EP 010 | Hitting The Wall with Ellen Walker & Dr. Ganz

May 23, 2017

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We’ve all been there. Everything is great…we are feeling like we’re at the top of our game. And then, wham. A series of errors occur, a couple of projects get off course, a client is angry about fees, a supplier is annoyed with some aspect of the relationship and suddenly, you’d rather work anywhere then here, as a design professional. Find out how interior designer Ellen Walker found herself burnt out and ready to quit. Learn how to avoid the same situation with Dr. Ganz Ferrance. And, as a bonus, Kimberley discusses how these same feelings led her to fantasize about doing jail time!

In this episode we learn:
– what leads up to hitting the wall
– how do you know you’ve hit the wall
– how to put the brakes on, before you hit the wall
– Bonus: Dr. Ganz shares tips on how to avoid burnout


Take Aways

Quick Methods to Reset your Productivity Mode

  1. Stop. Sit still. Close your eyes. Take 10 deep breaths and reset.
  2. Do something fun every day.
  3. Get some exercise.
  4. Step into nature.


Ellen Walker knows great design. Her award-winning, full service design firm, Ellen Walker Design Group (EWDG) has serviced satisfied clients across western Canada for over 20 years. Their office is based in Red Deer, Alberta. Specializing in residential, vacation properties and commercial projects, EWDG’s focus is to create function, flow and beauty. Their client list includes medical and legal professionals, business executives, entrepreneurs, restaurant owners and professional athletes. Her design team proudly supports ergonomic health, wellness and sustainable design in all projects.

Ellen Walker Design Group saves you time, money and headaches by providing a “one-stop shop” of design services ranging from project management/space planning to colour consultations to furnishings and flooring selection. Their extensive trade team includes some of Alberta’s foremost contractors, painters, drapery specialists, upholsterers, electricians, plumbers, and other professionals—with numerous vendors and suppliers throughout North America. They provide a white-glove, turn-key service, where the client “doesn’t have to lift a finger”. Projects are completed on time and on budget.

Ellen Walker is regularly an expert guest on television and radio. She is also a popular presenter at the annual Red Deer Home Show. To encourage support and professional development within the local design community, Ellen is the proud founder of a monthly networking group called “Designer’s Circle”.



About Dr. Ganz

Dr. Ganz Ferrance holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and an M.A. in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Andrews University in Michigan. In addition, he is the former Public Education Coordinator as well as the former Vice-President of the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta. For over 25 years he has been helping individuals, couples, families, and corporations reduce their stress, improve their relationships and enjoy more success.

“Dr. Ganz” is a favorite of the media and over the past 12 years has been interviewed by The Edmonton Journal, CBC Radio, 630 CHED, Good Morning Canada, CTV News, Psychology Today, Ebony Magazine and many more media outlets.  He has also been a regular “Health and Lifestyle” panel expert on Alberta Primetime for over 5 years. His deep belief in “positive psychology” helps you be your very best. Dr. Ganz presents his information in a straight-forward, down-to-earth, no-nonsense way.

Dr. Ganz prides himself on being a fellow “work-in-progress” and does not presenting anything that he has not personally put his blood, sweat and tears into. This approach has made him a sought-after public speaker—with audiences in the United States and Canada enjoying his fun, engaging, and life-changing presentations on beating stress and building superior relationships.


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