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September, 2004

Fall Already?

In This Issue

 I Wish I Worked for a Place Like That

Physical Activity Buddies 

The Big Merger - Coaching & Wellness

For a Good Time - Call Coach Jackie

 "Ah-Ha" Moments - Kraft Vegemite

Upcoming Events


Jackie's Offer

Jackie's Request

Give the Gift of Coaching


“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Life is a process of exploring, learning, creating, learning some more, redefining and recreating. Websites are no different! has been updated (more additions still to come) to add clarity to what Whole Life Visions is about and how we might work together. You're welcome to visit anytime.

I Wish I Worked for a Place Like That

Upon reading only a few words

in this book, people quickly respond, "I wish I worked for a place like that."

This book will show you how to create the type of workplace where your employees say, "I'm glad I work here."

What is a workplace community?

It's a unified body of individuals linked with common interests and shared values. People within communities interact, participate and support each others to achieve goals and overcome challenges.

With these themes

present in the workplace, who wouldn't gleefully enter their workday, knowing clearly the vision, their role, what actions to take and who to rely on for support?

There are many ways workplaces can foster this sense of community. It's about making a commitment to enhance the most valued asset of any business - the employees. And it doesn't always have to be driven by the owner or manager. Anyone can make a difference in the place you work by applying these ideas - even you!

About the Authors

Donna Baylor, Jackie Bredl-Dietrich, Steven Calandra, Stasia Carr, Rachel Cohen, Janet Kramer, David Meyer, Jeremy Nash, Freddie Ray, Linda Reinhardt, Becca Robinson, Ann Strong

These twelve experts have spent thousands of hours consulting, training, speaking, and coaching on various areas of motivation including leadership, communication, engagement, goal-setting, values, empowerment, coaching, stress management, and other areas of employee development. Their years of varied work experience and different career paths combine for a single portrait of how easy it is to build a vibrant workplace, one bursting with motivated employees.

Book Description
This book is easy to understand and apply to any industry or setting, It will help you attract, stimulate, and retain the best employees. Stretch your managerial muscles and imaginations by learning from twelve experts who have made it their life’s work to bring out the best in people. In this book they show how easy it is to motivate ourselves and others.

Buy Your Autographed Copy from Jackie Today


Physical Activity Buddies

This summer, I was influenced by my physical activity buddies to compete in some triathlons and 70 and 50 mile bike rides with my oldest brother, (19 years older to be exact), Ralph. The best part about these events are the connections, time spent with cool people and a little exercise to boot!

Are you putting off being physically active?

Find some buddies and get movin'!

Encourage, laugh and have a good time.

Schedule events and goals on your calendar.

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Invite your buddies to do it with you.

Keep track of what you do - journal or calendar.


The Big Merger - Coaching & Wellness

Are you a wellness professional wanting to enhance program efforts

with coaching and you're wondering how?

Are you a wellness professional considering

coaching as a career?


I'm living proof that wellness and coaching are a match made in heaven! I've seen the benefits for individuals and organizations when coaching is incorporated with wellness and when wellness is incorporated with coaching.

My intention is to spread the power of coaching so that more people can benefit from this life changing experience.

This year's National Wellness Conference marked 3 years since my "ah-ha" moment to pursue coaching and start my own business. As the week of learning and reconnection with friends swiftly moved on, I realized something.

It was Wednesday. I was in a session about coaching with Dr. Patrick Williams. A light bulb went on in my head and I caught myself gasping among the quietness of the room. I realized I had been combining my background in wellness with coaching in organizations. I've been creating contracts that benefit employees and health promotion programs.

It dawned on me that not one but four people approached me that week and said, "Hey, I hear you're a wellness person turned did you do it?" They proceeded to tell me just what I remember saying a few years back when I discovered coaching was what I wanted to do with my life.

People also declared that they wanted to incorporate coaching into their wellness programs but didn't know how. They asked, "What's the practical, "how to" application and process to make this fly?"

Learn more about Jackie's Offer to Wellness Professionals


“Ah-Ha” Moments - Kraft Vegemite

If you haven't had an "Ah-Ha" Moment in awhile. I encourage you to do something different. You never know what you'll discover when you give the new and unknown a try - like food. Here's my "Ah-Ha" Moment.


All kids (and adults) in Australia are raised on Kraft Vegemite, a versatile spread that once opened has a shelf life of 5 years! I'm told that it's a favorite spread on toast, topped with an egg and served with bacon (preferably not burnt, smoking bacon).

Until the offer to share a Vegemite Sandwich came from David Beurle of Innovative Leadership Australia, a world renowned expert on rural leadership and innovative development and consultant for the South Wood County Community Progress Initiative (, my only point of reference was a song.

Remember Men at Work, the wildly successful Australian band in the early 80's with such hits as "Who Can It Be Now" and "Down Under?" These lyrics from "Down Under" might free the cobwebs:

Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscles
I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich
And he said,

"I come from a land down under...YEAH!

Since much of the work I do with people involves their body movements, postures and gestures, I thought you might benefit from this simple activity.

Pay close attention to what physically happens with John, David and I as we partake in our first taste of a Vegemite Sandwich. Observe our response before, during and after Vegemite.

Can you tell which one is the Australian? David is the one in the middle who's enjoying this treat. Connie Loden from the Heart of WI and my best friend, Jodi Waltenberg, were the smart ones - they took the photos!


What new food or activity can you try that might

offer an "Ah-Ha" or at least a good laugh?


For a Good Time - Call Coach Jackie

"Many a false step is made by standing still."

~ Fortune Cookie

Yikes! I can't believe I just said that but it's true. Okay, let me explain. Most of us convince ourselves in one way or another that today might not be a "good" time to do the big and even little things you know would improve your life or business - like quitting smoking, decluttering, eating healthy, going for a walk, making a phone call, asking a question, having a conversation.

My coaching clients and people in general want to be healthier, more organized; they consider starting or expanding a business; others want to make adjustments in their relationships. From health to business to relationships, I hear and even catch myself saying, "This just isn't a good time."

Yes, there are certain things that make timing more appropriate

than others and patience is important. However, more often than not, we wait too long and the opportunity passes us by.

NOW just might be the time to make your move. If you're still not

sure call your coach and ask them.

Stubbornness, uncertainty, fear and many other obstacles keep us right where we are we.

As a wise person recently told times it's necessary to "stand" in it but not always a good idea to "stay" in it.

Ask yourself:

How important is making a change to you?

When would be a better time?

Will it ever be any easier?

What resources will it take?


Upcoming Events - Click Here for More Info

October 9th - Revive Your Creative Spirit

Through Meditation, Art Making & Journaling

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Whole Life Visions Coaching Parlor, WI Rapids

Anyone wanting to breathe new life into their creative spirit and reconnect with having FUN will benefit from this one of a kind event!

October 28th - Calling All Career Changers

Extreme Career Makeover

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wisconsin Learning Center, Stevens Point

Ever watched a makeover show and wished you could put yourself in the hands of an expert to transform your career? Now you can star in your own career makeover!

November 6th - 1st Annual Health Basics Expo

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Rapids Mall, WI Rapids

Invitation to all health related people to be vendors!

The purpose of this event is to educate the community about the building blocks to optimal health.


Read Article - "Businesses Turn to Coaches for Help"



"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it."     ~ Anonymous


I would like to genuinely express my appreciation to the people

and organizations who I've connected with in the past couple months. Thank you!

National Wellness Institute - Another great conference. They just keep getting better. Thank you!

Heart of WI - Community Leadership Program - Good luck to all the participants in the next 8 months and beyond! You're on your way to "eggcellence"!

Innovative Leadership Australia - David Beurle - It was wonderful presenting with you at the Leadership Retreat!

Hotel Mead – Dwight Hopfauf and all the wonderful associates - Remember to choose your attitude and I'll be seeing you soon!

The Wellness Spa - Deb Adams

Physical Activity Buddies – Julie Lampert, Kris Olson, Ralph

Bredl and many other inspiring people - Thanks for extra push and laughs!

City of WI Rapids - Beth Bakunowicz


Jackie's Offer

As a life and business coach, empowering speaker, insightful consultant and author, Jackie enhances people’s awareness to

expand the possibilities and create desired outcomes in their daily


Her goal is to assist individuals and organizations to improve their ability to connect with others, communicate, remove obstacles,

create professionalism, believe and trust in themselves, embrace

uncertainty, increase personal well-being and be more effective.

Jackie has extensive experience in health and wellness businesses and initiatives, organizational needs assessment and performance improvement.

She’s known for her balanced combination of energy, substance, intuition, enthusiasm, creative thinking, interaction, humor, sincerity and compassion.


She partners with all types of people and organizations. Her clients are mainly leaders and anyone committed to bringing results, openness, vision, passion and spirit into their life or workplace.


According to her coaching clients, she offers a simple, safe place to reflect, explore and move toward their vision – in any area of their life or business.


Jackie's Request

My request is that you'll be an advocate for me and the services I provide. I value your assistance and appreciate your support. I’m very grateful to those of you who have referred coaching clients, speaking engagements and consulting opportunities my way.    


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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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 an AMAZING day,


                                                                                          (Volume 2, Issue 4)




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



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