business + education

What do you want to be when you grow up?

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 A message of hope: for you late bloomers.

I’ve had a high school student ask me, “How do I explain to my parents, that I want to be a dancer, when they want me to be a doctor?” Why on earth do we talk ourselves or the people we love, out of doing what it is they’re meant to do?

Life as a gift, offers you the option to quest for your “higher self”.  You should be unapologetically relentless in your pursuit, without convoluting the idea of who you think you are, or what you should be doing. External influence plays a monumental role in self-deprecating; the way we limit our aspirations or measure our sites based on what everyone else is doing, as though all the answers are outside of us. Need for permission from someone or something rather than owning our gut instinct, is a dishonoring of our capabilities and the desire for more that nourishes us.   

Our “smaller self” is inundated with the day in day out, trivial stuff that long term, is of no consequence. It’s how we’re wired. Better to go the easy route, guaranteeing we won’t fail.  God forbid we venture outside the lines and play it too risky. The fear factor of being too blazing, or too amazing, scares the hell out of people. That light bulb moment will happen toward the last third of our life…if we’re conscious, it’s our queue to break out.

Learning to trust our first instinct is a gift and a skill. By quieting thoughts and listening to your heart, your capabilities are limitless. This is the mechanism by which dreams come to fruition ~ your inner wisdom, will never steer you wrong.

Build a matrix that cradles your growth.         

Live Multi-Dimensionally + Spherically.

right now: You have permission to be your most resilient, vulnerable, most powerful and courageous self. To live a life of abundance full of love, laughter and success on your terms whatever that may be in whatever way, shape or form you see fit. You are in the driver’s seat. The trick is to never, ever look back.

Leverage your inherent skill-set + promo ideas that will rock your business

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juicy ideas + savvy ingenuity = marketing power.                  

Last month, I struck up a conversation with a woman who was sitting next to me at a neighborhood business.  During our exchange, we talked jobs.  She mentioned her past career of many years, in the public sector as an executive assistant.  As a highly skilled professional with no college degree, she was passed over for promotion numerous times until eventually, her position was dissolved. What did she do? She started a successful cleaning business that’s been rolling for over 20 years. Her client base is solid, she’s able to care for herself, call her own shots and pursue her love of rowing. Bonus: at 60’ish, she looks like she’s in her 50’s. Her resourcefulness, resiliency + faith, Left me inspired.

 A gift for you. {My A to Your Q} Subscribe to my blog (if you aren’t already), or forward this to a friend.

Email me your Q (question) + I will respond with my A (answer).  To anything: life, business, love. 

Entrepreneurial know how: the tried + true combined with imagination: make your ventures, your own. Apply these out-of-the-box ideas, liberally.

1.  Beef up your social media: Facebook, Twitter, Linked In (exchange recommendations).

2.  Volunteer for causes that you’re in-line with. You never know what other “liked minded” people you’ll meet.                                                                                                               

3.  Commission a student artist to design a logo or artwork for a promo piece or your website. 

4.  Offer yourself up for a magazine or radio interview, or blog. 

5.  Create a pay-what-you-can day.

6.  Feature other experts on your web site or at a “live” event.

7.  Create a welcome video on your site or for your “about me”/bio, page.

8.  Write your bio in first person.

9.  Create a brown paper lunch session, to introduce businesses to your services.

10.  Hire a V.A. (virtual assistant), to help you rock your contact lists and social media.

11.  Team up with other Entrepreneurs in your community and offer workshops to the public.

12.  Put together an informal round table of businesses and business owners that you admire, exchange ideas that have worked.

13.  Self publish an e-book of your blogs, expert advice, or your artwork.

14.  Pitch a monthly column to a blog, print newspaper, or magazine.

15.  Host a teleseminar or web event, with the cost going to charity.  Invite a local expert to participate.                                                                                                                               

16.  Host a contest related to your industry.

17.  Volunteer: Speak to students at your local schools. 

18.  Offer your services for free, to another start up.

19.  Send a thank you note + gift to a person(s) that has helped you along the way.

20.  Accept + offer help when the opportunity presents itself.
 

 

 

Seeking Solitude + Slaying Isolation

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A Balancing Act.

Powerful words when we’re striving to be all that we can be. In the millennium of social media, reality television, virtual networking and “hyper connectivity,” the realness of what’s real becomes falsely muddled.

In spite of all that we’re conceiving and creating, there’s tendency at our worst, to squander the best of us; this habitual activity can incite loss of physical and emotional traction. I say this after "missing" 10 o'clock yoga, then noon and now I'm re-thinking yoga all together.....

Well, there's always tomorrow.

regaining equilibrium:

: Avoid feelings of spiritual exile by reaching out face to face, in real time, with those people that sustain you. The exchange can be grounding + rooting.

: Strengthen a relationship by calling a friend or family member and spend the time, you may otherwise not have. Renew a sense of belonging + connectivity.

: Stay at home over a weekend; rest, cook meals, read. Forget schedules...experience liberation + sanctity.

: Spend time in solitude conceptualizing life, career or creative pastimes that you can potentially share with trusted friends or colleagues. This deliberate act will lend itself, to a life full of intent and worth: igniting organic creativity.

Being enough is about balance. It’s about being your own vessel, but knowing when to dive right in and swim with the fishes.

 

the unequivocal power of persuasion, (that you can easily master)

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The act of inducing someone to believe something. Preferably, without force.

Persuasion is one part preconceived self actualization as in, “I know when I pitch this idea, I will blow the C.E.O out of the water!" The other key components: belief + unfaltering faith.   

In business and entrepreneurial endeavor, persuasion is a formulaic blend of both strategic and tactical action. Persuasion, in its purest form, is best when delivered with simplistic integrity and inspiration.

   The gift of swaying people with a thought, view, sentiment, opinion, product or service can be learned, but if it doesn’t come naturally, it requires practice and repetition. Only then will it become inherently, authentically yours.

1. Know your audience.

2. Know your product.

3. Practice a seamless pitch i.e.; “inspired delivery”, include "the why”.

4. Believe in your brand. Emphasize aspirational + tangible value and benefits.

5. Visualize the desired result, as if it’s so.

6. Get comfortable with “the ask”: cement a clear understanding of your path forward.

This is a moment to be savored; a culmination of your history and hard work, failure and success, it waits patiently to be unveiled. This is the {your} time... right here, right now.

“The purpose of life, after all, is to love it, to taste experience to the utmost, reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience”. Eleanor Roosevelt

the beauty + art of improvisation

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“Knowing your craft really well, allows room for improvisation.” Zoë Keating

Creation, like art + life is a mixture of perfection and imperfection. In that space or moment, the beauty lies between the perfect and imperfect.

The melding of deliberate composition + impromptu improvisation has the ability to break down creative barriers which may otherwise in their delivery, been received as contrived or inorganic.

Case in point: Meet Avant Cellist + Entrepreneur, Zoë Keating. Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Zoë on the set of another episode of  Chase Jarvis Live .

The accomplished and groundbreaking artist :: musician has mastered the ability to market directly to her fans, without a record label. This not only is a testament to Zoë’s talent + business savvy, but the bold power of creativity and ingenuity that can translate to all aspects of our endeavors.

Take Your Head Where Your Heart Wants To Go.

 

imagination + innovation :: the art of doing nothing.

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       Make time to waste time.

Today more than ever, being results driven is hailed. Proficiently multi-tasking can leave us with a false sense of accomplishment. The daily list of “priorities” that we plow through creates a tendency to stifle imagination. Believe me, I know this firsthand.

So what do you do? Stop.

                            Do absolutely… nothing. Just be.

Allow inspiration + imagination to organically present itself. Through quiet reflection, being in nature, spending time with friends or observing someone push past fear + bravely move beyond their personal limits… the simplicity can be palate cleansing. Just the stuff required to clear the slate and become your launchpad.

The key to revolutionary ideas:

Contemplate your imagination, tap into your “higher self.” Ideas will flood in, swirl, cross-pollinate + the dots will connect effortlessly.

The “higher self” is infinitely wise and transcends your everyday consciousness. It’s the gateway to creativity and holds the true purpose to your existence.

I am thrilled to introduce author/writer + speaker: Jonah Lehrer. Jonah has a fascination with the frontal cortex of the brain. He’s also published a new book entitled “Imagine”. I think you’ll love it.

 

:: reinvention + embracing change, now is the time ::

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Project: You.  Radical * Soul * Love

Become more of who you are. Find that sweet spot, where you morph from good to extraordinary. Digging deep takes courage + healthy risk: the willingness to travel outside your comfort zone, to uncharted territory, a destination you’ve only imagined in your mind’s eye; a place where you shine with pride, strength, brilliance and inspiration.

Entrepreneurs + Business Leaders: Learn to identify, summon + leverage opportunity with laser sharp focus, because timing is everything… you’ll do what you love                                                                                                          

Self-Image + Self-Esteem: Get clear and unload your “baggage”. Break down barriers that block your inward vision.  Learn to love the real you, stifle your inner critique; establish an innate price tag on your value and worth.

Re-establish a solid relationship with yourself and those around you: As you peel back the layers, you’ll attract what you align with; {your true core + authentic self} and have a whole lot more you, to offer up.

Learn to trust your first thought, your “gut” instinct. Brilliant quote by author Natalie Goldberg: First thoughts have tremendous energy. The internal censor usually squelches them, so we live in the realm of second and third thoughts, thoughts on thoughts, twice and three times removed from the direct connection of the first fresh flash.”

The game plan: Offering a mélange of integrative modalities + the gift of grounded, practical intuition, designed to coax your creativity and help actualize your bigger picture, no matter your age.

Unearth your higher selfProject: You. Radical. Soulful. Lovely.

        Contact Me: (Your Coach + Personal Guide.)

                                                                       

                                                                                  Drawing by Student + Artist Riley Gish.                         

With Gratitude,                                  

Tara

the certainty of where you’re from :: the foundation of where you’re going

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:: on sustainability, interdependence + not being your own island.

“You don’t know where you’re going, until you know where you’re from.”  Aunt Wendy, Bailey-Wilson ‘Ohana (family) Reunion.

“I am because we are.” Translation: The African word, Ubuntu.

In Western European culture for the most part, we are groomed to go out into the world, with the intent of staking our claim. We are told that once we’re of a certain age, we should pursue higher education, seek a high paying career, move away from family and be the pioneers of our personal success. The idea that it’s critical for growth, maturity and the harnessing of autonomy is in part, true. At times, the downside of this ideal is the degradation of emotional stability and severing of the core foundation that a family may have intended to build.

I know firsthand, how that scenario can play out. I left home at seventeen, moved back home at eighteen and married at nineteen. Divorced at twenty-one, I moved away from my family in Alaska, back to my birth state of Washington. Prior to my move, my parents were also struggling with divorce; I felt there was no emotional space for me, so I made the decision that moving would be my best option, my only option.

In the first few years of “my independence”, many times I struggled and lost my footing; encountered loneliness and uncertainty, financial hardship, personal crisis and craved emotional nourishment, all in the name of independence and success. Without guidance or mentoring, I mastered the ability to think quickly on my feet. As a graduate of the University of Street Smarts, I mastered the skill of making slapstick decisions as a survivalist would in the wild, based on dire need, not on my heart’s desire. Many may argue that it was character building; in reflection as a woman and as a parent, I call bullshit. To the friends that offered me payday loans, fed me, offered temporary transportation and helped cover my rent, thank you. I have never forgotten you.

The notion that I was on a voyage of personal success, emotionally sound, with a fine-tuned navigational system was a lie: truth was, I was drowning. I lacked spiritual strength, a stable foundation and a sense of myself; I had not a clue as to who I was.

A pivotal experience.

Last summer, my family and I joined one hundred of my relatives for our family reunion on the island of O’ahu, in the town of Laie. At the time, it was exactly what I needed. There is a unique pulse to the Hawaiian culture, as with many indigenous tribes; a reverence for elders, an honoring of ancestry and a collective bonding that I’d never before experienced. For the first time, I felt a part of something much larger than myself. Metaphorically I grew roots; I had a clearer vision of my future, through the stories of my past.

In this world of technology, it’s far too easy to sequester ourselves as if we’re off basking on our own island. We’re not impervious in our desire and need for connection, or our longing for a sense of belonging.

Interdependence takes the willingness to go beyond ourselves, as we are a continuum of one another. Our emotional strength and social survival rely upon it. Only then will we as individuals thrive.  

Who are you?

If uncertain, I strongly urge you to explore where you’re from. Everything you've thought to be true of yourself may just fall away. That cathartic experience quite possibly, could reinterpret the course of your life.

 

erasing fear + ignorance: paying homage to hoodies + Trayvon Martin

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when is enough, enough?

Dear Geraldo, (as if you’ll read this) with all due respect… SHUT-UP, for real. During your Fox News interview, referencing hoodies as part cause for murder? Asinine. For your role in further perpetuating stereotypes, gracias.

Let’s be clear: a hoodie sweatshirt played no role in contributing to the murder of Trayvon Martin.

An ignorant, trigger happy, racist, self appointed vigilante/stalker who happens to remain free did. “You” are not under the radar anymore.

In honor of Trayvon Martin, I will not mention “his” name.

Let’s not let Trayvon’s life end in vain. We’ve had this problem, far too long. It’s time to wake from our slumber.

The truth is always revealed. When it’s presented on {a platter} what will we do?

Once And For All: This Is Our Truth.  But, it doesn’t have to be this way.

release fear + ignorance, embrace more love.

  For all of the nameless, faceless, men, women + children that stood before you,

this is for you,                                                                                              

              Sleep with the angels, Trayvon.

Post + share your photos of your hoodie wearing selves on See No Color + Tara Noelani Correll's Facebook page in the name of solidarity + in the memory of Trayvon Martin.

Tweet your hoodie photo's to @TaraCorrell with the caption "Release fear + ignorance. Embrace more love in the name of Trayvon Martin".

 

generosity + privilege :: One Hour. One Day. One Year.

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Offer the gift of time.

“Each Person Must Live As A Model For Others.” Rosa Parks

This week is exciting!: See No Color in collaboration with our friends at Women Are Gamechangers are offering a youth mentoring challenge…  Join us on Facebook and Twitter! We want to know what you’re doing in your community to support youth + education!

Education and early learning for youth is paramount. Studies show: If a child does not successfully learn to read by the third grade, high school dropout rates are measurably higher for students who are Black, Native American and Latino.  Economic factors are an obvious contributing component.

So What Can You Do?

Go to your local public schools, community learning centers, afterschool programs, summer learning programs or non-profits that support public school and volunteer for a K through12 program. Available volunteers + mentors are in short supply.

Have a child who’s a great student with time on their hands? Does your child need community service hours?

Explore peer to peer mentoring. It’s a privilege to be in a position of service.

One hour. One day. One year. Mentors incrementally create a positive, measurable, contributing factor to a child’s success: Promoting value, self worth and self esteem.

The return on your time produces: Future leaders, increased high school graduation rate, more college bound students = job readiness and higher income potential.

 the bonus… young men + women that mirror the face of our present and future communities.

This program offers volunteer opportunities:

We'd love to hear from you! Go to Facebook.com, twitter + leave your comments and posts.

 

 

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