Starbucks, Springtime, and Real Happiness

This has been an amazing week for the following reasons:

  1. I attended a roundtable lunch with the VP of Global Coffee Category Brand Management for Starbucks, Kim Spalding, and got to learn all about Starbucks’ marketing strategy. My favorite coffee brand + brand management + lunch = perfection. It was also amazing to get to speak with someone who is an accomplished career woman and has a family. It inspires me and shows that you can do both. (If you want to know how much I love Starbucks, see here.)
  2. I won $120 worth of Calvin Klein fragrance from a Macy’s info session on campus. I love free things. And now I’m in love with their new fragrance, Endless Euphoria (I talk about it here.)
  3. Being Freshly Pressed by WordPress drew an insane amount of traffic here. I’ve been inundated with views and comments from you lovely readers. And some of you stuck around and decided to follow me on WordPress. I appreciate each and every one of you, and I feel the love!
  4. Springtime is finally here in Philadelphia (sort of). It’s been on and off but at least today I’m seeing sunshine, and two days ago I could go out without a jacket, although yesterday it rained again. Boo. But at least some days are warm. Springtime always puts me in a better mood!

In addition to these, I realized something this week.

I’m really, really happy.

This academic year started out a little rocky for me. For those of you that recently started following me, fall semester was hard. I had to face some long-standing issues with anxiety, and that caused me to do a lot of self-reflection about who I was, who I wanted to be, and how I was seeing myself. I wouldn’t have said before the fall that I was an unhappy person. In fact, I’ve always been known to be pretty upbeat and optimistic.

But after six months of what I would call personal growth, I think I’m happier than I ever have been. I’ve already spoken about about how having learned to manage my anxiety has helped me find happiness. But I realized yesterday, as I walked down the street and saw myself in the reflection of a store window, that I’ve also learned to love myself more than I ever had before.

The issue of appearance and weight has always been a difficult one (it was the subject of my first ever post). I’ve always been happy with myself on the whole, but at the same time, I’ve always subconsciously felt like I was a work in progress. I always felt like “getting fit” and losing weight was a prerequisite with being completely happy with myself. I think I believed that it was wrong to be happy with the way I was because I was “unhealthy.”

Well, that is BS.

I am not obese or in any medical danger. Would I be healthier if I went to the gym every day? Yes. Do I plan to do that? Eventually. But that does not mean I can’t be happy with myself right now. My appearance has not changed substantially this past year, but what’s inside has. I just feel better about being me and about the way I look. People come in all shapes and sizes and my shape is not “bad” or “wrong” but different. Not everyone is made for low-rise jeans and bikinis, and that is okay. Not only am I okay with this, I feel great about the way I look now. I look good! Go me!

I am so excited for the future, and I’m not letting self-doubt stop me from going after what I want in life and being really, truly happy, because happiness isn’t measured in inches, pounds, or dress sizes.

What made you happy this week? I’d love it if you shared.

Xoxo, Taylor




My One Hundredth Post!

Today’s post is my one hundredth! I would have never thought when I started this blog that I’d get here so quickly, but since I’ve been blogging daily, the posts have just been adding up! For today, I figured I’d do something a little different. A hundredth post merits a hundred things, right? So today I’ll be sharing a hundred things about myself.

Ten songs I can’t stop singing right now:

5 unforgettable Taylor fails

  1. The time I stabbed myself in the foot with a rusty trowel by swinging it toward my foot while trying to participate in some demolition work
  2. The time I accidentally gave my mom’s personal cell phone number to a telemarketer
  3. The time I hit our boat with my car
  4. The time I dumped Chinese food all over my boyfriend’s lap not five minutes after we’d reunited
  5. The time I sprayed dry erase board cleaner (it was called Awesome) in my eye and ran around my house screaming, “I HAVE AWESOME IN MY EYE!” to the confusion of my family

Ten foods I cannot live without:

  1. Sesame chicken
  2. Blueberries
  3. Pasta
  4. Bread (any kind)
  5. Black tea
  6. French fries
  7. Burritos
  8. Creme brulee
  9. Chocolate
  10. Cheese

5 unforgettable Taylor falls

  1. The time I fell down my stairs over Christmas break and bruised everything on my body
  2. The time I tripped over a full-sized safety cone in a construction zone while trying to be super cool during my first time visiting my boyfriend in DC
  3. The time I fell down an escalator face-first
  4. The time I fell down a hill while carrying my saxophone and took a random guy out with me
  5. The time I fell out of a booth at a busy restaurant because I had no idea there was a step down and drew a crowd

Ten things I will probably never write about on this blog:

  1. Video games
  2. Politics
  3. Anything super-controversial
  4. Science fiction
  5. Architecture
  6. Microbiology
  7. Tap dancing
  8. Astronomy
  9. Statistical models
  10. Brad Pitt

Five books I’ve reread multiple times:

  1. The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
  2. All American Girl by Meg Cabot
  3. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  4. The Diary of Anne Frank
  5. Disciplines of The Beautiful Woman by Anne Ortlund

Ten women I want to be like:

  1. Michelle Obama
  2. Beyonce
  3. Ellen DeGeneres
  4. Amy Adams
  5. Jennifer Lawrence
  6. Amy Poehler
  7. Hillary Clinton
  8. Sandra Bullock
  9. Eleanor Roosevelt
  10. My mom!

Five winter fashion staples I cannot live without:

  1. Leggings
  2. Combat boots
  3. A comfy sweater
  4. A blingy sweater
  5. A tunic

Ten things I wish I could do:

  1. Dance
  2. Sing
  3. Draw
  4. Cook (well)
  5. Paint
  6. Run without dying
  7. Take good photos
  8. Walk without falling at least once
  9. Ice skate
  10. Walk in heels gracefully

Ten things I am very thankful for:

  1. My family
  2. Friendship
  3. My health
  4. The opportunity to study here at Penn
  5. Diversity
  6. Forgiveness
  7. Love
  8. Hugs
  9. Miracles
  10. Second chances

Ten little things that make life worth living:

  1. Impromptu drives/jam sessions
  2. A well-made Starbucks latte
  3. A hug when it’s most needed
  4. Opening the blinds in the morning and seeing a blue sky
  5. When a plan falls into place
  6. Giving someone the perfect gift
  7. Receiving the perfect gift
  8. Someone that knows you inside and out and still loves you
  9. A great hair day
  10. A comfortable pair of really cute shoes

Ten of my favorite posts I’ve written:

  1. On Unpredictability and Being Punched by My Five-Year-Old Sister
  2. Leaving a Legacy
  3. Diamonds Aren’t Forever
  4. I’m Not Fun-Size, I’m Just Short
  5. Love’s Sorta-Kinda Like the Movies
  6. What I’ll Tell My Future Daughter About Love
  7. Life’s Too Short to be Miss Photogenic
  8. The Unhelpful Guide to Being In a Long-Distance Relationship
  9. Fashion Tips from Tiny Taylor
  10. Clouded Vision: My Struggle with Anxiety

If you’ve been with me for awhile or have just started reading, thank you for your readership! I’ve enjoyed writing these 100 posts and I’m excited to keep writing. 🙂