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    Introducing…phlexT!

    Hello Hello Hello! Happy Tuesday, my friends! I felt like today was as good a day as any to introduce you to something very very special to me… And that is my brand new baby: phlexT! (pronounced liked “flexed”, but spelled cooler) Now you’re probably wondering; What in the world is phlexT!? Well I’m glad you asked because I’ve been dying to tell you! If you want the quick version, phlexT is my latest passion project. Based all around positivity and happiness. This is something that I have built from the ground up, purely from my heart–something that has really been on my mind for a while now, and I…

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    To Plan or Not to Plan

    “Jump and grow wings on the way down.” A saying that I’ve heard many times in my day. A tactic that I learned first hand from my father. A way of life, you could say.  To some people it might seem chaotic and stressful. But to me, it’s how I get things done. If I take too much time “prepping & planning”, I get overwhelmed and end up even further behind. Caught up in the minor details all too often. The best thing for me to do is just dive right in head first. It’s probably the enneagram 7 in me, let’s be honest, I thrive on constant change. Keeping…

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    Inhale the FUTURE, Exhale the PAST

    Letting go is hard for me. Sometimes I find myself so caught up in the past, I forget to live in the moment. Forcing myself to remember all of the good old times and not actually realizing just how good I have it now too. For example, the year I turned 16 was one of the best summers of my life. Fast forward to my Senior trip in Florida, unforgettable. Moving all the way to North Carolina with my best friend, (insane) but SO INCREDIBLE. Or when I turned 20 and launched my very own online clothing store!?  All the times I was living my best and happiest life, gone…

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    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…

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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…

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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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    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…