Welcome to Living Newsletter – January 2014
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself” – George Bernard Shaw


2014: The Year To Take Risks!
Happy New Year! Fresh Start! New Beginnings! New Opportunity!

Which traditionally begins with a New Years Resolution…

What is a Resolution and why is it so hard to fulfill them every year?

Defined as an “act of deciding to do something,” they can be filled with hope, powerful visions and embedded with great expectations. So why do we seem to miss the mark on achieving our New Years goals and intentions?

Maybe it’s because we treat them like most other things in our lives and to truly make a distinct change, we need to take a distinctly new and different approach.

We all think we know how to best reach our goals – what works for us, what doesn’t… What if we challenged our own beliefs in 2014 and stretched ourselves by straying off the our comfortable, predictable paths?

What if we push against the inner turmoil and deny our self-fulfilling believes of failure? What if we change our own rules?

Everything’s connected – the way we do anything is the way we do everything. Attaining new goals and reaching new heights completely depends on taking risks. Otherwise, we are condemned to repeat our past.

Now’s the time to reset, restart and dust off those life intentions by following these simple steps:

  1. Create the vision of what you want – The goal.
  2. Let go of what has not worked in the past – Old patterns .
  3. Hold your breath and jump in the pool – Take risks.
  4. Watch what happens – Pay attention to what matters.
  5. Realize that you are capable of manifesting the life that you believe.

It’s your choice: The same old, same old or Take Risks and design the life you want.

Happy New Year!

Consultant, Leadership, Career and Life Coach


We hope that this video clip and quotes will inspire and move you toward risk taking.

What do you have to loose?

Be Inspired:http://www.upinspire.com/inspire/571/watch-this-before-making-any-2

“How can you know what you’re capable of if you don’t embrace the unkown?”
- Esmeralda Santiago

“Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside.”
– Marilyn Ferguson

“Put blinders on to those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your head.”
– Meryl Streep.

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside.”
– Stephen R. Covey

Importance of Workplace Communication


The forms of communication today have transformed from what it used to be in earlier times, due to the advent of plenty of electronic mediums. Despite all these changes though, its significance still remains the same as it ever was.

So why exactly is it important at the workplace? The answer to this is known to almost everyone, but many people can’t find the right words to express it. It becomes clearer when you understand that every workplace must rely on teamwork and cooperation in order to carry out their work properly. The employees must also stay motivated. Disgruntled employees will never work efficiently. It is proper communication that encourages and upholds this spirit of teamwork and cooperation amongst the employees.

Formal Communication – This type of communication stems from necessity, rather than choice. Instructions, orders, guidelines, feedback and appraisals provided to employees by the employer comprise this. Reporting, feedback, and complaints are the components of communication from the employee to the employer. These channels are necessary for the proper functioning of any office, and if they are not followed in the right manner, the office will be unable to get any work accomplished.

Informal Communication – This is the kind of communication that takes place between employees, or between the employee and the employer and is usually about unofficial things. This implies a sense of friendship between the various parties involved. This makes people comfortable with each other, and produces a sense of camaraderie between the many employees of the workplace. This type also has some drawbacks, as many people choose to gossip a lot and spread rumors about other people. This is known as the ‘grapevine’.

The skill to communicate effectively in the workplace needs mastery over a period of time. This is not something that can be learned overnight. It requires tact, diplomacy, and a little bit of humility as well.

With the number of high profile corporations that function today, and the increased levels of competitiveness in the market, it is important to find some ways to keep employees motivated and to keep their morale up at the workplace. To enable coordination and cooperation between various employees, communication takes added importance. Passing messages amongst the people in the office, maintaining effective chains of command, and also keeping track of what’s happening in the lives of fellow employees, are some of its most obvious advantages.

Effective communication is essential for a positive culture at the workplace. Transparency in communication is mandatory at all levels for better understanding of work and better bonding among individuals. Culture is simply the result of the interaction amongst the employees working for a considerable period of time in the organization. A better employee relation promotes a positive culture whereas conflicts and disagreements spoil the ambience and spread negativity all around at the workplace.

Danger: The Risk of Overeating,
and How to Avoid It.

image4 Though the sign in the sauna read “avoid overheating, the nutritionist in me saw- overeating.

Following the sauna rules reduces the risk of overheating. So sitting in the sauna, I began thinking about rules to avoid overeating.

Follow these 13 rules to reduce the risk of overeating:

Rule #1 – Reduce the size of your plate. People who use an 8-inch plate tend to eat less (most dinner plates are 10-inches).

Rule #2 – Dish up in the kitchen – we are less likely to get up for seconds than to just reach for more, right there in front of us.

Rule #3 – Bring veggies and salads to the table – leave the rest in the kitchen, “out of sight, out of mind.”

Rule #4 – Chew slowly, enjoying each bite! People eat a lot more when they eat quickly. Put your fork down between bites!

Rule #5 – Do not eat if you aren’t hungry.

Rule #6 – Dish up, one serving at a time – don’t eat from the whole bag, container or box.

Rule #7 – Sit down – people eat a lot more when just grabbing and going.

Rule #8 – Sit at the table, but don’t watch TV or work on the computer – we eat much more when distracted.

Rule #9 – Ask yourself if you are bored or tired while eating. People who eat emotionally or to fill time, tend to eat more calories in a day, than if they didn’t.

Rule #10 – Drink an 8 oz glass of water half an hour before meals – this will fill you up and you won’t eat as much.

Rule #11 – Eat high fiber foods – eating these, you will be full sooner, and they will keep you feeling full longer.

Rule #12 – Eat a breakfast high in protein – this will keep you from craving sugar later.

Rule #13 – Don’t let your self get famished – when very hungry, we tend to overeat.

Remember, weight gain usually isn’t because of what we eat, but how much we eat.

Marta DeWulf, Nutritionist http://www.martadewulf.com

Phone: (425) 761-4774
Email: marta@martadewulf.com

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