We had the good fortune of connecting with Tara Moran and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tara, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
Being newer to the solopreneurship world, I’ve definitely had to figure out quite a lot on my own. I’m so grateful for the support of my partner, family, friends and colleagues. I have several habits and attributes that I feel have carried over into my professional life that have helped me succeed. Some include: being accepting, optimistic, adaptive, punctual and organized. I accept growth and challenges on a daily basis. I am optimistic about the future and where life will take me on this business journey. I have adapted much more because I know growth does not occur immediately. Time-management and punctuality have always done me favors.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Unlike many traditional dietitians, I use both a scientific and holistic approach to health and wellness. Since nutrition is such a new and growing science, it’s difficult to use a “cookie-cutter” approach. Every one of us are unique and have individual needs. I quickly learned after my combined Master’s and Dietetic Internship Program that working in a hospital or skilled nursing facility was not the path I’d stay on forever. When in school to become a dietitian, they encourage you to work in a facility such as those to “gain experience” prior to beginning a practice of your own. I started exploring and quickly found interest in private nutrition counseling. That’s when I knew private practice was more my speed. It has definitely not been easy but it has been worth the challenges! Learning how put the puzzle pieces together (including behind the scenes work), marketing and generating leads for yourself and your own business definitely takes time and patience! I think the best lesson I’ve learned throughout the process thus far is to create and hold onto connections. Sometimes a small conversation can lead into a large opportunity. I’ve definitely tuned in and connected with others (yes, strangers!) much more than I ever thought I would have prior to starting my own business.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Alright so the besties are in town, let’s take a drive down south! First we’ll stop at Yoga On the Bluff in Long Beach then we’ll hit brunch somewhere like Claires at the Museum, Plunge or Saint & Second. Next we’ll get on the PCH and drive through Sunset and Seal Beaches toward Huntington Beach. We’ll grab a drink at Bungalow and explore Main Street. Next up, Newport! We’ll walk the pier and grab a snack at Dory Deli. Next we’ll go down to Crystal Cove (and see the most beautiful beach in the world!). If you’re in the mood for a milkshake – highly recommend Shake Shack on the PCH (it’s a mom & pop version – not your traditional Shake Shack restaurant chain). Laguna’s next. Time to go see some of the best rooftop restaurants – Skyloft or Mozambique. Walking around the art galleries and boutiques is also a must. Hit Laguna Beach Beer Company for a fresh brew. Pop into the Montage, walk the rocks on the beach. Finally head to San Clemente for the most beautiful sunset on the Pier. We’ll grab dinner at Nicks or H.H. Cottons.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My fiance definitely deserves a great deal of credit. With his analytical way of thinking (and me not so much), a lot of my ideas are able to be broken down and talked thoroughly in a different way than if I were just to talk them out myself.
He pushes me to strive to be and do my best but most of all to just be me while doing it all!