Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
When I said that I was no longer going to be blogging daily, I didn't mean that I was going on a month hiatus! Unfortunately though, my decision to stop posting on a daily basis came at the perfect time, because the past month has been quite the whirlwind.
Where should I start? There has been so much going on, from my writing, to work, to life at home. I have had plenty of times when I thought about blogging to update what's been going on in my life, but it seemed as though I just never had enough time to write it all out. It has been one busy day after another, and suddenly an entire month had flown by. I think that's why I was always so afraid to stop blogging on a daily basis; if I don't have a schedule to keep me going, I tend to let things go a little.
Anyway, today I finally had some time to sit and write, so I'd like to post an update as to what has been going on in my life for the past month. I guess I should start with the most visually obvious change... Taylor Talks has a new look! I have been wanting to change things up for quite a while, and in the little time that I've had free over the past few nights, I've been working on switching things up around here. Wanting to change things was part of the reason why I held off on posting anything over the past month. Any free time in which I normally would have been blogging, I was actually working on the new layout of the site. It was a bit more work than I anticipated, and I still may change more in the future, but I'm happy with how it looks for now! Of course, I still need to update all of my blog posts to make it easier to navigate between posts and whatnot, but everything will come in time. I'm just excited about the new look of the site and feel like it was a good time to unveil this change.
Now, on to the subject of work. As I had mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I became a trainer for new Cast Members at my location. I have now worked as a trainer on a couple of occasions, and I'm absolutely loving it! It's so rewarding to go through this process with new Cast Members and see as the work clicks and they are able to shine on their own. On top of that, it's really great to meet new people with whom I'll be working, and have time to talk with them on a one-to-one basis when they're first starting. This week, I'm looking forward to giving my first location tour, which means that I'll be able to show a new Cast Member around our location, get them their new costume, and introduce them to the people with whom they'll be working. I'm really excited for this day!
I'm also really excited about the progress I've been making with my writing projects. I've spent a lot of time sending out queries to literary agents in hopes of finding someone to represent my Young Adult novel. I've also been hard at work on illustrating one of my children's books. Though this is taking quite a while, I'm happy with all of the progress that I've been making. If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, I occasionally post photos of what I'm working on! I've also started working on two new projects, one YA and one children's, and though I haven't done a lot for either project yet, I've at least started thinking about where I want to go with these stories. I can never keep my mind on just one project at a time, so I always need a lot of projects in motion at the same time. It helps me because when I get stuck on one project, I can work on another project.
On top of everything else, we made time to go to Disney's Magic Kingdom yesterday to see the Main Street Electrical Parade for what will probably be our last time. Disney is ending this parade at the beginning of October, and we didn't want to miss our chance to see it one last time. It was really magical to go as a family yesterday and watch this parade again... the last time we saw it, the girls were too little and one fell asleep, while the other couldn't remember it. While we all absolutely enjoyed ourselves during this fantastic parade, I was truly glad that I was sitting next to my littlest sisters for it, because their faces were those of pure joy. Some of the Cast Members in the parade even came to say hello to them, as they were sitting in the front row, and they even got special waves from Fairy Godmother, Peter Pan, and a few others from atop their floats! It was incredible! We also got to meet Mickey Mouse after the parade, where he wore his magician's costume and spoke to us. The girls asked him questions, like how Minnie was (she was good, and hanging out at Pete's Silly Sideshow), and what his favorite color was (red, because he certainly wears a lot of it). This was such a cool experience, and we even ended the night with some fireworks.
Spending some time together as a family at Disney was really nice, because over the past month we've had a lot going on as a family. I won't go into many details, because none of this is my story to tell, but we have certainly dealt with a lot, which is part of what has kept us all so busy. I should be able to share some of this soon though, and look forward to updating everyone on a piece of our lives that has been taking us by surprise.
Well, I think that's about it for now. It's hard to believe that it's been an entire month since I last posted, but time truly does fly by... I'll try my best not to let another entire month go by before posting again. I think that this month off did me well though, because I feel refreshed and ready to go. Thanks for your patience as I continue to improve this website and figure out my life!
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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.