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Carole Lundell: March 2010 Innerpreneur Spotlight

Carole Lundell

Carole Lundell
Parenting Coordinator, Coach and Family Mediator
Parent and Family Solutions
Contact Carole by Email

I am:

A mom of two amazing kids, a gardener, an artist, a pastor, a mentor, a daughter, and a friend.

My passion is for:

Kids of all ages (especially mine) and their families. I have spent my career working with youth (6th – 12th grade) and their families. I love the energy, the openness, the excitement, of youth. They have so much to tell and teach us adults. Some of my most powerful experiences in life have come because of these amazing people. As a result of all of the time spent with young people of this age, I have seen first hand the damage that can be done to these kids because of divorce. What is really sad is that a lot of the damage can be prevented.

My business helps you with:

Navigating the messy waters of trying co-parent with the very person you are trying to get away from. I help you to stay focused on your kids, stay away from areas that will inevitably cause harm to you or your kids, and help you move forward into a healthier future.

My biggest challenge is:

Letting people know that I exist. Marketing has never been my strong suit. So I have a lot to learn in this area.

I make things different each day by:

Helping parents keep their kids out of the middle of their divorce. Kids need to have a healthy, safe relationship with both parents. I help make that happen. My kids and I also make a difference by being a foster family for abandon kittens. To date, we have had 16 adorable little things come through our home, and we have helped match them with loving families.

I have lots of ideas about:

What helps kids grow into healthy, responsible, caring, faithful adults. I also have a lot of ideas about how to move forward to a new future after divorce. And I also have real life experience with all of it, and understand how tough it can be.

My advice is:

Don’t do it alone. Surround yourself with loving, intelligent, fun people who are willing to hurt your feelings for your own good. Find a Financial Peace University class and take it!!!

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift of life is yours; it is an amazing journey; and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.” – Bob Moawad

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.

Our Biggest Assumption

minus the Coup de Poing

The biggest assumption each of us makes is to infer that everybody sees life the same way we do. It’s so hard to challenge the expectations we have of others, and accept that they do not think the way we think, feel the way we feel, judge the way we judge, and abuse the way we abuse. They are not us. We can’t even begin to pretend to know how anyone else feels.

This, I think, is why we have a fear of being ourselves around others. We think that everyone will judge us, victimize us, abuse us, and blame us, the same way we do to our Self. We believe we know how others see us. So, before they can have the chance to reject us, we reject our Self, and alter our behaviour.

Our assumptions set us up for suffering, yet we keep on making them, for this is easier than facing our fears, asking questions, and getting the clarification we really need.

photo credit: DerrickT

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.

Dig It, Here Comes the B-Corp

B Corporation

Have you heard of the B-Corp (a for-benefit corporation)? They’re companies who have voluntarily revised their bylaws to include social and ecological benefits in their definition of the shareholder value they deliver.

There’s over two hundred and fifty in Canada and the US today.

Seventh Generation’s one. So is Yale School of Management.

The term was coined as a play on S corporations and C Corporations, two legal corporate structures under U.S. federal tax code. Unlike S and C Corporations, B Corporations have no official tax status, though there are efforts to change that.

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.

Why I Started Elastic Mind

some people call me the joker
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For me.

Before I began writing this blog one year and nine months ago, I’d never published a damn thing under my name. My past writing experiences consisted of:

  • scratching angrily in my journal
  • dreaming up poorly-constructed and never finished Lois & Clark and X-Files fanfiction

AND once I had left the tortured years of teen-dom

  • penning mildly clever marketing copy

When I decided to leave corporate marketing, and shape a business around my vision for my life, what I knew definitively was that I wanted to write more. At the time, I really didn’t care how, I just knew I needed to do it.

So, I thought, to practice and to aid in my ability to get client work for Elastic Mind, I would start publicly journaling all that I was learning about building my own business.

The idea, Innerpreneuring, came later.

I’d been brainstorming about my business direction for a month or so when I noticed Geek Gods, Karma Queens, and Innerpreneurs in the Marketing section of the bookstore. I had been hanging out in the Business section of the bookstore a lot, hoping that by osmosis I would be able to calm my fears and shape my business into one that didn’t totally suck.

The word, Innerpreneur, kept calling to me, but the book seemed a bit silly, so I ignored it. I judged the book by it’s cover… and title. Shame on me. Obviously, on one of my trips I finally opened it, read the description of Innerpreneurs, and was completely compelled. Not only did it describe my vision of how my business could bring meaning to my life, it also described the exact group of people I wanted to work with. Eureka!

I’m no fool.

Having worked in Marketing, specifically online Marketing for years, I knew how the game works. When I learned about us, I knew I had found my niche, the group of people that I could create the most value for.

I was still getting clear on what I could do best (at the time I was offering web content consulting) and discovering our group helped me to see that I wasn’t alone in my values or in my views on entrepreneurship, life and everything in-between.

So I theorized that I could create Rise of the Innerpreneur and:

1. Document my business growth and learning
2. Express my Self and provide myself with a place to practice and publish my writing
3. Help other like-minded business owners (and soon-to-bes)
4. Attract my ideal client to my web content writing web consulting strategic coaching and web development business… it’s taken me a little under two years to get clear on what I do best… and I still feel like I’m discovering it.
5. Be a portfolio of my web wizardness

But it was still a gamble.

I didn’t know if you would care – about my business, about my writing, or about Innerpreneuring – but I needed to take the chance, for me. It was what I felt I needed to do, for my happiness, and I trusted that.

But it did seem like a decent bet that there would be at least one other whackjob Innerpreneur out there, like me, and that I could, perhaps, create some value in their life.

Almost two years later, I and my business continue to grow, and it is exciting and frightening to see how my little gamble pays out.

photo by: monkeyc.net

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.

Let’s Not Form a Cult

Culte on Flickr
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The cult of ‘creativity’.

I’ve had an issue with the word ‘creativity’ for a long time now. It intimidates me.

I feel like ‘creativity’ is put up on a pedestal. You’ve either ‘got it’ or you don’t.

I take issue with the message that some of us are truly creative, but that most of us aren’t.

‘Creativity’ kinda has an attitude.

The stigma around ‘creativity’ leads many of us to feel like we never create anything, for we feel we don’t emulate the high ideals of what ‘creativity’ is. We don’t see our creations as tour de forces, and we don’t think our talent is otherworldly, so we end up seeing ourselves as somehow less than creative.

I know I did for most of my life.

Looking at ‘creativity’ from a less cult-ish perspective.

If we stop narrowly associating ‘creativity’ with the stigma of great art, or with adult education programs like Introduction to Pottery, and look at the reality of creativity, we see that it’s found in every choice we make.

Each of us is creating daily in the medium of experience. Our gestures, our words, our actions, our objects, they are all choices we make that determine our experience. 

In every aspect of our lives — the good, the bad and the just plain boring, we have a choice in how we think, act, and feel. And we express our creativity through the choices we make.

Our choices are our art.

Believing that you create your reality requires accepting responsibility for your past, your present and your future experience. It means you aren’t a victim, and that others can’t be blamed for your state. Your choices created the life you have today. It’s an empowering, yet utterly painful and uncomfortable reality.

Yet, to me, it feels far better than giving up my power and leaving ‘creativity’ up to the chosen few to enjoy.

photo credit: Remy Saglier – Doubleray

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.