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Michelle Barry Franco: January 2010 Innerpreneur Spotlight

Michelle Franco

Michelle Barry Franco
The Brazen Soul
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I am:

crazy grateful for the freedom to create my life and my body’s ability to grow and birth babies.

wishing the whole time we are talking that I could somehow get inside of your head and see the world, your life, this circumstance, our interaction – the exact same way you do – just for a moment.

in love with the textures, angles, essentials and earthy details of human relationship.

My passion is for:

brilliant self-expression, yours and mine. Freedom to create and love, all the way, out loud.

My business helps you with:

making your soul-driven entrepreneurial dreams into real-life passion-driven businesses. Making sure that you feel personally and powerfully expressed inside of your magnetic business messages. Crafting your expertise into leading-authority level presentations and articles. Bringing your greatest brilliance to the marketplace.

I make things different each day by:

Smiling a lot. Listening all the way. Singing to myself. Noticing. Smiling more.

I have lots of ideas about:

nature & nurture, entrepreneurialism and mothering, equally shared parenting, radical acceptance, marriage and partnership, revealing brilliance, fear and courage, saying what you mean.

My advice is:

Show up all the way. Please. And be honest and nice.

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you and into action.
And because there is only one you in all time, this expression is unique.
And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares to other expressions.
It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”

Martha Graham

If you would you like to be considered for an upcoming “Innerpreneur Spotlight”, please email Tara Joyce.

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.

A New Design Project For You

Begin Anywhere

You’re already designing a life where you can express your beliefs and values in your work.

“What if we looked at the world as a design project – how might we begin to make it better?” – Bruce Mau

Try looking at your world more optimistically. Seek possibilities for improvement. Let yourself dream of ways to make it better. Be a designer of your world.

“Criticize By Creating” – Michelangelo

Ask Why? Ask the dumb questions. If the answers don’t work for you, opt out. ‘Should be’ and ‘suppose to’ aren’t reasons to do anything.

Do it your way. There’s nothing you ‘have to’ accept. This is the new economy and it’s puzzle pieces are just starting to take shape. Get off the trail and see where it takes the world.

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 Next Right Thing

Heaven

Sometimes, as business owners, our fear gets the better of us. It’s inevitable.

Running a business is fucking hard. It’s especially brutal on the self-confidence.

We can’t acknowledge our progress. We want to feel more sure. We want someone to tell us our answers.

There are so many unknowns, and we are risking a lot. What if WE are wrong?

No idea what to do.

When I feel “the questions” weighing me down, I remind myself that my business is no different than my travels.

When I trekked the Annapurna Circuit through the Himalayan Mountains, it was scary, exhilarating, empowering, crazy. And, like with my business, I had no idea what I was the hell I was doing.

I knew where I was starting, and I had the confidence and support that I could get to where I wanted to end up. And that’s about it.

The rest of the journey was the amazing, life changing experience of simply putting one foot in front of the other and discovering where it took me.

And, if you’d note, I’m not dead. So that strategy has legs.

Embrace the ride.

It’s cool if you have no idea what you’re doing. No one does.

Just do the next thing that feels right.

photo by: me!
I took it on the Annapurna Circuit.

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.

Give to Haiti What is Yours On Loan

What is it that you have on loan?


Everything.

What is it that you have of value?

Yourself.

Give your value to Haiti.

People pay you money to do the thing that you love to do. What if, just one time, you did your thing, and instead of you receiving the monetary value, you asked your client to give it to a charity doing relief work in Haiti?

What if you shared your act with the people you know and inspired them to give? What if you shared your act in the comments below and inspired us to give?

I want to give my value to Haiti. Help me.

I’m offering 1 hour of strategic coaching for free to the first person who pledges to give the monetary value they receive from our session to the Red Cross in the form of a donation.

Email me and help me give my value to Haiti. [This offer was snatched up on 18-Jan-10 at 12:17 PM EST]

If you’re a blogger… The Help Haiti Blog Challenge.

Kelly Diels (with inspiration from Danielle Laporte) has created the Help Haiti Blog Challenge to help spread the idea that WE CAN HELP HAITI BY GIVING OUR SELVES, OUR VALUE in support. Kelly is urging us to use our blogs to raise awareness and support for Haiti and spread the Challenge to our people.

\’\’Please sign up here and do what you can to help.

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.

Asking Questions

Always Ask Why?

That’s what lead you down my “rabbit hole”. You wondered about something that lead your curiosity to here. It’s so like you. Always asking questions and expanding your mind. Why can’t you just accept the norm, the conventional, the accepted? Why must you ask WHY?

Doing it your way.

It’s your thirst for learning, your curiosity at the world, that makes you just that little bit of weird. You want to grow, you work to grow and you do it by consistently exploring your Self and your world. You’re a Cultural Creative (or an Integral, as Ken Wilber coined) because of it.

Ask me a question. Ask us a question. Get answers.

To honour our need to explore, I’ve added a new page to the blog called ASK in replacement of the forum (UPDATE: This page has now been removed as I couldn’t facilitate it without using a buggy and problematic plugin). There you can ask me a question by leaving a comment. The rest of the troupe can benefit from our discussion and add to it.

The longer the question, the better the answer. Make it a good story. Including more personal detail in your question will add to it’s clarity.

Ask your Self a question. Get answers.

Have a question on which You need advice? I learned this cool exercise for “dropping down the rabbit hole” for quick guidance and stress relief, and possibly to create a shift of focus, from Julia Cameron in The Right to Write.

Set pen to page and run a little Q&A on your Self. For example, write your question down:

Q. Why can’t I come up with a sample question?

Next listen for advice, and write down what you hear.

A. Because you not confident in your abilities to be engaging.

Don’t be surprised if your answers are hardheaded and practical. Your guidance will often seem simpler and wiser than your normal thinking. Try it next time you need a little perspective to find a solution.

This article was inspired by Shane McSimov’s new blog TheSquab (where he has an ASK page for his readers) and by Samatha Brightwell, who challenges me to embrace my writing, and has encouraged me to read Julia Cameron’s work. Thank you to both of you for your fabulous minds and ideas.

photo credit: Eleaf

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.