creativity + art

revelations :: the freedom of going to the well + trusting your instincts

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Do you find yourself longing for approval at every turn? Searching for answers and discovering in hindsight, that you had exactly what you needed? Defending what you do and why you do it?

These are just a few examples of what we encounter, when we’re not in a place of knowing and trusting ourselves.

I personally experienced this last night, on a flight at cruising altitude from Washington D.C.: doubt, panic and tears streaming like a flood zone, with "what the F$%?s" playing like a loop of bad studio music through my brain. Finally, I regained composure and pulled it together.

Thank god for revelations…

From my arsenal of personal perspective, the worst decisions that I’ve made, were based on someone else’s advice, that is, when I already knew at a visceral or gut level that I was on the right track.

Well meaning, people at times and with the best of intentions are chock full of advice. I’ve made it my personal policy, not to offer unsolicited advice on a situation or scenario, unless that is, you’re my child, my husband, you request it, or the situation is dire. Why? It may inadvertently create deviation from what you know to be true for yourself: the truth that will open portals of meaning + moments of insight for personal growth.

Soulful Offerings: 

* You are your life’s coach. Harness the skill and learn to tap deep into your personal well of knowing + trust. This is a practice that takes clarity and repetition until the results are such that you have proven to yourself (and nobody else), that only you know, what’s best for YOU. There will be a level of comfort and ease when you get to this place – an overall sense of well being + confidence. Believe in the realness of this moment, because it’s just that, for real.

* Find people in your tribe to draw wisdom from. Identify those sage individuals that really “see you”. They’re the people that may lend themselves, offer the insight and the gift of being ever-so-slightly removed enough to add value as they really wish you to succeed. 

Give it the name of your choosing: North Star, Sacred Ambition, or Calling. Glimmers of insight, lucidity, strokes of creative clarity, intuition + genius ~ at your beckoning. When they arrive, ride their wave to freedom.

 

co-creating your dharma + desire ::

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Dharma or (Destiny): Our true place in the cosmic process. Desire: The true meaning - “of or guided by the (sire) stars”.

What is Desire? Have you ever experienced the rush of desire; that feeling of passion for someone or something you cannot wait to wake up to or that experience that brings you joy? The healthy exuberance of creative possibility, or the excitement of the artistic unknown: a life that’s self-actualized by your own design is attainable, if you’re in tune with your dharma, destiny or calling. Have you wondered why some people make what seems so out of reach, so undeniably effortless? The answer: Unwavering Belief + Desire. They’re not seeking outside approval, nor do they spend time scrutinizing the actions of others; so steadfast about what they desire, they're unrelenting at setting their own bar, bunkering down and staying their course.

Co-creating a life you take pride in, is to be willing and open to the potential for possibility or failure, but in the inherent knowing that your power lies deep within. It’s all there and always has been. To seek external approval is as to deem ourselves unworthy and undeserving. It is the furthest point from “the divine”, that we can be. It can automatically throw walls up for failure. The onus and responsibility to guide our own course, is on us and only us. To do right by ourselves not only betters us, but betters society as a whole and solidifies the concept of self-sustainability and interconnectedness.

To follow our heart’s desire, hold every encounter every experience with reverence, as it is our dharma or cosmic blueprint; that demonstration of faith and strength sometimes shows itself, in the unknown.  It too, can even be in the uncertainty that a shred of proof exists. We have the potential to become the co-creators and Rembrandts of our lives.

                         You can do this. I PROMISE.

     "We can either watch life from the sidelines OR ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE…. Either we let SELF-DOUBT and FEELINGS OF INADEQUACY prevent us from realizing our potential, or embrace the fact that when we turn our attention away from ourselves, OUR POTENTIAL IS LIMITLESS."           ~Christopher Reeve                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                

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

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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