Dear Turts – Advice Column….. (I ain’t no doctor)

Tayla Lynn in Dublin
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Lessons From Dublin

As I walked the streets of Dublin yesterday I saw beer everywhere. I saw places to spend so much money. I thought (and please hear me) “I’m here. On a different time zone. All alone. I could drink. I could spend this cash. Nobody would know.”

Now that’s the thought of an alcoholic ok? That’s what happens first. Then God and the spirit in you thats done and continues to do the work says, “Oh my God you good Lord Jesus thank you that that is literally the last thing i would ever do today! 🙌🏼 That my intent is to seek history and culture. That my main goal is to find a rock for my husband and a leprechaun 🍀 for my sons”

That’s huge guys. That’s sobriety. True recovery. That feeling i want to hold on to. To grow. To remember when i stumble. The money thing too. Spending. The body obsession. I got out. I ate well, I didn’t spend much and i walked and walked.

This may seem like nothing. Like to a normie they say “of course that’s what you do”. To us sickos that ain’t 😉

A friend i was with said “how do you not drink? Is it hard” It’s not hard because i do the work before I ever step foot here.

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This year Mama works 🎤

Yesterday I said to Memaw, “Thank you for letting me just go around and sing your songs, thank you for supporting me doing that, if you didn’t support me i would never be able to do this, thank you for always supporting me!” She said “that’s all you have to do, go sing the songs, be nice to the people, you’re my baby, I love you Tayla.”

So I’m rejuvenated and ready! Amazing trip here. Just soaking up people and culture has been so fulfilling.

Something I’m doing at this moment in my life — I don’t know if it’s age or it’s being a mama or what….I’m present. I’m in gratitude. I am in constant care. I’m happy. People-2 people-actually said “how do you stay happy? How do you sustain that?”

Gratitude. Period. God first. Prayer first. Everyday. First. And being in thanks. I jump up and down when I’m alone and say “look at where you are girlfriend!”

I thank God and my husband that they want me doing this. I miss those babies….but i don’t worry. I give them to God. I do the work and I’m such a better mama when I’m with them. A much better wife and Finger Farm #fingerfarmer when I’m home ❤💕

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Even When You Think You Can’t, You CAN

“You never have to drink again.” That is what one wise woman told me once. And when you’re sitting in the middle of things that are hard, as a recovering alcoholic and drug attic and someone who struggles with eating disorders…spends too much money, and body stuff..the first thing that you go to are the things that are gonna ease the pain. I would have done that in the past.

I’m also a lover of Jesus Christ. I love the Lord. And to just be sitting with him and really be hanging onto the women who show me how to walk in sobriety and listening to that holy spirit guide me and tell me what to. I got sober so I could do that — so I could be a granddaughter, a mom… My little boy was sick and I had to rush home at 6 this morning because I stayed in Nashville to be closer to my grandmother. I got sober to be able to do things like that.

My whole point — and I’ve made 50 videos trying to say it right and I don’t think I ever will (it’s progress not perfection) — so I’ll just say: Anybody who is out there struggling with the bottle or drugs, there are those of us out there who have done it, so you can do it too. Without sobriety, I would have nothing with all that it brings me, along with my connection to God and the love that I feel. Even sadness — I get to cling to something that’s real instead of something that’s going to make me feel like crap about myself at the end of the day.
You can do it. Stay sober. Feel free. Love God and stay close to him. And even in sadness, life is so beautiful. To be able to feel with a pure heart and be of service is so huge. One small video from my front porch in Hurricane Mills won’t convey the feeling that my heart is having so I’ll end it at that.

xo Tayla

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Quick Life Lesson from Turts

If I could give one piece of advice….Unsolicited obv. Stay the course. Do not give up. Throw prayer and God at the top middle bottom and everywhere in between.

Be willing to hurt some for what you want. It is the PROCESS that makes it sweeter. ALWAYS BE KIND and be a woman/man of INTEGRITY.

Treat people well..Go out and smile and be nice as much as your soul can handle then be nice just once more. We can always take one more step, so be nice one more time.

Anger solves nothing. Getting all mad and grody throwin your negatives all over tarnation is so barf. AIn’t nobody tryin to be friends with you when you act like that. I lost it yesterday morning because I WAS IN FEAR…..I got angry. I said some things. I acted out in anger. BARF. Do you ever feel good after you a thug? Naw. Naw you don’t. Sling Pos, not Negs son.

Sometimes you need a 3rd party. My husband and I struggled yesterday with shifting into new roles. We involved a 3rd party for relief. To get centered. We walked away both learning something yesterday. Do NOT shut down. DO NOT name call or be barf (we didn’t do this PSA). If you disagree, walk away, get some insight, look at YOUR part, not his/hers…YOURS. Then calmly talk later. We literally walked away with the simplest but life altering lessons yesterday.

Trust your gut and do what is RIGHT between you and God. You know God. You know right from wrong. BE THE RIGHT even when the rest is going wrong. SHOW UP. You know what it means to be a good servant of the Lord and what it means to be a punk. Be cool. Trust yourself. TRUST YOURSELF. Seek yourself through God in Prayer. He will guide you. HE WILL GUIDE YOU.

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Breast Feeding Question (don’t read if you don’t wanna talk baby boobs)

Ladies,

I am having an issue, maybe?

Tru really only like to nurse off one breast. Did you experience this?

As a solution right now I am pumping the other side.

My questions are:

Is he getting enough milk off just the one side?

Is this normal or better yet ok?

What do you do for nipples that feel like they have been run across concrete?

How much do you feed your baby from the bottle? Tru can drink 4oz easily.

That does it for today!



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