Category Archive for "Inspiration"

Self-Discovery Beyond Words: Art Journaling with the Pros

I really thought Connie might be crazy when she contacted me to join the 21 Secrets art journaling crew for 2014*. I mean, I’m not exactly well-versed or professional. I don’t know techniques, and I have no artistic tips to share. I’m not even consistent in my own practice. And thankfully she wasn’t looking for that. Instead she invited me to be the “wild card”, to share my process, how I use art journaling as part of my Digging Deep, my spiritual inner work, and my processing of Life in general. And I said yes before I could say no, before the intimidation factor of working beside these beautiful women told me to crawl into a creative hole and die. It was a beautiful step for me, owning that I am in fact an artist; that I do love to express our inner work through color and texture and images….

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My Retreat Turned Into Retreating

I’ve got my feet up, my heart out, my head on. I’m not sure if I’m ready or just resolute, but I’m on my way. Confronting my resistance with 7 days of all day, every day meditation. It might blow my mind to bits. But that might be a good thing. That was the photo and those were the words rattling around within me Friday. Right before I turned my phone off, handed it to my hubby, and arrived at the ashram. I’m not sure how to describe the week that followed. People like to ask if I “had a good time”, but “good” is not exactly the word that fits. It wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t exactly good either. Useful. That was the adjective I settled on. It was a useful week. Enlightening. Challenging. Helpful in many ways. Heart-wrenching in others. I knew I’d be confronting my resistance to…

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TechNomads, Perched to Fly, and Hatch Words

Just a quick little post to direct you to three other places to hear from me! Ramblings: Tales from Nomads – Chris and Cherie interviewed us waaaaaaay back in 2010 when we had JUST hit the road, right before I had started coaching and when our entire world was transitioning us into Who We Are. This is the updated Where-We-Are-Now video!  Life, Love, & Source with Hatch Words – This lovely website is truly amazing. Stories from all walks of spirituality and understanding. Joni interviewed me on my journey from Christianity to whatever you would call me now. I have to say, I’m used to the basic interviews but this one was so much richer and deeper than I normally get to share. It was wonderful for me to just put my experiences and feelings into some sort of (inadequate) words. Fulfilling Life with Perched to Fly – Connecting with…

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4 Songs {and other things} I’m Crushing On Right Now

{We interrupt this Christmas Vacation to bring you some random tidbits of inspiration. Why? Because sometimes the holidays require a bit of interruption, and because I’m still too lost in creating my own quiet space to offer you anything…you know, substantial or coach-y. } Imagine Dragons – Radioactive: Damn proud to say I loved them before they made it big. {I’m usually way behind the curve to every claim such a thing.} Mumford & Sons – White Blank Page: This is one of those “behind the curve” artists. Yes, I just found them and I’m working my way through their older stuff. This song = swoon. Broken Bells – The Ghost Inside: I’m sure what it is about this song that pulls me in, but it IS great for art journaling. Lindsey Sterling – Crystallize: I love the mix of classic and edge lately. And some non-music balm to feed…

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Art Journaling Addiction: Finding Truth Beneath My Fingernails

I don’t know why it’s taking me so long to blog about this, except maybe that I’m still making sense of it myself. Making sense of how I could miss something I’ve never experienced. Making sense of how it brings tears to my eyes to think of myself doing it, to recognize it in myself, to finally have given myself “permission to art”. Making sense of how it’s drawing me closer to a dead father, a man whose artistic ability I never really knew while he was alive. Making sense of how it’s bringing words – my ingrained and ever-ready art – to life with colors and lines and images. There are so many of you out there to whom art or art journaling is already a part of your life. And so many more of you who ache for it in the way I ached for it, hungry for…

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“A Transformation of the Way We Raise Our Children”

My name is Tara and I love quotes. So much so that I started putting some of my favorites together with images I either took or found and began sharing them on the Facebook page. (You can click each one to share on FB, or pin them with the button below.) “There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children.” (Marianne Williamson) “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” (C. S. Lewis) “I like nonsense – it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” (Dr. Seuss) “Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” (Virginia…

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15 Songs I Can’t Help Moving To, Getting Lit Up About and Making My Day Better With

Most people don’t know this about me, because I can’t play an instrument to safe my life (unless practically screaming into a harmonica to the loud song playing in my ears counts), but music is my lifeblood. I can never understand how a person can sit still or not belt out the lyrics to (or at least hum along to) a good song. Let’s Make Music! I can’t help myself: I’ve been known to rock out at red lights to Metallica for the entertainment of the car to my right. I’ve been seen dancing down the aisles of the grocery store to Fleetwood Mac, as if my life were a musical (please! let me live my life as a musical!). I can’t help but sing loudly in indoor pools – the acoustics smooth out my voice. I’ve been found next to the window seat of a flight out of somewhere…

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May :: Newness, Highlights and Linky Love

I’m really still trying to wrap my head around the fact that it’s June. I’ve been way too busy over these past two months to properly savor each of them and I’m mindfully working at slowing things down over here. Being busy sucks, and it’s toxic if it’s not a good busy. Our busy has been both good and bad, full of stress and overflowing with goodness. Ah, contrast… May’s Newness :: ♥ I’ve tweaked a few things on my site and am loving my new header and the new layout for my tools. I’ve also fixed the annoyng issue of the font not working in Chrome. Since my new design launched in March it’s been nonstop tweaking and fixing. Let me know what you think or if anything isn’t working properly for you! ♥ The Organic Business Mastermind is running again for the third time. We start on Monday!!…

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April :: Inspiration, Newness + Highlights

I haven’t done a post like this since October, which should be an indication of either how much fun we’ve been having or how poor of a memory I have. I’ll let you determine which. April’s Highlights Oh man, April both rocked my face off and threatened to overwhelm me. ♥ I started a new weekly series where I take some of the quotes I place on Facebook and expand on them on the blog every Friday. You can find more here. ♥ The Great Blog Comment Debate Everyone has an opinion that really only fits themselves. This one is mine. ♥ Anxiety, Overwhelm, Sorrow :: And All I Heard Was Love It was one intense, exhausting, heartbreaking, beautiful and wonderful weekend. ♥ Feeling Too Drained to Take Care of You? Yeah, I got there this month. Below is the video that got me back. April’s Newness ♥ I can add headline…

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I have a whole new LOOK!

I do! I do! And I couldn’t be more excited….see —> It’s been months in the brainstorming and almost months in the making, but it’s heeeeeere! New colors, new photos, new pages, new organization…almost new EVERYTHING! If you’re reading this in an RSS feed, click here to see my gorgeous thriving tree on the homepage. If you’re on the blog, click that same link to see the new homepage! Please poke around…and let me know what you think on Facebook or Twitter! (I still have tweaks to make and a few banners and badges I’m waiting on, so some things might seem bare or mismatched – because they are. ;)) Meet My Designer Big, giant THANK YOU to the wonderful Courtney Kirkland who did this design. I had NO IDEA what I wanted when I found her, other than a handful of words to match my brand (me being a…

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