• INSPIRATION

    21st Century Friendships

    “So no one told you life was gonna be this way… Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s D.O.A… It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear… When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year… I’LL BE THERE FOR YOUUU!!”   Yep. You guessed it. We’re talking all about FRIENDS today! (P.S. if you didn’t sing along to that, I’m not mad–I’m just disappointed.)   Let’s cut straight to the point. Making friends has never come easy for me. For the vast majority of my life, I’ve been insanely shy. My friend group mainly consisting of siblings and close cousins. Not that…

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    Failure is NOT Fatal

    FAILURE. What an intimidating word. The sheer idea of failing haunts me… Makes me afraid of so many things. Holds me back from new experiences, and possible success. It robs us of our joy and feels like that bully who laughs at other people’s mistakes just to feel bigger and better about their ego. But in all honesty, is the true concept of FAILURE really half as bad as the picture we paint in our minds?   In my opinion, most of the time, there is no true “failure”–we either win or we learn. Applying that simple formula to so many avenues of life, checks out. When we think we’ve…

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    Comfort Zone

    Hi. I’m Taylor, and I’m an introvert. My whole life has been an ongoing series of “maybe if I sit in the back with my head down, they won’t see me, and won’t talk to me, and won’t bother me.” 21 years have gone by, and I’ve been quite anxious for most of them. Resting comfortably in my little box, holding onto familiar things as a security blanket of sorts. Granted, the longer I live, the better I’m trying to be about it. (but it’s a process)   **PSA: I apologize for this slightly lengthy story… Just get comfy, and hopefully you can gain somethinggg from it. Who knows, perhaps…

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    More Kindness, Less Judgment

    “When you judge others, you do not define THEM; you define YOURSELF.”   This has been weighing heavily on my heart recently, and per usual, it has caused me to start writing. I don’t personally know what storm you may be going through right now, but perhaps you can find peace in knowing that others are feeling it too. And that all-in-all, judging is NEVER the answer. Point blank. End of story.   I am going to speak from personal experience right now, because I’m aware of how much of my life I spent judging other people. Feeling a deep rooted desire to control all of the variables around me…

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    Growing and Changing

    “Remember, growing might feel like breaking at first.”   I have this notebook page filled with new ideas on what to write next…but when I stumbled upon this quote earlier, it kind of hit me like a ton of bricks and I knew I had to run with it. Ever have those moments where you feel like the universe is SCREAMING at you!? That’s what this was.   I feel like a broken ass record sometimes when I sit here to talk to you, and all I can do is muster up the same words about the same old feelings… Being lost, and scared, and overwhelmed. I don’t know about…

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    Playing the Waiting Game

    I’m the kind of person who buys a new outfit just for the hell of it, and then holds said-outfit in my closet until I find a justified reason to wear it. Allowing NO ONE else to put it on until I have had the first opportunity to show it off. Lame? Yes. Do I still do it? Also yes. But when I genuinely take a moment to think about it, what is the point? Why are we always WAITING… What for?   It seems we’re always putting things off. “I’ll work out tomorrow.. Diet starts on Monday.. See the family at Christmas.. Hang out with friends next weekend..” Come…

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    The Finer Things

    “Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you’ll look back, and realize they were the big things.”   Oh how this quote resonates with me. When I think about some of my most fond memories, or my favorite things about my favorite people–it always comes down to the small details. The inside jokes…the spur of the moment outings…all of the random elements that make them unique… THOSE are what mean the most to me.   Of course big things can be important too, but come on. You have to admit, it’s so much more exciting when you let yourself get captivated by the finer things life has to…

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    All the Feels

    Alright, everyone. The time has come… The dreaded moment is here… I’ve been pushing this topic further and further down my list of posts to write, but I think it’s finally time we talk about our FEELINGS. (ew, I know, just bear with me)   If you have had the pleasure of knowing me for any length of time whatsoever, I’m sure you’ve become aware of my distaste for regularly showing emotions. Heartless? Nah. Let’s call it “reserved”. It’s just who I am. I’m farrr more introverted than the rest of my siblings (and mother) and voluntarily talking about how I feel does not come naturally at all! Can anyone…

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    Learning to be BRAVE

    It’s been a while since I started a post with a quote, so let’s set the stage with this: “Do not be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.” That shit hits pretty hard doesn’t it? Because deep down you already know that, but let’s be honest, it’s so much easier said than done.   Life is VERY good at throwing us curve-balls and always finding a new way to “spice things up”. But we do not have to be afraid of it all. Each day offers new opportunity around every corner. Are you going to sit back and watch it all pass you by? Or are you going…

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    Communication is KEY

    Let’s cut right to the chase–without communication you have no trust. It’s truly as simple as that. When building a foundation with those you care about, talking is so so important. And I don’t just mean about the good things life has to offer or basic-ass small talk. I mean EVERYTHING. The good, the bad, the pretty and the ugly.   Part of learning and growing with one another is figuring out just HOW to communicate with them. I’m sure you’ve heard about love languages, and this is sort of in line with that. We each have our own ways of expressing ourselves and our own ways of dealing with…