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Love + More Love = Abundance July 28, 2010

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This past weekend I experienced abundance in its most glorious form – love! I attended a friend’s birthday dinner, then a birthday party for my 90-year-old aunt, and then the wedding of a dear friend’s daughter. It was basically a three-day love-fest, and it filled me to the brim with feelings of pure, unadulterated abundance.

We don’t often think of love as a part of the abundance equation, unlike money or material possessions. In reality, though, it is love that gives us the most lasting feelings of fullness and plenty.

Love, to me, is the foundation of an abundant life. There’s an unlimited supply of it – always. And, we all have the capacity within us to be vessels for love. It doesn’t matter what we’ve accomplished, what recognition we’ve received, what we own, there is nothing as sweet as loving. The more we love – the more people, the more manifestations of life – a friend, a child, a parent, a partner, a pet – the richer we are. Nothing is more beautiful or more sacred.

This week, let’s pay particular attention to the abundance of love in our lives. Notice the glow in your beloved’s eyes. Revel in the sweetness of a child’s embrace. Inhale a big gulp of the love in the air at your family reunion. Absorb the adoration of your sweet pet. How does it make you feel when you recognize the love all around you? My guess is that, like me, you’ll feel full, content and simply happy!

Back by Popular Demand! July 23, 2010

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I’ve had a ton of requests to repeat my 4-week book discussion/coaching group on the best-seller “Women, Food and God,” by Geneen Roth.    In response,  I’m offering a new group on Thursday evenings, from 6:30 to 8:00, from August 12-September 2. 

If you didn’t get a chance to join the first group, I hope you’ll be able to make this one!  It’s amazing and powerful to listen to every woman’s story – the similarities and differences are striking! 

If you’re interested, click here.  It will take you to my website and then, from there, to PayPal, to pre-register.  

Can’t wait to see you and hear your story too!

If that link is broken, copy and paste this into you browser:  http://tinyurl.com/2bqrdmn

Do you need it, love it, or LOVE it? July 21, 2010

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My son, Will, and I have talked for years about writing a book together on the subject of “want vs. need.” Time and distance have intervened thus far, but I’ve been thinking about that concept in terms of our topic this month – abundance. How can we feel a sense of plenty when we have a bazillion wants buzzing around in our heads all the time? I want a trip to Spain. I want an outdoor paradise in my backyard.

My favorite fellow Life Coach, Martha Beck, addressed this issue beautifully in her recent article, The Joy Dividend. In it she explores how we can get maximum pleasure with the resources currently available to us. She says, “If you have any money left over after purchasing all the things you absolutely, positively must have [i.e. food, shelter, clothing], spend it on stuff you LOVE but don’t need.”

She also cautions, “Just be careful. If you fail to do this consciously, you’ll get wishy-washy with discretionary spending, blowing your money on things altogether useless… Often, piles of mediocre, creeping stuff actually decreases quality of life.”

This philosophy makes so much sense to me. Just last week I found myself buying yet another pair of white linen capris because they were such a great deal. (Originally $158, I got them for $15!) But, did I really need them? No – I have two pair already. Did I really LOVE them, not just love them? (Notice the distinction between “LOVE” and “love.”) Honestly, they were a lower case love. If I’d been more conscious of Martha’s need, love and LOVE perspective, I would’ve put that $15 toward my trip to Spain, or purchased something for my backyard oasis, both of which I would LOVE!

I invite you to join me this week in making more conscious distinctions between what we really need, really love, and really LOVE. I believe this way of life can ultimately lead to greater satisfaction and feelings of abundance.

– Francie Cooper

Have You Ever Been to an Abundance Swap? July 14, 2010

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I read a story recently about a few friends who organized an Abundance Swap for their community. Here’s how it worked:

On a Sunday afternoon, the friends opened the doors of a local dance studio, loaded a CD player with music, made some apple cider and waited to see what would happen.

They had emailed a few hundred invitations that essentially said “Come help create a new tradition: The First Annual Abundance Swap.”

They asked invitees to consider that:

  • Our nation accounts for 5% of the population and 40–50% of the resource consumption on the planet.
  • Some of the good stuff we already have isn’t being well used or fully enjoyed.

Then they asked participants to:

  • Find 3–5 quality items in their home, shop or office that someone else would enjoy – fun, useful, interesting or beautiful items in really good shape that weren’t important to them any more.
  • Take them to the meeting place. Don’t just drop the stuff off. Stick around to visit, tell a story or two about what they brought and find some things that they’d like to take away.

Those were the rules.

According to the story, at 2 p.m. a small, steady flow of people started filling the studio. Each laid a blanket or towel on the floor and spread out a few nice items. Then they started moving around, kneeling or picking up an item here or there, but mostly passing without taking anything. Some asked, “If I brought three items, does that mean I should also take three?” And, “What if the person whose item I want doesn’t want anything I brought?” Or “What if the value of what I brought is less than the value of what I want to take?”

The organizer explained there were only two rules: Bring some quality things you’d like to give away, and then help yourself to some things you find here that someone else has brought.

That was enough. Within minutes, the room was filled with bright movement and laughter. Jewel boxes and bronze sculptures were held up to the light. Sweaters and scarves were tried on for size and color. Hand tools were examined for sharpness and heft.

This whole idea struck me as a perfect way to manifest abundance for a whole lot of people. I’m going to organize one in my neck of the woods. I invite you to do the same wherever you live!

– Francie Cooper

Sign Up Now for “Women, Food and God” Coaching Group/Book Discussion July 10, 2010

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Join me in a new, provocative, inspiring 4-week

Group Coaching Discussion

based on the bestseller

Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth


In this book/coaching discussion, we’ll explore how our relationship to food is an unexpected path to almost everything. It is a doorway, not a wall; an opening, not a closing.

According to Roth, all that we believe about love, change, joy and possibility is revealed in how, when and what we eat.

Here’s how it will work:

Dates: Tuesdays, July 20 through August 10

Time: 6:30–8 p.m.

Location: Francie Cooper’s office – 2501 Parkview, Ste. 305, Fort Worth 76102

Week 1: Chapters 1–6

Week 2: Chapters 7–10

Week 3: Chapters 11–14

Week 4: Epilogue and wrap-up


Registration*
• $69 for all 4 weeks if paid in advance. (Save $11!)
• $20 per session if paid weekly.
• Check, cash or credit cards through PayPal.

*Book not included. Book is available in hardcover and audiobook formats from both Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Register at www.franciecooper.com  or email coach@franciecooper.com Tor call 817-929-9599.

National Ice Cream Month July 6, 2010

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Did you know July is National Ice Cream month?  I’ve pledged to do my duty to eat my fair share of ice cream and I’m doing a fine job!   So, this morning, I received this story from Daily Candy on the best ice cream in existance.  Have they been reading my Facebook postings?  http://www.dailycandy.com/all-cities/gallery/84804/10-Ice-Cream-Flavors-You-Wont-Find-at-Baskin-Robbins

Pink Plastic Flamingoes? July 6, 2010

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In pondering my topic for this month, “Assure Abundance,” I can’t get three hot pink, plastic flamingoes out of my mind. They flew into my friend’s yard while I was visiting, and became an integral, hilarious part of a weekend celebration of friendship.

The flamingoes, though attached to unbendable steel stakes, managed to migrate from lining a pathway, to peering into a window, to becoming a hood ornament over the course of three days and seven friends. We laughed until our sides hurt when they showed up in some surprising settings. And, of course, we speculated with great enthusiasm over who was responsible for the relocation (all while the culprit smirked with pride over her cleverness.)

While this may all sound like idle chit chat, I did actually glean some lessons on abundance from my fine, unfeathered friends:

  • Laugh abundantly. Laugh more. Lighten up and don’t take yourself too seriously.
  • Be abundantly flexible. Even if your legs feel like rigid, steel rods, you can move, especially if you let your friends help you.
  • It’s okay to be pink (or whatever color or shape you are). Standing out from the crowd is much better that being invisible, and being open is more likely to attract abundance.
  • Be abundantly happy where you’re planted. Sometimes there are lessons to be learned – like being still.

This July let’s focus on the abundance that already exists in our lives. It’s a chance to enjoy what we have rather than what we don’t have; what’s right rather than what’s wrong; what’s good rather than what’s bad; what we do want rather than what we don’t . It’s a big challenge but I know you’re up to it!