I’m Tara. A curious, introverted, 30-something, entrepreneur who's learning how to create passive income through blogging and online businesses. My ultimate goals are less stress and more time freedom so I can live out the lifestyle of my dreams, on my own terms!
I currently live in beautiful San Diego but I'm originally from the Boston area. I love staying active, eating copious amounts of delicious foods, traveling to new places, talking about ideas and exercising my creativity in any way possible!
To me, time is the most valuable resource, and so I don't intend to waste mine! I've been on a mission to delete anything negative or stressful in my life, in order to make way for happier, positive things and people! I choose not to let my pains hold me down, but instead use them to power me through to better things. I no longer waste my energy dwelling over crap that happened in the past... the past is the past after all! It's time to leave it all behind and prepare myself for a brighter future! :)
I've got some big dreams and goals in life... check them out on my Life Goals page!
Who I Am and Where I Came From
- My full name is Tara Anne Tierney.
- I was born on hot ass Monday on July 6, 1981. My mom likes to call me her "little firecracker."
- I’m grew up in a small town in Massachusetts called Rowley.
- I did all my schooling, including college (graduated with a B.A. in Media Communications,) in Massachusetts, and then moved back home in order to save some money. My plan was to save up for 6 months and then move to Florida because, lets be honest, New England winters just suck ass. All I ever wanted was to live in a warm, exciting beach city.
- I actually ended up living at home for the next 6 years because I kept using any money I had saved on traveling (scroll down to see where I’ve been.) I definitely don’t regret this though, as I got to see a lot of the world!
- One of my trips was to San Diego in 2008. That was when I decided to change my moving plans because I totally fell in love with the city. When I came home from San Diego, I put all of my energy into preparing to move and ended up saving half of my paycheck every month for almost a year, I was able to save $12,000 that year, which totally helped me with my big move.
- I drove across the country for three weeks by myself (I made it into a vacation and visited some cities I had never been to before,) didn’t have a job or a place to live lined up, and didn’t really know anyone when I arrived.
- I'd like to think I'm a happy, positive and motivated person... at least I'm always working towards that!
- I love trying new things and learning.
- I'm obsessed with designing things, organizing things and analyzing things.
- I'm an introvert, which means I have my days where I want to be around people and be social, and then I have my days where I don’t want to converse with one soul. I can get drained easily by others so I've found that it's mandatory to take at least 1 day a week to myself to revive my energy.
- I can usually figure something out if I really want to or have to.
- I despise talking on the phone. I really don't know why, just always have.
- I learn best by doing, then by seeing, and lastly by hearing. Maybe this is why I don’t like the phone?
- I usually decompress with Netflix (either watching movies or binging on shows.) These help me relax my brain that always seems to be producing something.
- My favorite all time food is Thai food, or anything Asian (Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese.) This has been going on for the past 10 years or so… I’ve become OBSESSED with it.
- I’m an animal lover but my all-time favorite two animals are dogs and pigs. This is probably why I love french bulldogs (aka pig-dogs)!
- I am not a morning person, no matter how hard I try to be. On the contrary, there's something about the night that is energizing to me...
- I could read for hours. I love learning about the ideas and possibilities of things!
- Commitments make me feel skittish. If I'm invited to something that is days, weeks, months away, my response is always going to be a "maybe." This is because it's going to depend on how I feel that day and so I figure if I say "maybe" and then I come, you'll be more excited! And if I don't make it, you won't be so bummed since I never actually said "yes." ;)
- I prefer to support and try new small business rather than chains and corporations. I love unique things and getting things that you can’t get anywhere but one place. Plus, small businesses tend to treat you like a human, rather than a number. :)
- I prefer to work alone. For some reason, coordinating or dealing with people in general is stressful to me and working alone just seems to bring the best results.
- Biggest Pet Peeve: Being interrupted when I’m “in my zone."
- Writing-wise: I've always loved to write. I actually kept a diary and would write about my day at the end of each day through middle school up until high school (I loved documenting things so I could look back and analyze everything.) In high school, I was in a Journalism group and wrote often for the school newspaper. I majored in English my first half of college and wrote, like, a gazillion papers... but I loved it! I also did an internship for a newspaper where I did a lot of writing articles and also learned a bunch of marketing techniques.
- Design-wise: I started designing websites when I was 16 (on the free Yahoo website builder but was also obsessed with redesigning my Myspace page over and over.) In college I took an HTML class and fell in love with the whole website designing idea. I received my bachelors in Media Communications when I was 21 and also went on to get a certification in web design that same year. I started my first freelance business (my side hustle at the time) when I was 22 and named it “Citrus Squeeze Designs.” I worked for a variety of 9-5 jobs doing graphic and website design stuff for about 10 years but always wanted to be able to work from home and do my own thing. So when I was 31, I quit my job and started my own design & marketing business, which I called “Whipped Dream Design & Marketing, Co.” When I was 32, I started this blog to help me not only work through some of my personal and entrepreneurial struggles, but to also learn more about blogging and hopefully earn some passive income off of it (which I've been incredibly successful with!)
My Athletic Background
- I love to be active and usually need about 2-3 hours of intense exercise daily. The more exercise I get, the happier I am. Plus, I get to eat more, which also brings much happiness to my inner fat kid.
- Soccer is my favorite sport. My little brother taught me how to play when he was 5 and I was 10. I played through high school and even played in college at the D-3 level. Since then, I’ve been playing a few times a week, either in coed leagues or pick-up games, and still love it! I feel sad when I go without it! My favorite position is left wing mid (I love to run!)
- I learned to ski when I was 9 and switched over to snowboarding when I was 16. I have been to many ski resorts all over New England, and also been to Vail, Big Bear, Mammoth and Whistler on the west coast.
- I received a 4-year scholarship for being the most athletic girl in my high school class (which basically just meant I played the most sports.) High school sports I played: soccer, basketball, softball, indoor track, outdoor track, flag football and snowboarding. I also loved gym class and excelled in my physical fitness tests. I would even get passes during my study hall so I could go to “gym" twice a day, haha. I loved when we played floor hockey and volleyball were my absolute favorite!
- My love for weight-lifting started when I was in high school. I was looking to physically get stronger, so I asked my mom (who’s super fit) if she could show me some exercises that I could do at home with some free weights. I started incorporating those in with my running routine and quickly started noticing a difference in my overall endurance levels. I also noticed it helped me perform better in sports, it allowed me to eat more (always awesome), and I was able to maintain a lean look pretty easily. So I kept with it up until the summer of 2016, when I was introduced to a new way of lifting called powerlifting (basically, you try to lift as much weight as possible for 1 repetition in the squat, bench and deadlift.) After about 3 months, I got addicted. I loved the way my figure was changing (my body has never had curves like this!), that I could eat a lot without having to do a lot of cardio and that I could actually measure my own progress (I either get stronger, or I don't). It's been a lot of fun watching my strength go up over time and I can't wait to see how strong I can get and how I can change my body compositon even more! :) Check out some of my beginner powerlifting videos on my YouTube channel.
- I love to travel and have been: all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean islands, Italy, Greece and the Greek islands, Scotland, England, and Turkey. Always on the lookout for my next big adventure!