Tamar Henry, mother and certified holistic health counsellor, is the founder of Henrys Health, a wellness practice and online forum dedicated to helping others become more health aware. It’s a pleasure to share her life and work on the blog…
Describe a typical day for you?
Like so many working mothers, my days can be really ordinary, and then the next, extraordinary. One day I can be found baking up a storm in the kitchen, the next volunteering at a school function, or travelling to meet clients or conducting a presentation of sorts. I work alongside people of all ages, all just wanting and hoping to make simple changes to a better, healthier, more vibrant life. It’s all quite normal but thrilling at the same time.
I typically wake up before my three sons, try to start my day with some simple yoga and then prepare breakfast, lunch boxes and clothes. When the boys are safely off to school I start to relax into my daily chores and workload.
What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
It would be easy to say studying for my degree, or helping others achieve health or most recently publishing my first book Nourish, but all of those things, as important as they are, could never be as significant as maintaining a loving, strong and healthy family. The five of us spend a considerable amount of quality time together, supporting each other’s interests and passions. As with anything worth doing in life, it takes consistent work and effort to create a healthy, content life.
What’s in your handbag/ satchel?
Wallet, with drivers licence, keys (if I haven’t forgotten them, which I regularly do!), RMS lip shine (can’t live without it), a bottle of water, something to snack on, usually nuts, banana, apples or a protein bar (I’m the type of person who can’t go too long without eating), tissues, pens and a small notepad. I loathe carrying too much as I am normally laden down with my kids’ things, so I try to pack light 🙂
What are your ambitions in life?
I have so many to note but as I age my list becomes shorter because I realise that it is the fundamental things in life that truly matter. I have travelled, lived overseas in the snow and then the desert, married a remarkable man, have the most wonderful family and friends, and of course I am the mother to three rambunctious boys. My ambitions therefore are to keep my family healthy and loved, to be loved, and to spread the message of health awareness to as many people who need it (in a fun and delicious way 🙂 )
What do you wish you’d known at the start of your career you now know?
I was so anxious in the beginning but I knew I had the passion and the tools to help change lives in both small and magnificent ways. It was my own son’s personal health struggle and recovery, and the challenges we faced as a family, that led to my own realisation that I could effectively help others. I began to see that certain nutritional principles could offer families the greatest opportunity to achieve health, and not as a means to heal only, but as a preventative, achieving a better way of life. That is how and why I became the health professional I am today. I guess I wish I had known that success in any career takes personal strength and belief, something that I have learned over time.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Wow, I don’t know! It’s hard to imagine, but hopefully life will be a little less manic when the children are that little bit older? Professionally, definitely more established on social media, as a mother others might seek out for support and realistic advice for their family. Our whole family is currently in the midst of creating a YouTube channel which will show our personal journey to health, our struggles and adventures. It’s exciting because it will show different perspectives from each one of us. My oldest son Jul, now 10, who was born sickly and went through this own health crisis, will begin to share his own story, his recovery, his enthusiasm for being healthy and how he copes in modern society, particularly with the lure and social pressures around food. He’s a pretty cool guy and I know his ability to connect with others around his age will no doubt encourage them to take on healthy practices and habits of their own.
What advice would you give a budding author?
Write, write, write, the starting is always the hardest part, and believe in what you are doing, because that is half the battle. When I started writing Nourish, A Modern Mother’s Guide to Child Nutrition, I thought I would never finish it, that something or someone would always get in my way… I longed to write a short guide, answering all of the questions I am constantly asked with the most up-to-date information. I wanted it to be relatable to all mothers, creating something they could read easily and quickly, making effective changes as necessary, and I succeeded in that.
My advice would be to know that the publishing process will take longer than you might expect. With all the will in the world. publishing has it’s own deadlines and you will have to work around specific dates, and your team. Let the professionals help you, as they know what they are doing and enjoy the experience (like anything else, it’s all over far too quickly).
What do you wish you’d known about motherhood before having kids?
In hindsight, the naivety of not knowing much prior to motherhood was blissful. Only a few of my close friends had children at that time so the experience of first time motherhood, was overwhelming to say the least. I wish I had known just how much I would give my life over to this new little being, perhaps keeping something back of the pre-baby me if I could have prepared more… Yet, I wouldn’t change anything. All the sleeplessness, the worry, the to-ing and fro-ing of whether we were doing parenting right, the unconditional love and the joy of each and every tiny moment, no I wouldn’t change a thing.
Finally, happiness is…
Reading a great book… in peace, devouring the last homemade gooey chocolate brownie, settling down to watch a family movie with my three sons snuggled beside me, alone time with my husband, country walks, sunny days on the beach, achieving my goals (no matter how long they may take) and living with purpose. Happiness is family and friends, and being myself. Happiness for me is L.O.V.E
To find out more about Tamar, her family, services and to receive free up-to-date health information find her at www.henryshealth.com or get social, she would love to hear from you.