#ZenFriends: MEET TARA, Lifestyle Blogger of TheWholeTara
- MEET TARA -
Tara is the incredible woman behind the successful lifestyle blog, TheWholeTara.I must start off by saying she is one of the sweetest people I've met on this journey - I've followed her blog since her SkinnyByTara days, and I've watched her transform into a beautiful force of body positivity, travel, and lifestyle inspiration. I had the pleasure of meeting up with Tara a few times on her quick trips to NY from Miami, and each time felt like catching up with an old friend. Vibrant, intelligent and kind, here is Tara:
Q: How did you get started?A: I started for fun on Facebook around 5 years ago just posting my personal food and yoga pics. It started to catch on, so from there I created an Instagram, a blog, and got my yoga teacher certification!
Q: What's a typical day like?A: Every day is different as a blogger. Some days are jam packed I forget to even put make up on, and other days are so relaxed I don’t know what to do with myself. A typical day will start with a workout (whether it be a light walk or fitness class) followed by some phone or in person meetings with brands, occasional recipe developing, and planning content for my social pages.
Q: Favorite part of being a blogger?A: The freedom!!! I have so much trouble working under a boss, so this gives me all the space I need to get everything done on my clock.
Q: Most challenging part of being a blogger?A: Probably all the extra time, haha. I have a lot of time on my hands and don’t have a daily structure.
Q: What would you be if you weren't a full-time blogger?A: I would probably be working for a creative agency creating content for brands on the brand rather than influencer side.
Q: Any unexpected hobbies you have outside of the wellness realm? Hidden talents or passions?A: I love to read. There was a time I read a book a day! I also crave adventure, and love to travel and eat exotic foods. :)
Q: How is Bali?A: Bali is amazing. Bali is filled with good vibes and tons of fun. I’ve been twice already and have to say that it gets better every time. There are a bunch of expats there and cool people to connect with, not to mention all of the yummy food.
Q: Advice for aspiring bloggers?A: Be consistent. Don’t give up. It takes time.
Q: Advice for traveling on a budget?A: You can always stay at hostels or travel with a few friends and split the airbnb or hotel. Also find local spots to eat, since those are usually priced for the locals, not tourists.
Q: Advice for feeling stuck?A: Get out of your head and do what it is you want to do the least in that moment. Go for a walk, listen to music, and remind yourself that it’s just a funk you’re in.
Q: What's your sign?A: I’m an Aries. We’re crazy. :)
Q: Last song listened to?A:Stargazing by Jus Jack.
Q: Favorite indulgence?A: Pizza. Pasta. Oreo ice cream.
Q: What was high school Tara like?A: She was driven and ambitious. She was a tennis player and extremely mature (maybe too mature) for her age. I never liked to do teenage stuff, I considered myself an adult already. I think it’s also the Aries in me to want to be super independent and do my own thing.
Q: How long did it take for your blog to take off?A: It took a good 2-3 years. It wasn’t always a hit, and it was hard at first to explain to people what I did. Now I feel like it’s pretty mainstream though.
Q: Quote you live by?A: I have a few, but I love these two. “Love her, but leave her wild.” “Let the ocean worry about being blue.”
Q: Describe your style in 3 words?A: Edgy. Sophisticated. Fun.
Q: Importance of self love and acceptance?A: So important. The first relationship you must have is with yourself. To love your body and accept your flaws is such an empowering thing. I strive to share body positivity all across my blog and social media because right now media is so focused on that “perfect” airbrushed body. We need change.
High fives! Thank you soooo much, Tara. You are amazing, and I love watching you kill it in the wellness world!
Thank you lovelies for reading, and I hope you are feeling just as inspired as I am.