Dear Summer 2018

Health, Lifestyle

Dear Summer 2018,

Thank you for allowing me to discover a better version of myself, my life , my fears , my values and my goals. I have learned that happiness is contagious and that it is important to spread it to everyone. I have also learned that my happiness is untouchable and my success is not measurable to any one else’s success. There will always be someone ahead of you and someone who is behind you. When people see how happy you are and how well you are doing, you are strong and you are unstoppable. Sometimes strength is not always shown by what is on the outside, but more what is on the inside 🙂

You allowed me to realize that life isn’t always easy, but the more positive you are, the more things fall into place. Some of the best people enter your life and change your life when you least expect them. Boys also come and go and being a single crazy girl is so important, because self love is the best love and hanging out with the girls can change your entire day! Drinking your favorite iced coffee every morning before work, school, or the gym is seriously a game changer and I will now always abide by that.

Eating a chocolate cupcake more than once a month or once a week, will not kill me or make me fat. Thank you for making me realize that I am a dreamer and that I should never settle for less than what I dream. I realized how good I have it in this world , how loved I am and hat I actually am good at the things I am passionate about. Making other people happy and inspiring others is something that I love doing and someone else’s laughter can light up the room and make your day.

I am good at the things I love, however I do not know everything and never will. I love learning from others who love the things I am most passionate about and there are so many talented people in this world, who deserve a lot more credit and showing that that you notice it can change their entire day.

I also learned how much I love to just take a walk and admire what is around me. I also learned that I am really addicted to my phone and I hope to one day be able to not be on it so much.

Waking up at 9:00AM will always be better than waking up at 11:00AM and there is nothing better than a morning run. I mean, waking up to do it stinks, but the end is worth it.

This summer has brought me so much joy and has let me appreciate so many things I never realized I loved. It also made me realize how special life is, so live it to the fullest everyday and make sure others are doing the same around you.

Here’s to being a better version of myself , with a curly haired picture of myself, because that is my most authentic self.

Once again, thank you Summer 2018… you have made me a better person and I have learned so much in these past few months.

With love,

XO Taylor ❤

 

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5 Things I Do in Order to Kick Start my Day

Lifestyle

Hi Everyone,

Long time, no blog! I am sure everyone is enjoying their summer and keeping busy. I am currently sitting on my front porch enjoying the beautiful New England sunshine 🙂 Sometimes when I am most relaxed, I think of the things I do in order to decompress and have an overall good day!

I wanted to share 5 things I have incorporated into my everyday routine with you guys. The reason I am sharing these with you is because these things have helped me to get a kick start to my everyday and have overall improved my well-being.

I think that life goes by so fast and people easily lose sight of that one little thing they love. This one thing they have lost sight of makes their day better 🙂 My personal thought  on this is you have to take 5 minutes of your day to do at least one thing you love. Seriously, that one thing could change your day!

If you are unsure of what your “niche” could be, maybe this will inspire you! Lets begin 🙂

  1. Morning Run – I catch a 7:20 AM train in order to go to NYC for my internship. I personally enjoy waking up early. Some days I wake up at 5:30 AM in order to go on a morning run. Everyone says that I am crazy, but this really helps me decompress and think about what my day will entail. I know waking up at the crack of dawn isn’t everyone’s favorite thing, but once you get used to it, you might realize you like it 🙂
  2. Almond Milk Iced Latte – That right there is my everyday coffee order. Not going to lie, I drop $25 dollars a week on coffee alone. Some of you guys might read that and say to yourself “that is insane”! However, coffee is one thing I will go all out on. I enjoy going to little coffee shops in NY everyday. Is it overpriced? YES, but I love giving money to small coffee shops with charm, rather than a Starbucks or Dunkin. 
  3. Walk around Bryant Park on my lunch break – Sitting at your desk all day is seriously just an invitation to be in a cranky mood. I have started to eat my lunch while I work. On my lunch break , I take a walk around Bryant Park. This walk helps me admire the beauty outside the office and enjoy the smaller things in life. If you know me well, you know I am a big people watcher. Seriously, if you take a few minutes a day to look at the people around you , you may learn something new or become inspired to do something enjoyable that they are doing. 
  4. Reading my daily horoscope and sending some of my friends theirs too – Personally, I love reading my daily horoscope. For me, it relates to a lot of what I am going through/thinking sometimes. I even started sending my friends theirs in the morning. It gets you thinking and it is kind of fun. So, now you just learned a fun fact about me! I am one of those crazy daily horoscope readers!
  5. Listening to my favorite album  – Music is a great way to kickstart your day and end it. Right now my favorite album is Khalid’s, American Teen, album. I love his voice and I listen to it on the train every morning and evening. Some songs even going on repeat, 10 times or more. I encourage you to find just that one song that makes your day better 🙂 

I am going to end this blog with a quote:

” When you love what you have , you have everything you need”. With that said, stop searching and enjoy what is around you!

XOXO Taylor ❤

10 Countries Later… but Sweden is Extra Special

Lifestyle

Hi Everyone,

I am currently traveling with my family in Sweden. Our awesome family friend Meta , from Denmark has even tagged on along with us.

It’s only been day 3 out of the 17 we are spending traveling! Norway is our next stop. However, I am so happy here and this summer is seriously going my way. I don’t mean that in a selfish sense, but this summer seems extra special. Between an internship, traveling and spending time with friends and family…. this summer made a summer break from college worth it.

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Here are some pictures to show the beauty of Stockholm and Valxhom❤️

I don’t want this post to be super long, but I did want to give everyone a life update. As the days go on here , I have realized that sometimes you fall in love with a place for a reason. Traveling is something I have always loved and something I encourage for everyone.

” To travel is to live”

Xoxo Taylor ❤

A Day in My Life : NYC Internship

Lifestyle

Long time, no blog post! Between finals and picking up a summer internship, I have been all over the map. I am certainly not completely adjusted to being home, but I am just about there.

This summer I have been fortunate enough to take on an internship position at LOFT corporate offices in NYC. My key to taking on an internship is NETWORKING. By making good connections, you can land an internship somewhere that you truly have an interest and passion in!

My day-to-day includes commuting to NYC, Monday through Friday. I would not have it any other way. I have been to many places around the world, however, this place is where my heart lies. I know the moment I walk into Grand Central, I am ready to take on my day.

Without further or do, let’s get started!

6:00 AM – This is when I wake up. The sound of my alarm going off, is probably one of the worst parts of my day! I think to myself, can’t I just sleep in a little bit later?  But I know if I do not get up, I will miss my train.

7:00 AM – 7:20 AM – This is the time I usually hop on my train. Some days I catch an earlier one, other times I catch a later one. Usually I decide what train I want to get on based if I want to take my time and walk around before I get to the office.

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM – This is when my train finally gets in. Getting off the train, without getting wacked by someones purse is actually an accomplishment. NYC is crowded, my best advice is to KEEP WALKING.

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM- I work till 12 and then usually take a break for lunch. I am not a heavy lunch eater. So usually I pack some fruit, overnight oats or I run out to get a coffee! Some awesome places are Zaro’s, Joe & The Juice, and Joe Coffee!

12:30 PM – 5:00 PM – This is when I crank out the last of my work. Schedule interviews, maybe sit in on a meeting, and double-check that I did everything I needed to get done!

5:00 PM – TIME TO GO HOME! I love my internship, but nothing is better than when it hits 5:00 PM. By this point I am exhausted and start heading back to Grand Central to catch my train home.

This is my life Monday-Friday. Commuting is tiring, but I would not trade this experience for anything else.

So happy to be back and blogging! Happy Tuesday everyone 🙂

XO Taylor<3

10 Things I Learned my Freshman Year of College

Lifestyle

As my freshman year of college is coming to an end, I thought I would make a post on some of the things I have learned within the past year.

So….without further or due, lets begin!

  1. It really does go as fast as everyone says : Take advantage of every second you have and go outside of your comfort zone. Move in day seemed like just yesterday , but move out day is just around the corner.
  2. You will meet your best friends, but it takes time : Everyone wants to meet their best friends within the first week of being at school. However, the actuality of that actually happening is so slim. You will eventually find your people. 
  3. First semester makes it seem like college will be an easy ride: Not going to lie, second semester made me realize that my major was harder than it seemed. 
  4. Having neighbors is one of my favorite things:  Of course there are people who stick to themselves, but I have found that forming as many bonds as I can with people on my floor has made me love this school even more.
  5. I brought way too many clothes to college: Lets face is, you wear workout clothes Monday-Friday.
  6. Joining Sigma Kappa is one of the best decisions I ever made: I knew I always wanted to join a sorority, but I also had doubts it wasn’t for me. Joining a sorority on a bigger campus, especially being from out-of-state, has only made me make more friends and has allowed me to go out of my comfort zone. 
  7. My dorm room is one of my favorite places: It literally is what you will call home 
  8. I have microwaved too many potatoes for dinner: Dining halls really do get old.
  9. Doing laundry is the worst: Don’t lie, you take at least one pair of leggings out of your laundry basket each week.
  10. It is what you make of it: Always take risks, go outside the box and follow your heart ❤

I hope you guys enjoyed this post…

Till next time,

XOXO Taylor<3

A Day In My Life: NYC Edition

Lifestyle

You can take the girl out of New York, but you cannot take the New Yorker out of the girl.

The city is one of my favorite places to be. In fact, I think it is probably my favorite place in the world. Despite having traveled around beautiful countries in Europe and to some Caribbean islands, I always find myself the most at home, the moment I step off the train and onto the platform at Grand Central Station. I believe this feeling might generate from my whole entire family originally being from New York, including myself. With that said, there is an unexplainable feeling I get when I am in the city, that feeling is something I  have really never experienced anywhere else.

So, now it’s time for you to follow me around Downtown Manhattan. My personal favorite place… Soho!

First Stop: Grand Central Station

In order to actually get to the city, you will need to take the train, or you can drive. Personally,  I like to take the train, I feel like it is apart of the experience. Sure it gets crowded, but that is NYC for you. Think of the train ride as preparation for the subway, or even the sidewalks. Even if you have seen Grand Central Station 1,000 times, you will still be mesmerized by the beauty inside every time. You will always someone taking a picture, and a picture being ruined by someone walking through it. Anyways, first stop…. Grand Central! Grand central

Second Stop: Westbourne 

The beauty about New York City is that there is always somewhere you can go to get some pretty good food. I feel like I normally stick to the same old places, that are still pretty good, but this time I wanted to try something new. Plus, I was with two of my best friends and by the time we took the 6 train from Grand Central, to Bleeker St. , in Soho, they were getting really hungry. We walked around for a little bit, until we found a LA – inspired cafe, that sits right on Sullivan St. I highly recommend, plus, it happened to be a vegetarian restaurant too… a perk for some people!

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Third Stop: Eden Fine Art Gallery & Kate Spade 

I am not a huge art gallery person, but one thing I really enjoy about Eden Fine Art Gallery is that everything that is in there is always vibrant and fun. I was not allowed to take pictures inside, so I took what I could from the outside. The pictures will speak for themselves!

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We also passed a Kate Spade store, so why not go in? Balling on a budget is my life story, along with majority of other college students in this world. Although I did not buy anything, I did look and dream that my closet one day look like the store itself!

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Fourth Stop: Georgetown Cupcake & Cafe Aroma

Cupcakes aren’t something I normally crave, but something about Georgetown Cupcakes I tell you! If you know me, you know that if it involves peanut butter, I like it. I went with the peanut butter, chocolate chip swirl cupcake. Peanut butter + chocolate… I think YES!

After Georgetown cupcakes, my friend Rachel insisted we try Cafe Aroma. I had never been to Cafe Aroma before and neither had she, but she saw on a sign outside that they had blended iced coffee. The words “iced coffee”, are music to my ears. Blended or not, we had to go in. Rachel has tried blended iced coffee before, I had no clue what it was. All you need to know about blended iced coffee is that you need to try it.

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Final Stop: 9/11 Memorial

I had never been to the 9/11 memorial before and while Rachel was in town from Cleveland,  it was a must see on her bucket list. It has been on my bucket list too, I just had never gotten the chance to go and see it yet. My other bff Meg showed us around the memorial, since she had been before. The memorial itself is truly beautiful. Although the memorial represents a devastating time in history, I do not want to end my blog post on a sad note. However, if you ever get the chance to go, you should!

I hope you guys enjoyed “following me around” Soho! My friends and I had an amazing time.

Till next time….

XO Taylor<3

Spring Break Travel Diary : Cleveland, Ohio

Lifestyle

I started off my week-long spring break, by taking a trip to Cleveland, Ohio, with two of my all time best friends, Meg and Rachel. Meg and I are both from Fairfield, Connecticut,  so Rachel wanted to show us that Ohio isn’t just farmland. Considering the three of us were only in Cleveland for three days, Rachel wanted to make sure she took us to a few of her favorite places.

Friday: Arrival Day

I didn’t take many picture on Friday, since we took Friday to relax at Rachel’s house with her family. The drive from school is about four hours to Cleveland, so when we arrived at Rachel’s house her mom set up a “happy hour”! As day turned into night, we met more of Rachel’s family and neighborhood friends. On top of all of this my stomach had a massive food baby in it considering the amount Chick-fil-A nuggets I had. All I can say to that is that there is nothing like being with awesome people, and having some really good chicken nuggets…..

Saturday: A Day Full of Adventure

Stop 1. The Stone Oven – Rachel took us to one of her favorite breakfast/lunch spots. One of my favorite things to have when I first wakeup is a bowl of oatmeal. So, when we went to Stone Oven that is exactly what I got, topped with fresh blueberries, strawberries, sliced almonds and little bit of brown sugar. Was it good? I think the picture down below will answer the question!

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Stop 2. Chagrin Falls – I loved everything about Chagrin Falls. The town almost reminded me of Chatham in Cape Cod, just smaller. The best way to describe this place is “charming”. The shops located in town are super cute, and it is the perfect place to grab a coffee or bite to eat with friends.

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Stop 3. Downtown Cleveland – Originally I thought Downtown Cleveland would be a smaller version of New York City, however, it is very different. Cleveland consists of mostly restaurants and little to no shopping, but this didn’t stop me from really liking my time downtown. Rachel’s family took us out to dinner at a super cool restaurant called Town Hall, which had a variety of vegan and paleo options. Although what I got wasn’t vegan or paleo, it is a good option for people who have dietary restrictions, or even myself who sometimes want to remain healthy when going out. Then we went to Mitchell’s, which is a delicious ice-cream place, that Rachel never stops talking about… even when we are at school. After we were all done with dinner and ice-cream, we drove around Downtown Cleveland to explore. The day was certainly long, but I enjoyed every second of it!

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Sunday: Bye Cleveland

Sunday meant that it was time for Meg and I to fly back home, and take Rachel with us, to show her around Connecticut and New York City. The trip to Cleveland was super fun, and Rachel proved Meg and I both wrong. We both learned that Ohio is not just made up of a bunch of farmland.

So far it’s been three days back in our hometown in Connecticut, and Rachel has learned that it does not look like the suburbs of Chicago!

Till the next adventure….

XOXO Taylor

Check out Rachel and Meg’s blogs:

Rachel – franklydarling.blog

Meg – theblondeonbricks.wordpress.com