Interview: Tamara Elizabeth

Tamara Elizabeth is a speaker, author, self love coach, radio host, a master motivator of women in transition, conductress of motivational seminars, professional photographer, small space designer, lover of social media, mother of 5, and a fabulously loveable woman after her first 50 years.  She is determined to create a revolution of women.

Tamara started her life over at fifty and believes that if she can do it, any woman can.  That’s when she decided to take her experiences and help others with her latest book, Fabulously Fifty and Reflecting It! Discovering My Lovable Me.

Enjoy this interview:

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I reside in one of Canada’s many pearls – Vancouver, British Columbia on the west coast of our great Nation. I have had the luxury of being born to American parents and raised in the cultural backgrounds of both wonderful countries. My heritage is dug in deep with ties from Russia, United States and Canada – there was a lot of turkey eaten in our household with two Thanksgivings AND Christmas within 3 months of each other every year as I grew up.

I am 51 years young and I love life. I have had some challenges on my journey but I am coming through them just fine. I am an adventurer and that helps me stay focused in the present trudging forward in this enchanted forest of life.

I have worn many hats in my half century – daughter, sister, wife, mother of 7 (4 of my own and 3 I borrowed to raise just for the heck of it), fund raiser, travel photographer, globe trotter, and now a certified self-love coach and author. I have even thrown in “radio host” just so that I don’t get too comfortable in my zone.

My sense of humor has opened many doors to me and has helped me write a finishing chapter to each different story in my life. I really try to look at life with a spring in my step and a good laugh at each turn. Even through the tears I try to ring the humor bell and lighten things up a notch. Writing has been my greatest passion as I can finally be heard. I have been writing children’s stories since I became a mom but never had the courage to publish them. So they remained the bedtime stories for my children. Now my mission is to help inspire women to never give up no matter how challenging their life’s path has become.

Tell us about your latest book.  What do you hope readers take away from it?

“Fabulously Fifty and Reflecting It! – Discovering My Lovable me” is my story, a story of a woman who has discovered how through my reflections, the truly fabulously lovable me; the authentic me that I was born to be. I have moxie like the trail blazing women of the 20’s.

This book is the result of hard work and perseverance on a self-love journey. It is the reflection of my life and from these reflections I have created a workbook for the reader to assist her on her own journey to find the most authentic loveable you. I am the reader’s voice. I speak as her. I have been where she has travelled. I have finished licking my wounds and jumped back into the ring. I am MOXIMIZED!

My reflections shared are not to place blame on anyone in my path, for I take responsibility for my reactions to every challenge I have come across in my life. I just want the reader to understand that I have walked in their shoes and have never given up. I encourage the reader to understand that she can restart her life at any time she wants to and still find success in whatever she desires.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

I have so many to choose from but the first one that comes to mind is The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks. This hit a deep cord with me because it is about a marriage unraveling after 25 years and is told from the husband’s point of view. My first marriage unraveled at 23 years and when I read this book /I understood a little better why my husband allowed it to disintegrate no matter how hard I tried to save it. It was a fiction book but the message was life altering for me.

Book you’re currently reading?

I usually read 4 at a time and right now – The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife by Marianne Williamson, The Help (Movie Tie-In) by Kathryn Stockett, Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness by Ester and Jerry Hicks, Under the Duvet: Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and Other Calamities by Marian Keyes and The Creative Life: True Tales of Inspiration by Julia Cameron.

Any type of writing ritual you have?

Not really. I love to sit on my couch with my laptop looking out my picture window at the harbor in front of me. My two 4-year-old Bichon Frises keep me company. My 4 children are all grown and living their own lives so these are my babies now.

In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?

It’s definitely not the number of books sold. If you have a burning desire deep within that masks all other passions to write, then putting word on paper is a true success. Following your dream to completion and holding in your hand is the nest measure of success – what happens then is just gravy on the potatoes. You can’t finish a race if you don’ start it. Sarah Ban Breathnach writes: ‘You cannot fail if you have done your best, Only if you have not done what you were born to do.”

Where can we learn more about you?

Anything else you’d like to add?

If you have a story to share about how you have traversed through one of life’s many transitions – please share it with me. I am able to help other women when I learn from the experiences shared to me by others.

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