About Tamara

“Tired of trying to cram her sparkly star-shaped self into society’s beige square holes, she chose to embrace her sparkle and shine like the supernova God created her to be.”

Hi! My name is Tamara and I’m a hat wearer. I wear lots of hats. Not all at the same time, mind you. Well, sometimes at the same time.  I’m a wife, a mom, a ministry leader, a writer and public speaker, and a makeup artist.

When I write, I mostly write about my faith and what God is teaching me, my family, and all the joys and sorrows therein. I also write about my love of beautiful, succulent, soul-nourishing food. I don’t know that I have a writing hat; I feel like it’s more of a messy hair, don’t-know-where-my-brush-is sort of look.

I live in the suburbs of Houston and I work for the church. I have a focus on children and family ministry…when I have focus. There are all sorts of fun and silly hats that go along with that job.

I’m also a speaker and a storyteller, sometimes in the church and sometimes in other places. I tell stories about my life, about God’s grace, and about healing love.  I speak about the things God speaks to me. I am constantly searching for the beauty in this world and, when I find it, I love to share it with others. I try to add a handful of glitter with every story I tell. So that hat is a great big fancy hat with sequins.

I have a fabulous husband who is so funny that people love to be around him all the time. I’m usually invited to tag along, which is fun because I like my wife hat. I have two amazing kids who are genuine miracles straight from God. I remind myself almost daily that I prayed hard and with diligence for them. I shed tears. It was real. And I sometimes have to remind myself of those prayers when I put my mom hat on.

I have a gift for baking pies and pound cakes, which is more of an apron and less of a hat. I love to cook simple and comforting food. Food and wine are my love language. I use them to celebrate my life and the lives of people around me and it’s been said that there’s never a shortage of food at my house. I can always find a reason to celebrate with a great meal or a fabulous dessert. Celebration is a big deal for me. I feel like there’s not enough of it in the world. So I bake pound cakes and drink red wine. It’s one of the ways I enjoy adding beauty to this earth.

I’m in recovery. I try to never take that hat off. I’m a recovering co-dependent and food addict. Both of those things make the above paragraph hard to reconcile. I did all the steps though and I revisit them daily. Every day is a new day for me to experience love, laughter, and self-control. God is good and he has brought much beautiful healing to my life. I am a certified transformation specialist, which is a fancy way to say that I’ve taken lots of classes and have learned how to help people work through their hurts, habits, hang-ups, and live under God’s umbrella of grace.

I’m a suicide survivor. I didn’t ask for that hat…but who would? I lost my mom to it on April 15, 1997. I’m always wrestling and learning and coping and growing from that. This is where I found the passion to help others work through their heartaches. God never wastes a tear.

I’m also a makeup artist. Once upon a time I went to cosmetology school and specialized in makeup and makeovers. I joined the Mary Kay company and love having the opportunity to talk to women about the beauty God has placed inside of them. I also love showing them how to bring out that beauty and take care of the skin and face God has given. I do the makeup for the models of SnapGirl Photography.  The owner and photographer, Jen, and I have been friends for what feels like forever, although it’s really only been since our oldest girls were in kindergarten. We both have a passion for finding, capturing, and celebrating the beauty of God’s Kingdom. Plus we laugh a lot together. We wear matching hats for that.

Mostly though, I’m a child of God. It’s a hat that was given to me with so much love and grace that I often don’t know how to wear it. Sometimes I take that hat off and throw it on the ground and stomp on it. God just keeps on loving me though and he hands it right back. I have very little figured out in this great big world…other than the fact that I don’t have to. He’s got it. He’s got it all.

That’s about it. I hope you visit often and that some of the words here are good for you and your soul. I hope you’ll join me in dancing in the glitter and relishing in the grace.

If you’re interested in having me come speak to your group, shoot me a message and we can talk about the details. I’d love to come swap stories with you!

Click here to see Voyage Houston’s feature article on me.

And now for the legal business stuff:

Our website address is: https://tamaralexow.com.

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