Five Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Social

I know, I know – the last thing you want to do is add to your competitor’s follower count on Twitter, be one more view on their YouTube video, or admit that you stalk their Instagram. But here is a list of five things you can learn from your competitors’ social presences that make it worth it:…

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…

“Feel the Real”

I had a really interesting experience while driving on the highway yesterday in Winston-Salem. A billboard, similar to this one, caught my eye. “This Ad is Real” it said, with the url “www.feelthereal.org” on along the side. Of course this caught my attention and I hurriedly went to the url on my phone. My boyfriend was…

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…

Why Every Intern Should Have One “Hallway Office”

I have been an intern for four years now. In that time, I have had three different desk spaces, but one of them in particular has taught me so much about relationship building in the workplace. My very first desk was in a nook in the hallway exactly halfway between the President’s office and the…

How to Create an Infographic for Non-Designers

Personally, I love infographics. I think they are really great for presenting content in an organized, easy-to-digest and appealing way. But I have no experience with Photoshop, other than taking a class on In-Design. Does this mean that I have to pay a designer to create an infographic for me, or attempt to make one…

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…

Summer Work Style Basics

summer work style basics by sltaylor94 This summer, I have two internships – one on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and one on Wednesdays and Thursdays. What this means is I need lots of business casual. It is difficult – and extremely stressful – to throw outfits together in the morning before work, so I decided to…