a Taylored Approach
It's no secret I believe the circle of friends I've surrounded myself with are #GirlBosses. Call it a bond of retail, call it a bond of older sibling syndrome or call it a bond of passion but to this day, I am incredibly thankful these women have come into my life. I am still trying to land a tagline to don the next level of bosses that don't need the prefix of "girl" because in my core, I believe even though the movement inspired me to be a driver of my career, it's been done and I'm ready for the next thing. The women who want to make a difference and ultimately, as I've experienced a desire for in the last year, the women who want to drive change. The women who want to be bold.
I've been thinking a lot about my career lately as my 5 year work-a-versary has arrived. 1.7.13. 5 years. 15% of my life (Yes, I am totally a numbers geek now) but nonetheless, 15% of my life and an uncountable number of hours I spend with a team I love, in an industry I am beyond passionate about that's going through a ton of change which ultimately has ignited my perseverance to turn what I know to be true upside down. A future brand president? Lately, I've had grande thoughts. And for those who have followed the blog since the beginning, you know work is the one thing I can't shut out, the one thing in my life that has taken over and still the one thing in my life the right love could conquer.
As I reflect on the last 5 years, the girl who walked into that office 5 years ago is completely different than the mighty blonde in the enormous fur jacket who charges in each day with the belief even in the slightest way, she could leave her mark and be that difference. I am humbled by the fast track I've had in my career and as I take a step back to understand how I've accomplished all of it, a few things come to mind. If I could tell my 20 year old timid self how to own a room, she'd succeed with just these 5.
1) Trust your gut. Stop questioning yourself.
2) There are no ceilings.
3) The work Tay will always be fearless.
4) Don't apologize.
5) Be passionate. It will be the reason you reach for things and ultimately, how you captivate a room.
And while the work scale still excels, a New Year is here to find new ways to recharge the career mind of TC. In my dad's recent post about 'tude, there were a few catchy things that resonated with me of how I can up the 'tude in my personal life. I'll throw a few words at you as I think New Years #goals. Attitude. Fortitude. Magnitude. Put them all together and you can change the course, keep the good that's present going and ultimately, reshape what you want your future to look like. That's the personal side of TC right now. I'm basically Meg Ryan's character in You've Got Mail (ironically her AIM username was Shop Girl, how fitting!), where when I have a game time decision or moment, I get tongue-tied, can't articulate what I really want to say, explain how I really feel or what I really want. And while she is cute, the work TC would totally kick this TC's tush. So goal #1 is for Tay to be bold inside and outside of the office.
I'll leave you with this as I soak in the fashion of the Globes and add to my must watch list.
Leave something better than you found it and be the change you want to see.
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."
It's official. A Taylored Approach landed herself a domain. So techie of me right? But it was time to up the ante and make it known with my own .com. The main reservation I had starting a blog was finding the right name. I overthink. I criticize. I get scared. I get "Taylored." So instead of putting the blogging goal off with every excuse in the book, I took a leap this year (a pretty big one) to go with what felt right. Being me. The girl who is accessory obsessed with little things everywhere in her home and is easily thrilled by something as simple as a flamingo snow globe. The girl who struggles with finding balance between work and making time for love. The girl who has no fear being a boss in the office but when it comes to navigating life outside those glass doors, needs a bit of a nudge. This blog is for her.
So what is A Taylored Approach?
It's a place that is 100% TC. It's always glittery. It will hope to inspire you to let go and live your best life. It's a vision that came to life the day I stood outside that Pink door in 105* heat lathered in sequins. It's my photographic journal. It's a daily reminder that everyone's path is just that... your own. It's my heart. It's my home.
What better way to celebrate than with a mini Veuve and the tallest champagne stem ever. It's a chic step up from my Olivia Pope inspired red wine beauties. With Fall vibes in the air, I decided it was time to switch up the fur setup at the TA office with my Vince coyote jacket. When I'm feeling inspired, I cuddle up, play tunes and get in the zone.
A big sequin kiss to those who have been so supportive in encouraging me to make this creative and lifestyle venture a reality. Continue to follow it, share it and let your own approach on all things big and small let you live your best life.