Tara Bliss has been a huge part of my process, my spiritual journey and my healing over the past 12 months. Tara came into my life as many of my teachers have recently, through the blogosphere and the wonderful world of social media and writing. It is my belief that when we truly open ourselves and surrender to the universe that our greatest influences are revealed to us. Tara is one of several great influences in my life and she has generously shared (as she always does) some soulful insights into her beautiful self in my first ever blog interview.
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Lisa: Where in the world do you call home?
Tara: My practical answer is: Burleigh Heads, Australia.
My REAL answer is: right here. Planet Tara. This body.
Lisa: Describe your home and the people and / or animals with whom you share your home:
Tara: My husband Glen and I live in a 2 bedroom apartment a few minutes walk from the beach. We love this place; there’s herbs growing on our balcony, kombucha fermenting in the laundry cupboard, and the dehydrator is always jam-packed with buckwheat, almonds and fruit. My passion for wholesome living, and Glen’s for food (he’s a chef) collide perfectly!
Lisa: How would you describe yourself in 3 words:
Tara: CURIOUS | OPEN | BRAVE
Lisa: What is the purpose of your blogging, coaching work and writing?
Tara: With Such Different Skies (my blog), I’m all about encouraging women to look at life differently; to not settle, to become curious about the darkness and the discomfort, and to choose consciously. I like to instigate PURPOSEFUL REBELLION.
My online program, the Party Girls Guide to Peace, is aimed at teaching women how to dissolve the identities that are keeping them small, and in turn, making them suffer. Together, as a community, we make better choices, become more sovereign and revolutionise our health.
I recently wrote a book with my blog bestie, Rach MacDonald, called Spirited: Soulful Lessons on Connection, Clarity and Coming Home (to You). It equips our readers with an enlightened arsenal of tools, wisdom and insights, giving them permission to live wholeheartedly.
And with my clients - my main priority is that I meet them exactly where they are. That’s the most important thing! As long as we show up for each other, I can help them forge ahead into the unknown. Actually, that has to be one of my favourite things about my job - watching as these incredible women hold their breath and take a dive at life. It’s pretty rad.
Lisa: What do you hope to achieve through your work?
Tara: I just want women to get to know themselves, in each moment, without judgement or comparison, and without viewing themselves through a template of someone else’s life or expectations. If I can be a beacon for self-curiosity, then I’m happy with my efforts.
Lisa: If you could choose any famous person (dead or alive) to become the Ambassador for your work who would you choose and why?
Tara: I was having this conversation with a friend of mine the other day. The type of ‘Who would you invite to your dinner party?’ question, when all of a sudden it dawned on me that I would absolutely, 100%, no questions asked, get Justin Timberlake on board.
And, not for the obvious reasons!
The man is a dead-set pro! His attention to detail, level of commitment, dedication to his craft; it astounds me. He sings, dances like a boss, beat boxes, plays instruments, and he does it all with a million dollar smile.
And, um, yeah, he’s sexy. That too.
Lisa: What do you think is the most important thing for us to teach the children of our generation?
Tara: Far out, this is a loaded question. Where do I start?
Glen and I were talking about this recently: What happens once we have kids and they get bullied? How are we going to handle that?
I got tears in my eyes, because I realised as much as I’d instinctively think to react with hurt and rage, I know better than that now. I said to Glen, We’re going to have to teach our kids that if ever anyone is unkind to them at school, they should say: ‘It doesn’t matter what you say to me, or how nasty you are to me, I’m never going to hate you.’
Hurt people hurt people. Recognising that at my age has been powerful, imagine if you could pass that onto a 6 year old.
Lisa: Which food and drink do you consider essential to your mental and physical well being?
Tara: Purified water, roasted dandelion tea and whole foods.
I eat a mostly plant-based diet with the exception of seafood, organic butter, and on the odd occasion, cheese.
If I’m hydrated, and well prepared with a stocked fridge, I’m stoked.
Lisa: How do you take care of yourself amongst the busy demands of daily life and changing the world?
Tara: I take a daily walk by the ocean. Meditation. Stretch frequently (particularly if I’m spending a lot of time on my butt coaching). Make a habit to sweat every day (whether it’s yoga, running or personal training). And honestly, I take lots of breaks. If the creative juice ain’t flowing, I call it a day. I’m not in the business of ‘forcing it’ or pushing myself anymore.
Lisa: Is there a charity or cause that you are currently aligned with or that you are planning to support through your work in the future?
Tara: Good question! I’ve heard that everyone has a ‘perfect’ charity that finds them. I’m still waiting for mine to show up with an authoritative ‘I’m the ONE!’
But thank you for the reminder; it’s certainly time to give a little more.
Lisa: What has been your greatest lesson since starting out on your journey to change the world?
Tara: Everything I’ve ever learned needs to be un-learned, and quick.
Lisa: What is your most important piece of advice for anyone else who has a dream to change the world or make a difference?
Tara: Take the size out of it! Don’t let the sheer weight of your dreams burden you. As often as you can, reel a little of your dream back to today. To this moment. To this opportunity. It’s all about making SMALL, right actions that align with the great dream.
Also, if you desire something, then it’s already yours. Believe it!SO much goodness, thank you beyond words for sharing Tara xx
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