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Self-Care, Manage Stress; Integrity at Work; Parenting With Work

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/3.8.14/3.8.14Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSPodcast Segments: Self-Care, Manage Stress @ 0:00 Finding Dream Job @ 6:01 Decide Between Two Job Offers @ 25:20 Integrity at Work @ 42:02 New Mom Juggling Work & Business @ 44:52 Tips For Juggling Work With Parenting @ 1:03:31 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Dignity Care Home McCall Manor Bennington State Bank Troy and Lorie’s Cafe (TLC)

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Bored with Daily Routine?

Bored with Daily Routine?

There are just days when I feel like I’m that hamster on a treadmill.  My days seem to run in to each other, start the same and stop the same day after day, and I’m starting to wonder if I need a change.  I like my job and my life ok; it just starts to seem boring, like I’m living the same day over and over again.  Is this all I have to look forward to?  I can’t imagine living the next 10 years on the same treadmill. Yes, you certainly do sound bored, but this Life Coach never has sympathy for anyone who is bored.  There is so much of life out there to live, grab hold of, experience or tackle that this boredom you talk about rests solely on your shoulders.  It doesn’t sound like you’re interested in a career change or major life change so try this on for size:  Make some small changes to mix things up. What am I talking about here?  Take a look at how you meander mindlessly through life, and then let’s look at how you can make some changes to your work habits. Take a different route to work.  Wear something different than your usual, how about a hat to shock your co-workers?  Change up your work routines such as answer emails or phone calls at a different time of day.  Rearrange your desk and workspace.  Bring in some new pictures for your desk.  Spend some time getting to know a co-worker you rarely talk to.  You get the idea, and I bet you can come up with many more. At home, try something different than your usual TV or Facebook or mindless eating to relax and zone out.  Search out what’s happening in your community this weekend and resolve to

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Female Fertility Clock Ticking?

Female Fertility Clock Ticking?

I saw your post “Tired of Being Single” and have to say that this is a whole different issue when you’re female and your clock is ticking.  Thoughts? News Flash!  Research is now showing that having children when you’re 35 to 40 years old and up carry concerns for both sexes.  Not only does fertility decrease for both men and women over the age of 35, but the risks of having a baby with a genetic abnormality also increases sharply (webmd.com). Thoughts? This is a distressing issue for women.  It’s very real and causes women who want children, but aren’t meeting Mr. Right, lots of angst.  The ticking clock is also what prompts some women to turn to sperm banks or sperm donors.  If you’re considering doing this you’ll want to read my blog on sperm donors because there are lots of things to consider before going that route.  Assuming your religious beliefs don’t prohibit it, finding a sperm donor is an option for women to explore before their chances of conceiving run to zero. This issue has never seemed fair to women as even though there are risks associated with older men fathering children, we do still see those older men with younger women starting families.  It’s one thing for men to carry higher risk, it’s another thing for women to miss the mark of fertility all together. This whole issue just really sucks for women, as most wouldn’t choose to be childless or a single mother for life but, then again, some don’t have any other option. There will come a time when your clock ticks out and you’ll have to accept that having children wasn’t meant to happen in your life.  This can be devastating for women and emotionally difficult to accept.  You will grieve your loss,

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Morbid Obesity Prohibits Travel

Morbid Obesity Prohibits Travel

I love my wife of 26 years but it has been hard watching her gain weight over the years. She is now what her Doctor calls morbidly obese. While I’m happy with our life together and her weight doesn’t cause many problems at home, or we’ve just learned to adjust, when we travel her weight is a problem.  We’re at the point in our lives where we both want to travel but when we recently took a trip I saw her weight gain in a new light.  She could barely keep up on the sight seeing tours.  I know the walking was difficult for her and trying to fit onto a small bus seat was embarrassing, I’m concerned if we tried to fly for a vacation.  What can I do if I want to travel but her weight keeps us at home? I’ve seen her try to lose weight so many times over the years I’m not sure I can hold out hope for that. You sound like the sweetest husband ever and your wife is so lucky to have you!  My first thought about this is that I hope you have talked with her about your concerns.  Of course you have concerns about her weight, but you do have some decisions to make about future travel plans.  Your options are to modify your travel to accommodate your wife’s disability (can I call it that?), or you could also consider traveling alone or find some travel buddies.  I’ve known couples who happily travel alone because their partner doesn’t like to travel and they do, or one has a deathly fear of flying. Being a happy couple is all about negotiating your differences, whatever their causes.  I’m sure you and your wife will find a happy compromise and who knows, maybe

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Young with Chronic Illness?

Young with Chronic Illness?

I’m a young adult with chronic illness. Most people don’t believe someone my age can have a permanent condition other than a sports injury. How do I have a normal life? This is tough, and I believe that people like you are given this challenge because you are uniquely able to inspire all of us with your courage in facing life with a chronic illness from a young age. No, I’m not B.S.’ing you in saying that…I really mean it! How do you have a normal life? I believe the answer to that is in how you define “normal”. Start with this idea. Look around you and list all the people you know who have challenges in their lives. Maybe they suffer from juvenile diabetes and wear an insulin pump? Maybe you know someone who struggles with depression or bipolar disease? Maybe you have a good friend who struggles with obesity and it has really diminished their self-esteem? Do you have friends who are dealing with having no money, or living with a parent that has an addiction? Do you know someone who is being abused by the person they’re dating? The point I am making here is that most everyone has a cross to bear, something to overcome. To look outside yourself can make your plight easier to bear. To define “normal” is elusive. You are already leading a normal life, or at least the life that is normal for you. Yes, you may have more challenges than other people your age, but I’d wager money that you’re up to the challenge. Work on acceptance of “what is”. You can’t change the reality that you have a chronic illness. All you can do is manage it to the best of your abilities. I wish I could wave a magic

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Stick to New Years Resolutions?

Stick to New Years Resolutions?

Every New Year I make resolutions I end up abandoning within a month or two. I like the idea of starting the New Year off fresh setting goals for better habits but wonder if I should even bother since they don’t go far. How can I follow through better with my New Years Resolutions? Don’t we all like a fresh start, and what better time than the New Year? Yet, statistics show that only 8% of the people who make New Years Resolutions succeed in following through with the goals they’ve set for themselves. So, I guess that means that you needn’t feel bad that you are keeping company with the 92% who also abandon their Resolutions! But, I hear you in that you want to get included in that 8% club, and here are my suggestions on how. First, approach setting up your New Years Resolutions with only the most important and well thought out items on your gotta-make-it-happen list. Tackle the goals that have been irritating you for months or keeping you up at night. This, after all, is the New Year and a good time to incorporate some new habits. You can leave the minor goals for a Monday morning reset. I’m just saying…hold out the New Year goals as the big papa and big mamma of goal-setting. Make it big and take it seriously. Now, I know you’re excited to get started, so I’m giving you my cut-to-the-chase bullet point list on how to succeed in getting your New Years Resolutions to Stick! • Approach setting your goals after serious thought and consideration • Research, investigate and learn ways to improve your chances for success • Break down the big goals in to smaller ones • Make the smaller goals very precise and specific • Keep

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Borderline Personality Disorder; Young Mothers Self Care; Time Management

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/12.21.13/12.21.13Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS  Podcast Segments: Young Mother’s Self Care @ 0:00 Time Management-New Business @ 17:20 Joan’s Borderline Caller? @ 35:05 Characteristics of the Borderline @ 43:48 Publicly Charming Caller? @ 45:06 How to Deal with Borderline Personalities @ 1:02:30 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Dignity Care Home McCall Manor Bennington State Bank Troy and Lorie’s Cafe (TLC)

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Overslept, Lost Job?

Overslept, Lost Job?

I like to sleep, but the other day I slept until 11am and missed work! This was my final notice. I blame late night TV watching. How can I kick the TV habit at night? If you’ve been fired for being late to work too many times, this is a problem for you. The cure to most bad habits can be to suffer consequences that hurt enough to motivate you to stop, and losing your job is a pretty big consequence! As an employer, I thank our grade schools and high schools for setting consequences for tardiness. This makes me wonder how old you are? If you are young, we can say that you are still learning about life. If you are an adult, there must be something more going on that you would be so irresponsible to get fired for repeated tardiness.  Take some time to think through why you don’t prioritize getting to work on time.  Do you hate your job? Are you chronically late for everything? Has being late become a habit for you? A responsible adult knows that they either have to turn off the late night TV and get some sleep; or they will go to work tired and gut it out until their shift is over (assuming you can perform sufficiently and safely at work while tired). Turning the TV off is as simple as setting an intention or goal for yourself to be in bed by a reasonable time.  Sleep habits can be trained, meaning, you can train yourself to go to bed and get up at a certain time. It just takes awareness and effort.  You overslept? Again, a responsible adult knows to set their alarm (set 3 if you need to) and get their butt out of bed and off to

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Weight Loss Motivation?

Weight Loss Motivation?

Losing weight has always been a challenge for me. I lose then gain it back in short order and sometimes gain even more back than I lost when I started. Two years ago I worked a plan and got down to my goal weight and kept it off, but the past 4 months I started gaining back what I lost. I know what I need to do to get back on track, go back to doing what worked for me before, but I really can’t get started and stick with it. I don’t have that same motivation.  How do I get motivated to lose weight Geesh, I wish I could find this elusive thing called motivation and bottle it! I’d be a gazillionaire! Finding motivation, especially where weight loss is concerned, is tough. We love to eat; eating tastes good; it feels good. Often, it soothes over that rough day and, at least temporarily, makes us feel better. Can you remember what sparked your motivation the last time you lost weight? That may be a place to start. You’ve heard of people who have that class reunion or wedding coming up that sparks their weight loss. Do you have an event coming up where you’d like to look and feel differently? Find that spark to get you started and you’ve made it halfway toward your goal. Take an honest look at your eating habits to determine what small changes you can make to control your eating. Also, take an honest look at your daily activity and map out a plan for adding more movement in to your day. Decreasing calories and increasing activity is, and always will be, the gold standard for weight loss. Make your plan for weight loss as unique as you are. What worked for someone else

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Sperm Donors: Open Records, History, Trends; Stroke; Chronic Pain

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/11.30.13/11.30.13Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSPodcast Segments: Weight Gain After Lost Mother and Friend @ 0:00 Inspiring Life After Stroke @ 11:50 Living With Chronic Pain @ 23:28 New Hope for Chronic Pain @ 42:45 Sperm Donors: Open Records, History, Trends @ 45:00 Looking for Love @ 55:12 The Love that “Tore my heart up” @ 1:15:09 Boost Happiness Through Gratitude @ 1:28:52 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Dignity Care Home McCall Manor Bennington State Bank Troy and Lorie’s Cafe (TLC)  

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