Hi, I’m Taara.

This is me.


I applied makeup and smiled for this picture,

so that I wouldn’t scare any of you with my morning face.

You’re welcome.

Anyway, here are a few things you should know about me if you decide to read this blog:

  1. My background is in engineering and business, but I’m “throwing away all of my education and work experience” to be a writer.  It must make my family proud.
  2. I’m going through a mid-life crisis.  Most of my midlife friends jog and diet.  I blog and eat cake pops.  Tomato, ta-mah-toe.
  3. I get asked “What are you?” A LOT.  Why?  I guess my East Indian heritage isn’t obvious to a lot of people.  You’ll be subjected to an occasional rant about racism and immigration if you subscribe to this blog.  (I Am The Daughter Of Foreigners)
  4. I am acquiring wisdom, which means I freely admit when I don’t know something.  You’ll also be subjected to many of “My Thoughts On” or “Things To Consider” essays that I’m writing for myself as I learn how to write a novel.  I hope other aspiring writers will find them helpful.
  5. I walked away from a career in the automotive industry to stay at home with my two small children (Son Bugaboo and Daughter Jelly Bean).  I spend each day in a battle for household supremacy.  One day, I may just hide under the covers and let them have the house.  But so far, I’m still in charge.  Sort of.
  6. I’m married to a saint of a man (Pooky-Bunny) who is humoring me as I try to be a writer.  I promised to maintain his privacy on this blog, but have already embarrassed him by writing about our love story.  Sorry, Pooky-Bunny!
  7. I love myths, legends and stories about beings with “supernatural” powers.  My supernatural power used to be caffeine immunity.  I lost it after giving birth to child #2, but am downing espresso shots until I build it back up again.  Did I mention that I may have a problem with coffee addiction?

In short, there is no rhyme or reason to the topics on this blog since I’m in survival mode right now.  Thank you for your patience as I muddle my way through this new adventure!  I’m looking forward to meeting all of you out there in the blogosphere!

Happy Blogging!

34 thoughts on “MY STORY

  1. L. R. Palmer says:

    I have nothing but respect and admiration for you! Your courage, your determination and your sense of humor will no doubt carry you through. What an awesome example for your kids, too! I have confidence that you will find much success on this journey (how you define that will be entirely up to you). Best of luck on your adventure!

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    • Taara Donley says:

      Thank you….. I am following your blog. It’s nice to meet you, Lisa. After reading your story, I have respect and admiration for you too. You’re an amazing person. I feel honored that you are reading my posts. Thank you.

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  2. Suzi Whitford says:

    Hey there!

    Awesome blog and About page, I like all the tibits about yourself! 🙂

    I’m starting a community to help mom bloggers manage their time, monetize their blogs and gain followers. If you’re interested, want to check it out? It will go live soon and you’d be the first to have access.

    Hope to hear from you!
    Hugs, Suzi


  3. kheadline says:

    I read your “Mom Without a Mom” post and so relate. I found myself grieving my mom in a whole new way when my son was born. Just today he was asking me about her. It still hurts, especially around the holidays. I also am getting back to my writing roots after years as a full -time working mom. Look forward to reason more from you!

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    • Taara Donley says:

      Hi, I wish I knew your name! Thank you for reading my article and posting a comment. I’m so sorry that you lost your mother. This is a tragic club to belong to, but I hope that you draw strength from the knowledge that you aren’t alone. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss and my good wishes to you as you begin your own journey as a writer.

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  4. Lauren M says:

    Hi Taara. I just read Being A Mom and Without a Mom. This has helped me so much express how I feel and grieve the loss of my mother. My mother was able to see my son once but didn’t understand what was going on it was more for me. She wanted grandchildren more than anything. I wanted to experience my pregnancy and being a new mom with her more than anything. I needed her but it has made my husband and I so close because he had to figure it out together. Thank you for sharing this. It has helped me.

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    • Taara Donley says:

      Oh, Lauren…. I’m so sorry for the loss of our mother. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I’m glad that your experiences brought you and your husband closer together. It isn’t easy. I hope you find comfort in knowing that you aren’t alone in this journey and that your mother will live on through the memories that you share with your children. Thank you for sharing your story.


  5. Gina R says:

    Hi Taara! I think I was meant to find your blog because we have a lot in common 🙂 I love coffee too (Starbucks addict here!), and I’ve been trying to get an article published on Scary Mommy as well (congratulations on your two articles!). Also, I lost my mom due to cancer several years before my children were born, and it’s been a huge void in my life. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your experiences and ideas. I was never trained as a writer, but I’ve always loved it (in fact, I used to say I wanted to become a writer when I grew up). I’ve gotten four rejections so far, but you’ve inspired me to take a step back from “writing with a publication in mind” and refocus on writing, just for me. I’ll see where it leads, hope we can keep in touch! Best wishes and best of luck for your continued success!

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    • Taara Donley says:

      Hi Gina, thank you for stopping by and posting a comment! I’m so sorry about the loss of your mother….. It isn’t easy raising children and wishing that your mother was still around to enjoy them with you. Especially around the holidays. Please know that you aren’t alone. I hope you find comfort in your children and your writing. As for Scary Mommy, they rejected me six times before I took a step back. It has been interesting for me that the two pieces that they finally accepted were things I wrote for myself. So, I hope that what worked for me, works for you as well. Good luck with your pursuit of writing! Yes, let’s keep in touch!


  6. Barbara says:

    Hi Taara. Thanks for sharing your story. I am mom to feisty little twin boys and, like you, I lost my mom when they were just six-weeks-old. The last time I spoke to my mom was Thanksgiving, almost five years ago. We were looking forward to our family reunion, scheduled for the week before Christmas. She passed away at the end of November and never had the chance to meet my boys. Needless to say, it was a tremendous loss and the holidays will never quite be the same.
    I wish I didn’t feel so lacking in her absence, but seeing her spirit and life force in my boys has been a great comfort.
    I admire your courage to step into unknown territory and follow your passion. But mostly, I appreciate your willingness to share your journey in this forum. It’s helpful for me to know someone else out there has the same challenges (and coffee addiction; I did a short stint as a barista) as I do!

    Best of luck to you–I’m looking forward to your next post!

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    • Taara Donley says:

      Hi Barbara, thank you for stopping by to read my blog and post a comment. I’m so sorry about the loss of your mother. Please accept my condolences. It sounds as if we had nearly identical experiences. I also lost my mother almost five years ago, when my son was only six weeks old. Unfortunately, you and I are on a rough parenting journey. I’m sure you miss your mother as much as I miss mine. I hope you find comfort in knowing that you aren’t alone in this experience and knowing that your mother will live on in your children and in your memories of her. Thank you again for stopping by. I am so glad to meet you.


  7. Pam Hoepner says:

    Hello Taara, I read your article about being a mom without a mom in my Facebook feed and it really resonated with me because I am one, too. She got cancer when I was 16 and died when I was 22.I am 50 now and it is still a struggle. I also recently lost my wonderful MIL to dementia. I am writing a post on my blog about my own experience and wondered if I could have your permission to share your post as well (with full credit to you, of course 😉 to show how many of us there are out there struggling with the loss of a mom.
    Thank you ! My blog is

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    • Taara Donley says:

      Hi Pam, thank you for your kind comment. I’m so sorry that you lost your mother at such a young age and your MIL more recently. It’s horrible to watch someone you love so much suffer for such a long time before losing her. Yes, you are welcome to reblog this post if you would like to share it. I will definitely check out your blog too, so thank you for posting the link. My deepest condolences to you on your losses.


  8. hhubeler says:

    Found your post on FB about how reluctant co-sleeping while nursing our youngest son in our bed and wishing he would just sleep on his own. I laughed so hard I was crying and woke him up numerous times. Your blogs are my new favorite reading choice while I’m stuck in bed all day! Thank you for understanding all the mommy struggles!!!

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