No Regrets

The last few days my family and I have been in eastern Washington for the State golf match. My husband is the assistant coach for the high school team here on good ole' Orcas Island and we made it to State. We didn't do so great considering we were expected to win first but that's not the point of this post (great season though Vikings!). I was talking to one of the moms and mentioned my age. Her jaw nearly hit the floor when she found out I was only 22 (mind you that my two kids are sitting right next to me).

I get a lot of mixed reactions when people find out how old I am. This mom was actually very positive, despite how shocked she was. But a lot of people are very negative about it, even if they don't vocalise it.

I'm not trying to toot my own horn here or anything like that but here's a recap of what's happened since I graduated high school:

*I moved out of my parents house a month and a half after I turned 18. I got a job working full time, the graveyard shift as a nurses assistant, and was balancing a full time college schedule.

*At this same time, 3 months after I turned 18 I got engaged to my husband Justin. Now I had the pressure of full time school, a full time job, and planning a wedding that was to take place 2 and a half months from the time of the engagement.

*After attending my first year of college and getting married while still at 18, I got a job as a receptionist making good money. Justin and I decided it was time to move on with our lives and buy our first house. We closed 6 weeks before I turned 19.

*The baby bug hit when I was 19 and a half. I had my daughter and became a stay at home mommy at 20.

*My husband and I decided we needed a change and decided to move to Orcas Island, WA where he had grown up. I didn't know anyone there, didn't have any family within 1,000 miles and was going with just my husband and 2 month old daughter.

*While living on the island I started writing my first book and finished it just a few months after my 21st birthday.

*Soon after being surprised by the exciting news that I was pregnant again, an opportunity arose to buy the golf course here on the island, the same one Justin practically grew up on. We jumped at the opportunity and it's been an amazing experience.

*Just after I turned 22 I finished my second book.

*Despite having 2 kids, a business to help run, and no family around to help, I'm almost done with my third book.

Not bad for someone who doesn't turn 23 for 2 more months.

People look down on me for being married and already having two kids. But what other 22 year old do you know who has made more of a life for themselves?

I'm Keary Taylor. I'm married with 2 kids, a writer, a business owner, and I don't regret one decision I've made.


We live in a Zoo! said...

And you shouldn't ;D

Jason and Kim said...

You are almost 23 :) And if you had waited to do all those good things in your life, you'd just be switching apples for oranges. I get negative reactions for not having kids!

steve said...

You're pretty much my hero Keary. Almost everything on your list is something I want to do in some fashion, and I turn 24 in a little less than 4 months. Apparently, I'm slacking :)

kim said...


Kassie said...

Hey! We help! lol

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