Author: Tara May

Stand Tall: Confidence Under Fire

What’s the end goal? That was my uncle’s reaction to seeing pictures of our tiny house for the first time. His hands were tossed up, his gaze unfocused and confused. He was at a loss. Both Sean and I have been asked some form of this question ever since we decided to quit our jobs, sell all of our things, and move into a tiny house. None of those things happened all at once, and all of them go against the grain. Which meant that a lot of people questioned our motives along the way and couldn’t understand why...

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Taming the Monkey: Learning the Way the Mind Moves

I spent the past five days at a writing retreat with Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones and 14 other books. I thought I’d signed up for a workshop about writing, but by the end of it, I realized we were also learning about harnessing the mind. The retreat marked my first experience at a Zen Center. Despite my uncertainty about the location, the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico proved to be the perfect setting for a 5-day intensive studying and practicing “the way the mind moves.” We spent each day from 8 a.m. to...

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Reimagined: Life After Cancer

It's been nearly 6 months since my husband, Sean, was diagnosed with cancer. It sounds scary to say it like that—more real, somehow—but to be honest, the reality of it has not consumed our everyday lives as we originally thought it would. It’s only prominent in my mind today because of a recent conversation with a co-worker where I rehashed all the ugly details. If you were to ask us a year ago, two years ago, five years ago, what it would be like if one of us were diagnosed with cancer, I think we probably would've given a...

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Scaling the Castle Walls: 100k of Support and Gratitude

The winds gusted at 50 mph, and the four of us stood shivering on top of a mountain just under 8000 feet high. Not exactly an ideal way to spend a Saturday, but we had a very good reason for being up there. It was the inaugural Castle Peak 100k, and the lead runner was headed our way. Me and three other volunteers had hiked up three miles and just under 1500 feet to set up the Crow's Nest aid station, which would be our post from mid-day until the last runner came through, around 8:30 p.m. The weather had...

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Rekindling First Loves: Finding Your Way Back

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? As kids we’re taught to follow our dreams, but as soon as we grow up we’re told to get serious, get a job, start making money. It isn’t long before dreams take a backseat to life. For a while, you think you’ll come back to what you love. Spend a few years getting a degree, building up your resume, making some good money, and then you’ll get back to what you really want to do. For me it was photography and design. I spent three years in...

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