EP 65: How To Slow Down and Take Care of Yourself As An Entrepreneur with Tara Jefferson
In this week’s episode, I chat with writer, speaker and self-care coach Tara Jefferson. In 2017, she founded The Self-Care Suite, a multicultural community for well-nourished women, where her goal is to help women prioritize themselves and do the work to be whole mentally, physically and emotionally. Her core belief is that community is the best form of self-care, as she runs a private coaching group, also called the Self-Care Suite, which is nearly 1,000 members strong. In this episode Tara shares her journey from running a full-time blog geared towards young mothers to creating a space for women to focus on self-care, why she believes so strongly in the power of community and her advice for women entrepreneurs on how they can begin to slow down and take care of themselves.
ON STARTING HER BLOG AT THE AGE OF 21
After having her daughter while in college, instead of hitting the road to NY to pursue her dream of being an editor of Essence Magazine, Tara decided to still pursue her writing career through launching her blog where she wrote about her journey though being a young mother, the sacrifices she had to make and how she was growing up with her daughter. Little did she know that her blog would turn into a full-time career.
ON TRANSITIONING HER CAREER INTO HELPING WOMEN PRIORITIZE SELF-CARE
After going through her blog, Tara realized that she had actually been talking about self-care for years! During this time she felt like she was starting to age out of her blog so she decided to take her passion for self-care and turn it into a brand that would help change lives.
TARA’S TIPS FOR HOW WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS CAN SLOW DOWN AND TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES
Tara recommends that you don’t neglect your community, meaning your family and friends because it’s important for you to be in the spaces that require you to remove that entrepreneur hat and just be yourself. Even connecting with your entrepreneur friends can help you to disconnect. Tara also recommends therapy and making use of enjoying bathtime.