July 19, 2006 | Wow! It's true. Time does really fly when you're having fun. That's why you haven't heard from your girl lately. I've been living it up!

Just for a quick recap, in March I was the keynote speaker at the Generation Life Chastity Days in Philadelphia. During the three-day program, I spoke to nearly 4,000 eighth graders about the importance of living a pure life. They were so excited to hear the message and encouraged that they too could make a conscientious choice to live a life that's sex-free until marriage. At one school as the students filed out of the auditorium, you could hear some of them yelling out, "We love you Taylor!" I was so touched.

April was spring break time! I traveled to Los Angeles as a member of my school's Concert Choir. We had a blast! We did the traditional touristy things--Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood Walk of Fame etc.--but we also toured the campuses of USC, UCLA and Stanford. What an awesome opportunity. I have to explore all options. Even got the opportunity of a lifetime to play with gospel icon Andre Crouch when the choir was invited to perform at his church. Can you image, me on drums backing up Rev. Crouch on keyboards? It was awesome!

In May, I played at Ravinia. It's an open-air music venue about an hour outside of Chicago. I was selected to be part of the 2006 Ravinia Jazz Scholars program. What a great opportunity to study with jazz legend Willie Pickens. Memorial Day weekend I was hanging out with Grammy-winning recording artist Marvin Winans of the The Winans fame. Well, actually, it was the entire concert choir! Pastor Winans invited the choir to perform at his annual convocation in Detroit. What an incredible spiritual experience!

As soon as school was out in June, I was on my way to the Univeristy of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I won a scholarship to participate in a two-week theater program. I had a great time there and am seriously considering U of M as my school of choice for college. When I got back, four days later I was off to the University of Louisville for a week-long jazz camp program with the other Ravinia jazz scholars. It was a great learning experience and I'm so excited about the possibilities that music holds for my life. Next week, I'm scheduled to start an internship at a local bank. I'll be in the marketing department and getting a feel for what it really means to work a 9-to-5.

I've said all that to say, I've been living my life to the max. I'm not sitting around waiting for a boy to call. I'm not crying because I think my boyfriend is cheating on me with another girl. I'm not worrying about whether I'm pregnant. I'm not thinking about whether I've been exposed to some sexually transmitted disease. I'm simply living my life to the fullest and abstinence gives me the freedom to do just that!

Until next time, keep your head to the sky!

Your girl,

Taylor

Taylor Moore is a 17-year-old student and popular inspirational speaker.

 




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