- celebrating the good times and things when you have the time.
  • [32:31] How Susan teaches women to come home into yourself and give the best into the world.


Standout Quotes:

  • “If you’re miserable inside, I don’t know if you’re set for life or sentenced for life.”- Susan Crawford [18:34]
  • “Time is simply too short to remain stuck and miserable, life has far too much to offer.”- Cathleen Merkel [19:10]
  • “It’s not selfish to take care of yourself, it’s the most radicle act of responsible self-care that you can do.”- Susan Crawford [27:38]
  • “When we truly believe we’re worthy, when we believe we’re deserving the potential is absolutely limitless.”- Susan Crawford [41:27]



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About Cathleen: 


As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!

Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  

At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.  

With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself, she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.


Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!



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About Susan Crawford  


Susan Crawford is a dynamic coach, facilitator and speaker. She is the founder of Meraki Inspired Coaching & Consultation and a fiercely courageous trailblazer who left her corporate job to create a life that set her soul on fire. 


Susan helps women learn how to say “No” without guilt; conquer self-doubt with compassion and courage; and live each day with purpose and limitless possibility.