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Meet Taylor Theno of Lawrence

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Theno.

Hi Taylor, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My story in the social media industry started when I was pretty young. I always had a thing for photography. Being in front of a camera was never hard for me but finding a photographer at that age was kind of tricky. I remember I used to have my younger siblings take pictures of me on family vacations or holidays because I just had a love for the platform. I had many role models that I would idolize growing up in this industry and I believe that not only have they shaped the way that I shoot my content but have also helped me to shape the way I want to be portrayed online. I want my audience to feel inspired by my content and my hopes are that it puts a smile on their face. Away from social media, I work at a local hospital, as I am working towards my nursing degree. This experience has been one of the most rewarding jobs I have had because I truly feel like I have made an impact on so many lives in our community and I can’t wait to continue to do this for the rest of my life.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Growth is one of the hardest parts of social media no matter how much effort and time you spend on your platform it’s merely the luck of the draw when it comes to gaining an audience. But regardless of who and how many people I have in my following, I have had so many awesome opportunities that have prospered from this app and I wouldn’t trade that for the world.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I work as a CNA at Shawnee Mission hospital where I am in charge of taking care of all patient needs, recording patient records, and assisting the nurses with anything they might need. I feel like this job has not only taught me a lot about myself but has given me so much perspective going into the nursing field. I think one of my favorite parts about this job and the healthcare field, in general, is the connections I get to make with patients. There are so many times where I feel so touched by a patient’s story and really feel like I was a supporting role in helping them get through their struggles that day. I have even gotten a few awards from our staff at the hospital because a patient’s family commented on how much I affected their journey back to health and that I was such a comforting face to see from day to day as her son was getting better. I think the thing that makes me most proud about this job is the sense of reward you get when you know you are touching people in your own community and how you can really make a difference in people’s lives in just a short period of time.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
I think my family has been the biggest supporters in my whole journey not even with my career but just in life in general. My mom has been one of my biggest role models and the values that she has instilled in me from such a young age play a huge part in the person that I am today. I would truly be nothing without my loving and supportive family.

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