Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tuesday's Musings / Planning a Staycation

California Chrome didn't win the Triple Crown. Bummer. :( 

Today I took a staycation with a really good friend of mine. We always have fun together no matter what and the friendship always seems to pick up right where it left off. In my opinion, those are the best friends to have.

I have been having extreme wanderlust since the Grand Canyon, so I thought that it would be a good idea to take a mini road trip. We walked up and down Main Street of a nearby town then did a small 3 mile hike. Main Street had a ton of stores with tons of wine, chocolate, coffee and tea samples (yum!) that we, of course, indulged in. It was literally the perfect day and we took the best selfies. 


Things to take into consideration when planning a staycation….
1) Choose a place with a slightly different culture than your hometown. We are in a major city, so visiting somewhere with a small town vibe and lots of natural scenery gave us the impression of being on vacation.
2) Do something that you normally wouldn't do back at home. Since you're far enough away, you can safely do something outside of your comfort zone without ever seeing those people again.
3) If you're looking to shop, make sure that you are shopping for something unique to the town. Don't buy things that you could just buy at home.
4) Leave your troubles behind.. if you have any, that is.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Killing the Competition

Photo cred: NY Daily News Rob Carr/Getty Images

I am beyond excited because the Belmont Stakes is tonight at 6:52PM EST! For those who are not familiar, the Belmont Stakes is the third race of the Triple Crown, following the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. An unlikely competitor, California Chrome (shown with purple silks in the photo), has won 2 out of the 3 so far and may be the first to win all three in 36 years. His bloodline traces back to Secretariat, one of the few to actually win the Triple Crown. Several have been able to achieve 2 of the 3, often losing the Belmont due to its lengthiness in comparison to the other two races.


Here are three tips to beating the competition...

1. Do it because you want to do your best.
Competitive personalities may find their selves making efforts in spite of competition. Your efforts will go much further places if you acknowledge the competition, but perform at your highest potential with a positive inner voice.

2. Don't view a win as the "be all, end all."
You have to continue your vigorous efforts if you want to continue to win. You are always capable of elevating to higher places. Treating a win as the end of your journey sometimes may even bring you back to where you started.

3. Respect your opponents.
Creating negative images of your opponents in your mind is really detrimental to your success. Respecting the people you are competing against will make your experience way better overall. In addition, they will not feel as threatened by you, but by your talent and you may even learn from one another.

There is a lot of talk about whether Chrome will win or not win the Triple Crown. Regardless of the fact that he's an incredible athlete and has already conquered the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, his team has worked diligently to continue his success. His victories are truly inspiring and I look forward to seeing him win the Triple Crown!

If you are interested, feel free to read The Unlikely Story of California Chrome and you will find that he really is an unexpected success! Best of luck Chrome!

xxx Taylor

Friday, May 30, 2014

Agenda Choice for 2014-2015

I've had the Lilly Pulitzer planner for a few years now and as much as I love it, I'm ready for something that is a little more - err - sophisticated, considering I am going into my senior year of college. I'll miss the stickers, festive pages and jubilant covers.. but it's time for a change.

I've really been considering Whitney English's Day Designer, which is amazing in every way possible, but I wanted something that didn't expose the spirals on the side because I always bend them. So, it came down to the Kate Spade NY Agenda... :)

I guess that most people don't take office supplies as seriously as I do, but I am really, really excited about this! (Lol)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Canyon Fever

Arizona is a powerful place.

If you're not captured by the allure of its beauty, you're bound to be intrigued by its zany cultures. I have recently had the opportunity to hike the Grand Canyon. We went through the Bright Angel Trail, mastering over 15 miles of desert climate. Phew, I feel accomplished.

Hiking has become my new hobby. It involves nature and burns cals like a mother. According to my FitBit report, over 4,500 calories were burnt on the trail. There is nothing more rewarding than burning a ton without intending to. After this experience, I have come to the conclusion that there are many fun ways to get fit other than spending hours in a gym!