Women Who Quarantine - The stories of women warriors from around the world doing their part to fight this deadly pandemic.
Welcome to our next interview for "Women Who Quarantine" with the beautiful Tara Hettrick!
As most of you know by now Tara is my fabulous assistant! I cannot express how grateful I am for ALL she does! As I mentioned the first time I introduced her to you all, it was seriously a match made in Heaven!
I absolutely love her wild and adventurous spirit! She is an experienced world traveler with a heart of gold! Check out her story below to learn how she is living during this uncharted time.
Profession: Virtual Assistant
Current Location: New Hampshire
What’s life like being home?
I’m back in beautiful NH, quarantining at my grandparent’s home after leaving Italy a week before the country began shutting down due to COVID.
It’s been wonderful and difficult on many levels.
Wonderful: I always love the feeling of “coming back home” after I’ve been traveling for awhile. Whenever I get back to the place where I was born and raised…. there’s a deep comfortability in the familiar. I’m also grateful to spend time with my hilarious, Wheel-of-Fortune solving grandparents, while being deeply aware that this is a time I will never have with them again. It makes it all the more precious.
Difficult: I see what’s happening around the world and it makes my heart cry. I truly LOVE the world and to hear about:
- Friends losing their jobs and possibly not getting them back.
- My favorite coffeeshops and restaurants permanently shutting down.
- Beaches not opening.
IT’S SIMPLY HEART-BREAKING.
And it sounds silly, but "Don't put Baby in a corner" lol... I miss traveling and meeting new friends! With my travel plans completely upended, I’m not sure what the future even holds. I’m usually one to embrace and celebrate the unknown, but some days it sure can be difficult!
What are you hearing from your friends around the world?
It warms my heart to think of all my friends, and this is what I’m hearing:
utter heartbreak -- anger -- despair
Not for themselves, though. Even those who have lost their jobs or loved ones, or are in difficult home situations, are grateful. They’re FIGHTING to see the good and WILLING to take a chance on changing their old ways of life... INSPIRATIONAL. *tears*
It's kind of like a internal reset.
There DOES seem to be an underlying, lurking fear that we'll forget the good we've adopted during quarantine. But, I really don’t think we can. With everyone so happy that it’s 'like 1999' again, it’s hard to lose focus when it’s such a prevalent topic.
I DO think it’s going to be important to be reminders and inspirers for each other. My friends are doing that for me, so it’s like the African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
What habit have you started, or broken, during the quarantine?
I’m working out and taking long walk at least 5 days a week!
Living and traveling with an autoimmune disease, you’re not always sure if you can count on your body to do what you want it to do from one day to the next, lol….. so I’m slowly and CONSISTENTLY working on getting stronger. And guess what? Shocker - it’s working!!!
I’m also giving myself a lot of kindness and grace to just BE… which is, honestly, probably the best habit a recovering perfectionist can do! Ha! Seriously, though, if I wake up and feel my energy is rather low, instead of doing a pilates workout, I’ll put my favorite playlist on and try to learn a popular Tiktok dance for 15 mins… because when it’s time to dance again…. I.WILL.BE.READY! 💃🏼
Is there a question you ask yourself everyday?
Yes! I've been baking, creating, drawing, taking pictures, and cutting hair for family in my "Make-DO Hairdo Salon". ;)
It’s made me fall back-in-love in the process of creating as an artist. If I’m not intentional about it, then the things that I can lose myself in and make me so happy - get pushed to the side. It makes no sense, but it is what it is. So, I’m asking myself - what beauty did I deliberately take time to appreciate, acknowledge, or create through art today?
It helps set my mindset up for the next day… it’s incredible that even the thought itself helps me to be present in the here and now.
And…. if I’m being real….. did I shower in the last 4 days?!
<gasp> Because really, what day is it anyways?? 🙄
How has this redefined your view of living a normal life and the idea of traveling?
I think this goes back to the last question…. why didn't I prioritize ‘creating’ before quarantine? I’m taking time to go over all my habits, how I think, why I do things, etc. etc. etc. It’s been extremely refreshing! I want certain aspects to be part of my normal life… but I've got to make the time for things to change!
Traveling. Well, to be quite frank, I haven’t allowed myself to dwell on it very long, as it causes me to get slightly depressed. My friends in Europe are keeping me updated as things are beginning to open up. The restrictions really take the fun and pleasure of out the journey itself! I don’t want to travel in an environment of fear.
So, when the time comes for me to travel to my next place, this girl is going to have her 'bags packed and ready to go'!
What’s a story – from a book, a movie, an article, a podcast – that you’ve been gripped by recently? Why did it capture you?
I’ve been in my happy place, rereading some of my favorite childhood books! Last week I read, 'The Witch of Blackbird Pond'. After I finished it, I was like….. “AHHHH!!!! No wonder this was one of my favorite books!!!!” 🙌🏻
The protagonist is a girl who walks to her own beat, craves adventure, and loves beauty (in friendship and nature). She struggles with with being “put in a box”, while learning to appreciate the points of view from her different-minded family members.
I’m seeing so much division on how this quarantine is going down. It’s so polarized. The fear and shaming make it hard to have an HONEST AND LOVING conversation. Thinking differently doesn't mean you are evil… or a witch ;)…. it just gives room for new creative solutions! 💖
So, this book is her journey to show what love and kindness can do for society… something I think we need a good dose of!
What is your personal mantra?
By saying that, it gives me permission to stay in the here and now… to not get caught up in the anxieties of the future, or the pressures of what I SHOULD be doing.
A mentor of mine once told me, “Stop should-ing on yourself.”
Whoa…. talk about mind-blowing!! By reminding myself to just be, it forces me to be honest with myself and assess how I’m doing mentally, spiritually, physically. When I change my “should” phrases into action phrases or simply not doing it - it gives me a lot of peace and joy.
Guilty pleasure during this time? …. PG people please lol…🤪
Oh that is easy... paleo hot chocolate. Every.Single.Day.
Favorite recipe during this time?
This is actually a fave recipe any time.... Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad
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