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Help Paint My Kitchen?!? May 11, 2011

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Do you remember last week when I wrote about the importance of having Vitally Important People in our lives?  Well, this past weekend they showed up in spades at my front door. I experienced the embodiment of VIPs when I had the, ahem, opportunity, to learn how to strip wallpaper, putty, sand, prime and paint my kitchen.
This was not a project for the faint of heart or body, and, since I had never performed these tasks, I really had to rely on some of my VIPs for assistance. They pitched in with physical labor, mental encouragement and nutritional sustenance to help get the job done.  When I tallied the results, I realized it took more than 61 woman-hours to complete.
My heartfelt thanks go out to Kathy Schimmel for her know-how, incredible hard work, and patience; to Frankye Bruce for her amazing attention to detail and Subway sandwiches; to Sherry Grubbs for sharing her delicious Shari’s Berries and good cheer; to Robert Grubbs for his stable, really tall ladder; to Beth Kauffman for pizza, chocolate, and moral support; to Julie Moyers for “put-your-pants-on” chicken and fruit salads; and, of course, to Lesley Hunt for
all of the above, all of the time.
My life is richer, more enjoyable, extra productive, and filled with love because of these individuals and many others.  The VIPs in my life support me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually every day.
Now, for you dear readers, it is my sincerest hope and wish that you, too, have heroes and champions in your life.  Last week, I asked you to make a list of them.  This week, I invite you to choose at least one of those relationships to nurture in some way.  Write a note. Invite him or her over for coffee or wine.  Set up a lunch or dinner date.
Or, ask them to help paint your kitchen!
Your Still-Recovering Coach,
Francie Cooper
P.S.  Steve and I talk about the imortance of relationships in our pursuit of happiness on this week’s internet radio episode of TapaPalapa!  Click on the link to listen in.
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Tapa Palapa Podcast Now on itunes! February 25, 2011

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Hooray!  Hooray!  Tapa Palapa now has a new itunes channel!  Tune in and find out what’s going on!

Preparing for Love 3.0 – on TapaPalapa.com February 16, 2011

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In our most recent episode on TapaPalapa,  Steve and I talk about some important ideas and exercises for you when you’re looking for a romantic relationship. 

We explore ways to prepare yourself to love and be loved, how to make mindful decisions about the sort of person who will be a compatible partner for you, and how to realize your own qualities and strengths so you can enter a relationship with confidence in your ability to be an equal partner.

You can also see the video of Francie drawing the winners of her Valentine’s Day Give-Away on our Cinema page.

Plus, take the VIA Strengths Survey by clicking here. It will help you identify the positive psychology strengths that you will bring to a relationship to benefit your partner.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. Did you find the VIA Strengths test helpful? If you’re looking for a relationship, did you try the exercise Francie recommends? What tips do you have for people preparing for a romantic relationship?

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Life First, then Worklife January 12, 2011

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In the latest podcast on TapaPalapa,  Steve and I ask you questions a traditional career counselor or consultant isn’t likely to consider. Things like the way you interact with people, the kinds of environments you prefer, and the patterns and rhythms that feel most natural to you.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. What do you need to add to your life to bring in the zest? What will sweeten it? How can you make it less sour or less bitter?

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