Tara Re’: A Positive Pro

My name is Tara Ré and I’m 33 years old.  I am happily married to my best friend and love of my life. We have three dogs and one cat. I am a Researcher at Auble, Jolicoeur & Gentry and I absolutely love my job and the people I work with. I obtained two degrees in college focused on Psychology/Sociology and Sign Language.  I don’t directly apply my degrees in my work, but indirectly yes. 🙂 I love being fluent in sign language; it opens up my communication with so many more people and I love people! The next goal I hope to experience in my life is having a baby. Our animals are our children, but we are ready to have human children! 🙂

What is something that motivates you & why?I’m motivated by my faith. I think Jesus pretty much rocks and I want to be just like Him.  So, studying who He is and how He lived motivates me to be honest with myself and others so I can obtain the best version of myself as possible.

What’s something difficult you’ve been through recently and how have you overcome it? Recently I have had to look at relationships that were causing problems in my life. Defining boundaries and asking for them has been a huge challenge. One of my most core relationships has changed dramatically and has caused a lot of angst for me.  However, the change was needed and ultimately will be the most positive outcome.  Still rough though.

If you could recommend a movie, website, song, or book for others & their inspiration, what would it be & why? I don’t really have one. I have enjoyed the book “The Four Agreements”. I think it has a great message.

What’s one thing you’ve done to Pay-It-Forward? I had a rough teenage life and so my Honey and I both work with the youth.  We have been involved with the youth group at church and I am also a part of a program called Reach for the Future. I am a “lunch buddy” for a sweet girl named Megan.  It’s a relationship that we nurture and have committed to nurture throughout her school years.  She came into my life during 4th grade and she is now in 5th grade. I have a lot of young friends and I enjoy spending time with all of them.  Spending time with them and being honest about my life is a way that encourages them to take care of themselves while simultaneously validating the many thoughts and actions they experience.

Do you have a goal list? If so, what are a few goals you would like to accomplish, small or large? Hmmm…. goal list.  I don’t really have a tangible goal list, however I do have goals in mind.  One, starting a family with my Love. I would like to incorporate more exercise in my life…on a regular basis. Play the piano more, spend time with family more, excel in my role at work, etc.  Things like that. I think it’s more of a day-to-day assessment.  Where am I today and what do I want my life to look like…and I think I know in the back of  my mind that I have to start with today before the future can reflect it.  I tend to stay in the present a lot. However, in answering this question, I think it would be fun to make one…so maybe I just will!  If that is the case, I change my answer to:  Yes, I have a goal list.  What’s on it you ask?  Make a goal list.

Who is your hero & why? I have three heroes…. 🙂  First and foremost is Jesus…again, he is amazing and his love is palpable.  I want to exude that type of love to the whole world. Then I would say my Husband, Christopher.  He is the most genuine and sincere person I know. I always say that if we as people had a color associated with us and our hearts, his color would be white.  He is just so pure in his heart.  He has a deep love for God, children, animals, really all things.  He stays centered and doesn’t allow judgment and negativity to overcome him. Also, he has ENDLESS patience…something I wouldn’t anything about. 🙂 Lastly, my friend and spiritual adviser Kathy Crosby.  She is a very grounded and deep woman.  She looks through her eyes in a way that most can’t/wont.  She spends her time with others, listening, guiding, supporting, relating, praying and loving them. She makes herself accessible to anyone, anytime.  Sharing her love and vision has helped change people’s lives; I know she has changed mine.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In 10 years eh? I would love to have a piece of property with a old-school house on it.  We would have a couple of kiddos.  The rest would be the same, I’m pretty much diggin’ my life. Except of course I would have a goal list written by then…so who knows. tee hee.

If you could make one wish right now, what would it be?If I could make one wish right now….it would be that ALL living creatures would have a love so deep that they couldn’t fathom hurting another.  One of the things that gets me….really bad…is the abuse that exists.  My weakness is definitely the abuse of animals and children, but abuse that adults endure is equally heartbreaking. I want everyone to see animals as equal.  I want them to love their dogs, cats, whatever, like a family member.  So, as I processed this question with Christopher….I asked…how do I word this?  He said, in reality if everyone had the type of love that Christ had, all of those things would go away.  Yup, he nailed it.  It’s love….I would wish that we would all be clothed with the deepest of love.

If you could motivate or inspire someone with one paragraph, what would it say?I think the most important thing is to know who you are, be the best at who you are and love yourself.  I think it’s much easier to love others than it is to love ourselves. However, I don’t believe we can really love another until we love ourselves. I have seen it so many times where a half-a-person is looking for another half-a-person and hoping to make a whole person.  Well, they did…..made one person in a two person relationship.  And inevitably those relationships dissipate. Go internal, get to know yourself and accept and love yourself…and all the things you don’t like too.  You are more beautiful than you know.  Everyone has things in them they aren’t proud of or would want to be different…but that is part of us.  We need to learn to accept all parts of us in order to be united within. If you have things that are hard to look at, surround yourself with people who love you, as is, who will continue to love you, until you can love yourself. 

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