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Why Valentines Day just…isn’t that bad.

14 Feb

Hi! My name is Taylor, I’m single, and I don’t hate Valentines day. I know I know I know, you can go ahead and take a minute to let this sink in. Calm down. Get your heart rate down to normal. I’ll wait.

Are you good? Good. I’ll move on.

I bet you wish you were this coordinated on Valentines Day.

I bet you wish you were this coordinated on Valentines Day.

I have always loved Valentines Day–whether or not I’ve had a date. Now, don’t get me wrong, of course having someone special and romantic to share V-day with is really awesome. It’s a great feeling! There’s candy and roses and cards with little glitter hearts on them. I mean, when you have someone special to share it with, what’s not to love?!

And I can totally understand the other side of it too. Valentines Day can seem really sucky when you feel alone and like you have no one to spend it with. I have definitely been there. It’s a day where everyone seems to be coupling up, and it can be a total bummer if you’re not one of them. But in life, attitude is important. So just, ya know, hear me out.

In my own personal experience, I know of roughly three different types of opinions towards Valentines Day. There is the “I have a date to share this day with, and isn’t Valentines just grand?” view, there is the “Oh gosh, everybody’s got somebody but me (cue the Hunter Hayes/Jason Mraz duet) and I’m sadly single and I’m just going to mope all day,” view, and then (bum ba da dahhh) there is the view that I have:

Seriously, what's NOT to love about these guys?

Seriously, what’s NOT to love about these guys?

In my opinion, Valentines Day is just about love. It doesn’t matter if it’s romantic love, parent love, friend love, cat love, roommate love, or love for the bag of Dove chocolates sitting on your kitchen counter (and trust me, I have A LOT of love for the bag of Dove chocolates sitting on my counter right now.) When I was a kid, every year I woke up to a Valentines Day card and a giant Reese’s heart from my mom sitting on the staircase ledge outside my bedroom (and one year, she was even my secret admirer…er.) Mailed cards from my Nana and handwritten notes from my friends are some of my most cherished Valentines. In elementary school, I spent hours picking out the perfect perforated V-day cards to give out in class (Spongebob, FTW, duh!)  And I have about 4 pairs of Valentines-themed socks that I unashamedly wear all year round. That last one is not really relevant, but oh well! I just wanted to share.

Valentines Day is just a day to remind everyone who you love in your life, that you love them. That’s all. This year, I gave Valentines to my parents, my roommate, best friends, and yes, even my cat, Oz, got a Valentine. So spread the love! And Happy Valentines Day!

Also, if you’d like a laugh, check out Josh Groban’s take on Valentine’s Day here!


Tay Sings Dead Sea by The Lumineers

4 Dec

Every once in awhile you just come across a song that simply makes you happy to play. There’s also a line about cats in this awesome song by the Lumineers, so of course, I just had to share it with you all.

I hope you enjoy! And if there is another song that you’d like me to learn, please leave me a comment or shoot me a tweet!
To see all of my ukulele covers, go here!

My Six Months as a Girl Scout

19 Jun

Ya know, I believe that everything in life happens for some sort of reason—and nine times out of ten, that reason has to do with learning, and growing, and inevitably becoming a better version of yourself. Well, I believe that my time working for Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan has taught me a ton, and I’d like to share six things I’ve learned with all you beautiful people.Image

  1. It’s important to do what you love and love what you do. I was so incredibly lucky to find this opportunity when I did. It’s more than the money, it’s the cause.  Even on my bad days, I was so floored by the fact that every video I made, every status I posted, and every photo I took was somehow helping a local girl reach a goal, achieve a dream, or make a difference.
  2. It’s important to laugh your butt off. No but seriously. You will end up wanting to support every adorable, incredible, determined Girl Scout that comes through the doors of your office that you will find yourself eating so many deliciously delectable Girl Scout cookies that you will literally need to laugh so hard you burn those cookie calories right off of your tush.
  3. It’s important to make friends. Ever since I was in kindergarten, I’ve realized the importance of having a core group of friends to have snack time with. In the Girl Scout office, it’s really no different.  We work really hard, but we make sure to have moments where we all come together for snack time. We eat cake, some pb & j, crackers, whatever. But it’s those moments that matter
  4. It’s important to speak up. As a young professional working for an organization that’s been around for 101 years, it’s seems like it’s a little intimidating to speak your mind and bring new ideas to the table. But it’s not like that here. Not at all. The more you speak up and share, the more encouragement you get, and the more you learn. The openness in this office yanked me out of my shell and showed me that my ideas ARE important. That I’m important.
  5. It’s important to hug people. Now, I don’t mean you should go out and hug every random person that you discover on the street—that’s potentially dangerous and how some communicable diseases get spread! No, I mean that you should hug the people who surround you. The people that care about you, the people who you care about. Hug them and tell them that they’re great—because you never know how long you’re going to get to spend together.
  6. It’s important to be yourself. If I could ONLY pick one thing that GSHOM has taught me in these six+ months and keep it in my back pocket for the rest of eternity, it would be this. These individuals that work for the Girl Scouts are going to love you for who you are no matter what, so you better love yourself too. These ladies are going to care for you and put little notes on your desk when you’re feeling blue, call you Taylor Swift so much that you can’t help but smile every time you hear her music, and they’re going to really, truly, wish the best for you. And that’s more than any job has ever given me. Heck, that’s more than a lot of friendships have given me.

So thank you, GSHOM. Thank you for the most important, life-changing, wonderful, eye-opening six months of my life. I am a better me because of you, and I really hope this isn’t the last time I see you all.

Now!  Onto the next step–Let’s see what the world has in store for me.

Walking to Remember

6 Oct

Took my GoPro out for a stroll today, at the 2012 Traverse City Memory Walk. Even though the weather was dreadful– it was cold and rainy– a ton of my family came out to support the cause. Check out this GoPro video recap of the event!

The Last Days of Teenage Tay

6 Jun

Hey guys! Starting June 6th, there will be exactly one month until I turn 2o years old, so I thought I would blog every day leading up to my birthday, and document my last month of being a teenager! Sounds fun right?

So even thought it’s technically still June 5th, (for 50 more mins) I thought I’d start out a little early.

I was home alone with my 10-year-old beagle, Carly, for a little bit today. And because it’s the summer, and I don’t have much to do anyway, I decided to sit and observe her for awhile. And then I thought about how cool it would be to be a dog, if only for a day. I swear, all Carly worries about is when she’s going to get fed, and what sleeping position is the most comfortable, and possibly what that squirrel is doing in our back yard. I think a day as a dog would do me some good.

Head on the floor, body in the bed. Obvz the best choice.

So if YOU could be ANY animal you wanted for one day, what would you choose, and why? Leave comments!

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