By Brianna Wiest

1. What is the most liberating thought you’ve ever had?

That I alone am responsible for and in control of my thoughts and therefore, I am completely in control my life.

2. What did it liberate you from?

Fear and anxiety about the future and past regrets.

3. What does it mean to live a good life?

Finding balance. Things don’t always have to be perfect. Balance is the goal.

4. What poem are you most proud of having written?

It’s not exactly a poem but I love The Identification Meditation in Cured by Nature.

5. If you could go back and whisper in the ear of your 16-year-old self, what is the one thing you would tell them?

Relax. You’re not broken. You’re beautiful and capable and everything will work out in the end. Keep writing and don’t stop creating.

6. What does love feel like? (Real love, not hormonal love or I-like-the-idea-of-you-so-I’m-on-a-high love).

Real love is like planting a garden: it’s a lot of hard work, there are some setbacks, but you can grow and harvest a lot of fruitful things together that can sustain you for life.

7. What does your daily routine look like?

I wake up early, stretch, meditate and begin by reading a book. I make a smoothie and a healing breakfast, then I take my dog out on a hike or a beach run, followed by an organic skincare routine. I like to get all of this done before I start any ‘work’, which is why getting up early is so helpful.

8. What’s your favorite thing to look at?

Nature. I love looking at the sky, especially out in the mountains with a 360 degree view. It never ceases to amaze me.

9. Describe your perfect weekend.

An unplugged weekend on the beach with a book, a cooler of kombucha and some organic snacks with my dog and my love.

10. What do you worry about the most?

I try not too worry too much. It’s a bad habit. But I have a hard time slowing down.

11. Why? I feel like I’m going to miss something.

I’m a native New Yorker (born and lived for 25 years!) so it may take a few more years to wear out of me.

12. What makes you cry?

I’m a sucker for a beautiful poem. My fiancé proposed to me with one of my favorite love poems and I was bawling!

13. If you could choose one, what would you say is the best passage from your new book?

Ohhhh I love this question! “The point is to have control over your body, instead of feeling like your body has control over you.”

14. What is the most serendipitous thing that has ever happened to you?

When I wanted to move out to California I contacted only two people on craigslist about their places for rent in LA. One of them got back to me, and before we even talked on the phone, she texted me saying she knew me! I found this unbelievable. I had never been to LA before, and I knew NOBODY who had moved or lived there. Turns out she was a friend of my cousins who did dance with me growing up! She recognized me from the photo I had sent over to her in an email. She lowered my rent and just 4 months later I drove across the country and moved into her old apartment – a place I had never seen before!! Those things do NOT just happen  – total divine intervention!

15. How did your biggest struggles become the pathways to your greatest success?

My struggles forced me to start over and begin again. This turned out to be one of the best things that has ever happened to me: I’ve completely re-wired my thinking for the better and am living my very best life.

16. Why do you think people have such a difficult time with writing?

Because it’s hard. Writing is vulnerable, time consuming, lonely and difficult. Even if you love it, some days you’re just not inspired to get it done or your fingers are literally cramped from doing it for weeks on end. It’s a true introverts job – if you crave a lot of social interaction, you’ll find it even harder to do. I consider it a therapy and I approach it as such. I think that helps a lot.

17. What do you wish you had more of in your life?

Time. I think this is pretty common. I’m not sure if I wish there was more time, but honestly I think I just wish I needed less sleep.

18. What do you find to be the most genuinely beautiful thing in the world?

Nature. Quiet time outside. I think it’s magical. Nothing like it.

19. If you could be free of one thought or fear, what would it be?

Death. I think that’s still a hard one to overcome for me. I have so much to do!!

20. If you had the chance to tell every single person in the world just one thing, what would it be?

Don’t give up. Obstacles and problems are just unsolved lessons in your life. You’re whole and healing. You are enough.

Tara Mackey is the #1 Bestselling Author of Cured by Nature, a soul singer and global motivational speaker. She is the Founder and CEO of The Organic Life  and has been recognized as one of San Diego Business Journal’s Healthiest Companies of 2016 and nominated as San Diego’s Woman of the Year. IG & Twitter @organiclifeblog

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