inspirational quotes + poems

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                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                

career complacency, mediocrity + passion

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What led me to here.

Picture this: The scene, circa mid 1990’s, Donna Karan suit, Joan + David loafers. Hair: executive blonde with a Jennifer Aniston, sort-of-blowout. I once negotiated my salary with a C.E.O. on a paper napkin… priceless.

6 a.m., toxic aftershave, coma-induced flight to JFK. Swank digs in Manhattan at the Soho Grand Hotel (or) flight to Philly, town car to Wilmington, luscious suite at the Hotel DuPont. Week long, brand strategy marketing meetings with global directors and their teams. I organized + conducted futuristic “think tanks”.  Not to mention the three hour, mind numbing “get it done”, conference calls that doubled as house cleaning sessions - thanks to the home office. Add a high octane diet coke chugging, micro-managing boss, who lived on no sleep – with a new born baby no less, you get the picture. Clawing and scraping for the rush of accolades + kudos… pure ego.

I got great at pushing paper, generating quantitative and qualitative reports that more than likely, no one ever read. I got good at justifying my corporate existence. Email after email, meeting after meeting. Five years later, I jumped ship, just two years before the S.S. Corporate Titanic sank. The positions that were created were dissolved. Non-sustaining business practices as usual: old school ideologies in this case, did not stand the test of time.

That said, we do, what we gotta do. I knew this job would not last forever or at least, I wouldn’t. I was certain that I'd learn alot about what I did or didn’t like within the confines in which I'd thrive. So I sucked it up, and milked that job like it was the career from heaven above; treating it like the Harvard Business School education that I never had. I was exposed to an evironment of working with top executives, professional athletes, inventors and thought leaders for Fortune 500 companies. The hours ranged from 60 to 80 hours a week, (I had a toddler), and I was paid handsomely for my absence.

The big upside: I learned a lot about myself in that; unless I could see the direct value correlate to the end result it meant nothing to me, utterly and thoroughly, soul-less. It taught me to think longer range, bigger picture, grow thicker skin and shoot straight from the hip.

To repurpose your blood + sweat, knowing at the end of the day, that lessons are learned, you’ll remain unscathed and all the approval you sought or thought you sorely needed, was always or never there; that in itself, got me to here. And for that, I’m eternally grateful.

 

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.

Soulful offerings + other Truisms

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Loving testaments, dedicated to you {my soul-drenched friends}.

“Deep involvement is the key to any relationship.” Mary Abi Nader, Creative Consultant.

What if?  things you thought you knew to be true, were untruths. 

What if?  self-banter you claimed as yours was unknowingly, non-consensual stifling your ascension. False beliefs, often times, are bestowed upon us through intrinsic inheritance. Sometimes even passed down generationally. The negative fodder we willingly or consciously succumb to, was never ours to acquire. What do you believe? What's your emotionally and spiritually inequitable story? That “stuff” seeps into all areas of our daily existence.

Take ownership, self proclaim. Deem yourself worthy, surrender to your power… create unchallenged, holistic attachments by lifting the veil that obscures your vision.

How do you want to feel? Exuberant, Lavish, Soul-drenched? Pivot your story. Love trumps all; Love requires a deep commitment, a relationship of personal involvement. You are your most treasured commodity.

Make the radical, habitual choice; turn your love inward.

Be the Love of Your Life. The very essence of what you radiate will magnetically draw and cultivate all goodness to life. It’s undeniably what you’re worthy of and the very reason for your existence. It's waiting to lay claim.

 

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.

 

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