Blank Pages

Blank pages are – ironically – pretty conflicting. On one hand, when you sit down to begin a project, you feel the excitement of starting something new and are buzzing from the endless possibilities of how it will turn out. On the other hand, you can’t pin down exactly how you will get to the…

Rethinking the Way We Ask

A blog by the Wall Street Journal said that “Studies show we tend to hit our questioning peak around age 4 or 5, and then ask fewer questions as we get older.” Why is that? Maybe we think that by asking questions, we are demonstrating a lack of knowledge. Or maybe, we just don’t spend…

Meditation of the Week: Stillness

I’ve decided to focus each week of 2016 on a different topic/feeling/concept. This week is stillness. As an ESFJ, I am someone who is constantly flowing with passion, concerned with the wellbeing of others, and always trying to do things. Sitting idly with nothing to occupy my time terrifies me. I feel the need to text someone…

Gratitude Instead of Fear

One thing I am working on is being grateful for what I have in the present, rather than being fearful that I will no longer have the same circumstances in the future. For example: “I am thankful that I have this now,” rather than “I am afraid I will no longer have this tomorrow.” Circumstances change and…

2016 Goals

500 followers on Twitter (@sltaylor94) 200 followers on WordPress Publish blog post 1x per week Journal every day (no set length/topic) Keep planner up to date using Bullet Journal technique (see here) Read 1 book for enjoyment per month Keep personal website (taylorsamantha.com) up to date Personal finance with mint.com: adhere to a savings plan; monitor monthly…

Balancing Work, School, and Play

Next semester, I’ll be in 12 credit hours, working a part-time internship, and attempting to enjoy the best (and last) semester with my friends. I was going to write this post about tips and tricks for balancing your life in a way that you don’t have to sacrifice any of the things you care about,…

Leaning into Pain

I was inspired to write this post while I was at the gym, scrunching my nose up as I fought the bike machine for just five more minutes, just two more minutes, 1 MORE MINUTE, PHEW! As I lumbered away, panting and cursing the machine that I inherently resented but also loved, I thought about something that various yoga instructors have…

Prose on Passion and Personal Growth

One of my favorite qualities about myself is that I am passionate about everything that I do. I love learning about new things, old things, scary things, exciting things. There is no limit on my capacity to wonder, and when I find something interesting, I dig in… deep. Passion is what has gotten me to…

Thoughts at Twenty-One

If I have done anything right in this life, it is that I have managed to surround myself with AMAZING people. I feel very lucky to have a great group of close friends, supportive family, and wonderful co-workers (two offices worth!) The world really is at my fingertips now. When I turned 16, I loved the…

Unhealthy Habit: The Listicle

I’ve been thinking a lot about unhealthy habits. I first began thinking about these when I found out about my gluten allergy. It really got me thinking about the things we do to our own minds and bodies that can actually make us unhappy or unhealthy. The one that has been weighing on my mind lately is…

On Planning and Reality

When I updated my WordPress app on my iPad, I found a post that I wrote in Fall 2014. It discussed my decision to change majors, and, now having completed the school year I had only just embarked on at the time of writing this post, I felt it was too meaningful to delete. This…

“Courage, dear heart.”

Life requires a great deal of courage in many forms and situations. As it turns out, most of the best things for you are the results of hard decisions. When we fail to have courage, we hurt ourselves and others around us. Certain situations, especially those that are unfamiliar, can be very scary. Not many…