Episode #264: Business Wisdom Through 5 Years of Podcasting
TAYLOR BRADFORD: You are listening to episode number 264 of the Boss Girl Creative podcast. Today, I’m celebrating my five-year podcast anniversary, and I am in the hot seat. I’ve got Kesha with BIGPITTSTOP interviewing me about my business journey and the things that I’ve learned through the years and the advice that I’m going to give to you, my fellow business owner, on moving your own business forward. On to the episode.
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Okay, guys, I’m so excited that this is my five-year podcast anniversary 264 episodes. I’ve never missed a week of podcasting. And I’m so grateful for you. I’m so grateful for this journey. It has allowed me to bring you along my own journey of business and all the things that go into business. And it’s basically me pulling back the curtain over these five years of my own journey. And I’m so grateful for you. I’m so grateful for every one of my listeners throughout these five years, and I’m excited to be in the hot seat for this special episode, and I have Keisha from BIGPITTSTOP interviewing me to celebrate these five years. And again, you guys, I couldn’t have done it without you, and I so appreciate you. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you for being along this journey with me. And so now on to the interview.
Taylor Bradford: Awesome, here we go. Hi, Keisha.
Keisha: Hey Taylor.
Taylor Bradford: I’m so excited that you’re on this call with me for this particular episode celebrating my five-year anniversary with Boss Girl Creative, which is a huge milestone not only as a business owner but also as a podcaster. Because there’s so many people that don’t make it this far, so we’re considered, or I’m considered a long-hauler.
Keisha: Grandma, right?
Taylor Bradford: Yes. So much better than a grandma status. But I’m really excited to have you on for this episode, and the roles are reversing. So you’re going to be interviewing me, which I am pumped about and can’t wait to hear what questions you formulated for this episode and celebrating this five-year milestone and all the things that I’ve got going on.
Keisha: Awesome. And I’m super grateful to get to sit on this side of the microphone with you. Just you’ve inspired so many of us in your community and to get to just like pick your brain for a little bit and learn more about your journey. And, you know, so many people have come along so they may not have been here from the beginning or even know you as well as some of those in your community over the years. So it’s, it’s gonna be fun to just get to know a little bit more about your story and kind of do a little rewind and review to learn just about some of the things that have made you such a great entrepreneur and that you’re teaching the rest of us so
Taylor Bradford: Well, thank you very much, and you’ve been a long-hauler with me, so I appreciate you so, so much, and I’m excited to dive in now.
Keisha: All right, you ready?
Taylor Bradford: I am. Let’s go.
Keisha: Okay, here we go. Well, I thought it would be fun to talk a little bit about your story and your journey of being Taylor Bradford and the Boss Babe behind Boss Girl Creative and you know, the founder of Sugar Creek Empire, which we hear about a little bit. And so I’m going to go a little pre-podcast to kind of just help put context to some of this because I think it’s, it’s fun to know your story. So I’m gonna ask you to back up, and I want you to tell us a little bit about, I’m going to say 10-year-old Taylor. Like, who was she? And what did she like to do? And is that anything like the woman that we’ve come to know today?
Taylor Bradford: I think so. And we can even rewind back to when I was two.
Keisha: Oh, okay.
Taylor Bradford: Um, because I have been such a self-starter for I don’t like literally back to two I can. I can remember hearing stories from my parents, where I was able to just entertain myself all the time. And I didn’t necessarily need interaction from others to propel me forward into whatever To it was that I was doing. And I was a natural leader. As a kid, my mom called it bossy. I call it naturally random. And so, as a kid, like I was just fascinated with doing things on my own and inventing things. I remember having a baby sitters club when I was young and leading, like when those books came out when I was however old that was, and now they’ve been reborn, which is amazing. I led that and always been the person that was chosen to lead things with clubs and so on. And it just kind of like went forward in that as I grew, and it-I was never bored, and I’m the kind of person And that I never sit still. And that is a part of my personality. I’m an Enneagram One, and Enneagram Ones don’t sit still. And I’ve been that way my whole life. So self-starting was never an issue. Being motivated by something was never an issue. And creating and exploring was never an issue. And I feel like that has just been a stepping stone or a foundation for me since I was a kid. And I can remember when I was in high school, especially my senior year, but even throughout the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade, I was a part of everything that I could be a part of because I was constantly curious about what that thing was. And if I didn’t know that thing, then I surrounded myself with people that didn’t know that thing. And my senior year of high school is a perfect example. I have been involved in so many things, and to the point, and this is funny, when I look back at that year, there were 30 plus days of school business-related activity of excused absences, because of how much I was involved in all the things. And for a senior year, how cool was that to miss more than 30 days of quote-unquote, school because you were involved in so many things. And that was no different. When I decided to go to Texas Christian University, it was not in my home state of Arkansas. It was a brand-new state, but I didn’t want to experience high school all over again, which is a majority of my high school went up to the University of Arkansas and Fayetteville. And I didn’t want that experience. I didn’t want to repeat high school. I wanted something new something, something different, and so I went to Texas Christian University, and It was hard in the sense that I’m an introvert and going someplace where I didn’t know anybody, and I was literally choosing the school. Not only did I feel like it was home when I stepped foot on campus, but it allowed me to separate myself away from who I had been so that I could keep going down this pathway of who I wanted to become. And that is scary as an introvert, but I was willing to take that leap of faith in myself and know that I was a strong enough individual, even though I was incredibly shy, I knew that my pathway would easily come to be in that role in that journey. So I do think that my personality has attributed this entire time up till now, and I’m 39. Now, this entire time, my personality and my attention to just going after what I wanted, and being so ungrateful. Driven by what’s next, and the world is my oyster. I mean, it truly is I can create it to be what exactly I want it to be. And we all have that capacity, we all have that choice we can choose to be positive, or we can choose to be negative, we can choose to take that leap of faith, or we can choose to stay scared. We have that choice every single day. So
Keisha: Well, that last line there maybe answers this question, but I would say then, what advice would you give that ten-year-old/two-year-old/high school senior Taylor, about just kind of holding on and what is to come not necessarily regret or what you do different but just what sandbox or barstool or coffee table advice would you give her?
Taylor Bradford: To not be scared. There’s so much in life that we don’t have control over. 2020 has definitely taught us all. We have to get back to basics, but to not be scared and to live without fear, and to live without having to understand what might be coming next. Because if we stay in fear, if we stay in that small space, we have no clue the possibilities that might be down the road that will come upon us. And even like, even if I go back to those times when I was a kid, or even in high school, if I stayed small, if I practice small, the result was small. And so as an adult, it’s the same thing. And so practicing living big practicing taking leaps, practicing, testing things out, I can say That everything I’ve tried has not always worked. And that has been this journey, especially in this journey of the podcast. And I’m grateful the podcast has been a success. But everything I’ve tried, I’ve talked about on this show, and there’s been a lot of things that I’ve tried that didn’t work. But I kept trying. And that is the key; you can’t give up. Like, even if that one thing set you back, you got to pick yourself back up and look at what happened and figure out where you pivot and what you do to maneuver to go forward. Because, I mean, if I gave up every time I failed, I wouldn’t be where I’m at.
Keisha: Yeah, totally. And, you know, you’ve talked recently about pivots. And I guess with that, and you just mentioned that we’re too like, for you, serial entrepreneur was not necessarily your goal when you headed to college. And so is there if you look back like an early pivot, whether it was in business life once you already got launched or even before that, that you would say, Man, that’s the thing that projected me forward, and I can look now and go, I can pinpoint a moment or a specific experience that you would use in that case.
Taylor Bradford: Oh, absolutely. It was my junior year of college. And I was an athletic trainer, and I was an exercise science major, and I was gearing my entire future to be an athletic trainer, and I really wanted to work in at the NFL level. And I knew that was going to be a challenge. I knew that was going to be hard because I was a female, and females just don’t get to that level as an athletic trainer. And I have such a passion for football, and I had so many hurdles, even getting to my junior year of college as an athletic trainer. My freshman year, I worked football. We-you all work football your freshman year. My sophomore year, I was swimming, and diving and the grad assistant that was supposed to be teaching me was literally nonexistent that entire year. So I wasn’t learning at the capacity that my fellow second-year athletic trainers were learning. And so when it came to taking a test at the end of that year to see where I would be placed, for my junior year, I was so far behind, and that was so incredibly discouraging. And my junior year, my first semester, I was placed with the Fort Worth Dallas ballet, and that meant I was working in a physical therapy clinic because that was where their head trainer worked. He owned this physical therapy clinic. And that particular semester, not a single dancer was injured. And so the only people I was around was quadriplegics, paraplegics, and workers’ comp claims for physical therapy. And so yet again, here was another stumbling block for me. I wasn’t learning at the capacity or the potential that my third years were learning, and I felt so far backwards in my school and all of that. Not-grades were fine, but I wasn’t learning what I was supposed to be learning. And I remember going to my counselor, my bright before first semester ended junior year, and I said, and plus I was just having the realization that athletes that are injured, their psyche is so incredibly robust, and I was shouldering all of that, and it was draining me, and it was causing me to fall into depression. And I knew that maybe this wasn’t my journey. I knew that with all of these things, these setbacks that were happening that appear to be Cool, but weren’t cool once I was in them, and then taking on the stress of injured athletes through that two and a half year period was so much for me that I sat down with my advisor and, and I was like What in the world else can I do? What-like I have two and a half years invested in this degree-what am I supposed to do now? And we sat down and just, we just he laid out what my options were. And that is when I started looking into personal training, and I completely revamped my degree. So I stayed in kinesiology, but I adjusted the athletic training part, took that out, and added a business minor, and that was where I pivoted. I knew that this pathway that I was currently leading, or currently walking was not good for me. There were so many signs of you need to make a pivot, you need to make a pivot. And so I did. And I still managed to graduate in four years, picking up dropping the athletic training, picking up a business minor, and it started me on that new pathway, and I was so much happier. And I excelled. My senior year, I had 18 hours of course load first and second semester, plus I was working full time as a trainer. And that’s the pivot. That’s the pivot that set me down the road of what got me to today.
Keisha: Well, that’s awesome. You know, I didn’t know some of that specific piece of your story. And so for me, as a community member, it’s really one of those things that makes a lot of sense because we get to benefit from where your passion and frankly, your skillsets and acumen kind of have that crossroad. And it makes a lot of sense by being a community member to get to hear some of those things and, frankly, glean from your experience. So thanks for kind of always being transparent and bringing us on this journey with you.
Taylor Bradford: Absolutely.
Keisha: Yeah. Well, I’m going to switch a little bit kind of getting more into some of the deeper business journey. It’s fun to hear some of that past that’s brought you here but being And may I hope, the terms on offense of a serial entrepreneur because I think what you and your husband have done with all of your businesses continue to take experience and build on that as you grow something even greater to follow. So as you get a new idea and something sitting in front of you, is there a process that you go through in general or a path that you would benchmark and say, “Okay, this new idea is ready to launch.” So is it a noodling process? And then you’d have to have certain details in order. What does that kind of look like for you, as you’ve done all of these different things?
Taylor Bradford: Lately, it has been a much better process than where I’ve vet myself. Previously, to even six months ago, it was this idea is formed, and I’m going to test it out and try it, and if it works, awesome, if it doesn’t, well, I didn’t flesh it out enough. And I think this is where the unconventional side of me comes in because I don’t have the patience to sit down and follow someone else’s roadmap on how to launch a new business, and I have tried that, and it didn’t work. And part of it might have been the idea, but also part of it might have been pushing me into a box that I’m not comfortable being in. And so having to follow someone else’s roadmap for me to launch said thing, just isn’t functional for me, which is why I am like wholeheartedly standing in this light of I am an unconventional business unicorn because I have been able to create success unconventionally, and I think that there’s not necessarily a one right way to do business. I think you have to figure out what is going to work for you. And so, yes and no. So most recently, in COVID, I have launched a couple more businesses. And it wasn’t because I just was like, Oh, yeah, let’s go ahead and do this. With Sugar Creek, I have seen and have felt and have heard over five and a half years when I am out doing what I do. I wish you could come do that for me. And when you hear that long enough for a long period of time, like I said, I’ve been doing this five and a half years, you finally pick up on the fact that maybe you should do something about that. And so in COVID, I continue to get that. And I finally just asked my audience if I did this thing if I launched another brand where you could buy vintage from me, and I could sell artisans that would help you live this vintage lifestyle that you love so much from me creating, would you do it? Would you buy it? Would you support it? And the resounding answer was yes. And so that’s where Sugar Creek Collective was created. And so it’s a third brand under the Sugar Creek umbrella. And it’s still in the process. I haven’t fully launched it because There’s still so many moving parts to that, that I, I don’t want to align myself with artisans that don’t make sense. I want to make sure that they’re women-owned, I want to make sure that I’m supporting eco-friendly, sustainable businesses. And so there’s a lot more moving parts and me to find the artisans that I do want to partner with and support their businesses. And then also because of COVID, all of the places that I would go source vintage goods have been closed because they, they’re not essential. And all of that I make a buying trip twice a year down to Round Top, and those shows were canceled. And so it is given me more time to be more methodical about how this comes to fruition. But I already had my answer. Yes, this is wanted now, is it going to be successful rather like out of the gate? No, but it is something that I know I have legs to stand on and that I can actually create something from it. So that’s one instance. The second instance is, I get asked weekly about peacock chair rentals. Peacock chairs are these beautiful wicker fan back chairs that are from the 50s and 60s and 70s, maybe even 40s. I don’t know when they recruited. And with Sugar Creek, I have a minimum rental order of 1000 bucks. And you can’t just rent a peacock chair. If you come in and want Sugar Creek, you’ve got to rent more than that. But I turn away so much business on these stupid peacocks here because they just want one. They just want one for a baby shower or a bridal shower or whatever it might be. And so I was with my best friend in her car recently, and I took a phone call, and the guy wanted a peacock chair for his fiance for her bridal shower or something, and I hung up the phone after giving him two Other companies to try, and she goes, Okay, stop it. You tell me all the time that I need to follow the money. You need to take your own advice and follow the dang money for peacock chairs. I don’t know what that looks like or how that functions, but you’re losing so much money off of not renting your chairs out, and so I took my own advice finally, and I bought peacockchairrentals.com, and I’ve been working with my attorney on a contract and figuring out the logistics of that. So now I’m not going to leave that money hanging. I’m going to actually funnel them into peacockchairrentals.com, a wholesale, separate, affiliated company to Sugar Creek but not Sugar Creek that allows me to rent one peacock chair. So I already have the Google juice. They all come to me from Google. I have the number one spot for peacock chair rentals. So I’m going to take advantage of that and start renting out these chairs singly through peacockchairrentals.com, so it doesn’t affect the Sugar Creek brand and what I stand for as a Sugar Creek company but allows me to have this additional revenue stream. So I hope that kind of gives you some insight into what, what, and how I now think about business before I would have an idea. Just as bloggers, if we go back to my blogging days, as bloggers, we’d come up with an idea, we talked about it with our friends, and then we would just do it. And that was really how I did things. And if they worked great, if they didn’t, oh, well move on. Now it’s a lot more, it’s a lot more methodical, and I’m more mindful about what I want to put my name with. And yes, if they don’t work, I still tried. So that still hasn’t changed.
Keisha: Yeah, and, and I guess listening to that, I want to summarize something I heard you say because I think it’s powerful in that it’s not that you were chasing the money, it’s that you heard the opportunity was sitting there and what, and lots of ways can be seen as a saturated world, whether that’s a podcast or a blog topic or whatever. But you were consistently getting asked the same thing. And so you met the need. And whether it’s Google authority, or just Google Analytics or whatever, that’s, that’s their main thing they’re looking for with hashtags and whatever. And so I think that’s a really powerful statement to just say, it wasn’t that you were chasing $1, your niche audience that you already have captured was asking something from you. And in this case, you were able to provide it. And so I think that just sounds really powerful too. Whether it’s launching a podcast or trying to sign your blue person or whatever, like, let them define that for you instead of having to be all the things.
Taylor Bradford: Oh, absolutely. And I think that’s what makes you set yourself apart is that you’re not just throwing spaghetti noodles at the wall with an idea that you randomly come up with. You are truly listening to your audience.
Keisha: So with that, and whether it’s a pivot or whatever, how do you then-so you just kind of told us your process of moving towards a yes-how do you similarly process whether in the past or now a no when it’s okay to walk away and leave something whether it’s like your old blog that’s perfectly capable of existing, but you are doing other things that are revenue-generating or what does that look like for you to just kind of walk away or leave something on pause or whatever?
Taylor Bradford: That would definitely be my blog. For sure. When you lose passion for something when you lose your footing for something when you lose your drive for something, that has to be your automatic no. When you like-actually today I put out randomly, I put out a blog post because it was a book I read, and I thought people needed to know bought the book, but I haven’t blogged since March. So three months and then prior to that, it was like eight months. So when you have lost your direction, that’s when you have to say no or when you have to turn and say, “You know what, that’s not working for me anymore, or that’s not filling where I’m at right now in my life.” And that’s okay. And you have to come to terms with the word “okay.” You are okay, saying no, or choosing not to do this thing. And I can also speak to the-I have a YouTube channel that’s going to be launching at some point in 2020, and it’s going to be called the House of Sugar Creek, and it will be all-encompassing about everything that I am doing. Everything related to Sugar Creek, and then everything related to me personally, and that will be my house coming to fruition and Boss Girl Creative. So it’s literally the House of Sugar Creek. And I have been noodling on a YouTube channel for over a year. And I didn’t feel that I had anything relevant to talk about or anything relevant that would make whatever it was I was going to do bigger than myself or make a difference or feel fill in a void and because I don’t want to be willy-nilly about things anymore, and not that I was before, but I was probably a just a bigger risk taker before now I want to be more methodical about what I what it is that I bring to the table. And so for me to sit on an idea for over a year and not get excited to just go out and buy the domain and get it going and figure it out and just, you know, fake it till you make it, which is there’s no problem with that. There’s nothing wrong with that. That’s why I’m really unconventional how I do things, but I knew With a podcast, and I mentioned this last week with the podcast, I knew what it was going to take to bring it to life. And I knew that it was going to need to be professional. And I can’t not do that with the YouTube channel. I can’t just record a video and just slap it up there. I’ve done that in the past with the blog. And it, it wasn’t truly me. It wasn’t what I was proud of. And I’ve turned all of those to private. Like, you can’t find anything of my previous YouTube experience, YouTube, whatever you want to call that foray into YouTubing. Because it’s To me, it’s embarrassing. I don’t want to put something like that out there. And for it to take me a full year to come to terms with what this is going to be and how I want it to be. And to decide that I’m going to make the investment and having a production team actually do some of the film. I will still do a lot of the filming, but when I’m on-site somewhere setting something up, they will be on-site because I can’t manage that by myself. And to also have them be the editors of the show. I knew that was the level I was going to be playing at. And my mindset when I first started thinking about a YouTube channel wasn’t there. It took me a year to get my mindset to match what that was going to look like. And now that I’m there, I am so stoked about this YouTube channel that I’m just like, okay, when can we start recording Okay, when, like I’m, I’m in the process of figuring out what my music is going to be and that’s not easy because it’s permanent. And I know I can change it if I don’t ultimately like it, but I want to come out of the gate swinging for the stands.
Keisha: Yeah, and I think about that related to this podcast. Because what’s been really special about it is you have uniquely carried a passion. I mean to show up for five years, week after week you’ve not skipped on holiday weeks and all that kind of stuff. So with that being said, of kind of what took you to get to that place, and you know that you’re going to have to draw on other people, yet this podcast has been so personal to you. Is there something specific about it and the way you interact with an audience or what keeps us the passion project for you to just come back to and pour into each week?
Taylor Bradford: It is so incredibly important for me to teach that if I can do this, anybody can. And I am a natural teacher. And I truly want listeners of this show and people in my community that want to be in the community to know that I’m rooting for you and that I am your biggest cheerleader in this audio World of Internet. And, again, if you can set your mind to doing the thing that you so much want to be doing whatever that looks like for you, I know without a shadow of a doubt that you can do it. And that you can do it based on your own terms, which is why I show up each week to basically walk you through my own journey, that I can do it. If I have been able to build a million-dollar life, even though it may not look like that’s what I’m doing, my asset sheet shows you that I’ve done that. If I can do that, then I know you can do that if I can do that, then I know my listeners can do it. It’s just a matter of what you set your mind to. No matter what it is that you experience in life. Has my world always been rainbows and Roses? No. I have dealt with so much in my own life with losing my mom at the age of 24 was losing my brother at the age of 30 with inheriting a stepbrother and stepsister when my dad got remarried, losing grandparents 12 days apart from each other, and like going, going for broke multiple times trying to bring businesses to fruition, and also dealing with my husband having mental health issues, all of that if I can go through all of that, and get to where I’ve gotten, then I know you can do that too. And I’m here as an example, that you don’t have to do things by the book. You can do things based on how you feel you want to be doing things.
Keisha: Yeah, like building your own definition of success, kind of like you said at the beginning. It’s not everybody ever. There’s no one perfect path to success or to build a program. It’s so Know that you’ve got to define what you think successful is and then reach that absolute, so you’ve definitely demonstrated that for so with that being said I could sit here and say tell us your next goals for the next five years, but if 2020 has taught us anything, we pivot, and we adjust so I would say like just what is on your radar for like the one big thing for the next year that a year from now you’d love to just say this. This has been accomplished marked off the list, podcast-related, but at this point, so many things are interconnected for you. What’s your one big thing that’s in front of you?
Taylor Bradford: Definitely in the YouTube, that is my next one big thing and also Ivory and Ink, which is another brand that was it was actually debuted in February, we had our big launch, which is a wedding resource for brides by vendors. And that literally took such a back seat because of COVID, and it’s not that we haven’t been actively working on it. There’s still content coming out through the website every week. But we lost a huge momentum, we had an amazing launch party, a lot of support, and then the wedding industry literally got shut down in an instant. And it’s really hard to speak to wedding vendors to ask them to support you in a time where there’s so much uncertainty still, that I don’t feel like we’ve had a fair share of being able to bring this even out of its infancy. So I feel like once COVID maybe takes a backseat, and nobody really knows when that’s going to be, so we’re still trying to nurture this thing, even through the hard times and even through the unknowns because we have so much invested in it. And our well developed. And our product manager have been still working with us weekly to fine-tune things and get you know fate like we’re in about to launch phase two within the next couple of weeks and that’s a big game-changer for us, but we’re still in this uncertainty time and speaking to our audience when brides are really scared still, and there’s a lot of fear and a lot of unknown even from the bride standpoint. It’s really hard, and so just having that struggle of that business right now and it’s not struggling per se like the business itself. What we’re producing is amazing content, but not having the audience, and the support has been hard. So I’m getting Ivory and Ink truly off the ground, and having some momentum with it will is definitely a one year from now goal. So YouTube channel and Ivory and Ink
Keisha: I love it, and I’m so grateful, and I know your community is that we get to benefit from your learning processes as you launch something like YouTube, you’ve brought your SEO practices and your plugin experiences and all of those things to us, so it’ll be really fun to get to walk that journey with you as well. I have a rapid-fire six questions that I want to end with for you that you don’t know. I didn’t send you any of this. So I’m just-most of them are fun-but just to hit you with here as we tie this up. But what is for you the best piece of business advice you were ever given and who shared it with you?
Taylor Bradford: Oh my gosh, Stephanie Buckley, The Park Wife. And honestly, it just boils down to, I couldn’t repeat what she told me verbatim, but if you can’t do this with your heart, you can’t do this at all. To say that I don’t put my whole being and my heart into everything that I do would be an understatement, which is also why sometimes things do take a while for me to bring them to light, aka the YouTube channel. But also why some things I’m able to knock right out of the park the moment I get the idea, and I just run with it, and I just trust myself. If you can’t do this with heart, you can’t do it.
Keisha: So good. So what is your favorite part of your day?
Taylor Bradford: Honestly, I’m not a morning person. I’m trying to be a morning person, but that’s still a work in progress. My favorite part of the day is just connecting with people. And in COVID, it’s been really hard. I actually had to hire a counselor because it was really struggling with the disconnect of not being able to connect with people. Even though Zoom chats were like in an abundance, I still need human interaction in the flesh, and connecting with people on a daily is what I live for.
Keisha: Yep, I hear you on that one. What is a tool that you use that is the most beneficial for business, whether it’s an online tool, a tangible thing, something that supports you?
Taylor Bradford: Dropbox, hands down. I use it every single day. I have several accounts. I don’t know if that’s legal or not, but several accounts. One for my day job that we use and one for everything else, and I couldn’t live without it. I have access to it on every device that I own. So I keep all of my files and my photos there. And it just makes things so much easier when I need access to them.
Keisha: What is a meal or treat that you use to celebrate big or small successes?
Taylor Bradford: Fireball, the cinnamon whiskey, and I prefer to uplevel it to drinking it chilled or sipping it chilled. So I don’t shoot it like a shot. But yes, Fireball is kind of my go-to celebration. I did I did it. Alright, if I have to choose a meal, it would have to be a really well-cooked fillet and a baked potato with butter and ranch. Totally random, but yes.
Keisha: See, you’re a Texas girl now. They’ve fully converted you to the beef. So you may have already answered this one, but what is the thing you’re looking forward to the most in post-COVID normalcy again.
Taylor Bradford: Being able to celebrate with my clients. That has been so hard, and I just got word that another one of my clients is going to be rescheduling out of her October wedding date. And with so many unknowns and like right now we’re not in any kind of government mandate shutdowns where we’re forced to reschedule, but there’s so much fear that I’m ready for the fear to go away and the gatherings to truly go back to what they are. Living in the south and growing up in the south, where gatherings are a part of your being, it is really hard not to gather, and it is really hard to keep southerners from gathering. Like, that is part of our blood, and that is what I look forward to the most is getting back to gathering.
Keisha: Well, the last question I have is just kind of an open door but if given kind of all the things we’ve talked about, you’ve shared, so much already, but what is just kind of one thing, looking back at five years and even some greater successes beyond that, but just to your listeners of this podcast, what is just one thing you would love to tell them?
Taylor Bradford: Don’t ever give up. There are times when the world will deliver you something that you’re like, “how in the world am I going to get over this or through this or around this?” and I promise you your tenacity is going to push you in the right direction. And also trust yourself. Trust your gut. If it’s telling you it’s a no, believe it. There is a reason that you have that feeling. Do not ignore it. And then finally, do everything with heart and know that this is your journey. This is your journey to choose to do things exactly the way you want to do them and do not let anybody One, including myself, tell you how to live your life. I can give you my own journey, and I can teach you through my own journey. But at the end of the day, this is your journey. And what makes sense for me may not always make sense for you and vice versa. So that would be what I would share.
Keisha: Wonderful. Thank you, Taylor, for five years. Congratulations. Thank you for consistently bringing us your excellence and tenacity is the word I would use to describe this moment of just fighting for us coming back to us over and over with your transparency of real-life stuff you’ve learned and successes and failures and walking this journey with so many of us. So congrats to five years and cheers to what is to come.
Taylor Bradford: Thank you, Keisha. I so appreciate you.
Taylor Bradford: I want to say a special thank you to Keisha for taking the time out to come up with questions to ask me in this very special episode. Five years is a really big deal in podcasting five years is a really big deal on business. Let’s just be really honest. And I so appreciate Keisha because she’s been there with me from the very beginning. When I first met Keisha, it was through Arkansas Women Bloggers, and she is legit been with me and around me through this entire journey of this podcast, and I knew it would be special to have her on to interview me for this show. So again, thank you from the bottom of my heart, Keisha, for agreeing to come on the show for this special, special occasion. And also thank you to my listeners. You. Thank you for tuning in each and every week, and it just means the world to me that I’ve made it to here, and you are a part of that. So I appreciate you from the bottom of my heart. I so appreciate you, so thank you.
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