Kelly Taylor-Allen, a retail buyer and one of the coolest moms we know, on self-care (banish #momguilt), patience, and the importance of kindness.
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What was your first piece of jewelry?
I was not into jewelry growing up. To my mother's chagrin, I was a tomboy through and through. My first piece of jewelry came later in my life. I was a senior in high school and we had a chance to design our class rings. I still have it to this day - complete with my birthstone and my burning passion at the time, which was soccer. I hardly wore it then and never wear it now - but I’ve never been able to part with it.
What's your most treasured piece of jewelry?
I have a new one! It is my new necklace from Maison Miru’s new collection. It mixes hard and soft with the heart and lightning bolt, and it features my childrens initials “w” & “e” and identifies me as something that I will always be grateful for - “mama."
What drives you?
Aside from being a mother - and having that constant motivation to do my best - I love any kind of styling photography challenge. Getting the perfect shot that I had been envisioning gives me an amazing adrenaline rush!
What are your favorite Maison Miru pieces, and why?
I wear earrings everyday. It makes me feel like I took the extra step of accessorizing without trying too hard. My favorites are the crescent moon and lightning bolt studs! They are simple and elegant - but still edgy and unique!
Everything interesting is actually 90% boring (there's a lot of hard, unglamorous work that goes into anything worth doing). How do you Get Things Done?
I would say the majority of the time, the adventure to “get the perfect shot” can be uneventful and at times uninspiring. However all that matters at the end of the day is that you tried! Sometimes you succeed in accomplishing your task, and sometimes you don’t. The journey can be just as important as the end result.
How do you stay whole?
Self care is something I neglected for a long time - hashtag mom guilt - but this year I have tried to make it a point to take better care of myself. I exercise more. I allow myself to have free time (even if it is just a bubble bath at the end of the day). It’s really improved my mental health and now I realize how important my happiness is not just for myself, but for my family as well.
What's at the top of your wishlist?
Traveling! I would absolutely love to travel more. I want to show my kids the world and expose them to all different ways of life.
Imagine you could write a postcard to your former self: what do you wish you could tell your younger self?
Be Patient. Don’t Rush. Things will come when the stars align and until then, be patient.
What's one thing, big or small, that we can do today to make the world a better place?
Kindness. It can go such a long way. Your attitude affects those around you in ways that you cannot foresee, and a small encounter can change someone’s life. Kindness is key.