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Lessons…

18 Feb

It’s crazy for me to wrap my head around the fact that before the end of this year I am going to turn 20! What’s even wilder for me to imagine is that a quarter of my life has been spent as a quadriplegic.

Reflecting over the past almost five years, I’ve truly learned soo much about myself. I’ve learned just how fragile life is and how far emotionally, physically, and mentally I can be pushed and challenged.

I’ve learned to accept life for what it is, and I try to learn and grow from the constant lessons, life tends to throw my way.

One of the biggest life lessons I’ve learned is…

“Sometimes the most hurtful thing is the silence of friends, not the words of enemies”

I’ve had to grow apart from some of the closest people to me, and it has been a very painful experience. To go from hanging out, spending every waking hour and entrusting people with your darkest and most private secrets, to having absolutely no contact with them is frustrating and heartbreaking.

I, a few years ago, could not begin to picture my life without them.

Some people might wonder what happened between us. Up until recently, I often asked myself the same question.

Fortunately after many years and a great deal of growth, I’ve finally had closure and an understanding regarding those relationships.

During the most difficult times in my life, that’s when I needed my friends the most. Unfortunately some people in my life couldn’t step up to the plate. It’s not that they said anything ill towards me, or spread rumors behind my back, it’s their silence that killed our friendship.

Their disappearance, lack of support and lack of compassion was bewildering.When I did see them, it was as if I was staring at a stranger. I began to slowly recognize the distance in our relationship and it regrettably took me a long time to let them go. Don’t get me wrong I don’t expect the world from my friends, I just expected them to be what they should be, a friend.

Through that painful and long lesson, I’ve learned to value the friends I have in my life even more and I learned the hard way that “Sometimes the most hurtful thing is the silence of friends, not the words of enemies”

~Love Always, Taylor LN~

A Gleeful Surprise (Friday Favourites)

8 Feb

Despite having a crazy record-breaking snow storm in Toronto today, the weather hasn’t kept my spirits down. I am so excited about today’s Friday Favourites!!!

For the past few months I’ve been working with an amazing foundation called ‘The Sunshine Foundation.’ They work to fulfill dreams of children in Canada living with a permanent disability.

When I first contacted them, my initial dream was to fly out to LA to go meet Ellen Degeneres. Unfortunately after contacting back-and-forth we figured out that due to high demand the dream to meet Ellen would be quite hard and a lengthy process. So I decided to make another dream. My second dream was either to go to the set of ‘Glee’ and meet the cast or have the chance to meet Tyler Perry.

I don’t want to give away too much about which dream I’ve decided to pursue, but what I will say is that through working with the foundation I’ve had so many amazing experiences! I’ve had the chance to speak at the Winners/Homsense headquarters on their behalf, and I also had the rare opportunity to meet Naya Rivera from ‘Glee’. I had the chance to interview her for more than 25 minutes and we did a press event together. It was such a great opportunity and she was such a genuine and fun person to spend the day with.

The Gift!

This brings me to Friday Favourites! Yesterday I was sitting at home when I received a package in the mail. When I opened it I was so surprised at what I found. I was sent two official scripts from ‘Glee!’ Naya Rivera knows I am a huge fan of the show, so she had almost all of the cast members of ‘Glee’ sign the scripts for me. Some of the signatures included Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Kevin McHale!

Glee

I know that this gift is truly invaluable and I’m so appreciative that they took the time to sign it and send it out to me. Thank you will never be enough but once again thank you thank you thank you for this amazing gift.

Happy Friday!

~Love Always, Taylor LN~

Our Deepest Fear…

28 Jan

Last night I watched ‘Coach Carter’. Though I’ve seen this movie close to a dozen times, I think many people would agree that it never gets old.

One of my favourite parts of the movie is when the character Timo Cruz recites Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural Speech. It is such a powerful quote and equally powerful part of the movie. I absolutely love the message in his speech and this is the inspiration I’m holding close with me this week and in life!!

Happy Monday 🙂

Our Deepest Fear

Photo courtesy of Etsy

~Love Always, Taylor LN~

It’s Finally Here!

23 Jan


The day is finally here! Over a year ago I was given the amazing opportunity to be apart of the new documentary series ‘Life Story Project’. I am so ecstatic that this show is going to be airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network because Oprah is such an inspiration not only to me but to millions of people around the world!!

Details!

Every episode has a theme and tonight’s episode which I am apart of is about ‘Happiness and Perseverance’! If you get the chance don’t forget to tune in and feel free to leave me feedback on how I did!!!

Ahh I’m so excited!

Life Story Project

 

~Love Always, Taylor LN~

Finding A Balance

16 Jan
Libra

Photo courtesy of THWP

Life is all about balance. This is what I’m still learning how to do.

As a libra, finding this so called balance should come as second nature to me, but no one is perfect. With family, friends, therapy and the stresses of school on my plate, at times it is hard to find breathing room for myself. This is one of the reasons why I started my blog. It is my outlet, my time to reflect and just a small escape from my day. Whether one person reads it or hundreds do, at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter to me because I’m happy with it.

That said, writing and keeping up my blog has become apart of my day that I genuinely look forward to. It has become my side project that I work on a little at a time each day.

Now that I have started back to my winter semester of university, I fear that my fun day project may become a bit overwhelming with my, at times, demanding school schedule.

This doesn’t mean that I’m stopping my blog, however I may not post as frequently during the week.

As a follower of several blogs, I know that consistency is the key to success. So I’m going to try make the time and find that balance between everything else in my life.

Like I said before, I know life is about balance so this is something I will work hard to upkeep.

~Love Always, Taylor LN~