WHAT I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I GOT A CONCUSSION

“You have a concussion.” I asked the ER doctor to confirm what he just told me, “I’m sorry, did you say I have or don’t have a concussion?” “You have a concussion,” he repeated. Concussions were for football players, right? That wasn’t something just anyone could get, or so I thought. I especially didn’t understand how a falling piece of ice…

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WHY YOU NEED TO SLOW DOWN AND STOP BEING SO BUSY

“I’m so busy.” It’s one of the most frequently overused phrases. Newsflash: we’re all busy. Staying busy is “in” and taking it easy is “out.” We wear our hectic schedules around like a badge of honor. Oh, you think you’re busy? Listen to what I have to do.  We list all of the tasks we…

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WHY TODAY COULD BE THE DAY YOUR LIFE CHANGES

There are a few pivotal moments in my life. Spoiler alert: they were all seemingly insignificant moments at the time. We agonize about big events in our lives, but it blows me away how often it’s the little moments that make the most difference. One of those moments I think about a lot was when I…

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WHAT I WOULD TELL MYSELF AT SIXTEEN: PART 2

I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, ’cause she’s too busy worrying about things that don’t matter anymore. A few years back, I wrote a post reflecting on what I would tell myself at sixteen. Now felt like a good time to revisit that idea. My brother and…

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WHY WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL FOR THE GOOD AND THE BAD

Be grateful for your mistakes. They will teach you so much more than any of your successes ever could. We spend so much time striving for success and to be the very best versions of ourselves. But success is overrated. Here’s why: no one wants to hear about your success. It’s true. People want to…

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WHY I STILL WRITE

As long as I can remember, I’ve been a writer. In third grade, sometimes my friends and I would ask to go out to the hall during story time after recess. Instead of hearing other people’s stories, we wanted to write our own. We wrote these stories in my Garfield notebook. They were about our…

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NO ONE KNOWS WHAT CHEESE CURDS ARE HERE

There’s a lot I didn’t know before moving to Florida. For instance, did you know that despite being called the Sunshine State, it rains pretty much every day for about half the year? Didn’t know that? Funny, neither did I before moving down here. And we’re not talking about a little sprinkle in the afternoon. We’re…

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THE SKY’S THE LIMIT–AND OTHER LIES FROM MY CHILDHOOD

Note to readers: read this first paragraph in your head to the tone of one of those commercials that claims you may be “entitled to” something if you had x, y, or z happen to you. As a child, were you often told things like, “you can be anything you want when you grow up”…

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LIFE STAGE: EMERGING ADULT

In Aziz Ansari’s book Modern Romance, he says that there is a fairly new stage in becoming an adult in the modern age. This is a person who is post-college but not yet settled down with a family. They are not a teenager, but they are not really a full-fledged adult either. It’s this awkward…

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WHAT I WISH I COULD TELL MY GRANDMA ON HER BIRTHDAY

Today is my Grandma’s birthday. Or at least, it was. They say with time it gets easier, but no amount of time can bring back my Grandma. No amount of time can change the fact that every day I miss her more and more. All it does is put more strain on my memory, threatening…

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