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Getting A Bit More Serious

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I’ve updated the site. I made it a bit easier to use and more streamlined. Plus I like the smoke.

I’ve been posting three times a week as well. Monday, Thursday, Friday. I’m disciplining myself.

I’m learning about time right now and I’m realizing I need to quit making excuses for not doing things. I can make the time because I make time. Not making time to write is me limiting my Self.

I was Self sabotaging without even knowing it. If I love to write, I need to do it.

A few people have joined the innerpreneur forum. Yay! I encourage anyone who has a question or something to say to post it there. Start talking to each other. I really think knowing each other is of great benefit to us.

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Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

Oh That Tara Joyce, She’s Such a Phony Baloney

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This is actually a quote from Seinfeld‘s Jerry in the episode, ‘The Mango’… obviously he wasn’t talking about me though, he was talking about Meryl Streep. But whatever, that’s not important.

We all feel like phony baloneys

I pontificate weekly about craft, community and connection… but, at times, it feels fake. The truth is, I’m not yet confident enough in my own craft to call myself a writer (if someone asks me what I do I say independent Web Consultant), I have a secret scorn for humanity and I often feel alone and disconnected from the world.

So what do I really know about craft, community or connection?

Putting limits on my Self

I’ve become aware that calling my Self a phony is my way of limiting my Self and my ability to enjoy all the love, joy and abundance I am capable of (and more importantly, deserving of) experiencing. It’s just that sometimes I can’t let go of the story that I am fundamentally flawed and ultimately not worthy.

Most of us tell our Self this story — we are all phony baloneys fooling the world into loving us.

Oh that Tara Joyce, she’s such a wizard

Being conscious of the story and the self-imposed limits it creates, I have now started to work positively with it. When I start in on my “you’re such a phony baloney” bit, I now see it for what it is, a story that I use to limit my Self, rather than a truth I need to get hip to. (Yes, I know the 60’s are calling and  they want their lingo back;)

There is nothing wrong with me and the sooner I stop telling my Self there is, the sooner I can embrace my own genius and work fully in it.

I want to be the most wicked me I can be. I want to be a wizard. Like Einstein. And that’s no baloney.

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Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

What’s It Got To Do With You?

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I often find that my choices are met with hostility from others.

The resistance is not a result of my choice affecting or hurting the other person, as the decision often has nothing to do with them… the hostility is more about how the decision makes them feel about their Self.

So what if I’m different from you?

To me, the difference between a person committed to a Cultural Creative, Modern or Traditional lifestyle is the values that they choose to actively pursue as goals. We are all seeking happiness and trying to avoid pain but the means through which we pursue these desires differs.

For me, my happiness comes from valuing my close relationships, enjoying and respecting the environment, being of service to others, expressing and embracing my own unique genius, living holistically… I could go on.

“Do, or do not. There is no try.” – Jedi Master Yoda

Others may also think these values are significant and important as well… but it’s not your intentions that matter, it’s your actions.

Our values are the goals we actively pursue. You may say the environment is important to you but, if you dump that paint can down the sink instead of taking the time to see that it be properly disposed of, your actions are exhibiting your true values, despite what you may tell your Self. Sure, you may value the environment, but you honestly value your time more.

It’s your problem, not mine.

This brings me back to the hostility, the threatened feeling I… and perhaps you, sometimes seem to bring forth in others. What do our actions have to with them? Why does it get their back up? Why do you care that I only buy organic meat? What’s it got to do with you?

I’d say that if you experience feelings of resistance towards the decisions of another, it’s probably a good time to take a look at your Self and the goals you’re actively pursuing. Because it’s not my action you have a problem with, it’s your inaction.

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Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

The Generation M Manifesto

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written by Umair Haque, originally published on HarvardBusiness.org

Dear Old People Who Run the World,

My generation would like to break up with you.

Everyday, I see a widening gap in how you and we understand the world — and what we want from it. I think we have irreconcilable differences.

You wanted big, fat, lazy “business.” We want small, responsive, micro-scale commerce.

You turned politics into a dirty word. We want authentic, deep democracy — everywhere.

You wanted financial fundamentalism. We want an economics that makes sense for people — not just banks.

You wanted shareholder value — built by tough-guy CEOs. We want real value, built by people with character, dignity, and courage.

You wanted an invisible hand — it became a digital hand. Today’s markets are those where the majority of trades are done literally robotically. We want a visible handshake: to trust and to be trusted.

You wanted growth — faster. We want to slow down — so we can become better.

You didn’t care which communities were capsized, or which lives were sunk. We want a rising tide that lifts all boats.

You wanted to biggie size life: McMansions, Hummers, and McFood. We want to humanize life.

You wanted exurbs, sprawl, and gated anti-communities. We want a society built on authentic community.

You wanted more money, credit and leverage — to consume ravenously. We want to be great at doing stuff that matters.

You sacrificed the meaningful for the material: you sold out the very things that made us great for trivial gewgaws, trinkets, and gadgets. We’re not for sale: we’re learning to once again do what is meaningful.

There’s a tectonic shift rocking the social, political, and economic landscape. The last two points above are what express it most concisely. I hate labels, but I’m going to employ a flawed, imperfect one: Generation “M.”

What do the “M”s in Generation M stand for? The first is for a movement. It’s a little bit about age — but mostly about a growing number of people who are acting very differently. They are doing meaningful stuff that matters the most. Those are the second, third, and fourth “M”s.

Gen M is about passion, responsibility, authenticity, and challenging yesterday’s way of everything. Everywhere I look, I see an explosion of Gen M businesses, NGOs, open-source communities, local initiatives, government. Who’s Gen M? Obama, kind of. Larry and Sergey. The Threadless, Etsy, and Flickr guys. Ev, Biz and the Twitter crew. Tehran 2.0. The folks at Kiva, Talking Points Memo, and FindtheFarmer. Shigeru Miyamoto, Steve Jobs, Muhammad Yunus, and Jeff Sachs are like the grandpas of Gen M. There are tons where these innovators came from.

Gen M isn’t just kind of awesome — it’s vitally necessary. If you think the “M”s sound idealistic, think again.

The great crisis isn’t going away, changing, or “morphing.” It’s the same old crisis — and it’s growing.

You’ve failed to recognize it for what it really is. It is, as I’ve repeatedly pointed out, in our institutions: the rules by which our economy is organized.

But they’re your institutions, not ours. You made them — and they’re broken. Here’s what I mean:

“… For example, the auto industry has cut back production so far that inventories have begun to shrink — even in the face of historically weak demand for motor vehicles. As the economy stabilizes, just slowing the pace of this inventory shrinkage will boost gross domestic product, or GDP, which is the nation’s total output of goods and services.”

Clearing the backlog of SUVs built on 30-year-old technology is going to pump up GDP? So what? There couldn’t be a clearer example of why GDP is a totally flawed concept, an obsolete institution. We don’t need more land yachts clogging our roads: we need a 21st Century auto industry.

I was (kind of) kidding about seceding before. Here’s what it looks like to me: every generation has a challenge, and this, I think, is ours: to foot the bill for yesterday’s profligacy — and to create, instead, an authentically, sustainably shared prosperity.

Anyone — young or old — can answer it. Generation M is more about what you do and who you are than when you were born. So the question is this: do you still belong to the 20th century – or the 21st?

Love,

Umair and the Edge Economy Community

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Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

Enough About Me, What About You?

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I’ve created a forum…

… a place online where we can exchange our ideas and views. After more than a year of just me talking (okay, I let others talk a bit;) I think it’s time for the innerpreneur community to have more of a voice.

Check out the Innerpreneur Forum

How it works

It’s really the online equivalent to a traditional community bulletin board. It can be about anything you want it to be. You can start discussions, e.g., Finding time to build a business, or you can respond to posts started by others. I’ve started a few topics to get things started:

  1. Introduce yourself – a place to tell your innerpreneur story
  2. Face-to-face – it could be cool to meet up with other innerpreneur’s in your area… anyone in Toronto want to meet?
  3. Advice and support – ask for help or provide some
  4. Understanding the forum – a few instructions on how forums work

Huh?

Still not sure what the point of this is? Think of the forum as an information resource and meeting place for innerpreneurs. It’s a great place to get help from and connect with other innerpreneurs. The forum is only as good as the people involved and the content added. The more you participate, the more useful the forum is.

Let’s give it a whirl and see how it goes.

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Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.