What's in a Name?

Giocoso! - it's Italian and is pronounced "Joe Coso." Giocoso means "playful." It has the same root as the Italian word for "joy," which is Gioia (pronounced "joy-ah,") and which happens to be my mother's name.

 Playfulness adds a little "spark" to our world.

Playfulness adds a little "spark" to our world.

OK, but why?

One of the words people consistently use to describe me is "playful." I bring a light hearted energy to work and a healthy dose of humor when leading groups or coaching individuals.

AND - I'm part Italian. It is the ethnicity with which I most identify and I'm proud of it. Some of my fondest memories include the enormous family reunions where my grandfather's 7 brothers and one sister took great pleasure in creating a day full of fun for everyone. And food to die for. Love and laughter galore. And music. Always music.

And so: Giocoso Coach or "Gio Coach" = "playful coach."

 The young woman with the bow in her hair is my great-Aunt Frances. She married at 14. She was a fantastic cook and always had a multi-course meal waiting for everyone who came to her house after mass on Sundays. She has her hands on the shoulders of her parents, my great-grandparents. The young children are the first five of her 8 brothers, of whom the eldest (front row left) was my grandfather, "Pop-Pop."

The young woman with the bow in her hair is my great-Aunt Frances. She married at 14. She was a fantastic cook and always had a multi-course meal waiting for everyone who came to her house after mass on Sundays. She has her hands on the shoulders of her parents, my great-grandparents. The young children are the first five of her 8 brothers, of whom the eldest (front row left) was my grandfather, "Pop-Pop."