About Me

My Labels

Mom.  Wife. Homeschooler.  Forty-something. Wellness Coach.  Vegan.  These are some of the labels that characterize my experience.  But, none of them feel like a complete definition of me.  I will be refining that definition indefinitely.

The Gist of Me

My name is Tara Petite.  I am the mid-life mom of three great kids and have been married for over 25 years (to the same guy).  From my teens until I was in my early 30’s, I struggled to to find balance with my health, ranging from restrictive behaviors to chronic overeating, which took a toll on my physical and emotional well-being.  In 2005, inspired by my young children, I started the process of self-discovery that allowed me to release over 100 pounds and gain a greater sense of balance. Of course, the journey always continues, offering new challenges and opportunities for growth.  We have always homeschooled our children, and consider learning a lifelong endeavor. Accordingly, in 2015, I completed my graduate degree in Health and Wellness Coaching from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. This knowledge, coupled with personal experience on a plant-based diet and raising vegan kids, has inspired me to help others find the balance they seek, as well. 

Compassion, Connection & Creativity

But, life isn’t all about food.  There are plenty of other things to think about.  So, these days, I like to use my love of writing, the pursuit of balance and building connections with others as a creative outlet.  This bit of cyberspace offers me a place to reflect and share on topics that are important to me, and might be to you, too. I feel strongly that extending compassion and establishing pathways of communication go a long way towards creating wellness for ourselves and our communities.  I look forward to the conversations that ensue.