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Dreams and Detours

106 EpisodesProduced by Susan MontanaroWebsite

Dreams and Detours is a show about the life we thought we were going to have vs the one we are living. We all have a story. I share mine and I speak to others about following their dreams, or getting derailed entirely. And then getting back up again.Life is hard and messy and joyful. The choices we … read more

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Celebrate Your Gifts with Consuela Muñoz

June 23rd, 2022


Consuela Muñoz is the Confidence Queen Next Door! Susan chats with Consuela about the importance of Leadership, both in the corporate setting and in our own life. Developing your confidence, owning your strengths, and …

No Rules with Shelly Drymon

June 16th, 2022


Susan chats with Shelly Drymon about redesigning her life after 50 and showing up for other women to do the same. Shelly’s professional life included years as a Social Worker supporting children in the welfare system, …

Becoming Your Own Money Boss with Anna Sergunina

June 9th, 2022


Susan chats with Anna Sergunina, CFP and CEO of Main Street Planning, about the importance of financial planning in order to create a secure path forward. Whether you have a family or not, own a business, or work for a …

Seeking the Stillness Inside with Mike Overlie

May 24th, 2022


Mike Overlie and Indigo are back on Dreams and Detours to continue the conversation about men connecting to their feelings. Susan and Mike dig into …

Second Act Sisters with Jack Perez

May 9th, 2022


Susan chats with Jack Perez, Founder & CEO of Kuel Life, champion of pro-aging women, normalizing aging for women in mid-life and beyond. Kuel Life is an online community designed to redefine midlife through …

Sexy, Cool Men Have Feelings with Mike Overlie

April 28th, 2022


Susan chats with Mike Overlie about his emotional awakening and how the canines in his life led him to that moment of self-discovery. In our search for purpose, we can get tangled by looking outward when the answers are …

From the Ground Up with Dave Menz

April 14th, 2022


I had the great pleasure to chat with Dave Menz, a self-made man who dreamt about entrepreneurship as a kid. Dave experienced struggle and hardship early on but he never took his eyes off the prize. His tenacity and …

Step Into Your Spotlight with Hollis Citron

April 7th, 2022


Hollis Citron is back for part two of our conversation about the creativity inside all of us. A new multi-authored book Invisible No More: Stepping …

We Are All Creative with Hollis Citron

April 4th, 2022


Hollis Citron is on a mission to help people of all ages and abilities realize the creativity inside them. We all have creativity, it is OURS and …

Finding Prosperity with Heather Abbott

March 24th, 2022


Susan sits down with Heather Abbot, accountant, financial advisor, and certified Fairyologist, helping women and heart-centered entrepreneurs take …

Raise Her Up

March 14th, 2022


There are too many women still sitting on the sidelines. Susan talks about the importance for us all to participate in supporting and raising women up! We live in abundance, not scarcity, and we all win when we …

Riding the Wave with Sean Lake

March 3rd, 2022


Susan sits down with Sean Lake, former Pro Snowboarder, and Burton Snowboards Team Manager for Shaun White. After years in sports marketing for DC …

Better Together or Apart?

February 17th, 2022


Susan discusses romantic love and knowing when to repair vs end a relationship. It can be tricky when your long-term partner seems distant and the connection feels broken. Are you being seen, heard, and understood? It’s …

Who Do You Love?

February 10th, 2022


Let’s talk about love! Susan collaborates with several people to share their take of who they love & why, what crazy things they’ve done for …

Let Us Be Good with Mich DiSibio

January 27th, 2022


Susan welcomes Michelina DiSibio back to the show to chat about the current state of wellness in the world. The past two years have shown us the importance of maintaining health in order to protect our immune system in …

The Unstoppable Mike Hingson

January 20th, 2022


Susan chats with Michael Hingson, podcast host of Unstoppable Mindset, author of “Thunder Dog” and “Running with Roselle, A Story of Our Youth”. Blind since birth, Mike was born to sighted parents who raised him with a …

Should I Stay or Should I Go

January 13th, 2022


Knowing when to resign can be tough. Having the hard conversation with yourself requires a real introspection and a solid plan. It’s not an easy …

Bigger, Better, Braver with Nancy Pickard

December 16th, 2021


Sometimes life cracks us open when we least expect it. More than a detour, it can shatter us, force us to reinvent altogether. Nancy Pickard knows this well, and she also knows that her strength and determination to …

The Gift of Boundaries

December 9th, 2021


“Conflict cannot survive without your participation” said Wayne Dyer. As we get into the holiday season, Susan talks about setting healthy boundaries …

We All Have Glitter Inside

December 2nd, 2021


We often hear ‘you are more than your worst thought or moment’ to stop judging ourselves and to show self-love. But what if you didn’t learn self-love or to be kind to yourself? What if you were led to believe that you …

It’s Your Choice

November 12th, 2021


Susan continues the conversation about bad habits that come from staying in destructive situations too long. When life is spinning you around and around, the choice is yours to stop the ride and make changes. We are …

Bad Habits

October 28th, 2021


Susan talks about the bad habits that come from staying in a relationship too long. Instead of perfecting the art of romance, couples become masters of reducing the other. No one wins, especially if there are children …

Roar Back with Cherlyn Decker

October 14th, 2021


Susan sat down with Cherlyn Decker to talk about her big pivot from a corporate career to being a successful entrepreneur. Cherlyn’s discovery to let …

The Sudden Caregiver with Karen Warner Schueler

September 30th, 2021


Susan welcomes Karen Warner Schueler to discuss the unforeseen changes that occur when becoming a sudden caregiver. Karen lived that experience and authored a brilliant book, The Sudden Caregiver: A Roadmap for …

Soul-Centered with Donna Bond

September 23rd, 2021


Susan welcomes Donna Bond, Spiritual Advisor, Business + Life Coach, and author of Original Wisdom: Harness the Power of the Authentic You. Donna shares her personal journey of channeling her inner wisdom and what it …

Setting Limits

September 16th, 2021


Susan talks about the importance of having boundaries and the way in which we can reshape our lives by setting limits in our relationships. From the way that people treat us to the way we treat others, our happiness is …

Set Yourself Free

September 2nd, 2021


Susan talks about being stuck, specifically in an unhappy marriage, and how normalizing an unhealthy life can be a foolish choice. The longer we stay …

Returning to Ourselves After Loss

August 12th, 2021


The aftermath of loss often leaves us in limbo and just detached enough from ourselves to feel like we are walking in circles. Susan sat down with …

Allyson Fusella’s Heart is Wide Open

August 5th, 2021


We often hear ‘you are more than your worst thought or moment’ to stop judging ourselves and to show self-love. But what if you didn’t learn self-love or to be kind to yourself? What if you were led to believe that you …

Rewriting Our Narrative with Eliot Popkin

July 29th, 2021


If repetition allows one to master a skill or concept, imagine what the outcome of negative reinforcement can do to a young person who is just trying to make sense of themselves and the world around them. We are all …

Michelle Reines, The Badass Leader

July 22nd, 2021


We are shaped by our childhood experiences, and they can help fuel resilience to survive all kinds of unexpected storms. Susan chats with Michelle Reines to talk about using her sharp skills to overcome an unconscious …

Finding Peace After Trauma with Jolyn Armstrong

July 8th, 2021


There is nothing like a traumatic life event to crack open all parts of our being. Susan chats with Jolyn Armstrong about the sudden call she got one …

The Reboot with Elisse Barnes

July 1st, 2021


Susan chats with Dr. Elisse Barnes about the brilliant work she is doing to coach and educate Baby Boomers who are reinventing themselves or re-entering the workplace. As Your LinkedIn Driving Instructor, she teaches …

One Love with Tina Maschi

June 24th, 2021


In celebration of #PRIDE 🌈, Susan sits down with Tina Maschi: artist, musician, researcher, clinician, and common person’s philosopher. They discuss …

The Power of Possibility with Nelson Tressler

June 17th, 2021


“Never be ashamed of a scar, it just proves you were stronger than what tried to hurt you” Susan chats with Nelson Tressler to talk about his early …

Seriously, Love You

June 10th, 2021


Susan shares her thoughts on how to manage self-doubt so that you can prioritize yourself to have a great life. Being stuck isn’t a life sentence, …

Healing From the Inside with Scott Sunderland

June 1st, 2021


Susan sits down with Scott Sunderland to talk about the power of using the mind to heal the body after he suddenly found himself physically shut down. Years of stress, anxiety, and 18-hour workdays caught up with Scott, …

Love Light with Udo Erasmus

May 21st, 2021


Susan sits down with Udo Erasmus to talk about the love and light that is within all of us. The outward chaos distorts the path toward ourselves, which is where all of the answers live. It usually takes heartache for us …

Don’t Stop Believing

May 14th, 2021


When we are paralyzed by fear, we feel left out and stuck in place. This past year has been transformative for some and brutal for others. Being brave isn’t being fearless. Being brave means knowing there will be pain …

Climbing Mountains with Nancy Pickard

April 26th, 2021


Sometimes life cracks us open when we least expect it. More than a detour, it can shatter us, force us to reinvent altogether. Nancy Pickard knows this well, and she also knows that her strength and determination to …

Make Some Art

April 2nd, 2021


We are all artists. Self-expression comes in many forms, and for some, it is directly linked to their identity: performer, writer, musician, painter, creator.

This week, Susan talks about the artist in all of us and the …

Seriously, who are you?

March 19th, 2021


We don’t get a playbook in life, so the idea that we should know what we want and who we are at an early age is crazy. Susan talks about pivots and …

People Change

March 12th, 2021


Change is inevitable and like it or not, it's constantly happening. This week Susan shares her take on being compassionate and making space for others to change. It’s not easy to take steps toward the life we want, and …

Life Reimagined with Alex Biondo

February 18th, 2021


Change is scary and exciting. When we make the choice to interrupt life as we know it, we are no longer leaving it to fate. Alex Biondo did just …

What About Love

February 11th, 2021


This week Susan shares the voices of several people who share their take on love. Many of us struggle to find the courage to let ourselves feel love or express it, so in the words of Cheryl Strayed: “Be brave, be …

Games People Play

February 4th, 2021


Communication in every relationship is vital. When we withhold our feelings, especially anger, hurt, and disappointment, we seed ourselves with …

Who’s Foolin Who?

January 28th, 2021


Susan discusses the importance of modeling good behavior and the consequences she experienced when double standards were a theme in her upbringing. Getting mixed messages was a disastrous web of contradictions that took …

Follow The Leader

January 21st, 2021


Susan speaks to Lydia Bowser about cultivating our lives to match the values that drive us, both personally + professionally. Lydia shares her …

Let’s Get It

January 8th, 2021


If only a new year could really reset us and all that is happening around us. Susan shares a short message about carrying on, loving ourselves above …

That’s A Wrap!

December 31st, 2020


As 2020 comes to a close, we breathe a sigh of relief. We made it. Susan shares some highlights along with great lessons in just being, wherever you are. Remember: if you have time, you have everything. Happy New Year!

Always With Grace

December 24th, 2020


This week’s episode is an encore play of a conversation I had with Mich DiSibio one year ago. She shares her journey from corporate executive to Health & Prosperity Coach, helping women unleash their inner greatness …

We Are Warriors

December 17th, 2020


This week’s episode is an encore play of a conversation that I had with Kim Davis last year. We shared stories from our childhood about how it felt …

Wait, What?

December 10th, 2020


When text doesn’t translate, it leaves us wondering ‘what the heck?’. Susan shares her frustration with texting and how that can often lead to misunderstanding. Good communication and connection are what we are …

To Be Honest…

December 3rd, 2020


Why is it hard to be honest? Where is the gain in being deceitful? Susan welcomes stories about betrayal from several who have been deceived, along …

A Side of Grace

November 26th, 2020


As we get ready for the holiday season, it will be difficult to navigate celebration with the continued effects of the coronavirus. Susan shares an …

Treat Yourself!

November 19th, 2020


Alison Bull joins Susan to talk about the importance of investing in ourselves: time, money and attention. It is okay to ask for help, to know when a …

Write Your Own Life: Elizabeth Green

November 5th, 2020


Susan sits down with Elizabeth Green, British expat and newly published author. Elizabeth shares her former life back in the U.K. and the unrest she felt most of her life. After years of marriage and raising three …

A Heart Shaped Hole

October 30th, 2020


It has been a messy and strange year. Life was already challenging, now we have an added layer of discomfort. I think our suffering is connecting us, and that might be a very good thing. When we recognize that we are …

Stop Faking It

October 22nd, 2020


When we hide behind our screens, we become a version of ourselves that exists only in that virtual space. We speak freely, feel audacious, and …

Brick by Brick

October 15th, 2020


Dreams and Detours, the podcast, celebrates 1 year! Susan shares some of her favorite parts of creating this show and the enormous impact her personal tribe has on her life. Tune in to hear how Susan’s resilience kept …

The Smell of Joy

October 2nd, 2020


Susan speaks with Tamar Weinberg about coming out of a dark period in her life after having her children. Her encounter with fragrance snapped her out of the place she was hiding in to bring some light to her world. She …

It’s What You Make of It

September 25th, 2020


Susan talks about the impact of 2020, and how it has strangely created a clean slate for all of us to reimagine and reinvent our lives. From virtual opportunities to reconsidering daily habits, there is much for us to …

Free to Be

September 17th, 2020


Susan speaks to Elyse Berkman about growing up in rural Pennsylvania and being the only Jewish family in town. She was bullied and yet her childhood …

Keep Shining Brightly

September 10th, 2020


Marcia Levine shares her journey of finding a meaningful career, advocating for herself when it abruptly comes to an end, and her passion for peace + …

How We Grieve

August 28th, 2020


We all experience grief, from the loss of a loved one, to the end of a significant relationship or life as we knew it. Susan shares how we can navigate the various stages of emotional pain and what that can feel like as …

Community Matters

August 20th, 2020


When we surround ourselves with kind and loving people, it changes the outcome of our lives. Letting go of people who are bad for us can be uncomfortable. Sometimes we don’t even give ourselves permission to consider …

After the Love is Gone

July 31st, 2020


Communication in every relationship is vital. When we withhold our feelings, especially anger, hurt, or disappointment, resentment starts to grow. …

Salt-Water Sand

July 23rd, 2020


Too much salt, not enough salt. Just add water. When we cook, we are looking for a tasty balance. As we navigate life, we need to do that same dance. Susan records from her beach vacation where she is restoring her own …

The Feel of You

July 17th, 2020


Touch is essential to humans. Susan shares how this epidemic has restricted our ability to be physically connected and where that leaves us. For many, our wellbeing is dependent on touch, and the loss of it can add to …

Her Desired Life

July 9th, 2020


Susan speaks to Barbie Haven about being brave and ending self-betrayal in order to live a fulfilled life. From being co-dependent to …

Words are Power(ful) Tools

July 2nd, 2020


Susan is known for saying ‘we find ourselves in other people’s stories’ because that was her truth. Self-exploration feels like a surgical procedure, examining and cutting out the broken parts, in order to feel normal …

Love Me, Love You

June 25th, 2020


We can’t seem to escape the compounded effects of Covid19. Susan shares her frustrations along with those of her friends and listeners, and why we need to be compassionate, especially with ourselves. Judge less, love …

Life Really is a Plot Twist

June 18th, 2020


Life is hard, and even through the pitfalls, we learn who we are and what we are made of. We revisit the first Dreams and Detours episode that is as relevant today.

New York native Daniel Joshua Rubin finds that life in …

The Burden of Trauma

June 11th, 2020


Trauma can come from a variety of sources, including violence, assault, war, prison, and abuse. Layered like an onion, trauma can root itself so deep …

Day by Day

May 29th, 2020


Bright side. Silver lining. Pinhole of light. We are all looking for the good during a time when life feels grim. There is no one right answer. Being …

Breaking The Silence

May 21st, 2020


Susan sat down with Nubia DuVall Wilson to discuss her mission to liberate survivors of child sexual abuse. In addition to publishing The Survivors …

Stepping Into Your Power

May 14th, 2020


Susan speaks to Susan Ganz about the importance of bringing all of yourself to work. Whether you are married or not, have children or not, want to reach higher levels of your professional career or not, the option …

Unspoken Words

May 7th, 2020


Susan speaks to Wendi Wasik about the importance of listening, critical thinking, and human behavior. As we continue to navigate uncertain times, …

You Deserve a Rest

May 1st, 2020


We are all doing the best we can. Life in the midst of a global virus is hectic, leaving a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. Before you push yourself into yet another video meeting, consider the value of taking time to …

From Mind to Mouth

April 23rd, 2020


Susan chats with Diane DiResta, an Executive Speaking Coach and author of Knockout Presentations. Diane shares her life story and the early lessons learned as her career took several detours along the way. Diane teaches …

Building Community Through Wine

April 16th, 2020


Susan speaks to Ross Halleck, founder + principal of Halleck Vineyards in Sonoma County CA. Ross and his partner quickly activated a virtual wine tasting experience in order to continue serving their members and …

Where Do We Go From Here?

April 9th, 2020


Andre Lawless talks about being authentic, vulnerable and using self-care to mitigate the adverse impact of living during the coronavirus epidemic. …


April 2nd, 2020


It’s all in the way we respond to life. We can be defensive or anxious, and that adds more chaotic energy to the mix. Or we can breathe, remain calm and think about what we want out of the messiness that is happening. …

Words Matter

March 26th, 2020


From poets to people, words matter. Susan opens the show with the words of Rainer Maria Rilke. These are tough times, with no shortage of detours among us. Using your time and (un)known creativity will be beneficial, …

Calm is Contagious

March 19th, 2020


Susan is back to talk about the uncertain times we face during this virus epidemic and the isolation that comes with it. She firmly believes that our …

My New Normal

March 12th, 2020


Susan shares her recent decision to go across the country to visit a friend for 10 days before heading to a conference for work. By dropping in on a …

Lonely But Not Alone

March 5th, 2020


Susan speaks about the crisis that is loneliness, and how being lonely isn’t just about being alone. It is a source of widespread depression impacting all of us. By reestablishing our connectivity to one another instead …

You’re Enough

February 27th, 2020


Susan shares her thoughts about Being Enough, and how the negative chatter inside our head builds up over time. It is no coincidence, now more than ever, that we feel disconnected from one another. The pain is real and …

When It’s Over

February 20th, 2020


Christine LaFroscia joins the show to explore the other side of quitting: when it’s over. Christine and Susan discuss being part of a lay-off, broken up with and friendships abandoned. They each share when it has …

What is Love?

February 13th, 2020


Susan returns with part 2 of her Love series. We all just want to be loved, but we all learned to love in different ways. This episode features several special contributors responding to these questions: What does love …


February 6th, 2020


Susan talks about love, how the word itself is overused to describe objects and not spoken enough to the people in our lives. A big fan of The 5 Love Languages, Susan shares why it is important to love yourself and …


January 30th, 2020


Alison Bull joins Susan to talk about the recent NYTimes essays titled: I Quit. Friends for over 20 years, Alison and Susan explore moments in their …


January 23rd, 2020


Susan Montanaro, host of Dreams & Detours, gives her take on kicking off the new year and how we can stay focused on all the great changes we want to make. Life is hard enough on any given day, committing to …

With Grace Gratitude, Mich DiSibio

January 16th, 2020


Michelina DiSibio is a Health & Prosperity Coach, and creator of ‘Lettuce Be The Good’, a community dedicated to helping women get more out of life to unleash their inner greatness, achieve better health, financial …

Lost Found: Her Journey Inward

January 2nd, 2020


We find ourselves in many places, and the journey can be a long winding road. SJ Martins slow and steady path to self-recognition took her on quite the ride, when she discovered her calling just across the way from her …

Hello 2020

December 26th, 2019


Susan Montanaro, host of Dreams & Detours gives thanks for this show and the guests that shared their stories. The upcoming year will include more around loneliness and the ways in which we can all contribute for …

Always Do Your Best

December 19th, 2019


In this episode, I sat down with Allan Wolk to hear his life story about not giving up. From a young age Allan learned that life would have giant …

Conscious Living with Bev Ehrlich

December 12th, 2019


Bev Ehrlich is a certified transformational coach helping people to get clear on what it is they really want by guiding them into deeper self-awareness. Her approach is to help clients get out of their head and into …

Be True to You

December 6th, 2019


Susan Montanaro, host of Dreams & Detours talks about courage, and what that looks like in both our professional and personal space. By being true to ourselves, we dig down into our deepest parts in order to live …

I Am A Warrior

November 21st, 2019


This week’s episode is a discussion about being raised with violence and fear. In my conversation with Kim Davis, we share what that looked like and …

When Work Breaks Us

November 14th, 2019


Well established in her professional life, Jesyka Simpson was informed by her physician that her health was at-risk due to enormous stress that her job had on her physical being. While this wasn’t the first time being …

(Re)Ignite Your Fire

November 7th, 2019


Susan Montanaro, host of Dreams & Detours shares her perspective on being who you were meant to be and not letting life bury you. When our fire has been dampened by another or self-sabotage, our lives are often …

She Chose to Live

October 31st, 2019


At age 27, Adele Anderson had a tragic accident. Trapped in a plane that was upside down in water, she made the choice to live as she began to die. …

When It’s Your Turn

October 24th, 2019


In this episode Iris Wolk joins the show to share her story of growing up and being influenced by the social worker assigned to her as an orphan. In …

My Life: A Plot Twist

October 18th, 2019


In this episode we hear from New York native Daniel Joshua Rubin that life in Hollywood is not all it’s cracked up to be. Expressing his creativity …

Dreams and Detours Trailer

October 18th, 2019


Dreams and Detours is a show about the life we thought we were going to have vs the the one we are living. We all have a story. I share mine and I …

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