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.... { ready for ALT }....

AS  I prepare to leave for the ALT conference... I wanted to remind myself why I am I can have a clearer picture of what I want to accomplish with my trip. I have realized this is my first business conference since shuttering my fashion accessory company so many years ago, in order to devote myself to raising my three.  I haven't even flown by myself since I have been married....

 Which makes me wonder how a woman who got on a train by herself, decades ago, to study at New York University, sight unseen.  A woman who chose sky diving as something to do on the weekends... whose life's dream was to own her own business... ended up here....

But I do know.  Life changes us... and along the way we realize we want new, better dreams than we even imagined were possible.  That's what I got by staying home and raising my three.... I didn't want to miss a moment of the fabulous, creative adventure we were on... and I don't think I did.  I pride myself knowing I was all in. But now my job for the most part... is done... and it's time to transition to new adventures.  Which brings me to ALT....

 I have made lists of what I want to accomplish at ALT. I have reminded myself it is OK to be the new kid on the block, even at my age. It is OK to be starting my career over, because I had the privilege of having the most wonderful adventure raising my three.  I wouldn't change a thing about my choice to be all in, in growing them.  I am a very intense person... and that was the only way I could do it.Today  I can embrace exactly where I am with pride .... and confidence in my future.... and to get here my friends.... has been years in the making... and I owe so much of it to this here blog.... the journey has truly been a transformative experience.

 I am going to ALT with this, my online journal where I write about transitioning from full time motherhood.... to my what's next...

At the conference  my goal is  to learn how to successfully launch and  market my new accessory line that is in development, with a second blog. I have made many lists of what I want to accomplish with my trip.

  Even before leaving, the goal of going to ALT has already payed great dividends.  It has given me something exciting to focus on after returning from Europe and having two of mine grown and flown. It has set my creative juices flowing with styling outfits to wear in such a creative venue filled with such talent.

my ALT goals

-to learn...anything and everything
-to be inspired with business start up innovation
-to improve my photoshop skills
-to learn new ideas for promoting a business and product line
-to be kind and encouraging (to myself and others)
-to dress with creative abandon
-to be everyone and everything
-to show up with intent

as always dear friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life

thanks so much for being a part of my journey 



  1. Thank you my dear! I just love what Danielle did with the place :)

  2. I'm so glad for you that you get to go to this conference, and I can't wait to hear what you take away from it. I love that reminder that it's okay to be the new kid on the block despite age, and it's okay to be starting over even now. That trips me up sometimes in my desire to re-connect with the artist in me. I love your writing Tamera, it's so authentic and vulnerable and I love that.

    (After reading this, I realize that I forgot to add to my post on dreams: sky diving! Someday.)

  3. Anne did you know the beautiful artist Beatrice Woods didn't even start her art career until she was 80? We always have the capacity to begin again... if we just believe and allow ourselves the opportunity!

    Thank you so very much for your comments, each one is a gift!

  4. I loved this post, Tamera! I was also ALL in with raising my three kids and I would not change any of those decisions. I am now having a blast and want even more. I have gone to several blog conferences and meetings and have ALWAYS been the oldest one there. Yet, I have learned, applied, reached out, and grown. This is such an exciting time and I am thrilled to see what lies ahead for both of us.

  5. Pam I have watched just how much your blog has grown over the last year... to even being a style ambassador for Bazaar magazine! You have been at the forefront of our 'age's' entry in the blogging world... and you have done it with honest passion. I am always amazed and inspired by all you do and the positivity you possess!

    I so appreciate your visits and your and dear encouraging comments. Hers's to our futures!

  6. Can't wait to hear how it goes!


  7. Thank you Suzanne! I will be sure to share all about it and what I learn!

  8. Good luck with the conference, Tamera, I am sure you will get lots out of it. Striking out on your own can be daunting but so empowering. Starting again, at any age, is a big task, but that's the key, isn't it? Making that start.
    This issue is particularly pertinent to me, as I consider where I can go in terms of work. I left a career behind to be at home with the kids, but I don't think I can return to it, although I do feel the need for something... I will continue to ponder, while you continue to spread your wings! xxxxx

  9. My dear I have been pondering my idea for almost year two. There is much freedom in pondering... the ability to try on new ideas in ones own head... to spend a day or month, or even a year, walking through what the new next will bring. Savor and enjoy your ponders my dear!

  10. All best to you at ALT and as ever, Tamera! You are sounding wonderfully ready. :)

    1. Amber, thank you so much... yep... i do feel ready :).

  11. Tamera~I am so excited for you and will read your posts about ALT with great interest. I've been blogging for just a year and am feeling like I'm just scratching the surface. Have a simply fabulous trip. I know you will make the most of it!
    Cheers, Heather

    1. Thank you Heather! I see in your bio we are both UCLA alumni!

  12. You sound prepared in every way, Tamera. With your talent and intention, I'm sure that you will grow and expand during the conference. It will be exciting to hear about what you learn. I can feel your passion and commitment.

    1. Judith thank you so much! I have worked hard to get here... and I can't wait to share what I learn at this conference! Thank you so much for following along on my journey.... but most of all... thank you for all of the inspiration I have gotten from you sharing your own journey! Congratulations again for getting two spots on Ari's list of the best of 2012 onf Advanced Style!!

  13. Tamera you will be a natural at this - go get em tiger!
    I can't wait to purchase something from your line.

  14. Thank you dear Tabitha! Your boot post was so witty and true... you are the best!

  15. I look for, love and read, your blog every day! Love it. What is "ALT"?

    From reading your blog, it sounds like you're getting ready to sell some of your BEAUTIFUL jewelery this correct? I hope so because they are absolutely fabulous!

  16. Catherine, thank you so much! Yes, I am getting closer to having my line ready for sale :)

    Alt is a blogging design conference in Salt Lake City. This is my first time attending and I am waiting in the airport as I write this. I feel sure the conference will prove exciting and I look forward to sharing about it along the way! Thank you for your supportive comments and following along on my journey!

  17. I think you fulfilled ALL of your goals, Tamera! I really do! Can't wait to hear what you really thought of the whole experience. I am currently at a loss for words. :)