The president and CEO of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, Tallia Hart adopted her daughter from Vietnam five years ago. It was an event that she describes as “a full-circle moment,” since she was also adopted from Vietnam as an infant.
Tallia believes that taking time for yourself is one of the most important things that moms can do.
“Having [free time] is extremely important,” she says. “Working out, cooking, painting, coaching, continuing-education classes … whatever your passion is. Always find time for friends. Don’t lose track of them. They are your support system.”
Being a mother has taught Tallia that the simple things are the best, and she tries to savor these little things, such as getting ice cream, taking a walk or riding a bike.
“Too many of us gave away our youth wanting to be older faster,” she says. “You can’t turn back the clock.”
When asked about the one thing she would impart to her daughter, who was adopted, like Tallia, at 6 months old, she says, “I always want her to know that she is special and was chosen, and that I do know exactly how she feels.”
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