a Taylored Approach
a Taylored Approach
So fun fact. Aside from the treasures I have throughout my apartment and that I will only write with pencil in my new planner, I love quotes. So much so, that before the days of Pinterest, I had a running Word doc of a massive collection on my college laptop. From relationship advice, to thoughts on life, friendships, the future and love, they were frequently an away message of mine on those good old AIM days. So embarrassing I know but I vividly remember choosing a quote that was relevant to whatever petty feeling I was having in my last years as a teenager. Of course, at a time in your life when you thought you knew it all. Little did I know, my parents were always right and the world was a whole lot bigger than I could have ever been taught as a naive Pres girl in her high school plaid to a still slightly naive girl in her 30's.
Without getting too much into it, the last few days watching what is happening in our world, has left me with fear and hopelessness. Like most of you, who thinks of herself as a good person, wanting to change her world and leave an impact, it's completely overwhelming to put your feelings into words. I am no political officiando by any means but I would be remiss if I didn't attempt to put some feel good thoughts and photos out there at a time when the world needs a little sequin and a lot of positivity.
I believe in the power of people. I believe that the true human spirit surprises you when you least expect it. It can be as simple and trite as a flamingo snow globe. It can be as powerful as a tremendous act of heroism where somehow energy and bravery is found beneath your soul to just react. It can be supporting someone in the simplest of ways, in silence, where a hug, a kiss or just being is exactly what they need. It can be uncovering unexpected beauty in a spare office with white paper flowers. Beauty can be found anywhere, it all depends on how you look at it, how you embrace it and how you decide to share it. There is good in the world. We just have to uncover those little moments, although at times quiet, but ones that become more powerful than you think to keep hope in our hearts to bring change.
With that, I'll leave you with a few quotes that bring me back to that 20 something baby Tay who had no idea what truly the world ahead of her would be.
"We could all learn a lesson from crayons. Some are sharp, some are beautiful, some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to learn to live in the same box."
"I believe we write our own stories and each time we think we know the end, we don't. Perhaps luck exists somewhere between the world of planning, of chance and in the peace that comes from knowing that you just can't know it all. Life's funny that way... once you let go of the wheel, you might end up right where you belong."
And lastly, one for my inner hopeless romantic...
"I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."