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My name is Taylor.
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Sometimes I forget about things that make me happy and then when I remember, it’s as if I am discovering it for the first time again. I haven’t watched this video in years. I can’t remember the last time that I’ve yell-sung this song. The colors. The photography. The music. The lyrics. The dancing. The energy. It’s all inspiring and I hope that it gives you four minutes of happiness, too. 

I turn the music up
I’m on a roll this time
And heaven is in sight

I am so grateful for places that remind me of how small I am and how big God is. I am forever in awe of how beautiful this world is and am so grateful for my amazing best friends that I get to share these memories with.

fallontonight:

abbythenormalone:

me at the beginning of the semester:

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me in the middle of the semesterimage

me at the end of the semester:

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me after i take my last final:

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The story of a true champion.

Frankly, My Dear…

bedlammagazine:

"When it comes to the things you love, there is no such thing as too much."

An ode to those who give a damn.

http://www.bedlammag.com/heres-to-the-passionate/

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?!

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. 

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