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I’m Tara

WELCOME TO THE JOURNAL

As a young girl, I kept a journal and then when Stephen and I got married, we wrote our vows into a journal we shared as a couple. On this lil’ corner of the internet, I want to invite you into our virtual journal’s stories and musings.  I hope you’ll find encouragement and inspiration along the way. You can expect a mixture of our recent photography work & adventures, lifestyle tips, current obsessions, and personal stories of us behind the scenes too! I’m so glad you’re here!

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Historic Villas & Estates in Varenna Italy in Lake Como

Perfect Summer Reads Based in Italy

Is there anything better than being whisked away with a perfect summer, beach read that is also based somewhere in Italy? Talk about wanderlust. I always have a book on my bedside table that teaches

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20 Days Abroad, Part 1: England

“Just because I can’t go for as long, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Go. Have your own adventures.” I stared at him, not sure what to do. My heart, conflicted, leapt up inside me. A

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WE’RE MOVING : Meet Me in St Louis

  I’ve deliberated immensely of how to share this news.Tears rolled down my face at first.Then slowly, as days passed, joy illumined in my heart. I see the possibilities.The clean slate.Adventures to be had.

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PERSONAL : Braving to be Present

  I’m seeing it everywhere: The holidays were just so amazing that you need a holiday from the holiday. I’ve written about “Being Present” before, and today I’m reminded afresh of what it looks

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