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I Can Take Those 10 Minutes
EF WELL We find ourselves in a wildly creative and stressful
time. Since the layoffs and re-shaping, many people
in the company are experiencing much more on
We can have that 10 minute chair massage, in fact,
we need to. We can go out for a 10 minute walk, use
the quiet room to take 10 minutes to meditate and
their workday plates and time feels like it’s shrinking. breathe or stretch. We manage to find 10 minutes
The list at EF is long and the one that’s waiting for many things in our lives….we can do it for
for us at home is certainly not getting any shorter! ourselves, our health and our happiness.
Compounding the stress we feel at the office is the
guilt we feel for not being there for family, friends Here are some tips from our employees for quick
and home as much as we would like. And where ways to de-stress and rejuvenate:
does “Me” fit in there?
It’s times like these when taking time for ourselves to
nurture, to stretch, to breathe, to, dare I say, relax, is
crucial. We cannot continue at such a pace without by Leslie Ritter
replenishing or we burn out. Wellness
Monique Wyman (Madison 2)
has two Wellness practices that she uses consistently.
Jennifer Johnson (Customer Care)
says, “I usually take a 10 minute break twice a day and do
She takes the time to stretch throughout the day. 30 push ups. It helps me regain focus on my work and it’s a
When she’s faced with a challenging customer, she practices great workout!”
a moment of meditation for release.
Liz Yager (Design)
“Deep breaths, walking around the block, laying on your
Rebecca Kleister (Montgomery)
says,“In my role as store manager, there are many times
back with your knees up, elbows bent with hands on that lunch is just ‘eat quickly and get back to work.’ Lately, I
abdomen and thinking ‘lengthen and widen’ (Alexander have decided to use the break time to re-compose myself by
Technique) [help me relax]. Also, I think of things I am allowing for a few minutes of knitting time before returning to
grateful for, focus on the positive and let go of things that are the task at hand. A little quiet and peaceful activity has been
bothering me and remind myself it is not important.” very helpful!”
Kimberly Lin (Sales)
“I like to take time every morning to look through my planner
Marian Spurrier (Retail LL&D)
“When I’m feeling stressed I take four deep breaths. I
and review/maintain a checklist that pertains to my life breathe all the way in, hold for 10 seconds, then breathe all
outside of work. This allows the work day its best opportunity the way out, hold for 10 seconds (then repeat four times).
for focus, peace of mind, and least distraction. I also make Inevitably this slows me down and releases some tension!”
it a point to step outside once a day even if it’s just to take a
lap around the block, breath in some fresh air, and give my
eyes and mind a hiatus from the computer screen.”
Rose Wagner (EILEEN FISHER Lab
Store) says, “Every day I encourage the staff to go outside
Gina DeTemple (Manufacturing)
I take 10 minutes and go and sit by the water and just close
and look at the river and breathe!” my eyes and think about nothing!
Hand Massage with herbal scent “therapy”
(Soho store) Zita Bettig
The Half-Smile Meditation
On an occasional Sunday before the Soho store opens, you During moments of stress, or the anticipation of stress, to
will find the staff participating in 10 minute hand massages relax during the day Zita practices the Half-Smile Meditation.
by Denise. The team will wear warm mittens after their hand She tries to find a quiet place, relaxes her face into a half-
massage, put their feet up, close their eyes and listen to smile (a closed lip smile.) Then she inhales and exhales
soothing music to help facilitate relaxation. The air is scented gently with three deep breathes while maintaining the half-
with herbs such as rosemary or mint. Denise has found that smile. She suggests the focus should be on your breathing.
the scent of actual herbs will last longer than that of essential This was originally a Buddhist meditation.
oils used for aromatherapy. What a great way to start the day!
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Sheila Rigoni & Galina Arlov
the Sanibel Team
“One cute thing we have printed on a paper on our board
“I practice ‘Vipassana Meditation’ during lunch hour. It only
takes 10 minutes and it is great way to keep my focus and
equanimity through the day. Vipassana, which means to
to view is some words of wisdom to meditate a minute see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient
to…These are words from a book we read called ‘The 4 techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than
Agreements’: 2,500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills,
• Always do your best i.e., an Art of Living. For those who are not familiar with
• Never assume Vipassana Meditation, an Introduction to Vipassana by Mr.
• Be impeccable with your word Goenka and Questions & Answers about Vipassana are
• Never take it personally available. This is a link to the web site: http://www.dhamma.
We also have a therapy band that you can use to stretch with, org/
also therapy putty…for hand issues.”
Carmen Diaz & Leslie Ritter (Wellness)
the Secaucus Company “Kathy D’angelo (Irvington) keeps a diffuser for organic
essential oils at her desk. She knows a lot about the oils and
We bought a cardio twister machine and employees go there
can choose those that create the energy she’s looking for;
calming, restorative etc. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons
I’m drawn to her desk several times a day!”
to make some steps for 10 minutes. We have our team partic-
ipate in 10 minutes free chair massages at the EF warehouse. “You can make an appointment with Patty Heilman
We offered team members to have ice cream (EF warehouse (Irvington) who offers 10 minute sessions where she gives
shared with us) to refresh themselves on a very hot day. We light, a healing and relaxing energy. I’ve done this with her
talk a walk in the EF warehouse (of course this is not 10 and it is wonderful and very rejuvenating. Patty does not
minutes) in order to stretch their legs a bit from short walking charge for this; it is a service she offers as part of her spiritual
on the sales floor. practice. Take advantage of this gift, you will be glad you
We are planning to take 10 minute walks in pairs around the did.”
block when days are not hot.
“Another nice breathing exercise is to take a deep breath in
through your nose to the count of four, hold it for the count of
seven and breathe out through your mouth with a whooshing
sound for the count of eight. Repeat three or four times. Do
The “Ladies who Launch” this any time you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed or having
courtesy of a hard time focusing.”
the Soho Store Maggie Orellana (Sales)
“The sound of a waterfall…possibly a small fountain
Breath work is one of the most important wellness tech- somewhere is calming and beautiful.”
niques we can integrate into our lives and one of the easi-
est to implement: No resources, no props, no pretzel limbs
required. Believe it or not there are many different ways to
apply breathing techniques, but even without taking a lesson
Maryanne Morella (Sales/
remote) My favorite centering and restorative time is
or reading instructions, breath work is something we can all
taking a few minutes to walk into another room, sit on the
engage in on our own. Why is breath work so important?
floor with my two very calm Beagles and have a little “pet
We all have the tendency to “hold our breath” when going
therapy” time with them. Looking into their big soulful
through a challenging or uncomfortable experience. Learning
eyes, and embracing their unconditional love completely
to breathe is the equivalent of learning to let go—it frees up
restores my sense of well being and releases any tension that
our energy, and serves as a tool for releasing old patterns and
unknowingly builds up.
breaking up stale thoughts. When we breathe deeply, we can
only be rooted in the present. During the act of focusing on
the breath, there is nowhere else to go, nothing to get and no Susan Kushnick (Product
Development) Clear away that clutter! If you find yourself
thoughts to hold onto. Whether you’re climbing a mountain
or sitting at your desk, breathe deeply throughout the day as surrounded by “stuff,” you don’t have to tackle it all at once
restorative measure and goal-quenching strategy. which can be a bit overwhelming—every time you go into
a room pick one thing to put away or throw out. Before you
know it, the room will be free of clutter and will welcome you
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Leading By Example:
A Q&A with Susan Schor
Recently Leslie Ritter spoke with Susan Schor, our Chief
Culture Officer, to hear Susan’s thoughts on wellness and the
commitment we have to supporting this beloved value:
I know that personal wellness is very important to you. Can
you tell people some of the things you do to take care of
yourself in the midst of such a busy life?
I make certain commitments to appointments, for instance
yoga or pilates class, and I keep that. I walk most days—not
only for the exercise but because it gives me some time to be
by myself. I do some deep breathing; I stop and take three or
four deep yoga breaths. I find that to be very helpful. I also
focus a lot on my role as a listener. I find that very calming.
When I’m in meetings, I not only listen to the topic and
content of the group but also my own wellbeing. I think about
what I want to say, in terms of whether or not it’s important
for me to say it; perhaps someone has already said it, and
it’s not that important for me to accentuate. I try to monitor
my participation in meetings thoughtfully. And I find that it
reduces my hyper-ness.
What a great point. I’m sure that those of us who spend time
in meetings with you are aware of what a great listener you
are. I am often amazed by how focused you remain.
It’s probably very related. I also take two or three breaks
during the year to attend yoga/meditation retreats. Those
really, really help me stay centered. I do some meditation
on my own as well, and my walks are very meditative. I also
make time for my friends in the evening instead of working.
wellness leader, the practitioners we bring in, the workshops
Well, sometimes I need to work at night, but I make regular
we offer, they all speak loudly to our commitment. To me,
dinner plans with friends and make that a priority.
the individual and leader responsibility for encouraging
wellbeing is a leg of the stool that’s not as strong as it needs
With the reshaping, branding work with IDEO and now the
to be. It’s a part of our role to take care of ourselves and our
Business Visioning Company Priorities projects, many people
people and to advocate for the company.
are feeling a lot of stress and often a sense of overwhelm
from the increased workload. So I’m wondering if you could
I don’t want to diminish in any way the demands of what’s
speak about the company’s philosophy about maintaining a
happening in the company, but we need to have people find
healthy balance while we’re working so hard.
ways that they can have more balance and wellbeing while
I think that it’s one of the key responsibilities of leaders at
meeting the demands of their jobs and their passion for their
EILEEN FISHER to check on their teams and find out how
jobs. We don’t want people to burn out. So for the health of
people are taking care of themselves. It’s incumbent on us
the company, it’s essential.
as leaders to understand this responsibility—that it’s how
we stay healthy and whole as a company. It helps people
Do you have a vision for where we might go from here?
stay focused and put their work into perspective. Eileen has
I’d like to see everyone in the company sharing the
always felt very strongly about family, about taking care of
responsibility for raising the consciousness around what
yourself, and putting work into the perspective of one’s whole
wellbeing means and how we can expand our awareness and
life. I feel it’s a responsibility in working for her company to
take real care of ourselves and each other. It would become
teach leaders and reach out to each person to make sure
woven into our lives here at work and outside of work, an
we’re doing that.
integral part of who we are. What if we had a “wellbeing
meter”….how well are you and your team doing in your work/
We’ve invested so much in this company with regard to
life balance and sense of wellbeing?
wellbeing; the wellness benefit, having the position of a
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Designing Your Work-Life Fit
These days when people talk about work/life, they’re less fit might involve working evenings in order to spend the
likely to talk about “balance.” Whenever I hear “work/life mornings taking a course. If there are tasks associated with
balance,” I picture a smiling person sitting cross-legged in a your work that can be done on a laptop, you may be able
meditative pose on the middle of a seesaw that is perfectly to work at home occasionally—in fact that may be the best
horizontal. Then I see visiting relatives, children having place to concentrate without interruptions.
tantrums, flat tires and pets piled on one end of the seesaw,
and a large stack of files about to fall over on the other. I see Getting Started
someone with bumps and bruises struggling to push things Designing your fit starts with a realistic assessment of the
off the seesaw while anxiously tilting back and forth in the nature of your job. Is your work site-dependent, for example
middle trying to avoid that teeth-jarring “thunk” that occurs working in a store, or at the Distribution Center? Does it
every time the seesaw hits the ground. involve a lot of meetings, for example fittings that require you
and others to work on a piece of clothing together? Can you
For most of us, “work/life balance” occurs rarely and exists plan your own work flow for the most part, or do you need to
for a nanosecond—which is why I prefer the idea of “Work/ respond rapidly to external demands? Is most of your work
Life Fit,” which came into vogue several years ago with done at your computer?
the help of Work/Life guru Cali Yost (author of Work+Life:
Finding the Fit that’s Right for You and blogger at http:// In addition to taking into account the requirements of your
worklifefit.com/blog/). job, fit also has to accommodate your leader and your team.
Knowing that everyone occasionally makes compromises so
The Right Fit for You that each person gets at least some of what they want can
Fit is about crafting work/life strategies that are right for your make the process easier. So does giving others the kind of
particular situation, at work and outside of work. It recognizes support that helps you when you are trying to fit your work
that everyone’s needs and circumstances differ—not just with the rest of your life.
from person to person, but from week to week or even day to
day. Each of us has a unique work/life fit. It changes—from
day to day, and through different periods of life, as job and
“Fit” seems particularly appropriate for people at EILEEN external requirements change. Even though we may fantasize
FISHER. To create our own fit, we need to understand about not EVER having to work, in fact most of us derive
what’s required by our jobs what’s needed outside our jobs some satisfaction from our paychecks and from contributing
and design a way to fit those things together. to a common enterprise, as well as from our lives outside of
work. The challenge is fitting the pieces together.
What does that look like? It varies enormously, like the people
and the jobs. For many of us, fit starts with the possibility of
taking a morning or afternoon to go to the doctor or attend by Pamela Shaw
Leadership, Learning & Development
a child’s play, or take care of an aging parent. In retail,
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It is a great resource if you are exploring by job category (manager, hourly • Children's Health
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start with a little more guidance than an Corporate Family Network, (the pro-
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York area). Beyond the NY area and • Balancing
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illustration of Pachamama
Sometimes, we can’t help but be influenced by Western made between people and nature. It is interesting to note
Culture – individualism, legal rights, capitalism and scientific that Cameron has an extensive background in natural
principles have become underpinnings of our society. We sciences.
may forget that other cultures see life in a whole different
way. Unfortunately, many years of being trained to adopt a Sometimes we do experience a sense of incredible mystery
science-based and fact-proven attitude has made me wonder or awe of nature – like experiencing a sunset, a walk on the
‘Exactly what does an indigenous culture have to offer?’ beach or standing under a dome of stars in a dark night sky.
Yet when we sense this awe, to whom do we attribute it? It
Since returning from a recent trip to Peru, I’ve been can’t be Mother Earth, can it? Western culture has taught us
fascinated with learning more about the indigenous Andean that Earth is an inanimate rock – an important rock, but still
people’s relationship to nature. During a time of web just a rock. We may even feel love for Mother Earth, but she
upgrades, production deadlines and satisfying the emerging can’t really love us back, can she?
customer, I wonder if there might be something for us to
learn from the Andean people. The Andean people experience the Pachamama as a
loving mother who nurtures one’s whole being and informs
As written by the researcher Dr. Gordon Oakley, Andean one’s behavior. Pachamama can also restore one’s sense
people see the world differently. They have an intimate, of balance and harmony by removing “hucha” or “heavy
loving and reciprocal relationship with the universe, energy.” “It’s not ‘negative’ or ‘evil’ energy, it’s just heavy,”
particularly with Pachamama (the great spiritual being planet writes Dr. Gordon. An example of hucha would be the feeling
Earth). For the Andean people, everything is connected. The you have when you return home after a long and frustrating
vast universe is connected by a web of filaments of energy. day at the office. Hucha can be removed by yourself or
This connection establishes kinship among everything that others in a variety of ways – meditation or physically placing
exists. The Andean views the individual as one part of a yourself within a “sacred” landscape would work. The hucha
much larger system, a role that can be compared to a finger is given to Pachamama, and she takes it willingly. This is one
on a much larger body. For example, when one connects his of her acts of love to her children, and it will do her no harm.
energetic filaments to a tree, one can discover the beautiful This process gives Andean people a sense of being supported
way the tree experiences sunlight. Reading this, reminded and loved by nature.
me of James Cameron’s film “Avatar” and the connection
Crazy as it may sound, I think our Irvington building was
placed on a sacred setting. The sun engulfs each room, and
the river always seems willing to wash away my heavy energy.
So in these fast times of western thought, don’t forget that
the Pachamama is there ready to remove your hucha. And
don’t worry, she can take it.
Source: “An Environmental Epistemology of the Andean
People of Peru” written by Dr. Oakley Gordon.
by Shona Quinn
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AKE CARE OF
We asked 17 people to share
what they do to relax and what
wellness means to them. Here
are their responses...
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Wellness is always a priority for me
personally and I hope for most people in
the company. I know stress is an ongoing
issue for many of us and I would like to
share something with you that I find
When I find myself in a difficult situation or
do not know what to do or say,
I often practice the following technique*:
First, take a breath in. On the out breath,
say, “let go.”
Take another breath in. On the out breath
say, “be still.”
Take a third breath in. On the out breath
say, “now what?”
I love the idea that the breath can be an
opening for inspiration. Perhaps it will be
for you too.
*(This technique comes from the teachings
of Thich Nhat Hanh.)
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Samuel Distribution Center
watch a comedic television show or
movie and sleep. During the summer, I
will garden occasionally.
I also consider going to the gym,
playing pool and Wii, participating in
church activities and projects, spending
time with family and friends, cooking,
decorating cakes, and participating
in different committees at work to be
some of my wellness activities.
Any of these activities help me unwind
after a tough day at work. They help Wellness means enjoyment and
me recharge so I am refreshed and fulfillment, anything that makes you
energized, creating a clear mind for the happy. It doesn’t necessarily have to be
Wellness encompasses many aspects next day. relaxing or serene. Wellness could be
of a person’s life. It not only means taking part in an extracurricular activity
being free of illness (physically), it also When I’m in the office and need or hobby; an interest that makes you
means that the emotional, spiritual, a moment of mental and physical feel empowered mentally.
intellectual, social and occupational relaxation, I simply look at pictures of
parts of your being are healthy. Wellness my family. I love to knit, walk and shop as well
is an on-going process of improving as spend countless hours with friends.
yourself and making choices that will His Motto: I have never been a fan of sports
help you get there. …listen closely to My words…for they are or fast-paced exercising, but I love
life to those who find them and health social activities and having stimulating
To relax, I play with my baby, sing, to a man’s whole body. Proverbs 20-22 conversations with people.
I really enjoy reading. I have recently
been drawn to magazines and articles. I
believe that “vegging out” and reading
about pop culture is a perfect way to
whatever stress factors that I held onto relax. I also love reading EF Link or
during the day, but didn’t need to. It’s the EF News Briefs when I have a free
like one big long exhale.... moment. These newsletters let me
decompress from an overwhelming
When I need to release at work, I often day at work. I also love to bake! Not
listen to very upbeat music, anything particularly when there is a heat wave in
from Jill Scott to Lady Ga Ga, while I the middle of August, but baking is very
channel my inner Tina Turner. I also helpful when I want to relax.
chew gum (sugar free) and pop my
gum excessively. These different relaxation activities
allow me to have a moment to myself.
Walking away from a stressful situation
Her Motto: and talking to friends outside of the
Always embrace each day. Everyday workplace can help clear my mind and
To relax, I like to do yoga or pilates is a good day no matter what. Why? allow me to talk through my anxiety.
while watching my guilty pleasures Because I was able to wake up, get out
of “Young and the Restless” and/or of bed and see the day! People expect Her Motto:
“Housewives of…Anywhere.” I do this you not to do good; do good things Indulge in whatever makes you feel
at night after the baby is asleep and the anyway! good, even if that means spoiling or
homework is finished. pampering yourself because life is too
short to hold back.
Exercise and stretching not only helps
me maintain my weight and tone
my body but doing it while I watch
mindless TV just helps my mind let
go of everything. I am able to forget
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can’t speak or use cell phones. because of its serene views and open
spaces! Wellness, without question,
I hardly ever really relax. I’m still makes a difference in your lifestyle.
learning how to do that but I do find
gardening very relaxing. I spend a lot of My children are also very active in
time with my dogs and family. I recently regards to wellness. My son, Daniel, lives
took a trip to Cape May and stayed at in Vermont and is always on the go. He
a convent on the beach. I spent the loves to snowboard (he migrates towards
weekend taking classes in watercolor the snow) and mountain climbing. He is
and gouche, which is a technique of always exercising by riding his bike, and
painting dark to light as opposed to he is an organic farmer! You should see
the typical light to dark method. I love what he can do with a potato! He is the
drawing, painting and listening to music, epitome of wellness. My daughter, Mika,
especially late at night when you aren’t majored in dance and currently teaches
expecting phone calls or disturbances. core techniques and strengthening,
coaches ice skating, and is now back at
EF actually taught me a lot about how school studying to become a physical
Wellness is peacefulness as well as being to fit wellness into my routine and therapist. My oldest son, Brian, played
in tune with your outside, inside and your take time for myself. I have noticed for Northeastern University and West
surroundings. I have a Saturday routine a large difference in myself as I have Chester University in basketball. He
that I enjoy which includes an early progressively allowed myself to be currently coaches both sons in soccer
morning walk with my two pugs, coming mindful of wellness. I was very much and basketball.
home to garden for four to five hours, into yoga when I was younger so having
showering, then settling down under the this peaceful wellness feeling here is Her Motto:
shade tree in our yard to relax and read. great. When I can, I participate in the To live. To laugh. To love. That has
I lounge on a beach chair while the pugs classes and activities that EF provides been my motto since high school and
lay quietly next to me facing the wind. including massage therapy. The physical has always stuck with me.
It’s very peaceful, probably because they atmosphere at EF also promotes balance
Sara Chevy Chase
so most of the time this is a way for of doing a workout at night because I
me to relax. I also get massages every am too tired. I’m also very thankful to
couple of months to reward my body for work for a company that allows me to
the hard work that I put it through. do all of these races and supports me
through the wellness program.
Most of my workouts are bright and
early in the morning. Depending on the Is there anything you do specifically
length of my training for the day, I could when you’re in the store to give
be on my bike or on a run as early as yourself a mental or physical relaxation
3:30 or 4:00 a.m. My second workout moment?
Sara during the bike leg of the half-Ironman that
she finished in June
is normally at the pool after work. I take power naps on my lunch break!!
10 minutes for lunch, 20 minute nap….
honestly the only thing that will get me
When not at work, I have two big dogs I think the mental clarity that I get from through the rest of the day sometimes.
that I love to walk. This is exercise exercising just keeps me going all day Also, I take some time to stretch or get
for them and down time for me. I long. It is so much easier to just get some fresh air outside.
am currently training for the Louisville my workouts done in the morning, and
Ironman, which consists of a 2.4 mile then I can focus the rest of my attention
swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a full on work during the day. Otherwise, I
26.2 marathon run. I love to workout, beat myself up all day or talk myself out
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I practice yoga…I dance hula…I’ve also reason about carbon dioxide and
been attuned at the reiki 2 level. I’m oxygen and the acid alkaline balance in
very interested in massage. the body, but breath control is also the
ultimate reminder of balance in life and
Also if I’ve been glued to my desk lately, teaches you to be present….focusing on
I’ll get out of my chair and just clasp the exhale, then the inhale…it simplifies
my hands behind me and bend forward things that have gotten too complicated
bringing my arms behind me and over and really helps to come back into the
me…forward bends are generally moment…a lot of times we worry about
calming and there’s a lot of tension that what had just happened, what we will
is stored in the shoulders from sitting do about something or what could’ve
hunched at the computer. This simple been done, when really we only have
stretch helps release that. to deal with now. When you focus on
that cycle, you realize that there is that
natural balance in life. This is where
I try to come back to my breath “The Facts of Life” jingle pops into my
throughout the day since it’s easy to head, “You take the good, you take the
be on auto pilot, especially when I’m bad, you take them both and there you
I think wellness means finding any kind multi-tasking…I’ll get out of the chair to have…”
of balance. It has to do with unlocking do that forward bend to release tension
your true potential without the mindset that builds up in the shoulders and
that there is an end result...it’s an lower back. Her Motto:
ongoing process. It’s a conscious effort I don’t really have one motto, but I
to enhance your physical, mental, In yoga, you learn breath control like the simple: just breathe! Ha-ha go
spiritual state or overall well-being. (Pranayama) to help control the energy figure.
in the body. I know there’s a scientific
Pam Human Resources
Golf is not only a physical sport but a
mental one, which might be surprising
to some. Not only are there physical
mechanics of a swing but there are
numerous decisions that have to be
made on the course in a minimal
amount of time. The thing about
golf is that everyone has room for
improvement, and each new hole brings
the promise of a great shot (that’s
what brings every golfer back!). This
translates to work because there are
Wellness is about taking care of all times where we are faced with great
the facets in one’s life—eating well, challenges, and the hope is that when
staying active, challenging the mind you overcome the challenge, you are
and physical ability, and nurturing the stronger and better prepared the next
relationships with family and friends. time around. That’s how we thrive.
Strangely, I find organizing to be very
Well, I don’t have any shortage of relaxing. When life gets chaotic, I clean
hobbies! During the spring, summer out my closet, a filing cabinet or my
and fall, I enjoy playing golf. I also kitchen cupboards. There is something
rejoined the EF softball team this about the process of purging that
season which has been fun. During the makes everything seem manageable.
winter I like to hibernate, so knitting is
a good way to stay inside and still be Her Motto:
productive. Always challenge yourself. Challenges
can be very humbling.
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I go to the gym five days a week
and the routine varies. One day I
may train with weights and the next
will be an entire workout dedicated Distribution Center
to cardio. Other times I mix it up
with interval training. When I come
back from a workout, I feel like it’s a
new start and am ready to kick ass.
Incorporating it into my day really helps
with managing work and wellness.
And when I’m in the office, I find that
stepping away from my desk for a
minute helps immensely.
Going out to dinner is always a great
way to relax. I love being served.
Other times, I really enjoy a particular
computer game called “World of To me, wellness means feeling good and
Warcraft.” having time for yourself and your family.
You should be at peace and relaxed as
Wellness for me is not just about the well as doing what makes you feel best.
physical part of being well, but the
emotional, mental and spiritual aspects I am a single mother so I don’t typically
Do what you like when you like. If
all tie into it as well. have time for myself, but I am a strong
you’re not feeling it, then don’t do it.
believer in prioritizing your own wellness.
When free time presents itself, I kick
box or create my own wellness. I will go
outside, sit in the yard and stare up at
the sky and stars. It is almost my own
form of meditation; a moment of peace
Madison 2 and quiet.
While all of the movements in sequence I also love to play around with my
are important, the tenth movement is daughter; she is turning 11 in a few
the most important and can be done by days. Because she is an innocent child,
itself for an initial time of two minutes. when we play games together I am
It is recommended that you eventually able to forget about the real world and
increase your time to ten or fifteen reminisce about my own childhood.
EILEEN FISHER is the first company
The process of the 10th pose: where I witnessed wellness prioritized
Relax, stand with your feet shoulder- within a corporate environment. When
width apart with your knees slightly you are working in an office, you take
bent. Lift your arms chest high with home both the good and the bad of
elbows out, make a fist, hands/knuckles the day. But here, you take so much
facing forward with your thumbs out more good. I like to think of it as a
facing each other but not touching. domino effect. The positive and upbeat
atmosphere, along with the wellness
I try to do the Qi Gong energy Close your eyes. Stand calmly,
activities that EF offers, affects the
movements daily at home before breathing normally for a minimum of
attitudes of its employees and thus the
work and on my days off. There two minutes in this pose. You might attitudes of close friends and family. The
are 10 movements as part of the feel the need to stretch afterwards, or wellness introduced at work transfers
“Dragon’s Way,’” a six-week program move your head from side to side… over to the wellness within your life.
developed by Dr. Nan Lu (founder of almost as if you engaged in physical
Tao of Healing and Traditional Chinese activity…hummmm. You will feel Her Motto:
Medicine World Foundation) for stress calmer, refreshed, and eventually more Go with the flow and no matter how bad
reduction, eating for healing, and as energized. it is, it can always be worse. If something
a by-product, weight loss. The entire goes awry, you begin to feel sorry for
process has changed my life. The catch For more information, please go to yourself. But then you catch a glimpse of
is consistency. When one does not do www.tcmworld.org or www.taoofhealing. the chaos mentioned on the news and you
Qi Gong every day, you really feel the com, the two related organizations, for realize that everything is not so bad. You
difference – both in energy levels and the complete wealth of offerings from tend to forget why you were upset in the
physical well-being. Dr. Lu including acupuncture. first place.
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Jollie Water Tower
full of pet owners, so I have been able
Jennifer St. Louis
to make new friends just by walking
Magoo. It’s true that owning a pet is a
great way to meet people!
We take walks very early morning,
afternoon (if possible ), and when I get
home from work.
I think with Magoo in my life my time
management skills have improved.
Having this responsibility waiting for me To relax, I practice T’ai Chi (Yang Short
at home has forced me to, for the most Form) and love to walk.
part, work my schedule and not stay a
lot later to finish something like I had I try to practice daily, and have class
done in the past. every Tuesday evening. There are five
major principles of T’ai Chi, one of
My life changed for the better the day Is there anything you do specifically them is to relax. I am now much more
Mr. Magoo (my 2 ½-year-old pug) when you’re in the store to give aware when my muscles are tense
came into my life. I relax by taking yourself a mental or physical relaxation and find it easier because of this self-
Magoo on walks daily, going to the park moment? awareness to relax. And I can practice
for exercise and playing and cuddling at I try to get 15 minutes of thinking time anywhere! I have even practiced in the
home. After a busy day at work, I can’t in, and I surround my work area with break area of our stock room here at
wait to get home to see Magoo; and; pictures of Magoo and my sister. Just work!
by the way he goes crazy the minute I looking at those pictures can help ease
walk through the door, I know he feels those stressful moments. I am very fortunate to work for a
the same way too. My neighborhood is company that values balance, and am
scheduled so that I can attend class
Since that time, I’ve been teaching
group obedience classes and doing
private behavioral consultations with
dogs and their people. The relaxation
part comes for me at the end of every
day when my dogs and I go for a 1-2
mile hike. Even when I’m not in the To relax, I do fused glass projects and
mood to walk, I’m always glad I have; needlepoint and spend time with my
plus a tired dog is a happy dog! grandchildren. For the glass, I have a
studio we set up in a friend’s garage
There’s federal conservation land in my and go there at least once a week after
area that me and my two Basenjis can work. I make plates, bowls, and other
I’ve always gotten a tremendous
walk without leashes (I keep mine on!). serving pieces. Other evenings when I
amount of joy and satisfaction helping
We’re out in this area all year so we get am at home or on my days off, I work
people understand their dogs and
to watch the seasons change. Leaves on needlepoint projects. I make pillows
coping with dog issues. In October of
come and then fall; birds nest and out of the finished canvas or frame
2008, I decided to make it “official”
forage; rabbits run across the paths in them.
and began a year-long course of study
front of us. It’s very peaceful, and I get
to become a professional dog trainer.
a special sort of connection with Mother This has helped me find balance with
I graduated with honors from Animal
Nature while watching my dogs interact work at EF by allowing me time for
Behavior College in October of 2009.
with it. myself and to be creative.
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They were pioneers in the rebirth of and protective gear. I’m so grateful to
roller derby and continue to foster its have had this opportunity. Roller derby
growth. Their goals are to serve their is fun! I moved to Portland a few years
community by empowering women, ago, not really knowing many people
providing entertainment for their fans, here. Through roller derby, I have met
and supporting charitable causes. so many amazing wonderful women. I
They are a 501c3 non-profit formed in enjoy the camaraderie and friendships
2004, and a founding member of the I’ve made.
Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.”
Is there anything you do specifically
Unfortunately, I’m currently on the when you’re in the store to give
disabled list with a knee injury. When yourself a mental or physical relaxation
on the active roster, I typically have moment?
two 2-hour sessions of roller derby I read on my breaks. I just finished the
I’m not sure I’d call what I do a relaxing team practice during the week. I also Stieg Larsson Trilogy, The Girl with the
activity; it’s definitely a stress release. skate indoors or outdoors (weather Dragon Tattoo. What a great read!
I play roller derby! I’m on the Rose permitting) two more times during a
City Rollers recreational roller derby given week. It’s such great exercise!
team, The Wreckers. To give ya a feel We start each practice with a fast-paced
for the organization, here’s the Rose 30 laps around the flat track.
City Rollers Mission Statement: “The
Rose City rollers are women of attitude,
athleticism, and passion, playing a Because of our Wellness program, I
hard-hitting sport of speed and skill. was able to purchase my roller skates
Jaqcui East Hampton
I love to take long walks on the beach Is there anything you do specifically
– listening to the waves crashing on the when you’re in the store to give
shore, smelling the crisp clean air, and yourself a mental or physical relaxation
feeling the rush of the wind on my face. moment?
I always find a moment to step
There is no better time to walk than away and bring myself to a quiet
early morning. I try to get my walk state of mind. We are so blessed to
in at 6 a.m. This is a perfect time, have a beautiful garden in the back
while everything is still. You can hear of the store. It is magical. Just a
the birds and all the sounds of nature moment seems like forever, and I am
without interruption. This is the most regenerated and ready to go.
peaceful moment for me to reflect on
where I am in my life, where I want to
go, and how I am going to get there.
This is my meditative moment. Rebecca Kleister, manager of our
Montgomery store, with one of the rugs
she creates. She dyed all of the fabric
My “me” time is so important for me. in this rug, which is an interpretation of
I am a strong believer that if you don’t a Paul Klee painting.
take care of yourself, you can’t take
care of anyone else. I love to help
people whenever I can, so I need to
have that time to regenerate so that
I can better serve my staff and my
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Retail Stores Pamper with Pedi-Parties
University Village – Beautiful Toes-ies
We really enjoy doing our store wellness as a team. For the past two years, we have had
a Pedicure Party at Julep Nail Salon just down the street from our store. We get the entire
salon to ourselves, bring our own food and wine, and the salon provides plates, glassware,
and enough estheticians for all of us to sit and enjoy our pedicures. They even have a
“manly”cure for the men! The team enjoys this so much and it’s becoming a bit of a
tradition. It’s so nice to get together as a group and have fun while being pampered.
Pedi-fabulous at Pine Street Wellness in Walnut Creek
What sounds better after a hard days work We are always challenged with how to use
on your feet than a yummy wrap, a glass our store wellness money. I think the most
of wine, and some pampering? Maybe a fun we ever had using it was when we had a
nap…but a pedicure at our local Julep all- store “Pedi-Party”! We have a lovely little nail
natural, toxin-free nail parlor made for a salon in town that was happy to stay open
perfect relaxing end to a busy day! Thanks late just for us on a Sunday evening. After
to our wonderful store Wellness benefit, we we closed at 6:00 p.m., we all headed over
were able to go as a group to “chick flick” there to be pampered. We had full use of the
night at Julep and enjoy spa pedicures salon for about three hours. As they only had
including soak, massage and polish – four manicurists working, we were happy to
while watching Jane Austen’s “Sense and take turns…getting our pedicures, drinking
Sensibility.” It was such a treat to spend champagne, and eating lovely little hors
time together as a group, and we practically d’oeuvres and sweets. Since we don’t get to
had the whole salon to ourselves. While attend the EF summer party in New York, we
some were scrubbed and scraped others used our store summer party budget on the
ate and drank…and then we switched. The food and drinks. We all left this great bonding
movie was only background noise; this was experience feeling totally pampered and very
the perfect opportunity to chat and read appreciative of Eileen’s generosity!
trashy magazines. It was a girl’s night out
that we all needed after a busy holiday
season and months in close-toed shoes.
Thank you Eileen for this perfect gift!
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Pasadena store event
“EILEEN FISHER is making some noise at the Make
Music Festival in Pasadena, CA! This was our first
community event in the Pasadena area since Store
60 opened its doors on May 24. We had a beautiful
booth set up to introduce ourselves to the
neighborhood just feet away from the Main
Stage at the festival. As the many musicians
played throughout the day, many people
stopped by our booth and were thrilled that
we had opened up shop right down the
street. Melissa and Brent from Store 60 and
John from Store 25 worked the booth and got
to know our local clientele. Since the festival,
we have had many customers come into our
store and shop with us. It was an absolutely
positive experience and we can’t wait to get
back out into the community!”
Walking for Parkinson’s Research
On April 24, David Greenberg from our Madison 1 store participated in the two
mile Parkinson Unity Walk in Central Park. The Parkinson Unity Walk is the largest
grassroots event raising Parkinson’s
awareness and funds to find a cure. One
hundred percent of donations go directly
to Parkinson’s research. More than
$102,889 was 10,000 people participated in this year’s
generated from 16th annual walk!
the sale of 2510
EILEEN FISHER “I decided to walk in the Parkinson Unity
Walk because my stepsister and step
father’s mother and aunt died from this
since the Lab terrible disease,” David said. “It was
store opened on close to their hearts.” He recruited his
Sept. 16. girlfriend, family members and the 10
people evolved into “Team Lebowitz.”
“Between EILEEN FISHER employees,
Thank you for
friends, and family we were able to raise
your continued $2,130 for more research,” he shared.
support. “I would like to thank everyone who
contributed to this cause.”
by Lorraine Engelhardt
Madison 2 store
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-- ed. Susan Kushnick
As many of us know, transitioning from maternity leave company that sold to JC Penney. I changed jobs every two
to the workplace is sometimes challenging. In returning years, gaining more experience each time, but I wasn’t
to work on June 18 after being home with her newborn finding a home for myself. When I saw an ad in Women’s
son and three-year-old daughter, sweater designer Wear Daily for an EF sweater designer, I had been working
as a sweater technical designer at DKNY for two years. I
Mimi Wong was given the opportunity to experience this
wanted to go back into design. I loved the EF philosophy.
for the second time. Getting a little person ready for
I thought, ‘how can I convince these people I can do this
daycare in the morning puts a whole other dimension job?’ It seemed like a long shot but I wrote a long cover letter
on getting herself to work. “I never knew a toddler could about the company’s mission and finally got a call from HR. I
have so many opinions,” Mimi said. “What she wants to met with Sheree Lee and Helen Oji and, after two interviews,
do in the morning, what she likes to wear. We want her I was hired! And now I’m here for seven years! I finally found
to have a mind of her own, but it does get in the way of a home.
that constant morning routine sometimes!”
What’s your personal creative process when designing?
Tell me a bit about your background. What piqued your First I do a lot of listening and observing – observing what
interest in fashion design? we did before historically, what may be trending. I do a lot of
When I was in elementary school, I excelled in art classes. study on that. Also I listen to people around me – what are
Recognizing how artistic I was, my teachers put me in the they buzzing about? Our new creative space allows us to do
art honors society. As I grew older, I realized I drew more that really well. It’s great because there may be a meeting
figures with clothing, hats and accessories. In high school, happening near me, and I can hear what’s going on. Then
most people drew landscapes and houses, but my drawings I gather the materials that inspire me – from runway shots
were always about a female figure with clothing. I learned or shows, a mood, or a picture. I take that inspiration and
this is called fashion design. After high school, I went to FIT translate it into the EF aesthetic. Before the space redesign it
where I had this revelation: I found a whole other direction was much more difficult. Now voices and visuals just flow to
and felt like I belonged. While at FIT, I entered and won me.
competitions. One was for the UN. There was a panel of 10
judges from around the world, one of whom was Sally Fox What’s your favorite piece on the Fall ’10 line?
[whose naturally-dyed yarn we sampled at EF]. I was the only I love the whole ‘motorcycle girl’ kind of look. I love how
U.S. designer selected. I represented the country in Paris, and we’re trending to the younger, emerging customer. I love our
I had a fashion show at the Louvre. One of my pieces, for a new promotion ads. It’s very inspiring. I feel like it helps me to
company called Wellman that makes fabrics out of recycled design into that direction. There’s this whole other spectrum
bottles, was showcased at the Bryant Park Fashion Show. to design for. At first I thought, it’s a little dark. But the more
I see it, the more I realize I see it has to be because it creates
How did you get to EILEEN FISHER? this edgier energy. It sparks my creativity, too, to design to
I worked in the industry for many years even while I was in this next level. The ads are so inspirational themselves.
school. My first full-time job was at Donn Kenny, a missy
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Cuff Mimi tells about some of her
favorite things and people.
My childhood nick name was… Korean to Mexican to Indian to Chinese, Uh-uh…Szechuan,
Pig Nam. When I first came to this country from China in Vietnamese, Malaysian. Anything that’s spicy, I love.
the eighties I was eight-years-old. I used my Chinese name:
Pin Nam. Kids can be cruel and they made fun of me. They My life motto…
turned it into Pig Nam. Life is what you make it.
My hobby is … Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you I
Food, travel and of course, fashion. haven’t asked?
I want people to know that my two children are my life.
My weirdest habit is… Although it’s tough and challenging, there’s so much joy in
I’m a heavy sleeper! If I’m on vacation and not traveling, I watching them grow up. They complete me.
could sleep uninterrupted for a whole day. Back in the old
days [before children], I could sleep until 5:00 p.m. I would
totally miss out on the sunlight. I love to sleep.
My favorite piece of clothing to wear is…
A t-shirt. Something I don’t have to think about. Something I
could throw on in the morning. On weekends, I just throw on
a t-shirt with my jeans.
My favorite movie is…
Gone with the Wind
My favorite season is…
Summer Helen Keller
The living person I most admire is…
Helen Keller. I know she’s not alive anymore but she seems
so real to me.
My music artist of choice if I was on a
deserted island is…
Word I most overuse…
My favorite food…
Spicy food from all over the world. From
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Our EF Summer Reading Reading Room
Our 2010 summer reading list was created with your We have passionate readers, and I thank you all for your
selections, and I’m sure you’ll find a book or two to add to enthusiastic response. I would also like to point out that I
your bookshelf. I think it’s so nice that we can share things think it is very exciting that one of our choices was written by
like this. The folks who submitted their choices were thrilled an employee’s husband, Charlie Smith (his wife is Daniela
that EF LINK asked again! So find a comfy chair and a Serowinski from our 9th street boutique); look in the list below
shady spot (not too much sun, or use good sun screen!), a for his book, Three Delays.
tall cool drink and, voila, you are all set! --compiled by Carol Gazzetta
The Girl with the Dragon No Angel ~ Temptation~
Tattoo / The Girl who Played A series by Penny Vincenzi
with Fire / The Girl who Kicked Our entire store read this engrossing
the Hornet’s Nest family saga about a family-owned
By Stieg Larsson publishing house in London. The
Originally written in Swedish and first book takes place during WWI
translated into English, these crime when the men go off to war and
novels will keep you on the edge the women run the business. The
of your seat (or lounge chair). The second book follows the next
generation during WWII, and the
minute I finished the first one, I ran
final book takes place in the 50’s in the US. We were turned
out to buy the second one, and then had to wait two painful
on to this series by our wonderful friends at Pine Street (#16)
weeks for the third one to come out (in the US). Submitted by and then it just swept through our store…we couldn’t finish the
Valerie Fisher (Bridgeport Village also recommends this series!) books fast enough for each other! Submitted by Kathy Hunt,
Walnut Creek Store
Outlander series Three Delays
By Diana Gabaldon By Charlie Smith
Her writing is brilliant, and the characters are Three Delays is the story of Billy Brent and Alice
so well developed. This is historical fiction at its Stephens, bound by love since grade school.
best…ancient standing stones in Scotland serve Their love; however, is of the combustible
as a time portal, and the year goes from 1943 variety. Their story – laugh-out-loud funny at
to 1773…the rest is a fantastic read!Submitted times and so tragic it may make you weep –
by Lauren O’Boyle, Northampton store takes us from Venice to Miami to Mexico, but
the only terrain that really matters here is the
heart. Submitted by Daniela Serowinski, Ninth Street Boutique
Tuesday’s with Morrie The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Law of
By Mitch Albom Attraction
It’s such a great inspirational book, makes you By Diane Ahlquist
want to live life to the fullest with a kind heart. This book is about positive thinking, turning
Submitted by Magdelene Orellana, Specialty your thoughts around, how to bring great
Store Sales, New York things into your life with positive energy, and
motivational strategies. Submitted by Sheila
Rigoni, Sanibel Store
Zen and the Art of Happiness The Shadow of Your Smile
By Chris Prentiss By Mary Higgins Clark
In Zen and the Art of Happiness, you will A woman who was adopted traces her
learn how to think and feel so that what genealogy. Unbeknownst to her, she is the
you think and feel creates happiness and biological granddaughter of a deceased nun
vibrancy in your life rather than gloominess who is being considered for beautification…
or depression. A quick read that you and some people have a vested interest in
would want to read over and over again. making sure she never knows this biological
“Everything that happens to me is the best connection. Murder and espionage abound!
possible thing that can happen to me.” The author uses this Submitted by Allison King
powerful statement as a foundation for overcoming stress. Internal Communications
Submitted by Beate Skyes, Fillmore store and Mill Valley store
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