First things first let me clarify that my name is not in fact Tara.
Tara, or Terra, or Teruh (depending on the barista’s mood) is my Starbucks name, and on certain occasions Tara is also my adventurous, outgoing alter ego. Tara has been lucky enough to travel to India, Cuba, and Argentina in the past year but in recent months Tara has been pretty dormant.
My actual name is Taarini (Tha – rih – nee) but since I’m usually met with a couple huh’s? Spell that for me sweetie’s and my personal favorite *polite blank staring* – I save the poor barista the trouble and just go by Tara. Tara used to only exist in the square footage of Starbucks, but as friends caught on to this apparently hilarious habit of mine a curious thing began to happen. Whenever I did or said something not socially awkward, not sarcastic, or generally just not “Taarini- like”, my friends would call me Tara.
Something I have noticed about myself is I only do things I really want to do or love doing in very short bursts. In the past year I loved traveling, but between those trips I was stuck in my normal routine of classes, clubs, a horrible sleep schedule, and take-out Chinese food. If an alien were to take over my Facebook account for a day, they would think based on my event calendar I was whipping up a 3- Ingredient pancake recipe from Tasty, heading to a design class, and attending a silent- disco in the evening all while making plans for the Athens Farmers Market on Saturday. In reality, I would love to do all those things but haven’t dedicated time for it.
So here’s the deal. Every week I will actually engage and do something I want to do- it can be cooking, hiking, shopping, reading or literally anything else BUT the only catch is it has to be something suggested to me through my social media. While I indulge myself in that I will also be analyzing myself as the content consumer. I will analyze along the lines of the following questions: what made me pick that activity over the other dozen suggested? How intuitive are the directions? Is the event or page detailed enough or do I the consumer need more information? Is the real event organized and consumer friendly? Is the website UX friendly? What could they do better? Why or why not.
I’ll see you next week with Week #1 of Tara Actually Does Something
oh, and I took this picture in the Patagonia region of Argentina while I was hiking with some other interns- I won the UGA International photography contest for it, but I wasn’t there to pick up the goody bag so did I really win it? Nobody knows.