Thanks for dropping by – I’m honored that you’ve chosen to spend a few minutes with me.
Let me start by introducing myself (I figure you’d like to know why you should listen to anything I have to say — Right?)
First and foremost I am God’s child – It’s very important that you know that because it influences a lot of the post’s I create. I acknowledge we’re all made in His Image and He wants what’s best for us.
Second — I am married to the kindest man on the planet – It has been my honor to share this life with “Hubby” — you will grow to adore him too — because he gets mentioned a LOT around here. He has shared my darkest moments and my highest highs and his support is unconditional — In short I can’t imagine doing life without him by my side.
Third – I also have the honor of being “Mom” to Julie and “MeMac” to Justin (Taylor) and Riley (Kate) — Yes, that is how the name “Taylor Kate Home” originated.
Fourth – While I acknowledge the importance of me sharing a bit of my story with you…
You need to know this blog isn’t (nor should it ever be) about me. — YOU are MY WHY!
I pray every post I write and every story I share will inspire, motivate and encourage YOU to create a home that feels like a Haven.
Life is short — and we don’t get a ‘do over’ — so we MUST make every day COUNT.
It’s time to Stop Living for Someday and start Celebrating the Magic of Ordinary Days.
The Extended Version — ( you might want to grab a cup of joe – this could take a while) 🙂
I grew up in the western part of NC – the oldest of 6 kids in an environment that wasn’t always healthy. But despite that fact I had an amazing childhood. I had a mom who was my #1 fan and I was surrounded by adults who poured themselves into my life.
My dad had an abusive side but I believe it was because he was abused himself. (The only reason I mention this is to encourage someone who’s gone through something similar) This is not where I choose to focus when thinking of my childhood because a long time ago I made the decision to forgive and honor my dad who is now in heaven.
We were also poor or as Oprah would say “po.” For years I was ashamed of that fact but today I’m convinced everything I went through as a child helped shape me into the person I am today.
Fast Forward to my late teens (I was 19) when I met the guy who was going to become my “Hubby” — He was a divorced single dad with an adorable little girl named Julie. We had one date then lost contact with each other until a year later. I’ll let you decide if it was ‘love at first site’ – he asked me to marry him on our THIRD date and five months and one day later — me, Hubby and Julie became a team for life!
Two years into the marriage (and after 11 other surgeries) I had to have a hysterectomy. Because I was only 22 it messed up my whole system and four years later I went into ‘the hole.’ (as I call it)
EVERYTHING CHANGED – due to a hormone imbalance, I was about to enter the darkest FOUR years of my life.
Normally a very upbeat and optimistic kind of person – all of a sudden I could barely function. I remember days when I lay on the floor of the bathroom and prayed “Lord, if tomorrow is going to be as dark as today – please don’t make me face it.”
Thankfully, He knew (eventually) the sun would shine in my life again but through that period of time Hubby was my ROCK. The normal “joe” would have left me — ’cause I was a MESS…. BUT it was during that time while browsing through a bookstore looking for advice on how to deal with my depression that I came across a book that forever changed the course of my life.
The book was called “The Messies Manual” and the author talked about “organizing your life” — It was a lightbulb moment for me.
My exact thought was this:
“I may not be able to do anything about the crazy things going on inside my head but I can do this. I will just organize my house”
And I did — I started at the front door (just like she suggested) and worked my way clockwise around every room of my house – Organizing drawers and closets and life!
I’d like to tell you the depression went away immediately — it didn’t!
However, I started to notice something amazing! As I began to get rid of physical clutter the mental and emotional clutter began to dissipate. YES, I was still under the care of a doctor but it truly was amazing what was happening inside of me.
Remember me saying earlier that getting organized changed the direction of my life???
I wasn’t kidding — It felt so good to have my “stuff” organized I started calling my friends and volunteering to come over and organize their kitchen (or bathroom, garage…etc.) and the next thing I knew I was speaking to Sunday School classes sharing with them all the things I was learning about this ‘organizing stuff’ (by this time I was reading everything I could get my hands on about organizing and trust me – the information wasn’t easy to find – there wasn’t 20 magazine covers taunting the advantages of being organized every time you were in a check out line.
There was no Pinterest or HGTV – shoot, I was “organized before being organized was cool” (some of you have no idea what I’m talking about but in the 80’s Barbara Mandrell had a hit song “I was country when country wasn’t cool”)
Here I am today, having been in business for 20 plus years as a Professional Organizer and Interior Designer!
I tell my friends all the time “Don’t tell me God doesn’t have a sense of humor — I grew up without a closet and now I design them” (you gotta admit that’s pretty funny)
I started this blog last year (in the midst of yet another depression brought on by a severe concussion) because I wanted to inspire others.
If I can do this — So can you.
But enough about me — I want to hear your story – I want to know where you struggle – What keeps you awake at night?
Just head on over to the Contact Me page and shoot me an email or comment at the bottom of any blog post — More times than not I will get back to you in less than 24 hours.
(aren’t you glad you grabbed that cup of joe)
Blessings to you and yours