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G O A L S

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It's that time of year again, the time where everyone is writing and reciting their new year's resolutions. Men and women alike are planning to eat healthier, work out more, and watch less Netflix (ha). People of all ages choose to drop the cookies and opt for the carrots. They choose books over movies and a jog over a nap. It's the time of year to make plans and changes for the new year ahead. But, you know, I've never really been into resolutions.
I love the idea of a resolution, and I think that January is a great time to put those resolutions into action. But, you know what? So is March, October, and April! And I'm much fonder of the term goal, rather than resolution. On a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly (calendar and school) basis I set goals for myself. After my last dentist appointment I made a goal to floss more. This winter break I've made a goal to read more. After my sister passed away, I made a goal to live more and be with people more. Goals are a …

Reflecting

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I think that reflecting may be one of my favorite things to do. I reflect on my performance after a test, an interview, even a simple day at work. I reflect after a semester, a full school year, or after a gathering with friends. And I think that the end of December is a popular time to reflect among people far and wide.

I don't like to say things like 2011 was terrible or I'm so glad 2013 is over because seriously we cannot have a set 365 days of pure sadness. Yes, some years are harder and more disappointing than others, but I don't think we should resort to saying an entire year is bad, just like we can't say an entire week, or even day is bad. There is good in every day, just as their is good in every year.
So, going off of that, I'll be the first to say that 2013 was not full of sunshine. Yes, it was amazing in so many aspects! But it had some significant downs, especially toward the end of the year. 2013 signified graduation from high school, making a huge de…

Make A Wish

Can I start off by saying how crazy it is that another semester is done and over with? Because I'm on a five year plan with school, it was weird ending my freshman year, realizing that I was technically in for another freshman year. So, having another semester of freshman year under my belt feels better than I would've imagined! I've been home for almost two weeks now and have been loving catching up with friends and family and simply enjoying having nothing to do.

So, last week my mom told me about a little event she was attending. It was a Make-a-Wish event and she asked if I wanted to join her…it was a bit of a drive away and she didn't know many other people going to the event so I happily accompanied her! It was a great way to hang out with my mom and to have something to do with my new found free time!

I had heard of the Make-a-Wish foundation before and heard many incredible, inspiring stories via the news, word of mouth, and social media. I, however, never real…

The Reason for the Season

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It has been ingrained in my brain for the past 19 years the true meaning of Christmas. Every December we put up our manger in the family room. We hang up our advent calendar which on December 24th, depicts the scene from the manger. The December church services remind us of the true meaning of Christmas, and various Christmas movies remind us as well. But even though we have so many constant reminders, do we completely understand the true meaning?

This holiday season I was so fortunate to be able to go to the K-Love Christmas concert with my parents. I know to some people, doing things with their parents is the last thing on their list of fun things to do. But for me, I cherish those moments so, so much. During the semester, I struggle to simply find time to call my parents. Homework, work, clubs, classes, and hanging out with friends just get in the way. Over breaks, volunteering, shadowing, work, and catching up with old friends take up so much of my time that seeing my parents is a…

Live a Little More

For nearly 18 years of my life, I never thought much about death. When I was barely a year old my grandmother passed away. I heard about her my whole life, but I never knew her. I didn't realize how lucky I was that her death, when I was only 10 months old, was the only death I had ever experienced for 18 years.

I grew up thinking such stereotypical thoughts in regards to death. That death primarily hit the elderly population. I figured death came in the form of cancer, organ failure, or a disease one developed at a much older age.

When Alex passed away, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Throughout my life I had heard of both family and friends attending funerals of various loved ones. Friends, neighbors, family members, co-workers all passing away far too soon. It was sad, but never really touched me…because it wasn't me. But when it was me, oh, it meant a whole lot more.

I learned that death can come any day, at any moment, with absolutely no warning whatsoever. It's incre…

What will they miss?

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I was first introduced to Don Miller when I read Love Does. Don wrote the foreword to Love Does and was mentioned in several chapters. Bob and Don seem like such a dynamic duo of amazing friends and amazing people. But hey, it's no surprise that I love Love Does, I've talked about it enough on here ;-) After reading Love Does I went on to read several of Don Miller's books. All excellent, of course. I first read Blue Like Jazz and really enjoyed it. It wasn't until after reading A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, however, that I truly realized the magnificence in not only the writing, but in the life of Donald Miller.
If you want the quick, to-the-point description of Don's works, it's that he's all about getting the most out of life. He doesn't write some self-help books and he isn't some guy that's lived an amazing life from birth with no substance to build off of. Instead, Don comes across as so raw and honest with his writing as he dives …

Something to be Thankful For

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Happy happy Thanksgiving to all!

It’s hard to wrap my mind around the idea that today is already Thanksgiving. I often think back to this time last year, and I am so thankful to be in such a different mind set and have so, so, so much to be thankful for.
This time of year so many thoughts run through my head. Thanksgiving is the official start to the holiday season (although I began gift planning back in August…) so everything associated with Christmas is commonplace. For us college kids, however, this time of year marks the final stretch. Crunch time, if you will. When I return from break I will have five class days remaining before finals. Talk about intimidating! But with all of this buzz, we can’t forget what today is truly about.
Ever since I was probably six or seven, my dad and I would wake up every Thanksgiving morning and head over to Starbucks (as you can see my love started at a young age!) I would bring a book, and dad would bring the paper. We’d both get our respective be…

Two Roads Diverged in a Wood...

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-  took the one less traveled by,  and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost
Growing up, my mother used to recite the final stanza of this Robert Frost poem all the time. When my sister and I would complain about something she would recite these three lines. When we would talk about how annoying an application was or the process to get something done, she would say these lines. In too many scenarios to count, my mother would recite these three lines, and that has made all the difference, in my life.
When Alex died, my family and all of those who knew Alex closely, were directly thrown on the road less travelled by. We didn't choose to take that road, we didn't go that direction for the challenge. No, we were thrown onto it, with no warning, and no preparation.
You see, there are many interpretations to Frost's poem. Some see it as a more positive ending, and others, see it as sad or disgruntling. But my mom always spoke it to A…

Remember Where You're From

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It's hard to believe that it has been one year since writing my first blog post. (Check it out here! ) It has been one year since simply deciding to write a blog. I can still remember sitting in my tiny, University of Minnesota dorm room back in Frontier hall. Sitting at my desk, putting my life out there for so many to (potentially) read about it. I didn't know what would happen next with this blog. If it would be short-lived, if people would actually read it, and if I would actually enjoy it long term. Looking back, one year later, I can't even begin to describe how happy I am to have somewhat spur-of-the-moment, decided to create this blog last November.

I often say things like "Two years ago I never thought ____ would ever happen" or "If you told me back in high school ____ would happen, I would never believe you", but the truth is, it's so, so accurate and looking back, it's crazy to think about the way my life is shaping up, compared to wh…

Embrace the Here and Now

I am an acclaimed inspirational quote junkie. Can't get enough of them. I could spend hours scrolling through quote boards on Pinterest, paging through inspirational calendars at Barnes and Noble, and reading through dozens of cards at the local Hallmark store. Inspirational quotes, while cheesy to some, are like gold to me.

The other day I was sitting in Starbucks on what was probably the last nice day Wisconsin will see until  April, gazing out the window at the falling leaves, while sipping coffee with a sweet friend. That may very well be my favorite thing to do, ever. Sipping lattes with a good friend swapping stories about everything God has been doing in our lives. No story too big and no story too small. All were shared.

A bit into our conversation, my friend asked me what I initially thought was a simple question. She looked at me and said, "So Taylor, what do you think is the biggest thing God has been teaching you this semester?" I immediately answered patienc…

A Diamond in the Rough

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When you lose a loved one, you lose the obvious. You lose the physical person, their personality, and their emotions. We lose the lunch dates, movie nights, baking parties, and jamming out to our favorite songs together in the car. You lose the vision of their beautiful smile, the way they walk, and the way they came alive when wearing their favorite outfit. You lose the excitement they get when they got a good test grade, got accepted into their dream school, and conquered a huge goal.  The moral of the story, is that you lose a lot. More than you can ever imagine.

But, the thing here is, that while we lose so, so much, we also gain a lot.

Immediately following Alex's funeral, we had to begin the ever so daunting cleaning out of everything. Her car, her bedroom, her bathroom drawers, and everything else that was scattered about the house.

The day after the funeral, I began my freshman year of college five hours from home. With that being said, I had the pleasure of avoiding all t…

Misconceptions

Every time I go Facebook I am bound to come across at least one article of a variety of natures. Perhaps it was when I stumbled upon the article,"15 things you learn your freshman year in college" or "10 places everyone must see in their lifetime." A few days ago I remember seeing that seven mutual friends liked, "22 things every 90's kid will remember" The list honestly goes on and on. But, if you have a Facebook, I can guarantee you already know that, and you have been nodding your head while reading the last few lines.

A little over a week ago I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and, you guessed it, I stumbled upon an article. Now this wasn't a "typical" Facebook article. This wasn't about relationships, healthy foods, or the most quotable movies. This wasn't about the best spots for a destination wedding, or the best shoes to wear this season. No, this article was about heroin.
You see, heroin and drugs in general, are…