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I’m Back!


It has been over 18 months since I’ve written and I am ashamed! Don’t worry, I have a perfectly good excuse – I got MARRIED and I had a baby!

What a difference a year makes, right?

Let me give you the rundown.

I learned that I was pregnant in January 2015, the week of my 37th birthday. I’m the youngest of three siblings and the first to have a baby. It was kind of a big deal. I was a mess! I mean seriously. I was shocked. I was upset. I was scared. You were expecting me to say “excited”and “happy” right? Don’t worry, I get there eventually.

I made my first doctor appointment six days after my 37th birthday. It was the 5th of February. That was the day my boyfriend popped the question. Yup, baby and engagement within two weeks! Talk about overload!

My family was overjoyed! I would be the first to wed in addition to bringing forth the first grandchild in the family. Honestly, my head was going to explode.

My Mom instantly began to send me photos of wedding dresses. In my mind, we would remain engaged for about a year or so. I could see my daughter teetering down the isle with help from her grandparents. A September wedding. Not too hot, not too cold. Small wedding, less than 100 people…

However, my soon – to – be husband wanted to get married before the baby arrived. I wanted to respect his request and I knew that  I could n0t plan a wedding in 7 months while working full time and being pregnant. Walking down the isle preggers was NOT an option for me.

So we set a date for May.

I cancelled it.

We set another date and decided to go to the justice of the peace.

LE sigh.

Four months after he asked me to marry him, we got hitched. Meet Mr. & Mrs. Charles Washington!

My parents and us, June 26th.
My parents and us, June 26th.

Three months later, my precious little girl arrived, Aubree Olivia Washington.

Aubree Olivia @ Six Months
Aubree Olivia @ Six Months

Marriage and motherhood are beautiful. I have discovered so much about myself that I didn’t know existed. I prayed for patience a long time ago, but God truly tested me on that test as soon as I became engaged! Haha, I laugh at so many situations now. I have been pushed and challenged in ways I never thought I could be. From complicated child birth to name changes, the past year and a half has been a blessing for me, despite how it may seem.

I went from traveling the country and building a business to working for someone else and shying away from the social scene almost instantly.

I am a new person. I was an extrovert social butterfly. I am now a semi-introverted semi-social MOM. I am at a place where I am ready to complete my purpose. Motherhood was always a part of my story. I see life so differently now and that is okay. I have many plans for this blog from sharing recipes to my travels with the family.

I hope that you will come along for this journey! Thank you for reading. Have questions? Leave me a comment and share the love!




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All About Tara

Happy New Year!



“Where have you been stranger? I haven’t seen you out in a minute!” “Did you delete your Facebook account? I can’t find you anywhere! “ “Do you still plan events?” “Are you still with that guy?” “ I haven’t seen you in my timeline in a while, are you okay?”

I’ve been asked a series of these questions more times than I would have liked over the past six months. I did many amazing things in 2014. I spent much of my time traveling, visiting family, working on my financial freedom, re-learning the corporate workforce and reading. I’m proud that I took some time away from the social scene to work on building a healthy relationship with my life partner. In 2015, I will focus on my personal and professional relationships.

It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you decide to unplug yourself from the social norm that consumes so much of our time. 2014 was my year of epiphanies. Each year, I have highs and lows, we all do. A self-proclaimed social media junkie, I did the unexpected and decided to keep my private life, private by spending less time watching television, Tweeting, Instagramming, party hopping and Facebooking. I decided to invest in myself, my relationship, and my family. Listen, TIME isn’t on our side and we MUST be purposeful in steps in life.

Today is January 1st and few things are different from yesterday. What is different is our mindset. We choose where we go from here. We chose how we will impact the next 12 months. We choose how we will treat others and set the examples for others to see. I wish you success in your journey for 2015!

From my heart to yours,

Tara Holland


P.S. Shout out to my brother (@stellarwayne) for the video new year inspiration!