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Wellness, Restoration, Transformation Are Keys To Career Success

In business, career, coach, female executives, health, hiking, job, lifestyle, nature, retreats, Uncategorized, wellness, women on June 24, 2010 at 8:28 pm

As a Health Coach, I examine all parts of your life, not just nutrition.  That’s because if something is missing, it can be “eating” at you, and leave you “hungry” and depleted.  A very important component of your life is career–and, just as important, are things like physical activity, spirituality and recreation (but by no means is this a complete list)–and they all connect to one another, especially your career success.

That said, I’m including a guest post by Maui Business Coach Nina Cherry.  Nina also facilitates Renewal Retreats in Maui to help women reconnect with Nature and empower themselves. I connected with Nina through the National Association for Female Executives and was recently so impressed with what she had to say about her retreats, and how she finds them–and the concept of health and wellness–so crucial to career, I wanted to share it with all of you.  For more information, you may visit her website at:

“I love to hike by myself because I get into communion with Nature and Spirit.

I have my favorite power spots like the top of the 10,000 ft. dormant volcano on Maui, but you don’t have to go to such an exotic place, just remember how healing

Nature is everywhere, so go out there!

If you stay away from Nature too long, you will cease to hear the voice calling you. I hope you never let that happen! It is a deeply tragic thing when you realize you disregarded the call for so long that it no longercalls to you.

The Earth restores us, and heals us. Really, I do some of my most powerful Inner work just laying on a big rock in the sun, completely alone, praying and receiving guidance.

I take women on individual and small group retreats so they can do deep transformative work, and make important life style changes for their continued health and well being.

Recently, I got the flu and as I lay in bed, I could hear that one of the reasons I got sick is that I need to adjust my work-life balance even more.. . that I am not getting out in nature enough; that I need to do it nearlyevery day! I need to balance what I receive from Nature with the immense amount of energy that I put out to my clients, my grown children, and my community. . . as many professional women do.

A more keen balance of receiving and giving is the key. I hope you find it very soon in the beautiful Nature near you.”


Union Square Greenmarket: Healthy, Fresh–and Delicious–Food

In chefs, cooking, farming, flowers, food, fruits, Greenmarket, health, herbs, lifestyle, New York City, nutrition, recipes, restaurant, Uncategorized, vegetables, wellness on June 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Healthy eating certainly doesn’t need to be tasteless.  In fact, fresh, whole foods that come straight from the ground or vine or tree—without pesticides, hormones, antibiotics—have a strong, delicious flavor. They’re also much better for you!

The following are excerpts from an article that I recently wrote for the Neighborbee Blog.  It focuses on the Union Square Greenmarket because 1) I live in New York City and 2) the Union Square Market is world-reknowned, and  the largest in New York City. If you don’t live in New York City, however, please visit a greenmarket or farmer near you.

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 The Union Square Greenmarket is the largest market of Grows NYC, a not-for-profit that began 30 years ago with one small farmer’s market on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 59th Street.  Today, the Union Square Farmers Market is world-renowned and has over 140 producers who come from as far as 100 miles north; 200 miles south; the East End of Long Island. The market is located around Union Square Park, 14th to 17th Streets and from Park Avenue South to Union Square West in New York City.

Hordes of people, many with strollers and dogs, pinch, poke and sniff things like the fresh locally grown ginger that you’ll never find the likes of in a supermarket, or the fresh chervil, basil or other herbs.  Here, you’ll see some of the best chefs and restaurateurs in the world, including Mario Batali of Babbo, David Chang of Momofuko, or Alex Guarneschelli of Butter. Or maybe you’ll spot the many celebrities who shop at the market– Susan Sarandon, Aaron Neville, Meryl Streep, or John Turturro.

So if your idea of a salad is iceberg lettuce wedges, get yourself down to the Union Square Greenmarket–immediately!

Here, you’ll find the freshest, healthiest and most delicious foods on the planet, ranging from a colorful, and sometimes unusual, array of vegetables, fruits and herbs; jams; sweets; pretzels; cheeses; breads; 100% grass-fed beef; pastured chicken; fresh fish.  My friend, Claudette, insists on only buying her  fish here.  “It tastes so fresh and so different from anything in supermarkets,” she says.

 So now that you have all this great food, what do you do with it?  Well, you can talk to the farmers.  Or, you can stop by the Manager’s Station to pick up some recipes, like the “Berried Treasures Farm Salad,” created by Chef Robin Puskas of NY Kitchen (who gives a cooking demo every Friday morning) or “Sweet & Sour Rhubarb and Arugula Salad,” created by The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts who gave a cooking demo this past Saturday (June 19) morning.

 Good karma

The bottom-line is this: Farmers are a dying breed and need our support. “In fact, one farmer recently told me that if it weren’t for the greenmarket, he’d probably have to go out of business,” said Tara LaRuffa of the Union Square Greenmarket.  When you buy locally-grown from farmers, you’re helping to ensure fair wages, humane treatment of animals, minimal energy consumption, soil enrichment, and the protection of air and water quality. And, remember, things like transportation, processing, and packing stress out the environment.

Your Home, Your Nest: More Important To Wellness Than You Might Think

In books, career, decorating, environment, health, home, job, lifestyle, nutrition, remodeling, renovation, shelter, Uncategorized, wellness on June 15, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Just as important as examining your nutrition is exploring the other areas of your life–because if you don’t fix what’s “eating” you, it will ultimately affect your diet and exercise.

What’s more important than your home?  It’s your shelter, the place that should make you feel safe and embraced after a long–and often–challenging day.  It’s the place where you play, work, and interact with family and  friends. And it’s often the very thing that can make you feel frustrated and unhappy because it doesn’t respond to the needs of your life.  But a few changes–often modest ones–could change all that.

Gale Steves, long-time home design editor and industry consultant, has written a definitive book for our times, Right-Sizing Your Home, available in bookstores or online retailers.

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Following are some excerpts from the book:



 Get Your Act Together

 It is all too easy to complain that your house doesn’t work for you, and that you should think about moving or maybe renovating.  Both are daunting prospects, especially these days.  Maybe just stay where you are and fume?  Nonsense!  You can—and should—do something about your living situation. Your home should be all you want it to be. Your home should have  the room you need.  For example, if you’re not dining formally, then do you need a dining room or are you actually eating in the family room most of the time?  Your home should fit your and your family’s lifestyles.

 Start Small 

There are remedies that don’t require such drastic measures as complete renovation or actually moving. Start with one room.  Take a step back and try to envision it as though you have never seen the room before; as though you were someone else, walking in for the first time.  How would that person react if you weren’t within earshot?  Too scary, perhaps to be so objective, but necessary.

 Picture This

 How about taking photos of the room? A couple of shots of the whole room, from different points of view, plus a couple of details will suffice.  Don’t move things around first, and don’t put things away that are always visible.  Take honest photos.  When you finally look at them, it will be like seeing yourself in a three-way dressing room mirror, when no one else is looking. What do you see? A worn out sofa covered with a blanket to hide the dog fur, or a stained carpet that’s created its own new patterns? Some mismatched lamps that hardly illuminate the room, or a lumpy chair whose springs are about to burst through the seat?  Have you been ignoring all this, or have you simply refused to undertake the task of making improvements? No matter—you’re about to start—right now!


In career, health, job, lifestyle, nutrition, Uncategorized, wellness on June 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm

 …Or have you thought about people like Oprah, Bill Gates, and Arnold Schwarzenegger and questioned how they were able to succeed and emerge onto the public stage with fame and fortune? Or how people such as Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr. became the world-renowned voices and leaders of human evolutions?

                             Excerpted, with permission, from More Than Crumbs: A Guide To Living Your Full Life, by Kristine K. Burke, M.B.A.

I recently spoke with Kristine Burke, business coach, and founder of the Castles & Crayons ( career networking organization. I asked her why she considers health and wellness such an integral part of career growth. In fact, she asked me to speak at her upcoming “Career Fitness Bootcamp” workshop.

Kris has owned multiple companies, including an accounting consultancy and a networking organization for single parents.  She is the author of the soon-to-be-published book, More Than Crumbs: A Guide to Living Your Full Life, which includes a sizable section on career management.

So back to the workshop: “Why do you want me ( to speak?” I asked bluntly.

She explained that people need to approach their careers from a position of power; otherwise, they run around frantically, desperately, and possibly turning off potential employers. Experience, she says, is the best way for people to feel empowered, and one of the simplest ways to achieve that is to take responsibility and action–for starters, for one’s own health and well-being, including physical, emotional and spiritual.

 When people take responsibility, she said, “two things happen.”

“First, they recognize that they’re totally capable of taking care of themselves and no longer need to rely on people for their success and happiness. The second is they’ll say to themselves ‘If I make even one small internal change, then what will happen when I apply those changes to the external world?’”

How does this pertain specifically to career? “Create goals, make deadlines—and then deliver.”  Anyone can sit down and make a list of things to do, but you need to really do them, she said.

“But when someone says, ‘I will do activities that will bring about employment and income until I get employment and income,’ they will no longer be that terrified, desperate person.”

What’s Health And Wellness Got To Do With It?

In career, health, job, lifestyle, professionalism, Uncategorized, wellness on June 4, 2010 at 7:53 pm

You’re probably asking yourself, just about now, how health and wellness relates to your professional life.  After all, you’re not even in a health-related industry!

It has a lot to do with it, whether you’re in retailing, fashion, or pet care.

Although I’m now a Health Coach (, I spent a lot of time in the corporate world–so I know all too well about the challenges that can assault you.  Maybe you’ll add something else into the mix, whether it’s family, school, a new business.  And maybe you live in a hectic, fast-paced, urban city like New York.  Or maybe you’re switching careers and totally reinventing yourself.

The result can be an unbalanced life, with little or no attention paid to nutrition, physical activity, self-care, spirituality, creativity, or any self-awareness. And that affects all parts of your life, personal AND professional!

Health Coaching is an exciting and unique innovation in health, wellness, and nutrition.  It  focuses on prevention, education and holistic health.  I help clients achieve their wellness goals by reducing stress, increasing energy, eliminating cravings, and controlling weight, among other things.  Every client is different, so I tailor the plan to respond to each client’s needs and priorities.

How does it relate to career?  Well, in this challenging economy, you need to be at the top of your game like never before.  And that means feeling great, energetic, and enthusiastic-to have the energy to calmly and efficiently tackle projects and challenges, which will make you stand out from the competition.

“You want to be the kind of person your supervisor, clients and co-workers know they can rely on–and want to be around, “says Kristine Burke, MBA, and founder of the Castles and Crayons ( career networking group. “Skills are critical—but so is being a team player and fitting in with the company culture.”

Ask yourself:

  • How productive are you? Do you walk in the office every morning energetically, enthusiastically, ready to take on new challenges?
  •  Are you constantly fatigued or energetic?
  • Do you get headaches?
  •  How does food affect you, both physically and emotionally? Do you come back from lunch sleepy and irritable or refreshed and energetic?
  •  Do you have a major energy crash in the late afternoon?
  •  Are you able to handle challenges calmly and effectively? 
  • Do you rely on coffee or diet soda throughout the day?

As for employers,they are concerned about the bottom-line and that includes insurance premiums and claims.  Let them see a healthy, vibrant, energetic person!  But, chances are, they’ll also ask themselves this question—so keep it in mind if you’re job-seeking (or trying to stay employed):  “At the end of the day, will they make my life easier or harder?” It will be a lot easier for employers to view you in a positive light if you’re enthusiastic, strong, and vibrant.

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