How You Can Use Tarot to Write the Perfect Email for a Challenging Situation

How You Can Use Tarot to Write the Perfect Email for a Challenging Situation

Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Business, Insight, Tarot Ideas | 0 comments

Here’s the scenario: You need to write a tricky email, and fast. But you’re afraid to hit send—something feels off. You’re worried about the repercussions if you don’t get it just right. Or maybe you’re not sure you’re being as clear as you can. Clear communication can be challenging! My major in college was Fine arts, with an emphasis in Graphic Communications. Communication is a big component of all the work I do, whether I’m communicating from a visual place or a content place. So, it’s not surprising that I am always thinking about how to improve the communication process. There’s nothing like clear communication to keep things running smoothly, to move toward our goals, and to make sure our relationships are well nurtured and maintained. Sometimes, when writing an email, communication just flows. There’s really nothing complicated to express. Then there are those days when communication is tricky. If today is that day for you, then I’ve got some great ideas for how to improve your email communication, and how Tarot can help you get it just right. The Many Ways an Email Can Go Wrong… and Right Let’s face it: the content of every e-mail we write is susceptible to the state of our moods, the clarity of our mind on the day, how attentive we are feeling, and assumptions about the signals that we think other people are sending us. Some days, an email can feel like a minefield. Or can turn into one, if we aren’t careful. You know how it is when a communication goes awry. There’s usually some kind of collateral damage to clean up: a misunderstanding, a dropped ball, hurt feelings, a broken relationship. Or you just simply don’t get your desired results: your invitation or request didn’t grab your intended audience enough to get the response you were hoping for. But, if we write consistently good, useful, clearly-communicating correspondences, we will hopefully be blessed enough to never know what difficulty we avoided by taking the time to be careful in our expression. Tricky Email Messages that Need Extra Care I have to write all kinds of emails in my day-to-day. Here are the ones that often end up being the sticky wickets: Communicating with people to organize gatherings Discussing boundary setting around an issue or situation Messages related to developing new business Correspondences around clearing up hurt feelings or misunderstandings Setting expectations with others, in work or personal matters When You Might Send an Email over Making a Phone Call I’ve learned that when you can talk directly with the person—whether on the phone, on Skype, or in person—you’ll usually get the best outcome. However, there can be a number of reasons we might prefer to communicate via e-mail and situations in which it would be wiser to do so. Maybe you are the kind of person who has a hard...

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Heal Your Money Story

Heal Your Money Story

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Business, Insight | 0 comments

I think a lot about money and business. I work with people every day who are working to grow their business and reach their tribe. The thing I notice most, in myself and in others, is that we all have some work to do on healing our money story. I’m going to offer you a new way to live in your money story. I have to say, my own story has so much in the last year and I believe it can for you, as well. At the heart of business and work is our desire to express a passion, to help others, and to make a living doing it. It’s a pretty simple equation. However, I grew up with a really negative perspective on money, and it’s taken me most of my adult life to heal my relationship with it. I’ll share a few of my hard-won insights with you. Money is not evil. And none of us are evil for wanting it. Money is simply an energy exchange. It’s a beautiful tool that allows me to put my time into something I care about and to then have a common exchange for my efforts that doesn’t require me to trade for goods and services. (Trade is really cool, but honestly, it’s complicated! I love the simplicity of exchanging money.) I really think that our relationship with money can often illustrate inner workings that have very little to do about money itself. For instance, I’ve noticed that my ability to charge more for services over the life of my business has more to do with my inner feelings of my own value than it does my skill and experience. Sure, they’re interconnected, but sometimes I have charged rates far lower than my skill and experience warranted, and overworked myself in the process—that’s where inner value comes into play. To move forward, I’ve had to heal my own feelings of deserving, and to be willing to ask for what I really need and want to live the life I want to live. Think about if you’ve ever stayed in a job where you were underpaid. Or accepted a relationship where there was an unbalanced give and take between you and the other person. How much were your ideas of self worth impacting your choice to move on or request a more equitable condition? The process of asking has evolved for me as my understanding of the truth of money has unfolded. This is the money evolution I’ve noticed in myself… The first inner money monologue I had was, “I want more money.” If you follow the Law of Attraction, the idea is that wanting puts us out of alignment with having money. Wanting doesn’t feel very good. It feels like lack, like not having, and like a fixation on material versus spiritual concerns. Still, after much inner work, I...

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Pop a Deck in Your Briefcase: Using Tarot for Business

Pop a Deck in Your Briefcase: Using Tarot for Business

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Business, Tarot Ideas | 0 comments

I was a budding entrepreneur from an early age and talking business has been a favorite topic of mine since I was itty bitty. I did a lot of kooky stuff to earn my own scratch as a kid: I created paid backyard carnivals for the neighbor kids, held regular garage sales for old toys I no longer played with in my toy box, and set up $.05 face painting days at the pavilion in the playground. I was always looking for ways to be creative, delight others, and earn cash doing it. That hasn’t changed for me. The Portland Tarot is a great project and is so fulfilling. It’s probably not too surprising to know that it doesn’t pay my bills, yet. I’m super pleased that it mostly pays for itself, since I’m still in the act of creation, and creating quality work isn’t cheap. So, what do I do to pay the bills? I’m lucky to say I also get to do something I love for my daily work, too. For the last ten years, I’ve run my own branding, design, and web development shop, Cogflower Creative (formerly Pridemore Design). Business is Hard: Tarot Makes it Easier Let me tell you — Tarot has been an incredible pal to me over my years of running my business. I use it for all kinds of work-related questions: to better understand the souls of my clients’ businesses, to help clients move through muddy waters, to make challenging decisions… It has kept me sane, grounded, and even helped me to make hard calls I would wish on no one. (Of course, if you’ve run your own business, you know that there’s no escaping those from time to time…) I won’t mince words. When you run your own business you are taking on your own personal crucible. It will grow you. It will change you. Running a business is a significant rite of passage—and not one you ever finish and get to declare, “Done with that!” and move on. It will make you stronger in every area of your life, if you stay present and engaged and willing to grow. I have learned so much about communication, responsibility, personal power, and passion through my years of running my own business. Once I added Tarot, though, I found I made much better use of my time, made more mindful decisions, navigated sticky waters with people with a measure more grace, and stayed much better on track with my big picture goals. Because there’s one thing for sure… If you develop a good relationship with Tarot, it won’t hesitate to tell you when you’ve gotten off track. @PortlandTarot <– Tweet This And what if you don’t work for yourself, but are an employee somewhere else? You may not work somewhere that you free to use Tarot, and that’s cool. Use it on the sly,...

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