Welcome to The Daiquiri Diaries!
Hello darlings! I’m Tara – here you will find my many musings on fashion, beauty, travel, food and any other inspirations I might stir up along the way (hopefully they inspire you too!). This is my creative outlet to chronicle my outfit obsessions, things I just can’t live without, fun things life throws in the mix, or lessons we can learn and grow from.
Outside of the Diary, my life is tumultuous and ever-changing, which I’m learning to embrace. Currently I am working the blog full-time while pursuing my doctorate degree in Nursing Practice and executive leadership. Previously I managed a heart transplant program here in Dallas, TX, and I miss my patients terribly. I went to school at the University of Oklahoma (Boomer!) as a pre-med major starting in 2004, but switched gears when I encountered health problems of my own. Nursing quickly became my greatest passion. I graduated with my BSN from Midwestern State University and finished my MSN and Master’s in Healthcare Systems Management from Loyola University New Orleans in 2016. My career has splashed across Emergency Room/Trauma nursing, ICU/Surgical ICU/Cardiovascular ICU, and solid organ transplant medicine. Organ transplant was a privilege beyond my wildest dreams; the patients I served taught me life lessons I will carry with me always. That being said, please consider registering to become an organ donor. One donor can save up to 8 lives! My life is a constant surge of managing and maintaining chaos, all while wearing a glamourous pair of heels, yes even at the hospital!
Wondering the little things that make me..well, me? Irreplaceable friends. the smell of rain. good quotes. being organized (i tend to be OCD). Ballet. my precious pup Daiquiri (I’ve had her since 2006). my rescued pup Hawk. postcards. classic movies. novels in paperback (I’m a huge bookworm). the gym. movie marathons. the Bible. Disney movies. happy endings. cooking. pilates. baking. pride and prejudice. Christmas music. old school nintendo. pedicures. sunshine on my face. the symphony. pastels. hobby lobby (so easy to spend hours in there!). cute hats. my very large family. black & white photos. the scent of clean laundry. Lord of the Rings/Star Wars/Star Trek (i’m a HUGE girl geek). miracles (i’ve seen them!). forehead kisses. midday naps. babies. giggling. paying it forward. shoes(!!). dancing in my underwear (try it, it’s liberating!). inner beauty. yoga. the feeling of accomplishment. mini-muffins. halloween. harry potter. traveling. star-gazing. new love. big sunglasses. scrap-booking. Christmas trees. coffee mugs (i have SO many!) daisies. lilies. nursing. Starbucks. the first snow. conversations for catching up. the smell of coffee. bubble baths. smelly good candles. my brother and adorable nephew. crisping in the sun. Broadway. feeling glamorous. smiles. the beach. New York City.
I would love to know more about you, what you’d like to see and more!