May 05, 2011

Rock Interview: Emmy winner & founder of The Local Tourist Theresa Carter credits her parents for her success

Billye, Tim’s Grandma, raised him from the age of 5 and became his "rock" in life. She taught him principles that grounded him and helped him succeed later as an adult. Her influence, words and love had profound effect on Tim’s life and inspired his book "Today We Are Rich." Can you think of a particular person who has had a similar impact on your life? Who was that person and how did, or do, you know them?

My parents have truly inspired me. They're very different people, but combined they've given me a drive to do something special with my life. 


How did they help to shape your life or life philosophies?

Both of them have amazing work ethics and insatiable curiosity. My mother's a CPA who completed her college degree when I was in Junior High and my brother in elementary school. I remember quizzing her as she'd drive me to school in the morning! She's always been the rock of our family and the one who keeps us all together. My dad's an artist and I credit my entrepreneurial spirit to him. When I was growing up he'd be painting all day and way into the night. Over the years he's switched mediums a few times, but his work ethic and his drive for perfection have remained the same.  

The two of them also love to travel, and the way they travel has helped form the direction of my business, The Local Tourist. They want to meet the people and find out where they like to go, no matter what city, state, or even country they visit. It's part of that insatiable curiosity and infectious love of life that, to me, defines them.


Tell us about a specific lesson you learned from them, or a piece of advice they gave to you?

Know who you are and follow your passion. Mom's is family, so she chose a career path that would allow her to nurture us all. Dad's is art, in any form, and he's tireless in his efforts to create something new and beautiful. Watching these two over the years, and seeing the quality of life they have from following their dreams, has inspired me to pursue my own with the same dedication and passion.


Have you ever drifted away from their grounding advice?  What price did you pay? 

My parents both know their strengths and are committed to pursuing them. I've known since I was 10 that I wanted to be a writer, but as I got older I got distracted by all sorts of other things. I wanted to be a musician, or a lawyer, or an air traffic controller, or a ballroom dancer...and on and on. Writing was always there, but it wasn't until I was in my early thirties that I came back to my core strength. On the one hand I feel like I wasted so much time, but on the other if I hadn't then there would be no The Local Tourist.


Find out more about Theresa Carter's adventures at:


Theresa From Tim Sander's to Theresa's parents, we want to thank you for helping make Theresa who she is today. You have helped make the world a better place.


This interview is part of a series of interviews focusing on some of the great Rocks that have influenced our lives. Just as Tim's new Book, Today We Are Rich, shares what he learned from his rock, Billye, we want to pass on the knowledge of some other great rocks out there.

Rock on! Be a Rock, or applaud a Rock you know. 

Was your grandma your Rock, or did she have some grate advice? Tell us on Great Stuff My Grandma Said.


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I think she got a very solid background. That's why her qualities are incomparable. Her commitments are driven by passion.


Great interview of Theresa! I've been following her on Twitter for awhile and have met her in person twice. She is always so kind, humble, open, and brilliant. Chicago and the universe in general is lucky to have her!

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