In case you haven't figured it out, my name is Lauren Dewey Tarr and I am a freelance writer/editor-for-hire and an unabashed lifestyle blogger. Twelve years ago, after climbing the corporate ladder, birthing two boys, starting a business, and surviving three unexpected surgeries, my husband and I decided to slow things down and move our family from suburban New York to sub-rural Pennsylvania. Surrounded by cornfields and horses (and the perfect trifecta of Whole Foods, Wegmans, and Target), I can honestly say that this is not where I expected to be, but it’s exactly where I was meant to be.
When I'm not sweating in the gym, experimenting in the kitchen, or cheering at one of my boys' sporting events, I'm writing in my home office. I've always been a writer; it's in my blood and it's how I express myself. My personal writing voice is colloquial and sassy, and my professional voice is adaptable to whatever a client needs. Fun facts: I am a verbivore and a bit of a grammar snob; I secretly edit social media posts with an invisible red pen, cringe when holiday cards are signed by The Smith’s instead of The Smiths, think To Kill a Mockingbird is the best book ever written, and love a good pun. I also live in yoga pants and never leave home without under eye concealer, my cell phone, a reusable aluminum water bottle, and an elastic hair band around my wrist.
I started my corporate career over twenty five years ago in public relations, but spent the better part of those years as a marketing executive, writing sales decks and creating promotional campaigns for Fortune 500 companies. Now, as a freelancer, my clients are smaller, but just as challenging and rewarding. My recent work ranges from producing magazine stories and writing web content, authoring blog posts, editing business bios, and proofreading college essays. I've worked across a myriad of industries targeting a host of diverse audiences, and I can do the same for you. My ability to adjust my writing style to meet client objectives is what sets me apart.
My education and past professional life allows me to tackle any and all writing jobs – from proofreading and editing to authoring and ghostwriting. Currently, my writing services include: Drafting original blog posts, social media copy, web content, magazine articles, essays, creative stories, researched articles, product descriptions, and real estate listings. My proofreading and editing services cover novels and short stories, website pages, social media copy, marketing and promotional materials, real estate brochures and listings, professional and personal essays, school and job application letters, and newsletters.
Basically, if it involves words, I’m up for the challenge.
If you're interested in hiring a skilled writer or editor, or if you're looking to partner for an upcoming project, I'm your girl.
Back in early 2014, I started a parenting blog called Roses and Armpits (named after a line in the children's book, Raisin and Grape). I wrote openly about the trials and tribulations of raising small boys. But a lot has changed since then. My kids have grown up, I've grown up, and because I am now officially a post-menopausal midlifer with teenagers instead of a 30-something with toddlers, it's time for the blog to grow up, too.
Roses and Armpits has been renamed to, Lauren in Charge: Diary of a Midlife Mom with Moxie and Muscle. It's more of a lifestyle blog than a parenting blog now, but it's still saucy, snarky, and brutally honest with a touch of positivity and optimism -- just like me. I talk openly about family, relationships, wellness, and trauma. My New York candor and propensity for oversharing enable me to write honestly about everything from raising older kids and dealing with aging parents to managing an autoimmune disease and navigating menopause. It's real, raw, witty, and wry.
As a recovering perfectionist and a work-in-progress trauma survivor living with an autoimmune disease, self-care and personal development is a big part of my life -- which means I'll be dishing out unsolicited tips, tricks, and relatable stories to make you laugh, learn, and hopefully feel connected and supported.
Please check out the blog. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll say it was better than Cats ... and if you don't get this reference, you're too young to be here!