Sharing Your Talent and Treasure

We’re mixing up a delicious cocktail at Tapa Palapa. The recipe can only be made in large quantities, but that’s okay because it’s for sharing. After all, “Life Is Bigger Than You.”

All month long we’ve been talking about sharing your time, talent, and treasure for the greater good. This week we add the last ingredients. One is unique to you, your collection of talents, so your cocktail will have your signature. The other is something everyone has, but in different amounts – your treasure. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a lot to give, because it’s the cheerfulness in giving that sweetens this drink.


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In this episode Francie and Steve review ways to share your talent, including the obvious, the not-so-obvious, the surprisingly simple, and the delightfully creative. They also consider the ways you bless your own life as well as the lives of others when you share your treasure.

Please leave a comment or a question to join the conversation. Do you get to share your talents in a not-so-obvious way? Do you have a talent you don’t use regularly but get to share for the greater good? What delightfully creative idea have you come up with as a way to share your talent to benefit others? Have you ever been happy that you gave money? Seriously. We want to know!

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This Week’s Tidbits:

Share Your Treasure: Japanese Disaster Relief

Here are a couple of resources to help you decide how to donate money to benefit survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan:

Yahoo! has a list of organizations providing disaster relief in Japan.

American Institute of Philanthropy rates the economic efficiency of organizations that are providing disaster relief in Japan.

**Although they note that Doctors Without Borders is not accepting donations for its efforts in Japan, please understand that Doctors Without Borders does not accept any targeted donations. They need to be lean and agile and swift in their responses so they don’t accept restricted donations. Donating to them will support their efforts in Japan.

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Special Episode: Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

This week we present a special episode of Tapa Palapa.

On Friday a massive earthquake struck Japan, with an epicenter under the Pacific ocean to the east of the northern half of the nation. Shortly after the earthquake a tsunami devastated much of the eastern coastal region in northern Japan. Since we are discussing the Greater Good this month we wanted to change the menu for this week to talk specifically about how people can help the survivors and victims’ families.


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We have suggestions for ways to donate to the relief effort and to participate in times of prayer or meditation. Please let us know in the comment section if you have information about other organizations that are sending aid. We invite you to share information about groups planning times of prayer or meditation for the people of Japan.

If you want to share this episode to encourage people to donate or send prayers, you can send them to this page or use this link to send your friends or family to our iTunes page. You can also use the buttons at the bottom of this post to share it through social media or by e-mail.

Sites For Giving:

The American Red Cross has a designated fund for earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan.

Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is reaching victims in isolated areas of Japan and monitoring the nuclear reactor emergency.

Unfathomable Destruction

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Sharing Your Time

We’re mixing up a delicious cocktail at Tapa Palapa. The recipe can only be made in large quantities, but that’s okay because it’s for sharing. After all, “Life Is Bigger Than You.”

All month long we’ll be talking about sharing your time, talent, and treasure for the greater good. This week’s ingredient is very valuable. It’s your time, which can’t be replaced. So you get to decide how much to mix in, a big slosh or just a splash.


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In this episode Francie and Steve explore lots of ways to share your time, everything from involved, complicated, long-term programs right down to simple acts of being involved with people around you. Francie introduces us to “slacktivisim,” and Steve has other ideas for making it really really really simple to give your time. Warning: Steve said he lost his “funny,” so his suggestions are – ahem – kind of blunt.

Please leave a comment or a question to join the conversation. Is there a cause that you support that you want to tell us about? What memorable experiences have you had volunteering your time? Do you have some additional simple ways that even people who are busy can share their time and make a difference?

And while we’re sharing… Will you please help us increase our audience and get more people talking about the greater good by sharing our big news? Tapa Palapa is on iTunes! You can click this link or share it with your friends or family to subscribe through iTunes. You can also invite them to sign up by RSS feed or by e-mail.

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This Week’s Tidbits:

Slacktivism:

Check out these sites Francie mentioned to help a cause simply by clicking around the internet. Really! They are legitimate. Sponsors donate to the causes based on traffic to the site.

FreeRice.com sends rice to the World Food Programme.

FreeKibble.com provides food for animal shelters.

GreaterGood.com is a portal to many sites for different causes you can choose from.

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The Greater Good

We’re mixing up a delicious cocktail at Tapa Palapa. The recipe can only be made in large quantities, but that’s okay because it’s for sharing. After all, “Life Is Bigger Than You.”

All month long we’ll be talking about sharing your time, talent, and treasure for the greater good. This week we start with the main ingredient, your preferred variety of the greater good.


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In this episode Francie and Steve discuss how doing something for a cause greater than yourself can actually improve your quality of life – it’s proven in research. They suggest ways to help you figure out where you would like to share your time, talent, and treasure, based on your values, your interests, and your strengths.

Please leave a comment or a question to join the conversation. Is there a cause that you support that you want to tell us about? What memorable experiences have you had volunteering your time? How have you used your talents to improve the world, or at least a corner of it? What cause gets you to open your wallet or ask other people for donations?

Please help us increase our audience and get more people talking about the greater good by sharing our big news. Tapa Palapa is on iTunes! You can click this link or share it with your friends or family to subscribe through iTunes. You can also invite them to sign up by RSS feed or by e-mail.

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This Week’s Tidbits:

Francie had a great idea about using the VIA Strengths test to help you decide the best way for you to serve. Click here to take the VIA.

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Lasting Love

We’re asking, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” all this month at Tapa Palapa. This week we look at the recipe for lasting love.


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In this episode Francie and Steve talk about the profound difference between a “swept off your feet” romantic infatuation and deep, sustaining love. They discuss the strong points of connection that form a long-term bond that continues and strengthens after the euphoria of falling in love fades. They also consider wisdom from couples who have enjoyed being together for a long, long time.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. What have you observed or learned from couples in successful lifelong relationships? What wisdom can you share with others about making love last? What nurtures your abiding love? What are your touchstones for connection?

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This Week’s Tidbits:

To visit the web site for the 5 Love Languages click here. The banner link to the book is at the bottom of this post.

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Head Over Heels

We’re asking, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” all this month at Tapa Palapa. This week we offer ways to cushion the fall when you go head over heels.


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In this episode Francie and Steve suggest creative ways to meet people who are likely to be compatible partners in a romantic relationship. They also discuss pointers on navigating the exciting whirlwind of falling in love so that you don’t land with a “thud.” They offer tips for staying conscious and mindful as you look for a romantic partner, as you feel the stirrings of infatuation and wonder if this person might be “the one,” and as you let yourself get swept away and fall in lust – er, love.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. How have you made sure you were compatible with someone before letting go and falling head over heels? What have you learned by falling for someone who turned out to be incompatible? What advice can you share for people longing for a romantic relationship and eager to fall in love?

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This Week’s Tidbits:

Search for groups of people who share your interests at Meetup.com.

To visit the web site for the 5 Love Languages click here. The banner link to the book is at the bottom of this post.

See the video of Francie drawing the winners of her Valentine’s Day Give-Away on our Cinema page.

Are you hearing the call of the ocean, too? Enjoy some spectacular photos of waves by Clark Little by clicking here.

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Preparing For Love

The snow and ice have cleared and Steve is back from his trip, so after a weeklong break Tapa Palapa is back. And it’s Valentine’s Day!

We’re asking, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” all this month at Tapa Palapa. This week we cover the ingredients of preparing for love.


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In this episode Francie and Steve cover some important ideas and exercises to consider when you’re looking for a romantic relationship. They talk about ways to prepare yourself to love and be loved, to make mindful decisions about the sort of person who will be a compatible partner for you, and to know your own qualities and strengths so you can enter a relationship with confidence in your ability to be an equal 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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This Week’s Tidbits:

See the video of Francie drawing the winners of her Valentine’s Day Give-Away on our Cinema page.

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.

The author of Write it Down, Make It Happen is not “What’s-her-face What’s-her-face.” Her name is actually Henriette Anne Klauser. The banner link to her book is at the bottom of this post.

To visit the web site for the 5 Love Languages click here. The banner link to the book is also at the bottom of this post.

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What’s Snow Got To Do With It?


February in north Texas. Usually cool days and cold nights. Perfect weather for hosting a Super Bowl. And a perfect time to plan a road trip to Orlando… usually…

Steve heads out of town on Saturday to take his son to Universal Studios to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. He and Francie planned to record the podcast for Tuesday Feb. 8 before he left. Sleet and freezing rain hit Monday night. Temperatures stayed well below freezing through Thursday, and early Friday morning snow started falling – a lot of snow for north Texas.

Francie and Steve won’t have a chance to record the podcast before he leaves town. The skies are supposed to clear and the temperature is set to rise above freezing Saturday, so hopefully Steve and his son will get to their destination on time. The reservations are pre-paid an non-refundable!

The three remaining episodes of “Love Month” will be posted starting Feb. 15. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Why Love Matters

We’re asking, ”What’s Love Got To Do With It?” all this month at Tapa Palapa.

This week is all about why love matters.


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In this episode Francie and Steve review some research – actual factual research – showing the physical and mental health benefits of long-term romantic relationships. They also introduce The 5 Love Languages and recommend ways learning about them and applying them can help you be more connected and satisfied in your relationships.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. Have you read The 5 Love Languages or at least heard of it? Is there a benefit to a life partner relationship you want to add? What do you think love’s got to do with it?

Please help us spread the love by telling your friends and family about our podcast. Invite them to sign up by RSS feed or by e-mail.

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This Week’s Tidbits:

To learn more about how to be entered for Francie’s giveaway, click here to read the post on her SuperCoach blog.

To visit the web site for the 5 Love Languages click here.

A link to the book is at the bottom of this post.

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Work At What You Love

We’re sampling recipes for Worklife Liberation all this month at Tapa Palapa.

This week we’re sharing resources and tips on how to work at what you love.


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In this episode Francie and Steve talk about the fact that it’s too easy to get sidetracked and try to solve the wrong problem, so it’s important to get clear about what you want to change in your worklife. They look at smaller changes to consider before pursuing a full career change or pursuing self-employment. They also show you ways to test out your career dreams by identifying the practical considerations and by talking with people in that field to point out obstacles you’ll likely encounter.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. Can you identify a way to bring your calling into your current work? Where can you exercise your influence to improve the environment at your workplace? Is there a big career or business dream you have that you’re ready to start testing out?

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This Week’s Tidbits:

Links to the books Francie and Steve referenced are at the bottom of this post.

Steve has two free resources on Worklife Liberation for you, an e-book and an audio recording of a live presentation. Click here to access them at WorklifeLiberation.com.

Request your free 15-minute consultation from Francie or Steve to help you decide the best next steps for you in worklife liberation.

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Contact Steve by clicking here

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