We sat down with May birthday girl, Tamara Taggart, to dig deep and find out what self care looks like to her.
MAJ: You possess an impressive drive and work ethic that has undoubtedly inspired many women. What women do you look up to in that regard?
Tamara: "That’s very nice of you to say, thank you. Women are using their voice for change, women are starting difficult, necessary conversations. That takes courage and I am in deep admiration of those women."
MAJ: Your career has taken a very exciting shift this past year. What were 12 year old Tamara’s career dreams?
Tamara: "I had a desk and a chalkboard, my little brother was my student. 12 year old Tamara wanted to be a teacher, and she would have been an amazing one."
MAJ: What was your first job?
Tamara: "Through my teens I cleaned horse stalls, worked in the food fair at Lougheed Mall, sold shoes at Pacific Centre...I have had a job since I was a kid, I guess the first real job was the horse barn. I loved that job."
MAJ: Emerald is The Healing Stone, representative of natural growth and regeneration of the body and mind. With wellness in mind, what does self care look like to you?
Tamara: "Right now self care for me is connecting with my friends. It’s so good to laugh and eat and drink and have good conversations with your favourite people. Solid friends are an integral part of my self care, they make me happy."
MAJ: What would be the title of your autobiography?
Tamara: "The History of My Loneliness"
MAJ: What is one thing you wish people knew about you?
Tamara: "I’m determined to make a positive difference, I like being an advocate."
MAJ: What is your go to piece of jewelry and why?
Tamara: "I’m in love with my new Medallion necklace, I haven’t taken it off. It reminds me of the late eighties in North Burnaby, which is amazing."
MAJ: What’s your favourite destination to visit? ...and where are you dying to visit that you’ve never been?
Tamara: "We love visiting family in Palm Springs, we try to go once a year. The kids swim and we all get to spend much needed time together. I would love to visit Ireland one day to see where my dad’s side of the family is from."
MAJ: What do you work toward in your free time?
Tamara: "I feel like I spend all of my free time trying to get organized. Maybe if I was more organized, I’d have more free time!"
MAJ: What is the best thing that has happened to you this month?
Tamara: "Watching our son Beckett in his school musical. All of the kids worked so hard, watching Beckett on stage with his peers was the best. It was magical."