We had the good fortune of connecting with Kathy Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kathy, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Kindness is always at the top of the list because when we’re kind to each other, the world is a better place. True kindness requires our focus to be anywhere but on ourselves. Kindness expressed as an unexpected response to anger causes tempers to settle, Kindness shared as a compliment or a smile can make someone’s day. Kindness, to me, is a component of connection. When we, as humans, feel connected–to ourselves and other people, it’s easier to have empathy and compassion even for those we may not like. Kindness allows us to see each other as human.
What should our readers know about your business?
My clients are bright, compassionate, and committed women who want to thrive in their work AND in their relationships (with themselves, their families, and their work). They come to me when they are stuck. Often they say they feel out of balance and with further exploration, there are roots of perfectionism, people-pleasing, or proving. Together, we examine their thought processes, how and where they experience things in their bodies, and what they need to do differently. This happens virtually, in person, or in the arena with horses–or all three. I’m most proud of my clients who trust me to walk steadfastly alongside them. They trust me when I suggest time in the company of my herd of horses. They trust me to see what’s possible for them even when they can’t and to hold them accountable to the dreams they have for themselves. The key to being in business for 11 years is NOT QUITTING. Believing in myself, being a life-long learner, and putting one foot in from of the other hasn’t always been easy. I believe in the power of coaching and I’ve invested deeply in my own coaches. I’ve confronted and overcome many of the same challenges my clients have (and still am!). As a recovering people-pleaser, I was afraid to “put my stake in the ground” and really own what I do and how I do it. When it came to talking about the power of horses in my work. I was afraid people would think I was weird so mentioned my secret sauce almost in passing. In doing my own work, I’ve concluded that the work I do isn’t for everyone–and that’s OK. While I may be weird to some, to my tribe, I’m a perfect fit. I’ve learned lots of lessons along the way. Here are a few: *The WAY you do things is as important as what you do. *You don’t have to do this alone. In fact, you can’t do it alone. Trying to do so will lead to burnout. *Being kind to yourself is a requirement for success, inside and out. *We all need help and support. Ask for it and receive it. *You can’t give away what you haven’t received. *Change doesn’t have to be slow. *Accomplishment without connection is ultimately meaningless.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live a bit outside the city, so we’ll probably travel a little further in each direction than if we lived in Fort Worth, but a good, long visit would definitely include a trip to Fossil Rim in Cleburne. It’s a drive-thru animal park where you can feed the giraffes and other animals. We’d have take-out Thai food at Blu Jasmine and at least one lunch at Schlotzky’s. If they are into horses at all, a trip to Teskey’s is in order. It’s bigger than Wal-Mart and filled with horse stuff! They must have 500 saddles on display! Blue Sushi or HG Supply are some of my Fort Worth favorites for food. But the “must do” activity would be to spend some time interacting with the Herd, becoming more aware of how we show up, how present and connected we are, and discovering patterns that no longer serve. And of course, horse snuffles. <3
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
For sure, I’ve had some incredible coaches and teachers that have contributed to my success. I’d like to give a shout out to Kadena Tate, Scott Perry, and Barbara Salisbury to name a few. Each one opened up my eyes to new ways of seeing and thinking and encouraged me to take action on my insights. I have grown into the person I am today because of their contribution and caring.
all photos by Caroline Vaughn Photography