KIDDOCJJ: What have you had to EAT lately that is memorable - why?
TANYA: The most memorable thing that I ate lately and this is NO JOKE was the incredible lemon pie my dear friend JJ Levenstein made personally at a dinner gathering she invited me to a few nights ago! My favorite dessert on the planet is key lime pie and her lemon pie was just as fabulous if not better! Every time I think about it my mouth starts watering! The graham cracker crust and the filling so perfect and creamy….. my mouth is watering just thinking of it! WOW! amazing! Anything she makes is spectacular. (Want the recipe? Just click here)
KIDDOCJJ: What have your LEARNed that stays with you daily?
TANYA: My life has taken so many twists and turns, and although I have had many successes, I have also had many disappointments, losses and hardships. Haven’t we all? One of the many life lessons I have learned is that when doors close, or we lose the game, or we feel like we aren’t good at something, or we didn’t get that promotion, or being bullied at school or at work, there is a reason for all of it. I believe that God sends us very clear messages guiding us to look in a whole other direction, forcing us to try something new, or look at life differently. Sometimes these can be the most difficult growing pains a person can endure. Three years ago as circumstances may have it, I walked away from my TV job and my marriage all within 8 months of each other. Total identity crisis. Little did I know I was going to have to endure the toughest years of my life.
Three very challenging years later, I created an incredible company called "The Live It Company". I am now and finally, the boss of my own future. The company is finally growing and thriving. I am also co-hosting (along with Robert Ferguson) our own talk show called "Live It” with Tanya and Robert. Soon we will be streaming in over 2000 homes on STV. I’ll be launching my own skin care line in a few weeks and am part owner in a new infomercial! "The Live IT Company" encourages people to live their best life by helping them make money doing what they love. As difficult as the past three years have been, I was forced (guided) to finally do what I am meant to be doing -helping others through an incredible company I am proud to say I am the President of. So, when things don’t happen the way you hoped or imagined or planned, trust that there is a reason - a really, really amazing reason.
KIDDOCJJ: Where or what would you like to EXPLORE and why?
TANYA: I would love to explore the Cave of the Crystals in Chihuahua, Mexico! This is a natural wonder and very much under explored because it sits on top of a pool of magma - so the temperature in the cave is quite hot and humid. It is supposed to be one of the most beautiful natural wonders anyone has ever seen. I’m a huge lover of crystals and have a nice collection of my own. My daughter Ava and I collect them and we love learning about their healing properties. It is totally on my bucket list to visit this cave with Ava, or a cave very similar to it!
KIDDOCJJ: Who or what INSPIREs you and why - details please
TANYA: I have always been a big nature lover. It may sound strange but I’m most inspired when surrounded by tall beautiful thick green trees. When I was a kid I grew up on 400 acres of land on a sod farm. I don’t know if you have ever seen a real sod farm but the one I grew up on was rolling acres of grass. There were very few neighbors and dirt roads, but right in the middle of our vast and extensive piece of perfect green grass was a big beautiful tree. I used to visit the tree a few times a month without my parents ever knowing. LOL. I would visit on days when I was sad or confused with life. Being near the energy of this tree made me feel better every time. I used to love sitting against the tree for hours and dream of becoming a famous actress or TV Host in Hollywood. I would dream of what my kids would look like or who I would marry one day. The smell of the leaves in the fall or the feel of the bark on my back made me happy and inspired me to imagine all sorts of things. I think this is why, when I am surrounded by trees, I start to feel inspired, and have a sense of belonging in this world.
KIDDOCJJ: Tanya, any last words or thoughts?
TANYA: If there is something that causes you fear, then you absolutely must face it and do what you are most fearful of. We all know what that means for us. It might mean quitting a job, ending a friendship, or just being totally honest about something. Every time I hit my own fears face on, there’s gold on the other side. Don’t let life rule you. Be the ruler and creator of your own life. I believe success is equated to the amount of fear we are willing to face. Indecision is the quickest way to failure, so make the decisions you know you need to make, face the fears you know you need to face AND NEVER LOOK BACK. xo Tanya
KIDDOCJJ: Tanya, I wish you and Ava, all the best and gold everywhere you turn!
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