Real Talk: How I Build Self-Confidence

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A sense of self-confidence is not something I was born with. I had a wonderful and supportive family growing up, and that certainly played a huge role in developing my sense of self as a child. However, as an adult, I really had to come into my own to feel secure in my own skin.

Feeling confident was a conscious decision, and something that I learned to work at every day. We all want to feel proud of ourselves and secure in who we are, but I really believe that it takes work, and for me, faith, to get there. The turning point for me building a healthy sense of self came in my 20’s once I realized that I needed to stop comparing myself to others, and own and embrace who I was. I think that Oscar Wilde put it best: Be yourself everybody else is taken.”

Once I embraced the idea that I needed to be completely dedicated to being my own biggest cheerleader, and loving all parts of myself, I started tapping into the individual gifts that God had given me. I started to value my uniqueness and abilities, and truly believe in myself! This was when I felt a new sense of self-confidence that I had never experienced before.

Now I can’t say that I feel confident all the time (nobody does!), but I do continue to learn how to build my sense of self all the time. My faith helps me a lot. Knowing that God is with me always, every step of the way — Even when I fall, sway, or have insecurities, my faith is my biggest sense of comfort and strength.

I’m also always trying to grow and improve myself, which consistently builds my confidence. I think of new things that would make me happy or proud to achieve, and I just go for them! If I want to lose weight, I do it and commit to being healthier. If I want to feel pretty, I dress up, get my nails done, and let myself feel beautiful.  If I want to be a better actress, I take acting classes that challenge me. It’s like that old saying goes, nothing changes if nothing changes. I really believe that we have to keep challenging ourselves to find out what we are made of, and to feel proud of who we are.

It’s amazing how much better you can serve and love the people in your life when you have a strong sense of self. I am a much better wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend because I have a clear idea of who I am, and believe in who I am. It’s like how they tell you on an airplane ‘in case of emergency, secure your own oxygen mask before helping others’. The same principle applies to self-confidence and self-love — You have to love yourself first to be able to properly care for the people closest to you.

Because I know the value of learning to love yourself, and it has been such an important journey for me, I am very dedicated to setting a good example for my children. I know that my children will have to develop their own self-confidence, and learn how to love themselves, but I do what I can to help instill and inspire self-love in them. I watch what I say about myself around them, and I always tell them that they can do and be anything they want in life if they keep trying, learning and never give up.

I know that I’m not always going to be the perfect parent or wife, or always feel amazing about myself each day – that’s just life! We all have our moments of doubt, but I know that as long as I have my faith, and a close support system around me, I will be fine. Just remember that comparison is the thief of joy. Continue to focus on your God given gifts, and hone them, and your sense of self will continue to grow and strengthen!

How have you guys improved your sense of self confidence? Please comment below, I would love to know!

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Tamera

Chocolate Sprinkle Ice Cream Bowls

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The boys in my house tend to have a bit of a sweet tooth, so when I was browsing Pinterest for some yummy end-of-summer dessert ideas, and saw a version of these adorable chocolate bowls, I knew I had to try and make them! Like many Pinterest projects, my bowls didn’t quite turn out exactly like my inspiration … But they did end up being adorable and were more than approved by Adam and Aden!

 

CHOCOLATE SPRINKLE ICE CREAM BOWLS | Prep Time: 30 minutes | Serves 6

 

The steps are relatively simple, all you need are:

  • One large bag of dark chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles, placed in a small bowl
  • 6-10 small balloons
  • Cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper

 

PREP YOUR BOWLS:

Start by blowing up and tying your balloons so that they are inflated to be approximately 4-5 inches in diameter. The top of the balloon is going to act as the mold for your bowl. Next, in a large bowl, microwave your chocolate chips in 30 second increments (stirring in between). Do this until your chocolate is melted and smooth.

 

MAKE YOUR BOWLS:

Now it’s time to dip each balloon into your bowl of chocolate (you want to move quickly before your chocolate starts to harden). Make sure that when you dip your balloon in the bowl (as evenly as possible), that you get it thickly covered in chocolate. Once the balloon is well covered, remove it from the bowl and let any excess chocolate drip off. Now place the balloon in or over the sprinkles bowl, and slowly rotate the balloon, adding a light layer of sprinkles.

 

COMPLETE YOUR BOWLS:

Once you have added the sprinkles, place a small dab of chocolate (about half a tablespoon worth) on the cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper. This dab will act as the base for the bottom of your bowl so that it can stand upright once it has hardened. Place the chocolate covered balloon on top of the dab to dry. Repeat this process with the five remaining balloons.

Place the cookie sheet in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to thoroughly harden. Once the chocolate is completely hard, pop each balloon. If you aren’t going to eat ice cream right away, I suggest storing your bowls in the fridge to prevent them from melting.

The bowls will not all be perfect (mine weren’t!), and so I ended up double layering mine when I served my ice cream, which I think looked even cuter!

Let me know if you guys try making these chocolate bowls, I would love to see how they turn out!   

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Tamera

 

Quotes That Inspire Me

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“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”
— Yehuda Berg

Reading beautiful quotes has always resonated with me. Often if I am having a so-so day, I can read some inspiring words, and instantly feel motivated and reminded to be the best version of myself.

I love that fact that to feel inspired by quotes, all I have to do is go on Instagram or Pinterest and see an absolutely flood of positivity … It is actually one of my favorite things about technology — Someone can post something incredible, and there is no telling how many people will see it and be impacted by it.

I really wanted to share with you guys some of the quotes that have been inspiring me lately. I hope they hit home for you too, and that you enjoy and pass them on!

What are some of your all-time favorite quotes?

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Tamera

Peace QuoteImage Via Pinterest

How you handle itImage Via Pinterest

Happy LifeImage Via Pinterest

TruthImage Via Pinterest

Apology QuoteImage Via Pinterest

Live Your Dreams Image Via Pinterest

 

God Guides and Provides QuoteImage Via Pinterest

Inner Light QuoteImage Via Pinterest

Behind me quoteImage Via Pinterest

Smile QuoteImage Via Pinterest

Ambition QuoteImage Via Pinterest

Love QuoteImage Via Pinterest

Everything You Can Imagine QuoteImage Via Pinterest

There is hope quoteImage Via Pinterest

Real Talk: Answering Your Questions About Blogging

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I fell in love with being a blogger years ago when my sister and I were working together on our former website. Ever since then, blogging has become a passion of mine, and I have really dedicated myself to creating and growing tameramowry.com. I get asked a lot of questions about my blog, and so I wanted to do a Q&A post for you guys and try my best to answer as many of your questions as I can!

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO BLOG? First and foremost, it is my fans that motivate me to keep writing and creating original content. It can be overwhelming to think about running an entire blog and always posting new content, but I have always had the attitude that I will just take it one post at a time, and see where it goes. Over the years the site has built more and more momentum, and I have been so encouraged by all the amazing feedback I have gotten. Every time I put up a new post, I’m so excited to read the comments.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT HAVING A BLOG? I love that my blog allows me a direct channel to speak to my fans. I am able to create original content that is meaningful to me, pen open letters and speak very openly. I’m naturally an encourager, and I love to share my experiences — If I find an amazing new hair routine, I want to tell the world! My blog allows me total creative freedom to do this, and it’s so much fun!

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO BLOG BUT DOESN’T KNOW WHERE TO START? I really love encouraging other women to blog and to be as creative and entrepreneurial as they can. As women, we are so strong and amazing multitaskers by design. There are so many different facets of who we are as women — We are wives, girlfriends, co-workers, sisters, mothers … Don’t be afraid to tap into each of your roles and gifts. If you have a dream, just because you are a mom doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve it. Dare to dream big! Do your research, and don’t be afraid to ask for help to achieve your goals. Like I said, it’s one post at a time!

IS IT HARD TO BALANCE YOUR CAREER, PARENTING AND BLOGGING? Definitely! But I really believe that life is all about balance. To me, being a good parent means being true to myself and still following my dreams too. You want to let your little ones know that if their momma can achieve her goals, so can they. When your children see your drive, passion and success, that is a good thing! They will thank you for it in the end … Just remember to have balance in it all. Don’t become so driven that you ever totally neglect any area of your life.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT? My blog is totally and authentically me. I write about the things that I am passionate about, the lessons I have learned, the clothing I think is beautiful and anything and everything else that is inspiring to me. I have a lot of fun doing my monthly blog planning and get I get inspired and excited about what I can share with my audience. We hold monthly photo-shoots for the blog, and they are always my favorite days! I think that the best content, and what resonates with people, is anything that comes from a place of truth. I always hope that my genuine passion for connecting with my fans comes through in everything I do.

IS YOUR BLOG REALLY YOU? It’s definitely me! I do have a support team that helps me with blog photo-shoots, marketing and uploading content, but I am 100% hands-on, and not a single thing is ever published on my blog or my social media without me. I’m so thankful for my fans and audience who have stayed so loyal to me over the years, and they are who motivates me to continue to create content on my website and my social media.

IF MY FANS COULD TAKE AWAY ONE THING FROM MY BLOG …. I would really hope that my readers realize that more than ever, women are becoming CEO’s. People are listening, and the internet has become this incredible platform for voices to be heard. We are living in an amazing time where women can absolutely make their dreams come true. Together, as women we can uplift each other and make this world a better place. I believe each person was put on this earth with a mission. A purpose. It’s up to you to hone in on it. Perfect it. Then share it. If I can inspire anyone to use their voice with purpose, I will feel like I have succeeded.

I am truly so appreciative for your support of tameramowry.com! Please continue to send me your questions, I love reading them! 

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Tamera

Tips For Creating A Gallery Wall At Home

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Interior design is a big passion of mine, and I especially love to take on new design projects around my home. One of my projects that seems to keep evolving is my gallery wall. When my husband Adam gave me an amazing wood plaque that was engraved with dates, names and places that were special to us, I knew that I had to do something other than just hang it on the wall. Instead, I decided to make it the focal point of my gallery wall!

Hanging a gallery wall can be challenging, but with a little planning, you can get an amazing result that looks very polished. After my own trial and error, I wanted to share with you guys the tips and tricks that I learned to create this beautiful look at home.

  1. Choose the right location: Pick a wall that is large enough, and where the gallery will be the focal point in the room. I have mine on a big wall at the top of my stairs so it’s the first thing you see as you walk up.
  2. Pick a look: I like a clean white look for my gallery walls — Don’t get me wrong, eclectic gallery walls look lovely too, but I prefer simple and neutral tones in my home.
  3. Go for frames that have a matte: Frames that have nice big mattes give much more of a polished vibe.
  4. Make sure each side of the wall is balanced: You don’t want one side to be more frame intense than the other side. However, in design there is what they call ‘the rule of thirds’ that applies very well when you are  hanging art. Apartment Therapy has a great explanation on how to decorate using this rule.
  5. Repeat each frame size at least once: To create a cohesive feel with your gallery wall, make sure that you use each frame size at least once to create some consistency.
  6. Make sure your frames are evenly spaced: Even if you decide to have a misshapen gallery wall (which also looks awesome), ensure that your frames are all a relatively equal distance apart.
  7. Select photos that are hold meaningful memories: I personally like to have every photo on my gallery wall be a special memory. That way, each picture has its own little story.
  8. Add in something personal: I chose to make the amazing wood plaque the focal point of my gallery wall. I love the idea of the wall being very unique and personal to my family.
  9. Use paper to plan out your wall: If you aren’t totally sure where you want each frame to go, try using pieces of paper first to map out exactly where you will place everything. This also prevents making unnecessary holes in your wall.
  10. Use Pinterest for ideas: Pinterest is one of the best resources for getting ideas for designing a gallery wall, you can find a ton of different tips for layouts (like in the graphic below).

What are your design tips for creating an at-home gallery wall? Let me know in the comments below!

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Tamera

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Daily Planner Printouts To Keep You Organized

Daily Planner Printouts

I am big fan of making lists! Without jotting down all of my to-do’s and goals each day, I feel totally lost and unorganized. I am also someone who still likes to hand write out my daily tasks … There is something therapeutic about putting pen to paper, as opposed to making a list in my phone or on my computer.

I really enjoy taking a few minutes each morning to write out my daily agenda. In addition to my schedule, I also tend to jot down my goals I have for the day, things I am thankful for, and any other little notes that come to mind. It’s amazing what you can accomplish and realize about yourself when you stop to think your thoughts and feelings each day. In a way, writing out your daily schedule like this is similar to having a mini daily journal entry.

Never able to find a daily planner that has everything I need on one page, I recently decided to just create my own daily planner printouts! I wanted to share them with you guys so that hopefully you can print them out and enjoy them as much as I do!

To download them, just right click, save and then print!

Let me know in the comments below if these help you feel more organized and balanced!

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Tamera

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DAILY PLANNER 3

 

DAILY PLANNER 4

 

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