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Tama Kieves
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Book Description

September 7, 2006
These are all things that we have to deal with when going through a career change. What is most difficult is deciding to make the change, especially when you are good at what you do, and wonder whether you should just stick it out in an unhappy-albeit well-paid-environment instead of taking a risk and starting over doing something you love. In This Time I Dance!, Tama Kieves shares the inspiring wisdom that led her from being a successful Harvard lawyer to an even more successful writer and life coach. The best part? She's happy with her career!

We all look for what will make us happy in life, but we don't always make the choices that we should when it comes to sustaining that happiness. Tama Kieves shows how to do just that: how to stay happy and employed doing something you love, and what it takes to stop being a stressed-out worker and make peace with your career-and, most important, with yourself. Filled with solutions to the anxieties and roadblocks you may confront on your path, This Time I Dance! is for all those who are unfulfilled at work and uncertain of the practical steps that they should follow to achieve their dreams.

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From Publishers Weekly

In the days of layoffs, cutbacks and tough competition in the job market, Kieves reminds readers that life may be better outside the boardroom. When the Harvard-educated lawyer took a rare vacation from her job at a corporate law firm, she realized that she couldn't bear the thought of returning. Watching the sun set over crashing waves, she resolved to lead the life she'd always been longing to live-that of a writer, teacher and creativity coach. This book of short, lively essays that Kieves wrote over the course of her journey of discovery and self-fulfillment includes anecdotes of embarrassing run-ins with former coworkers; disappointment or disbelief from relatives and mere acquaintances alike; and the challenge of paying the bills on an artist's salary ("Could I rent an apartment and buy Starbucks coffee on divine benevolence?"). Kieves triumphs again and again by trusting herself and not giving up. Undaunted by her own experiences with self-doubt and rejection letters, Kieves encourages her readers to "live unreasonably" and "step into the river" of their dream lives. This is not the most elegantly written book-Kieves can be a little breathless, a little cutesy-but it's an inspirational and honest guide to crafting a more creative life.
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THIS TIME I DANCE is a powerful song for the soul from one who has mastered the steps. Tama Kieves reminds us of the power in dancing to your own music.”—Iyanla Vanzant
“In a way, readers will be treated to their very own personal coaching session in the pages of Tama’s book.” —Evolve! Magazine
“An inspirational and honest guide to crafting a more creative life”—Publishers Weekly
“If you’re ready to make the journey into the life of living your dreams, Tama J. Kieves is the tour guide you’ve been waiting for. This book is brilliant. It will have a long-lasting impact on all those brave enough to embrace their own magnificence. I simply loved every word.”—Barbara J. Winter, author of Making a Living Without a Job
“Tama Kieves gives voice to the fearless spirit within each of us. If you want to wake up to your own purpose and passion, read this book. It will open your heart and guide you home.”—Rhonda Britten, author of Fearless Living
“Tama J. Kieves writes with real honesty and compassion, and makes a compelling case for a passionate life. Her beautiful book is a great big voice of “Yes!””—Gregg Levoy, author of Vital Signs


2013 Nautilus Books for a Better World Silver winner as Best Inner Prosperity / Right Livelihood Book

“Wild success is a function of deliberate, alive choices. Through her own walk through doubts and struggles, Tama Kieves shows you how to stay ‘inspired and unstoppable’ in every circumstance you confront in business, living your vision, and life. If you want to stay on fire as you do your greatest work in the world, read this book now.”  —Jack Canfield, bestselling coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Success Principles
"Finally, success tips that work. Success principles litter the self-help sections of bookstores and fill up podcasts and magazine articles. But I haven’t read something quite so refreshing as Tama Kieves’s new book, Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work! in a long time." —Victoria Pynchon,

“A revelatory book that brilliantly applies inspiration, practicality, and humor to identify­ing and living your highest potential. You won’t be able to stop reading this invaluable guide to inner and outer success in your creative expression.” —Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential
“This book is like having your own wonderful success coach. Inspired & Unstoppable will show you how to stay true to your personal and professional vision—no matter what—and get you where you dream to be. This is a soulful and practical book, full of encouragement and guidance that will save you years of time and pain. You’re going to want to read this often.” — Marci Shimoff, New York Times–bestselling author of Happy for No Reason and Love for No Reason


Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; Reprint edition (September 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585425273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585425273
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tama Kieves, honors graduate of Harvard Law School, left her law practice with an elite corporate law firm to write and help others discover and live their life's work. She is the bestselling author of This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love (Tarcher/Penguin), Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life's Work! (Tarcher/Penguin) and her latest book, A Year Without Fear: 365 Days of Magnificence (Tarcher/Penguin) will be released in January, 2015.

Featured in USA Today, the Huffington Post, Forbes Magazine and on Oprah radio, she is a sought-after speaker and career/success coach, who has helped thousands world-wide to discover, launch, and thrive in the life, calling and businesses of their dreams.

She is on the faculty of the Omega Institute, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and the Esalen Institute, where she leads life-changing retreats. Tama has also taught A Course in Miracles, an internationally known program of choosing love instead of fear, for over 20 years. Tama is a sought after speaker, known for a wicked sense of humor and the "believable", sweeping possibilities she ignites in others.

Says Tama, "I was put on this earth to champion visionary minds, creative souls, freedom junkies, and purpose-driven change-agents, and anyone who wants to live and work from inspiration instead of fear. I was also put here to eat Thai food." She has grown her own creative empire into an international presence through inspired and unconventional means.

Visit to download your FREE Inspired Power toolkit for coaching on how to create the amazing life you are MEANT to live. And for continuous support, join Tama on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Tama J. Kieves has written a fun-to-read account of her move from high stress to high energy, from the corporate rat race to excelling as a member of the human race. Her writing style is witty and her journey interesting.
If you're looking for an inspiring tale of how one woman reinvented her life, this is the book for you. If you know where you are going and just need a motivational voice to whisper success coaching thoughts into your ear, this is the book for you. However, if you, like me, have no idea what you want to be when you grow up, this may not be enough for you.
For those not in a position to just drop out of the corporate world and pursue there passions or those who have no clue what their passions are, this book may not be enough to keep you going either.
All in all, Kieves has an excellent writing style, and her voice comes to you as if she is sitting across your kitchen table sharing with you a decadent dessert and cup of really rich coffee. If you embrace it as a means to provoke thought but not as a road map for your future, you'll enjoy the read.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for anyone wanting a change July 16, 2003
Tama's book was a godsend for me. As one who was teetering on the brink of leaving my adequate but soul-draining "corporate job" for years, this book punched through my fears and my doubts and gave me the spark I needed to finally do something about it.
Coming from a person who had much more to lose than I did but "did it anyway", Tama's telling of her story was exactly what I needed to get through the chorus of NO that played in my head every day ("What will I do instead? Oh no, I'll starve! Everyone would want my job...what will people think? What do I really want?") and move on to the next level of honesty with myself: "Get real, or you're wasting your time here, girl."
Everyone should read this book. It's magnificent.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal..... February 4, 2004
As I read this book I felt like I was along on Tama Kieve's journey. Her book is like a "permission slip" which allows the ability to get off the crowded, usual path and onto the extraordinary path... the different, less traveled way AND the way back to our true selves.
Especially heart warming is the truthfulness of the writing.
Just because Kieves is a "Harvard Lawyer" doesn't mean this whole process was a piece of cake... not at all! Her doubts, her fears, her wonderings, musings and continuings are similar to the ones I have felt as I have traveled my "unconventional path."
As you seek your perfectly unique, beautiful -- and perhaps unconventional path -- you will, like me, laugh in recognition and delight to hear of the first Creative Writing class where Tama writes in amazement, "She had plumbing and plumbing problems! Then she yawned, revealing silver fillings. As if all that weren't enough, I happened to notice that a part of her hem hung longer than the rest of her denim, made-in- America, made-on-my-planet, skirt." followed by her HUGE a-ha "This writing guru was an ordinary woman!"
This book is wise, hilarious, inspiring, thought evoking and much much more than can be put into words.
Kieves chooses her words with artful thought. She literally seems to have lodged herself in my thoughts regularly. I know it is a book I will return to repeatedly.
Read this one now. You won't be disappointed.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is an Exceptional Find!!! July 16, 2004
No other book has done for me what this book has! It changed my attitude about how to live my life! It was a joy to read.
I'm 42 years old and when I bought this book, I was still searching for what I wanted to be when I grew up. Not only did this book assist me with that amazing discovery, it's also a wonderful guide in helping you through all of the fears that come up when you are going after something that you really want. While exploring this unfamiliar territory, I found that by following the author's lead, I was able to shift my perspective and transform fear into antisipation, excitement and joy.
I can't say enough about this book and have actually bought it for my friends and family. I would love to see this author, Tama J. Kieves on Oprah! This book can help so many of us who are trying to find ourselves. Not only did this book give me clarity about my life's work, it is a wonderful guide in helping you find your own unique path. This book reminds you to dance while on your journey to make the work you love become a reality!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for those in career transition! September 30, 2003
Tama's book is a "must read" for anyone in career transition because it comes from her heart and is so indicative of what so many women go through in career transition. I am a career coach and educator and use her book with clients and students. In the classroom, I am using some of the exercises she used in the book, and having students answer poignant questions arising from their reading.
This book is different than most books written about career transition because it speaks to the heart of the issues -- the fears, the ups and downs, the negative and positive emotions, and the courage to do exactly what you always wanted to do. It challenges people to find their way, with the help of someone who has done it.
I work with women over 40 in my coaching practice, and they find that the book "gives them permission" to pursue goals they have kept hidden while they were raising families. Now, they are able to strike out on their true dreams because they've found a kindred spirit.
I recommend this book highly to anyone, but particularly to those in transition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Its always good to save those pennies.
It was an okay book, a bit unrealistic though the author was a high powered lawyer then has dreams of quiting her job does it and fears she'll be unsuccessful... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and spirit-growing.. self love and dreams embraced
This book was so good I was in tears. It really spoke to my soul and my current life situation. I, too, have read many self help books and recently have made life changes. Read more
Published 11 days ago by kimberly duboise
4.0 out of 5 stars The Candid, Risky Art of Living Intuitively
Tama is one of the funniest and most authentic voices for those who are on a quest to realize more of their true potential in an authentic way.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Southern
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Career Exploration Book
I strongly recommend this book to the vast population of employees frustrated with their careers--- dead-end jobs and industries, lack of personal satisfaction, and the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Catherine P
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Still reading but it's always my go to on the way to work, very inspiring and love the quotes and lines, beautiful writing!
Published 6 months ago by NIKA M LOPEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Words that read like music.
Beautifully written! I was captivated from the first page of this wonderful book. It is a must read for young and old.
Published 7 months ago by M. Hasley
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intimate Reveal at What's Stopping You
The first of the five stars I've given this is for Tama personally for not giving up her dream so that we are able to see it too. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. Lester
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is awesome
She is a excellent writer & was very helpful on the advice she gave.I couldn't hardly put the book down.I'm going to read it again which I almost never read a book twice. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cathy D.
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book to anyone who feels uninspired
This book was recommended to me by someone I met at a business meeting. She was a career coach and suggested I look at it.

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Published 17 months ago by von
5.0 out of 5 stars Like talking to a best friend who understands you
I gave up on most self-help books a long time ago, venturing more into spiritual works. For some reason Tama's book jumped out at me and I'm so glad. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Davey Craig
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