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This Time I Dance!: Trusting the Journey of Creating the Work You Love Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; 1 edition (May 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585422401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585422401
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Tama J. Kieves left her practice with one of Denver's largest law firms to pursue a writing career and embolden others to live and breathe their most meaningful self-expression. Today, she devotes her dynamic energy to writing, coaching, and presenting workshops and retreats nationally.

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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) and her new book, Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life's Work! (Tarcher/Penguin).

Featured on Oprah radio & Martha Stewart Living 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 has presented at TEDx and at Canyon Ranch and has often appeared in the media. Tama has also taught A Course in Miracles, an internationally known program of choosing love instead of fear, for over 20 years.
She speaks and leads retreats nationally/internationally and is known for a wicked sense of humor and the "believable" and 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 grew her own creative empire into an international presence through inspired and unconventional means.

Visit TamaKieves.com. And for continuous support, join Tama on Facebook, Twitter, and on her Mojo Messages blog at TamaKieves.com. (Don't forget to download her FREE Inspired Success Launch You Kit and get hours of free support and coaching for the amazing life that you are meant to live.)

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This book is not only informative, but it is also a pure pleasure to read.
Steven Lane Taylor
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.
Julia Collette
As I read this book, I felt as if I had a new best friend who is on the same path as me.
Vickie Victorious

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Karen Hodge on June 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
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 By M. E. Rode on July 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
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 By Julie Jordan Scott on February 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 By Julia Collette on July 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 By Diana Hart on September 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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