a Taylored Approach
a Taylored Approach
Hello from the coyote fur covered chair in my favorite corner on Chestnut street. I can't tell you the last time I walked into my humble abode, poured myself a glass of wine, put on a tune (currently one of my old school faves, King of Wishful Thinking) and let myself go on a blank page. It's kind of liberating, a little scary depending on how I'm feeling but a pastime I need to bring back ASAP. So the theme of tonight, getting re-inspired and giving back to yourself.
I may have shared before but I'll tell you again. I'm a big card gal. Fun fact that I save most (usually the cutest which people who know me well find the most fitting ones) so there's a volume that's been building. When I'm feeling uninspired or need a quick pick me up, they are my go to. Another I've mentioned is the 8 page letter from FAC (my dad) because after 16 years, his advice still rings true. If you are ever in need of entertainment and thoughts from the wisest guy I know, I'm happy to share as long as it's over a martini. It will always be the most special pieces of paper I own which if you've seen my desk at work (I love paper), that's a bold statement. When I read it, it makes me tear up every time which is a rare occurrence but it's only because I so vividly remember opening it in my La Paz dorm after my parents said goodbye. I even quoted it in my Maid of Honor speech. It's gold.
Why Reserved for Tay? Because I'm learning everyone needs just that and it's one of the hardest things to do. Reserving a little time for yourself that's not spent responding to work emails or working at night, that's without noise in the background or in my case Making a Murderer and that's not even with a book in front of you. It's flexing a different muscle; self reflection. And not the self critical kind where your inner doubt let's you think you could have done more, said more or worked harder. It's turning her off and just giving yourself a chance to reset and realize you conquered the day, however it may have gone.
So if you're in need of a few taglines to get you into Friday, I've rediscovered a few sitting with my palm leaf roommate and TJ's Italian fave. I'll put a star next to the ones from Freddie and if those intrigue you, call me so I have blue cheese stuffed olives on hand.
1. Potential is just that, what could be. How you reach your ultimate potential is up to you.**
2. To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream. Not only plan but also believe.
3. Tough Cookie: Someone with just the right mix of sweetness & strength. One who doesn't crumble under pressure. A fighter who's too busy kicking butt to sit down and cry.
4. You look so young! Did you get peeled or something? (Think birthday carrots)
5. Use your head. Stick to your values. Don't be afraid to be yourself.**
6. Remember the "hunk" from high school. He was "the guy" all the girls wanted. Now he's bald, probably has snotty kids and a bummer of a job. Remember that the ultimate cool is having the courage to be yourself.**
7. It's not just the clothes, it's the attitude.
8. The best combination is to do something you truly love that pays enough to buy the lifestyle you want. Sounds easy but is very hard to find. I'd guess that less than 10% of working adults ever achieve this.**
I'm still inspired walking down the street, galavanting in the most adorable pink Palm Springs hotel and chasing cows in Waco that I realized I have a lot to catch up on to share the adventures, the photos, a few fears and a couple goals I have for the balance of the year. A lot more to come as I'm putting challenges to myself in writing. Put the work computer away and be present to myself to name a few. That one is still tough and one I haven't been able to conquer in the last 6 years.
Creature of habit, victim of career passion... that's TC. But then again, I wouldn't be me.
Until next time,