Last year I interviewed five women for the “Women Who Inspire” series; this included Christy Turlington Burns, Gabrielle Bernstein, Tara Sophia Mohr, along with others — and it was a hit. I had an amazing time putting it together and it was clear that you all loved it as well. We felt inspired and many of you discovered new mentors.
Recently, I contemplated firing up the series again, but decided to take it a step further. Today I am excited to share details about a new regular feature, the Monthly Mentor Series, a spin-off of the Women Who Inspire series.
The Monthly Mentor Series will feature Q&A’s with both men and women from a variety of different backgrounds. I will feature authors, business coaches, psychologists, spiritual gurus, and more. There are so many individuals out there that have amazing and world-changing work they are doing, and I want to help them spread that message and make it easier for you to receive it.
I’ll be kicking off the series in February with Tara Sophia Mohr.
Stay tuned for am amazing Q&A on Monday, February 4th!
One of my favorite things about this time of year is reading all of my favorite bloggers share their ‘favorites’ from the past year. Whether it be written work or material goods – a nice round-up always causes me to reflect and think of what I truly enjoyed from the past year.
Today I wanted to share my favorite resources of 2012 that will help you to feel nourished in mind, body, and spirit.
Enjoy – and feel free to share yours below!
You can read up on it here.
She has a very unique style of writing – almost like prose – that motivates me. She is actually helping me write my book too. You will love it.
This will probably be on my list every year. Or perhaps I will teeter back & forth between this and The Power of Now.
Most relevant, eye-opening books I have ever read.
(Not to be confused with Fierce Grace, the Ram Dass documentary)
I watched Fierce Light on Netflix a long while back. It is about something I often ponder – that intersection between Spirituality and Activism.
Do you receive Gabrielle Bernstein‘s weekly newsletter? She is well-known for her Vlogging, which is always very relevant and features some timely lessons. I recommend signing up. (photo source via Gabby’s newsletter)
She is still continuing on doling out the inspiration, helping women to face their fears and Play Big. She is amazing.
Editor’s Note: Today is Day 2 of our Women Who Inspire series. Click here to follow along with the complete series.
I am unable to recall exactly how I first stumbled on Tara Sophia Mohr‘s website Wise Living, but I am certain it had something to do with one of her amazing and inspiring posts about living your truth. I then signed up for her newsletter and ended up participating in the Girl Effect campaign, in which she organized hundreds of bloggers together to shine the spotlight on a major world issue.
Tara has revealed that she grew up with parents who taught her to respect fellow human beings, and live from a space of compassion. Her words through both her writing on her blog and in her book of poetry convey this warmth and provide inspiration to those reading.
On her website you can find incredible writing which focuses on helping women to make their “unique contribution” to the world, including “10 Rules for Brilliant Women,” and “How to Recognize Your Calling“. One of the most incredible offerings from Tara however, is the six month course called Playing Big that I believe is an amazing opportunity to help those who are looking to hone their “Big” ideas and goals. Tara shares more about this below.
We hope you enjoy our exclusive Q&A with Tara Sophia Mohr of Wise Living. She had some amazing wisdom to pass on!
TCP - You are undoubtedly living your passion. Would you share with us what ignited the spark within you that has led you to your work today?
TSM – “I like your way of putting it: “What ignited the spark?” because I believe that for all of us, the spark is there. We don’t have to create it. We just have to get it blazing again.
For me, there was no one magic thing that reignited the spark. It was many things, braided together. It was the pain of not living my dreams, and my desire to get out of that pain. It was missing my creative life more and more intensely over time, until it f became worth it to me to write creatively, even though that felt like risking finding out (or thinking myself) that my writing was terrible. It was having some quiet, mellow years to recover from competitive, left-brain dominant, patriarchal educational environments –where I got somewhat lost from my own voice. And it was most certainly all the love and support from dear people in my life.
All of that played a role in giving me the willingness to step back over on to my own side, to be on the side of my dreams. That meant changing my career significantly – but not right away. At first it just meant listening inwardly to my own dreams, starting to write again, and getting trained as a coach.”
TCP – How do you remain authentic and true to yourself in your work when everyday obstacles arise?
TSM – “Sometimes, I don’t. I think the work for all of us – when it comes to anything in our lives, is about awareness and course-correction, not perfection. So I’d say I don’t remain authentic all the time. But I do try to notice it quickly when I’ve gone off course and come back more quickly – I see that as the goal.”
TCP – What advice do you have for those seeking to find their “purpose” or live their passion, but perhaps they are finding themselves at a roadblock or feel that they are on the wrong path?
1. Give up the idea that you have one purpose. That idea hurts us more than it helps us, I think, because we end up waiting around for the one right mega-answer. It’s been liberating and inspiring to see my fundamental purpose as bringing light and love into the world. Then I can be open and flexible about the different ways I get to do that at any given time into my life.
2. Second, if you know you are on the wrong path, trust that that too, is part of your path. The most painful, alienating experiences I had in school and in my former career allowed me to write some of my most popular pieces of writing and inform the work I do now. You don’t have to stay stuck there, but recognize that this time on the “wrong” path can play a critical role in the contribution you make to the world.
TCP – Would you like to share any projects that you are currently working on with our readers?
“Why yes, I would!
The 2012 session of my global women’s leadership program, Playing Big, is starting up this month. In this program, I share the tools, ideas and practices that have most helped me in my journey to Playing Bigger, and that have most helped the women I work with. If you know you are playing small with your work, with sharing you voice, and you want to change that, check out more about the program here.
Second, last month my book, Your Other Names, came out, and was a #2 bestselling new poetry book on Amazon. The book is a collection of inspirational meditations, blessings and poems and it’s on Amazon here.”
TCP – Finally, you’re work is undoubtedly rewarding on many levels. What’s is most rewarding aspect in sharing your truth with others?
“A while ago I wrote an article called, “Why I Love My Typos.” It was about how triumphant I feel whenever I see a mistake in a blog post that I’ve already sent to thousands of people. I feel triumphant because I don’t worry about it anymore. I now know what matters is not being perfect at the work, but doing the work. I’m no longer held hostage by my inner perfectionist. Instead, the playful voice in me that wants to share, write, reflect and be in conversation with others is leading. That is rewarding – ever day.”
One more thing, for the new year, I’d love to share this blessing with your readers, from Your Other Names. Whoever is reading, this is addressed specifically and directly to you.
This is Your Time
Your time to say what you have kept silent.
Your time to ask your big questions without apology.
Your time to shine like a blazing comet,
whether they like it or not.
Your time to believe what your heart tells you:
that this world could be very different.
Your time to live by your rhythms,
and teach them to the world.
Your time nurture your village back to health.
Your time to show the world what it has been missing.
Your time to show the world the other side of itself. ”
I am back and recharged after two much needed days of relaxation and rejuvenation thanks to a remote cabin in Eastern Ontario. My little family of four enjoyed all of the pleasures that winter has to offer including sledding, snowshoeing, delicious hot chocolate, and snuggling by the fire.
Now that I am back I am thrilled to say HAPPY 2012! With the new year’s arrival, The Conscious Perspective is back in high gear with many new and exciting events and additions. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, tomorrow kicks off our Women Who Inspire series which I am SO EXCITED to share with you. The series will include the following inspirational women who have far too many wonderful accomplishments and attributes to put into a few words:
Gabrielle Bernstein – Motivational Speaker, Author, and Spirit Junkie
Christy Turlington Burns – Maternal Health Advocate, Filmmaker, Author & Yogi
Lori Deschene – Author, Tiny Buddha founder and Truth Seeker
Tara Sophia Mohr – Poet & Expert on Women’s Leadership and Wellbeing
Leonie Dawson – Artist, Author, Creativity Booster & Business Goddess
The beginning of a New Year can be the catalyst to remarkable personal growth, and we plan to help inspire you by sharing the stories of the five women mentioned in the photo above. If you have not heard of some of these women, there is no better time than now, as they will also be providing suggestions and ideas on how you can live your passion and act from a space of authenticity.
My motivation behind this series stemmed from the fact that so many women look to other women for guidance. Personally I have signed up for online courses, workshops, and forums for years, and I am grateful that women are putting themselves out there, because really there is a little something for each of us.
The women we are featuring are all incredibly talented and they each bring something so special and unique to the world, that they deserve a bit of a spotlight shining on them. They are each living their purpose – helping others in one way or another.. And we’re going to get to the bottom of how they do this and how they stay inspired while inspiring others.
We hope you enjoy our series! Visit back tomorrow for our first installment of Inspiration.