Tara Sophia Mohr | Playing Big

Tara Sophia Mohr, Playing Big. Find Your VOICE, Your MISSION, and Your MESSAGE.

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Good morning!

Photo courtesy of Hi5Studio, taken at The Hivery Coworking Space & Inspiration Lab

Once again I’m in New York City, traveling for work & fun with my husband and toddling little one. I don’t think I could love the hustle bustle of the city any more than I do.

And, at this time of year, added to that fluttering energy and ever-amazing people watching are bright blue skies, crisp winds, and blossoming trees. To me, it’s pretty heavenly.

This week I have an essay at Design Sponge, a site that I adore – all about creativity, women’s entrepreneurship, and stunning design innovation.

I’m writing about women Unhooking from Praise and Criticism – a topic that, as many of you know, is very close to my heart, and is so important for anyone doing creative work, or anyone engaging in that ultimate of art-making activities: crafting a life.

Please come visit the essay over at Design Sponge, and share your thoughts in the comments here.

(And – stay tuned for my next post about the behind-the-scenes story of the lovely new pictures in this article! It’s a good story.)

With love,


p.s. – A reminder! The Playing Big course is coming. Read my recent post about it, and SIGN UP to get the details HERE.

Oprah.com & A Special Reminder

It’s hard for me to put into words how much Oprah Winfrey’s work has meant to me over the years. It would take hours to tell you all the ways her shows, her example, and her teachings have shaped my life.

That is why it’s particularly sweet and happy-dance worthy for me to be sharing some thoughts about moving past the inner critic in Oprah’s Spirit Newsletter this week! You can read them HERE. 



I also want to share a special reminder that the next session of my Playing Big course is coming up soon. This is my virtual (phone and online-based) course for any woman who wants to play bigger in her life and work. We cover a wide range of topics from quieting the inner critic, to discovering your inner mentor, to unhooking from praise and criticism, to becoming a more powerful communicator. If you think you might be interested in the course, please sign up here for our advance notice list. You’ll receive more details about the program and access to our early bird registration discount.

And last but not least, some inspiration for you:

With big hugs,



The Playing Big Course is Coming!


Good morning!

I’m thrilled to share with you that the next session of my Playing Big course is coming up!

This is my course for any woman who wants to play bigger in her life and work.

It’s for you if you know you have a message you want to share, a change you’d like to bring about in the world, or a creation you want to bring forward and yet … you are still being held back by fears, the inner critic, or feeling unsure of exactly what you want.

It’s for you if you’re looking for a greater sense of freedom, self-expression, and boldness as you do your work.

In this course, you’ll learn the skills and tools that have helped thousands of women play much bigger:

how to determine what playing big looks like for you, in this particular season of your life

how to quiet self-doubt and fear

how to unhook from praise and criticism so you can do your best and most revolutionary work

how to reliably access your own inner wisdom and discern the right answers for yourself

how to communicate with power and grace

how to negotiate more comfortably and effectively (and recognizing that you are negotiating every day!)

how to approach concerns of not being qualified, expert enough, or “ready” to do what you long to do

how to play big while caregiving

and … much more.

This is an online and phone based training, so you can attend from anywhere in the world, and in a way that works with your schedule.

The course runs for six months, with our next session beginning in early May and continuing through October 2016.

This is an opportunity to get support, community, and accountability as you learn and apply the proven Playing Big approach.

The Playing Big model has been featured in venues ranging from The New York Times to The Today Show and has brought about powerful life and career changes for thousands of women around the world.

If you would like to know more details about the course and have access to our early bird discount, sign up here. You’ll be added to our special list for course information, and you’ll receive more details in early April.

With love,


A You-Shaped Hole

Sometimes the world feels inhospitable.
You feel all the ways that you and it don’t fit.
You see what’s missing, how it all could be different.

You feel as if you weren’t meant for the world, or the world wasn’t meant for you,
as if the world is “the way it is” and your discomfort with it a problem.

So you get timid. You get quiet about what you see.

But what if this?

What if you are meant
to feel the world is inhospitable, unfriendly, off-track
in just the particular ways that you do?

The world has a you-shaped hole in it.
It is missing what you see.
It lacks what you know
and so you were called into being.
To see the gap, to feel the pain of it, and to fill it.

Filling it is speaking what is missing.
Filling it is stepping into the center of the crowd, into a clearing,
and saying, here, my friends, is the future.

You don’t have to do it all, but you do have to speak it.
You have to tell your slice of the truth.
You do have to walk toward it with your choices, with your own being.

Then allies and energies will come to you like fireflies swirling around a light.

The roughness of the world, the off-track-ness, the folly that you see,
these are the most precious gifts you will receive in this lifetime.

They are not here to distance you from the world,
but to guide you to your contribution to it.

The world was made with a you-shaped hole in it.
In that way you are important.
In that way you are here to make the world.
In that way you are called.

– Tara Sophia Mohr

For more on callings, click here.
For more on telling your slice of the truth (that concept has helped me so many times, click here.
For more poems from Tara, click here.

With love,


what’s inspiring me lately…

Pretty much anytime between 2009 and 2015, if you asked me what I’d been reading lately, my answer would have been:

“Not much.”

Occasionally I’d read a great book, but really, I wasn’t reading that much. I didn’t have an appetite to consume content – even to watch TV or movies.

In hindsight, I can see what was happening. I was in a long period of creating, not consuming – a time where the primary energy was about bringing forth what was inside me. In part, I think because my creative self had been locked up for so long, there was a lot to bring out.

Hundreds of blog posts, one poetry book, and one nonfiction book later, my energies are shifting.

I’m in that glorious transition period between one body of work and the next. I feel lucky to be experiencing it as glorious. What can be hard about a transition period is the not knowing what’s next, and the fears about aimlessness or lack or productivity that can come up. But without those fears or narratives, which thankfully haven’t come up much for me this time around, the transition period can become a time for reflecting, absorbing new ideas, doing fascinating research, and exploring directions in a light, low commitment way.

It is also a time of spaciousness – making space to receive ideas and inspiration. Wandering down the street is a form of working, and simply paying attention to the life and stories in front of me is a form of working, too.

Since I’m consuming more content these days, you can expect to see me sharing more of the highlights with you. I’ll be sharing what I find especially moving and illuminating – gems I think you’ll love and be helped by, too.

Here are a few:

This rich essay, “Growing Together” by Thich Nhat Hanh. Partly about relationships, partly about everything.

This essay by Dani Shapiro – on writing, creativity, and life. It’s so calm and still that reading it is like moving into a deeper space, a meditative moment. Her insights are so illuminating, too.

This surprising study, published in Harvard Business Review, about the long-term career effects of taking an entrepreneurial path. (Spoiler alert: happy findings!)

Sending love to you today,


P.S. BAY AREA FOLKS: I’m speaking at Woven World on March 5th in San Francisco and would love to have you join us!

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