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April, 2010

Self-Care, the First Chapter in Living Your Best Life | Lori's Hummus

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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 Self Care Actions at the End Of Your Day
Coaching Question that Could Change Your Life
Tasting Life Real People Examples
Self Care — the First Chapter in Living Your Best Life
Taste Life Balance April Recipe
Where is Chere Speaking?


  1. Look in your bathroom mirror and smile.
  2. Brush your teeth for two minutes.
  3. Send an email or write a note to someone you care about.
  4. Organize for the next day and set your alarm 30 minutes later
  5. Write down your worries on a piece of paper and tear it up


Selfish self care is a muscle that needs developing. The easiest place to start is by saying no.

Who or what can I say no to just because I feel like it?

Since 1999 I have had a hard time describing what transpires during a coaching session. Coaching is an experiential process as well as an intellectual one. Talking about coaching isn't the same thing as being coached. Click here or call me at 952.937.5697 to reserve your complimentary, no obligation, 30-minute Coaching Session. If you are ready to take action towards obtaining the life you really want this is your first step.

Experience coaching first hand and create an action plan that will help you move forward with your goals and dreams. I guarantee one tip, tool, question or strategy that will give you more energy, balance, focus, happiness or health.


Last month I wrote about how the best life is a journey not a destination and about creating your FABD list. (Fully Alive Before I Die)


My FABD List:
“Swim with wild dolphins in Hawaii.
Hike in Costa Rica.
Ride a horse on a dude ranch.
Paddle a canoe.
Paddle a kayak.
Think about a boyfriend.
....just to name a few!”


“Long time no see or hear! Anyway, I enjoy reading you Taste Life & always get something new out of reading it. Who would have thought at this time & place in our life we would be doing things close to our heart?! Even with the economy etc., I don’t think I've ever been more content or happier. We're moving into our newly purchased condo this weekend, both of us are working, I'm still at the school district. Life is good & more is not necessarily better. I feel gratitude having to live on a shoestring, where people are fighting for their very existence, I am a survivor. I know our paths will always cross as were stitched from the same cloth. Stay just who you are."


"Remember me at UWEC? On May 28th I am hanging up my dust mops for good..somefolks have chosen to retire. I am choosing to “graduate” with a Masters in Living and Giving. For my “PhD" I am creating a scholarship to celebrate Harry Nelson, my teacher and coach and more. I will use one year of my social security money to fund it. Am taking care of the future now and it will take “care” of me in years to come."
I met Andre at UW EC in January of 2008 when I gave an Energy keynote and Overcome Overwhelm breakout for all Classified Staff. It was the best day. I felt loved by everyone I met that day.
Yes to Andre..he is leaving his legacy. Are you?


“Chere you have a natural gift for coaching. You are smart about people and life! Sometimes I felt like you understood me better than myself. You asked me the right questions and provided the right resources at the right time. Your enthusiasm made it easy to change and so positive. Thank you Chere!”
—Lisa who loves sunflowers

“You create time. To say “I don’t have time for me” is like saying I don’t want to…”

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Self Care –The First Chapter in Living Your Best Life

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you working more than ever before and still worried about not doing a “good enough” job? You go home exhausted to a messy home you don’t have time to clean and are too tired to cook? Sound familiar?

Spring is the perfect time for a new beginning. Would it be like if you actually had time for your life?

It all starts with self care. Those two little words sound easy but are so hard to make important. Self care is your personal foundation for a high quality life. A high quality life starts with you.

Self care is one of the first things I look for as a coach. Lack of self care is responsible for those frustrating, and most challenging times in your life…when you have low energy, poor health, a weight higher than your driver’s license, a feeling of overwhelm, an unhealthy relationship, or a job you don’t like anymore.

Making self care your priority is definitely not the norm in our society and can be really frightening. Society does not seem to honor self care. We seem to wear “busy” as a badge of honor. “I’m busy.” “Well I am busier.” Notice your conversations with others. If you notice you are resenting lots of activities you are doing or feel tired all the time and overwhelmed it may be you just need some good old fashioned self care.

Self care really begins with learning to be more selfish. (Rest in peace Grandma Lily) I know I know we were taught to not be selfish. Being selfish conjures up a negative self centered “all about me” person. There is a positive side to being selfish. Selfish = self care.

Relationships oxygenate life and your relationship with yourself if the most important one of your life. Ask yourself: Do I schedule my priorities or prioritize my schedule? When was the last time I did something for me? Am I living a life of joy? If not, why not? What do I need to change?

Lisa, a coaching client hired me to “find happiness, contentment and purpose now and beyond midlife.” She wanted to spend more time on her wants (gardens, beauty in the world, quiet time for recharging, reading and reflection, learning and making a difference). She wanted to “prioritize health, fun and relationships” in her life. She realized that there was a gap in what would tell herself about putting her first and what she would do. She was the “first to fall off the list.”

In only 12 coaching sessions, she identified her needs and values and aligned them with her daily choices. She created a “Lisa’s Room” where she recharges and finds her “calm.”
She is exercising and sleeping better and spending more time at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. She is feeling less stressed, has more patience and is more positive with others.

As we were driving back from buying her sunflower picture Lisa and I were talking how everything is different but nothing has changed. She has the same husband, son, job and home but she just loves her life more. She said, “My attitude has changed. What I choose to think and what I choose to do have changed. The people around me have not changed. I was feeling tired and worn out and now I feel relaxed. I choose to be calm.”

Self care is more than making sure you exercise or eat breakfast. It is taking the time to recognize where in your life you are feeling stuck. It starts with you giving yourself permission to be number one on your list. A strong personal foundation based on self care may give you more energy to volunteer or learn a new hobby. You may find like Lisa that the old challenge of work versus life don’t stress you out anymore. In fact, you may find they disappear.

Accept this self care challenge and declare yourself first on your to do list. I’d love to hear what you do for self care on our Taste Life Blog.

Here to add value to your life and help you be number one on your list of life. Just let me know how, Love Chere

P.S. take a nap

Family Fun


You just never know how a 5 minute conversation can create a change in someone’s thinking and perhaps their life. I have wanted to serve my family more beans and a chance meeting with Lori gave me the perfect recipe for hummus.

"Hi Chere! We met at the Eat Smart NY conference and you asked me for this recipe. It is so funny that you approached me at the conference because I was truly debating about whether to stay in my current position (which was not satisfying) or leave. When I told you that I was a massage therapist and how I help people, you asked me, "What are you doing here?" That really made me ask myself that same question!

I decided to resign and it was the best decision I've made. I was offered guaranteed paid hours with the owner of the Physical Therapy office I work out of and the opportunity to expand my business with a retail area offering healthful options for those in pain or for those wishing to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Just wanted to say thank you. You helped me even though I don't think you knew you were helping! Take care!"
—Lori Brennan BS, LMT, www.Balancedlifebodywork.com, Freeville, NY

Lori’s Hummus

2 - 15 1/2 oz cans of garbanzo beans (reserve 3/4 of a can of liquid)
1/4 cup tahini paste
1 tsp salt
1 TB olive oil
2 tsp minced fresh parsley
4 - 6 cloves of garlic
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

Puree all ingredients in food processor.


Stevie Ray and Hannah really loved making the hummus, especially peeling the garlic and using the food processer.

How smart are you about beans?

Bet you’re thinking green beans. The bean is technically a legume, a class of foods that includes peas and lentils. Most people do not even know how to pronounce legume yet alone eat them. Read more on my blog.

Where is Cherecoach in the media and speaking?

“Chere more than fulfilled my expectations and those of her audience! As the keynote for our annual Women’s Night Out event, Chere educated, entertained and stirred women to savor their lives. Her blend of storytelling, coaching and teaching provided our attendees with a practical tool kit brimming with ideas, applications and action steps. Chere’s humor, sensitivity, passion and presence engaged participants in a process of meaningful self discovery. Her zest for life is contagious, and her genuine concern for the well-being of women is awe-inspiring! Thank you Chere!”
—Jenny Schlagenhaft, Director of Communications/Community Relations
Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Wabasha, MN

The best part of this evening was I had sent Jenny my introduction stating I loved raspberries. Fresh individually picked raspberries awaited me from Jenny’s garden.

I gobbled up half of them before my keynote even began! Thanks Jenny.

Things Liked Best for Women’s Night Out, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

  • Chere you are fun and peppy
  • Breathing techniques and audience participation
  • Fun and a great stress reducer
  • Involving audience rather than preaching and high energy

Action steps to be taken

  • Get rid of shoulds! And be positive each day
  • Exercise daily instead of every other and eat more slowly
  • Less stress and more rest

April, 2010, Twin Cities Statement Magazine, Go Fish –Two culinary predilections for the healthy lifestyle enthusiast

April 1, 2010, Article Chanhassen Villager, Five “weighs” to eat more to weigh less

April 22, 2010 3M Lunch and Learn, Defensive Dining: How to Eat Healthy in a Double Cheeseburger.com world, St. Paul, MN

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