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Great Little Video on Thankfulness November 24, 2010

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I saw this great little video on thankfulness this morning from Daily Candy.  They interviewed New Yorkers asking what they were grateful for this Thanksgiving.  It made me think about my own list. 

I’m grateful for: my sons:  Mike for his sweet, generous spirit, and Will for his enthusiasm for life and that he is coming home for Thanksgiving; my comfortable home;  precious friends;  kind, smart cool-leagues; open-minded and open-hearted clients; a great church home; delicious coffee every morning.  Well the list could go on and on.

Tell me what you’re grateful for this year!

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I’m a Wanderer. Sing it Dion. November 18, 2010

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A new Harvard study, reported in the story below,  supports theories by spiritual teachers that being fully present, living  in the moment,  increases our happiness level.   How can we learn to be more present?   I know I say it again and again, but it’s through meditation, friends.   Read this story for the full scoop:

Memo to the Mind: Don’t Wander, Be Happy

Comic Strip Imitates Life November 17, 2010

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Last Sunday I was blissfully reading the comic section of my local newspaper when Sally Forth spoke to me. From the colorful pages of the funnies came wisdom on this month’s topic, “Juggling JoyFully.” You can read the strip that inspired me here.

In the first panel, Sally, is holding her head and staring at her computer.  Ted walks in and says: “You look stressed, Sally.”  Sally replies: “I feel it…”

Second panel, Sally says: “My mind keeps racing over everything I have to do…”

Third panel, Sally continues: “Employee year-end reviews, Thanksgiving, Christmas…”

Fourth panel, she says to Ted:  “I guess I just need you to tell me everything’s going to be all right.”

In the final panel, Ted says: “Everything’s going to be all right, Sal.” 

To which Sally replies, “No, I need you to tell me that while you’re drawing me a bath, lighting some scented candles, and listing all the dinners you’ll be preparing for the next several weeks.”

I was struck by the fact that this comic strip could capture, in just a few words and pictures, the universal dilemmas and wishes of most women at this time of year.  I don’t have enough time to do everything I need to do.  I wish someone would help me.

So, my busy female readers, can you ask for help and express as clearly as Sally what you actually need as the season really heats up? And my dear male readers, can you hear what she’s asking and draw the bath, light the candles, and list what you’ll be doing to help?

Novel concepts on both sides, ladies and gentlemen. Ask for help. Give help. Simple but not easy!

– Francie Cooper

P.S. For more practical and fun ideas about coping with the holiday season, listen to my latest podcast with fellow coach, Steve Coxsey, Staying Calm and Thankful During Holiday Gatherings!

Start a New Day-After-Thanksgiving Tradition – The National Day of Listening! November 16, 2010

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Have you ever thought about starting a new holiday tradition for the day after Thanksgiving?  I’m pleased to share with you information about the third annual National Day of Listening which takes place on Friday, November 26, 2010. On the day after Thanksgiving,  StoryCorps asks that all Americans set aside an hour to interview a friend, a loved one, or someone in their community about his or her life.

I will be taking part in the 2010 National Day of Listening by recording interviews with my own family and friends.

To record your own National Day of Listening interview:

  1. Find someone you’d like to interview
  2. Create your question list
  3. Sit down to record your conversation

StoryCorps has created a free Do-It-Yourself (DIY) interview guide with step-by-step interview instructions, equipment recommendations, and sample questions that is available online at www.nationaldayoflistening.org. You can record your interview using equipment that is readily available in most homes—from cell phones to tape recorders to computers or even pen and paper.

 The National Day of Listening was started by StoryCorps in 2008 as a way to provide an alternative to “Black Friday” shopping sprees. By participating in this year’s National Day of Listening, I hope you’ll find that taking the time out to interview someone about his or her life is the least expensive but most meaningful gift that we can give.

StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Family Stress During the Holidays? November 10, 2010

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I know this may come as such a surprise to many of you, but sometimes family is a source of stress during the holidays.  In our newest podcast on Tapa Palapa.com, Steve Coxsey and I discuss some practical (and funny) ways to cope with interesting family dynamics.   Click on the link above  for the tips, and, if you listen to the end of the podcast, you’ll hear about our unique Tapa Palapa Family Bingo game.   It’s sure to bring a smile to your face 🙂

Refocus. Reinvent. Rebuild. A Day for Designing the Next Chapter of Your Life. November 9, 2010

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Who will write the next chapter of your life?  Set aside just one day to make sure the author is YOU. 

Has your life turned out the way you planned it?  Was it even your own plan?  Are you looking back wondering what happened to your vision and your dreams as you accomplished all those things you were “supposed” to do?  Are you looking ahead realizing you had big milestones for the first half of your life, but not much planned for this next stage? 

If so, register today for this life-transforming event!
Refocus. Reinvent. Rebuild.  A Day for Designing the Next Chapter of Your Life.

  • Saturday, November 20th
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sanford House Inn and Spa, 506 N. Center St., Arlington, TX
  • To register, email:coach@franciecooper.com
  • Fee:  $299, includes seminar materials, continental breakfast,lunch, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

School Nurses get in on the Juggling JoyFully Act! November 8, 2010

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Today at 2:00 I’m speaking to 125 Fort Worth Independent School District nurses on that ever-challenging topic:  Work/Life Balance.  For those of you who follow my blog, you know I like to call it “Juggling JoyFully.”

If  your company or organization would like a presentation on this topic, too –  shoot me an email at coach@franciecooper.com.  We’ll have a lot of fun, some laughs, and take away some important information about creating this elusive harmony inyour life.

Juggling Joyfully November 5, 2010

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 I’m starting a new coaching group next Thursday called “Juggling JoyFully,” and would love to have you join me! It seems a particularly appropriate topic, given that the holidays are hot on the horizon. After all, we have to fit in the shopping, cooking, cleaning, family, etc.,amid the normal activities of daily living!

Dates:
Five Thursdays, November 11 and 18, and December 2, 9 and 16. 
Location: 
Park Plaza Building
2501 Parkview, Suite 206
Fort Worth, TX  76102
Cost: 
Just $79 for 5 full weeks of group coaching
To register:
email:
coach@franciecooper.com
call:
817.929.9599
mail:
Life Coach Francie Cooper
2501 Parkview, Suite 305
Fort Worth, Tx  76101
Payment will be accepted by cash or check to Life Coach Francie Cooper on the first meeting day.

Newest Podcast from Tapa Palapa November 3, 2010

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Steve Coxsey and I are sharing our unique brand of silliness with a dash of sanity thrown in at TapaPalapa.com.  Listen in on our latest podcast – “When it’s Hard to Be Thankful.”