Tammy von Nordheim: My, She’s Fly!

Name: Tammy von Nordheim
Age: 39
Execu-gig: Event Planner/Entrepreneur
Mama-gig: Mommy to two beautiful princesses, ages 3 and 4 whose amazing little brains constantly have Tammy saying “WOW!”

…”If ever there was the slightest notion that my having a career was interfering with the psychological health of my family, I would happily end one or all of my careers to rectify the situation.” – Tammy

Is your day job your passion?

My “day job” is logistically organizing people, places, and things in a timeline that makes sense.  In short, I’m an Event Planner.  However, with a BA in Psychology and Sociology, there is a passion deep within for me to get my Doctorate.  Ultimately, I would like to be a therapist for those who need help in dealing with challenges that are preventing them from living their best life possible.

How long have you been involved in your particular career(s)?

I’ve been an Event Planner for about 15 years, and owning Executive Events, LLC for 13 of those.  I started modeling 17 years ago and began acting more recently.  I’m adding to the list and about to launch a new business, Von Elegance Collection, LLC in March!  I’m SO excited about my new project!  I will be selling high-end clothing through Trunk Shows.

Do you ever feel that you are sacrificing time with your children to further your career?

No, not at all.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have careers that allow me the flexibility of still being a full-time mom.  I drive my kids to and from school and we have breakfast and dinner together.  Every day, time is carved out for fun or educational games, story-time, or a park on nice days.  I’m a member of Mocha Moms, Inc and we participate in a lot of family events on the weekends as well.  I typically continue working after I put the kids to bed and work well into the night.  What I am sacrificing, is sleep.  My family is very important to me and therefore the time we spend making memories together is worth every hour of sleep that I’m not getting.

What is the most challenging part of being a mother/wife while running a business (and/or pursuing a career)?

The most challenging has been to conscientiously not beat myself up when something is not perfect.  I need to remind myself that it’s okay!  I’m human and I’m perfectly imperfect!

About her husband:

Steve and I have been married for 9.5 years.  Our relationship has been a steady pillar of love, strength, and compassion for the entire time.  Though every relationship has its issues, we are perfectly imperfect and our bond is stronger because we accept this fact.  Raising our two daughters and running a business together has worked out wonderfully.  We seem to balance one another in the areas where needed with very little effort.  Since beginning my third business of having Trunk Shows for the Worth Collection clothing line, I’ve noticed an increase in his support of my ventures and I REALLY appreciate that.  He effortlessly cooks, cleans, bathes the kids and entertains them during the times that I am most busy and he’s still cool when I need some “me time”.  I tell you, my husband ROCKS! Without his love, support, and encouragement, I couldn’t do half of the things I do.

How has being a professional model affected your other ventures (Executive Events, for example?).  Do you ever feel you have to prove yourself as more than a pretty face?

Being a professional model has not had any bearing on Executive Events, LLC at all.  As for proving myself as more than just a pretty face, there have been rare moments of this.  However, when a person meets me and we have a conversation, there is never any doubt that I can’t handle a project and execute it to the fullest.  If they discover at some point that I am a model, the conversation usually ends with ‘Oh! I thought you looked like a model.’, or ‘If you weren’t one, you should have been!’

The Execumama credo is to Define, Design, and Live your fullest version of WOMAN.  How do you strive to do that in your day-to-day life?

I get up each morning and tell myself that it’s going to be a good day, because juggling so many priorities can get stressful.  I hug and kiss my girls and wish them a great day at school.  My goal is to tackle one career project at a time while rotating to try and give equal attention to each.  Somewhere along the way I have a hot cup of tea.  As much as possible, I try to get a workout in.  As evening approaches, we have a little family time and shower the kids with some much-deserved affection.  I always try to grab a moment of “me time” before saying a prayer and calling it a night.  It’s a good life, I feel very blessed and I try not to take it for granted.  I’m very thankful.

Modeling Photo Shoot Promo Reel from Tammy McGarity on Vimeo.