TARA SOWLATY LEHRER                  Co-Founder, How You Glow

The kids are down, your work is done - how do you spend your “me” time, when you get it?

Ideally ‘me’ time would be some time to move my body and connect with myself.

What is the thing you bought in the last three months that you have most enjoyed? (In any product category)

My glass water bottle. It’s with me at all times.

What is the quality you’re most hopeful you’ll have as a mother?

Compassion. Empathy and love rolled into one.What is the other career you’d most like to try out, given a second professional life?

Something in the music industry for sure.

Is there anything that quarantine forced you to change that you would like to - or will - maintain post quarantine?

Quarantine has really forced me to slow down. Before all of this, I was always go-go-go, running around from meeting, to event, to meeting, to social gatherings, and traveling a ton. This “great pause” as I like to call it, has allowed me to get more centered with myself and my husband. I think that’s why we got pregnant early on in the quarantine and so naturally. I now have a new-found love for the slower pace of life. Also, quarantine has really changed up my workout routine, but I actually love it for the better. I never thought I could workout from home, but I have been consistently doing so since quarantine started, and weave movement into my days. It keeps me sane and energized in the best way.  

What are the nicest things your partner does for you, and you for them?

My husband does so many nice things for me all day, I really don’t know what I’d do without him. We’re both really good at giving effective massages, so I’d say that’s something really nice that we can do for each other.

What are the three beauty products you always have in your rotation? We always love to know someone's go-to lipstick color too...

Kosas Payapa 1972 blush, Saie mascara, Vintner’s Daughter face oil serum.Where is the place where you feel like your best self - your happy place?

I feel my best self either exploring the world, or in my kitchen. My happy place is anywhere with my husband Brian and my dog Soba.

How important is routine to you? What parts of your routine are sacrosanct?

I love routines, but I also love breaking them too. Routines provide me with ritual and a chance to check in with myself. My morning and night routines are non- negotiable, and almost act like bookends to my day. I start by drinking water in the morning, meditating, reading, and relaxing in bed for a bit and snuggling with my pup, then it’s off to the bathroom to dry brush, oil up my belly, wash my face, and brush my teeth. From there I go downstairs, take my probiotics and a light snack to start my slew of daily vitamins. Then it’s off to my meditation station to center and ground myself for the day ahead. My nighttime routine is quite similar, in reverse.

What are your professional goals and how do you go about achieving them?

My professional goals are to share goodness with others. I feel truly lucky to be able to do that through my health coaching business and online platforms.What are the things that make your home personal to you and your family?

The items and objects we’ve collected from various travels, our photos, art, and overall coziness. Our photo albums are something I deeply cherish, as my husband is a photographer and filmmaker, his work is something I so deeply cherish. My pots and pans are also my happy place, as a chef and cook of the house, they are my personal tools to be able to feed and nourish myself and the ones I love. Also, my husband and I love Southeast Asia and have been to numerous countries in the region - every trip we take, we bring back an elephant statue of sorts. We have a sweet collection of them on one our our bookshelves, which we really cherish.

How important is community to you, and how do you go about building and nurturing it for your family?

Community is hugely important to me. I’ve very close with my family and truly value my loved ones and hold them near and dear to me. Spending quality time is my favorite way to nurture this bond. As I become a mom, I feel as if community is more important than ever. We are not meant to do this alone, and gathering a tribe of mamas to lean on and learn from, is incredibly valuable. I feel inextricably linked to every mama now that I’m pregnant and just want to be a source of help in anyway I can to other mamas too.

What maternity style or clothing item could you not find this time around that you most wish FH would create?

I’ve found that, for me personally, maternity clothing that is more form-fitting is most flattering. I would love to see some more neutrals and softer fabrics used in this form, instead of the blacks and spandex-types materials usually used.Shop Tara's LookDouble Layered Peplum Dress