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What are you afraid of?

Here it is, folks! My first blog post.  I've been thinking about doing this for, oh, I don't know, three years?!?! A string of events (I should say friends) finally expedited the process and here we are...laptop in lap, cute son sitting on the other end of the couch playing MineCraft, daughter still sleeping at 10:37am, Lavender and Cedarwood in the diffuser, jazz on Pandora, writing a blog. 

One of the things that held me up was not knowing what to focus on in my writing.  I'm a yoga teacher, so of course I want to talk about yoga; but there's also parenting (which at times feels more like hostage negotiating with a band of drunken pirates), the occasional fun recipe I try out and love, my essential oil obsession of the day, how I'm trying to date as a busy single mom and business owner...the list goes on!! 

The other main thing that has held me back is fear.  That inner voice that says, "How many people really care what you have to say, Tara?" I blab for about the first 5-7 minutes of every yoga class. That is a captured audience.  They HAVE to listen. Kind of like when you stay at a Days Inn and there's a TGI Friday's attached to it.  THAT's where you're eating, you know?? So this inner voice is saying, "What if no one reads your blog?" I finally decided that it doesn't really matter! Who cares? What if one person does and it helps them get through the day?!

That's what I talked about in class yesterday.  I did my 7 minute blab about "What is something you've been wanting to do, big or small, that you just haven't done? And is it possible that you're just not doing it because you're afraid?" 

One of the things I'm currently working on in my personal life is the idea of SURRENDER.  Surrendering to 'trust the process', to relax into life, to accept reality AS IT IS, and to the idea that I can control nothing outside of myself.  So, I surrender, I'm writing my blog. Finally. I can't control whether any of you read it, or like it, but I can publish it. That I can control.  

While talking recently about my struggle to surrender a friend shared a quote that she'd heard. It goes like this, "You either surrender, or you don't." She went on to say, "We don't struggle to surrender, we struggle to hold on." Mind. Blown. 

So I invite you to consider today, what are you trying to hold on to? What are you not doing because you're afraid? Tell me in the comments section below if you wish. Then let go and go do it.


Tara is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Dana Hot Yoga in Bala Cynwyd, PA and continues to further her education with world renowned teachers such as Seane Corn, Sri Dharma Mittra and Kathryn Budig whenever possible. Tara works to make her classes challenging, fun and inspiring; but her biggest goal is making yoga accessible to people of all experience levels and backgrounds. Yoga has helped Tara to find some serenity in her crazy life as a single mom of two small children and a business owner and she is passionate about sharing that with others. She has her BS in Accounting from Penn State and when she's not working or practicing yoga you can find her spending time with friends, cooking, or playing with her kids.
You can check out her studio here: www.tarayogaphilly.com.
Tara is also a Young Living essential oil educator. You can see more about that here: http://www.smiledrop.com/tararoulisyoga


Jul 28, 2016
Surrendering must have been the theme for many this week! I finally surrendered and went on my first date in nearly 2 years (less than 1 year since the breakup). It wasn't what I'd call the best date ever but I finally feel like what I'm afraid of, which is being hurt again, is being pushed to the back and the need to move on is calling me. My heart will still be guarded but I'm opening myself up to new experiences with new people. Great job, Tara!! You inspire me with this openness. I look forward to more. xo