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How to Use a Life Coach

Over the past decade one of the main buzzwords or phrases used in Corporate America, on television, and in personal circles has been the terminology Life Coach. Having met a Life Coach on a plane one day during a routine business trip, and after a cocktail or two, we got into a discussion about what exactly it is a Life Coach does, and how one goes about using the services of a Life Coach. This article will share the basics that will hopefully help readers determine if this is in fact a service that can be of help to them.

Some but not all Life Coaches have a professional background, such as the one encountered who happened to be a Psychologist. There are however training classes to prepare one to be a Life Coach, which can be found on the Internet for a hefty fee. So please understand not all Life Coaches hold a professional license per say. As it turns out a Life Coach is there to help one find direction, to help one find his or her passion and destiny in this lifetime, and to help rid one of negative patterns which generally promote negative behaviors. They also assist with setting and reaching goals in one’s personal life, financial life, physical fitness, or other areas of importance.

Let’s start at the beginning. Most Life Coaches will try to determine where you are in your life and what you want out of it. More importantly they will skillfully show you how to get to where you want to be. If you already know what you want to do then half of the work is done. If you know you want to be a nurse, painter, writer, masseuse, whatever the career may be, then the next logical step is to form a plan to acquire the proper training to accomplish reaching your desired career. Usually finding the time is one of the first things that comes up. Decide just how important your new career or whatever the priority is in your life, and make the time. Something else may have to give, but it is about how badly you want to make whatever the change is you have decided you need to make. With a little work, organization, and motivation, the goal can be accomplished.

There are however people that are not happy in the careers they are in but are not sure what to do next. They don’t know what they want to do. More importantly the obstacles that stand in the way are generally self-created obstacles most of us consider safety nets. Hence our hesitancy to leave our illusionary comfortable secure corporate jobs to venture out into what could possibly make us happy by way of a new career. Discuss your fears with your Life Coach. One must examine the odds and determine if in fact staying on the corporate treadmill for the benefits provided i.e. health insurance and other benefits, outweigh the benefits of sanity, quality of life, and happiness. Sometimes staying on the job for the health benefits creates the illnesses we need the health benefits for.

Discuss your feelings with your Chicago Life Coaches and listen to the choices offered. You ultimately make your own decisions, but your Life Coach is there to help you see options from an objective point of view. Most Life Coaches are motivational speakers that have the ability to be persuasive, but definitely have the gift of positive thinking, and can pump a client up psychologically. Sometimes, that is really all a person needs to make the move they have longed to make, but were not able to make the first step.

One of the things the Life Coach advised was to examine what it is one likes, and consider making a living of the specific task or hobby. If there is something you love and you don’t have time to do it, you must create the time. For certain if a person loves something, he or she is generally good at it, and is happy while doing it, and thus will provide quality service thus producing a happy and loyal clientele, in addition to a happy self. The fact is, if we love what we are doing, we are destined for success. Should you invest in the services of a Life Coach, learn to take advantage of the skills offered, and allow the person you chose to trust and pay for a service to help you achieve the goals and the life you dream of. Ask questions, interview more than one Life Coach, or get a referral. Your choice of Life Coach is as important as the choice you make when you select a doctor.

Project Man: Surviving Marriage During Home Remodeling and Other Projects

I am married to a self confessed Project Man. My husband loves to work on our house and cars. I’ve had many friends over the years tell me they wished their husband were more like mine, but we all want what we don’t have, don’t we? Let me tell you, it’s been interesting.

It all started when we bought our house 15 years ago. This house needed a LOT of work. My husband didn’t like the texture on the ceiling, or the walls, and he wanted to knock out a wall between two bedrooms and put in an arch; making it the master bedroom. He wanted to tear out the entire kitchen and bathrooms and start over. Well, we sure did. A running joke for years now has been that he told some friends it would take about 10 days to get it all fixed up. Well, here we are 15 years later and he still hasn’t stopped.

Back to the beginning. We bought our house and moved in during the summer. Summers in Austin, Texas can be brutally hot. We had no central air, and only one old window unit that we put in the bedroom we were living in. We literally had plastic taped on the door to seal us off from the rest of the dust and mess. He had me (and his two teenage children when they came for a visit) scraping the ceiling, the walls, pulling up carpet, tearing down sheetrock, scraping up old asbestos tile with face masks, all in over 100 degree heat. It took months before our house was livable. Even then, there would be new projects, such as when we remodeled the kitchen and had our refrigerator on our front porch for 2 months. Or when we remodeled the bathroom and had to take showers next door for a week. Good thing we are close to the neighbors. Not to mention when we put in our hardwood floors and had a huge container that took up our whole driveway to store all of our furniture in for a month.

Our house is beautiful now. The granite countertops look amazing. I love it. We have hardwood floors and tile, a nice large master bedroom and a cute bathroom and large spacious kitchen. He built a deck, then made it into a sun room. Then outside that deck he covered the excess deck and built a bar. Then off to the side of the sun room he put it pavers for another patio. He is an unbelievably hardworking, talented guy and I love him very much. But sometimes we both mention how much easier it would be if we lived in a condo. As it is, our weekends are filled with yard work, building sheds, painting, and usually discussions about new projects to come. There is always something to do, always something to buy at the home improvement store. Recently we had to redo our whole chain link fence because we got an Escape Artist for a dog (another story).

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Look for Certified Remodelers when Considering Kitchen, Bathroom Renovations in Chicago’s Suburbs

Choosing a contractor for renovation of a kitchen or bathroom depends on several factors which include the scope of the project, as well as what certifications your intended builder has.

Chicago’s northwest and western suburbs have a wealth of general remodeling contractors who oversee construction of new kitchens and bathrooms. Choosing the contractor nearest your home is not necessarily the best idea. You need to be comfortable in dealing with the contractor who should be responsive to your needs. Secondly, look for contractors who have earned certifications such as Certified Remodeler, Certified Lead Carpenter, or even better, Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler. When you choose a contractor with at least one of these certifications, you can be assured that they are qualified for the job.

Typical gutting of a medium-sized bathroom can run upwards of $10,000, with kitchens running at least $15,000 and more How much you spend depends on upgrades as well as the job’s complexity. If you are looking to only replace part of your kitchen or bathroom such as flooring or cabinetry, consider employing a Mr. Handyman. Many of these individuals are just as qualified but will take on smaller jobs. You can find a qualified contractor in your area by using the search engines at these websites: National Association of the Remodeling Industry/Chicago http://www.narichicago.org and National Association of Home Builders and Remodelershttp://www.nahb.com.

As a writer covering local home remodeling topics, I have dealt with a number of contractors and have always found the ones with certifications to be more knowledgeable. Here is a sampling of suburban Chicago kitchen and bathroom contractors along with their contact information:

Oak Tree Construction Services, Inc.

1807 Sutton Ln., Schaumburg, IL 60194

Phone: 847-843-3030

This company is run by a husband and wife team, Mike and Donna Dew, both of whom have remodeler certifications. Both are heavily involved with the Chicago chapter of NARI. Oak Tree offers complete design, as well as personalized service.

Insignia Bath & Design Group

1435 S. Barrington Rd., Barrington, IL 60010

Phone: 847-381-7950

http://www.insigniakitchenandbath.com

Here is another company which offers full design and construction service. Customers can see extensive samples of tile samples, cabinetry, lighting, and appliances.

Crimson Design & Construction

200 E. Fifth Avenue, Suite 112
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 355-9070
http://www.crimsondc.com

For homeowners looking to do more elaborate remodeling work, Crimon Deign & Construction may be your choice. Established by brother Neil and Joel Kristianson in 2005, the company alo builds new homes. Visit Crimson’s website to download kitch and bathroom remodeling questionnaires. Joel Bristianon, who i a licensed architect, uses the form to better establih a design plan to fit customer needs.

Mega Home Improvments
427 S. Harrison, Algonquin, IL 60102

Phone: 847-658-8989

Wondering whether the “big guys” will take your remodeling job? Mega Home Improvements will. Although Mega performs a lot of exterior work, the company has a handyman division that is fully capable of handling bathroom and kitchen remodeling. Certified Remodeler Don Domanus oversees this division and is capable of indicating what types of jobs the company can perform.

An Acupuncture Point for Healing Asthma and Chest Pain

Most of the acupuncture points (acupoints) of the Lung Channel can help in the treatment of pulmonary diseases including cough and asthma. LU 9 (Taiyuan) is the ninth point on the Lung Channel. It can be utilized to heal cough, asthma, sore throat, and hemoptysis. In addition, it is helpful for relieving chest pain, wrist pain, palm heat, as well as the pulseless syndrome.

The Chinese meaning of this point indicates some interesting features. Here “Tai” in the Chinese name means great, and “yuan” means abyss. This point is the “Shu-Stream” and “Yuan-Source” acupoints of the Lung meridian. It is the vessel-confluent point of the Eight Confluent acupoints. “Shu-Stream” acupuncture points are below the knees or elbows.

“Yuan-Source” acupuncture points are the locations where the primary qi of the internal organs flows by and stays there. They may reflect the pathological changes of the internal organs and can be used for disease diagnosis and treatment of relevant organs.

The Eight Confluent acupuncture points are the convergent places of the essence of qi, blood, tendons, vessels, bones, marrow, and internal organs. These points can be used to treat diseases of the corresponding meridians, tissues, and organs.

To use the acupuncture point LU 9 (Taiyuan), you can find it at the radial end of the transverse crease of the wrist, in the depression on the radial side of the radial artery. For acupressure at this point, use the thumb to press for 5-10 seconds for at least 10 times. To perform acupuncture here, puncture the needle perpendicularly for 0.3-0.5 cun. Note that the radial artery in this area should be avoided.

This point can be used to remove the phlegm, adjust qi of the Lung, improve the circulation of the blood, and clear away the heat in the Lungs and Liver. Chinese researchers found that for some people, there was a specific receiving sensibility at LU 9 (Taiyuan).

Accident Recovery Chicago – Chicago Towing

Everyone knows that living in Chicago requires a lot of driving, and everyone knows that the roads in Chicago are very dangerous and have accidents on them all the time on just about every day.

That’s why there are a lot of different towing companies and a whole bunch of different businesses that work in the accident recovery industry and help out those who are in some serious trouble out on the roads.

No one wants to be in the situation in which you need someone to come rescue you and help you out with accident recovery, but when you are in that type of situation you fully understand just how valuable a service that these types of companies like the Chicago Towing Company provide to people.

By being able to come to where you are stranded out on the roads and help you get you and your car to safety they are providing a service that even the Good Samaritan would smile upon.

It’s scary getting in an accident, but when that terrifying moment happens it’s good to know that you have a company like the Chicago Towing Company by your back who can help you out when the going gets tough.

So the next time you are in an accident and need some help, don’t hesitate to give the Chicago Towing Company a call and have them help you out whenever and wherever you need service. Through accident recovery the Chicago Towing Company is one of the best towing companies in all of Chicago.

Premarital Counseling

One of the responsibilities of the premarital counselor is to identify potential time bombs in a marriage. Those time bombs are identified by either, observation, direct questioning, or by the couple completing a questionnaire about their past, present circumstances and their expectations.

During one such premarital counseling session, an elderly lady discovered that the young man she was counseling was still married and had three children with his wife. Had she not asked the ridiculous question are you still married to someone else she may never have discovered this embarrassing truth. Ridiculous questions may reveal ridiculous positions that preclude marriage.

Even a child can ask as many questions that would precisely point to potential time bombs. It is premarital counseling that brings out such issues as the man who does not want to have children until after five years of marriage while the woman may be planning to have at three two kids by then. Premarital counseling not only alerts couples to avoidable danger, it also reinforces the right choices they have made when they have made such choices. In the right setting, premarital counseling helps to teach the couple the importance of the commitment they are about to make with respect to the lifetime covenant of marriage. But it may not teach them how to be committed. Premarital counselors serve a good purpose in helping couples evaluate each other at more objective levels. For more information on how to objectively evaluate yourself or other individuals at the 5 Foundations of life, you can read 1 ROOMMATE.

The premarital counselor must, during the process of counseling couples identify any of the 7 Divorce Creating Habits (DCH), any Risk factors for divorce as well as the sanity zones in either individual before joining them. The PMCor must also identify the presence or absence of the 7 Maturity C Factors. The DCH and maturity factors are listed in the appendix. They are described in greater detail in other books by the author. If any of the latter is absent, the premarital counseling should be halted and these findings discussed immediately with the couple. It proves that either one or both partners are not ready for marriage even if they seem to be perfect for each other.

Without being rigid, the premarital counselor has specific responsibilities that must be executed in disciplinary fashion. Being a minister is no excuse for negligence or incompetence. If you want to provide premarital counseling for couples, you must know what you are doing. Lives are at stake, sometimes generations. It is the PMCor’s job to warn couples of imminent dangers and dissuade them diplomatically from making costly mistakes that could endanger their children and even generations to come.

Cleaning Service Business Safety Tips

Many workman’s compensation claims, calls to the poison control center and trips to the emergency room causing serious injury and sometimes even death are from cleaning accidents. Even though you have liability insurance, you don’t want to use it. Not to mention, you don’t want to get hurt. Basic cleaning safety tips can help protect you and your customers from cleaning accidents.

1. Store your cleaning supplies away from children and pets and not just under the kitchen sink. Child safety locks can be more of a nuisance than a real deterrent. If you keep your supplies in a locked cabinet either above the washing machine or in the garage, they are safer than under the sink or in an unlocked cupboard.

2. Read manufacturer’s labels for ingredients, directions and warnings for all of your cleaning supplies.

3. Not all ingredients are listed on the label. Call manufacturer’s to get a Material Safety Data Sheet.

4. Store chemicals in original containers, sealed tightly and in a cool dark place. Do not store them in your vehicle.

5. Never, ever mix chemicals especially bleach and ammonia which creates toxic fumes.

6. If working with chemicals, ventilate your cleaning area.

7. Wear gloves when working with chemicals.

8. Use the safest or greenest possible cleaning solution that will do the job.

9. Homemade products are often the safest products as well as the cheapest products. Be sure to label your bottles.

10. Some commercial green products may still have some toxic chemicals, read the labels.

11. Do not hurry so fast when cleaning that you become unsafe.

12. Lift properly by facing what you are lifting, lifting close to your body and squatting versus bending over to pick things up.

13. Squat while cleaning tubs or other low objects and do not bend over tubs to clean.

14. Alternate hands when cleaning to help prevent overuse injuries.

15. Watch out for tripping on cords, wear and tear on cords, and unsafe outlets.

16. Be careful when climbing ladders, steps, and stairwells.

17. Do not climb large ladders unless insured for it.

18. Walk back through a house checking for lights, open back doors, plugged in appliances, etc. before leaving.

Source: Cleaning Services Chicago

Acupuncture Reduces Cancer Pain

Acupuncture relieves cancer pain due to medication side effects according to new research conducted at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. Treatment for multiple myeloma (MM), cancer of plasma cells that affects bone marrow, is treated with the pharmaceutical drug bortezomib. Peripheral neuropathy, damage to peripheral nerves, is a common side effect causing pain in cancer patients taking bortezomib. The new research finds that acupuncture is effective for relieving peripheral neuropathy pain due to bortezomib intake in cancer patients. This finding affects cancer treatments in that bortezomib induced pain is a dose-limiting factor. The researchers conclude, “Acupuncture is a viable treatment option for MM patients experiencing painful BIPN (bortezomib-induced peripheral neuropathy).”

Acupuncture Prescription

Auricular Acupuncture Patients were given acupuncture at a rate of 1-2 times per week or once every two weeks dependent upon clinical pain reduction responses. Acupuncture needles were retained for a total of 25 minutes per treatment. Points used in the study were: auricular shen men, auricular point zero, two auricular points where electro-dermal signals were detected, LI4 (Hegu), TB5 (Waiguan), LI11 (Quchi) , ST40 (Fenglong) and Bafeng. All patients experienced pain reduction immediately following the first acupuncture visit. No adverse reactions were associated with the acupuncture treatments and patients experienced long lasting pain relief.

Source: Chinese Herbalist Chicago