Committed to an Organic Life | Tara Mackey

Author: Mia Guevarra

Tara Mackey decided to take her health into her own hands after years of depending on over a dozen pharmaceuticals. Since quitting her medication she has blogged about her wellness journey, sharing natural remedies and organic cures with her readers. Her blog, The Organic Life , landed her a book deal to write her instant best-seller, Cured by Nature. The multi-talented blogger, singer, best-selling author, and Woman of the Year shared with us her journey, and her commitment to living an organic life.

When in your journey did you realize that you wanted to create your blog, The Organic Life? What was your vision for it?
It began as a place to share my healing journey. In March of 2011, I came off 14 pharmaceutical drugs – some of which I’d been on for 11 years! I was prescribed them to treat everything from anxiety to depression to fibromyalgia, and I really didn’t know what life looked like without them. Within a few weeks after coming off my meds, I got horrible withdrawal symptoms. I couldn’t even sit up, let alone write or think about blogging! I deleted all of my accounts and cut myself off all social media for a year in order to let myself heal.

At the end of 2011, I moved from New York to California to pursue acting, music and wellness. The Organic Life was a space for me to write about my road trip across the country, my newly gained knowledge and my meditations, which got me through the hardest parts of my withdrawal. Soon, other people started to resonate with a lot of the messages I was touching on. Pretty soon, I watched it start to change other people's lives.

You boldly decided to quit your pharmaceutical medications cold turkey, how did you keep yourself motivated during this lifestyle change?
Honestly, when I first came off my drugs, my mission was not to stay off them. My mission was to find out what drugs "worked" and what drugs "didn’t work." Although it was frustrating and would have been extremely easy to turn back (after all, no one was telling me to quit my meds in the first place), I just didn’t want to. Sometimes when you see your life in a certain light, there’s no turning back.

I saw it as an opportunity instead of a curse. I saw it as a test of faith. Meditation helped a lot. Through my practice, I learned as much as I could about myself and my body. I addressed not just what illnesses I had, but what their root causes were. The more I learned, the easier it was to stay motivated. Even though throwing up every few moments, having the shakes, dizziness, brain fog, and all that was the most uncomfortable I’ve ever been, those were ironically the moments I felt most alive. It was in those moments that I promised myself this would all be worth it. That it would be FOR something.

“Be mindful. Be happier than you need to be. Expect good things to happen. Practice gratitude for things you don’t have yet. That is the most simple way to remember who you truly are."

How has it been going from writing a blog, to writing a book that became an instant best seller, and then becoming Woman of the Year?
Beautiful, emotional, and crazy. I am not particularly "lucky." I didn’t start out with anything. My mom suffered from drug and alcohol addiction when I was growing up. We had to ration what kind of food we bought, because we used food stamps to pay for our groceries. It has been confirmation to me that we can do anything we put our minds to. Our past doesn’t make us who we are, and it’s never too late to change. I am so grateful and I don’t take a single moment for granted. The fact that my hard work has been acknowledged is icing on the cake, especially because I still feel like there is so much left to do!

What does "Organic Life" mean to you?
To me, organic means coming back to who we truly are. The Organic Life is a lifestyle, the goal of which is finding our roots and becoming our true selves.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to live a more organic life?
Be mindful. Be happier than you need to be. Expect good things to happen. Practice gratitude for things you don’t have yet. That is the most simple way to remember who you truly are.

What are your favorite natural remedies?
Oh goodness – there are so many! Here's a list of some of my favorites that have truly saved me and replaced many of the gnarly drugs I used to take: I love valerian for anxiety, skullcap for pain, GABA for mental balance, CoQ10 for depression and all women everywhere should be taking DIM and Vitex, which are powerful herbs that balance your oestrogen and can seriously clear your skin. DIM cured my cystic acne!

You are also a musician/singer, how long have you been singing and will we hear more music from you soon?
I’ve been singing (and acting) since I was seven. I transitioned from musical theater to writing and recording my own music at 17. I just love it! Now that the manuscript for my second book is done, I am diving headfirst into music. I have an epic project in the works that I’m really excited to share. I’ll be releasing a single over the summer, and I always release my singles with a music video. I am excited to showcase this new, different side of me that many people haven’t seen or heard.

What is next for Tara Mackey?
My second book will be out in a few months, which is super exciting. Then new music, a course to accompany my new book, and lots of health experiments in between!

What are three hidden gems in San Diego?
Swami’s Beach, GoodOnYa Organic Café (across the street from Swamis) and The Headquarters at Southstreet Seaport. Be sure to grab a gelato on your way out!

What does MISSBISH mean to you?
A woman who’s fearless, fun and fabulous.

Who's your MISSBISH? Tell us who she is and why she's an inspiration to you.
My MISSBISH is my grandma. She is an Irish immigrant who immigrated to New York in the 1950’s with hardly any education, a heavy accent, two children and knowing almost no one. She and my grandpa raised me from the age of seven. Grandma Mackey is selfless, proud and beautiful. She’s always trying to be better. No matter what, she always tries to make me smile and tells me she’s proud of me. I can only hope to be able to open my heart and love someone the way she has loved me.

Photos by: Cameron Offer

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