Edition of 2/17/2008

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February, 2008

Time-Rich Ideas for Time-Starved People | Spicy Sausage Saute

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E-Newsletter, February 2008

Welcome to TASTE LIFE!! Life is easy and we make it hard. The purpose of this monthly 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 February
Coaching Questions that Could Change Your Life
Tasting Life Real People Example
Taste Life Balance February Recipe
The Number One Secret for More Time
Where is Chere Speaking?


  1. When you wake up in the morning, ask yourself, “Who do I want to be today?”
    Then, do one little baby step to “be” who you want! Life is baby steps! ALL baby steps.
  2. Let go of perfection. I sometimes wonder if it is a form of procrastination.
  3. Create a list of your top five values and order them in importance. Values, personal needs and tolerations are the first items identified in coaching and create the foundation for who you want to “be.”
  4. Identify the top five people who you want in your time rich life. How many of them do you see each day or each week?
  5. Make a list of your passions and talents and ask yourself, “How often do I use them? When you use them, time flies!


Every morning ask yourself, “Who do I want to be today? What value is tops?

Then ask yourself, If Chere was “in my pocket,” could she tell what value I want to live today?

Click here (then press Send) to sign up for a complimentary 30-minute telephone coaching session — your first step toward a joy-filled, energizing life.


“Thanks for the three years of coaching! You helped me bring my life back to balance. Going from a high stress life focused on work to a happier life balanced between family and career. Learning to live in my life in the present, instead of worrying about the past or future has been my greatest accomplishment. This has freed me to enjoy my time with my family to the fullest, as I don’t need to be focused on anything but the present.

Lifestyle Wins
I am more in the present, less stressed and happier with my life balance.

Health Wins
I am more in tune with my diet. I better understand what my family should be eating to be healthy.

Emotional and Relationship Wins
I am less stressed, which has allowed me to tune into my family and friends. My circles has grown dramatically, full of people who share my values.

Career Wins
I left a job that I hated with a company that I didn’t believe cared about me to work at a place that is full of opportunity, challenges me and cares that I am a person with a family.

My initial goals were to reduce the stress in my life and gain a more balanced life. These goals did change as we worked together. With your help, balance really started to come together in my life. That resulted in some life changing decisions, especially the decision to change jobs. And all of that reduced my stress. It has made me be in the present instead of worrying about tomorrow or the past. WOW! My focus on listening in taking the living in the present idea a step farther, refining it, turning it more internal! These coaching years have been like building a pyramid. With a solid foundation, I am able to constantly enhance my life to be more focused and centered on the present – reaching for the point of the pyramid!” —Joyful J, Engineer

J got everything she dreamed about: the degree, the husband, the house, the job, the kids, but she wasn’t happy. She didn’t really know what she wanted, but she wanted more! Once we identified her values, her personal needs, and created small baby steps, she ended up attracting the job of her dreams in a perfect family town to raise her kids. Now, she has the time to be a mom and has found a job where she feels valued as an engineer too. Did I mention she also is in madly in love with her husband? J and I coached for three years and I will always hold her intentions for living in my heart! I miss our coaching sessions, as she added much joy to my life. J is time rich! —Chere

“I want more for you than you want for you!”


20 Minute Peppery Italian Sausage Sauté

The other day, I was coaching a stressed out and time starved client. One of her obstacles to a happier life is working late and coming home starving to a house with no food. I really believe the way to organize your life is to organize your kitchen! That evening, I was making this sausage sauté for dinner. It is healthy and quick and filling and provides “planned overs.” This recipe makes one meal for four or two meals for two.

1 package (19.5 ounces) Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage (I use Jennie-O Turkey Store)
2 Red Peppers, sliced
2 Yellow Peppers, sliced
1 Red onion, peeled and sliced thinly
Optional: Your favorite seasoning. I like Tuscan Sunset, which is a salt free Italian Style seasoning (www.penzeys.com)

Spray a skillet with non-stick vegetable spray. Heat over medium heat. Cook sausages covered for 10 minutes. Turn the sausages. Add sliced peppers and onion and your favorite seasoning. Cook 5 minutes more or until sausages are lightly browned and no longer pink.

Serve with your favorite two vegetables (like broccoli and carrots), a soup or salad, and warm conversation. Easy or what!? The beauty of this quick recipe is that you can keep all the ingredients on hand. I always have turkey sausage in the freezer and buy red and yellow peppers like I buy milk (meaning every week).


As I write, there is a gentle dusting of snowflakes falling from the Minneapolis sky. I immediately remember the lightly rippled and breathtakingly beautiful Waikiki turquoise waters where our family just returned from a January vacation.

When I actually “notice” the weather, like snowflakes or a giant thunder storm, I think of God. And how busy he is! And, I wonder how God does all this multi–tasking: creating snowflakes here in Minneapolis and sunshine in Hawaii at the same time.

When I discovered that both the kids had the same spring break, I asked them if they still go on vacation with their parents and would they want to go on a spring break vacation. Both wrote back with gratitude, “Of course, Mom, I still go on family vacations, but not on spring break.” So, with determination I planned one more, and maybe our last, family vacation.

I desired a vacation that was warm and inexpensive. I researched the Florida Keys. I discovered that warm weather is not a guarantee in January. What is the cheapest warmest place we can go? “Problem solver extraordinaire," Gary, came up with Hawaii. Oahu, notably Waikiki Beach, has been our joy since 1982 when we bought a timeshare on our honeymoon. Nothing beats a sandy seat on Waikiki Beach in front of the Pink Palace Hotel. Nothing! The kids were to plan the activities for the week, which resulted in a one activity list - lay on the beach. Ok!

A coach friend asked me “Why would you go on vacation in January, the busiest and most lucrative month of coaching?" I told him because I am time rich. You see, I believe there are two kinds of people. There are time rich people and time poor people. A delightful man came up to me after my talk on Overcoming Overwhelm at 3M and told me his time has speeded up and disappeared. He was time poor. His time was gone. He was trying to manage his 100+ emails a day and his time. I tried to explain to him that he was trying to manage his time with a clock. A waste of time!

Time rich people manage their time with their values and who they want to be. Our to-do list is endless and infinite. Our values are finite.

There are two ways I help myself “be” time rich. I picture my values as the “hats” I wear and the order I like to wear them. My “hats” are Chere, health, wife, mom, and speaking/coaching career. Click here if you want a worksheet to help you prioritize the “hats” you wear.

I also ask myself everyday, “Who do you want to be today Chere?” I want to be respected, inspired, happy, and content. How do I do that? When the “hats” I wear are aligned with my values, I feel time rich and also respected, inspired, happy and confident.

The currency of time is both physical and emotional energy. I forget that. You forget that. Think of a project you were doing at work or home that you totally disliked and it took forever and ever. By the time you were done with it you felt exhausted, unmotivated and tired. Now, think of a project that you wanted to do, even a difficult and challenging project. At the end, you were charged up and ready for more. Right? When you do projects you enjoy, the time does fly and you feel time rich.

Do you want to be time rich? I mean do you really, really want to be time rich?
The first step is to take the time and get quiet and listen to your inner wise self and feel what inspires you to get up out of bed in the morning. Then do that and dump the rest for a day. Easy? No. Few people do this. All it takes is a belief. You have a choice. Make that choice today before your time speeds up and totally disappears. It is never too late to create the life you WANT to live! Ever!

Here with empathy and love to support you to be time rich! With much gratitude, Chere.

Where is Cherecoach in the media and speaking?

I am booking presentations for Spring. Spring is actually a favored time to create changes in your life over the crazed January New Year’s resolutions time. Overcome Overwhelm and Savor Your Life Today would be perfect this time of year to empower you to create the change you desire.

Since 1999, I have been a media spokesperson for food and wellness companies. Check out this 4-minute video if you are looking for a quick three-ingredient antioxidant-rich Valentine’s Day food idea!

Eat RED ideas for you to celebrate heart month!
From Fox 9 Morning News, with kind and humble Tom Butler.

February 2, 2008, Minnesota School Age Child Alliance, kNOw Your Way to Balance, St. Paul, MN

February 5, 2008, 3M World Headquarters, Overcome Overwhelm, St. Paul, MN

February 6, 2008, Medtronic, LEARN 12 telephone weight loss lass begins

February 11, 2008, Fox 9 Morning News, Eat Red to Celebrate Heart Month with anchor Tom Butler, Eden Prairie, MN

February 12, 2008, Charter, Wellness Coaching, New Prague, MN

February 13, 2008, Trinity Episcopal Church of Excelsior – Wednesday Women. Savor Your Life Today, Excelsior, MN

February 19, 2008, Medtronic, Make 2008 Really Really Great Teleclass, Fridley, MN

February 28, 2008, Coach U Newcomers Sig Call, Building Your Business Through Speaking, Colorado Springs, CO

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~ 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