Caitlin Taylor of She's Taylored
Tell us about you! Your name, where you're from, about your family, etc.
Hi there! I’m Caitlin Taylor and I’m the author behind the blog, She’s Taylored. I’m originally from north Texas and grew up in a city in between Fort Worth and Dallas. As a young kid, we traveled a bunch and lived in Egypt and Germany before settling down in the states. I have two wonderful parents and my older sister - who’s my number one gal. I had a pretty magical childhood - really involved in church, all the school activities, really supportive and loving family, etc. I eventually went to Texas A&M and got my degree in Business Management. Life sort of took off after that. Within a year of graduating college I got married to my amazing and superfine ginger husband, Ryan, moved to Dallas, and started my first real job. It was a crazy and rewarding year for sure! Since then, we’ve joined a church, traveled as much as we can, and adopted two puppies, Waffle + Pancake! Life is good, Y'all!
What has God been teaching you lately?
Oh man. God has been teaching me so much about faithfulness lately. This summer I really struggled with believing that God would show up in specific circumstances and that He would actually do the things He promised. It was so hard for me to fully trust Him which was such a new thing for me. For the majority of my life, I knew the promises of God, believed them, and put my faith and life in them, but this summer was just different. I was really challenged and began to deal with the guilt of my struggle. With the help of my community group and husband, I was constantly reminded of God’s timing and plan and ultimately His enduring faithfulness. He showed up every single time and even when I wasn’t faithful - He was.
Tell us about your ministry, page, business, etc?
She’s Taylored is my blog that’s been around for about 8 months. It’s a place where girls can come for some honesty, transparency, and someone to relate to in a world of gorgeous photos, perfect lives, and #goals. Every time someone is on my blog I want them to feel encouraged. I want them to know that there are people with the same struggles, dreams, and goals. Above everything else, I want them to know that they are known, chosen, and adored by a God with great plans and a great purpose for them. Amen, anyone?!
What inspired you to start? What keeps you going?
When I was in college, I developed really severe anxiety and started having panic attacks. It was a really intense time and took me awhile to figure out what was happening and how to cope. One of the most helpful things for me was writing. Anytime I would get anxious or fearful, I’d write out every thought in my head, pray over it, and set it free. I still have anxiety, but it’s nothing like how it used to be. The writing was incredibly cathartic and eventually turned into a hobby. I had been following fashion, lifestyle, and mommy blogs for years and finally felt like it was time to start a blog of my own - something dedicated to encouraging women through scripture and honesty, but also a place where you could be real and appreciate all the things - fashion, home, travel, and relationships. I’m really inspired by other bloggers and writers. I think our world and social media is sick with negativity, comparison, and focused on “me.” I love when I see women being transparent and real and it inspires me to do the same. Plus, when God puts a dream in your head, there’s no way around it!
What are your greatest struggles in what you do?
Everything I do on the blog or my writing is virtual - so it’s really tough for me to gauge what people want to read or see. Analytics + surveys are great, but if it wasn’t for constant prayer for direction and purpose, I think I would’ve given up by now. I know I’m supposed to be writing so I’m going to keep doing that until God requests a hard stop. Comparison in the online world is also really challenging - starting anything new is a crazy journey! It’s easy to get sucked into a hole of comparison, but having a healthy relationship with social media/anything online is critical!
What is one thing you have learned from what you do?
I wish I could tell every person I meet, “You are worthy. You are loved. You are capable of amazing things.” Writing this blog for the past 10 months has been so eye-opening and rewarding. I’ve learned that everyone has a story that deserves to be heard and used. Every single one of us is woven into the perfect story of God and each story - no matter how messy - can reflect God’s love and redemption. The victory has been won and we must simply obey. We must simply tell our story of grace and show others how worthy and loved they are.
What is your greatest passion for the Kingdom of God?
So many people - believers included - have no idea what their “purpose” is, forgetting that we all have the same purpose - to love God, love others, and put in some work for the Kingdom all for the purpose of bringing glory to God. We all just do that differently and perfectly unique to how God created us. I have such a passion for helping people figure out that part - what their gifts are, what their passions are, their natural abilities, what their hearts hurt for, and then applying all of that to kingdom work.
How has God uniquely made you/gifted you?
Ooh fun question, Ashley! I’m particularly passionate about spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 12, tells us that everyone is given spiritual gifts designed to help us uniquely serve God and build the Kingdom. I’m still learning how to use these gifts, but I know God has gifted me with a little extra mercy and love of shepherding. By shepherding I mean getting people where they need to be - through love, prayer, encouragement, tough love, physically driving them, whatever it takes! I have such a heart for helping people realize their gifts, talents, and purpose and will 100% do whatever I can to help people know and grow in the Lord. I also was “blessed” with a very type A personality so administration is just a part of life for me - if something needs to be organized, planned, detailed, cleaned, or set into motion - I’m ya girl!
What could you talk for hours about?
Besides my dogs and love for Chipotle? Kidding. On a lighter side - I’m way too into Harry Potter, goofy reality TV shows, and the royal family. For more in-depth convos, I can rant for hours about women’s role in society as Christians. Women are consistently told who they should be, how they should dress, when and where they should work, etc. Should women be feminists? What does being a feminist mean? As a woman, am I supposed to stay home with the kids and not work? Should I put any trust in our current president? These are some pretty hot topic questions and our role in society and women of God can unclear if we don’t stick to biblical truths. It’s really easy to get caught up in certain beliefs and opinions and I think we’re all pretty susceptible to that sometimes. Ultimately, I believe that the bible is perfectly clear about our role in all of this and would love to talk to anyone about anytime!
What do you think is the greatest struggle facing Christian women today?
I think the pressure of social media, the internet, and all things #goals is at an all-time high and it’s extremely easy to lose your identity in all of it. Instant envy is available with every perfect house, perfect body, and perfectly behaved child on Facebook and Instagram. The older I get the more respect I have for the women (and all women) that I grew up watching. It’s tough to be married, have dogs, have kids, have a job, serve in a church, stay involved in your community, plan all of the family events, and also raise decent human beings. Life is insane! Then we add the crazy pressure to look perfect and BE perfect doing all of that? No way, honey. We are told by society to have it all and to know it all and it’s just not possible. It’s so easy to lose your identity and your purpose in those things. Without consistent time and prayer with the Lord, we get lost so easily - now we have a million things to distract us. I’m so encouraged by the women who fight for honesty and transparency and who are determined to raise and support other strong women. It’s such a beautiful thing when we do this!
Thank you so much Caitlin!
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