"There is an authenticity to Tama Kieves' story- a speaking from the heart with feet firmly planted in the soil of daily life. Tama took a risk, opened her heart and her life to the possibility of living true to her soul. Her story will encourage and give you concrete, helpful suggestions on how you can do the same."
Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of The Invitation and The Dance
"Tama 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, bestselling author of Fearless Living and Fearless Loving
"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 looking 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 J. Kieves writes with real honesty and compassion, and makes a compelling case for the passionate life. Her beautiful book is a great big voice of "Yes!"
Gregg Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life
"This Time I Dance! beckons one to waltz with the Divine. It will move you to follow your own dream starting right now."
Sonia Choquette Ph. D., author of Your Heart's Desire
"An inspiring demonstration of Creating the Work you Love, Tama Kieves has done it and she shares it with vibrant authenticity."
Rick Jarow, Ph. D., author of Creating the Work You Love
"This Time I Dance is a powerful song for the soul from one who has mastered the steps. If you are on a journey toward the light, Tama Kieves reminds us that there is power in dancing to your own music."
Iyanla Vanzant, author of In The Meantime
"A compelling and elegantly crafted choreography of one brave woman's pas de deux with her real, true life. Tama J. Kieves tells the story of her creative homecoming in a voice of vibrant passion. Whether you read this book as visionary memoir or pragmatic-how-to manual, you'll be inspired and energized to takes steps, large or small, in the direction of your dream."
Kathleen Adams, author of Journal to the Self
"Tama J. Kieves understood that name and fame could not buy her happiness. So she took a big risk. She left a life dedicated to pleasing others in order to discover her own life and live it. That choice gave her freedom. It can give you freedom too."
Paul Ferrini, author The Wisdom of the Self and Enlightenment for Everyone
"Deliciously and cleverly written, Tama J. Kieves takes us on a journey to unravel how to trust ourselves, and courageously walk the true path to our dearest dreams."
Sandra Ford Walston, author of Courage: The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman/ Reclaiming the Forgotten Virtue
"This Time I Dance! pirouettes! With precise Harvard Law School logic, Tama J. Kieves takes on the role of advocate for creativity, anticipating the arguments of fear and laying them to rest. Then in gleaming conversational style, Kieves proves herself to be an "artist whisperer"one able to gently lead skittish readers into following their own creativity wherever it leads."
Colleen Smith, writer for The Denver Post
"Despite its whimsical, touchy-feely title, This Time I Dance: Creating the Work You Love is a down-to-earth, often funny account of author Tama J. Kieves' odyssey from high-powered corporate law to a far more fulfilling life of writing. Kieves, a Harvard Law School graduate who is now a motivational speaker, describes how she decided to leave her well-paying job her first stirrings of discontent, insecurities about finding a different career and fears of losing her overachiever identity, and finally her leap into the unknown. Based on her own experiences, she offers advice to readers on overcoming their own anxieties about switching paths."
"Your book practically leapt out at me from the shelf. I actually read the entire thing in one very long session last night.. It was like a laser beam directly from you to me."
"Filled with quotes from her personal journal and splashes of lavender, this book is truly marvelous! Tama tackles head-on the "yes, buts...", "the I can't becauses...", and the other typical blocks to making successful life transitions. I found familiarity in her words, both my own and those of clients. Leave a job without a plan? Yes, proclaims the author, how else are you going to have the energy to follow your path if you are exhausted just getting through the workday? "You will engage the totality of your intelligence to find a means to succeed instead of to tally up and analyze the many ways you could fail."
"Unlike other books I've read on the subject of:" finding and doing the work you love", this one encourages the reader to simply trust their inspired yearnings and yield to their inner knowing. Rather than follow a step-by-step process (like so many self help books recommend) Tama suggests you allow yourself time to let the path unfold before you. "..we only tend to find our mission once we take an intermission from the work life that doesn't work." As one who took an "intermission" to pursue my dreams, this book totally re-affirms my path. I recommend it to anyone who has felt "inklings" that there is a way to realize authentic, meaningful work."
Dee Relyea, M.Ed, Madison, WI (read Dee's entire book review here)
"I double dog dare you to read this outrageous, scary, beautiful, full-of-possibilities book!"
Rev. Sue Borg, Salt Lake City, UT (read Rev. Sue's entire book review here)
"This Time I Dance! is absolutely inspirational."
"It is not a how-to, but I learned a *lot* about How To. I thought I had read all there was to read about how to do what I love for a living and earn what I deserve and live long and prosper. I have read maybe 25 books or more on the subject."
"Tama simply tells her own story in a way that inspires me to live "my" story. Listening to her story makes me feel that I can do this, too. It was obviously written with much love and caring."
Stacy Clark, Boulder, CO
"I LOVE THIS BOOK! This Time I Dance is both an intimate personal journal and mentoring series of empowering lessons for the dissatisfied worker bee or the burdened professional. This book is for the lonely "closet creative" seeking an experienced coach and walking companion on a path to a more passionate and fearless expression of livelihood. Written with a full array of delicious imagery and savory, insightful prose and laced with inspiriting quotes from well-known fellow travelers, "This Time I Dance" is nothing less than magical. It exposes and celebrates every inner voice begging to be heard amidst the clatter of conformity -- from its deepest vulnerability to its most passionate vision. Through her own story, Tama effectively expresses the imminent joy ready to be birthed in the soulful, pregnant cry for unique self-expression in a society drunk with educational elitism, materialism and mediocre uniformity. With cheers, tears and jeers, Tama took me and can take you on an extraordinary journey of courageous aspiration into true "life-lihood." This is the bible for the creative soul longing for self-expression....it is a journey of faith and trust...I know this personally as a corporate transactional attorney who has a double life as a "creative..."
Highlands Ranch, CO
"This is a creative person's Bible! The writing is rich. The message is rich. And with heart and humor, This Time I Dance! illuminates and validates everything you feel when you dare to leave the conventional world to live a more self-expressed life. It really hits home."
Angelique Matney, Principal of The JurisDoctor, Career Empowerment and Transition Support Services for Attorneys
"This Time I Dance! is a must-read companion for your journey of discovering and diving into your life's work. Inspirational, yet real, Tama J. Kieves shares her own story in a refreshing, engaging and warm-hearted manner. Both poetic and incisive, she makes transition seem not-so-scary and oh-so-worth-it."
Ann Strong, Transformation Coach and Founder of Life/Work Resources
"Tama J. Kieves sticks with you like glue. She presents over and over ways to conquer your resistance to doing what you really want. I heartily recommend This Time I Dance! to career counselors and their clients."
Judy O'Keefe, M.A. Career Counselor
"This is the most awesome book I have ever read."
"I've read a lot of "creating your true work" guides lately, and after a while they all begin to sound alike. This is one of the few that didn't. The author's lively, supple prose is worth reading even if you're not planning to emulate her, and her frankness about her own struggles and doubts, as well as her joys and successes, is refreshing. But what makes her book stand out from the rest is the focus on -- as her title states -- "trusting the journey." Changing your life isn't an overnight transformation: it's a journey that can take many months or years; you'll traverse deserts and jungles and rain forests; you'll scale mountain highs as well as (on occasion) fall into the pits; and, although you'll eventually feel at ease with where you're going, in reality the journey never ends. Kieves has been through it all, and provides a reassuring "road map" of the process."
Santa Fe, NM
"Thank you for writing "This Time I Dance"! I enjoyed EVERY page!!! The book/your words have provided for me a long awaited "fire under my butt" to pursue my dreams. Blessings to you!!!"
"Reading this book is like having a loving angel sitting right on your shoulder, sharing her advice and encouragement -- "go for it! go for it!" Written from the perspective of someone who's "been there" (which lends real credibility to the work), the book is like a mini-support group for those of us who dare to walk OFF the beaten path. I've read TONS of books on this topic, and this by far is the best on, the only one, in fact, which in my mind ranks with Julia Cameron and Natalie Goldberg."
"Buy this book. It really is worth every cent."
"I just finished This Time I Dance. Thank you for taking the risk, you are a fabulous writer. I am retiring in 2.5 years and have been sorting out my future options. Your Spirit, so well captured in your writing, has helped me expand my vision of what I can experience. I am now actively exploring avocations that tweak my passion. I believe the best and most joy filled time of my life is unfolding, beginning now!"
"It all comes down to this: We can deny our hearts or we can deny our limits."
"Suddenly our desires aren't in the way or our productivity. They are the way. And just in case you're wondering, this current doesn't only favor people who do Hatha yoga or chant with quartz crystals or donate money to environmental agencies...You don't have to be Wayne Dyer, Mary Poppins, Yoda or Shirley Maclaine. Just you, you with a mind full of shadows and a lantern of a heart."
"Draw a line. Take back your time. You can't wait for your heart to bloom with a vision in the middle of days teeming with madness and maintenance. Nothing flutters into a cluttered life. The frantic and exhausted mind does not possess the energy to inspire a love-filled path. But you can find a way to curb or flee the madness. And when you do your dream can find its way to you."
"The hero's journey creates the hero. Heroes don't skip steps, bribe the bouncer or jet off to lush destinations. That's tourism. Heroism doesn't mark a change in position - but a change in self."
"I am a 38 year old man who has worked in the Music industry one way or another for the past 20 years, I used to read many books in the past, but have not managed to get through a single book in ten years, until yours. I not only read the entire book but I savored it over two months reading a little bit almost every day. "This Time I Dance" was a life changing paradigm of self encouragement and came at the perfect time. Since reading the book and refocusing my efforts on my own musical career I have accomplished more internally as well as externally than I ever have before. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an excuse to encourage their own dreams, success and inner truth."
James Feagans, Music For Candles
"I enjoyed this book immensely. It is a must-read for anyone still sitting on the fence wondering which side Life is; it will give just the right impetus to do what is right - follow our dreams and feed our souls. Far from being in any way just another how-to book, Tama tells us of her own experiences in taking the leap and how much richer life is now than before when she was a high paid, Harvard-trained corporate lawyer. It is also a really fun book to read - the author has a wonderful sense of humor and you will find yourself laughing with her all the way through. Laughing as well as celebrating with her. Thank you, Tama Kieves, for sharing this journey with us."
"You were exactly what I needed. Thank you for coming into my life. You got in my head and heart in your book. Did I ever need to hear that you too suffered through the "incubation". So, I'm not weak, a failure, too late, too uneducated, too poor or any other excuse. You showed me that I am "Just right" for a dreamer....thanks."
"I have read tons of books on following one's own curiosity and trusting one's own intuition. Never have I read a book so momentum maintaining as your "This Time I Dance". I refer my clients to your book all the time."
"I rarely write to authors of books I enjoy but 'This Time I Dance' so struck a chord with me that I want to say thank you. I was in the bookstore searching for a different book when yours caught my eye. I read the back cover and my eyes nearly popped out of my head. I've been in process for quite some time now about doing the unthinkable - giving up the best-paid job I've ever had to do something I love. Words that I will live by "If you're this successful doing something you don't love, what could you do with something you do love!!!" I thank you for writing this book, every chapter was enlightening and fun. I feel that I was lead to it, and that it is another endorsement from the universe to trust myself in making this move. I will refer to it often."
SC, New York
"I have adored Tama's This Time I Dance, as one who left it all to have it all, including the sweet LITTLE place I call home; as one who is a fellow coach and who sends my clients to her books; as one who continues to do promotional writing and public relations for soulful, small business; and as one still becoming, always unfolding. Bless you for your voice. It is a powerful one. It makes a huge difference in my life, and I know it makes a huge difference to our world, to all those who long to dance and who need just the right permission! Thanks for it all."
CJ, Denver, Colorado
"I just had to tell you I am so in love with your book, it makes me smile often, and laugh out loud even more often. I now have my favorite parts marked so I can grab my copy and read to people. I just want to tell you again how much your book means to me. Not only have you created something that will change people's lives, but you have done it with so much humor! Laughter is the best medicine for all ailments."
AK, bookstore owner
"There has never been a book with insights that parallel my life right now as much as your book does. I so appreciate that you have shared THE JOURNEY and not just A MAP. I'm NOT crazy! Thank you again for sharing your life, for having the courage and tenacity to honor your artistic needs, and providing me with some insights into the process."
"Oh my gosh!!! Your book is so absolutely on target for me! I have made a leap and moved into the world of the self-employed but I read the whole book from cover to cover! The "second half" has given me the courage to keep looking for all of the steps on my path: just because I made one big step doesn't mean that it was the only step I needed to make. Your book made me remember that what has been accomplished up to now was only part of the "big picture" of the original dream. Some of the other parts have started peeking in and they are what I need to pay attention to right now and your book has given me a needed jolt of encouragement."
"I'm reading your book and loving it. I have 30 or more money, spirit & career books and yours is still most unique and very much needed."
"I read this book in a couple of days; could not put it down. It reflects so much of my life so far and gives me inspiration to keep going. I am grateful to have met a writer who can articulate her soul, and had the internal strength to stand her ground...no wonder there is dancing!"
"It was your book and your message which pushed me over the edge. I was teetering on the fence and I could have gone either way. Your book was the inspiration I needed to hear. When the student is ready the teacher will come. Bless you for having the conviction and strength to never give up on putting your message out. Now I must go dance like I have never danced before!"
"Today, I sat down to finish your book, got to page 198 and cried. "Our lives deserve work that feels like grace. Come on dearest. You can do this. You must do this. You don't want to miss this life. Let's go just a little farther." Thank you. Thank you. Your book is a gift to me...motivational and inspirational. How did you know what I was feeling and thinking and eating? I will trust the process and move forward."
"I just picked up your book, only one in store left. I have been crying almost nonstop. It speaks to me so deeply."
"Exquisite writing, beautiful images and for me personally your entry in the "Journal" let me see a little of yourself."
"This is incredible. Incredulous. Beautiful. It oozes Spirit."
"Exceptionally well written. Not the usual self-help boilerplate."
DR, Brooklyn, N.Y.
"Tama has a sense of humor, combination of irony & sincerity. A sense of humor about clichés that are true. Meaningful shared experiences for a person in transition .Tama's emphatic spirit gave me courage in my own transition period. It gave me hope for authenticity. The book gave me hope in the present & for a real self in the future. Bravo!"
"I bought your book and read it ahead of 20 books already lined up on my shelves. Two words that sang to me from your book were "invincible" and "unbridled."
"I loved your book! Your book gave me the inspiration to get off my butt & start writing again! Thank You!"
"Just want you to know how much I enjoyed your book and I appreciate you sharing your truth with us. Your book helped me realize the process that I was going through and gave me the strength to keep on...keeping on."
"I am only halfway through the book but already am thoroughly enjoying it. Thanks for your inspiration."
"Her personal story made the points clearer than books that just say find your passion and go for it. Reading her story made it seem possible."
"Tama is so eloquent yet at the same time brutally honest."
"I'm going to re read your book several times. It's like a spiritual vitamin each day!"
"I can't wait to get through this book a second or third time, just so I can be sure I didn't imagine what I've just read. This is electric!"
I have read a LOT of books on coaching, psychology, self-help, spirituality, self-discovery etc... etc.... They've all touched me in one way or another, but I have NEVER read a book that's so earnest and so full of heart."
"What a gift you have given...I bought your book last week and devoured it
in the best sense of the word, as in reading a novel that you can't put down, but don't want to end. Thank you so much for this gift."
I found your book today and read the entire thing this evening!! I laughed, I cried, it was better than "CATS".
"Every word is like chocolate syrup. It's the ONLY self help book (if I may call it that ) that I've actually read all the way through and will also read again, and again."
"This Time I Dance" is such a poetic work. Reading it made me giddy! :) I found myself literally DANCING in my seat, wriggling with wonder at my own ideas. Thank you so much for sharing the inspiration."
"I was laughing and crying in the pure joy of identification. Your writing made my dream start to vibrate in a way that made your book almost turn to flesh, the words to voice... Thank you for being there, for sharing your journey."