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#LoveBlog2017 Day 17 | Wishes

Wishes and Dreams are synonymous. Dream big. Wish big.

“A dream is a wish your heart makes.” We all know the lyrics to the Cinderella song. To me, dreams and wishes are the same thing. I’m not talking about dreams we have when we are sleep. I’m talking about day dreams, dreams of what our lives will be like in the future. Dreams and wishes are nice things to think about. And, I agree with Britt of My Little Sunshines that dreams don’t have to be big or radical. These are some dreams and wishes I have:

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Dreams Don’t Have To Be Big

Dreams don't have to be big--they just have to be important to you.

For a year, I have wanted to write this post. But, time and inspiration always seemed to get the better of me. However, now that I’m in a new place and a new chapter of life, it seems like the perfect time to revisit this idea. A year ago, Britt of My Little Sunshines, wrote a post entitled, “When Your Dreams Are Small.”

In that post, she talked about how there is a trend going on, especially in social mdia, and especially with the #girlboss push, to chase after big and lofty dreams–saying they are achievable and the only acceptable type of dream to reach for. However, Britt really only had small dreams in comparison: have a healthy marriage to a loving husband, be a mother, and own a house.

Dreams don't have to be big--they just have to be important to you.

It really struck me. I love Britt and one of the reasons I do is how humble and complacent she is. I definitely know that being content is a huge weakness of mine–it is why it’s part of my 2016 mission statement.

I feel that I have had lofty dreams in my life: I wanted to travel Europe more, even live there maybe. I wanted to be a nationwide famous fantasy author. I wanted to be one of the history specialists the History Channel uses in one of their documentaries of medieval history. I wanted to be such an inspirational teacher that I could be on par of those in the movies!

However, now that I’m growing up more, I’m starting to rethink my dreams. And, they aren’t really that big. But, they are achievable.

Now, many people, especially the #girlbosses, would say that I am giving up to easily. That all dreams are achievable with hard work and determination. And I believe that to be true. However, I know where my priorities are: my family and my religion. Many would say, “but you need to be your first priority.” No. God is my first priority, and through that, I am. My family completes me, so I still am my first priority.

My dreams now are still “big”, but not lofty. I mean, it would still be great if any of my lofty dreams came true, and I’m never going to give up on them, but I am starting to be a little smarter with my dreams.

  1. I want to be a proud Mama who teaches her children both spiritually and academically.
  2. I want to be the wife that my husband is proud to brag about.
  3. I want to be a home owner by the time I am 30 (I have 3.5 more years!!).
  4. I want to get a graduate degree.
  5. I want to become a history professor sometime in my life.
  6. I want to grow my blogging/virtual assisting/blog design/freelancing to the point where it can be a supplementary business…bring in a few hundred bucks a month.

These are big dreams in the sense that they are very important, life achievements. They are worth working towards. If I achieve only these, I will consider myself successful in life. I will be content.

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Guys Behind the Blog // September 2015

Due to the whole summer “living in the moment” because of the whole “stupid computer died and I had to find a new one so I stopped blogging for a while” fiasco, Justin hasn’t made his usually monthly appearance for a while. Well, he’s back for another round of Guys Behind the Blog!

1) What’s the silliest thing you and your significant other have needed to compromise on?

It usually ends up being some sort of silly thing regarding food or some form of entertainment.

“Ok, fine, I’ll watch “What to Expect when You’re Expecting” if you watch “The Mighty Ducks.”

“Ok, we’ll get the onion ring appetizer, but no dessert this time!”

We will never compromise on who gets more strawberries.

2) If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 must haves would you bring with you?

First off, the premise states that this is a deserted island and I am stranded, so I couldn’t have / will not bring any form of transportation off said island….we clear on that?  Good.  I hate it when people say they’d bring an escape boat or something.  It defies the premise.

And sadly, I don’t think I would bring anything with me.  I’d prefer to remove myself from the “if only I had taken X instead of Y” kind of thing.  I’d take nothing so I would regret nothing.  No favorites.

3) Talents aside, what is your dream job?

Talents aside?  Easy.  3rd string quarterback of an NFL team.  I’m there for insurance, I was probably good in college, but not good enough to consistently play in the NFL.  I’d make a lot of money for simply being there in case the starter gets injured AND the 1st backup gets injured.  Additionally, the 3rd string quarterback is never expected to win games.  He is simply there to be a serviceable person to run the offense.  I would also get to work out with the team, So I would be in great shape too.  Too good of a gig to pass up.

4) What are three things on your bucket list?

Have a grandchild
Live until I am 80
Eat a lot of Pizza.

5) What kind of date is your favorite to go on with your significant other? (Romantic, fun, spontaneous, etc.)

Our best dates have always been eating dinner at a nice restaurant and talking about our days, and then having our conversation diverted to the point where we are debating who would win in a fight, Iron man versus Batman, or the religious undertones in Avatar: The Last Airbender, or even the hypothetical scenario of what would a Frozen level look/act like in a Kingdom Hearts video game.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Our Obsession with Cooking

Justin and I both love food. We love to try new recipes, explore different culture’s foods, and experiment in the kitchen. I like to somewhat follow recipes, whereas Justin doesn’t believe in measuring. I have a collection of recipe books and have started a list of my own recipes. Two of my favorite movies are Ratatouille and Julie and Julia. I love the food presented in them. I also love the idea that, “Anyone can cook.”
This quote really excites Justin and I. We can be great. Right now, we are limited due to budget, time, and space. But, as we continue to grow, so will our cooking experience. Our passion for cooking is fired up. We’ve had a dream since we were just dating to open up a Bed and Breakfast when we retire. We still plan on that. But, the food truck scene in Provo has gotten Justin thinking more and more…he loves food, he loves food trucks, he has an idea for one. We won’t divulge what it is because it seems that every time Justin shares his ideas, the next time we turn around, someone has already put it into production. But, we are seriously considering putting money away for this amazing idea for a food truck (having him watch Shark Tank doesn’t help either).
And, this reawakened passion I blame on my baby sister. Last year I wrote a post on her 13th birthday bragging about all her abilities. Well, since then, we could add: dancing, cheerleading, tumbling, and cooking. She has taken numerous cooking classes in Jr. High, makes gourmet desserts, and her favorite shows are on the Food Network (namely, Master Chef and Cupcake Wars). 
Gourmet cupcakes made by my 14 year old sister (who was 13 at the time and had one arm in a cast!–ANYONE CAN COOK!)
Well, she’s got me hooked. I now watch Chef Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares and Master Chef.Justin and I have both worked in food service for years! We know the business. Kitchen Nightmares is about restaurants that are failing. Chef Ramsey comes and shows them why and helps them turn it around. A lot is family drama, but the way they run their business and take care of their food is a big issue as well. A lot of times Justin and I turn to each other and think, how in the world did they pass inspection? are they really that dumb? we could do that!
Master Chef is about home cooks–people who haven’t gone to culinary school, food bloggers, etc. They compete against each other and the winner gets their very own recipe book. How cool would that be! Now, as much as Justin and I would love to go on that show, we aren’t as experienced as these people. But, it’s still a lofty dream.
We still love to cook, and that will never change.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

On Being a Utility Player

I have played soccer for 13 years now. At age 10, I started out as a goalie. My coaches experimented with where to put me on field–defender, sweeper, forward, striker, wing, midfield. I have played every single position there is to play on a soccer team. While my two favorites (and two best) are goalie and center-mid, I am what you would call a “utility player.” This means, I know what is expected of each position and I can do what is expected of each position. Not to toot my own horn, but this makes me an extremely valuable player.
However, being a utility player, though valuable in sports, isn’t that grand or desirable in talents/hobbies/skills. The reason being is that you don’t master anything!
But, that is what I am–a utility player of life.
A Utility Player of Life–Sports
I haven’t always played soccer. My parents thought it was important for me to try all different kinds of sports: ballet, jazz dance, t-ball, softball, basketball, field hockey. 
I found soccer when I was 10, and fell in love with it. It also helped that our county had a very strong rec league for soccer. Thus, I played two seasons every year and stayed with the same team until it was time to move to an older league. 
However, as I got into the high school age, our church really liked to play volleyball. So, I got into it. I tried out as a freshman–definitely didn’t make it. I kept practicing. I kept playing. I also tried out for soccer, but I was very sick during try-outs (sadly, this was to be a dark coincidence every year for soccer). My sophomore year, I transferred schools and wasn’t allowed to try out for any sport. But, I volunteered to be manager for volleyball. I learned the rules of the game, strategies, and technique. I tried out junior year, and the coaches said I could make JV, but the school’s policy didn’t allow Juniors on JV. So, I was head manager that year, practiced with the team, and even went to camps with the team. So, senior year, I was basically a walk-on to the Varsity team. I still played soccer at the same time.
Now, as a post-college kid, I still play soccer and volleyball all the time. I also run. I found running the summer after I graduated. I learned that I loved it. Although I have no desire to be a marathon runner like my dad, I do love running.
So, I still have 3 sports–volleyball, soccer, and running. I can’t ever choose between the three of them. And I will never play on a collegiate team or be a hard-core runner.
A Utility Player of Life–Hobbies and Talents
I have had too many hobbies to count! Reading and writing has always been there and will always be there. Although that past few years (due to my extraordinary work load in 3 jobs and getting a college degree with a 3.8 GPA) I have had very little time to do pleasure reading (fantasy and historical fiction) and writing. I do write besides my blog–poetry and fantasy. I can’t wait for the day I have more time for it. I see a lot of my other friends spend hours on end just writing and almost publishing books. Well, even though I won’t have to be doing homework or studying, my full-time job as an English teacher is not the type I can leave at work. Teaching is much more than just full-time. It takes up a lot of personal time at home as well–time I could be using to hone my writing skills or other hobbies and talents. And, I because of that, my writing talent (at least fiction and poetic) has diminished a bit.
When I was young, my sister and I were really into collecting rocks. So much that our mom even bought us a rock book. But, although I still like looking at rocks, I don’t care other than that.
I play video games. But, I will never be able to beat my hardcore gamer of a husband.
I cook. But I won’t be like professional cooking bloggers and I haven’t gone to culinary school.
I blog. (Even my blog is a utility blog–it’s definitely not a fashion blog, it’s not just a cooking blog, not a teaching blog, not a family blog, not a “hard issue” blog…it’s a “little-bit-of-everything” blog). I see advice on having 1 set of audience and a niche in your blog–a trend you typically write towards. I’m a utility blogger.
I watch TV. Hahaha. As if that helps me with anything. But then again, I know of the Bachelor bloggers and  I have a friend who is an Office addict and another who knows anything and everything on Star Wars. Nope. Can’t do that.
I organize and reorganize. But I don’t do DIY and I couldn’t base my blog around it.
I’ve attempted stitching, sewing (made half a doll’s dress), crocheting, and knitting. I just can’t get the hang of any of them (unlike my 13 year old sister).
I used to play violin and piano. One of my biggest regrets is that I quit. I can still tinker tunes out of them.
I speak Welsh–I can carry on a basic conversation, but I have a goal to be fluent. I just need to work towards that goal.
A Utility Player of Life–Religion
I am Mormon and that will never change. I love my church, and I love the Gospel. But, there are even niches in the Church I don’t belong too. I am definitely not the ideal Relief Society type woman–the perfect homemaker, crafter, cooker who will always create cute things for activities or being at your door the instant you are sick or pregnant. I am not a family history guru. I don’t have scriptures memorized. I am a not a constant temple goer (although I do go and I love every time I do). I am not a church history guru. I don’t play instruments or sing. But, I do love service, I love Relief Society, I love being in nursery, I love family history and reading the scriptures. I also love learning about other religions–not that I would ever convert–but I am curious to see how well they relate to Mormonism and how everything fits together!

A Utility Player of Life–Schooling
I consider myself a life-long learner. I love learning new things, I love discovering new places, reading new stories, exploring new cultures. Favorite subjects of mine have been: History (any and all), English/literature (any and all), Creative Writing, Journalism, Anthropology, World Music, Drama, Sociology, Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, Geography, Spanish, and Welsh. As you can see, it was a tough decision to do a History Teaching major and English Teaching minor. I would’ve done a Social Sciences composite, allowing me to teach any and all social sciences, but having to take government/political science and economy classes wasn’t worth it at all. So, I am content for now. But, I do plan on going back and getting a Geography endorsement. I also want to go to Grad school, but I don’t know what for yet. These are some of my ideas: medieval history, Welsh history, Tudor history, Arthurian lore, European myth and legend, creative writing…too many options!

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As you can see, I am not a master in any one thing. Sometimes I wish I had a niche for myself: be the Etsy crafter creating jewelry or cute crochet items or printables, be the fashion blogger who works with Shabby Apple and Apricot Lane, be the writer who already has sent out inquiries, be the die-hard teacher who has sold lesson plans and planning binders, be the homemaker guru with organization tips and a couponing master, be the nomadic traveler who can photograph the world, be the star of a college sport team with a shot at the majors, be a performance-worthy instrumentalist who loves to give concerts. But, I am none of these because I want to be all of these.

That is one thing I wish for my children. I do want them to explore numerous options, yes, but I do want them to find their niche and prosper and grow in it. As for me, I guess my niche is the life-long learner, willing to try anything at least once, learn a bit of everything–a utility player.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.