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Guys Behind the Blog | April 2016

Time for a long overdue Guys Behind the Blog, with your favorite hilarious, video-game playing, statistician, Justin!

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  1. In what ways are you the same as your childhood self?

    I think the better question is how am I not the same as my childhood self.  The biggest differences is that I work instead go to school, and that I actually eat food instead of being my old, picky self.  Those aside, I’m mostly the same guy. Oh, I also have a wife and son.  That’s kind of a bit difference.

  2. What does family mean to you?

    I have no idea how to answer this.  Honestly, family is family.

  3. How would your family or closest friends describe you?

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4. What’s your fondest childhood memory?

Going to the hardware store with my father.  We were there almost every weekend (My dad would always find something to work on, and often needed just one more thing at the hardware store in order to get it done).  The electronics store and the sporting goods store were adjacent to the hardware store, so we often went to all three, just to look around.  On the way home, we would stop off at McDonalds and we would each get an ice cream cone, but only on the condition that we could finish eating it before we got home so Mom didn’t find out. Then we would spend the rest of the day doing yardwork or working on whatever project my dad wanted to do.  When we finished and after we had eaten, we would sit down on the couch and watch baseball or basketball while eating popcorn.  Honestly, this really is the first thing that popped into my head.  I have so many fond memories of my childhood with my siblings and my parents.

5. What words of wisdom would pass on to your childhood self?

Never pass up an opportunity to help someone, and never miss the chance to learn something new.

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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.

Don’t Grow Up Too Fast

As a child, all I wanted to do was to grow up. I had so many plans for my life: college, teaching, becoming a famous author, being a mom, traveling the world, having a movie made based off either my novels or my time as a teacher, become a professor, be on a History channel documentary. I was excited to move out of my parents’ house (how ironic that I’m back in my parents’ house!), to be on my own, to be in charge of my own life. Even though Disney’s Tangled didn’t come out until I was in college, I always echoed the lyric, “When will my life begin.” Well, I was in such a hurry to begin my life that I forgot to live my life.

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Don't grow up too fast. Enjoy your age.

Although I am proud of my accomplishments as a teenager and a college student, sometimes I wonder if I grew up too fast. I focused more on my studies and writing and reading than anything else. Now, that wasn’t a bad thing. I still played sports, I still hung with friends. But, I didn’t take time to stop and smell the roses. I never really embraced the philosophy of Carpe Diem. I also got married very early. Again, that’s not a bad thing. I was 22, finished with college, and ready to be a wife. We’ve had plenty of adventures together as a couple, and spent many hours playing video games with each other.

However, there are sometimes I reminisce about my childhood. Sometimes I miss being a child. Adulting is hard! I yearn for the days of ease, the days of discovery, the days of learning, the days of only being in charge of myself. I love being a mother, I love being a wife, I loved being a teacher. But, sometimes I don’t want to deal with the stress.

Then, I look at my almost-16-year-old sister. She is so stressed about having a 4.o to get into the college of her dreams. She comes straight home from school (which she spends an hour at after for tutoring), and immediately begins on her homework for hours, then practices her flute. Yet, she still spends time with her friends. She still embraces her youth. She goes shopping with them, plans parties with them. Has Gilmore Girls or Downton Abbey marathons with the family. Bakes gourmet desserts on the side. She is my idol. She is still coocky and weird. She dances silly in front of the family and speaks a weird made up language (Er Mer Gerd).

Then, I look at my 20 (almost 21!) month old son. He is growing up right before my eyes. This toddler stage is my absolute favorite stage. It’s so fun. I am in awe as I watch him learn and discover. I want so badly for him to grow up and talk to me. I want so badly for him to grow up and go to school. To learn, to discover, to play, to love, to live. But, I miss my little baby boy that he no longer is. He already is growing up too fast.

I guess what I’m trying to get at is to slow down in your life. Enjoy your current stage. Don’t be in rush be in a rush to begin a new chapter. It’ll come when it comes. That is one of my goals this year: bloom where I am planted–that not only means where I am physically, but also in life. Enjoy this season. Get the most out of it. I am only 26. I only have one child. I have no job to worry about right now (intentionally). I don’t need to grow up quickly right now.

 

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.

Still a Kid

Do you miss your childhood hobbies? Do you long for the simple days? Do you hate “adulting” sometimes? Do you have embarrassing loves? Does your inner child yell at you?

That’s how it is for me. In many aspects, I feel that I am still a kid.

Are you still a kid at heart? What inner child guilty pleasures do you have?

I am still very much a kid at heart:

– I mean, look at the picture! I am barefoot in a tree! Whenever I see a tree or a forest or some new landscape, I run all around and climb! I guess that’s where Rhys gets it from…

– I still love Disney movies and love singing their songs!

– I play video games often.

– When I’m sick, I just want my mom. Yes, I want Justin to take care of me, but, I also just want my mom.

– I miss being in school. Yes, I can be a student in college and be happy, but I miss being in highschool sometimes and having a locker and being on sports teams and hanging with my friends.

– I miss spending my nights watching anime, talking to friends on AIM, and reading fan fictions.

– I am super imaginative, still. Sometimes, if I have a hard time sleeping, I’ll go over my future novels to write in my head, perfecting the dialogue and action.

– I get jealous of kids playing on playgrounds–I’d love to do that again…

– I love YA literature, especially fantasy and historical fiction.

– I have seen every TinkerBell movie!

– I own the movie Epic, and I love fairy movies!

– According to Justin, I pout and throw little fits when I don’t get my way.

– According to Justin, I get excited over every little thing. Like, if I read something interesting on the Internet, I have to share it with everyone, even if they don’t care.

– I love wearing my hair in braided pigtails. (In my defense, Justin thinks they are really cute on me!)

How are you still a kid at heart?

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.

February Golden Vlog

Hey y’all! It’s time for another Golden Vlog!

Here are the links to Justin’s side of the story and my side of the story to our love story.

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.

Food Service and Me

Tonight, I worked concessions for the volleyball game. It was very busy and chaotic–our lines were continuously long because our team did so well, we had a new worker, and our registers kept going off line….and I got like 3 new burns on my hands. However, I still enjoyed it. I love working concessions.

My first job was working at CiCi’s Pizza Buffet when I was 16. In retrospect, it wasn’t the greatest working environment ever, and the management was really bad. However, for a first job, it was great! And the perks! I ate for free and my family ate for free. It was also a very busy environment, especially with school fundraisers, so I got used to working fast pace and multitasking.
I worked at CiCi’s until I graduated high school. Then, I got a job with BYU Concessions. I have held that job for 4 years now, and gotten numerous raises and promotions. I am one of the most experienced workers there. When I am on the schedule, my peers don’t have to worry. I love working Concessions.
During football and basketball, I manage different stands, ran by local restaurants or non-profit groups for fundraising. During all the rest of the sports, conferences, etc, I manage one stand and work inside it as well. I love doing it. However, the worst part comes at the end of the night. After we clean up and do ending inventory and count our money, we have to put it all in a Excell spreadsheet and see if we balance under 1% variance. If you don’t, that means recounting money and recounting inventory. It means freaking out and worrying why. But, the worst part is making sure to read the receipt correctly and put each of the correct net deposits, net sales, etc, etc in the correct cell. I have been doing this for 3 years and it still freaks me out. It still worries me that I will put the wrong number in the wrong cell and mess up the whole equation and be hundreds of dollars off. But, tonight, I wasn’t…I was .53% off–missing $7. I was good.
Although I want to be a teacher and then a stay-at-home mom, I want to manage or even own a restaurant sometime in my life. I love working fast food, but I don’t want to make it my career. It is more like a hobby to me and I want to keep with it. Making the food, interacting with customers, the fast-pace, and just managing is fun. I really want to own a restaurant someday–I hope I really do!

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.