ABOUT ME (TARA)
I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. As a child, I made pom-pom toys and jewelry which I sold at a local market in my small Connecticut town. As a teenager, I cleaned homes in my lakefront community and in college I created and sold t-shirts at football games at The University of Notre Dame. I loved drawing my own style of amateur happy-faced characters, which became my "trademark" on dormitory party cups, posters and t-shirts.
After college, I pursued a career in advertising and marketing, where I put my creative and organizational skills to use, as well as my "marketing sense" (a term someone applied to me during a job interview that I have prized for the past 30 years!). During my corporate years, I continued my personal hobby, illustrating my happy-faced people as gifts for colleagues and friends when they had babies.
When my son was born, I left my corporate job to be a "Stay At Home Mom." I loved being a mom, and we were fortunate that we could afford this choice. To satisfy my entrepreneurial spirit, however, I started a small "hobby" business selling prints with my happy-faced people to other local mom-friends. Over the next 8 years, TLC by TARA evolved into a busy stationery business. As computers and the internet became more a way of life, I built a website, and then built a few more for friends and stationery clients. I have always loved technology, so soon found myself "hooked" on the possibilities of web development and gradually transitioned away from paper and stationery to full-time graphic and website design. I founded Design TLC around 2010 and started to learn WordPress as the platform for my web agency. Working for myself, and gradually growing my "accidental" business was the perfect balance (most of the time) which allowed me to be the primary care giver for my two children as they grew up and became more independent. My husband has always been a patient supporter of my entrepreneurial endeavors, which often consume my time and attention. I could not have done grown my business without the support and encouragement of my family.
Over the last few years I have become increasingly involved in the WordPress community and love meeting and speaking with other WordPress business owners. In addition to WordPress and website tips and techniques, I am obsessed with digital tools, productivity, processes and communication. When I am not in front of one of my computers, I enjoy cycling, running, learning to play the piano, watching movies and spending time with friends and family. I'm always trying to find ways to be better, work smarter and laugh more.