week two and a whiskey rose beverage

week two and a whiskey rose beverage

two weeks down. 

two weeks since ive started the new job and i've been learning learning learning. learning how to make jewelry, learning how the toaster oven works, learning about what a PO order is and why it matters, and really learning how to create a new rhythm in my day to day.

its a funny thing really. because as fun as change can be, it's also tiring.

so this last week, grant and i lent ourselves a little r + r and had date night in. we made dinner in our little apartment kitchen, started watching fixer upper (WHY did we not know about this before?!), and we mixed up this whiskey rose cocktail i'm sharing with you below. it's funny how rest can be a game changer in the day to day - i was so thankful for a chance to step back, take a breath, and be reminded of the ordinary things in life that i love and crave. i'm constantly reminded of how important it is to keep those things in the mix... you know, the making dinner, walking the dog, chatting with husband type things. those are the ones that keep you centered and full even when things around you are shuffling, and keep you bringing your best even when those shuffles are good.  

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go-to tacos

go-to tacos

and just like that, another week has gone by. this past week was an especially busy one it seemed - from wine and cheese catch ups with hol and stace (co-workers turned friends), to a fiesta themed surprise birthday party for stacie (college mentor), to celebrating a graduation for shay (first post-grad roommate), an engagement for cole (college bff), and brunch with mom (mothers day celebration holla). a full rich week, to say the least, and for that i'm thankful...

so all that to say this last week was a lot of things but it was ALSO cinco de mayo and with that comes the unspoken law of eating tacos and drinking margaritas in order to really do the day right. this is a taco recipe i found last year that quickly became, for us, the taco recipe to beat all taco recipes and we've made it again and again and again since that very first bite. 

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a day at malibu farm

a day at malibu farm

hello there and happy weekend!

grant and i love saturdays. most weekends, its a day we can take to actually give ourselves a little bit back of what's been drained out through the week. i have to admit that we're the "fill our schedules to the brim" kind of people, so saturday becomes a savory day of sleeping in, brewing coffee, making lazy breakfast and then heading off on some adventure (or lounging - whichever of the two we need more).

on this particular saturday a few weeks back, we decided to head up to malibu with our friends justin and taylor to do some exploring. malibu in the spring time is never a bad idea, and a day spent hanging by the ocean always seems to bring some needed refreshment to life's busier weeks. i'd also heard of this little place called malibu farm and was dying to pay the place a visit. so after roaming around a few oak groves and walking the beach, we went.

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well hello there

well hello there

hi there and welcome to the bridges blog!

I'm so glad you decided to stop by :)

this space has been a long time coming, and i am so thankful for the chance to finally share it with all of you. as a quick introduction, for those who don't know me, im taylor - writer, coffee lover, and twenty something... aiming to appreciate each day rather than frantically watching it pass by. right now i'm probably at a 50/50 rate. a year and a half ago (or just past that... YIKES!!) i married a one of a kind man named grant, and together we've become the bridges. marriage is by far the greatest adventure i've embarked upon yet - two people learning how to share life together, actually meal plan rather than buy everything that sounds good at trader joe's (which is a more tricky concept than you would think), and create roots here in sunny southern california.

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why being afraid isn't worth it

“so what is your thing?”

over the past few months i have found myself in some sweet but nonetheless disconcerting situations. I’ve had the opportunity to mingle with such amazing, kind, creative women who are setting out to make a difference in this world. women that were already in my circle and women that my world just so happened to collide with. and its had me thinking – whether because others have asked or its just replayed itself in my mind. what is your thing? what is your passion? what has god gifted you to do that you can focus in on and use for good, whether by day in your career or by evenings and weekends as scandal plays in the background on netflix?

and I’m glad this question has been asked. I’m really truly thankful. because i was surprised at what sprung up in me when this happened – panic. insecurity. i don’t know what I’m good enough at, i don’t know what i could possibly give, i don’t know i don’t know i don’t know. i was the kid who was involved in about ten extracurriculars because i loved all of them equally. theater! soccer! student government! music! bring em all and bring em on. I’ve never been someone who had one skill and one passion to bring to the world. and for some reason i think that makes me insecure. i am so afraid of failure – I’m afraid of trying something and getting it WRONG. i was always involved in things just enough to be good at them without COMPLETELY throwing myself in just to see what would happen in taking the risk. I’ve struggled to make decisions paralyzed by what would happen if it was the wrong one.

and so then yesterday i realized – i am NOT a hodgepodge of here and there. i am a writer. i am an encourager. i am a traveler. i am an adventurer. i love exploring new places and taking in the tastes, sights, and sounds of cultures very much the same AND very different than my own. i love conquering new recipes and sharing them with others in my home (key word = conquering… goodness knows I’ve set the smoke alarm off more times than i would care to admit). i love yoga. god has plans to make happen in my life as i press into the things that i love WITHOUT FEAR. i know, i know. in a lot of ways this is nothing new. and yet for whatever reason, its a truth I’ve desperately needed reminding of as of late. its funny how I’ve realized that my biggest roadblock is fear of my own failure. and yet that is the silliest because its not me that is going to make things happen anyway.

these days, i’m realizing that what i need is courage. courage to step off the ledge and let god know, and maybe remind myself too, that i TRUST who he has made me to be. and i trust that god can do something with my gifts (except maybe not yoga… the first time i got bird of paradise, i fell right over because i was too excited). he just wants my willing heart.

life is short and days are shorter, so why not spend them helping others? and better yet, helping them in something you love?

so, what’s yours? whatever your passion, there is a purpose, a cause, a business, an after school program, maybe even something you start YOURSELF to plug that passion into. and maybe you, too, just need to hear today that fear isn’t worth it. but your passion is. and your willing heart is. so JUMP and i’m going to try jumping with you.

let’s do this thing people.