inspirational quotes + poems

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


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.


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, twitter + leave your comments and posts.



uncovering your brilliance :: live a life of truth


righteous truth?  you are brilliant.                 

                                                                                                                                                                                        Choosing your path is in part heart, soul and DNA: For me, there was never a name for it; one part seer, one part compassion, another part seeker/driver. I was once nicknamed “Norma Rae” and even belonged to a union…well, actually two.

There is a Hawaiian word; “pono”, meaning "righteous". From my experience an attempt to live a life of truth + good intention can reap epic rewards. Uncovering your righteous truth and what you’re aligned with can take a life time:  Believe In The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle

It’s fascinating to witness the opulence we naturally possess and recognize those gifts are often disregarded or go unrealized. After all, we’re less apt to see the very best in ourselves. That is what’s so wondrous about human life: we own so much of what’s bestowed upon us, we don’t know where we begin, or end.

THIS IS THE TRUTH: You are not your mother, your father or your environment.     You are You + that’s a beautiful thing to behold.

Your ability to co-exist and function on all cylinders by representing your true and beloved self is a laborious intensive that reaps bookoo rewards.

To you people that hold a glimmer of belief in yourselves; my wish for you is to blaze your trail + never look back: Be The Pioneer Of Your Life.

Make the distinction of what you’re willing to do, measure what it will take. Do whatever it takes to show up for yourself. That's when life will flow + the magic will unfold.

own it.


surrender to possibility :: wishes fulfilled


“Believe the feeling of the wish fulfilled.” Neville Goddard

What are your wishes?

Wishes unfold in the space of certainty, where belief resides… at the intersection of hope + faith.

There’s peace and comfort in their duality.

Possibility like hope can be your life raft, guiding you through a temporary storm, challenging a notion or stalled idea.

Where’s your hope?

your  Love

your  Joy

your  Personal Growth

your  Career

your  Money

…believe, just once.

Create an infinite board of believers :: Who are they?

They’re your trestle. 

What’s real happens in the moment of surrender. Let Go. 

Hope. Faith. Possibility. Belief.

Your lifeline,

Out there. Waiting.

                                    and so it is…

(at the very least) know your worth ::


a roadmap to worthiness.

reframe your relevance

all else fails, have a propensity for more

more you, more love, more wholeness

maybe, something simply more “Holy”

stretch + strive for assimilation in life’s “bigger picture”

integrate a holistic balance of self-sustainability

organically align yourself in the name of ascension

delineate your idea of ideal

reverb your mind’s eye

prospect utopia

stake your claim.

Never underestimate the power of your worth.

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Be Inspired,


:: choose your journey :: design a legacy worth leaving :


Lofty, lush, altruistic desires fulfilled. A girl can dream.

Several years ago, I made a few deliberate decisions:

: I would be a self sustaining entrepreneur.

: I would be a “financial contributor” to our family’s bottom line.

: I would refuse to go to my grave without discovering + executing EXACTLY what was in- line with my heart’s desire: work + life.

: That my life’s work would include helping others achieve fulfillment, by offering my clients “the tools” to identify their dreams and accomplish their desire for success.

: That the work would be of my CHOOSING.

: That I would TRY to leave as little “carbon footprint” on my family dynamic as possible.

Possibly, easier said than done.

First, I let go of the: “gotta get a j-o-b mentality,” that was sure to send me straight to panic mode.

I aimed for self sustenance through work, attempting to meet my “higher needs,” with the desired result being personal fulfillment.

I stopped the negative, “but I’ll never make money at it,” speak that automatically sets you up for failure.

I accepted the fact that at times, building my business could be undoubtedly challenging; but the results and the confidence in the knowing that I succeeded would far out weigh it.  

Thought for today: “You are depriving the world of you, if you’re not meeting your higher needs.” Tara Correll

today’s exercise:

Create a wish list of your own design: How do you desire to live a legacy worth leaving?

Share it on Facebook: See No Color + Tara Noelani Correll or Save it in your Dream Journal.

“Opt In” on Life :: Never too late, the journey begins.


Today in practice, my yoga instructor Natalia Rudovsky, sweetly “invited” us to choose an inversion. “Headstand,” she said, “inverts your prospective.” She’s right.  If you’ve never inverted, my experience is that it can be cathartically, life altering. It may be just the thing, couldn’t hurt… just sayin’. *please attempt this with the guidance of a trained instructor: Like Natalia.

-That said.

I’ve noticed as time passes more and more, I’m puzzled + question.

What’s THIS life all about:  Birth. School. Work. Death?

That’s it. That’s all?

 No thanks, not for me. Does that work for you?

:: Opt In on life, in your own way.

No more coasting, half way or back seat.

Drop kick the “Have To’s” and embrace the “Want To’s.”

Life’s too short.

Invert your sense of longing, to a commitment of knowing.

Honor YOU, meet YOUR needs.

Take a hall pass, time out: define IT.

Is(are) your need(s) being met? Do you need less or more?

Delineate: let go, clear space, allow room for MORE GOODNESS.

Forge ahead: Giddy- UP!

When life presents itselfor even if it doesn’t.

 “Let You Happen.” join me, Opt In.

radical self- love :: a prelude to intrinsic happiness


An earthly permission slip ::


It gives life

a way of being

a state of mind

no one can give it, or can take it away

resides in each breath and every cell

housed within, waiting to be unearthed

it roots, it’s steadfast, does not falter: a constant

success or with failure

unspoken, it morphs, it’s contagious

it flows, it’s fluid + tangible 

pulling, drawing, it’s electric

healing, not hopeful: but, faith your dominion

liberating, encapsulating, incandescence

radical self-love + happiness

your birthright.  


How do you define Happiness? Go to See No Color + Tara Noelani Correll and leave your comments! Links are below + to the right.

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:: the art of life’s experiential learning: 15 tips for creating success + leadership ::


“Your experience need not be first hand, to glean monumental inroads to learning, success and leadership. It’s about taking mental notes, fierce planning, loss of fear and simply executing.” – Tara Correll

tips for success: the tried +  the true… In no particular order.

Proximity = speed:  Seek out life mentors and draw from their wisdom.  Study the habits that have led them to success: how do they do what they do? What makes what they do so seemingly effortless?  Ultimately, with the right tools, hard work + habits, you will achieve your goals more expeditiously.

Model who you admire: There are great people in the world that possess positive qualities or habits you may lack: study, exemplify and embody those that feel authentic and work for you.

Charisma is an inherent quality that leaders are born with:  Sorry, it’s not a skill that’s learned. Without naming names (His Holiness, the 14th Dahli Lama) charisma is an inherent gift. Those magnetic individuals who embody this quality attract followers and fans. You charismatic people know who you are, so please use responsibly.

Who’s on your board?: Your posse, your tribe, “your people”, identify exactly who they are. They are the trusted folks you defer to + surround yourself with. They will lovingly give you the real scoop, the skinny + the what’s what, but only if you ask. Side note  :: They MAY NOT be your close friends or family.

With every challenge, there’s a solution: Feeling a bit “stuck”?  Reach out to individuals who are getting things done, ask questions. BUT, know their time is valuable; offer to pay them a consultation fee, take them to coffee or lunch in exchange for their valuable expertise.

Be a student of life:  Life is a classroom. There are opportunities for learning everywhere, everyday: be open to and conscious of what life presents. This includes personal adversity with people and situations. See it as gift from the universe created especially for your growth.  Decipher + extract what’s to be learned, apply it and let it go. If it doesn’t make sense, it will later. Promise.

Practice proactive listening:  As individuals we have lessons to learn and skills to acquire.  I’m a huge fan of the “shut up, listen and learn” approach.  Take notes, enough said. BTW: I am still working on this one.

Get clear about personal goals:  Be realistic about what you set out to do, define expected outcome. Be systematic and clear about each action you take. Break tasks into small “doable” parts, stay on task.

Define what success means to you:  How do you measure personal success?  Are you money motivated?  Love worthwhile causes? Require quality personal time?  Get straight on your priorities.  Define + create measureable benchmarks so you have a continual, quantifiable sense of accomplishment, whatever it may be.

Let go of tired inner + outer dialogue: Words + thoughts hold power. Let go of negativity and criticism toward others and self loathing toward yourself.  Know that this behavior can create barriers to your ultimate success. Instead, practice using language that’s positive and nurturing. Who wants to be around someone who sucks the life out a room?  Tip :: Take an inventory of the people in your life, positive people foster a healthy environment.

Don’t kick the tires in the name of perfection: Opportunity can be fleeting, better to have leaped and held on for dear life, than risk a missed opportunity. Please, when passionately pursuing your dream, go for it!  If it’s meant to be, it will all play out favorably, it’s all a part of the learning curve. Believe me, I know firsthand.

Listen to your inner voice: Aka “your gut instinct”. It’s there for a reason: so listen + take heed. It’ll save you time and keep you from taking an unfavorable detour.

Stay focused, stay flexible:  Progress is not always sequential, learn to be flexible and reprioritize if you hit a roadblock. Accept that as much as we wish to push forward, sometimes now is not the time.

Lead with your authentic voice, true intention + be clear about your motivation:  If intention is King, then motivation is Queen. The universal law of attraction rewards authentic thought and action ie; if you’re doing what you are truly meant to do, in the manner you’re meant to do it, they’ll be lots more success + rewards coming your way.

Be a champion for others:  Successful people give back: help without hesitation. Money, time, knowledge – offer up your talent + resources, help others better themselves.

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