Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Today was equal parts awesome and awful for me... It definitely wasn't the best morning to start out with, but things improved throughout my work day.
Let's start at the beginning... I haven't been feeling the best lately. I was very tempted to call out sick today, but decided to push through and go to work anyway. Before I had even left the house this morning, I had second-guessed that decision at least ten times. Still, I went in to work.
I got to work and tried to send my mom a message to let her know that I had arrived safely, a daily ritual for us. I guess that's what happens after you've been in a car accident: your mom is always worried about you driving. Not a big deal though, because it takes two minutes to tell her that I'm at work and move on. Today? Not so much. My iPad wouldn't connect to internet, then it told me that my device wasn't usable or something. Then I tried my phone and that wouldn't send messages either. Then I tried actually calling and my phone had been disconnected. As is my usual fashion, I started to panic and thought that there had been some mass catastrophe that shut down all of the phone lines. It took a lot of time and chaos to finally find a landline that would allow me to call home to let my parents know that I was safe, because their cell phones weren't working either. I had no idea what was going on, but I was so glad when my phone finally started working again.
Needless to say, I was already wishing that I had called in sick after the whole phone debacle. I felt horrible all morning; I was shaky, had a throbbing headache, felt weak, found it hard to walk at one point because my legs suddenly felt like they weighed a hundred pounds each.. The list goes on. I was not having the best morning. But I just kept telling myself to push through, and each interaction that I had with a Guest made me smile a little and help ease the pain of not feeling well.
By the end of the day, I was feeling a little better and I had been fortunate enough to have some good things happen to keep me busy. I learned a lot more about being a trainer, which was incredible. A fellow Cast Member and I got two-on-one attention so we could ask as many questions as we wanted. We figured everything out and now feel confident in our abilities to train new Cast Members. Plus, we got to sit as we were talking, which was really nice on a day when I wasn't feeling the greatest. It really made so much of a difference having that time to talk though, because I had a lot of questions still after yesterday's class. Everything makes total sense now.
I also got a lot of help from one of my managers, and he brightened my day unexpectedly. To him, helping me out with something may have been no big deal, but with the day I was having, it meant the world to me. It's incredible how meaningful a small act of kindness can be sometimes.
I think that I was also feeling kind of down today because today marked exactly one year since we left New York. It's been one year since I've seen my best friends, since I've seen my hometown, and changed my whole life. I can't believe how much we've been through as a family over the last year. It's been incredible.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.