Why I Love Taylor Swift…Forever and Always

I can remember exactly where I was when I heard my first Taylor Swift song. My mom was driving me home from swim practice, and I turned the volume up when I heard Tim Mcgraw playing on the radio. At first, I thought it was a Sara Evans song *face palm* but the radio DJ quickly cleared that up for me. And with that an obsession began.

Her first self-titled album was like reading my diary, it was so filled with heartbreaking crushes that every middle school girl in America could relate to. I essentially listened to it on repeat for two years. tumblr_m6hxoh7m991rypj7ho1_250

Her second album came out when I was fourteen and you can bet that when my friends started turning 15, I posted many birthday videos of me singing Fifteen on their facebook walls. I read every article written about Taylor, watched all her vlogs on youtube about her adventures on tour, cheered for her at every award show, and dreamed of going to her concert. tumblr_mybojyIlfK1sb2yooo2_250

I marked the days on my calendar until Taylor Swift’s third album, Speak Now,  came out. And, the best birthday gift ever came for my 17th birthday; my best friend had an extra ticket to her show the same week as my birthday. We made matching t-shirts, pink glitter and all.


Taylor’s fourth album, Red, came out when I was a freshman at college and proved that her music was more than dreams of high school romance. It also proved every girl in America was affected by her. That album was constantly playing in every girl’s room in my building for a solid two months after it came out. There were few nights my friends and I went out and didn’t listen to 22 while we got ready.tumblr_mjrz6bWpEB1roj05co1_500

Taylor’s latest album came out this fall and I love it just as much as I did that very first one, even though it’s vastly different. From a 13 year old with wet hair sitting shotgun in her mother’s suburban to a 20 year old junior in college I remain a Taylor Swift fan. When I look at how much she’s changed from that teenager strumming an acoustic guitar to the pop star she is today I’m reminded how much I’ve changed too. I grew up with Taylor Swift. As she got older and more mature, so did I. As she learned about heartbreak from unworthy boys who didn’t treat her right, so did I. As she got hate from the media, I got typical social media teen hate.tumblr_npg856mrp41qmu1q6o1_500

Taylor Swift has taught me to embrace all things girly and sparkly, to keep on believing in fairy tales no matter how many times your heart has been broken, and to not let anyone keep you down.

More recently she’s taught me not to be afraid of taking chances and changing. For instance, breaking out of the country scene you grew up in and testing the pop waters…tumblr_nox8g0nI4Z1sdni4no2_500

…that boys may come and go but your female friends are forever….tumblr_nopt74R5NI1r53686o1_1280

…and most importantly haters gonna hate and there ain’t nothing you can do about it but “shake it off”.tumblr_nov1otCcBn1uwxf73o1_500

I recognize all the changing Taylor has done and honestly if she hadn’t I probably wouldn’t like her as much. If she was still singing about small crushes I would tell her to grow up and write something new. I’m confident that as long as she continues to grow and evolve I will continue to buy every album. #cantstopwontstoptumblr_nhlt5bljVO1snc16no1_500

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Everything I Needed To Know I Learned From Amy Poehler

Between her skits on SNL, her work on Parks and Recreation, and work with Amy’s Smart Girls Amy Poehler is an endless inspiration and one of the best role models out there right now. She portrays strong female characters that are also hilarious. On top of all that she is a proud feminist that openly talks about her beliefs which a lot of other women in Hollywood are afraid to do. With her new book Yes, Please hitting stores this month I thought she’d make the perfect first for an EINTKILF post

  1. Have fun and don’t care who’s watching. Stop worrying about what you look like to other people. Live your life unapologetically and make the most of your life.enhanced-buzz-16136-1381258561-13
  2. Be passionate about what you’re doing. Leslie Knope is responsible for teaching me a lot of among the most important is her work ethic and career. She is passionate about what she does and enjoys her work so much she is willing to go the extra mile, put all her time and effort into a project, and will do whatever is necessary to get results. She has enormous goals and is willing to put in the work to achieve them. If everyone was as passionate about their job as Leslie Knope is the people of this world would be a lot happier. Capture
  3. Love and support your girlfriends, another Leslie Knope lesson. Leslie is constantly complimenting, appreciating, and advising her best friend Anne. The two of them would do anything for each other and put in the work to nurture their friendship. She even created a day to celebrate all her girlfriends and their positive effect in her life, Galentine’s Day. Leslie knows it is just as important to have girlfriends as it is to have a SO, and anyone who says they “don’t like having girlfriends” is a traitor to their gender and totally whack tumblr_mi520cmj3S1qf4k1oo1_250
  4. Say no to girl-on-girl competition. The whole world is aware of IRL BFFs Amy Poehler and Tina Fey; they were both on SNL, starred in Baby Mama, and have hosted the Emmy’s together. They both are in the same industry, with similar aspirations and, probably, are frequently up for the same parts. This hasn’t turned them into enemies and they don’t compete against each other. They help and support each other; and collaborate whenever possible, because who doesn’t love working with their best friend? 52b58f1702895131a078bcd227ccf27a
  5. Be yourself no matter what. She started Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls which is an online community focused on encouraging activism, volunteerism, and culture. Her goal is to change the world by being yourself. Amy and her co founders want to empower young girls and let them know its okay to be your authentic and true self. enhanced-buzz-9255-1381258490-12

To anyone who doesn’t think Amy is funny, or awesome, or hates her character on Parks and Rec I have one thing to say….