My Experience at a Photo Shoot

Friday, I had an incredible opportunity to pose for a photo shoot with Adidas Volleyball.  It was quit an experience and definitely one I will never forget!

I have a history with volleyball and that’s a part of the reason that I was asked to pose for the shoot.  I was practicing my poses beforehand but was not prepared for what actually happened!

All of the girls were asked to play games and act out scenarios for pictures.  I haven’t really played in about 5 years so I was very nervous. We had to continuously repeat hits, sets, and spikes, over and over again until the photographer got the perfect angle. And we ended up playing for 4 hours.

The day still wasn’t over at that point, we had a little break then we went back to playing volleyball. After lunch, we had to take studio pictures. So each model had to pose in different outfits.  This wasn’t bad but it’s extremely hard to act ‘natural’ when someone is screaming act natural while taking 100 different pictures.  Not only was I photographed in volleyball gear but also workout clothes. The day totaled 11 hours.


It was such a cool experience but super exhausting! If anyone says models have easy job has never experienced it behind the scenes! I received very sore muscles, bruises in odd places, as well as some cool swag! What an experience!

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Breakfast of Champions 

 

(This is her attempt at a selfie. Drunk.)

 

I’m at my grandparent’s house this weekend and my conversation this morning went a little like this…

Grandma: “I think I’m gonna make myself a drink.” *pulls out a bottle of vodka

Me: “Granny, it’s 9am…”

Grandma: *shrugs her shoulders “I’ll put it in a coffee cup then.”

 

 

What Obsession?!

So I’m sitting at work, minding my own business and someone comes up to me and asks “Don’t you think you’re a little too old to be obsessed with Harry Potter?” I take a sip of my coffee and say, “What makes you think I’m obsessed? Now be gone with you muggle!”

The only laughter I heard was my own. I find myself hilarious sometimes…

Happy Thursday Ya’ll!


10 Best Practices for Inner Peace

Between work, home and just life in general, it is really difficult to take some time to just BREATH! So…I have outlined 10 of my best practices for inner peace! These small things really help me and I hope they help you!

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Live Unplugged

Try to live unplugged as much as you can! By unplugged, I mean leave the phone alone. Don’t take it to dinner with you, leave it on the charger in another room while watching tv! Just leave it! You’ll feel instantly better and people will enjoy your company as well as your undivided attention.

Take a New Fitness Class

Whether it is Yoga, Pilates, or Crossfit; find out what works for you. Even if it’s, pole dancing! Do it! The extra energy will feel great and your body will look awesome too! Bonus!

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Try a New Hobby

Always wanted to make your own clothes? Do it!! Take a cooking class! Try surfing. Do something that you find enjoyable!

Read More

This could go under hobby so it’s sorta cheating…oh well! I enjoying reading and nothing feels better than getting absorbed into a story and really connecting to the characters! Here is one of my posts above about my favorite Summer Reads!

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Sleep In

Feeling drained all the time? That’s your body telling you that you need to catch up on some zzzz’s. On your day off, don’t set your alarm and just let your body naturally wake you up! You’ll be glad you did! And don’t forget, sleep cures almost anything!

Treat Yo Self!

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Take a personal day and just pamper yourself. Get a massage or a facial. Do something that makes your feel good! I’m not girlie girl but getting a mani/pedi always makes me feel pretty!  (Thank you Parks and Rec for that sweet gif!)

Meditate

This isn’t for everyone but I’ve heard that once you get in to it, then you’re able to control your inner peace. But if you’re anything like me, where you have a constant rap song playing in your head or just an up beat tempo, clearing your mind can be a little tricky. So go back to taking up a new hobby!

Look for a New Work Adventure

Boy, have I had some bad jobs! Going home super stressed thinking about that stupid job and barely being able to sleep because a million things are running through your head. I swear, my last position, I went through a bottle of wine a night and I don’t even care for wine that much! It really takes a toll on your body and mind and it’s just not worth it! So find another job that you love! Say “peace bitches,” to that ungrateful boss that doesn’t appreciate you or your work ethic!

Just Dance

One of my favorite things to do at home is blast some music and do stuff around the house. Which usually involves me dancing. And sometimes I don’t even complete the work I was set to do. Instead, I find myself performing and just dancing around my house. When I’m finished I’m usually laughing and smiling. Can’t dance? Who cares…you’re home alone, just do it, even if you’re in your birthday suit!

Travel Often

Go away for the weekend! Even if it is an hour away.  Just go somewhere and clear your head! If you have the ability, go somewhere farther, preferably a beach with a cold one in your hand! I try to travel as often as possible to keep my sanity!

Easy..right?!? Now, take some time for yourself and relax!

Love ya’ll!

Taylor


Annual Girl’s Weekend


Every year, a group of us girls take a trip to a cabin in Wisconsin. Some lake fun, late nights drinking and games, and always a lot of laughs.

It’s always a fun weekend with these girls, and I always leave with something. This year it was my realization that I am very thankful for growing up like I did. I’ll explain.

I have been on a boat so many times growing up and everything just kind of comes natural for me.  Like docking, driving, motor issues, etc.  So, a lot of the other girls didn’t know some of the basic boat ‘etiquette’ you could say, so I was a little reluctant about going out with these girls because it’s always good to have at least 2 people who know exactly what’s going on.

A friend of mine owned the boat that we took up north and when we were about to put the boat in the water, I asked all the checklist questions about the plug, keys, life jackets….all that. She said “yes, I went through everything.”  I’m thinking okay, cool, we are ready to go.

She backs the trailer in and I pull the boat out on the water and I’m giving it some gas taking it down the lake a little bit, waiting for the girls to put up the trailer.  I go dock the boat and I look back and there is so much water in the boat. I’m thinking to myself, “what the hell?!?”  So I quickly pull the boat up to a dock and pretty much punch the gas to the dock where it is also very sandy and just pull it as close to shore as I can.  I flip the pump switch (which allows any water coming in to be pumped out) and start throwing all the stuff out of the boat to relieve some of the weight.  Chairs and coolers were just flying on to the shore.


So the owner of the boat comes over and she’s freaking out. And I’m asking her questions to try to find out what’s happening. And she is standing on the dock in complete shock.  So I dive off the back and feel for the hole that is usually plugged up and the plug was gone.  So at that point, it was a race against the clock (or the rushing water) and I’m searching this entire boat for the plug.  I run back to the truck and find the plug in the truck bed and sprint back to the boat, jump in the water and plug the hole. Phew! I’m sweating thinking about this again.

My friend was still standing there starring. And I just start laughing. I’m like “girl, your boat was about to sink!” Then it hits her, and she’s like “oh shit, oh shit…what can I do?!?”  I’m say, “nothing now, your boat is good, just a little wet. And I think you need to consider selling this thing.”

When I say I’m thankful for the way I grew up, it’s because I was able to control this specific situation through my experiences.  As a child, my family would go camping for the weekend and take the boat and just water ski and cookout the whole time. I didn’t realize at the time that I was learning actual life skills or sweet MacGyver techniques. Another story that I’ll write about later on, was when I got lost in the woods.  Yuck! Besides that specific experience, I am very grateful for my childhood and the little things that I learned! Simply a blessing in disguise! I hope everyone had an exciting weekend!

Thanks Ya’ll!!!!


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Trying New Things

As easily as I get scared, I am always up to try new and adventurous things.  Let me backtrack here, I am terrified of heights…like terrified. I don’t know exactly what happens to my body once I am up high, but my brain sends out this warning to the rest of my body and it locks up and I’m frozen.  Moving forward…

Dominican Republic

On my last trip to the Dominican Republic, I went zip-lining through the rain forest. I was thinking to myself “YES, I’m adventurous and a total badass. I got this.” But once I was in my harness and leaning over the edge in a tower swaying above some of the tallest trees in the rain forest, I started to second guess my decision. At that point, I’m thinking, “well this is dumb.”  I started to back away from the edge and was not going to do it.

“My fear of missing a once in a life time opportunity outweighed my fear of heights.”

Decision Time

Then I had some running commentary in my head, “Really?!?! Are you going to be a chicken and back out?! Seriously?!”  I stopped thinking completely and just did it.  I flew through that bad boy! Zooming through trees, feet touching water and birds just flying all around me! Best decision I have ever made.  My fear of missing a once in a life time opportunity outweighed my fear of heights.

Reasoning

Now, when I’m faced with a decision that terrifies me, I look back on this time. I just said to myself “screw it.” And do it.  I was so worried that I was going to look back and say that I wish I would have at least tried it. Since then, I have tried everything, well almost everything, that I come across.  Whether it’s food, excursions, or events.  I have said, “YES!” And I am happier then I have ever been and I also have amazing stories to tell! Next time you are in a situation where you are facing one of your fears, just say “F -IT!” You’ll regret that you didn’t!

I will also try to find my zip-lining pics for you guys! Stay tuned!

 

 


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