Find Your Calling

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

This week we help you plan an excursion to rediscover your natural gifts and talents, the kinds of activities that captivate you and energize you.


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In this episode Francie and Steve once again in the middle of Worklife Liberation month, say, “Forget work!” They explore the value of play in helping you find your calling. Through play you can discover and develop your core self. They offer an exercise for tapping memories of childhood play to help point you to your calling. They also recommend planning a special day of play to help you discover the kinds of things that ignite your passions and captivate your attention.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. Did you reconnect with your gifts and talents through memories of childhood play? Did you plan a Discovery Day yet? How did it go?

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This Week’s Tidbits:

Here is Steve’s article about his Discovery Day. Turns out it was more than just a couple of years ago – past time for another one!

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Life First, Then Worklife

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

This week we start planning enjoyable work by designing an enjoyable life. Life is, after all, a key ingredient in a delectable worklife.


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In this episode Francie and Steve 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?

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

You can also click the Facebook “like” button at the top of this post, and then click the buttons at the bottom of the post to share it through social media or by e-mail. Would you please take a minute and do that? Thank you.

This Week’s Tidbits:

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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Work is a Four-Letter Word

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

This week we’re taking a tired old recipe – work is a four-letter word – and we’re deconstructing it so we can make something fresh from it. By using only the simple core ingredients, like the basic purpose of work, we create something refreshing.


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In this episode Francie and Steve take you far away from the contemporary view of work as just a job to be endured. We transport you to a distant time of ancient wisdom, where work is honored and even considered sacred. Join us and learn how you can bring sacred work to your mundane job.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. What things do you do in your life that you consider to be sacred work? How do you bring your whole self to your job to make that work meaningful? Is there a part of your worklife where you feel stuck and want to make a change?

Please help us liberate more people 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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Into The Fire

We’re Looking For Light all this month at Tapa Palapa.

This week we tweaked the menu a little. We had planned to talk about purifying fire, but we realized that was just one aspect of our topic, so we changed the menu. Now we’re meditating on the flames of a transforming fire.


In this episode Francie and Steve discuss fire as a symbol of releasing the past to prepare for transformation and renewal. In nature, fire clears away debris and dead wood to set the stage for new growth. We can release our own psychological debris and spiritual dead wood symbolically through a fire ceremony to set the stage for our rebirth and growth.

This week we reached deep in our bag of professional recording tricks to create a virtual crackling fire. Close your eyes and imagine you are snuggled up next to the fire as you listen to this episode.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. What do you want to release as this year ends? What do you want to make room for in your life for the coming year? What intentions are you setting and how are you preparing to grow so you can make your intentions real?

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

This Week’s Tidbits:

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Let It Shine

We’re Looking For Light all this month at Tapa Palapa.

This week we’re basking in the light of the unexpected lamp.


In this episode Francie and Steve talk about the way people who don’t know each other well, or even don’t know each other at all, can bring light into one other’s lives. It’s the light of recognition and attention and kindness we show when we take the time to acknowledge someone we’re used to ignoring. It’s the flame of humanity we stoke in someone when we look them in the eye and smile.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. How has someone been an unexpected lamp for you? How do you shine your lamp on people it’s easy to overlook?

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

This Week’s Tidbits:

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You can learn more about Steve’s friend and colleague Dr. Judy Krings by visiting her Facebook page. To see Judy’s beautiful pictures from her garden and enjoy her positive psychology inspiration visit her Coaching Positivity blog. In fact, right now the first post shows her mom and a Santa doggie visitor!

It’s a quirkier show than usual this week, because Steve calls Francie “dude” early on, and Francie winds up talking about people with antlers sticking out their rear… as she pauses before adding the word “windows.” The background noise even steals the show at times.

We probably should have called this week’s show “Choppa’ Palapa.” Unexpected things are always happening when we get together to record, but this week was a standout. Just before we started recording a crew showed up to trim branches from some nearby trees, using chainsaws. You can hear the saws revving in the background, and sometimes they’re so loud they sound like motorcycles. You can almost imagine Francie and Steve broadcasting from a road bike – a chopper. Chainsaws chopping, revving like choppers… Choppa’ Palapa!

See the video of the work crew on our Tapa Palapa Cinema page. You’ll also see the YouTube video of the flash mob singing The Hallelujah Chorus in the food court at a mall.

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In The Glow

We’re Looking For Light all this month at Tapa Palapa.

This week we’re savoring the light in a loving expression.


In this episode Francie and Steve talk about the way close friends and family bring light into our lives, and the way we can be light for them. It’s a light of hope and inspiration that calls forth our better selves, the people we are becoming. In the light of their warmth, their comfort, and their inspiration we glimpse the Divine loving us through them.

Their light also shines on us to show us parts of ourselves we don’t see, both our flaws and our talents. We need that light to grow, to see ourselves more clearly as we prune away old behaviors and develop our gifts and abilities.

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. How has someone close to you shined the light of inspiration or revelation for you? How do you do that for others?

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

This Week’s Tidbits:

Did you hear the tractor noise in the background? Was it distracting? See the video of what he was doing on our Tapa Palapa Cinema page.

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Here is an affiliate link to the book by Harville Hendrix that Francie mentions:

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Light In The Darkness

We’re Looking For Light all this month at Tapa Palapa.

This week we’re feasting on ceremonies and rituals.

In this episode Francie and Steve discuss some common threads of meaning in several holiday celebrations that take place at the end of the year. They give you ideas for amplifying the meaning and enjoyment of the celebrations, whether they are part of your faith tradition or your personal tradition.

Enjoy the episode, and spread some light by telling your friends and family about it. Invite them to sign up by RSS feed or by e-mail.


Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. How about telling us how you celebrate light during the holidays at the end of the year?

See the video explaining all that banging we heard on our video page.

Here is an affiliate link below to the book Francie mentions:

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The Value Of A Gift

We’re serving Gratitude all this month at Tapa Palapa.

This week’s special is finding thankfulness when you’re weighed down by money worries, especially during the upcoming gift-giving season. Francie and Steve discuss the meaning of gifts and the source of their value. Some gifts are more valuable than money.

We recorded this episode at the park with the wind blowing leaves around. The leaves sound like rain, and the gusts of wind sound like thunder, but it was sunny – chilly, but sunny!

Please leave a comment and let us know what you think about our gift ideas. If you have additional ideas to add, please put them in a comment below.

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Aren’t You Forgetting Someone?

We’re serving Gratitude all this month at Tapa Palapa.

This week’s special is amplifying your thankfulness by remembering to plan some “me” time.

Since holiday celebrations are communal in design, and since holiday schedules usually include spending a lot more time with other people than we typically do, it’s easy to overlook self-care and rejuvenation. Francie and Steve discuss ways to include personal celebration time in your holiday schedule and show you how it can make your celebrations with other people more meaningful.

You’ll notice that we found a way to add some bumper music to the podcast! We think this tune captures the spirit of Tapa Palapa pretty well. What do you think?

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The book Steve mentioned is How To Talk So Kids Will Listen And Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. You can read a series of articles Steve wrote based on this book by clicking here.

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Building A Gratitude WAVE

We’re serving Gratitude all this month at Tapa Palapa.

Today’s special is connecting to thankfulness during the holidays, even though you’re looking for a job or worried about keeping the one you have.

You’ll hear Francie and Steve do a very mediocre version of the wave seen and heard in sports stadiums around the world. But then you’ll hear about a great exercise that builds your confidence, your sense of purpose and fulfillment, and your gratitude. It’s called the WAVE.

Oh, and Francie did it again. On the spot, right in the middle of the show, she came up with an idea to make an outline of the WAVE available on this site. (She’s like that, you know – creative, embracing learning, and open to challenges. It’s part of why we love her).

Check out the takeout menu to see how that worked out.

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