Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Alright, so I decorated the gingerbread men, put together the finishing touches on the sugar cookies, and most of the cookies are packaged and ready to go!
I feel like everything started coming together today, which is awesome because I have to ship some cookies and that needs to be done this week. Let's just hope that my mom doesn't freak when we find out the cost of shipping... sorry, Mom! The good news is that I'm getting my first paycheck soon, so I'll be able to pitch in more financially around here. I'm sure my dad will be really pleased about that as well!
Speaking of my new job, I'm so excited to go back tomorrow because I'm getting fitted for my costume! I can't wait to put it on and really truly feel like a Disney Cast Member! I mean, I'm still in shock that I'm actually working for the Mouse, but this is just going to put me over the moon once I'm able to look at myself in the mirror and see that I look like a Cast Member. I have four more days that I know I'm training, and then I can't wait to see what happens after that. I just want to be in the Park already, being able to interact with Guests and make that Disney magic that I've always loved so much.
Until then, I decided to make some of my own musical magic at home. I love figuring out harmonies to songs on the radio, and my mom (who used to be an actual singer at special events and stuff with my aunt), is great at doing that as well. When I was younger, I remember my mom teaching me the harmony for the song "Winter Wonderland," and I practiced it over and over again as we drove around in the car. When we went to visit my great-grandmother for the holidays, my siblings sang the melody and I sang the harmony. Not only was it special for us to sing for my great-grandmother, but it really made the day of all of her friends in the nursing home as well. Out of all of the performances that I've ever done in my lifetime, that was the one for which I can most clearly remember the audience reaction. Nowadays, I love singing at the tops of my lungs whenever the song comes on the Christmas station in the car. Sometimes though, the songs on the radio have different renditions playing that I can't follow along with because of the different rifts and different spins on the song. So when I was home alone the other day, I decided to try singing the song by myself and record the melody and harmony in my own way. I recorded the melody, and then sang the harmony along with the playback and recorded that as well. It took a few tries to get it captured perfectly (and not going to lie, I recorded in the bathroom for the amazing acoustics!!), but I finally had a recording that I was really proud of. I completely forgot to play it for my mom until tonight, but I finally let her listen a little earlier. She told me that she had never heard my New York accent so strongly before (who knew?) and that it was really good. She wanted me to immediately put it up on Facebook and of course she told me to post it here as well. There's no video image, just audio, but I hope you'll enjoy my rendition of "Winter Wonderland" by clicking on the video below.
Please let me know what you thought of the song by leaving a comment on my YouTube channel or by commenting below! I hope you liked it!
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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.