I ‘met’ Taylor on instagram about 6 months ago and we started chatting through social media. I was instantly drawn to her sweet nature. As we got to know each other better and I learned about her life, I began to admire her. Taylor recently graduated with a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas. She is a single mom to her adorable son Jones and has her own Etsy shop: TayloredMade. Taylor has worked hard to get where she is today. She is a recovering drug addict who has been sober for 8 years this coming April. After an almost fatal accidental overdose that her family was told she likely wouldn’t survive, she stopped using drugs. “I am thankful for God who was capable of proving the doctors wrong” she wrote me. She and Jones’s biological father (her first and only serious boyfriend) split shortly before she found out she was pregnant due to his own ongoing battle with addiction and mental health issues. “I have a special place in my heart for anyone who has been affected by the disease and would love to find a way to help others going through similar situations”. She feels that she has been given more grace then she deserves (I disagree) and is thankful for each and every second that she gets to spend with her boy.
Taylor started her Etsy shop about 5 years ago selling tie-dyed t-shirts and onesies but closed it due to lack of sales. When she started decorating Jones’s nursery she made everything herself and when friends came to visit she got a lot of compliments and offers to buy the arrows that she was hand-making. She reopened her Etsy shop about 10 months ago with her new items and had sales right away.
Taylor is constantly working on new creations for the shop, her newest venture is making t-shirts. Ever since Taylor found out that she was expecting Jones she knew that she would raise him alone. She prayed for him to have a “Gentle Spirit (and) Kind Heart”. Taylor says her main goal is to raise a man who values honesty and compassion over popularity and success. “It’s more then just a cute saying, its a way of life and a simple prayer from one mama trying to raise a boy into a good man in this broken world we live in”. These lovely t-shirts (pictured on Morris and I below) are available to order here.
I asked Taylor how she manages to balance motherhood, school and her shop. “Finding balance in anything is hard” she said and is thankful for being able to complete her degree online. Taylor is able to work on most of her shop orders during nap times and at night. She raves about her supportive family (she is the oldest girl in a family of 5 children and lives in the same small town that she grew up in outside of Dallas, Texax) and is hoping that someday her orders will increase enough that she can pay her sister to babysit while she works. Until then she is looking for work as a librarian and enjoying time with Jones.
I feel blessed to call Taylor my friend. I hope her story inspires you as much as it does me. Now I’m off to order more arrows and cuddle Morris in our matching tees! Use code Erica20 to get 20% off your purchase!