Thankful Thursday: Focusing on Real Life

Last week we were in Colorado and St. George, which was a lot of fun, but this week it’s back to real life! We’ve been struggling to get back into a routine with the dog at night and in the morning. But, it’s also good to be back home!

What I’m thankful for this week:

  • Sleeping in my own bed! I love our mattress and my pillow, plus sleeping in your own bed just really is the best!
  • The health challenge at work. It get’s me up and moving more throughout the day instead of sitting at my desk all day.
  • Persephone! She’s a big challenge (she’s got so much puppy energy) but we love her, and coming home to her and Griffin is the best!
  • Vacation! I loved heading out of town for a few days. We went and hung out with Griffin’s parents in Colorado for a few days and then went down to St. George with my family to see Newsie’s at Tuacahn! It was fun to get away, sleep in (we didn’t bring the dog), and relax.

Taking a break to enjoy real life:

So, I mentioned it on my story on Instagram yesterday and also in a Tweet that I’m going to be taking a break from social media for a few days. I haven’t actually decided how long I’m going to be unplugged, but I just need a break.

The other day I was extremely anxious and I spent nearly all day on Instagram and Twitter, getting more and more triggered as the day went on. It wasn’t until I went to bed that night when I realized what had happened. So, yesterday morning I got up and deleted the Facebook and Twitter app’s off of my phone (I kept Instagram because of the work account I’ll still be needing to manage, but I signed out of my personal account.)

I’ve been wanting to unplug for awhile now, but I keep making up excuses for why I need to use social media every day. It’s my job. I need to use it to promote my blog. If I sign off, I’ll miss what everyone else is up to… etc. So, it’s time to take a break.

I’m planning to spend more time with Griffin, read, write, and work on my relationship with God and His word. I still plan on blogging frequently, I just won’t necessarily be sharing it all over social media right away. Have you unplugged from social media recently? I read a post early this week about someone who had unplugged while they were on vacation, and it gave me the motivation I needed to unplug myself. It’s only been one day and old habits die hard, but I’m also enjoying the peace and quiet, instead of the constant need to refresh Twitter.

What are you thankful for this week?

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Sleepy Monday


Persephone didn’t really sleep last night, and when she did it was just for a few hours at a time. After a week of sleeping in and through the night, I woke up sleepy and beyond grumpy. Last night Griffin and I decided that we would tough it out and get up early in the morning (sometimes before 6) to take Persephone on a (much needed) walk. That puppy has so much energy! Needless to say, as I followed her and Griffin around the few blocks this morning, I mumbled and grumbled.

It’s honestly been a struggle all morning at work, I keep getting up and walking around (mainly to stay awake.) And I’m having the hardest time focusing. But it’s the Monday after a long, lazy vacation. I’m pumping myself up by reading blog posts, updating our company’s Twitter, and thinking about dinner tonight.

Monday’s are tough when you’re sleepy, but they can be great if you change your attitude.

It’s taken a few hours, but I’m trying to think positively about today and this week. I’m looking for the good instead of focusing on the negative. (Like how it’s the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter today! How cool is that?) Anyway, what do you do when you wake up grumpy?

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Life Lately

Life lately has been incredibly weird, busy, and a little overwhelming. I made a goal to blog every day this month, and well… that hasn’t happened at all. This morning, I woke up in my grandparent’s house in St. George. After spending most of this past week in Colorado with Griffin’s parents we headed down to St. George with my family to see Newsies at the Tuacahn. It’s been a fun week, and I’ll be a little sad when it’s back to real life.

But as I sat thinking this morning, I couldn’t help but ask myself “am I happy with my life right now?” “am I happy with who I am right now?” That second question hit me hard because, in a lot of ways, the answer is no. I notice myself complaining all too often, over things that usually don’t matter. I feel as though I’ve been lazy for no reason at all and not really having the motivation to do anything.  Thankfully, some of these might be easier fixes than others.

Why I blog.

It’s funny how I set a goal to blog every day this month, I even planned out a post for every day. Posts that I still hope to write in the future, but this month it wasn’t happening. I had no desire to sit down and write blog posts. This morning I was scrolling through Instagram and I clicked on a blogger that I used to read religiously, and she made it easy, as she blogs every weekday, but I clicked on her blog and started to read. I have always LOVED reading Stephanie Nielson’s blog. Her words fill me with hope, and even though not all of our personal values are exactly the same, I find so much joy as I read her blog.

And that’s when it hit me.

I’ve been trying so hard to make my blog into something that I don’t want. I follow a lot of bloggers on social media, but I realized that I haven’t actually been reading their blogs all that much. I mean, I do sometimes, but most of the time what they are talking about isn’t interesting to me. But NieNie Dialogues was interesting to me again today.

Living the life I want.

I want to blog, write, read, and be me. I created this blog so that I could share my story with the world, that’s the purpose of it. If you’re looking for a fashion blogger or a blogger who writes about blogging, you’re not going to find it here.

Life get’s crazy sometimes, and I feel like this is a lesson I’ve learned over and over again, that I need to hold fast to my values. I don’t need to be anyone else. I’m Taylor, and that’s enough. Books are my favorite thing, talking about mental health is important to me, sharing my experiences helps me move forward. So, I may not be the most popular blogger, maybe I’ll never be Instagram famous, but even from the beginning, those things haven’t mattered to me.

Keeping it real.

I want to be real about my challenges, but also my victories. Talking about mental health helps me dig deep into the emotions that I’m feeling but don’t always want to acknowledge. Being real on my blog and in life is important to me. So, I guess all these jumbled thoughts from today come down to this, a promise to my readers.

I promise to write fairly consistently on my blog (at least once a week.) I promise to write about life, mental health, books, and all the things that I’m passionate about. And I promise to keep it real, and I hope you do the same.

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Thankful Thursday: Holiday Weekend

I love Holiday’s! And Holiday weekends are the best, time spent with family, friends, and making memories. Since Monday was Memorial Day, I went with my mom and sister to the cemetery’s close by and then headed home. Griffin and I made homemade Ice cream (I’ll share the recipe at some point) and invited some friends over. It was a good time!

What I’m thankful for this week:

  • The holiday, obviously. Gotta love the long weekends!
  • Persephone sleeping 6-7 hours at a time!! This is huge! We’re finally getting more sleep.
  • Going on walks. Griff and I get to talk about our day and whatever is on our mind, plus we get exercise (and then the dog is sleepy!)
  • Podcasts. I started listening to a few new ones this week at work and on my commute. I LOVE IT! Do you listen to Podcasts, if so, which ones?
  • MH Twitter chats. I’ve joined in on a few mental health chats on twitter and I love the MH community. I gain so much from each of the chats and I get to connect with people.

Life Update:

  • We rearranged our furniture to open up our space. We know have a couch against the window, which makes it so Persephone doesn’t want to go outside every five minutes. The window has a ledge that Persephone now walks on and sits on. Basically, she’s a cat.
  • Griffin’s been sick, caught some sort of bug. I hope he gets better soon!
  • We had people over! Since we’ve been married we’ve had 2 get togethers (averages 1 per year I guess) we like people, but we also like it being just us. Granted, we have had 1 or 2 people over at a time more than this, but we’ve only had a larger number of people over twice.
  • I made a plan to blog every day in the month of June! (Well, Monday – Friday) All about books and mental health! I’m so excited to share these posts with you!

I think that’s it for this week. We’re enjoying the warmer weather and I love that it’s starting to feel like summer (even though I’m still just working full time!) What have you been up to this week?


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Thankful Thursday + Life Update

I recently found a new blog where the blogger posts what she’s thankful for every Monday! I loved the idea, and wanted to try it out. So, here we are, Thankful Thursday.

Here’s what I’m thankful for this week:

  • New office decorations at work, I love the way it looks now! I had nothing to do with the decorations, but still, pretty great!
  • Warm weather! It’s finally getting warm, which means I don’t dread going out with the dog in the middle of the night. But mostly, I’m just excited for summer! ((But it has been FREEZING the past few days, it SNOWED yesterday so maybe it’s getting warmer))
  • Good books. I’ve been reading You Are a Badass and Strange the Dreamer which I am loving! Books that I truly love have been hard to find, but I’m impressed with these ones.
  • Persephone (our pup) is finally sleeping through the night! Which basically means she sleeps from 10 to about 4-5 which is great and awesome. This doesn’t happen every night, but when it does, it’s the best thing.
  • This is my third blog post this week! I’ve been struggling to get into a normal routine with blogging. I want to post at least 3 times a week, and I’m slowly working up to that! I can’t wait to share my new content with you!

Life Update:

  • I decided to change my major (again) I’m back to Psychology. After a lot of thought about what I want to do with my life, it seems like the best fit for me. I’m excited to be going back to school in the fall, and starting with a new degree.
  • That being said, I’m still working on a book. A few weeks ago I made a five year plan for the books that I want to finish. Currently, I’m working on a book about superhero’s that I started in high school (and occasionally I work on another novel that I started in high school)
  • We started getting Winder Farms Grocery Delivery and I LOVE IT. Because it means I don’t have to go shopping! We only get a few things that we really love from Winder Farms since the price tag is a little high, but the quality is FANTASTIC. Everything else though I get from Grocery Pickup! It saves me time and I don’t have to go to the store. (Maybe someday I’ll write a post about how shopping is not my thing…)
  • I got a calling at church. This means I have an opportunity to serve. I’ll be working in Activity Days (Girls 8-11) and I’m beyond excited!

Well, that’s everything this week! I look forward to sharing my life update and the things I’m grateful for each week! (If I hosted a linkup for this topic would you join?) I hope you all have an amazing Friday, and an even better weekend! What are you thankful for this week?


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