Meet “Jump Off A Cliff” Storyteller Tereze Gruntmane

From age 18 until now, Tereze Gruntmane has learned much, including how to save a marriage and start an internationally successful clothing line. On Friday night, November 3, with a story that spans decades and embraces all emotions, Tereze will take us on her own “Jump Off A Cliff” journey.

Tereze Gruntmane came to the US from Latvia in 1996 with her husband and daughter. In addition to having two more children—each nine years apart—she is the founder/designer of ZAZA couture, a boutique children’s apparel line. Currently writing a book about being present in relationships and avoiding affairs, Tereze speaks her mind, even when unpopular.

Fixated Facts:

What is your favorite smell? The smell right after the rain. There is that specific smell that throws me right back into my childhood. That smell is not always there, but sometimes I can feel it.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a farm girl. I already have my image, how I will look and what I will wear. I have this beautiful scene of a horse and me coming over the field, and then I see chickens running to meet me.

What is your favorite Dallas hangout? Hello Dumpling, my friend’s place, and when we go there, we usually meet other friends too.

Name one thing you miss about being a kid. Careless play, the excitement of playing, and coming up with ideas of what to do.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? Diana Rehm. I have listened to her interviews and programs for almost 20 years, and I have truly admired her mind. She is so knowledgeable about any topic in the world. And when I finally saw her couple of years ago online I was stunned at her beauty too.

What is the best book you’ve read in the last decade and why would you recommend it? Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine. It opened my eyes on politics and how the world is run. Other book that helped me a lot is Pamela Druckerman’s Bringing up Bébé, about her fresh look at American parenting versus French (or European); there are so many things we can learn as parents, and for me it was giving assurance that I am doing it the right way by putting us as parents in the middle, not the child.

Share anything fun, silly, or unique about yourself. I have three children all 9 years apart and the same husband :). I think it is quite unique about me.

Sneak Peek: “By fall, I was pregnant. I was nervous because my own dad left my mom the moment she told him about me in her belly. I told him about the baby at the gas station. He said something I didn’t expect: ‘Great, let’s get married.’ In that moment, I truly fell in love with him. He was honest, responsible, and he had a plan.”

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