Tara Teng • Miss Canada 2012 Photos & Videos on Instagram

@misstarateng  Teaching Justice as a Lifestyle Seen on CNN, Huff Post + Chatelaine 🎙TEDx: “Jesus Made Me A Feminist” - on YouTube BC Director - @joy.smith.foundation


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I went away for the weekend and missed my @Endy bed. It’s soft but supportive, which is a big deal for someone with back issues from scoliosis, like me. ⠀ ⠀ It’s by far the most comfortable mattress I’ve owned, and I’m picky. The 3 layers of ultra-high tech foam that doesn’t sink when you lie on it or change the level of comfort between winter to summer. ⠀ ⠀ If you want to try out a mattress for yourself, Endy offers a 100-night trial period, go to Endy.com and you can use TARATENG50 for $50 off! ⠀ ⠀ Photo by @crystalsingphotography

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2 days ago

If there’s anything I’ve learned in the last few months, it’s that life throws curveballs. It’s not always pretty...life is messy, chaotic and often a beautiful disaster (🤣) but we can choose to take advantage of the small moments in the midst of the mess and taste little moments from heaven. ⠀ ⠀ You are not too busy. ⠀ ⠀ No matter how bad the day was, how chaotic the house looks right now, how long you spend in traffic to get there...breathe, reach out for your people and don’t miss the moment. You will never regret slowing down and choosing joy. ⠀ ⠀ Forget the chaos. At the end of the day, those are the moments that nourish our soul and it will teach our children to focus on what really matters. ⠀ ⠀ Photo by @crystalsingphotography at Twassen Centennial Beach

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5 days ago

I count it all joy. ⠀ ⠀ Even when the mental load feels exhausting. ⠀ ⠀ With the daily work of raising two children, running a business, managing a non-profit, keeping a house (somewhat) tidy, investing in ministry, writing compelling blogs, mentoring the next generation...and trying to be there for all my valuable relationships, it can be overwhelming sometimes to try to do ALL.THE.THINGS. ⠀ ⠀ Yet, I count it all joy. ⠀ ⠀ I GET TO raise two incredible children. ⠀ I GET TO run a business that allows me flexibility and fuels my passion.⠀ I GET TO manage a non-profit that ends human trafficking and saves lives. ⠀ I GET TO keep a house tidy and show my kids how to take pride in where they live. ⠀ I GET TO invest in ministry when women from other parts of the world still have their voices silenced. ⠀ I GET TO write because people like you are interested in reading my words. (Thank you!) ⠀ I GET TO mentor the next generation because they need to go further than we will. ⠀ I GET TO be there for my valuable relationships because I have the BEST people in my world. ⠀ ⠀ Again, perspective changes everything. ⠀ ⠀ Yes the days can be long and mentally exhausting, but I’m grateful to GET TO make each day count for what matters most. ❤️⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Photo by @crystalsingphotography Hair by @ambitionsalon.xo at Abbotsford Tulip Festival

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5 days ago

Stealing my kisses since 2017. ⠀ ⠀ Thank you to @cultuslakeadventurepark and @vancouver_mom for hosting us the other day. We rode our hearts out on water slides and roller coasters... we played hard 🤣 but the memories and family times was 100% worth it! ⠀ ⠀ Which fun summer traditions will you be adding to your list this season? at Cultus Lake Adventure Park

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7 days ago

SWIPE for Behind the Scenes, you’ll never guess where this photo was taken! Its proof that any situation and any experience can be made beautiful, with the right perspective. A great reminder for us all in life! I don’t believe in what most of the world calls failures....didn’t get the job you were after? Relationship ended? Felt embarrassed by something you said or did? That doesn’t have to be a failure if you LEARN and GROW through it. We all mess up, get disappointed, have our hearts broken and live less than ideal versions of ourselves. That’s part of the human experience. We can choose to wallow in our shortcomings, or become bitter that life didn’t turn out the way we had hoped or we can learn from the experience, deepen our character and choose to do better next time. Personally, I’d rather choose to see life as a field of beautiful road-side wildflowers than be disappointed that I’m standing in an A&W parking lot. It’s all perspective! 🤣 Photo by the ever talented @rachelbarkman, who knows how to spot a good thing when she sees it! at Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

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10 days ago

So I’ve been thinking about Instagram...my feed might be a little more styled and my daily life might be much more messy but this little corner of the internet is my place to create art. To express, to explore, to appreciate beauty, to celebrate all that is good in the world. ⠀ ⠀ Even if no one got to see it or enjoy it, I would still want to create because it makes me happy. ⠀ ⠀ What do you do, just for yourself?? ⠀ ⠀ I think it’s important to chase your pleasure. Chase what brings you joy, what makes you come alive! Because we need more of that in the world. ⠀ ⠀ Don’t know if anyone else can relate to this at all, but whoever needs to hear it, you do you - just for you. ⠀ ⠀ Photo by @brooklyndphotography Hair by @hairbycasii @ambitionsalon.xo Florals by @nicheboutiqueflorals Dress by @everythingbutthegroom at Fort Langley Village

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13 days ago

Instagram was down today. For someone who goes to work by signing on to social media, it was strange not to look at this app until now. ⠀ ⠀ All day I took photos but didn’t feel the need to upload them in the moment or check up on what everyone else is doing. ⠀ ⠀ Instead I spent the day in real life with my Instagram friends who have become REAL LIFE friends, as the @vancouver_mom community of bloggers got together for a media day.⠀ ⠀ It was really special to see how the internet friendships that are made on this app can translate into real life friendships, that will exist long after this app is controlling our lives. ⠀ ⠀ Photo by @crystalsingphotography at Twassen Centennial Beach

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15 days ago

When she wins, we win. ⠀ ⠀ There’s nothing that encompasses this more than my @missbcpageant family. I’ve been part of this community for nine years and we’ve been through so much life together. This group of women and girls knows how to raise one another up, stand together through hard times, hold each other accountable, and call us out to our best selves. ⠀ ⠀ We’re all leaders but we don’t compete with one another. It’s not about a crown; it’s about mentorship, opening doors for other women and passing the mic so that all our innovative, fresh ideas are heard. at Vancouver Art Gallery

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18 days ago

Talk about a happy mail day! As you may have seen in my stories, my new @endy mattress just arrived and I am SO excited to start getting a better night’s sleep! The first thing was unboxing this big girl and watching her RISE! It was so easy to do on my own! I love that @endy is a Canadian company, made in Canada, shipped in Canada and that Endy chooses to use bike couriers wherever possible, consciously making environmental efforts wherever they can! Celebrate Canada Day by saving $65 off your Endy Mattress with the code CANADA65 until July 3rd Photo by @crystalsingphotography at Langley, British Columbia (district municipality)

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19 days ago

Only a few more days until the Miss BC Pageant weekend and I’m getting ready. ⠀ ⠀ If you’re looking for a great local, ethical skincare line, @midnightpaloma is natural skincare that works!! This new detox mask kit is amazing and FREE. All you have to do is pay shipping! ⠀ ⠀ And you can get 15% off with code tarateng. Works for anything in the shop! ⠀ ⠀ You’re welcome. ⠀ at Langley, British Columbia (district municipality)

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27 days ago

Just out here playing dress up for life. 🤷🏻‍♀️⠀ ⠀ But REAL TALK, the team at Niche Boutique did such an amazing job bringing this vision together. I love the softness and feminine romance that is embodied here!! Its something I’m learning to embrace more in my daily life. Don’t always have to be “strong” and “put together”. Soft and tender is beautiful too. ⠀ ⠀ Photo by @brooklyndphotography ⠀ Florals and Decor by @nicheboutiqueflorals Hair by @ambitionsalon.xo @hairbycasii⠀ Dress from @everythingbutthegroom at Fort Langley Village

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1 month ago

It’s National Best Friends Day this weekend! And I couldn’t let it go by without shouting out the amazing people in my life! My work friends, activist friends, sister friends, pageant friends...Through every season, every high and every low, I have the BEST people carrying me through. ⠀ ⠀ More than friends, ya’ll are family. ⠀ ⠀ Always there to lend a hand, be a cheerleader, kick my butt, and love me unconditionally. Dropping everything to help when there is a call. Even when I ask for help and end up with this....I still love ya beyond words! 🤣 ⠀ ⠀ Ya’ll know who you are. You da best. ⠀ ⠀ Photo by my girl @crystalsingphotography at Twassen Centennial Beach

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1 month ago

Needs no explanation. ⠀ ⠀ Hand lettering by my sister @mintandbirch. Words by me.

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1 month ago

It's WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL DAY! To celebrate, we're doing a GIVEAWAY worth over $600! To Enter To Win: 1. LIKE this post. 2. FOLLOW ALL ACCOUNTS listed below. BONUS: *Tag lots of friends! ONE friend per line. Each count as 1 entry. . @thefreereignlife $100 Shop Credit An eco-fashion brand run by a small team of women whose pieces are made from a luxuriously soft, Canadian made, bamboo + organic cotton fabric blend. . @soluxuryinc $50 Shop Credit All-natural & vegan products free from harmful chemicals. . @ecoamigoinc Eco pouch, Eco Can + 3 months supply of Doo n Go Eco-Friendly Dog Poop Bags = $115 Value. They're a company providing eco-friendly choices in corporate gifts & premiums. . @sweetleilanicosmetics Island Radiance Mineral Powder Bronzer = $ 26.99 Value. They formulate safer products with clean ingredients not restricted to Vegan & Cruelty FREE. . @juneisleclothier $40 Shop Credit They strive to provide clothing that is natural, ethical & long lasting. . @moonlit.gems $50 Shop Credit Their products come from ethical mining & collecting practices. Crystals & minerals are proof of the beauty that Mother Earth has to offer us & they remind us how imperative it is that we stay connected, respect & take care of her. . @lunanectar Moon Boost Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum = $75 Value An environmentally conscious, female-led brand that specializes in 100% natural, vegan & cruelty-free formulations. . @hautecoton $100 Shop Credit Their product line is made of Organic Cotton. All products are GOTS certified which is the highest standard when keeping in mind their environmental & social responsibility. . @nettlestale $50 Shop Credit A slow fashion brand striving for zero fabric waste with their swimsuits that are made from recycled polyester. . @misstarateng Eco Giveaway Ambassador An ethical fashion blogger, Mom of 2, Miss World Canada 2012, a TEDx speaker & CEO of @justlymedia . She is a humanitarian & big believer in impacting the world for the better. . . . . This giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by Instagram or any of its affiliates. Contest closes at 11:59pm on June 8th. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced within 48 hrs. Must be 18+ to enter.

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1 month ago

For something that I was so hesitant to share, I'm deeply honoured that so many of you shared incredibly personal stories and struggles of how purity culture has impacted you and what you are doing to reclaim the whole of yourself - mind, body and soul. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I'm going to keep this space open for safe conversation because you know my heart is always for REAL TALK and better understanding. Cant wait to dive into it more 😏⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ But for now, please know this in the very depths of your soul, YOU ARE WORTHY. Your past cannot define you. Even if you have experienced the most horrific trauma, no one can strip away your inherent beauty and value. You are so much more! ⠀ ⠀⠀ I want you to chase after your whole damn self and embrace all that you were created to be because you are BEAUTIFUL! Your body is GOOD. Your sexuality is for pleasure and intimacy and life-giving joy. Your heart was made to love the world to become better and you are worthy of all the admiration, goodness and respect. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Don't ever settle for anything less. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Photo by @callypetersen_ ⠀⠀ Hair by @ambitionsalon.xo ⠀⠀ Florals by @floresamour Dress by @vancouverfashiontruck Necklace by @mintandbirch ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ at Langley, British Columbia (district municipality)

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