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Drawing a Pig

Sorry, couldn't decide, they're all showing different angles and are just too darn cute! Thanks, Google Images. :-)

Sorry, couldn't decide, they're all showing different angles and are just too darn cute!
Thanks, Google Images. :-)

Following from yesterday's post, an exercise we did during Pauline's session was drawing a pig.  

I'm going to give you a few moments to find a piece of paper, and take a pen or pencil to it now. 

Go ahead.  

All done?  

This is a fun little exercise to show how your drawing might represent your leadership style.  

If you draw your pig at the top of the page, you're likely optimistic and positive. The middle page is more factual or realistic, and if your swine is at the bottom of the page, oh my, you're a pessimist.  

If your big is facing left, you're likely friendly and traditional. If it looks straight ahead, well, you're a direct kinda guy. Facing right means you're probably innovative (and perhaps left-handed).  

Now, how much detail does your pig possess? More detail equals analytical, cautious, and suspicious tendencies. Broad strokes are a sign for emotions and risk-taking.  

Size also matters: the bigger you've drawn the ears, the better a listener you probably are. And those with big tails have great sex lives, apparently.*

*Use this exercise with your teams at your own peril! We had a lot of fun with it though. 




Your Heart is Important

Looking for fun ways to keep your heart healthy? Exercise, eat and think right.

For exercise, when was the last time you jumped rope?

It's easy, just grab a rope and jump it. For at least 15 consecutive minutes. Your brain needs oxygen to think well, and your heart needs oxygen to feel well. This is why smoking isn't good on so many levels; it breaks down the process where red blood cells transport oxygen to other cells.

No need to get all professional about jumping rope like these guys, but their hearts sure look healthy:


(screen capture from pinterest some months ago, sorry, no idea who posted it)

Recipe: Thai Red Chili

Cut a piece of tempeh (fermented soybeans, kinda like tofu but nuttier) into finger-sized pieces. Dry-fry (no oil) in hot wok and set aside. (Use vegetable broth if it sticks. Use a non-stick wok, make it hot enough and it won't.)

Chop one red onion and glaze it in the wok.

From your freezer, grab a cup each of broccoli florets, sugar snaps peas, green peas, and edamame beans and heat through. You can also use fresh, obviously, but I like the fast option. Hey, add carrots while you're at it.

Stir in thai red curry paste and deglaze with a can of coconut milk. We like it quite spicy (2 heaped tea spoons) and use the light milk version, but you might have to play with it.

Serve over jasmine white rice or soba noodles.

For a sweet kick, add cherry tomatos and fresh basil strips.


Acknowledge your emotions. Take time to reflect on them throughout the day.Emotional intelligence is not about controlling, avoiding, or ignoring emotions, it's about being aware of them and not letting them take over.

"Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways." Sigmund Freud

Especially when you're stressed, remember to breathe deeply. Counting to ten sometimes works, or opening a window. When you're in a stressful conversation, take a 10-minute walk around the block to clear the air. Time-outs work for adults, too.



Keeping your Heart healthy

Our hearts are an important organ, and just like any machine they need to be looked after from a maintenance perspective. You don't expect your Ferrari to run on castor oil (or whatever a useful mechanical analogy would be), so you should only put the best stuff in your body-machine, too. Over the last few years, some scientists started looking into "broken heart syndrome", finding that grief or anxiety can result in stress cardiomyopathy.

This is where the heart becomes the seat of your love, light, and longing.

I thought this week would be great for heart health, so I'll be posting one exercise, one recipe, and one inspiration to keep our hearts healthy all around.



Sign up for a free account on, set the dial to Pitbull, and jiggle it for at least 20 minutes. While you're vacuuming, doing dishes, or on its own. Close the blinds if you're uncomfortable.

Alternatively, find a studio in your neighborhood that teaches ballroom, ballet, belly or whatever music is most up your alley. You can buy DVDs, or go to a Zumba class near you and enjoy making new friends while learning funky dance routines you can use next Saturday night.

Recipe: Roasted Veggies

pasta and roasted veg

  • Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit / 190 Celsius
  • In a heat-proof dish, cut up squash, zucchini, mushrooms, aubergine, carrots, peppers, and red onion into the shape of your choice.
  • Add salt, pepper, and other fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme.
  • Fill the bottom of the dish with vegetable broth to prevent sticking.
  • Roast for 40 minutes or until tender and serve over whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, in a whole-wheat pita, or on a whole-wheat sandwich.
  • Tip: add a spoonful of nutritional yeast for extra B12. :-)


Surround yourself with people who make your heart smile.

The more you try to please people who don't, the more you'll lie to yourself e.g. about being able to afford that new dress or starting that diet tomorrow.

This quote has been attributed to Dr. Seuss, and I like it:

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.




Your health

Last week we looked at the different areas that make up your life. You may not usually think about them at length, so the exercise might have helped you identify all those different balls you're juggling in the air, and which of them are slipping out of your grasp.

I'd like to look at the one that our client wants to improve this week, his health. He's already taking care of the "general requirements", as we might call them. He doesn't smoke, he limits his alcohol consumption to a glass of wine (and maybe a few beers, but only on the weekend when he's out with his mates), he takes the stairs at work and goes to play squash once a week. His diet is balanced; his wife is preparing healthy breakfasts and dinners, and he found out by trial and error that choosing sensible lunch portions at the office cafeteria actually makes him feel less sluggish and more alert in the afternoons. Nonetheless, the client complains about a general feeling of dis-ease and nervousness.

As stated in the disclaimer, a coach is not in a position to prescribe medicine or diagnose illnesses. However, in talking with the coach the client did uncover that his last check-up with the general physician is overdue. Also, he's not been to the dentist in a while, and daily flossing before bed, sadly, has given way to a last-minute checking of the basketball scores. The coach also inquired about stress levels, and the client conceded that he hasn't been sleeping well and is always anxious driving to work. In the following conversations, the client establishes strategies how to lower his anxiety and limit the stress.

When was your last check-up? Are you maybe in an age-range that warrants regular checks for cancer, like mammograms or prostate exams? There are many things you can do to prevent major health risk factors, and seeing your physicians on a regular basis is only one of them. As Dr. Oz points out, even things like driving with your seatbelt on and adhering to speed limits influences the stress your body perceives. I invite you this week to take an inventory of your body. Where does it hurt? Which bits are uncomfortable? Talk to your physician about what you can do every day in order to stay well. Take the time to figure it out and get healthy; all the other areas in your life will benefit as a result.

Til next time!

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