Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Apparently, August is the busiest month of the year for me... I haven't posted at all and next week is the start of September! But I finally have a few moments to sit and write and I'm excited to share all that's been happening around here!
To begin with, my work schedule has been absolutely insane. Remember when I got trained on a new role at work? Well, becoming a Relief Coordinator meant that I would be filling in for the position every once in a while when someone needed a day off. However, over the past month or so I've been working in that position pretty steadily since one of our full-time Coordinators has been temporarily working in another location. She's actually not going to be back for a while, which means that I'll have a lot of experience adding up for a while.
I've been loving the opportunity to get more experience in this position, but the hours have been slowly draining on me. Instead of my typical work hours during the day, I've been working shifts ending around midnight, which means that I'm getting home around between 1:00 and 1:30 in the morning. It's been kind of difficult to transition to these hours, but I've definitely been enjoying the role and new responsibilities.
Aside from being busy with work, we've also had a lot going on as the kids went back to school a couple of weeks ago. Everyone is doing well with new classes and teachers, and they're all making new friends. Seeing my siblings go back to school brought up memories of my own days in school. I definitely miss the days of being in classes, even though that may sound crazy to some people!
Both of my littlest sisters have all of the proper equipment to help them hear in class this year, which is such a relief. Last year, Twin B couldn't get all of the help that she needed because of some craziness happening behind the scenes with the school board or something. I'm so glad that everything got resolved over the summer so that both of my sisters can hear everything that happens in their new classroom.
Speaking of school starting though, I've actually been looking into going back to school... as a substitute teacher! With my crazy work schedule, I haven't really found the time to go through the entire application online, but I'm excited to figure it all out and hopefully start teaching in some capacity again!
I've also been working a lot on my writing. I have made a lot of progress on illustrations for one of my children's books, which has been great. I haven't had a lot of time to sit and crank out many illustrations at once, but I'm happy with the progress that I've been making. It's a colorful book and my little sisters have enjoyed the illustrations that I've shared with them, so I think that the book is off to a good start when it comes to the pictures.
I also have been working on a new idea for a children's book, though nothing has quite come to light yet... I've been tossing around a ton of, well, let's call them story starters. Opening sentences and first pages, ways to really start the story, have been clouding my mind for quite some time now. Unfortunately, I'm still stuck on how exactly to begin this book, and I can't seem to move past the opening page to get anything else accomplished. I'm hoping that a good idea will come to me soon though, because I think that this could really be a good book once it gets started!
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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.