The Taylor Elyse Blog

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The Gift You Take For Granted

I thought words flowed easily for everyone. It wasn’t until I helped my then boyfriend, now husband, draft an email that I began to think otherwise. As a designer, he could communicate so clearly with a visual, but the words were work. It was he who pointed out that I...

#selfemployed2020

If this were a Buzzfeed article, the title would read "Instagram Made Me Quit My Job.” But stories are seldom that simple, and this one is no exception. In fact, I had a hard time even defining a starting point for this story, so I chose to begin with an email from a...

Show Up

I love to build out plans and strategies. I turn goals into a series of action items. It energizes me. And then comes the inner critic. Are you sure you’re qualified? What if no one shows up? More often than not, after that internal dialogue, I end up being the one...

Accidental hiatus. Purposeful intention-setting.

I didn't mean to take the month of June off. I want to say that it just happened, but this year has taught me that very few things "just happen." We make choices, even unconscious ones. We take action, or we don't. And we deal with the consequences. June was a full...

The heat

I got my first migraine when I was about nine years old. We’d finished the fourteen hour drive from Chicago to Tulsa the night before. I spent the day running around with my cousins, and my little body didn’t know how to handle the mixture of exhaustion and excitement...

#DearestFear, you’re not fooling me

Dearest fear, The more I get to know you, the more I get to know your other names. Some of them are obvious aliases. Imposter syndrome, for example, sounds every bit as menacing as you do. But it’s your more innocent names that are the most insidious.  Names like...

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