I stopped looking for balance in my life and found my passion!

I am often asked how I am able to find balance in my life as a mother of two, a wife, a daughter and a full time Target team member. My answer: I am not looking for balance, I am looking to spend my time living out my passion. I am extremely fortunate; my career, my hobbies, and my family are all centered on my passion of improving the health and wellness of others, including my own health.

As a behavior health scientist and Head of Population Health for Target, I spend my day working on implementing policies, systems and environmental changes that make the healthy choices the default choices for all of our Target team members and their families. This means creating a culture at Target where team members know that Target cares about their health well-being & wants to meet all team members where they are at on their wellness journey; allowing them to live their fullest & best life.

My work allows me to stay current and engaged in the ever-evolving field of health & wellness. I then get to take that knowledge and provide best practice science-based initiatives to our team members so they can engage in our health and wellness offerings. Through this engagement we see that because team members are working to improve their own health they are more productive, present, happy and compassionate at work and at home.

All of this wellness work is done by some of the best teammates & colleagues I’ve ever had the honor of working alongside. My colleagues care about making healthy the best option, and because of this deep care for health, we challenge each other to walk our own talk, work to improve the social determinants of health, and can say we are helping to fuel the potential of our team members, guests and communities every day!

As for balance, I am not striving to find a balanced life anymore. I’m not sure that’s the best advice to give someone. Instead, I recommend that you live a life that is filled with your passion. In return, I can almost guarantee you that you will feel an abundant sense of gratitude, satisfaction & fulfillment in your life.

Be well. Live well. Live a life filled with your passion.

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10 Replies to “I stopped looking for balance in my life and found my passion!”

  1. Health and Wellness is certainly a noble topic in which we all can center our thoughts from time to time.
    As our society of elder parents require more health and wellness, we, too will begin to focus on our own health and wellness. As parents age, we see a difference in what is possible for them to do and that they may need more of our attention and help. Elderly citizens are a true treasure for our nation and we need to take advantage of all the stories that they can endow us with in order that we can look back into history of what they experienced and can share with us. Never turn away an opportunity. It could be the best thing that was bestowed to you.

  2. Cara, I am so proud to be able to educate my new team members about all of the wellness benefits that Target offers our team! This has been an amazing selling point while I have been recruiting and I appreciate the emphasis that you place on taking care of our team members!

  3. I am a spouse of a target Team member; she works in pricing. She has been working for target for over 5 years now. I am curious for her sake what is happening at the lowest levels in the stores down to the hourly team members to promote health and wellness. I believe that it needs to be more transparent. Programs at the store level that encourage health and wellness driven by managers and leaders. I have asked her about it and she is not aware of any programs. I would also be curious as I am transitioning out of the military and hoping for a promising professional career in the retail world and possibly target.

  4. Hello,

    Thank you for reaching out. For more information on Team Member benefits, please visit http://www.target.com/careers and view our Benefits page. You can also learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.

    Thank you,

  5. As someone who understands how online advertising/marketing campaigns are run across a variety of different channels, I am extremely surprised that a company with such a well rounded and advanced digital/social strategy works with an agency that can’t even schedule promotions properly. Yes mistakes happen, but serving an expired promotional display banner ad messaging a Swimsuit BOGO 50% Sale on the UPS tracking landing page for the Target Swimsuit Order that I just purchased full price (with NO promo code)? At first I was confused because it wasn’t advertised on the site, and then I spent a moment absolutely pissed that I didn’t save any money or get that deal in time.

    After going about my evening, later that night I refreshed the page to get an update on my delivery date and I noticed the Swimsuit BOGO display banner loaded again on the page. Well thanks for reminding me of how mad I was? Taking a closer look at the display creative I noticed the small grey blurry fine print that stated the offer expired 3/5. Well GREAT. Now I’m mad I didn’t see the expiration date before and spent time being upset and ranting about it to my friends throughout the day!

    Once I got over that, I became furious that of course I placed my order on 3/6 one day after the promo ended, because that’s just my luck. Ugh.

    After accepting my bad luck in every aspect of life, the digital marketer in me started to surface. What a horrible customer experience your agency consciously and actively created for me? Purchased product online, excited about the order shipping, served an ad when checking shipping status, mad the deal wasn’t messaged clearly on the site, pissed to learn the offer in the ad was actually expired; and most importantly thoroughly disappointed and upset that such a fabulous brand such as Target subjected me to this experience through their digital marketing.

    Don’t get me wrong, I complained some more to friends who work in the industry and would understand my frustration and then I went about the next 48 hours without any thought of the incident. THREE DAYS later I track my shipment because I want my new swimmies and I receive THE SAME EXPIRED Swimsuit BOGO 50% Banner?!?!?

    At first I felt guilt for thinking your agency was so horrible for running an incorrect promo just one day after its expired…but three full days? Doesn’t your agency monitor performance daily and optimize, wouldn’t they see this was still running in reporting and pause it? The list of reasons why it was just unacceptable and alluded to the fact that whoever runs your digital marketing campaigns isn’t doing their job (at least display) just continued to build in my mind.

    Does Target brand their UPS orders landing page and everyone sees an ad? If so, is everyone who placed an order getting that ad or just me? Is Target targeting (lol) customers on mobile who have already converted? That seems like an efficient way to spend your budget…not to mention all the wasted impressions! And obviously I’ve refreshed millions of times just to really prove my point and show you who’s boss.

    The irony of the entire experience and the fact that I understand how intentional yet unintentional it all was, was far too comical not to share.

    Please fire whoever runs your display campaigns and hire someone like me! Someone who is honored to work for a fabulous brand with such a talented and strategic marketing team, that they always create the most seamless, pleasant and accurate experiences for their loyal customers!

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