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February, 2004


In This Issue

 A Good Book

  Drumming Event

  The Way It Used To Be

  Father Leo Booth Events

"Ah Ha” Moments

  Whining or Complaining?


  International Coaches Week

 My Offer

 My Request

 Give the Gift of Coaching

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love."       ~ Rumi


At the beginning this new year, we each, in our own way, reflect on the past and contemplate the year ahead. I encourage you to linger in the moments and relish your ability to make choices, make changes and make celebrations. Be realistic and honest about what you want to discover in 2004.

If you would like to start walking a new, better or different path and you’re not sure where to start please contact me.


A Good Book

The one thing that's been mentioned to me the most since we rolled into 2004 is surprisingly, not that people want to exercise more or eat healthier - instead they tell me they want to read a book. Many have said, "It's been so long since I've read a book."

Reading is considered a fundamental competency in the world today and a primary way that learning takes place. It enables us to have conversations with millions of people both alive and dead and get glimpses into other worlds.

The traditional understanding of reading is the pursuit of specific facts or information. I encourage you try a new approach by bringing yourself into the dialog. In other words, engage in a conversation with the book and the author.

One of my personal goals for this year is to read a book that I wouldn't normally pick up. Any recommendations? Uncertainty - it can be fun!

When is the last time you read for pleasure - just because?


Drumming with Jahmés Finlayson


It was totally an honor to bless the Coaching Parlor and our home with the rhythms and energy from Jahmes and everyone who attended. Truly a sacred space. Here are some comments about the experience:

~I enjoyed learning how to drum and meeting new people.

~The energy and togetherness was amazing!

~I enjoyed the rhythm, connecting and letting go emotionally.

~This was so much fun!

~Jahmes is a sweet, talented and knowledgeable person.

~Hearing all the different rhythms come together – we were good!

~I felt such positive energy by expressing my love for music.

~There was an instant bonding with strangers.

~Such an incredible experience – I was uplifted all day!

~I took a chance to do something totally out of my element and it

  was so energizing and worth it!

"I’m taking a moment to thank you and your husband for opening your home to drum with Jahmes. What an enjoyable experience! It is so appreciated that you took the time and effort to arrange the drumming session. Maybe there is hope that one day more enriching and enlightening courses or topics will be available to all who are interested in this community." (Renee Dewitt)

VIEW More Photos from Drumming Event

CONTACT Jahmes Finlyason ( )


The Way It Used To Be

As I begin coaching with people our conversations often reveal that they are longing for the way it used to be. For some reason people are drawn to set goals that will get them back to how they used to be or how something in their life used to be. They say things like, "If I could only get along with my husband like we did before we had kids"; "be the weight I was before I took this job"; "feel like I did when I was in on vacation"; "have the social life I had in college."

I guess it's human nature that we have memories of better days in the past - whether it’s how our body looked, how we interacted with our family and friends, the places we lived...

Well, I hate to burst your bubble but you can never go back to the way it used to be. We all know this at some level but we need to hear it. That's where I come in.

Consider the areas in your life where you've set goals that reflect the way it used to be. Is this holding you back? Is there a new and better way to describe what you truly desire?

As you begin this year, align yourself with what you envision. Remember that your experiences in the past have tremendous value. They shape who you are which is always different than what it was yesterday, last month, last year and so on.

The real question is what do you want to create for yourself now given who you are today and can become in the future? Be present with all the beauty that surrounds and supports you today.

A coach provides a similar experience to what happens when you take a trip with a tour guide verses without one. Think of the new insights, knowledge and perspectives that choosing me to be your guide could open up for you.

CONTACT JACKIE to schedule a complimentary coaching session.


Father Leo Booth is Coming to Town, Again!


April 16 & 17, 2004

Do any of you remember when Riverview Hospital’s Health Forum featured Father Leo Booth a few years back? I had the wonderful pleasure of working closely with him and we have stayed connected ever since. He touched many hearts with his message of positive and creative living.

Well, here's the inside scoop. Whole Life Visions is sponsoring him to do 2 events in Wisconsin Rapids at the Hotel Mead on April 16 and 17! LEARN MORE.

A former Episcopal priest, Father Leo Booth is an internationally acclaimed author, lecturer and trainer on all aspects of spirituality and recovery from depression, addictions, compulsive behaviors and low self-esteem. "My basic definition of spirituality is a positive and creative human being. Taking care of your body, avoiding harmful behaviors and unhealthy relationships are spiritual acts," says Father Leo Booth.

April 16

Hidden Miracles:  Discovering Your Gifts

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: The Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

              Special room rates available.

              Call The Hotel Mead at 715-423-1500 for details.

Cost: $20/Person: $25/Person After April 2

         Register for both events by April 2 and SAVE! Pay only $65.

Includes: 2 Continuing Education Hours, Connection,

              Learning & Fun!

To Register: 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

              Special room rates available.

              Call The Hotel Mead at 715-423-1500 for details.

Cost: $55/Person; $60/Person After April 2

         Register for both events by April 2 and SAVE! Pay only $65.

Includes: Delicious Lunch, 3 Continuing Education Hours, 

              Connection, Learning & Fun!

To Register: Contact Jackie Bredl-Dietrich by Phone

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

                  to register online.



More Upcoming Events


“Ah-Ha” Moments

"Intuition is knowing without knowing how we know."

                          ~ Julio Olalla 

Last week we met with a contractor who specializes in renovating and restoring historic, older homes. As we were standing in the kitchen discussing possible ideas he mentioned, “Yeah – we could move the sink over here.” Just like that the lights flickered, the microwave beeped, we all jumped, held our breath, looked around and then looked at each other. Up to that moment, we haven’t had anything “weird” happen. He went on tell us that the last project he completed is listed on a registry for haunted houses. I didn't know there was such a thing. It made me wonder if one of those spirits came along with him to tour our place. I guess we’ll never

know. And it would appear as though moving the sink is either an EXCELLENT idea OR someone really objects!


Whining or Complaining?

"All too often we use the word expectations to describe something that hasn't happened the way we wanted it to."                            ~ Coach Jackie

Ever caught yourself saying that your expectations haven't been met? Or worse, found yourself on the receiving end and wondered when did I say I was going to do what this person is upset about? In your moments of disappointment, you might even think that your expectations are just too high.

To ground yourself, ask this one, simple question, "Was a promise made?" In other words, did you get a clear commitment that your husband would fold the laundry, a friend would call you at 7 p.m., your boss would hire an assistant to alleviate your work load (don't we wish).

A promise always involves a MUTUAL commitment for future action. If a promise is not fulfilled then it gives rise to a legitimate complaint. If not, then it's merely whining.

It's amazing how often the of lack clarity in making and fulfilling promises leads to problems in business, community and family life. Making promises is an art and one that we are all capable of learning.

What do we say when our expectations or promises have been met? THANK YOU!



“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many. Not your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."             ~ Dickens


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!


Mid-State Technical College Faculty, Management & Boards – I'm so impressed with all of you! Sue Budjac and John Clark thanks for the invitation to speak to these groups. Milt VaNatta and Steve Tenpas - thanks for all your help with setting up.


One Drum - Jahmes Finlayson – My sincerest gratitude to you for blessing my business, my home and the hearts of those who attended our drumming event with your talents, energy and rhythms. You are a gift!


South Wood County YMCA – Sara, Joan, Kelly & Jessica - Thanks again for inviting me to speak at your annual Women's Day event. I truly enjoyed interacting with everyone!

Minnesota Coaches Association - Thanks for bringing Julio Olalla, Terrie Lupberger and Newfield Network concepts to the Midwest for the Building Trust in Organizations event in MN at the end of January. John and I enjoyed the learning and the experience!


International Coaching Week
This year's International Coaching Week was observed during the first week of February. Established five years ago, the annual coaching week has a two-fold purpose: to help educate the public about the value of working with a personal, business or executive coach; and to give coaches and their clients a special time to acknowledge the progress and results of the coaching process.


My Offer

As the creator of Whole Life Visions, I provide Individual, Group

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. 



My Request

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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Give the Gift of Coaching

Give the people that are important to you the opportunity to achieve all that they want in life. Give them a gift certificate to get started with a coach to guide them on their journey.



Thank you for joining me to create the life you love and live the life you create! I enjoy sharing and receiving the gifts of this exciting community.


Create a great day,


                                                                                          (Volume 2, Issue 1)



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



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