3 November 2014

11 Things You Might Not Have Known About Me (Oh Hey, I'm Back!)

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So, I'm smiling right now.

Because I've just written this post, and I'm sensing – in this moment – how sweet it is to return to this space.

It feels different here already.

I'm trying to put my finger on why; what has changed in my life and within me over the last two months?

So very, very much.

I have grown, and I feel like a grown up, and it feels so good to witness and experience the woman in me growing older and more discerning, more all-loving. Yep. That's what all this change has been about.

 

That's it for the intro - there's no need to make a song and dance - I'm back, and since you're reading this, so are you. Something I'm grateful for.

Shall we get into the juicy stuff? Yeah, let's!

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11 Things You Might Not Have Known About Me

 

1. I secretly wish I were some type of  scholar...

... or that I lived in a library; some type of literary cave. Maybe I could be a Jungian analyst, or devote my days entirely to unpacking the divine feminine. Studying the psyche really, really lights me up.

 

2. I proposed to Glen

Never mind that I was so nervous that I could barely get the words out.

'Will... will...' I mumble.

'Will I marry you?' he ventures.

I nod.

He smiles and says 'of course I will' before squeezing me tight.

 

This is a little snapshot of the day that preceded the proposal. It was his 30th birthday, and he had no bloody clue what I was up to. ;)

Random aside: I was only 23! That still blows my mind - it seems so, so, so young. But hey, when you know, you know.

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3. I've never broken a bone, but...

... I sure as hell dislocated my elbow, snowboarding in 2009.

Imagine that for a second - the entire hinge of your elbow separating, sending your forearm in the opposite direction. It took three people (six hands!) to relocate it, which was almost as inconvenient as how awfully I reacted to the morphine. Bleurgh.

 

4. I'm a real life cyclone!

I cause so much mess and chaos in this house. I'll often get to the end of the day, then look around, and think: What the hell happened here!?  It usually takes me about 15-20 minutes to bring back some semblance of order. Another one of my quirks - I don't mind if stuff gets messy, but it can't stay that way too long.

 

5. I feel most beautiful when...

... I dive under my first wave, I reach the end of a heart-opening kundalini yoga class, I'm listening to Banks with the volume cranked, I'm sipping on tea of a night time with my hair it a pony tail and coconut oily skin, my man reaches for me.

 

6. I reckon I hit the jackpot with my name.  Thanks ma & pa!

Tara means 'star' in hindu, and the widely known 'ananda' in sanskrit means 'ultimate Bliss'. Yes, India, I've felt you calling me for an age. I'm coming, hold your horses.

Also, in the western world, 'Tara' means 'towering cliff edge', and yep, I have a tendency to tower over you petite little 5 foot something beauties. Oh hello down there!

 

7. But... I dislike my middle name. A lot

Say Tara Rhianne quickly. Doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, does it?

(Mum, what on earth were you thinking?)

 

8. I am more 'alone' than ever, and more happy than ever

These last few years, I've absolutely made peace with how my nature best thrives.

Quality rather than quantity.

Input before output.

Like many women, I spent a great chunk of my life  finding my sense of self through the people around me, and as a result I got incredibly anxious when I was by myself.

At first I was a little disturbed to note that when I dropped my Party Girl identity, my always-present but previously-neglected Introvert revealed herself.

Her company was not welcome. I didn't understand. I didn't know who I was anymore. I didn't know what was important to me...  Until I leaned in and started listening.

That bigness I once experienced gets expressed in other ways now. Writing, not wine. Laughing, not lines. Deep, deep love, not loud, late nights.

People used to be e v e r y w h e r e. Now, they are scarce and scattered, and instead of simply filling up space, they are special to me.

 

9. I'm excited to be a mama

Let me be excited. Too often I hear: Oh, you just wait until you have kids!  Or:  What you think it will be like is never how it turns out.

That may be true. But please, let those of us who haven't birthed yet hold a vision for ourselves.

Without vision, we perish.

 

10. This might be a little too much information, but...

... my digestive system knows when I'm not at home, in Burleigh. As soon as I hop on a plane, or take the turn-off onto the highway towards Brisbane or Byron, my stomach starts knotting. Not knots of the nervous kind, either. Cramping, bloating, bubbling. And as soon as I turn my key in the door? Instant relief. So freaking weird (but a clear indicator of how attached I am to this place).

 

11. I still don't quite know how my book happened

This whole creative process has been one big crazy awesome blur.

And the birth? Due date is next week!

Please - to hear the announcement of when the book has gone live on Amazon and here on this blog, make sure you're subscribed to my newsletter. Scroll below to opt in.

 

 

5 EXTRA things you may not know about me (that you'll learn more about in my book!)

 

1. I once had a high-speed crash

2. I first smoked a cigarette when I was eight years old

3. At 16, I fell in love with my best friend (a girl)

4. Glen and I have been to the ends of the Earth together  - right to the gates of hell - a place where a relationship can so easily dissolve. But ours didn't, and today, things just keep getting better and better.

5. I'm TERRIFIED of hoarders!

 

And now, for the cover reveal! Ta-dah!

 

Tara Bliss High reveal

 

With gratitude and humility in my heart, I'm so excited to launch High next week.

I hope she serves you and inspires you tremendously.

It's so good to be back.

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PS: What do you think of the cover?

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    • Karla
      3 November 2014

      Tara welcome back! Your book cover is absolutely stunning and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! Your proposal story got me - you go girl! x

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Haha! Thank you babe. Glad you enjoyed it :)

    • 3 November 2014

      Love, love, LOVE the cover Tara! And the 'extra 5' at the end of your post just makes me want to read your book even more!! xx

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Nice little taste test, hehe

    • 3 November 2014

      And what a Mama you'll be. Keep your vision and the universe will deliver the parts you really need. X

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Thank you. (Really)

    • 3 November 2014

      Welcome back amazing human. I loved learning more about you in this post and I SERIOUSLY CANNOT WAIT to read your book (oh and the cover is incredible!) xo

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Oh! How lovely!

        Thank you so much. I seriously can't wait to BIRTH my book. Haha. (Trust me)

        Not long now

    • Jade
      3 November 2014

      Number 9!!! Ohhh at 6.5 months pregnant, if my mother of ALL people utters those phrases to me one more time my head will explode!! My journey, leave me be!! Please!!

      And I feel you on extra number four - my hubby and I are the same but wouldn't change it for the world...it's made us the people and the couple we are today and I couldn't love him anymore! As cliche as it sounds some things really do happen for a reason!

      And welcome back...☺️

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Haha! I'm not even pregnant but i can imagine babe.

        Thanks for sharing your story with me, too xo

    • 3 November 2014

      Tara, this was a glorious return. The book cover is stunning - I can't wait to see the real thing. Just cranking Banks' Goddess up HIGH so that I can do a lil' celebration dance :) x

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        :D

    • 3 November 2014

      WELCOME HOME xoxoxo

      Number 9 ... Oh !! Wow. Having Max as my son is one of the most amazing things EVER. Being a Mama is SO beautiful.

      Your book cover = perfect.

      LOVE x

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Jas any little boy would be blessed as anything to have you as their mama.

        What an angel you are.

        Love you x

    • VV
      3 November 2014

      I love it. So glad you're back x

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        I'm so glad YOU'RE back!

    • Rachel
      3 November 2014

      Welcome back Tara! I missed you so.

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        It's good to be back sweet heart xo

    • 3 November 2014

      I FUCKING LOVE IT (cover) (post) (you) x

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        YEAH LADY

    • Phoebe Hook (Soulful Warrior)
      3 November 2014

      I was tapping my fingers on my desk this morning as I glared at your old blog post, wondering when you'd be back. You are such an incredible writer I am so looking forward to getting my hands on your book. The cover is absolutely breath taking.

      The LBD.
      The surrender.
      The simplicity.

      My soul yearns for it.

      Welcome home honey.

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Haha. I'm imagining you now..

        Tapping..

        Glaring..

        Being impatient..

        Maybe you reeled me in! :D

        'My soul yearns for it' - wow. I will remember that.

        Thank you.

    • Katie Lee
      4 November 2014

      Yes! Welcome back! What a great way to enter back into your blog. I love #9. I've been chatting with my girlfriends lately about how 'we women' need to get in a better habit of sharing the good with the bad. Not just the horror stories of motherhood, but the miracles too.

      "Let me be excited." What a great response. I'm holding on to that one.

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Thanks honey I'm really stoked that landed for you :)

    • Ashley
      4 November 2014

      woop woop! so excited for you. love that you are back, love the book cover, love getting these little tidbits about your life!

      yay all around. welcome back.

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Yay all round indeed miss Ash. WOOP!

    • Lindsay
      4 November 2014

      Welcome back!!

      Just to note, I'm your age and have a 3 month old daughter with my wonderful partner of 4 years. It definitely has it's tough times, but it's the most amazing, beautiful, overflowing-heart thing I've ever done. My best tip is to surround yourself with family and/or other loved ones. It really does take a village! (And because of all of her wonderful grandparents I will never have to worry about leaving her in the care of strangers while I work!)

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        You'd be amazing mama, Linds.

        Hope it's everything you dreamt it would be xo

    • 4 November 2014

      LOVE LOVE LOVE this post AND THE COVER!

      I am so glad you're back. <3

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Hells yeah I'm back, hehe xo

    • 4 November 2014

      Welcome back, Tara! I feel like you're back to your old groove but more better and awesomer! it's so great!

      Your cover looks amazing. So excited for it's release. So excited to have you back on the internets too.

      Thank you
      xx

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        I'm glad you can feel that :) I feel it too. xo

    • 4 November 2014

      So excited to have you back on the blog! And so excited to get my hands on that book. I feel like you may need to write another book going into more detail about all these interesting things we don't know about you :)

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Haha! I don't know if I'm THAT interesting...

        Thanks babe xo

    • Lauren
      4 November 2014

      Welcome back! That cover is incredible, absolutely beautiful. I cannot wait to read :)

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        I can't wait for you to read it either! xoxo

    • Monica
      4 November 2014

      Just gorgeous! <3 <3 <3 Your energy and colour is just electric and contagious. Thank you for sharing xx

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        How sweet of you, thank you xo

    • Danielle
      4 November 2014

      Welcome back Tara. I missed your soulful words and beautiful energy x

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        I have missed you and the rest of my readers, too :)

    • 4 November 2014

      Wow Tara! The cover looks kickarse!

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Thanks lady !

    • 4 November 2014

      BABE I got goosebumps and tears and high-pitchy SQUEALY when I saw your cover. You might say I got HIGH ;)

      so.much.yes.

      MWAH

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Get ON it!

        :P

    • Sandy
      4 November 2014

      Don't sweat #9 and don't think people will shut their pie holes. I don't know why. Unfortunately it only gets worse when you're pregnant. Then the horror stories about birthing come. Then the competition of whose little angel did what first.

      My advice to women who want to be mothers, pregnant women and new mothers? Don't listen to any of them. Listen to your heart.

    • 4 November 2014

      FREAKING LOOOOOVVVEEEE IT GIRL!!!

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Woot! :P

    • 4 November 2014

      Welcome back, beautiful girl! You've NAILED that cover... so excited to read it. xx

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Love you xo

    • 4 November 2014

      LOVE this Tara - Cover looks amazing + Loved the post!

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Cheers babe!

    • 4 November 2014

      Welcome back beautiful!
      In regards to #9... So you should be! :) Every journey to and in motherhood is sacred and precious, and every intention behind that journey should be celebrated. ❤️

      And that cover... Goosebumps.
      Love you xx

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Thanks for the warm welcome beautiful xo

    • Kayla
      4 November 2014

      *excited happy dance*
      She's back! Yussssss!
      The book cover .... I can't even.. So much
      Yes. Can't wait to get my hands on it.

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Thank you Kayla for making me smile!

    • 4 November 2014

      Glad to see you back Tara, and I adore the cover of your book! Excited to read it. And what a fun post to re-enter with - just sharing genuine tidbits of yourself with us. I am so with you on #1 -- I sometimes think about going back for a PhD, but really I just want to get paid to learn. :P

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Thanks lady! Thought it might be a bit of playful way to return :)

    • Amy
      4 November 2014

      Looks AMAZING. X

    • 4 November 2014

      Babe, you ARE a scholar! Of the soul, and of peace. And your book - with its amazing (!!) cover - proves it. I can't wait to read it!

      I adore what you wrote under point 7. Some of my favourite posts of yours are when you express your quieter, more 'serious', introverted self. xxx

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Oh, YOU!
        xo

    • 4 November 2014

      My darling, you are just spectacular....

      You completely knocked it out the park with that cover as well- woooo girl! Can't wait to have a read!

      Lots of love, xxx

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        My designer Dani (Neverland Studio) is the bomb! :)

        Thank you gorgeous xo

    • anita
      4 November 2014

      So excited you are back tara, missed you, I so love hearing where you are at its so exciting and inspiring, lots and lots of love and gratitude for you x

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        You're a cutie xo

    • Fiona
      4 November 2014

      Welcome back! Love, love, love your writing and cant wait for the book release. Also love your cover, spectacular! x

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Thank you for such a warm welcome!

    • 5 November 2014

      It's so wonderful to read your beautiful words again and to hear that the time away was a breath of fresh air for you. Though you were missed in this sacred space, I admire the courage you had to honor yourself and take a step away in order to focus on this new creation of yours. And, ah, yes... here you are now about to release this gorgeous book out into the world! Your cover speaks to me and I can't wait to dive in and read!

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        What a wordsmith you are!

        Thank you, you made me smile xo

    • 5 November 2014

      Next week can't come sooner!

      The cover - bloody amazing! You to a tee. Geometrical lines, you in high tops and the word peace.

      I have missed you.

      Big love xxx

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        Thank you beautiful xo

    • 5 November 2014

      Cannot wait to purchase it. With my money situation I've had to be so careful what I buy the last couple of years but I made an exception for the Spirited books (which I've read about 10 times) and I know I will for this as well x

      • Tara
        6 November 2014

        I assure you it will be a good investment honey :) I know you'll get a lot out of it xo

    • 6 November 2014

      #9 Yep - it's never how you think it will be. Coz it's 1,000,000 times more magical and amazing. xxx

      Nice to see ya back, lady.

      V xx

    • Sarah
      7 November 2014

      I looove the cover Tara - so vibrant and fresh! Looking forward to your book! x

    • 7 November 2014

      Loved reading this post and finding out more about you, lovely Tara.

      What a wicked cover! Can't wait to read x x

    • 13 November 2014

      I've loved watching you grow and soar. You are such an inspiration to many Tara, bless you! Super excited to read your book. That cover - awesome!!! xx

    • 13 December 2014

      I believe you can feel the soul of your child before you fall pregnant. That the bond starts that early and why you suddenly feel a shift in your heart. It was the way for me, and I have mentioned it to many other mamas who agreed.
      Motherhood is sacred and special and will be even more expansive that you expect. Eapecially if you can let go within it. It will be glorious even when it's tough.
      You will be a beautiful, present, and inspired mama xx

      • 14 December 2014

        THank you for this beautiful comment honey. I can already feel the soul of my child, that's for sure. xo

    • Josipa
      17 February 2015

      I found you just at the right moment when I needed you. I randomly clicked on a side ad of yours, on a website, and your book was the first thing that I saw! Thank you for your book, I have yet to read it, but I have ordered right now :) I think it will be just what I need. You seem like a lovely person and I am incredibly grateful that the world brought me to you. Thank you :)

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