W.A. World Service Organization Newsletter
Living in Balance E-NewsetterOctober 2013
In This Issue
Your W.A. Board Engaged
Storyline Fall Issue
Registration Open for 2014 W.A. World Conference
W.A. Mediation Book needs member meditations.
Quick Links

Greetings! We hope your recovery is doing well as we enter fall season and you are living a grateful, happy life.

Registration for our W. A. World Conference 2014 in Malibu is already in full swing. See below for details.
November is W.A. Meditation Month!
See more info below.

Fall Storyline issue is here! See below for links to download pdf.

Michele S., Outreach Coordinator
Workaholics Anonymous

Huffington Post Article on Workaholism


"The theory highlights the paradox that working overtime leads to more income,  
but less time to spend this income. It also suggests that as income increases, workers are more likely to develop unhealthy habits around working excessively."
"Renewal is not for slackers," Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, told the Huffington Post. "Renewal is a way in which to increase your capacity to be more effective.""Renewal is not for slackers," Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, told the Huffington Post. "Renewal is a way in which to increase your capacity to be more effective."
Arianna Huffington: How to succeed by getting more sleep!


November is W. A. Meditation Month!
 It is the time when all  together, we can give particular attention to our efforts to develop our awareness and our methods. Doing it together adds synergy and positive energy to this task. All of us will participate and all of us will be receiving the benefit of it. It will ease the  process for each of us. We do together what we can't do alone. View more here.

We are moving  together on our next path.  Aligning this with our 11th Step - "Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out".

The W. A. Meditation Committee is writing a W.A. Meditation Book.


We welcome all members to write and submit meditations for this publication. Consider having a writing play day for your meeting group. Not only would this activity provide opportunities for reflection and meditation, but it would also allow group members to make contributions to a book that will serve the needs of the whole fellowship.


A suggested meeting format for writing meditations is available at the WA website. For more details about submitting meditations, please visit the W.A. website. 


Also, a suggested meeting format for writing meditations is also available at the W.A. website here for you to view. 


We look forward to receiving your meditations!!
Have fun with us!!


Your trusted servants,

W.A.W.S.O. Literature Committee


Workaholics Anonymous in California!
2014 - Malibu Here We Come!

The W.A. World Service Conference will be held in Malibu, CA
July 31-August 3, 2014. We will be staying at the Serra Retreat Center
which has a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean!

Registration is now open.
 Fall Issue for W.A. Storyline is out!
Are you interested in submitting some of your thoughts, stories, poems,
quips and/or articles about your journey in recovery and with
the Workaholics Anonymous program and fellowship?
If you have something you want to share, please contact us.  



Or visit our website at:
Don't Forget!
New Conference Call Line for ALL Phone Meetings!
On September 16th our Conference Call number will be permanently changing from (218) 844-0870 to (712) 432-0363 for conferencing. 
Please continue to use the current conference number until September 16th. Starting September 16th, both host and participants will need to use the new conference. Your access code will remain the same.
 Your W.A. World Service Board Engaged


For general information:  Anne communications@workaholics-anonymous.org

For meeting assistance:  Laura meetingassist@workaholics-anonymous.org

For WA Literature volunteers or corrections: 
Amber literature@workaholics-anonymous.org

For e-newsletter:  Michele outreach@workaholics-anonymous.org

For STORYLINE:  Shelley storyline@workaholics-anonymous.org

For WSR assistance:  Bob wsrsupport@workaholics-anonymous.org

For Meditation Book:  MeditationBook@workaholics-anonymous.org

For 2014 Conference:  Amy conference2014@workaholics-anonymous.org

For literature ordering questions:  fulfillment@workaholics-anonymous.org

General mailbox:  wso@workaholics-anonymous.org


For any Program issue, concern, initiative, suggestion, etc.:

Bruce A facilitator@workaholics-anonymous.org

Jerry S secretary@workaholics-anonymous.org



We are making progress on  the new W.A. website! Looks like it will be launched in the fall. The new website design will have an improved design, development and new shopping cart.


In addition to the ongoing process of developing our W.A. Meditation Book (see below for details), We have a couple of exciting projects planned for the near future - including some edits to our existing literature, a formatting facelift for our brochures and mailings, and even a new pamphlet on the topic of work anorexia/avoidance (which will ideally help members to overcome procrastination, perfectionism, and related fears).  


Please help with the revision process (easy service opportunity!) by contacting literature@workaholics-anonymous.org with any recommended changes that you or your group stumble upon as you read through the books and pamphlets, perhaps notating them as you read and including them all in a single email when you finish.  Do not be shy about voicing your ideas - from sweeping substantive concerns to tiny grammatical errors - as this is your literature.


If you are interested in joining the Literature Committee - or would like to otherwise consult on any of these ongoing projects - I would love the support. Again, please email literature@workaholics-anonymous.org for details.


Love and service,

Amber, W.A.W.S.O. Literature Chair




The W.A. Communications Department is adding to our sponsors list for new members. We are particularly getting a lot of requests from women. Want to sponsor? Please contact communications@workaholics-anonymous.org

We are currently seeking a professional representative to speak on behalf of the fellowship and respond to public press releases that may misconstrue the reality of being a workaholic. See more information below.


Interested in Becoming a Meeting Group Mentor?

Among the many support opportunities offered by WA, perhaps the richest are those created through relationships with fellow members. Across the globe people are forming meeting groups and sharing the message of recovery. We are excited by the growth of the fellowship, particularly in the number of people expressing interest in organizing meeting groups.

Because starting a meeting group can be an intimidating process, we would
like for beginners to receive a mentor during their initial stages of meeting development. Mentors offer service through answering questions and providing suggestions as needed for members beginning their meeting groups. Currently, we are in need of more mentors and would like to extend this service opportunity to members of the fellowship.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor for those starting meeting groups, please contact me at meetingassist@workaholics-anonymous.org. More information will be provided upon receiving your expressed interested.

With gratitude,
Laura R.
Request For Sponsors

W.A. receives requests regularly for sponsorship from people seeking recovery from workaholism. We do receive more requests for female sponsors. We need to add to this list so we can help the new members in our fellowship. We keep a confidential list of volunteers who are willing to take this on.  If you are willing, please send us an email with your contact information (or any other information you feel a sponsee should know) to: communications@workaholics-anonymous.org
Your information is kept confidential to protect your anonymity. We will contact you with a person's contact information when someone requests, offering you the opportunity to respond.  Your offering of this service will be of great value to your recovery, as well as to the person you would be sponsoring.

Group Support Section on Website  


There are helpful tools and materials available here that you can download for your group; meeting formats, types of meetings, tips on outreach, W.A. Public Awareness Guidelines, archives to news letters and much more!


 W.A. Seeks Professional Representative for Our Fellowship

As workaholism has become a widespread concept in public media, the ways it is communicated about can often create more misconceptions than understandings. In this regard, members of Workaholics Anonymous are currently seeking a professional representative to speak on behalf of the fellowship and respond to public press releases that may misconstrue the reality of being a workaholic. If you know of someone or have suggestions for who might serve as a reputable spokesperson for WA (who is not affiliated with the fellowship), please send your recommendations to Laura R. lauradawnr@gmail.com
Supporting W.A. Seventh Tradition Contributions

Our Seventh Tradition provides that W.A. is fully self-supporting; declining outside contributions. WAWSO welcomes contributions from W.A. groups and members. One hundred percent of all contributions directly support recovery from workaholism. Carrying the message of recovery to workaholics who still suffer includes email and phone services, a quarterly newsletter, media and community outreach, literature development and distribution, this website, an annual conference, meeting information and support, and other outreach services. Please print out and send this Seventh Tradition form 
to support W.A.'s Outreach.

by Credit card or Paypal. Thank you for your generous support. 
Please contribute what you can for your meetings. :)

W.A operates on contributions from it's members and literature sales. Please don't forget to go online and make a contribution to W.A. if you only go to phone meetings. You can click here donate.

Purchase Our Books Online!


The Book Of Discovery

Book of Discovery, W.A. WorkbookA guide to the 12 Steps  

The Workaholics Anonymous Book of Discovery is a
guide that provides step instruction, questions, activities, and stories-all with room to write and reflect as necessary, in a large spiral-bound, three-hole punch volume. The book is designed to lay completely flat so as to be easily used for writing as well as for protective storing in a three-ring notebook of your choice with other loose or extra pages if desired.  This workbook can be used alone, with a sponsor  or used with a group in a meeting format. 

Click here for online purchase    You can also purchase through the mail.  Price: $25. Plus $4.95 shipping and handling anywhere in the US. Send your check to WSO Web Payment Center, PO Box 56416, Portland, OR, 97238.


The Book of Recovery

W.A.'s first publication, The Book of Recovery is our main text. It has valuable information for all recovering workaholics; history, stories, guidance in working the steps and tools to help you with your recovery program! Click here for online purchase