Strategic Living's News & Views

Winter 2012

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Joanne Factor of Strategic LivingDear ,  

You may have noticed that it's been a while since the last News and Views landed in your inbox. I've been working on some projects, including a complete website overhaul, that should make it easier for you to find classes and other resources central to safety. Coming to the Strategic Living website: more self-defense skills instruction online. So stay tuned.

Also I'm hearing that we are all just getting too much email. Believe me, I feel that pain (I get between 100 to 150 a day, most of it junk)! So I've decided to scale back this e-newsletter to kinda quarterly (4 to 6 times per year). I'll be spending more time with my blog, Facebook, and other social media. So for more frequent missives, check out my Facebook page (you don't have to be a "liker" to see its content, you don't even have to be a Facebook member -- but you do need to be a member to contribute). Or my blog, Safety in Seattle News, which will also be getting a facelift in the next couple of weeks.

These are resources for you, so I'd like to hear what safety concerns you have. Please contact me if there are any issues you'd like to see addressed in this e-newsletter, or in the blog, on on Facebook.

Sincerely, Joanne

Seeking Super Sheros
Seeking Super Sheros

Seeking Sheros Contest

If you could be a supershero, who would you be? What would your special power be? And what would trigger or inspire you to use this power?

Last spring I began asking students if they could have any one super power to keep themselves safe, what would it be? The answers varied from invisibility to super speed to flying (the most popular) to mind-reading to super-strength.

Now I want to hear from you. This is a contest, and first prize is an iPod shuffle. Second and third prizes will be iTunes and Amazon gift certificates. In addition, winning entries will be featured on Strategic Living's website.

To enter: follow the directions on Strategic Living's Super Shero web page.

Evil-doers need not apply.

The fine print: you agree that, without further compensation or consideration, your submission may be used by Strategic Living, LLC, to promote safety and self-defense classes.

Winter 2012:

Self-Defense 101:
 A five (or more) week course that builds progressive skill and prepares you for life's unexpected (and unwanted) moments.  To register for any of these classes, visit for links to each organization and class registration.

Five Tuesday evenings,
6:30 - 8:30 pm, through the UW Women's Center (class location is Bryants Building). Winter dates: Jan 24 - Feb 21.

Five Saturday afternoons
, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, at Bellevue College's North Campus location.
Winter dates: Jan 28 - Feb 25.

Five Monday evenings, 7:00 - 8:50 pm, through Seattle Central Community College. Winter dates: Jan 30 - March 6 (no class Feb 20, Presidents' Day).

Sunday Seminars: Offered twice in February, noon til 5 pm, on the 5th at Burlington Parks and Recreation, and on the 12th in Seattle 


KidSafe: Offered once this winter, through North Kirkland Community Center on Saturday January 21st, 1:00 - 2:30 pm. 


Weekend Workshop through the UW Experimental College will be held Friday March 9, Sat March 10, and Sun March 11. Visit for more info and links to registration. 


Self-defense skills are like CPR, you should review and practice them annually. 

If you've already taken a class and would like to keep it fresh, Strategic Living offers a 50% discount on select classes. And, if you refer your friends to a Strategic Living class and they sign up, I will donate $25 to one of three awesome organizations for women and girls. Visit my Paying It Forward page for details.

Do you work with a non-profit or community organization that holds silent Self defense class -  striking practiceauctions? Ask me to donate a gift certificate for a private 1.5 hour seminar.

Do you work with a non-profit or community organization whose staff/volunteers/members/clients would benefit from a safety skills seminar? Visit for information on requesting partly subsidized training sessions. 

Scott S., who works with homeless teens, had this to say:  "Joanne did a great job connecting with our youth and answering some very difficult questions. The first thing that she did was to get to know our youth and meet them where they are at. We loved the way that Joanne listened, and she did a great job affirming them. Our youth walked away empowered to defend themselves as well as know which techniques work best for them. We learned all about ways to communicate healthy boundaries and how the word NO can communicate multiple things. It was great for me as the leader to hear our youth getting really into it. It also was a way for our staff to connect with our youth and help to foster great conversations."
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