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My name is Taylor.
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corycopeland:

As a Christian who struggles with depression and addiction, I couldn’t scream “AMEN!!” any louder at this piece.

http://www.bedlammag.com/tow-trucks-and-therapists/

"It grieves my heart that counseling is taboo. That being not okay is not okay, and that asking for help should come secondary to our pride."
YES - this stigma has got to change! This article is important.

It has been a lovely spring break. I am grateful for so much - for family and friends that love me despite my many inadequacies, for salty air and warm sunshine, for grace that abounds in every area of life, for laughter that makes my tummy ache, for reuniting with dear friends and making new ones, for technology that is the next best thing to actually hanging out, for free-flowing conversations that are full of authenticity and realizations, for the opportunity to witness love being poured out in my community - all of which would not be possible without my God and His thoughtfulness…to bring these people into my life is something I will never fully comprehend. Tonight as I reflect on this past week, my heart is filled with gratitude and amazement. When I think of all that I have, rather than what is lacking, I realize that life is all about perspective. All of these reasons help strengthen this perspective of gratitude. I hope that I can continue this - to remember who and what and the reasons why I am thankful for - every day, rather than just on the days where I am on a “break”. I hope to be more intentional in trying to pause throughout my days, no matter where I am or what I’m doing, and shift my perspective. Side note:: this photo was taken while eating at Chubbie’s. Cory and Shawn, where you at?!

“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”

— Henri Nouwen

C + J - the perfect blend

Chelsea and Joey are getting married this summer, so Chelsea had a bridal shower. And it was gorgeous. And had the cutest details. My favorite part about this day was what Joey said about Chelsea…he said that he loves Chelsea’s kindness and willingness to others before herself. I couldn’t agree more.

I took a few pictures while I was there - enjoy! 

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Future Mrs. Rotella!

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Tea bag party favors - love this idea!
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Can we talk about this cupcake? All of them were so intricately decorated and beautiful. I almost didn’t want to eat them…almost.
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Obligatory photo when you take pictures alongside your friend. :)
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I can’t wait for this wedding! 

“Is it really that bad if someone sees who you are? Why is it humans have a problem with letting someone else see that they are human?”

Joseph Gogler.

Working on remembering these words and finding comfort in vulnerability. My favorite thing is getting to know someone for who they truly are - for their quirks, fears, dreams, and passions - and I can’t hope to know others if I don’t let myself be known. Gogler’s questions resonate deeply with me. 

“I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.”

— Anne Lamott
I wonder how many moments of joy I have missed throughout my life because I was preoccupied with other things. I love this simple and powerful quote by Marc Johns. Working on becoming intentional to seek out the joy in life this week. 

“Opening your heart and being courageous and telling people that you care about them or like them or that you think they’re special only makes you a better, bigger, kinder, softer, more loving person and it only attracts more love into your life.”

— Amy Poehler

Sisters: Caitlin + Kelley

These beautiful women are Caitlin and Kelley. They are sisters, but I think that they’re also secretly models. I loved photographing them and seeing their relationship, which reminds me of my own with my sister. Siblings are amazing. They’re the best type of friend – you know, the one that can be completely (and sometimes brutally) honest with you, knows you better than anyone else, and can make you laugh and cry like nobody else can. We experience so much life with our siblings, and as we get older, life only gets busier. I was glad to pause time for a bit with these girls and capture life as it is for them right now.

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I had to include this one, too. Same facial expression. Hilarious. :)

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I love these sisters.

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"Strange about learning; the farther I go the more I see that I never even knew existed. A short while ago I foolishly thought I could learn everything - all the knowledge in the world. Now I only hope to be able to know of its existence, and to understand one grain of it."

- Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes