Taylor’d to the T

It’s done.

This has been a long time coming. We finally launched our website for Taylor’d Events & Media, a business I started in 2008 –  before I had ANY kids. . . and now I have three, go figure :o)

In any event, I learned three important things in creating this site:

  1. Quality feedback – thank you to everyone who reviewed it over and over again. This is always a good idea. ALWAYS.
  2. Take your time and do it the way you see it – your vision, not anyone else. It’s your name on the line–and for me, literally.
  3. Pay a professional for HTML and web design elements from the beginning if you want it to look professional and customized.

Everything is a work in progress as I check off #32 on my 40 for 40 list (two down; only 38 more to go) and I’m happy to say the site has been Taylor’d to the T!

Never give up.

Because the sun always comes out after the rain. . .

Sun Taylor

 

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Imagine that

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ~Nelson Mandela

Are you living the life you imagined?  Maybe, maybe not. Imagining the life and living that life are two separate things. We all have dreams and aspirations as to what we would LIKE… and then there’s reality.

My current reality – I’m home with two of my kids, working on getting more clients, attempting to help my husband with our barber shop, and running the household on practically coffee fumes. Period.

My imaginative life – A kick butt PR consultant, working at home with good paying clients which afford me the opportunity to travel every once in a while (nationally and internationally), and do what I want financially; I’d also like to still be with my family whenever: like making those mid-day school performances and having lunch with my husband on a Wednesday, on my own time. I am not asking for much, right? LOL

This is where imagination has to take over reality if I want to fulfill what I believe God intended for me. But how do you do it? One day at a time. In order to really get this done, here are some of my thoughts on getting to the imaginative:

  1. Baby Steps
    We have all heard it, but do we do it? I see my daughter taking baby steps every day and she just keeps going. We have to continue to put one foot in front of other if we’re going to live what we imagined.
  2. Get Back Up
    Yes, “we fall down, but we get up (in my Donnie McClurkin voice). If it’s in your imagination, no one said it was going to be easy. Get your “arse” back up please. No excuses. Everyone has fallen, but the one’s that get back up. . . they live the life.
  3. The Squad
    I can’t stress this enough. My squad is supreme. When I feel like I’m off course, I have to call them. But not just the cheerleaders, the one’s that also tell me my “ish” stinks and I need to get it together. . . now.
  4. Ummm…No
    I recently talked about “no” and have learned a lot about this while being home. “No” it just might not happen today, or “no” I have to pass on that. The “no” gets me to what is really important; like focusing on the “yes” and moving closer to what I imagine for myself. 
  5. Being Honest
    As the saying goes, “honesty is the best policy.” Are you honest with yourself and what you’re truly capable of? I battle this constantly with self doubt. We are capable of so much more, but we stop at what’s easy. If it’s easy, it’s not imaginative.

Doing what is required is basic. But doing what’s required and then some, is when the life we imagined comes to fruition. Don’t settle for what you think you can do; go for what you think you can’t.

Imagine that.

Because the sun always comes out after the rain. . .

Sun Taylor

 

 

You get the side eye

“Thank you for your interest in our organization. At this time we are not accepting applications and appreciate your interest.”

Albeit canned, it’s a response.

I cannot begin to tell you how bothersome it is when someone doesn’t get back to me or misses a deadline. Here comes the corner eyes  or “side eyes” with a quickness.

A friend has told me numerous times I need to give people second and third chances – I’m working on it. I know life can deal some particular situations where we have to rearrange schedules, negotiate the inevitable (like with a toddler) or just take a step back and breathe. Got it . . .  and slight side eye.

This week, a client missed a deadline. I gave them a chance to make it up but it also changed my outlook on how I’ll deal with them next time – if I even deal at all. This is when you slowly make your way into the “I’m done” box.

Most times, when we miss the target date or fail to communicate, it’s because we didn’t prioritize or bit off much more than we can chew. Been there, done that and had to apologize and regain trust. This is not the situation you want to put yourself in if you can help it.

It’s always important to make an attempt to be professional all the way around- even  outside of the workplace. I like to call it my own PR. People always remember what you bring to the table by how you communicate and when you say you’re going to do something, and you DO IT.

Get back to the person on the other end whether it be by text, email, or phone with a “Thank you and I am working on it,”or whatever the case may be. Don’t leave them hanging.

And with those deadlines, if you’re going to miss them, fine. But say something way in advance as opposed to three hours before it’s due.

Whew . . . my face is hurting with all this side eye action. Hopefully it will help with these crow’s feet :o).

Because the sun always comes out after the rain. . .

Sun Taylor