Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
I'd like to start off tonight by recognizing a special day in our family - my aunt's birthday. My mom's sister passed away when I was four years old after being directly hit in a car accident. Our lives changed completely once she was gone, and nothing has been the same since that devastating day. On her birthday, I like to remember the four years I had with her, and this year especially I can picture her more clearly since we watched those old home movies just weeks ago.
Today, I also started a new little project. As an aspiring author, I know how important reading is at all ages. To become a better writer, you need to be an avid reader, especially in your genre. I've always loved reading, from the time I was a little girl, and my love of books has only grown over the years. As an Early Childhood/Childhood Education major, in addition to being the big sister of plenty of kids throughout the years, I've read tons and tons of children's books. I think that it's so important to read to kids from a young age, because it will foster their love of reading and help them grow in their reading skills. But I know that there are times when a book is out of reach, or a parent doesn't have time to read to a child at the moment. So having a read-aloud within reach is the perfect way to have a book read aloud to a child at any time.
I thought that it might be fun to record myself reading some children's books and then upload them to my YouTube account. It will give me the opportunity to re-read some of my favorite children's books, get to know some new books, and share my love of reading at the same time. It's also a way for me to practice using different voices for reading, which is something that I've always had fun with, but sometimes get shy about. I think I did pretty well with reading stories to the kindergarten kids that I worked with for student teaching, so I want to continue to improve on that. I'm hoping that someday I'll be reading pieces of my own novel and children's books aloud during book signings or a small book tour, so it's a very helpful skill to have. Today, I recorded a video today of myself reading Maurice Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are" and began a new playlist on my YouTube channel. I'm excited to find other books to record in the future, and I'll post updates on my author page (and probably here too) whenever I upload a new video.
I also got through a few more boxes in my room today, which is awesome because we've been here for a month and I still have a ton of stuff to go through. I feel like every time I empty one box, another box appears full of random stuff that I need to find room for. When I'm in the mood for unpacking, I can get through a lot at a time... the problem is that I'm rarely in the mood for unpacking! But, hey, what's that old saying? Slow and steady wins the race, right? I'll get there eventually!
Thank you so much for your continued support! I look forward to sharing more stories about my experience with foster care, and hopefully hearing from readers who have questions or similar stories to share. I'm always willing to answer questions and hear about other experiences! Please don't forget to like and share my Facebook author page as well!
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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.