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December, 2005

Are you Busy in Life or Doing the Business of your Life? | Mom's Chili

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TASTE LIFE
E-Newsletter, December 2005

Welcome to TASTE LIFE!! Life is easy and we make it hard. The purpose of this ezine is to empower you to take charge of your health, have more work/life balance to create more time for YOU, and to fully taste the life you love.

IN THIS ISSUE

5 Things You Can Do In December
Coaching Questions: End of the Year Exercise
Tasting Life Real People Examples
Taste Life Balance December Recipe
Are You Busy in Life or Doing the Bus-I-ness of Your Life?
Chere's Classes
Where is Chere Speaking?

5 THINGS YOU CAN DO IN DECEMBER

Why not? Savor Your Life Today!

  1. Feeling dazed by the holidaze? Get some organized peace and calm at www.christmasorganizing.com.

  2. Purchase a copy of the December issue of Working Mother magazine and read about Lisa Cotter’s and Chere’s Make Mama Happy Events.

  3. Organize a “secret santa” in minutes and learn the “elfing process” at www.elfster.com.

  4. Worried about gaining weight this holiday season? Follow the 90 - 10 rule. Eat healthy colorful foods 90% of the time and treat yourself to special holiday treats the other 10%. Savor, NOT devour, and remember even Santa eats a few cookies on Christmas Eve!!

  5. Play the “smiling game” while doing your holiday shopping. See how many people you can get to smile back at you. Keep a tally of the results of each shopping day. (This is called living in the NOW!)

CHERECOACH QUESTIONS THAT COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Click here (then press Send) to sign up for a complimentary 30-minute telephone coaching session—your first step toward creating the best Bus-I-ness of your life.

END OF THE YEAR COACHING EXERCISE

1. Make a list of the top 10 accomplishments in 2005 that you are most proud of. (You can e-mail me a copy – I would love to see it!)

2. Make a list of the mistakes, regrets, things you wish you hadn't done or said in the past year. Clean up these mistakes if it is appropriate.

3. Make a list of the top 5 people who most made a difference in your life this year. Let these people know about it in some way.

4. Promise yourself not to think about January until December 26. Enjoy the magic of the season.

PPP IS ENERGIZING HER HOLIDAY SEASON AND TASTING LIFE

“I am abandoning lots of decorating – I will put up the tree, lay out the snow pillows, place items on the “seasonal wall” and otherwise enjoy an un-cluttered house for Christmas. I will make the kids welcome at our house, but avoid attending the big family bashes that my daughter in law’s family expects of her. I will offer to baby sit the 2 year old, but it will be a limited offer – other members of the extended family can pitch in.”

—PPP - coaching client of Chere

JOYFUL JENN IS DESHOULDING HER HOLIDAYS AND TASTING LIFE

“I didn’t put on any more weight – even with Thanksgiving. I had the best Thanksgiving yet – because I let go of a should (as in “I should always host the holidays at my house!). I had a very candid conversation with my boss – where I told her that for the next 16 years (that’s when E , age 2, will be out of high-school) my number-1 job is to be a mom. And every decision I make will be in favor of what’s best for my family, not my career!”

—Joyful J, Mom and Engineer living life by her VALUES WITH PURPOSE - Coaching client of Chere

JOYFUL JEANNE IS SIMPLIFYING HER HOLIDAY AND TASTING LIFE

“We are in the mode of "get it done by Dec. 10". I think I'll host a party for co-workers on Dec. 12. That will help with the incentive factor. We plan to decorate 2 "fake" trees this year. We plan to put one up by this Saturday and put one layer on at a time. Lights, strings, and then decorations. Gifts? Not doing much shopping this year - Gift cards and cash!”

—Joyful Jeanne

“I’m going to take a nap because I just have too much to do”

Chere Bork

TASTE LIFE BALANCE RECIPE OF THE MONTH

My Mom’s Chili

Every mom has their own special chili. This is mom’s Milwaukee chili I was served as a child and still savor today! Nothing beats the aromatic appeal of a pot of chili awaiting you after a long day of working or holiday shopping. All of these ingredients would be easy to keep on hand and ready to make any day a holiday…with only a little time in your kitchen.

1 pound ground turkey, browned, rinsed in hot water and drained (removes 20 – 30% of the fat)
2 15-oz cans hot chili beans (can also use mild chili beans or kidney beans)
1 15.5-oz can tomato sauce
1 cup or 3 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup or 1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup water

Place all ingredients in crock pot. Cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours. Stir in chili powder (approximately 1 teaspoon) or to taste. You can garnish with light sour cream or plain yogurt, low fat shredded cheese and/or chopped green onions.

Yield: Approximately 6 cups

Serve with fresh veggies and dip, breadsticks, and, of course, warm conversation.


ARE YOU BUSY IN LIFE OR DOING THE BUS-I-NESS OF YOUR LIFE?

Whew!! November is done! November started with painting the laundry room on Halloween evening a rusty pumpkin orange color (not kidding!) I provided many presentations to hundreds of people and enjoyed two special family weekends in Wisconsin. To top this stellar month, on Thanksgiving Day Brett celebrated his 17th birthday and Danielle celebrated her 20th! (I call it their “bingo birthday” when you share your birthday with your brother or sister and also celebrate a major holiday like Thanksgiving!!! After all these years, they are STILL getting used to sharing their birthdays!)

Frequently, my mom says, “Chere, you are just too busy!” I always tell her, “Mom I am not too busy – I just have a wonderful rich life.” I honestly think I have more energy than most people because I have really gotten rid of things that drain my energy (we call these energy drains tolerations in the coaching world) and also know exactly what gives me energy. (I have an actual written list of energy chargers – my favorite charger upper is taking a short nap!)

Busy to me means working a lot and always feeling behind - you know that overwhelmed “I can’t do this life anymore” feeling! I don’t feel busy or overwhelmed too often any more because I focus on the bus-I-ness of my life. Have you ever examined the word bus-I-ness? Notice the letter “I” is in the middle of this word. I feel I am responsible for the bus-I-ness of my life and in November that meant sprucing up my physical environment by redoing my laundry room; giving presentations that made my spirit soar: and creating time for my most joyful relationships – my families in Wisconsin. I know when I get too busy in life I can’t focus on what is truly important – the people in my life. Busy in life is like living without careful nurturing of the bus-I-ness of your life - the people that really matter to you the most.

Try these action steps to take control of the bus-I-ness of your life.

    • Start each morning with an intention for your day.
    • Get grounded at the start of your day by praying, meditating, journaling, or writing in your gratitude journal.
    • Create a plan for only 1 – 3 baby goals to accomplish each day.
    • Connect with one special person each day.
    • And, don’t forget to take a nap!!

Cherecoach’s Classes

IS YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TO LOSE WEIGHT?

Give yourself permission and CREATE the intention that you maintain your weight DURING the holidays and worry and take ACTION about weight loss AFTER the holidays. I will be teaching telephone weight loss classes starting in January. Click here for further details. Registrations are already being taken.

“I had many very good habits and had traveled a distance on the journey...but the class provided additional thoughts, information and BEST of all REINFORCEMENT of the journey and positive habits. Enjoy!!! I celebrate life!”

—Linda M. Page, Pharm.D., Senior Scientist, Medtronic Neurological, Therapy Research & Development

“Saturday afternoon went shopping and guess what (?) bought a pair of pants “ONE SIZE SMALLER” than I use to buy !!! Chere you have to be proud of yourself. YOU put me on the right track and Linda’s support did the rest – What an outstanding team.”

—M, Switzerland

ARE YOU READY TO MAKE SOME BIG CHANGES IN 2006? NOT SURE WHERE TO START?

Join me in a FREE, interactive, fun informative teleclass – MAKE 2006 YOUR BEST YEAR YET. All you need are 2 free hours and a phone. Each session meets for two consecutive weeks, one hour each week. Click here for further details.

DOES YOUR BUSY LIFE NEED A MAKEOVER?

Are you already looking forward to time just for you after the holidays. Mark your calendar for the next Make Mama Happy mini-retreat on Wednesday, January 18, 2006, to celebrate "An Evening of Vision and Surprises." See for yourself what the December 2005 issue of Working Mother magazine had to say about the Make Mama Happy Parties. Attend the party and you will:

  • Connect with like minded women who can help you and be new resources for you.
  • Learn to Hypnotize Yourself and create more control in your life and a practical everyday plan.
  • Get Rid of the Guilt and Gain Energy with the life changing “Dump a Drain Ceremony.”
  • Create and take home a Prosperity Collage and bring your vision to life.
  • Plan to share in the giving and receiving of Random Acts of Kindness.
Register before December 31, 2005 and receive a free life coaching session valued at $95.00. Click here and Chere will send you a Make Mama Happy party invitation and place you on the Make Mama Happy party guest list.

Where is Cherecoach speaking?

  • December 6, 2005, Visitation High School, Mendota Heights, MN - Taste Your Life Today Upper School Faculty Meeting

If you enjoy these coaching tips on the Bus-I-ness of life and want to help others, please forward this issue to your co-workers, staff, family and friends. I appreciate your support. My passion is to empower you to have an easy life, radiating extraordinary health and well being. Can you feel it? Call today for a 30-minute complimentary coaching session. I guarantee one tip, tool, question or strategy that will make your life easier!!


You only have one life to live
~ imagine if it was one you loved.

Chere Bork, MS RD LN, Life Coach who puts LIFE in your lifestyle!
Owner of Savor Your Life Today Coaching and Seminars