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Walking the Tightrope

Tightrope Elastic Mind

Ever feel like you’re walking a tightrope? That’s because you are. We all are.

All complex adaptive systems (that’s you!) walk a tightrope between too much structure and too little.

Too much structure…

and chaos! Organic systems become rigid and unresponsive to their environment and they eventually die.

To little structure…

and chaos! Organic systems become overly sensitive to environmental disturbances. They can’t maintain their organization and eventually disintegrate.

Living at the edge of chaos

This is where life and creativity exist. They can’t be limited by too much structure or failed to let unfold in the moment through too much planning.

It’s a process of listening to, and trusting in, the ideas within us; then revealing those ideas through our action.

Your business is no different

Contrary to traditional belief and our anxious minds, too much structure is not of benefit to your business. Nor is following someone else’s idea of structure. What is of benefit is listening to yourself, and paying attention to your environment.

What unfolds for your business will not be preordained by ‘vision’ or ‘strategy’, but by the choices you make and their long-term consequences. The future is yours to create in this present moment.

Stay present to what is evolving and stay aligned with your intention.

Walk the tightrope of chaos by making choices based upon the life and world you want to be.

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.

Pinning Down How You Help Best

Supernova N49

Stuff I ‘could’ help you with:

  • thank you letter writing
  • organizing your stuff
  • having an in-depth X-Files conversation
  • dog care
  • floral arranging
  • dancing like a fool
  • singing badly

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It’s taken me 28 years to develop a very small understanding of my purpose in this life. Turns out it’s not an easy task to discover how you can best add value to the world and, in turn, how you can best receive it back.

My ideas for my life, and my career, keep on changing, and I’m gonna make sure they always do.

Where you start won’t be where you end up.

Your business purpose is going to change. That’s okay. Let it.

How you help best and who you help best isn’t fixed. What fits today might not always.

I’m learning that as your Innerpreneurial journey unfolds, so does your vision for it. It makes sense that just like life and all existence, our values, our gifts, our careers, are all part of a spiral, ever expanding and evolving.

What we think is our truth one day, isn’t another.

Let your business vision change.

Don’t fight it. Don’t punish yourself for it. You didn’t get things wrong. You’ve only changing your ever expanding mind.

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.

Prosperity is a Venn Diagram Away

VTG=VO
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Your Voice: the public expression of your authentic identity

Your authentic identity can be found in exploring Your Values, Your Talents, and Your Goals.

Values: what’s important to you
Talents: what you’re good at
Goals:
what motivates you

Understanding your unique mix of VTG, and expressing it, is what Your Voice is made of, and it is Your Brand. Your Brand is the public expression of your authentic identity.

VVW=Wealth

Your Wealth: understanding and connecting with the people who find worth in what you do

Expressing Your Voice will create profit and grow your business when Your Value is connected to the world.

Your Voice: the public expression of your authentic identity; Your Brand; Your Purpose
Your Value: the people who find worth in what you do; Your People; Your Clients
The Web: the medium by which you can express Your Voice and connect it with Your People and the planet; and they, in turn, can connect with You

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.

Nicole Carlin: June 2010 Innerpreneur Spotlight

Nicole Carlin

Nicole Carlin
Owner of POP Fizz Academy, Yoga Teacher, Burlesque Dancer, Hula Hooper
POP Fizz Academy | The POP Fizz Blog
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I am:

a young, female entrepreneur, a yoga teacher, hula-hooper and Burlesque dancer, the owner of POP Fizz Academy (an alternative dance, health and wellness school offering fun, frisky and empowering  in-person classes and workshops and e-courses), addicted to my juicer, almost constantly filled with wanderlust, a dreamer,  a to-do list lover, a big ol’ belly laugher!

My passion is for:

helping women to discover that juicy, yummy, awesomeness of their beautiful bodies!

My business helps you:

develop a healthy relationship with your body and mind through fun and inventive workshops and classes. I aim to bring women together in an environment that is always supportive, inspirational and nurturing. Through our various classes in yoga, burlesque, hula-hoop, bellydance (and new upcoming styles this summer) women can stretch their confidence muscles while building a community and most importantly– laughing until your sides hurt!

My biggest challenge is:

living abroad and spending time physically away from my business. I have five wonderful, talented teachers that work for POP Fizz, who run classes and workshops while I’m away and I am so lucky to have them.  I am a Philadelphian native, but have spent large chunks of time living abroad in England and Greece. While technology helps me to run my business and e-courses from abroad, I sometimes find it challenging to not be as “hands-on” as I would like to be.  Oh.. and the time difference!

I make things different each day by:

not teaching Burlesque classes that focus solely on “how to be sexy” or “how to please your partner”.  All of my classes are woman-centered and I firmly believe that confidence grows from within. I want every woman to leave my classes feeling like a goddess!

I have lots of ideas about:

buying an RV and living nomadically, working a location-independent job, living a lifestyle that is filled with passion and enthusiasm.

My advice is:

to wake up every morning and know, really know, that you have so many qualities that are totally and utterly gorgeous and you deserve to love and be loved fully and deeply!

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or dehumanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, 1990

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

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.

This Is Not For Everyone

The "On the other hand" selfportrait (bw outtake)
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I’m a romantic.

But I like my stories to be realistic too.

Owning a business is NOT for everyone.

Fuck, no. Suggesting such a thing would be just crazy talk.

I don’t know what your career needs.

Only you do. If you do the work to discover what you feel passionate about, and find purpose in it.
Some of us thrive working for others. Some of use don’t. Give yourself the freedom to understand what your unique dream looks like.

Bottom line on owning a business.

Forget the whole thing if you don’t thrive in uncertainty.

photo credit: dhammza

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.