Hometown: Kerrville TX- Fun fact: Kerrville is also the hometown of the original HEB and James Avery!
Some general information:
I am married to the amazing Ben Taylor. He is the Tony Stark to my Pepper Potts. He works as the Assistant Director for Admissions at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, where we met. Our first date, at Sonic, I was pretty confident that I wanted to marry him. Our second date, at Whataburger, we talked about dating and what that would look like. Our third date, at Ihop, (I know - we were slowly climbing the food ladder) he told me he loved me and the rest is history!
We got married in June of 2013, and now we have one toddler, Trent Michael Taylor, who is almost two and he’s the most fun we never knew we could ever have! His favorite words are, naturally, “No” and “Mine” but in the moments where he isn’t being possessive or bossy he’s sweet, fun, and always asking to wander outside. We are expecting our second kiddo in August and we are excited to see what new stories and learning opportunities wait for us in this new adventure ahead!
What are you currently watching on Netflix?
Finding Dory, Brooklyn 99, and I will forever and for always be reaching Parks and Recreation. Leslie Knope = Goals.
Top Reads….hmmmm, that’s a good question. It depends on what you are looking for, honestly! I love, love, love to read, so narrowing down my top reads is tough! I’ll go with three, though I could easily pick more, that helped transform my life over the past couple of years.
My first pick is Daring Greatly by Brene Brown:
Brene has a TED talk on vulnerability - go watch it. She’s funny, she’s relatable, and she’s done her homework. As a college Comgroup leader, this book was helpful for me to understand how to create an environment that welcomes, respects, and protects each other’s struggles, secrets, and vulnerable moments. It’s been amazing to see the girls support each other, cry with each other, and celebrate with each other through the past few years. And nothing because of what Ben and I are doing, but everything because of what God has done. I 100% believe that God put this book in my life specifically to help me understand, relate, and love those amazing college girls!
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy:
This is an easy recommend for ANYONE who needs a little motivation to do something or anything. I have read it several times now because I love being reminded of how my simple routines can make or break me. This books rings true to the age old saying that “If we take care of the minutes the years will take care of themselves.” 10 out of 10 would read again!
What’s it like to be Married to Me by Linda Dillow:
This book. I hate it as much as I Iove it. And all the women who have read it said, “Amen,” because they KNOW how much it sucks. It’s wonderfully awful. It’s like looking in the mirror on your worst hair day with no make-up, only the bad hair day represents my bad attitude, and the no make-up represents my raw, unedited, terrible, no good, very bad emotions. This book helped me realize that I think I am a better wife than I really am, hence why I hate it. I love it because I want to be better and this book both inspired me and gave me practical ways to start loving Ben, thinking about Ben, and speaking about/to Ben in ways that build him up instead of tear him down. It’s wonderful and awful. You have been warned!
First job - struggles and all:
My first job out of college was with Real Star Property Management, and I spent four years at the company. I started as a receptionist and ended as a Leasing Manager and I am forever grateful for the relationships and the life lessons I learned while working there.
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
- Teach my kids about serving by doing a family mission in an underdeveloped country
- Write a book
- Build a bookcase
Most embarrassing story - go:
I had a crush on this guy in high school. I feel like most embarrassing stories start that way…
I wanted him to notice me so I figured I would do the worm at the school bon fire, because nothing says, “Hey I really like you!” like an awkward, floppy, weird dance move. I told my friends my plan and they we all in support, mostly because they knew I would look like a fool. So, I got into a handstand position to start the move and my arms gave out. I face planted into the dust, rocks, and dirt and busted my chin. It was terrible. My friends did NOT come to my rescue so I got myself up and dusted myself and looked around to see if my crush had noticed my epic fail. He did. He looked at me, and I smiled thinking, “Maybe it worked!” and then he looked back to his friends and under his breath, yet loud enough for me to hear he said, “Wow, what an idiot.” It’s okay though because he’s bald now.
Describe your favorite place in the world:
My favorite place in the world is called Giraffe Manor in Kenya. I haven’t actually been, but I think it’s the most wonderful place on Earth. The manor has a beautiful modest mansion that has three gables completely covered with gorgeous, green ivy. The courtyard is home to a number of giraffes that want nothing more than to stick their heads in the windows and enjoy breakfast with you. It’s amazing. Google it, then take me with you when you plan your trip please!
Favorite comfort food after a stressful week:
McAlister’s. But let’s be real, I’ll eat McAlister’s all day every day!
What are you most passionate about?
Helping, teaching, and bringing value to other people.
What are you most excited about as you join the Vista team?
I feel like I have a million reasons that I’m excited about joining the Vista team, but if I had to pick just one I would say joining an amazing work family. The Vista culture is a unique blend of fun, driven, loving, smart, and God-minded people. I know each team member will sharpen me and make me a better person, wife, mom, and Kids Associate - I can only hope to return the favor.