Welcome to courageously.u! You made it!
In case we haven’t formally met yet, my name is Tara, and I am the voice behind courageously.u. It means the world to me that you took time out of your day to hang out with me.
I created courageously.u after hitting rock bottom emotionally and crawling my way out. For two and a half years, I was in full-time graduate school, spent a year and a half as a part-time intern; I was working full time, managing home life with my other half, two step kiddos, and a fur baby. I bought a house, got engaged, and planned a wedding — all within three years. I was stressed out, burnt out, and unraveling at an alarming rate.
So, why courageously.u?
Because I get it! I want to break the silence around mental health and start a conversation with you. I want to create a space where women’s struggles are normalized. A place where you can get free resources and tools to help you live your best life. I want to throw compassion, empathy, and empowerment around like confetti. I will be 100% real with you in hopes of showing you that you are not alone.
So, who the heck is Tara Bixby?
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Idaho and a huge mental health advocate. I have an MS in Clinical Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University and a BA in Psychology from Boise State University. I am newly married, have two step kiddos, and a super awesome fur baby named Kota. I love pizza, Gone with the Wind, the outdoors, and Magnolia Market.
- I am a licensed Cosmetologist
- I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for Monterey County in California
- I worked at Costco
- I was a Psychiatric Technician, in the acute mental health unit, at a maximum security prison
- I was a counseling intern in the community
- I am a Licensed Professional Counselor at a medium custody prison
My career path has one common factor: people. I freaking love people!
If you want to learn more about me, be sure to check out episode #1 of The Courageously.u Podcast.