I Am What I Am.

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A new month means a new “Bold, Brilliant, Beautiful, You” Post. This month, while I’m a little late to the game, I’m peeling another layer of the “Tamryn Onion” for you all to get to know. While I often consider myself an open book, I usually feel uncomfortable when it comes to listing off the “good” and “interesting” parts of who I am. However, thanks to the “Bold, Brilliant, Beautiful, You” campaign, I have been encouraged by so many amazing women to share the deeper parts of myself and the qualities that make me who I am. This month, the theme is “I Am” and I am excited to share this with all of you.

When I first started thinking about who “I Am,” I drew a blank. Now, I drew a blank not because I couldn’t think of anything, but because there are so many things that make me me. I haven’t really shared many personal things about myself on this blog because I wanted the focus to be on style, beauty, and lifestyle, all of which I assumed were much more fun to see and read about. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that, while style bloggers like myself are often showing off their fabulous fashion finds or the latest have-to-have-it accessories, I found that I started to grow curious about who the girls behind the fashion were. I loved getting a sneak peek into their lives, seeing their partners, bits and pieces of their homes, and their vacation photos from around the world. For myself, I also found that I love connecting with the readers and followers who have reached out to me since I started this blog in November. I realized that creating connections is something that I want to continue here on this blog and via Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook, so here goes!

I Am…

1.) A Daughter, a Granddaughter and an Older Sister — Family is so important to me and my identity has been shaped by their influences, support, and love. My parents and my sister are so amazing and know me inside and out. They love me for who I am and I try to always be a good daughter and sibling to them. Also, I am so lucky to have such good relationships with my grandparents. They love me unconditionally and have supported me through thick and thin.

2.) A Partner — Jonny is my rock. We have been together for six years and each year, I love him even more than the year before. I strive to be a good partner for him, and him for me. We make each other laugh until we cry and we prefer snuggling up together on the couch over a fancy dinner out.

3.) A Graduate Student — Many of you do not know this, but I am currently earning my Master’s Degree in School Counseling. I am in my final semester (woo!) and will be graduating in the Spring. Being a grad student has been part of my identity for the past two and a half years and I am ready to move on in the world. I love working with children and currently work as a counseling intern at a middle and a high school.

4.) A Hopeless Romantic — What can I say? I love love. I love the cheesy romantic movies that everyone always makes fun of, I enjoy romantic surprises, and I adore drifting off into a day dream when I listen to love songs.

5.) A Buddy To A Five-Year-Old — I have the privilege of taking care of the coolest kid around a couple days a week. He may be five, but he teaches me things everyday. I love how he sees the world and watching him grow (since he was one year old!) into such an awesome person.

6.) A Teacher — Once a teacher, always a teacher. Right after college, I became a preschool teacher and it substantially changed my life forever. This job taught me responsibility, patience, and courage and I am so thankful to have had that experience.

7.) Genuine — I have spent too many years of my life trying to be someone that everyone else wanted me to be. Those years are now behind me and I am embracing who I am (fun, goofy, creative, ambitious, strong, centered, nurturing, and special) so that you can experience the real me.

7.) A Friend — I am trying to be a better more available friend these days. With hectic schedules and long distances, this can be difficult, but my friendships are growing more meaningful with age and I have been embracing this lately.

8.) A Blogger — This one was hard for me to put write. However, I am a blogger and I am loving this new and exciting part of my identity. Before I started this blog, I was afraid, mainly because I did not want to fail. However, now I embrace the “blogger” part of who I am. After I moved past the fear of failure, I realized that I offer something to the blogging world that is different from all the other bloggers because no one is quite like me!

…What I Am.



  1. February 21, 2014 / 9:29 am

    Hello my fellow hopeless romantic… Let’s be movie buddies! lol. I now view all of my ‘chick flicks’ alone since everyone is over my sappy ways. (: Beautiful words! Self exposure takes tons of courage!

    <3 Carsla
    Founder & CEO of Connect-the-Cloths
    A stylist, foodie, & writer's blog in development.

  2. Terry
    February 21, 2014 / 12:38 pm

    I am more than proud of the “you” you have become!
    You are an amazing woman who is striving to be her best!
    Keep up the great work my sweet!

  3. Bumma
    February 22, 2014 / 7:39 am

    To watch your development into this beautiful, intelligent, caring person, has been a joy. Your presence in our world brings us your unique enchantment. Looking forward to watching “what’s next” for this very special woman you have become! You are sunshine personified!!!!!

    • February 24, 2014 / 12:41 pm

      Aw, thank you so much Bumma. Your kind words have truly touched me. Thank you for being such a wonderful influence in my life.

  4. Sandy
    February 23, 2014 / 6:04 pm

    This post was very real. I am always supportive of women who are trying to find out just who they are. You are on your way. Enjoyed this post.

  5. Debrah Hutchings
    February 26, 2014 / 11:11 pm

    Hi Tam,
    I enjoy reading your blog. But, this time you made me cry when you said Jonny was your rock…I got the biggest smile on my face and the biggest tears in my eyes. I love you…

  6. May 2, 2014 / 10:36 pm

    I discovered you on Instagram and followed you here. I really enjoy your blog, it’s genuine and I love how you showcase real-life wearable fashion. I just started blogging and have a lot to learn! I love your style! We even have the same theme! Lol

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