Meet Tara. A fellow Gold Coast blogger with a heart full of passion, intention and some sweet sweet swagger! I find Tara's words so engaging, and addictive. I can't top at one blog post, vlog or interview, I just want to hear more of what she has to say. I just know you're going to love reading more about what a blessed out day is like for this former Party Girl.
Tell us a little a bit about you.
Hey, I’m Tara Bliss (yep, that’s my real name!). I’m a little obsessed with skateboards, sea salt, headstands and over-sized, off-the-shoulder shirts. And I’m very (very) good at:
- Interpreting your language;
- Calling out your fears;
- Supporting you in those super vulnerable times; and
- Taking a no BS, practical, anchored approach to spirituality
Eff ups? You betcha. I’ve done them all. I’ve scampered back away from life with my tail between my legs more times than I’d care to admit. But you know what? I learnt a lot.
You – like me – can change everything. I’ve never believed that ‘healing’ means there’s something inherently wrong with us; that we’re perpetually flawed. Rather, I believe that to heal is to consciously grow. To up the ante, and play bigger. To never settle again. And I reckon we can all make room in our lives for a little more of that.
How did you get here? Was there a moment where everything changed?
Whenever I get asked this question I can’t help but think of the time, about four and half years ago now, that I was out in central Queensland, living in a camper trailer and picking mandarins for a living.
Glen (my man) and I were snipping fruit as a means to make a few dollars before we moved to New Zealand for twelve months, and one night as I was sitting in my campin’ chair and simultaneously chowing down on some masterful creation that Glen had whipped up on the gas cooker, and web searching, I landed on a friend’s blog.
I became completely fixated.
She had devoted so much energy and love into her stylish online space and the deeper down the rabbit hole I fell, and the more I kept scrolling, the more I realised that I was craving a way to express myself in a similar way.
A few days later I started my own blog – albeit a little awkwardly – and I thank Goddess that I did, because I’m not sure I’d be where I am today, with a thriving business that I cherish, clients that I adore, beautiful, beautiful friends, and most recently, the title of ‘author.’
Pressing publish on my first blog post was definitely the beginning of something wonderful for me, and it’s kick-started many a memorable miracle. I’ve not looked back since.
What does a regular day look like for you?
Like most, no two days look the same in my world, particularly as there’s a couple of significant variables. To start with, Glen works away for half the month, so when he’s home, I rearrange my day, and also, I tend to compartmentalise my time and chunk it down into writing days, coaching days, R&R days…
Generally though, at the moment I’m rising at about 4:30am and heading straight to the beach for my sunrise spiritual practice.
For breakfast I eat what sometimes seems like my body’s weight in fruit.
I check emails, go to yoga class, get some sunshine and an ocean swim in, and then settle in for a few hours of writing / blogging / coaching.
My day is broken up with easy, healthy meals, bursts of activity (a few rounds of sun salutations or a beach walk with an audiobook), and the odd phone call.
Sometimes I’ll go to yoga at night, but otherwise, I’m fed and in bed by around 9pm!
What are your favourite ways to get active?
I love going to contemporary, playful, strong vinyasa yoga classes, beach runs, riding my bike and busting out the odd mini-circuit in my lounge room with Glen! I’m also a huge fan of kundalini yoga and practice 4-5 times a week, though ‘active living’ isn’t my motivation for that. Kundalini is much more of an inner process for me.
What are the three most important things that you do each day?
- Start my day with meaning. This could include anything from a sunrise meditation at the beach, chanting mantras, a kundalini yoga set, a swim in the ocean, or a combination of everything.
- Connect / laugh / cuddle, or a combo, of course!
- Sweat - this is crucial for me. I really notice a difference in my productivity, creativity and mood if I don’t sweat daily.
In your eyes, what does a Whole Housewife look like?
Well to me, the word ‘whole’ means integrated. It doesn’t just mean ‘loving’ and ‘caring’ and ‘holistic,’ but rather: ’I am all.’
So, a Whole Housewife is a woman who isn’t actively creating an identity for herself, but one who is instead radiating all that she is, especially within her sanctuary (her home) and to the people she loves most.
It’s my dream to …
Inspire women the world over to embrace the whole of who they are without relying on their Party Girl identities.
I’m here to be a guide on how to live courageously from the heart and choose a higher thought each and every moment.
I daydream about filling people’s bookshelves with my stories, and having incredible and life-changing in-person experiences with my readers. One of my clients recently said to me: ‘You’ve been a sage on the stage and a guide on the side for me.’ Yes. I dream of more of that.
But beyond the professional scope, I dream of long summer days with my future family, playing together, cooking together, gardening together. Laughing loudly, growing beautiful produce, being silly.
I believe that…
I will forever be questioning my beliefs!
Today I’m grateful for…
The way in which my book High has been so lovingly received. My heart could explode with appreciation (and relief!). Also, the fan-freaking-tastic women in my life, I adore them, they completely surround me in brilliance and love.
For a better tomorrow we must …
Unidentify with our minds (and the world of form). We need to – especially as women – remember how to connect in with and communicate with our bodies, and allow that type of guidance to lead us, rather that what we see or hear about in the media, on television and on the six o’clock news. We must become curious about ourselves and our medial nature again so we can develop the tools to move through these challenging and busy times with grace.
What is your favourite meal of the day?
I love dinners with my man (he’s a chef), and seriously, I’m just so grateful for everything that he places in front of me. He’s a true artist with food and respects his ingredients so much.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
‘Whatever fear tells you to do - do the opposite of that.’ Danielle LaPorte
TARA'S FAVOURITE YOGA SEQUENCE
I LOVE this 7 minute yoga sequence for arm strength. It’s super challenging, but Heidi is so damn cute that you just can’t help but laugh, even though it hurts!