Professional Wellness explores how our work is both fulfilling and supporting the rest of our lives – it is far more than “work-life balance”!

Tired of Falling Short of Your Goals? Not This Time! - January 2013 Newsletter

In This Issue:

  • What Can You DARE to DREAM for 2013?
  • “Resolutions Revitalization” Lunch & Learn – January 31
  • INTRODUCING Group Coaching for “Whole-Life Wellness”…sign up NOW!
  • Attention Businesses: Invest in Your Human Assets to Make Your Profits GROW!

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We’re about half-way through the Summer Olympics and I just have to say how much I’m LOVING it! Not just for the entertainment value, but for the INSPIRATION!! I mean, how can you NOT be inspired?!?

I admit, I have a bit of a ‘competitive’ streak in me (used to play badminton and volleyball in high school and university and LOVED it!) but, the type of inspiration I’m talking about here goes beyond athletics. In fact, I’d argue that the lessons we’re seeing demonstrated in the games apply to ALL areas of our lives.

Physical – to state the obvious, these athletes are in peak form, and they exercise, eat and drink to ensure they stay that way

Mental/Emotional – what incredible mental STRENGTH is required to do what they do, and to bring their best game at just the right time (whether it be pacing themselves for the final match or the final 500 metres!)

Spiritual – I don’t think there can be any doubt that these champions are doing what they LOVE to do, which is a huge part of their success

Relational – When asked about the keys to their success, countless Olympians talk about their supportive parents, spouses, key coaches and mentors who have had a lasting impact on them

Financial – There is an expression: “If you do what you love, the money will follow!” I doubt this is what gets these troopers up at 4:00 a.m. day after day, but I’m so glad it turns out to be true. I mean, let’s face it, I don’t think Michael Phelps has to worry about where his retirement income will come from!

Professional – Last but not least, it is abundantly clear that top athletes treat their sport like their job – no, their CALLING! They go to ‘work’ every day, whether they feel like it or not, and they give it more than 100%.


Now, as a Wellness Coach & Consultant, I’m not suggesting that you go to the extremes of elite athletes, but I do think we’d all be well-served to approach our work – and our lives – with the same Principles of Success as these athletes:

  • Condition our bodies for the task at hand – so if we sit at a desk, get up and move every little while, stretch, sit straight
  • Prepare our minds – feed our minds only that which takes us closer to our goal (no more negative gossip at the water cooler)
  • Determine what we REALLY love to do and are good at, then find a way to make that our work
  • Ensure those closest to us know what we’re working towards and are ‘on board’
  • Figure out how to monetize our passion, what we will use our money for, and how much is enough
  • Do what we love…and love what we do!

I encourage you to “treat yourself” so some of the lessons our premium athletes (from whatever nation) can teach us. And see how these lessons might apply to the various areas of your life.

I’d love to hear about what’s inspiring YOU! Please drop me a line at

And, tell me, am I the ONLY one who finds this EXCITING?!?

Wishing you success in creating your own abundance,


What Does The Tree Know?

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

So, I’m getting ready to start my work day yesterday and I
look out the window at the trees in my back yard. And I think: how reliable
these trees are! They are so consistent and steadfast, and we can always count
on them to do what they do. Every year, around this time, their leaves come out
– “regular as rain”! They go through their growth phase, turn their beautiful
shades of red, green, yellow, and orange in the fall, then die off and fall to
the ground. The trees remain with us as sentinels throughout the Winter months,
then new leaves greet us in the Spring once again.

I marvel at how the trees know their ‘work’ and they ‘just
do it’! They don’t swing in the wind and say “Gee, I don’t know if I should
sprout my leaves….” They do what they do – reliably and consistently.

So, how does this apply to us and the work we do? What if
we could simply know what our work is, and then just do it? I shared this
question with a wise friend and wellness colleague and she reminded me that we
DO know what our work is, we just need to remember it! So true!

So, what is your ‘work’ – your purpose? What is the
contribution you are here to make? Do rierslot you know? Do you ‘remember’?

My friend and I talked about how simple life really is,
but that we humans tend to complicate it. Coming back to the tree analogy, we
bury our essence in the dead and composting leaves of seasons gone by. If we
were to clear away that debris and let it nourish us without smothering us,
what would be left? Our essence!

So, what I’m reminded of is that my work is to help people
like you – as an individual or part of an organization – to define your best
life. What exactly is “whole-life wellness” for YOU, and how can you create
that for yourself. By helping you create that for yourself, I am making my
contribution to people’s ongoing struggle for “work-life balance”!

I encourage you to pull back the ‘debris’ from your own
essence and see what remains. Simplify and ask yourself: What is my work? How
can I serve?

And I’d love to hear what you discover! If you’re having a
challenge excavating your essence, maybe I can help. Contact me for a free
consult and let’s see what we can discover together.

Does This Sound Like YOU?

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Does This Sound Like YOU? – March 2012 Newsletter

In This Issue:

  • See You at the Tea Party!
  • Am I Talking to YOU?
  • Quick Nutrition Tip: “Food Rules” #2
  • StartUP Canada National Tour Launch – my perspective as an Entrepreneur and a Wellness
    Coach – benefits for Individuals AND Businesses!

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Are You Well At Heart?

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Are You Well At Heart? - February 2012 Newsletter

In This Issue:

  • Happy Heart Month – and Valentine”s Day – Everyone!!
  • Ways to show more love to that Special Someone…YOU!
  • Healthy Chocolate Cake Recipe – YUM!
  • My Presentation and FREE online casinos Coaching at OptiMYz Live – and my Thanks!

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(This was my March 19, 2012 guest blog post as part of the StartUP Canada National Tour on Entrepreneurship which launched in Halifax, NS on March 19. To see this and more posts, visit


I think we can agree that being an entrepreneur isn’t what you’d call “easy”! It takes passion, courage, perseverance, belief, supportive people around you (both personally and professionally), and an unwavering commitment to your VISION! Sure, we all slip on occasion, but we get back up and get back to the work at hand.

I am fueled by a passion for helping people create what I call “Whole-Life Wellness” based on the following beliefs:

  • You OWN your Wellness and are your own BEST advocate
  • You need to be PROACTIVE when it comes to your Health and Wellness
  • Each area of your life impacts all the others, so a WHOLE LIFE approach is needed
  • Atlantic Canada, and Nova Scotia specifically, has some concerning health statistics and We CAN Do Better!

When I launched my business as a Wellness Coach and Navigator at Lighthouse Wellness Strategies in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2009, I knew of a few other Coaches and only one other Wellness Coach. Since that time, we have begun pulling together the Coaching community in Atlantic Canada and have over forty members in Nova Scotia alone – how the landscape has changed already!

In my experience, trends in Health and Wellness tend to flow from West to East in Canada, so awareness and support of Coaching (and Wellness Coaching, specifically) has been gradually progressing eastward. So, while this field is fairly well-established in cities like Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto, it is fairly ‘new’ in Atlantic Canada.

Therefore, when I began my business, I realized my marketing challenge involved three levels of education:

  • What Coaching is
  • What Wellness Coaching is and how it benefits individuals and organizations
  • What makes me unique as a Wellness Coach – in other words, “Why Me?”

From my 20+ years of business experience in various industries, my business education, and my experience growing up with seven people living on a disability income due to chronic illnesses in my family, I’ve learned two key things:

  • Well PEOPLE do Better – more choices, more employment opportunities, less stress, better financial opportunities, etc.
  • Well ORGANIZATIONS do Better – less employee absenteeism and ‘presenteeism’, more engaged workforce, higher productivity, lower training costs, greater sustainability and competitiveness, etc.

My passion for promoting Wellness beginning in Atlantic Canada (then spreading to Western Canada and then internationally) applies to both individuals and organizations. Helping individuals provides a direct benefit to families, the community, local businesses, etc. Helping businesses directly benefits our economy which supports our infrastructure and again benefits communities, families, and the individual. It works both ways.

Businesses in Atlantic Canada are starting to realize that addressing Employee Health and Wellness is no longer a ‘nice thing to do’, it is a competitive necessity! With our aging population, increases in incidents of chronic disease, and a younger generation which places great value on balance and meaningful employment, those organizations that ‘get it’ and invest in the “Whole-Life Wellness” of their staff are reaping the benefits through an impressive ROI! The next wave of support needed is for benefits providers to cover Wellness Coaching as they do other health-supporting services.

Particularly with our escalating healthcare crisis, the need for new and innovative ways to address the health of our citizens and workforce continues to grow, and Wellness Coaching is positioned to be a significant part of the solution to this challenge!

While Wellness Coaching may be fairly new in Atlantic Canada, there is a strong and growing need for this service and entrepreneurs are well-positioned to respond quickly and innovatively in this emerging industry.


Gail Godreau is the owner of Lighthouse Wellness Strategies and provides 1-on-1 and Small-Group Coaching, Workshops, and Presentations. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Lighthouse Wellness Strategies can serve clients throughout Canada and internationally. Visit for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

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Lighthouse Wellness Strategies Newsletter – August 2011

Workplace Wellness as a Competitive Advantage!

According to the NovaKnowledge Report Card on Health, Safety and Prosperity (June 2010), Nova Scotia lags behind most of the rest of the country on several health and wellness indicators, including having some of the poorest rankings on the following:

• Cardiovascular disease/high blood pressure (ranking 1st in Canada = worst)
• Mood disorders (1st)
• Newly reported cases of cancer (1st)
• Excess weight (2nd)
• Diabetes (3rd)

And we know that employee absenteeism is costing NS a whopping $538 million per year!! What we also know is that absenteeism is not always due to illness or injury – sometimes it is a reflection of workplace (or personal) stress, lack of employee engagement, and other factors over which the organization has some influence.

In this era of global competition – and even just within the Canadian marketplace – it is evident that the costs we are paying in absenteeism are making it very difficult for Nova Scotia (and Atlantic Canada) to compete!

What we know:
• Our population is aging: Nova Scotia has the highest proportion of seniors (at 16.0%), a number which is expected to nearly double within the next 25 years!*
• Our incidents of serious disease and injury are some of the worst in the country
• Our workforce consists of various generations, each with its own values and motivations
• Keeping and retaining quality workers, from a shrinking labour pool, is challenging 

But what can we do?
We need to invest in our workforce where it generates the biggest value for our employees and for the organization. The smartest employers are realizing the value of Workplace Wellness Programs in terms of increasing the following:

• Employee engagement
• Attendance
• Productivity
• Profitability
• Competitiveness and Sustainability in the Marketplace!

Innovative Businesses are Winning
Some local organizations are leading the charge in terms of employee health and wellness, and are reaping the rewards.

For example, Emera and its largest subsidiary, Nova Scotia Power, realize the value of investing in their employees’ health and wellness. According to a Leovegas kasino antaa sinulle 4 talletusbonusta yhteisarvoltaan 700€. May 13 article in The Chronicle Herald featuring Emera’s Executive Vice-President of Human Resources and “Chief Fitness Officer”, Sarah MacDonald, Emera has seen significant benefits since focussing on employee health and wellness in 2001. They boast incidents of sick leave at half the national average, and an incredible return of over $7 for every $1 spent on employee health and wellness!!

Who Do You Know?
If you know of some organizations in Nova Scotia – or in Atlantic Canada – who are leading the charge in terms of Workplace Wellness, let us know and we can celebrate them! Simply submit a COMMENT or send us an e-mail ( to share the word.

On the other hand, if you know of an organization – or are part of one – that would benefit from a Workplace Wellness Program (or specific initiatives related to Wellness), please drop us a line. We would love to share some information about how this is a “win-win” investment good for the employees and a strategic investment for the organization as well!

~ Workplace Wellness Programs ~
Making Dollar$ and $ense

Looking forward to hearing some success stories of organizations – and individuals – benefitting from Workplace Wellness, as part of "Whole-Life Wellness"!!

Lighthouse Wellness Strategies

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So…we’re almost a month into the New Year now. Many of us started off 2011 full of great aspirations and intentions, embracing the possibilities of a fresh start, with the ever-present “New Year’s Resolutions”.

Did YOU set New Year’s Resolutions for 2011? How are you doing with them? Statistics say that as many as 25% of people who made resolutions have already abandoned them by this point. Are you one of the 25% – or are you still on track?

Either way, take a moment and pat yourself on the back! You are already a winner by setting goals and wanting to stretch yourself! After all, if we don’t have somewhere we want to go (a goal), what determines our direction each day, and how will we know when we get there?

If you (or someone you know) set some resolutions for the New Year, I’d love to hear from you:

  • WHICH AREA of “whole-life wellness” did your resolution address (Physical, Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Financial, or Professional La grande qualita dei giochi casino che sono offerti da 888 Casino e conosciuta ovunque. – or more than one)?
  • Are you STILL ON TRACK with your goal?
  • What is the BIGGEST CHALLENGE you’ve faced so far and how did you overcome it?
  • What’s your best piece of ADVICE to others who want to make a change (in any area of their life)?
  • What would be the BIGGEST HELP to keep you on track, or bring you back on track?
  • What is YOUR BIGGEST MOTIVATOR that makes you pursue this goal? (This is key!)

I invite you to Comment on this Blog –  join in the conversation!!

Looking forward to hearing from you,


It’s hard to believe that one week from today is Christmas Eve!! How are you doing in your preparations for the Holidays? Is everything “cooking along nicely” or are you sprinting from activity to activity trying to get everything ready?

One thing I know for sure: Christmas will come regardless of what we do and don’t have done! The universe doesn’t wait until we have everything perfect before allowing the Holidays to be upon us. Unlike in Who-ville, there is nothing that will stop the Holidays from coming. So…take a breath (in fact, I recommend breathing deeply and regularly!) and reevaluate all that you’re trying to do in advance of the “big day”.

And now, a question for you: what is your biggest Wellness Challenge during the Holiday Season? If you consider your “whole-life” wellness – looking at your Physical (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity), Emotional, Relational (Family & Friends), Spiritual, Financial and Professional  Wellness– what is the most difficult piece for you to keep in balance this time of year? I would invite you to develop one or two simple strategies to address your top challenge to aid you in maintaining greater wellness over the Holidays.

Let’s say you said physical activity is your biggest challenge. Then perhaps you could set a modest goal of exercising – walking, doing crunches, chasing Le casino offre un eventail d'options de jeux comme le Blackjack, Baccarat, Pontoon, Craps, jeux la roulette , Sic Bo, Poker, Casino War, chien de couleur rouge, Pai Gow, Keno, jeux d'arcade ainsi que d'autres jeux de casino populaires. the dog, whatever works for you – for just 10 or 15 minutes a day over the next week or two. Does that sound possible for you?

Or, if you’re like many of us, maybe your biggest challenge is eating well with all the added temptations available at this time of year. If that sounds like you, why not try to just plan ahead so that you first ensure you meet your basic nutritional requirements (getting adequate “real food” from the various food groups) and then enjoy the “goodies” of the season in a mindful way – be intentional with the things you choose to consume (and keep an eye on the quantities) and focus on what I call “worthy calories” – those things you really love! I like to bypass those less worthy and save my indulgences for the treats that are decadent to me. Then, for those you do choose, Enjoy Them Thoroughly!! That, too, is part of Wellness!

I would love to hear what your biggest challenges are and what strategies you’ve come up with to face those challenges. Please simply reply to this post to share your challenges and successes, or send me an e-mail. I’d love to hear from you!

Enjoy the Abundance of the Holidays, and Get Set for a Fabulous New Year!!


This blog is for YOU – tell me what kinds of things you’d like to see here, what types of support or information you may need, your thoughts on “whole-life” wellness – whatever’s on your mind. Also, I’d love you to send along resources and links you find particularly interesting too – let’s share what we see that may be helpful for others! (You can casino online go to our “Connect” page and send a “comment” there.)

Please feel free to invite your friends, families, and colleagues to subscribe to our blog and e-newsletter too. The more we share our resources, the more we’ll be able to realize our goals of achieving and maintaining “whole-life” wellness!

Stay tuned in the near future when I share some TIPS for “navigating the shores” (to use a sailing metaphor) of the Holiday Season – helping you avoid some of the potential obstacles and be “real” during the Holidays and into the New Year!

Looking forward to connecting with you again soon!

In Wellness,