Get to Know our Tribe - Tara Frey Dursten
To know T is to love her. I barely know her, and I love her! Once in a while you get the chance to meet someone who is such a shinning light and exudes so much joy, you can't help but wanna hang out with them. Tara, or T as she goes by, is a part of the Good Life tribe in that she manages one of our retailers . . . and she is such a delight I just HAD to ask her a few questions so we could all get to know her a little more. Enjoy! Founder, Andrea Dershin. :)
Where do you work? What do you love about your company?
I am the Store Manager at Lifestyle Markets on Cook Street, and I just celebrated my 1-year anniversary as a Lifestyle employee! I have lived in Victoria for just over a year, so Lifestyles is all I’ve ever known for Victoria employment. I consider myself to be the luckiest person alive when it comes to my job – I mean, who doesn’t love inspiring others towards health and wellness?! What do I dig most about this company? The people. Not only do our employees know their stuff – with the majority of our sales people with post-graduate studies in the health field – but they also have positive and loving hearts.
Tell us about one of your past adventures.
Remember how I said I’ve only lived in Victoria for a little over a year? Well, the five months before my arrival here, I went on the biggest adventure of my life. My husband and I hiked the entirety of the Pacific Crest Trail – a 2,660 miles backpacking trail from the Mexican-American border to the American-Canadian border. It still brings chills down my spine when I think about it! Whenever anyone asks me how it was, the best response I have come up with is “I would do it again in a heart-beat!” The scenery, the physical and mental challenges, the spiritual connections, and the people...THAT is what made it unbelievably awesome.
Who do you consider “your tribe” and what do you most appreciate about them?
I consider myself to relate easily with all sorts of people from all walks of life. I have always considered my spirit-animal to be The Fox, and fox types are responsive to others and very adaptable and relatable. While having said that, I would have to say that “my tribe” that I most relate with would be like-minded folks who cherish nature and the environment. My local groups that I have begun volunteering with are the Wilderness Committee and Friends of Carmanah Walbran. Canada’s wilderness is her National Treasure, and she’s in danger. I have a lot of respect and love for these groups who are bringing public awareness to issues such as old- growth logging, LNG and pipelines. The “tribe-mate” that I love and cherish above all others is my husband, who appropriately has the nickname The Lorax.J
What’s your spirit animal?
Your kidding right?! I can’t believe this question is in here...I mean...I already answered it! Man I love Good Life Juice.
My spirit animal is the fox – here’s the backstory:
Everyone who hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail has a trail name – a unique, memorable name that can either “find you” or be appointed to you by fellow hikers. On the third night on the PCT, somewhere in Southern California, my husband and I were rolling into camp just before sundown. I was tired, hot, and blister ridden, but surprisingly in a great mood. For whatever reason, I looked behind me on the trail, and who, to my surprise, should be following me, but a delicate, sly Desert Fox! She was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, and I found myself near-tears as I told her so. She sat on the trail for a couple of minutes, allowing me to bask in her cuteness. That evening, surrounded by fellow hikers, I announced that my trail name would be T-Fox.
Famous person I would most like to have a long chat with:
Edward Abbey – an American author and essayist who was known for his advocacy of environmental issues. He passed away in 1989, but I would love to pick that man’s brain! Wow...I am such a geek!
“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” – Edward Abbey
What was your first pet’s name?
I think the first pet I ever had was my cat C.J. – Carmichael Joe (named by my older brother). I say “I think” because all I’ve ever known is pets – sometimes having upwards of 20 at a time! My siblings and I were big animal lovers, with rooms full of posters exclaiming “Save the Whales!” We all go through an identity crisis when we lose a pet...it’s a curse...or a blessing.
What’s your favorite activity to get your sweat on?
Hands-down, by far, my favourite way to get moving, is backcountry skiing. Sure, I can hit the trails around Victoria for a good sweaty run, but nothing beats skiing in my books. I love the frigid, crisp alpine mountain air, and the incredibly feeling of skiing down a run with untouched powder. Why do I live in Victoria again?!
What do you do to relax?
If I need to relax and unwind, I love to get lost in a good book. It’s stress-relieving to get wrapped up in a story that’s not your own; to go on a “mini-vacation” to another space, time, and culture. Top it off with some hot herbal tea and I’m in heaven.
What’s your favorite GLC juice?
Is it crazy that I’m finding this the most difficult question to answer? I mean, there’s so many to choose from!
I guess my favourite is Classic Greens. It has just the right amount of sweetness, while delivering some of my favourite power veggies like kale and spinach. It’s my go-to-juice when I suddenly realize I’ve been neglecting my veggie intake!