10 Things You Didn't Know About Taylor Risse

10 Things You Didn't Know About Taylor Risse

A peek behind the scenes at the beautiful young mother.

A peek into the details of this athlete-turned-mother, who also happens to be a dear friend.

1. She is from Saratoga, Wyoming.

Five words she chose to describe her homeland:

1. Small
2. Cold
3. Rural
4. Mountainous
5. Beautiful

2. Her middle name is Evelyn.

Evelyn is defined as "life."

"My middle name was my grandmother's name."

3. Her favorite food is garlic bread and spaghetti.

An excellent choice, and also something that she and I have in common.

4. She favors smooth peanut butter over crunchy.

This is something we do not have in common.

"I like smooth peanut butter more. I have less nuts that get stuck between my teeth that way."

5. She chose a unique name for her daughter.

She chose Parker, meaning "Keeper of Parks."

"I wanted to keep the unisex trend going, since Taylor is a unisex name, and so is Logan (her father/my husband). Parker sounded strong and feminine at the same time."

6. She has a random pet peeve.

And it's perfect for the summer season.

"I absolutely hate it when people's flip flops squeak when they're wet. That sound is like nails on a chalkboard for me."

7. She doesn't like raisins.

Another commonality between Taylor and I!

"I'll only accept raisins if they are yogurt covered."

8. She has details of a dream home in her head.

"My dream home would be two stories, and it would include his and her closets, a movie room (because I'm obsessed with movies), a giant deck perfect for sunbathing and also a big backyard that includes a fire pit."

9. She would love to be a forest fairy.

"Out of all the mythical creatures, I'd want to be a forest fairy. They get to live in nature and are so earthy."

10. She can't pick a favorite Disney Princess.

So many choices!

"I like Belle the best, because it's what's on the inside that counts. But, I also love Jasmine, because she is really gypsy souled, and I also love Merida from 'Brave'... I LOVE her hair!"

I hope you enjoyed a peek at 10 things you didn't know about Taylor Risse!

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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