Edition of 11/12/2007

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November, 2007

The Antidote to Fear is Gratitude | Roasted Winter Veggies with Balsamic Maple Savory Sauce

Taste Life Newsletter

E-Newsletter, November 2007

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.

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5 Things You Can Do In November
Coaching Questions that Could Change Your Life
Tasting Life Real People Example
Taste Life Balance November Recipe
The Antidote to Fear is Gratitude
Where is Chere Speaking?

In October I had several workshops in Wisconsin which enabled me to pull off a little surprise birthday party for my mom who turns 78 on November 11, 2007. With MUCH gratitude, I am so happy I can spend time with my mom!


  1. Use grateful language. Say the two most motivating words ever: THANK YOU! People love to hear them. Use them sincerely and with intention 3 times every day.

  2. Send grateful mail. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas send 5 people a note or card because they have made a difference in your life. In the note, write about who they are to you, not what they do for you.

  3. Focus on grateful dreams. Before going to sleep think of 3 wins or gratitudes from your day. Write them down. THEN read them over and close your eyes and experience them all over again along with the feelings you associate with them. Feel your words. Feel your life. Feel your abundance.

  4. Create grateful love notes. Each day for one month write down one reason you are thankful for your partner, friend or spouse. Present the list at the end of the month and WOW them over!

  5. Use forgiveness. Forgiveness is a form of gratitude. When you forgive others, you show them mercy and gratitude. Today, forgive one person.

Another gratitude is seeing the results of 18 years of role–modeling values and family standards. I was happy to see Brett’s dorm room was really organized and clean and is studying and living by the “Bork standard”: the Borks get results.


When feeling fear ask yourself: What are my blessings, abundance and goosebumps?

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“Thanks again for all your emails...they have removed my fear to get started with this venture. I checked out Coach U and your website. I am moving forward, I have the knowledge I just need take the first step. You have been a great inspiration...you make it look and sound so easy, though I know it's not. Thanks a bunch and may God bless you for always for the help you give in your uplifting approach.”
—Sandie, Ready to start a wellness coaching business


My mother, Esther Mathison, attended your presentation several weeks ago in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It was an event sponsored by a hospital auxiliary organization. I just had to take a moment to let you know of the impact you had on her life.

My father died on June 10, (just this year), and he and Mom had been married for 66 years. Mom has been lost without him. You positive presentation gave her the "oomph" that she needed to take charge and start living again. Her overall attitude is more positive, and to top it all off she booked herself to take a bus trip to Minot, North Dakota to the Norweigian Festival, where she got to hear Bill Cosby, The Oakridge Boys, and went to the polka dance in the evening! Isn't life coaching great?
— A fellow coach, Diane Diane Overgard, CFLE Family Life Specialist and Coach

“Your brain and heart are too small to hold both gratitude and fear at the same time. Pick one and create your day."


Roasted Winter Veggies with Balsamic Maple Savory Sauce

4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
3 parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
2 small onions, peeled, quartered
1 sweet potato, peeled, and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Balsamic Maple Savory Sauce (optional)
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup chicken broth

Toss veggies with olive oil and spread evenly on a large baking sheet. (I love baking stoneware). Bake at 400F for 40 minutes or until tender, stirring halfway through.
While vegetables are baking, combine syrup, vinegar and broth in small sauce pan.
Simmer about 5 minutes and drizzle over vegetables and bake for 5 more minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Yield: approximately 6 servings

Serve with a small lean piece of protein, gently cooked; a salad; and warm conversation.

Dessert could be a baked apple with a sprinkle of brown sugar, cinnamon and splash of water and microwaved for 4 minutes.


Happily, I left Life Time Fitness after a nice workout. I fastened my seatbelt and, as it glided across my chest, I felt “a soreness” on my right breast. First thought, “Oh NO..breast problem.” Second thought, “You are fine Chere!” When I got home I became obsessed with checking out my breast for lumps. Every time I pushed on “the spot” it got worse and hurt more. I had Gary check out “my problem” and although he tried to help; he actually found more lumps and didn’t really help at all. I smile as I tell you this!

I was scared. For 6 days I walked around in the “bc mode” before breast cancer mode which I have heard women talk about. On these 6 days day I would wake up lovin’ life with grace and gratitude as I hopped out of bed for another great day UNTIL...I stepped into the shower. In the shower my thoughts were, “Chere Chere Chere...you have breast cancer.” (I do my biggest, brightest thinking in the shower, at Mass, outside and on the elliptical machine.) I’d jump out of the shower and “flip the switch” and say to myself, “Blessings, abundance and goosebumps.” Around lunchtime I would flip into the “fear mode.” The afternoons I usually flipped the switch again to “blessings, abundance and goosebumps.”

I spent an entire weekend thinking I was in the “bc (before breast cancer) mode.”
I alternated between grace and gratitude and fright-filled fear. Despite having a huge week with two workshops in Wisconsin and having much office work to do, I spent the entire weekend doing what I call simple sweet stuff. I enjoyed being outside, raking leaves, gardening and doing Brett’s graduation party scrapbook pages. What would you do if you had the “last weekend” before you were going to be diagnosed with cancer? Would you get caught up with work on your desk? Spend time with your family? Scrapbook? Interesting thought, hey? My kitchen floor was absolutely filthy from doing a lot of cooking and I surely was not going to waste my time cleaning something that would eventually get dirty again. My time counted more than ever. Precious time!

Well, I got checked out and I am fine, and there was a reason why I had soreness in my breast. But what I discovered was magical! It is impossible to hold fear in your heart and thoughts of gratitude at the same time. Your brain and heart don’t have room for both. Fear or gratitude! You pick!

If you find yourself in “fear mode,” sit yourself down and look for abundance, blessings and goosebumps in your life. Write down a list of what is gracing your life and what you are grateful for. I guarantee you will “flip the switch” and be in a different mood.

Yes, I have discovered that the antidote to fear is gratitude. Really, fear is thinking about what you don’t have, and if you think about what you do have, you will truly discover sweet simple grace filled days.

Where is Cherecoach in the media and speaking?

November 7, 2007,

Energizing!! Inspirational! Fabulous!! Excellent, positive, motivating, enthusiastic speaker, are just a few of the comments expressed by the audience at the 2007 Partners of WHA, Inc. Annul Convention held in Eau Claire, with over 370 in attendance.

Chere Bork was invited as our opening keynote speaker for the event. Chere’s presentation “Healthy Self”, fit perfectly into our convention theme, “An Apple a Day for a Healthier Way”. Her knowledge of the topic, her enthusiasm and interaction with the audience was excellent and very well received.

Chere also presented a workshop entitled “Take Back Your Life”, over 90 attended this workshop. Everyone loved the program, and they loved Chere. I walked into the room as it was wrapping up, I will never forget the scene before me, no one wanted to leave, some where laughing, some were crying, many were lined up so that they would have the opportunity to speak with Chere personally. Chere took as much time as needed with each person until everyone was heard; it was quite an emotional site to behold.

The group asked to have Chere back next year. They found her to be a dynamite speaker, funny, enthusiastic, motivating, compassionate, and knowledgeable; they want to hear more from her!

As the 2007 Convention Chairman, I found her honest, as well as easy and fun to work with. I believe anyone that meets Chere, will want to claim her as their new best friend, she is the type of person you just want to be around.


Janet Rubenzer-Pike
Partners of WHA, Inc.
2007 Convention Chairman

I am booking presentations and workshops for next year and would love to empower your group. Click here for the Healthy Self or Take Back Your Life program objectives that were cheerfully provided at the Partners of WHA Convention.

November 7, 2007, Lake Minnetonka Excelsior Rotary, Overwhelmed and Overbooked? Tips to be done overeating and overworking, Excelsior, MN

November 13, 2007, Medtronic, Stressed UP for the Holidays Teleclass

November 30, 2007, KARE 11, Minnesota Showcase, Demonstrating practical, easy, Tart Holiday Cherry Recipes that may reduce your risk factors for diabetes.

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