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Meet Mindy Tam

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mindy Tam.

Hi Mindy, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve been writing my whole life: poetry and short stories as a child, yearbook in high school, the student newspaper in college, and then launched into the publishing world just before I graduated from Indiana University in 2003.

I worked for a series of publications, including Glamour, Tampa Bay Illustrated, Naples Illustrated, Palm Beach Illustrated, DuPont Registry, and Bay magazine for a good chunk of time before I shifted careers slightly to work for an ad agency, writing for big retailers like Walmart, Sam’s Club, and eBay.

In 2017, I accepted a position at a global BPO company to run its content arm on the global marketing team, and now I’m leading content efforts for a B2B global software firm based in Tampa. While my professional career focuses more on writing for client/business needs, which I love to do, I longed to continue my own personal writing.

Writing has always been something that’s grounded me, inspired me, and forced me to reflect. So, I’ve naturally turned to it as an outlet and a guilty pleasure over the years.

That’s why I started my latest blog, “Girl, Do Your Shit.” I felt like I had a unique perspective to tell as a divorced mother rebuilding her life, and I felt that it was a perspective that could lend a sense of hope to other women in the same boat.

I wanted a place to be raw, where I could share the good, the bad, and the ugly because I knew there were other women out there that felt the same way I did. I wanted to be our voice, so none of us felt alone. And I wanted us to inspire each other, lift each other up and remember that we are strong enough to overcome it all.

The name of the blog happened to be inspired by a chance meeting I had with Miranda Lambert. You can read the story behind it here:

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The struggles I faced in launching “Girl, Do Your Shit” were really my own doing.

It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there and share your story. I was worried about what others might think, who might judge me and who I might be upsetting with my honesty. But I knew in my heart, that I was following a path I was meant to follow.

With each new story, I would hear from women who would tell me what my post meant to them and they’d encourage me to keep writing. Each compliment was like the universe telling me to keep going, and so I have.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I write inspirational blog posts for real women and mothers. I write from the heart, always from my perspective, and usually with some lesson or hope at the end. I weave together my stories in a relatable way that others can draw inspiration from.

I’m most proud of what I’m creating and bringing into the world with my blog. To make other women feel something by reading my work is the greatest gift. If I can use my past to help inspire other women and give them hope for their futures ahead, it makes me feel like there is good that can come from dark places.

My journey has taught me so much about myself, and I want to share my lessons with my readers and what’s to come!

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you.
I’m not sure “luck” is a real thing, good or bad.

I believe you are where you are supposed to be in your journey. Did I have tough times that brought me here? Yes. Would I call that bad luck? No. Did I also have amazing experiences that brought me here? Yes. Would I call that good luck? No.

I learned some incredible lessons while navigating the good and bad times along the way, all of which have made me stronger and softer at the same time. Without those lessons, I couldn’t write this blog. To me, “luck” wasn’t involved, but “determination” certainly was.

And now, with the world of possibilities ahead for me, I’m excited to share what’s next!

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