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April, 2004


In This Issue

 Father Leo Booth Events



 It's Not What It Is

 "Ah-Ha" Moments


 Upcoming Events

 My Offer

 My Request

 Give the Gift of Coaching


“When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” ~ Abraham Maslow


Spring is in the air. The birds are singing. The grass grows greener each day. Nature is coming back to life. Even people have found a new sense of energy! I live next to a walking path and it's wonderful to see the steady stream of people being active.

With this new season also comes yardwork! How many of you have ever started a project, evaluated your tools and decided that you need a new one? No matter how many you already have, it seems there's always one to add that would help. It might make your project easier, faster, less painful, more effective and hopefully a better result in the end.

Not only do you need a variety of tools to get your yard whipped into shape but it's also helpful to evaluate your life's tool shed. So, as your pounding away, raking and trimming, consider what tools you need to equip yourself with to live the life you desire!

Father Leo Booth Events

Thanks again to those of you who registerd ahead. For the rest of you, the invitation to

join us this Friday and/or Saturday still remains. You are welcome to register the day of the events. Here's the scoop one more time.

April 16

Hidden Miracles:  Discovering Your Gifts

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location:  The Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Cost:  $25 at the Door

Includes:  2 Continuing Education Hours,  

               Connection, Learning & Fun!

To Register:  Register at the Door  

                   Contact Jackie Bredl-Dietrich by Phone

                        (715-421-4700); by E-mail; or CLICK HERE

                   to register online.


April 17

Five Spiritual Laws of Ancient Wisdom

Time:   9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location:  The Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Cost:  $60 at the Door

Includes:  Delicious Lunch, 3 Continuing Education Hours, 

               Connection, Learning & Fun!

To Register:  Register at the Door

                   Contact Jackie Bredl-Dietrich by Phone

                        (715-421-4700); by E-mail; or CLICK HERE

                    to register online.



From the Desk of Father Leo - Springtime

This is the time to clean out your cupboards and drawers. Give away the books and throw out magazines you know you will never read. Begin to take responsibility for your life. Spring is spiritual.

I am sitting in my house as I write this, and outside, a crow is busy cawing as he walks up and down the street. Sometimes he goes in circles, as though he does not know what to do.

This is true for so many people. They walk around in life but do not seem to have any direction. Instead of cawing, they moan such complaints as: "I hate the news on TV. It's all about the war." My advice: Turn it off and read a book of poetry. "Nobody ever calls. When the telephone rings, it's always a marketing call. They want to give me a credit card." My advice: Phone some friends and let them know you are feeling lonely. It takes two to make a relationship and it takes effort.

Spring is a wake-up call for us all. It is a great time to set priorities and goals in our life. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Go to bed an hour earlier and wake up an hour earlier.
2. Start a journal. Write down the things that happen during your day,

    the things that are special. If you have nothing to record, that in

    itself is a challenge.
3. Walk off your lunch. Maybe brisk. Maybe slow. But go out into the

    fresh air. What if it is raining? Go anyway.
4. Eat less. Most of us eat too, too much. If you do not eat enough, eat     more.
5. Clean the windows in your house.
6. Say a prayer before you eat.
7. Send a check to your favorite charity. If you do not have a charity,

    get one. Believe me, somebody needs your help.
8. Call a friend. If you have two friends, call them both.
9. Go through your closets and take the clothes you have not worn in

    more than a year to a charity shop. Then, buy a new, stylish outfit

    (do not be a fuddy-duddy).
10. Make a pitcher of sweet iced tea and pretend you are Southern. If

     indeed you are from the South, you already know how to do this. In

     my experience, Southerners know how to relax.

Remember: You need not impersonate the crow walking up and down my street. You have a choice. Be creative.



In March my mom celebrated her birthday. Happy Birthday, Mom! Around this same time I taught a couple puberty education sessions for 4-6 grade boys and girls. Remember your first encounter with learning about the changes during this time of your life? Such fond memories, I'm sure!

Well, I shared this story with my mom and thought you might also enjoy it. The boy's session was wrapped up and I began to gather my materials. One boy came up to me as his mom stood in the doorway with anticipation. He said, "I have a question, when you go through this (meaning puberty) do you start to get more forgetful?" Showing a little worry, he told me that he can't remember as well and it's getting more difficult to keep track of everything. We talked about responsibilities and how as he gets older there will be more for him to remember. And yes, sometimes we forget!

This gave my mom a good chuckle as she said, "Boy, does this make me feel better!"

My mom amazes me everyday - totally! Here she is giving bowling a try with our family. We are so NOT bowlers. She actually had high score in one of our games. Not to shabby!





"To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart and to sing it to them when they have forgotten." ~ Annonymous

Reaction of the other person is very often what my coachees tell me is their number one concern for them when they think about having conversations. Keep this in mind as you are approached by the important people in your life. You never know what it is that they might want to share with you. Keep an open mind and create a safe place for them.


It’s Not What It Is

Each one of us observes situations and parts of our life differently. How we see things determines what we do with them and what we don't. As part of my presentations I often hold up various objects and ask the audience to tell me what they believe the object to be. One of my props is a set of stress reliever dumbbells. Many say that it reminds them of the obvious like excercise and lifting weights. Then, there is always someone that says it looks like a dog's chew toy! The action you take and what you do with exercise dumbbells verses a dog toy gives you two very different outcomes.

Think of something in your life - anything really and consider these words of wisdom taken from The Soul Support Book by Deb Koffman.

It's how you RELATE to it.

It's what you COMPARE it to.

It's how it can SERVE you.

It's how it MOVES you.

It's what you BELIEVE about it.

It's how you USE it.

It's what you can LEARN from it.

It's your THOUGHTS about it.

It's the QUESTION YOU ASK of it.

It's the CONTEXT you put it in.

It's what it MEANS to you.

It's how you RESPOND to it.

One key to effective conversations is to develop an awareness that we are all different observers.


“Ah-Ha” Moments

My best friend, Jodi came over to visit the other day. We've been buds since 7th grade. To set the record straight she's the one that instigated the mischieve that we got into. Which, of course, was few and far between!

Anyway, the day she stopped by I noticed she was wearing a University of WI - La Crosse sweatshirt that I recognized from our college days together. Out of curiosty, I asked her if she wears that memoriabila often. She said, "Actually, no I don't. In fact, I can't remember the last time I wore this one." I laughed as I untied the sweatshirt around my waist and proudly held it up to show her. I said, "Me either!" For some reason I picked a University of WI - La Crosse sweatshirt to wear that day, too!

The amazing synchronicities of life can bring lightness into your world. Pay attention. You never know what you might discover!

"When a tree falls it leans on its neighbor"

~African Proverb

"You can only go halfway into the darkest forest,

then you are coming out the other side."

~ Chinese Proverb



“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."

~ Marcel Proust


I would like to genuinely express my appreciation to the people and organizations who I have connected with in the past couple months. Thank you!

Heart of WI - Mini Business World

Hotel Mead - Mardi Gras - Business After Hours Event


Natural Health Fest - Joanne Keyzer, Lori Hepp, Echo Keller

WI Rapids Daily Tribune - Deb Thomas


Christian News– Rob Pue

Beauties of America Pageant - Susan Jackson - Thanks for all

the Thank You postcards. Congratulations to all the winners and participants!

Security Health Plan Provider Relations Department - Bobbie Jo Aue

WI Learning Center - Doris McAllister & Bonnie Foley

New Life Therapies - Dr. Fred Anderson

Girl Scouts - Jana Nelson


Upcoming Events - Click Here


My Offer

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and Organizational Coaching to increase personal well-being and professional effectiveness; present Interactive, Empowering Workshops; and coordinate Wellness Activities; Community Events and Special Projects.


According to my clients, I offer one of the most sincere relationships they’ve ever had – a simple, safe place to reflect, explore and move toward their vision – in any area of their life. I consider the whole person no matter what brings them to coaching.


I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to my practice. I’m an intuitive, compassionate, positive and creative partner.


I would be honored to share this information with you and others. So, don’t hesitate to invite me to come to your next staff meeting or social gathering. 



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My request is that you will be an advocate for me and the profession of coaching. I’m a pioneer locally. One of my goals is to spread the word so that others can benefit. I value your assistance and would appreciate your support. I’m very grateful to those of you who have referred coaching clients, workshops and consulting opportunities my way.    


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Create a great day,


                                                                                          (Volume 2, Issue 2)



Jackie Bredl-Dietrich, CHES, PCC
Life & Business Coach, Speaker, Consultant & Author
P.O. Box 1101, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495



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