I am thrilled to introduce you to my friend Taylor. Taylor is one of those people that I have never actually met in person, but have realized in the past year that she is a kindred spirit. She is a huge encouragement to me, and I am so thankful to have found her in the insta world. She has faced joy and suffering, and has allowed both to always point back to Jesus. I think you will love her just as much as I do. She also just started a new blog…and you need to go read it!
Tell us a little about yourself?
Hi! I’m Taylor, obviously. I live in Tennessee right now with my husband, Eric, and our sweet pup Molly! Right now we are living life here while he’s in pharmacy school. I love the Lord and spending time in His word and following him. I enjoy spending time with good friends and drinking way too much coffee. I know a lot of people say that, but I really do drink too much coffee. But, I have no plans to change that as of now.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Oh boy! A typical day. Most days I get up in the morning, walk our dog, and start the day with a huge cup of coffee. I like to spend time reading my Bible and watching the morning news. But can we be honest? Sometimes I choose to start the day being busy and forget to open my Bible. And that’s okay. I usually spend time around the house tidying up, doing laundry, organizing and reorganizing things, and cooking up new recipes. And maybe to some people this sounds super boring, but I love it. I find a lot of joy in keeping a good home and serving my husband in that way. He works so hard and is so busy with school, and I’m thankful I can do these things to at least make it a little easier on him. Even when he is busy with school, but we always try to make it a priority to have dinner together and talk about our days. And this time is really invaluable to us. In the evenings I spend time reading and winding down. I’m getting ready to start grad school to get my Masters in Counseling so I’m trying to enjoy my last days of freedom while I have them.
What helps you stay organized?
I have so many methods of organization, sometimes I feel like a crazy person. But like a super organized crazy person. I love my Simplified Planner by Emily Ley and my Ellebook from from good friend Lauren over at Elle & Company. My best friends are my meal planner and grocery list sheet. I live by these guys. They have helped me plan out our meals and save so much on groceries – and for a couple working our way through expensive pharmacy school, that is huge! I’m also super into the YNAB software (You Need a Budget) for helping us stay on track financially and putting our money where it needs to go.
You are very active on social media, how do you find community on and offline?
Social media to me can be a huge blessing, and that’s how I like to think of it. It can be hard to weed through the bad stuff to find the good stuff and you have to work a little bit at it. Start by unfollowing people who don’t encourage you or lift you up or think good things about yourself. They won’t get a notification or anything so don’t fret about that. When you spend time on social media, you are opening up yourself to a lot of other people and their thoughts and opinions. And whether you think about it this way or not, you open up your heart to all of those things. And if what is going in isn’t doing good things for your heart, then you need to get rid of it. Find people to follow that are good for your heart. And chances are, you’ll discover even more people through them. I remember browsing Instagram a couple years ago when I was sort of in a really dark place and I stumbled across Kristin’s account. And immediately I could tell she was a kindred spirit. She encouraged me so, and through and the lamp and light hashtag, I discovered more people just like her, that were out there to encourage and be encouraged. And through that I realized what a blessing social media can be. Comment and start conversations with people! And always remember that social media is not the end all be all. If you are discouraged by it, or seek comfort from it when you should be looking to the Lord for that, then I think it’s time to take a step back for a little while. The world will still turn while you take a little break and you will come back better for it.
What is the biggest thing God has been teaching you this year?
This year the Lord has been teaching me a lot about waiting. And that he isn’t done with me quite yet. In April 2013 I was shot during a shooting at the community college I was working at and my life changed forever. After 4 surgeries and countless doctor and therapy appointments, I only have about 30% use of my hand. And I suffer from a lot of PTSD and anxiety issues. It has changed our lives tremendously. And there are a lot of days I might feel a little forgotten about, or like there’s nothing for me to do. And those are the days I hear the Lord teaching me that he’s not done yet. That the wait is not over. That He is working behind the scenes. I remember reading a quote by C.S. Lewis that says “I am sure that God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait.” And I loved it. I put it up on my wall and constantly read it to myself. Because if I’m waiting, then it’s because He sees that it is good for me to wait. And it means God has something else for me. And even when it really sucks and it’s hard, he always gives grace and shows me that I’m not left behind, but just the opposite.
What products are a must have for your day?
My Keurig. Because, coffee. My Simplified Planner by Emily Ley – I would probably die without it. A big comfy cardigan to make me feel cozy, even in the summer because I’m just constantly cold. I also love my Powersheets by Lara Casey to keep me on track with my goals each month. I am obsessed with my ESV journaling bible and it goes with me everywhere! I am also a huge lover of essential oils. I use them everyday, all day, and I am so thankful for how they have made a difference in my life and my families life.