We had the good fortune of connecting with Tara Mont and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tara, what is the most important factor behind your success?
With every decision I make in my life, I aim to be authentic and true to my core values. With that said, I believe that the most important factor behind the success of my work is authenticity. From sharing my own story and thoughts to creating an open space for my guests to do so, I aim to inspire listeners to look within and connect with who they believe they are at their core. Especially when it comes to business, I’ve found that being true to the mission of one’s brand is most important. I do not believe in “faking it ‘til you make it.” Rather, I believe in “being authentic, embracing failure, making mistakes until you make it, and then keep being authentic.” I have never believed in buying followers or collaborating with brands whose mission I do not align with. I’d like to think that my audience can appreciate and relate to the honesty in my work. At the end of the day, our authentic self is forever evolving and changing. Therefore, we need to continuously reflect on who we believe we are in each and every moment, and who we strive to be. For that reason, self-awareness is essential. Through my work, I communicate the importance of reflecting on who we believe we are as individuals, underneath all the labels, expectations, and pressure that we may feel from external factors. Living my truth and being authentic has seemed to resonate with my listeners, and has always inspired me to choose guests that promote a similar message. I ask my show’s guests, “What does living your most authentic life mean to you?” Although every guest has somewhat of a different answer, they all connect to the same underlying theme of trusting yourself and trusting the process of one’s unique journey.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the host & founder of the podcast, Trust & Thrive with Tara Mont, focused on self-reflection, self-awareness, and growth. Through insightful and vulnerable discussions, I hope to inspire my listeners to trust the process of their unique journey and thrive as their most authentic self. I aim to encourage these actions with a conscious, practical, and attainable approach to self-reflection. I often feature individuals from a multitude of professional fields, levels of expertise, and life experiences who generously share their stories and invaluable knowledge to my listeners and me. My guests and I touch on mental health, personal reflection, career development, relationships and other topics that influence us in our everyday lives. I hope these conversations encourage listeners to become better and self-actualized versions of themselves and do so in a healthy, mindful, and compassionate way. I upload a new episode every #ThriveThursday, unless stated otherwise. In addition, I am passionate about social media management and I am constantly creating original, brand-related content for my work. The Instagram page for my podcast (@trustandthrive) is another focus, as I connect with other like-minded individuals on that platform and have found a wonderful community on there, as well. Like all journeys, my path has been very unpredictable, yet rewarding. For long, I struggled to discover my purpose, and what path I wanted to pursue. For most of my life, I was sure that I wanted to work in the music industry. As a musical individual, I felt that it only made sense, until I started exploring other options. Since then, I’ve worked at an advertising agency, have taught English as a second language, worked at a music studio, and more. All my experiences have led me to where I am now, and I could not be more grateful for that. Although this is just the beginning of my journey, I have already learned a tremendous amount about myself, my worth, my goals, and the importance of just trying. By dipping my toes in different career paths, I ended up finding my way to what I am currently most passionate about – having meaningful, informative, & vulnerable conversations. While I still feel lost at times and experience imposter syndrome, I refuse to give up on my goals and lose sight of my dream. I aim to practice self-compassion and to give myself space to have “bad days,” as we all do. My passion for my work and for the bigger picture keeps me going. With that said, I am most proud of the fact that I continue to listen to myself and look within for answers, even when external voices may try to sway me in a different direction. There are many lessons I’ve learned on this path, but one essential lesson I find important is to trust the process and to see failure as feedback. There are many times I’ve been rejected, ignored, shut down for my ideas, felt discouraged – but all of those moments have led me to where I am today. When I look back, I feel grateful that I can connect the dots and realize that all the rejections, failures, and mistakes led me to where I am now. I’ve also let go of being a “perfectionist” and now understand that perfectionism is simply fear disguised. Nothing will ever be perfect. When I started my podcast, I had no idea what I was doing. I had never edited a podcast episode or created Instagram art, but I learned along the way. Making mistakes and going through trial and error helped me evolve into the creative I am today. Without taking those risks and embracing failure, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I hope anyone who gets in touch with my work feels inspired to look within, to self-reflect, and to thrive as their most authentic self. The self-discovery journey can be messy, beautiful, intimidating, and it is incredibly worth it. Another intention of mine is to help remind listeners that they are worthy as they are – that they are not defined by their work, relationship, external validation. The more we intentionally look within, reflect, and understand our genuine needs and desires, the more confidence we’ll have to live our truth – whatever that may look like to you.

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?
There are an unlimited amount of great places to visit in LA. Even as an LA native, I feel overwhelmed knowing that there are many gorgeous spots I have not yet seen. It’s incredibly exciting to think that one can never be done exploring this wondrous city. If I had a guest visiting, I would aim to give them a well-rounded Los Angeles experience. We would start off with a Malibu beach day, of course. We would likely go to Point Dume and stop by Malibu Café for some lunch. We’d definitely get some bike riding in, as well, and a possible sunset beach picnic. Some time that week, we would visit one of my favorite spots, Self-Realization Park by PCH. It’s a beautiful garden-like location, where one can visit for some quiet self-reflection time, The Venice Canals are also an essential spot to check out, along with the vibrant Abbot Kinney Boulevard. I would make sure to give my guest a full culinary experience, from sushi to brunch. Catch LA is a fun spot to visit, especially because of the gorgeous setting – but nothing beats Cici’s Café in the Valley. I love their wild variation of breakfast choices – from Nutella pancakes to one of the best Benedicts you’ll ever have. Depending on the season, I would take my guest to Hollywood Bowl or an indoor concert, if it’s cooler out. As a music lover, Los Angeles is my favorite place to be. There is always a show, concert, or event happening. If they’re 21+, I’d make sure to plan a Malibu Wines day, as well. I love wine tasting, especially on a warm day. With that said, the list could go on and on, but those would be my main go-to spots!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s no one else I could thank more than my incredible mother. She’s believed in me my whole life, even when others, including myself, have struggled to. It’s tough to follow a path that not everyone will understand, but I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have her infinite support and encouragement. She’s taught me to celebrate my “failures,” and reminds me that a better opportunity is always on the way. On the creative entrepreneurial path, there are days when I experience imposter syndrome, fall down the comparison rabbit hole, or simply feel frustrated from not seeing results. I’m so thankful that my mom is always there in those moments to remind me of the bigger picture. She encourages me to reconnect with my purpose, and to trust both myself and the process. Her encouragement, love, and support mean the world to me and I’d like to dedicate this feature and everything I do to her.

Website: www.tara-mont.com
Instagram: @trustandthrive ; @tara.mont
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/taramontazeri
Twitter: @trustandthrive ; @tara_mont
Facebook: facebook.com/trustthrivetara
Youtube: https://bit.ly/TaraMontYoutube
Other: Podcast: bit.ly/trustandthrive Email: tara@tara-mont.com

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