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    New Class Announcement: Vision 2021

    Join me on January 2, 2021 for Vision 2021 a FREE full-day livestream workshop designed to help you get clarity on what you want and find the confidence to pursue it. If you are truly ready to overcome your creative resistance and transform your life, Vision 2021 is the launch pad that can help you stop procrastinating and start creating! Register below, or CLICK HERE for more information.

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    Back to the Well Starts Monday, 7/27…

    Join me for my #NewClass “Back to the Well: Honoring Our Lineage and Choosing Our Legacy”, a 4 week Cosmic Smashbook art journaling workshop. There’s still time sign up and to do ALL 4 workshop sessions with me LIVE via Zoom. Course registration is $50 for all 4 weeks, and includes access for the lifetime of the course (a minimum of 12 months). Register at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/studiotaraerin.

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    Message from the Muse, 10/28/19

    Today begins “Secret Friend Week” at work: a time to share a bit of inspiration or encouragement with a colleague daily. There was a time in my life when I thought stuff like this was rather silly – too forced to be taken seriously. Now I know that play is serious business, and that when my Muse offers a message, I had better listen and share what she has to say. Today, she wanted me to share this simple reminder: Remember to slow down and savor each moment as it comes. Smell the coffee. Taste the bread. Relish the lingering aftertaste while it lasts. Release the moment as a good…

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    Musing on Compassion

    Last night I sat with darker passions – resentment, anger, and pride. I neither denied them, nor gave them free rein, but acknowledged them and allowed them space within myself to be expressed. This morning, for my birthday perhaps, they returned to me a gift of understanding. Take no action in haste, and speak not in anger. Rather, sit with yourself in compassion. Com-Passion: together with passion (1). Allow your passion to be, and like a good friend, ask what it needs you to know. Your darker passions are like winds under your command. You can let them swallow you up, like a tornado, blinding you with the detritus it…

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    Becoming the Ancestors

    The Creative Now So here I am, finally, in my new blog about creativity. To be honest, I feel a bit lost. In such a vast territory, where do I even begin?! The “question of creativity” is enormous, and seems detached from my everyday experience. Then, in the very act of pondering the question, I see it shift under the light of my present consciousness: for these very words on the screen, appearing before my eyes, are an act of creation. I cannot experience creativity in the future or in the past, but only in the NOW. It seems as promising a path as any other, so I tend it further…

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    Every New Beginning…

    Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…” This poignant line from Semisonic’s Closing Time feels most apropos on the day I have finally shut down Mentors and Masterminds, my networking site for administrative professionals, and turn my attention to Tara Erin: Artist in a Cubicle. The scope of Mentors and Masterminds was quite specific, and that specificity was both its beauty and its problem. The beauty of the site was in how quickly and easily I was able to design, build and deliver focused content on the subject of mentoring; the problem lay in the narrowness of the scope. I am an artist and creativity coach, and there…