Tara Goodrum

I like words & snacks.

WTF is Ashwagandha, and Why Have I Been Taking It for a Month?

As someone who loves drinking the wellness Kool-Aid—golden milks, probiotic tonics, collagen boosters, butter coffees, you name it—I was surprised to find myself skeptical and unenthused about ashwagandha. 

But someone wise once said, “Don’t knock it till you try it.” So I decided to give ashwagandha a chance and do some digging. 


The Crazy-Surprising Thing That Made Me Binge Eat—and the Diet That Helped Me Stop

I’ve been a member of the Clean-Plate Club for as long as I can remember. When it comes to eating, my perspective is the opposite of less is more. I live for seconds, thrive on thirds, and associate feeling stuffed with pure happiness.

So what changed?


Breaking Up is Hard to Do: A Story About a Girl and Her Notifications

I was surprised and taken aback when my husband suggested I turn them off. Everyone I knew got notifications — for everything.

Little did I realize, the attachment to my phone and the several pings and buzzes and prompts it produced was also costing me my sanity.


What No One Told Me About Going Freelance

Going freelance felt like I was taking control of my destiny and choosing happiness — and freedom, and luxury, and monetary glory. Boy was I in for a rude awakening.

Here’s what I wish I’d known, and looking back, how I would’ve done things differently.


Why I Chose to Jump: What Tall Trees and Unemployment Taught Me About My Future

I am a person who makes most decisions based on logic and balance. I like math because there is often one answer, and if you know the equation, you can get to the finish line. I like baking because following the recipe precisely almost always ensures success. While I take risks, they are calculated and considered. This was different.


29 Awesome First Date Ideas That Don’t Involve Sitting at a Bar

These 29 alternative first date ideas will get you out of your comfort zone, into some fun, and at the very least have you and your possible new boo bonding over the experience. Heck, use them for any type of date—first and beyond! They’re that good.


Stress Almost Ruined Everything I'd Worked For—but It Also Taught Me How to Take Control

Like many, I thrive on stress. As a result, I often find myself teetering on the line between healthy and unhealthy stress.

On one hand, putting pressure on myself has pushed me toward some of my greatest achievements. But there’s a downside too.


I’ve Tried Almost Every Cleanse. Here’s Why I’ll Never Do One Again

At this point, I’ve done seven. I experimented with brands, cleanse types, phase-in and phase-out strategies, exercising and not exercising—you name it, I tried it. But just like my personality, my body is stubborn. 

So why did I continue to torture myself?


Genius Tricks to Hide a Hangover at Work

Certain articles require in-depth research. And that’s exactly what I reminded myself of when I embarked on a two-week drinking mission. (All in the name of health, of course.)

Fortunately, my “research” paid off. 


WTF Are Rainbow Sprinkles Really Made Of?

Oh, rainbow sprinkles. They’re the life of the (ice cream) party, they bring the fun to funfetti, and they (literally) add color to everything they touch. 

But have you ever stopped to think about what’s in the culinary pixie dust?


My Addiction to Exercise Permanently Damaged My Body. But It Also Taught Me How to Love Myself

Exercise has always been an outlet for me. But while the benefits of exercise—staying in shape, de-stressing—are preached by many scientists and health professionals, it’s a “prescription” that can be easily abused. Which is exactly what happened to me.


I'm Actually Not a Social Butterfly (Confessions of an Extroverted Introvert)

If you ask anyone who knows me, they’ll describe me as outgoing, funny, full of life, and ambitious. And they’re not wrong. 

But the truth is, that projection of me—at least on paper—is a far-from-accurate portrayal of my true personality.


35 Realistic Ways to Squeeze Healthier Habits Into Super Busy Schedules

What if we told you it’s actually possible to be both the busiest and the healthiest version of yourself? It’s always easier said than done, but the impact a few changes can have on your mind and body is totally worth it.