Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bits of My Weekend

Easter 4
Easter 3

Last weekend was picture perfect. It was fun and overflowing with family and friends. Since I was laid off from work last November I've paid close attention to things that really matter--passion, health, friends and family. All are essential to my happiness. Each day I'm working tirelessly at my passion and I've never been more terrified and thrilled at the same time. I'm actually quite surprised at how I'm handling the fear of the unknown and that dreaded word...failure. I think most struggling entrepreneurs build a defense mechanism that allows them to feel utterly prettified and yet still feel invigorated to move forward everyday. Otherwise, they would never get anywhere. I focus on positive words, healthy food for my body and mind (with the occasional splurge), exercise, friends and family. Whether or not I succeed down the road does not mean as much as knowing that I worked hard at everything that is important to me--maybe that's the real secret to success.


Unknown said...

Great post.. I always feel like if I do my best I've already won!!


Fashion Gossip said...

Great pics, and this last one is truly amazing :)))
Xoxo, K.

Josie said...

Taylor, your family is absolutely GORGEOUS. So fun that you got to spend some time with them; it looks like a fantastic weekend!
xo Josie

Anonymous said...

You are so incredibly inspiring. I also lost my job last fall, and I thought the world was going to end. It was really the best thing that has ever happened to me. It opened my world and enabled me to pursue my passions and do things that I would have never otherwise done. Here's to chasing our dreams, never lose that passion for the things that make you happy!

Marissa said...

Such inspiring words to remember. We often get too caught up in the daily stresses and insignificant, trivial things to remember what is really important. What a wonderful post :) xoxo Marissa


Tiffany Kadani said...

Thank you for this! It shows you how real our lives are as bloggers, and what heart it takes to make it on your own. You are so inspiring in so many ways.

Ambypure said...

Lovely photos!

BuyWoWAccount said...

Great captures and cherished moments. You did had fun, I could see it on your smiles.

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Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

Very inspirational! You are a true role model Taylor! :D


MissB said...

I love your words at the end of this post ... I needed those this week ... I'm a substitute teacher because I can't find a permanent job and it's easy to let that get to me ... thank-you for your thoughts I'll have to start remembering those things

Chloe said...

Love this. Full of inspiration and happy thoughts.

C x

Lindsey said...

Good for you!! Venturing into the unknown is always terrifying...sometimes so much so that you never do it. So maybe things worked out for the best so now you can pursue what is important to you.

Jenna Lee said...

Looks like a wonderful weekend! Those flowers are beautiful!


The Fancy Teacup said...

Such lovely photos of a picture perfect weekend. I'm glad you've had the time to re-collect yourself and focus on things that are important to you these past few months. Most of us fear failure, but if you are doing what you love best, you will most certainly come out on top.

much love.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant post! I often wonder how I will handle it when the day comes that I venture out on my own...I hope I handle it as well as you are - dealing with the fear and embracing the unknown!

And the pics are beautiful!!


ThE fAsHiOn WoRsHiPeR said...

Lovin' the positive outlook doll, I wish you nothing but the best :)

XoXo-Kelli K

palm tree panache said...

Love the post!!!

Who makes the hoodie with the tribal print... LOVING that!!!

BrooklynBlonde said...

These photos are so beautiful and so are your words. truly inspirational.

GoodFrameofMind said...

What a great post - it seems as though you have a great attitude and I'm sure you will go far. Isn't a weekend with the family the best? It looks like you had a great time :)

Sian said...

That jumper is so different I love it!! So unique.



The Bohemienne said...

Pretty kitty!

Unknown said...

Looks like you had a great weekend! I love the Ikat print, by the way :)

Contact said...

i never knew you were laid off. What an inspiring post. it makes a difference when youre doing something you love!!


Unknown said...

i love weekends filled with family! it looks like you had a great time!

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

Christa said...

Tha you for sharing and living your dream. I was laid off a year ago and have not handled it with as much grace. I do love your spinach and kale smoothie and am exercising more. Thank you for your sense of style.

Anonymous said...

You look happy despite your challenges. Best of luck!

hip hip gin gin said...

Such sweet and gorgeous photos!

And thank you for talking about your fears. I am all too familiar with the fear of failure, sometimes so much so that I don't even make an attempt at something because I am so worried it will flop and I'll be mortified. I think most of us think that we are the only ones who feel that way, it is always so encouraging to know that we are all in that same boat together.

You are so right, just knowing you worked hard and gave it a go in the face of fear and uncertainty already is success. There is a quote by Michael Jordan in which he lists all the times he has failed, and in the end he says "I've failed over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed". I'm trying hard to remember that every day.

Style-Pursuit said...

Beautiful pictures and even more beautiful words! Thanks a lot for this post! :o)


Anonymous said...

Great post. I always have an underlining feeling that I need to take a chance and go after what I really want. Good luck with everything you're wishing for!



Melissa:: Strong Sense of Style said...

Great post Taylor, thanks for sharing.

Secondhand Stella said...

Love the cat in the purse ;)

I was laid off twice last year so I know how hard it can be. Great post!

Nuha said...

This post was really inspiring. Some times it's hard to give something your all only because you're afraid of failing yourself. You seem like you're on the right track! Oh, and those little girls are so stinkin cute!

Closet Fashionista said...

Aww I love these photos! It looks like so much fun! :D

Tanya Dempsey said...

These pictures are darling, and the first photo was a trip because as a little thumbnail on my favorite blog list, it looked like a tiny voodoo doll in the fields! (Maybe just my twisted mind...)

Anyway, I hear you with the massive fear that accompanies the passion that presses us forward as entrepreneurs... but you know what? I think that doing what you love is the key. And surrounding yourself with loved ones who truly lift you up and believe in you, is the icing on top.

You're going to succeed.

xx Tanya

November Grey
Secondhand Star

Chiara said...

Great post and pictures!!
xo C.

gold N turquoise said...

lol, that cat does not look happy! mine would never let me carry her around like that.

good luck to you in all your endeavors. with your positive outlook and your inspirational words, i'm sure success will follow you wherever you go.


Miyan said...

this was a great, inspiring post to go for what you love with or without fear of failure. keep it coming! love the pic of the goldens, i just got word from my family back in texas that our beloved golden passed away and its been hard for me to cope with losing our long-time family dog. the pictures of these two remind me of how pretty these pups are and how i will definetly have one of these breeds as my family dog when i have kids.



Mary @ stylefyles said...

what a great post. Seriously love this collection of photos. That sweatshirt in the top pic is fantastic!! Keep focusing on the positives!!!

Anonymous said...

A very well said piece. Shows that real work pays off eventually!!!

maria said...

Youre gonna do great! youre passionate about what youre doing, and it REALLY shows :) Everything happens for a reason- and in the toughest times you do the most growing. Cheers Taylor! you got this!!!


Lemon Drop Love said...

Love this post. I think your thoughts on success are spot on! You have been doing a great job and I feel that with your outlook things will only be great! If you haven't read "A Place of Yes" by Bethenny Frankel, I think you should. You would really love it.

xo Jen

eat.sleep.wear. said...

The photo of you and your man is just darling!! You two are so darn cute together!!

xo, Kim www.eatsleepwear.com

ediot said...

such lovely photos! thanks for sharing. i like them a lot. cute kitty cat. and i i adore the joy in these photos. x

Alicia Lund said...

Your passion / drive is contagious! Love it!

the style crusader said...

Totally feeling exactly what you've said in this post Taylor.

Wishing you all the best and loads in success in everything you're pursuing at the moment.

Beautiful photos! Always love seeing bits of your life! xx

Heidi said...

Beautiful photos! You look chic and gorgeous as always! :)

Ashley [Free Honey] said...

You're so inspiring Taylor!! The grace and poise that you've shown in the last 6 months towards your situation has been really amazing to follow along with. I also think you've shown a lot of strength - following your passion project is a really bold move. Lastly, you've done it all so positively. I hope that if I'm ever in a similar situation (again), that I will be able to use you as an example.

xo, Ashley

Sophia said...

I love that you meant to write "petrified" and ended up accidentally typing "prettified" -- I totally agree! :P
Your blog is helping so many of us prettify our lives. So Thanks! :)

Kristyn Burtt said...

I think you will find great satisfaction in working for yourself. It's quite gratifying.


Mia said...

Thanks, I needed that little reminder. It's only been a week since I found your blog via Emerson (my favourite brand!) and I just wanted to say hi and you're doing a great and inspirational thing here.
I'm graduating in a five weeks, and for a finished editor/publisher there's not a lot out there right now. I'm writing application after application and once in a while I get so down and thired, wondering if it's all worth it.
So this post really helped me remember my passion and why I just gotta keep at it.

All the best
Mia, Stockholm

Kelly said...

Beautiful photos and perspective!!


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