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The Adventures

Every day is an adventure. I share the view, the gratitude and the news  on Fridays – you’re invited to join in. You can find all my adventures here, or follow along via email here.

The view

#yayspring
Jay brought me coffee in bed, saying, "This makes me think how well you and Granny would have gotten along - drinking coffee, crocheting, being introverted." #taralovesmornings
I am TOTALLY stuck now that it's time to name my new podcast! Help?  1. Explore Your Creative Biz OR  2. Follow Your Enthusiasm.  Please vote?
Taking this #GoodFriday slow & catching up on my education, with @garyvee's take on Tumblr.

I am so grateful for…

  • Eventually I’ll stop talking about flowers. But not yet! I am totally grateful for the gorgeous blooms – especially the just-burst-open dogwoods.
  • The ability, flexibility, and permission to follow my enthusiasm towards a new exciting project (podcast! details next week!)
  • The birth of the newest version of my most popular class, Pay Yourself, went swimmingly.
  • A lovely Good Friday morning full of sweetness + hope.

The Finds:

I’m reading:

I’m eating: 

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What adventures have you had?

The Adventures

Every day is an adventure. I share the view, the gratitude and the news  on Fridays – you’re invited to join in. You can find all my adventures here, or follow along via email here.

The view

One more #yayspring photo. I swoon over these trees. #foundwhilerunning

Spruce Pine is an adorable town, with a fabulous arts council. Such a great #payyourself workshop with smart artists!

Apparently my Inner Runner has the same musical taste as 6yr old Tara: Whitesnake (Here I Go Again) + Guns N Roses (Paradise City). #foundwhilerunning
It's Opening Day at Fenway: an Official Holiday in this house! We have dressed for it, got Dunkin, and made totchos.   I celebrate it as Opening Day of Sewing Season. Baseball is the perfect thing to sew to- no need (for me) to hear it & I'm not missing "

Today was the most glorious of all glorious spring runs. 4.5mi of flowering trees, daffodils, bunnies and sunshine (at a cool 50*). Spring makes EVERY neighborhood pretty.    I'm still a little high  (runner's high + so many flowers + long winter = euphor

I am so grateful for…

  • Gorgeousness around every corner – SPRING!
  • My new website design + the patience of Jessika.
  • The editing powers of Jessica.
  • The “you’re in my head!” emails I get after I wrote about freaking out. (THANK YOU!)
  • This completely amazing email from a student.

The Finds:

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I’m eating

 

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The Adventures

Every day is an adventure. I share the view, the gratitude and the news  on Fridays – you’re invited to join in. You can find all my adventures here, or follow along via email here.

The view

Yay! Magnolia trees! #foundwhilerunning
Note to Future Self: you are happier when you put in random receipts every month. (I skipped it in Q2. Sigh.)  Today = very last step of taxes - finalizing my expense category totals. #smallbizglamour #keepinitreal
Flowering trees! Yay! (What is it, cherry?) A VERY warm 3 mi today.  #foundwhilerunning
Special dinner for The Walking Dead: #vegan manicotti. (Recipe from @vegangela_food.)
Best $2 buy. #yayspring

I am so grateful for…

  • The support and generosity of the Starship Captains. They’ve been blowing my mind with their vulnerability and kindness to each other this week.
  • $2 tulips
  • Finishing + filing my taxes!
  • Flowering trees! Every corner brings a new smile.

The Finds:

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I’m listening to: 

I’m cooking: 

  • These gluten-free, vegan, protein-rich cookies are actually super tasty!
  • Manicotti! Cheese-stuffed manicotti was the first special meal I made for Jay and for years it was our anniversary dinner. Since going vegan I kinda forgot about it. But this recipe brought it back!

I’m teaching locally:  

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Note!
My website’s getting a spring cleaning this weekend! It may be offline for around 24 hours from Saturday afternoon – Sunday. So don’t fret! We’ll be back on Monday with a new site, a new shop and a brand new class! (Sign up here to be the first to know!)

What were your adventures this week?  

Choose resilience

Choose resilience

For the last year, I’ve had the same project on my to do list – my next book. Last April, I made it my Destination (the bigger goal you’re working towards in a map) for the quarter. I made VERY little progress on it. I was disappointed, but I learned: I have a lot going on that I’m not willing to put aside to give this my 100% attention. (I’m equally excited about this book and my online and in-person workshops.)

So I adjusted. I got more specific. In Q4, I set the goal to just finish the outline. Well, that didn’t really work out, but I DID work on it every week and got a lot clearer on what I’m really writing.

In 2014, I decided it would be one of my big goals for the year: I’m going to write and self-publish this book sometime during the year.  (It’s also alongside my goasl to teach at least 4 workshops around the country (1 down!), and to create one completely new digital class (coming soon!), and overhaul Pay Yourself (done!) and to continue to add content to the Solo Mission.)

I looked back at what I’d already done, and what else I had going on and I decided that I would be satisfied if I wrote on it every weekday. That went great through February, but when Pay Yourself got crazy, it went out the window.

Now we’re at the beginning of a new quarter and I’ve got two options:

  1. I can be bummed that this project I’m totally in love with hasn’t gone farther. I can recognize that my life is too busy for this project. I can give up on it, or put it aside, or let myself fall out of love with it by judging its progress too harshly.
  2. Or. I can look deeply at what’s gone well so far. When did I write the best bits? What could use expanding? I can review what specifically led me to put it down. How can I protect against that? I can learn the lessons of this book – what does it need from me?

You have the same choice.

It’s time to review the last quarter and everyone inside the Starship and Solo Mission is busy looking back and making new maps. (I’ll be sharing the review worksheet for free here, if you want to play along.) They are finding bits they are proud of and bits they wish were different. Between all of us, there’s a big list of things that didn’t get done. There is a big list of mistakes.

If you find a big list of things you didn’t do: You are not alone. This is a normal part of growing, expanding, and trying new things. So the question isn’t “Why didn’t I succeed?!”, it’s “What now?”

 Pay attention!

This is an important moment. This is where you find out what kind of business, success, and life you’re going to have. It is this disappointment (and how you choose to handle it) that determines whether you have a business or a hobby.
If you’re committed to your dream, your business, and what you want, you bounce back. You become resilient.
The reality is, everyone falls short. Everyone misses the mark. The difference between success and failure is what you do next. Do you give up or scale down your vision? Or do you make a new plan?

 

Make your choice. Choose resilience. 

The Adventures

Every day is an adventure. I share the view, the gratitude and the news  on Fridays – you’re invited to join in. You can find all my adventures here, or follow along via email here.

The view

Crocus! #foundwhilerunning #signsofspring cc: @pennyshima
YAY! First full-sized daffodil! #signsofspring #foundwhilerunning
These tiny buttercups are suddenly everywhere, making today's 3.1 mi run FANTASTIC. #foundwhilerunning
I'm wondering if the Orchestra often gets people dancing in the aisles... #indigogirls
Forgot to share this yesterday! I think it's saying: This way for orange clovers? Regardless, it was a cold, breathless, 40 sec/mi-faster-than-usual 2.5 mi run. (Still embarrassingly slow) #foundwhilerunning

I am so grateful for…

  • Spring is springing! The daffodils, the redbuds, YAY!
  • A lovely evening at the symphony, with the Indigo Girls and my dear friend
  • Running, and the opportunity it gives me to watch spring unfold.
  • The Starship launch is going fabulously. Since I only do this 4 times a year, every time is a huge deal!

 

The Finds:

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 Don’t forget! 

The Starship is open for just one more week! Check it out here.

 

What were your adventures this week?  

 

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