New Years Resolutions

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I’m not a person to make resolutions because I feel like they can be easily broken. I am more of a person that just changes my lifestyle to fit my needs for that time.

This year, I have decided that I would actually write out resolutions and share with you guys…also so you can hold me accountable. I’ll break it up into sections and than add the resolutions under each.


LIFE/HEALTH

  1. I will eat healthier.
  2. I will get into the best shape of my life.
  3. I will be happy.
  4. I will help more people.
  5. I will be a better person, just in general.

WORK

  1. I will continue working on my blog and create engaging content.
  2. I will reach 10,000+ blog followers for 2017.
  3. I will become very successful in my career.
  4. I will love my work.
  5. I will help people through my job.
  6. I will finish writing my book.


That’s all I have folks! I know I should have been doing this all along but I’m sticking to these!!!!

Let me know your resolutions and also if I need to add any to mine!

THANKS!


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Writer’s Block

So I have been working on a novel and have been kind of stuck. I would like to share an excerpt in an effort to get some feedback.  My hope is to get constructive criticism and hopefully get out of this rut.

Also, it is currently snowing in Chicago and it’s beautiful!

Please let me know your thoughts!

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“You’re perfect, Vanessa,” he said while his finger gently brushed a piece of hair off of her face. She didn’t realize she was holding her breath until he moved his hand. She sighed heavily and said “Oh come on, stop. Now, you’re just being silly.” She looks down because she can’t seem to keep eye contact with him for too long.

He looks at her, “you sure can’t take a compliment, can you?” She looks up and then that gorgeous smile spreads across his face and it stirs a very deep sensation within her. She feels her shoulders arch back and her knees push tighter together. She envisions his lips on her neck slowly kissing lower and lower, moving towards her collarbone. “Hey Vanessa, are you still with me??” He startles her and she snaps out of her dream and they continue to discuss work…

9 Months Earlier

“Beatrice, there will be some new changes, again, in the scheduling. I’m sorry to do this but can you stay later today so we can catch up on this work?” she asks her assistant while she is holding a stack of papers. More and more projects were being added lately and it seemed that nothing was going right for Vanessa. She recently accepted a new position as a Director at a firm and she really thought things would get better. She was making more money, recently engaged, but she still wasn’t happy. Her boss really micro-managed her and she could never get anything completed because he always seemed to be standing in the way. He was also very short-tempered and was constantly putting down her and her staff’s work ethic. She has also started a really unhealthy habit of taking down one bottle of wine a night and then passing out due to her building anxiety and alcohol induced sleep.

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Anyway…there is a little slice.  It’s actually the beginning of the novel, so just let me know what you think!

Thanks!

T

I Am The Worst

Sorry my friends, I know I have been MIA for the past week! I promise I’ll write soon! I love all of you guys and I hope that you have had a great Thanksgiving weekend and all that sweet shit!

Love ya!

T

 

Also, here is a picture of a baby elephant playing with birds. You’re welcome. 🙂

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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


Top 5 Best Beach Reads!

I absolutely love to read! Like really love it! Give me a good book and a quite room, I’m good to go. I also dislike using things like nooks or ereaders. And it’s funny that I’m using an iPad to currently type this post. I am also currently in the midst of writing a novel, which I have always wanted to do. So I’m considering putting a few pages on here just to get some feedback! So look out

On a real note, I just like the smell and the feeling of a book in your hand. Ahhhh. So much joy! So with that being said, during the summer, I tend to read a book a week. So for this post, I’m gonna write up my top 5 summer reads!

Book 1:

Did I Mention I Need You? by Estelle Maskame- It’s a book about forbidden love between a girl named Eden Munro and a boy Tyler Bruce. The kicker? The boy is her step brother! Don’t be turned off by that part. This book is both inticing and liberating. It sends you a love spiral and you will not be able to put it down!!! Be aware that the ending is a real clifhanger! Also, this is a trilogy, and the books will be coming out soon!

Book 2:

The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison- If you like Gone Girl, you’ll love this book which will also soon be a major motion picture! In this book, a so-called perfect couple are dealing with very uncommon issues in their marriage, like murder. Be ready to be taken on a thrilling ride of deceit, betrayal, and complete and under chaos.

Book 3:

Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine- Of course it’s a complicated love story between Summer and Levi. They meet again after an awful parting and the sparks begin to come back. This is a quick, funny, and enticing read!

Book 4:

Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam- Two childhood best friends are now living completely separate lives. One is planning a wedding and the other is trying to get her career on track. Can these two still be best friends although they are growing into completely separate people? This is a cute story on whether a friendship is strong enough to withstand anything.
Book 5:

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell- Story takes place in London where these families share a garden square. The story takes a turn, when one of the daughter’s ends up unconscious in the garden. Can the families really trust anyone? Such a great page turner and perfect beach read!!!

I know everyone enjoys different types of books but I hope you will enjoy these books like I did!

Bye, Ya’ll!