Thursday, January 24, 2013

My elephant articles.

5 Extraordinarily Ordinary People & the Stories That Most Amaze Us.

by on Jan 20, 2013
Source: via Tara on Pinterest   Everyday, in every moment, we have the opportunity to make a change. And all you have to do, is be your most beautiful you. “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject [...]

The Gift Staring Back in the Glass.

by on Jan 20, 2013
Source: Uploaded by user via Zarko on Pinterest The best gift you can ever receive, is the one staring back at you. I was cleaning up today—sifting through old memories, and making room for more. And, as is often the case in my sifting about—I came across something that was so very special to me. [...]

Stepping Through Adventure’s Door.

by on Jan 17, 2013
Source: via Tara on Pinterest “In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.” – William Blake What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Would you travel this world seeking a most magnificent adventure? Or would you stick to [...]

Let’s Hear it for the Unsung Heroes.

by on Jan 16, 2013
They spend their days protecting our troops—our sons and daughters of war. Working tirelessly, and always in harms way—they put their paws first and before any soldiers boot.

My Simple Steps for Living Fearlessly.

by on Jan 14, 2013
Fear is only as big as we allow it to be. And though, it may seem at times to cast a rather large shadow—rest assured, when you really look it square in its eyes…you’ll find this beast, is not very big, at all.

The Magic is You.

by on Jan 13, 2013
Source: via Tara on Pinterest   On days, like today, when I am at the ‘almost very end’ and the night sky begins to gain its slightest of chills… And right around that time, when my little pup climbs into my lap, to find his ‘most perfectly cozy’ resting spot… I close my eyes, [...]

Finally, A Little Something for the Ladies. {Infographic}

by on Jan 12, 2013
n response to that age-old question, and very much tongue in cheek—but something we have all very much wondered on that cold winter’s day.

Live Simply, So that Others May Simply Live.

by on Jan 6, 2013
Source: via Tara on Pinterest   What prevents us from sharing so fully of our heart, mind, and spirit? What is it that keeps us from saying the things we feel and mean most? We are all given this gift each day—a simple choice in how we may live. It is the single, greatest [...]

Finally, the Science to Following Your Heart.

by on Jan 5, 2013
Source: Uploaded by user via Tara on Pinterest   “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius Life is short…too short, it seems. And we should never place ourselves in a position of looking back with a wondering regret. Instead, we should always and everyday, find that one thing that makes our hearts [...]

11 Plus 1 Reasons to Face Our Fears.

by on Jan 3, 2013
Source: via Tara on Pinterest   “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho Sometimes fear can become so completely overwhelming, that it steals our breath and tosses us down to one side. And sometimes fear can freeze us directly into our place—where [...]

Just for Today.

by on Dec 29, 2012
Source: via Cortney on Pinterest   Just for today, swing wide that proverbial “life’s door” stepping boldly on into the outside. Scream loudly for all and everyone to hear—let the wind flush your cheeks and mess up your hair, as you run wildly forward and into your fate…your destiny. Just for today, embrace your [...]

One hand to ship. One hand to me.

by on Dec 22, 2012
Source: via Tara on Pinterest   “One hand to ship. One hand to me.” It’s not something we often think of as we move into the busyness and noise of our day—focusing all of what we have in that which we are doing, sometimes pushing all of our own hearts so cleanly out of the way [...]

A Letter from a Plum Village Monk & Native of Newtown, Connecticut, Written Last Weekend.

by on Dec 21, 2012
Source: Uploaded by user via Tara on Pinterest   Shared graciously and lovingly by Thich Nhat Hanh, such beautiful words to address such ugliness. Brother Phap Luu, a monastic at Plum Village, grew up in Newtown, Connecticut. He has written an amazing, heartfelt letter to shooter Adam Lanza, that you can read here: Saturday, 15th [...]

Must Watch Tribute to Sandy Hook.

by on Dec 20, 2012
What a brilliantly touching tribute brought to us by the famed PS22 Chorus. They lend their voices to offer their love to the children, teachers, and families affected by the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT. In this video, the children are singing the Sandy Hook Elementary School song—I challenge you [...]

13 Amazing Quotes about Gratitude.

by on Dec 18, 2012
Source: via Lynn on Pinterest Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh At this very special time of year, it’s important to take that ever-thoughtful pause in our busy day to show gratitude for our own lives [...]

A Letter to My Children.

by on Dec 15, 2012
Sometimes there are no answers. And, sometimes, there are just no words to describe what it is that we should be thinking and feeling and believing as we move

The Power of Believe. {Video}

by on Dec 11, 2012
We are the tellers of our own life’s story. And our life’s story is exactly and precisely and perfectly as we imagine it.

The Gift of Now.

by on Dec 10, 2012
Source: via Lynn on Pinterest I had finally made my way outward and into this world, venturing off as if a new explorer discovering this whole great planet all over again. And with an almost hesitant awareness, I found my way into the city to meet a dear friend for coffee. I had felt [...]

13 Simple Rules for Living.

by on Nov 9, 2012
Source: via BalanceOnline on Pinterest Digging Through the Muck During a recent conversation, and in a moment that I’m sure was marked by the exasperation of wanting very much to understand, but not quite knowing the way forward—my most dearest friend, took a long, deep breath and said to me, “I just don’t know [...]

Everyone Farts.

by on Oct 10, 2012
The “Toot” of Commonality That Connects Us All. I had a really rough morning. Like, super rough. I have been having some health issues, which can sometimes be unsettling, particularly when you’re at “that age” when you start thinking about age and most specifically, sometimes counting out loud the number of hypothetical years you may [...]

What are You Waiting for? Wake Up & Give.

by on Oct 2, 2012
It’s a choice… every day, every moment. Do more than belong, participate; Do more than care, help; Do more than believe, practice; Do more than be fair, be kind; Do more than forgive, forget; Do more than dream, work.     ~ William Arthur Ward How often is it that we have the most amazing opportunities, these [...]

Sh*t I Learned from Billy Preston.

by on Sep 26, 2012

How I Survived Domestic Violence & Eventually Kicked Its Ass.

by on Sep 3, 2012
From Pieces to Peace: Finding Light and Love in an Encounter by Chance. Today as I was out and about, I heard a familiar voice call out to me, “Ms. Tara, how is that you’re always smiling?” Without a moment’s pause, I simply responded, “I smile because I am grateful.” And just like that, our conversation [...]

A Little Light Please?

by on Jul 30, 2012
This past night I had the most amazing dream. Upon awakening, I took a long, deep stretch to pause and reflect, to wonder what “messages” were contained within and carried here “just for me” by this: our most curious universe. Sometimes, I’ll just smile, sigh and laugh along—reminded in the most gentle of ways to not ever [...]