Taylor is a Tallahassee, FL native with a passion for people. After attending Saint John’s River State College with a concentration in Acting and Theatre Arts, Taylor received her Bachelors in social work from Florida State University in 2014. Taylor soon realized that working with people was her calling. She moved to Asheville, NC in 2014 with a plan to gain work experience as well as learn more about sustainable living and farming. Taylor spent 3 years working in a residential treatment center for teenage girls while also living on different farming homesteads throughout the community. Taylor hopes to utilize her love of the arts and service to pursue her Master’s in Social Work and become a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She dreams of being able to travel the United States in her camper-home with her husband Derek and their dog Tala.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity and why?

My Seva experience at the Art of Living Meditation & Retreat Center was one of my most rewarding periods of service. I spent 2 months at the center running the garden and harvesting fresh vegetables daily for the community meals. I also helped with the guest services, dining hall, kitchen & meal prep, and grounds keeping. I was blessed to have been given the opportunity to participate in the meditation, happiness, and silence courses that they offered to their guests. The people I met there were so kind. One of the girls I befriended is someone I still call one of my best friends today. I learned an abundance about meditation, yoga and how happiness can be discovered in some of the simplest of places.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.
The Woodstock Tribute Museum was one of the most memorable places I have been. The summer of 2013 was one I will never forget. After experiencing a very difficult year, I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and become a camp counselor at an overnight summer camp in Swan Lake, NY. The Catskill Mountains- talk about gorgeous! I had the blessing to be able to teach the Theatre Elective as well, which was something I had always dreamed of doing! Not only was NY far from home, I did not know anyone there beforehand. Boy, did I discover just how rewarding it is to try something different! I met some of the most incredible people and made memories that will be imprinted on my mind until the end of time. On one of our days off, we took a trip down the road to the Woodstock Tribute Museum. I got to learn so much history about one of the most influential days in music history. Just being able to go through the museum, frolic in the fields that music legends once stood & danced, bask in the sun, and feel the breeze- I will never forget just how full my heart felt that day amongst the Catskills.