W.A. World Service Organization Newsletter
Living in Balance E-Newsetter November 2013
In This Issue
Your W.A. Board Engaged
5 Ways to Achieve Balance!
Registration Open for 2014 W.A. World Conference
W.A. Mediation Book needs member meditations.
Quick Links

Greetings! We hope you are living a grateful, happy life as we move into the holiday season!  Happy Thanksgiving to those in the United States. :)
Some tips below on 5 Ways to Achieve Balance. See below.

Registration for our W. A. World Conference 2014 in Malibu is already in full swing. See below for details.

Michele S., Outreach Coordinator
Workaholics Anonymous


5 Ways to Achieve Balance as an Entrepreneur

"As a profession, entrepreneurship breeds anything but 
balance. The highs can be stratospheric and the lows can be crushing. Trying to find your rhythm in a highly competitive market can take its toll and sometimes entrepreneurs burn out far too soon. But there are ways to maintain balance despite the roller coaster ride.

This is something Mike Del Ponte, co-founder and chief executive of Soma, knows a lot about. Soma is the maker of smart, biodegradable and beautiful water filters, and delivers them to customers every other month. Here, in his words, he shares the top ways he achieves balance as an entrepreneur".

One of my favorites:

 Disconnect from technology when you can.

"But as much as we like to think otherwise, entrepreneurs are not machines. We need time off. That doesn't mean watching TV on the couch while checking email. It means totally unplugging. No laptop, no phone, no tablets and as little technology as possible.

I used to work three jobs, seven days a week. I thought I could never take a day off. What I found was that I became much more productive -- and healthy and happy -- when I committed to resting each Sunday.

When you designate time to unplug from devices and from work you have more time to relax, read, cook, go to church, workout, meditate, get outdoors, enjoy the people you love, take a nap and everything else you say you "don't have enough time to do."

Great advice for anyone not just entrepreneurs! See full article here.


Special thanks to Amber for sending article and image :)

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.
Conference Call Line for ALL Phone Meetings
(712) 432-0363 
 Your W.A. World Service Board Engaged 


Hi, Sandi S, your friendly WA Treasurer here~Thank you ALL, meetings and individuals, for your Seventh Tradition donations! Thanksgiving is this week and I am thankful for the existence of Workaholics Anonymous and the ability to attend face to face, phone, and online meetings. The WA website is the hub for all this information and we are grateful for this technology....YOUR donations provide the $$ to do this~THANK YOU!


I am looking to those interested in being on the Outreach Committee. One of the things I would like to get help with is contacting websites that are online that are discussing workaholism in hopes in helping others and let them know  about W.A..
Please contact [email protected] if you want to come on board!  Michele S.

Technical Committee

We are moving along in our progress on  the new W.A. website! We are hoping to have  it done by the end of 2013 or early 2014. 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 [email protected]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 [email protected]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 [email protected]

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.


For general information:  Anne [email protected]

For meeting assistance:  Laura [email protected]

For WA Literature volunteers or corrections:  
Amber [email protected]

For e-newsletter:  Michele [email protected]

For STORYLINE:  Shelley [email protected]

For WSR assistance:  Bob [email protected]

For Meditation Book:  [email protected]

For 2014 Conference:  Amy [email protected]

For literature ordering questions:  [email protected]

General mailbox:  [email protected]


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

Bruce A [email protected]

Jerry S [email protected]

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


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 [email protected]. 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: [email protected]
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. [email protected]
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