• INSPIRATION

    It’s All About PERSPECTIVE

    The moon is always full–it’s just our view that is partial. Think about it. This little thing called PERSPECTIVE can change so so much for us and our lives. (Whether we realize it or not.) Sometimes we simply do not have control over our situation, but we do have a choice on how we view it. Like I’ve preached a million and one times before: Things are not either good nor bad. They are just simply things. It’s our opinions that make them choose sides.   We’ve all been there before… Hurt or confused by something that happened to us, causing anger and frustration. But when we take a moment…

  • COFFEE

    But First…COFFEE

    SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CAFFEINE DEALERS!   As I’m sure you’ve come to learn (via 97% of my social media posts) I take my coffee addiction pretty seriously… That heavenly glorified bean water just does something to me, man. Makes me shaky and anxiety ridden, but also extremely happy and counting down the minutes to my next cup—so quite honestly, I choose to look past the negatives.    There’s never been a time in my life that I didn’t know both of my parents to drink coffee. They always had a pot brewing throughout the day and sometimes even gave us a cup (with extra vanilla creamer of course). So if…

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    Wake up. Kick ass. Repeat.

    E-X-E-R-C-I-S-E   Oh the infamous (sometimes daunting) activity that we’re all too familiar with… As a kid, I could NOT spell that damn word to save my life. Always finding a way to add a random “Z” somewhere, and probably a few extra vowels too. Lord help me! (and my poor mom aka teacher)   In our household, we’ve never been a big sports family, but we have managed to be a fairly active one! Hikes on every vacation, walks down to the city park, and bike rides along the trails, to name a few. I must credit my parents though. Always being good examples of staying motivated and treating…

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    Authentic Over Perfection

    How easy is it to find ourselves caught up in perfection these days? Especially with our CONSTANT access to celebrities, social media, and the internet–it’s almost 2nd nature to compare ourselves and aspire to have a “perfect life”. (Since it obviously seems like everyone else already has their shit together…) But come on. Is that reality?   Believe it or not, behind each Instagram post, or trendy pin on Pinterest, every single one of us has some sort of trial in life. We’re honestly setting ourselves up for disappointment by assuming we are the only ones struggling. It breaks my heart, because it seems to be engraved in our minds…

  • 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…

  • INSPIRATION

    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…

  • INSPIRATION

    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…

  • INSPIRATION

    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…