gayla taylorNot Before Coffee was created as a refuge for me to pen my thoughts and opinions on the all those topics my grandma told me to never discuss at the dinner table – or anywhere for that matter. Things like politics, religion and life in general.

This quote makes me proud:

“You have NO idea who you are dealing with when challenging Gayla! She will absolutely bury you in FACTS, stats, and proof!” ~ Dee Wools

I recently appeared on Fox & Friends and on Fox Business Channel on Risk and Reward. You can watch my interviews here

Me in a nutshell…

I’ve loved, been loved.

I’ve hurt, and been hurt.

I believe it’s better to DIVORCE then to stay in a miserable marriage. Been there a couple’a times. Not proud of the failed marriages – but I’m very proud of myself for having the strength to get out of situations that were beyond painful and frightening.

Mean people suck!

I never knew real love until I became a mom.

It took me 42 years to find the one man who made me believe in love at first sight and in soul mates.

I’m in a constant quest for knowledge. If I don’t know something, I will do everything I can to learn as much as I can. In one weekend I read all 1,100+ pages of BOTH Benghazi reports because someone told me I didn’t know what really happened in Benghazi, now I do.

I believe when the student is ready a teacher will appear. Over the last election, many teachers came into my life and I now have the honor of getting to know and learning from very dear friends who happen to be black, Hispanic, Muslim and gay. I AM Blessed!

I have won contests with my writing, so technically, I am an award winning author. I take my blessings where I can get them.

I’ve broken the law sort of, and was arrested once. (20 years later – it’s really a funny story. I really should share that sometime.)

I like to LAUGH, though a good cry once in a while is quite soul cleansing.

I use sarcasm a LOT!

I don’t think too much about myself and often think TOO much about others.

I sometimes WORRY just for the sake of worrying – it’s what I do best.

I don’t think people will burn in hell for smoking – they just smell like they are. SO glad I quit!

I enjoy a nice cold bottle of beer once in a while.

I’ve dated sports figures and an actor but MUCH prefer the simple life. It was fun while it lasted, but I love my life! I prefer to be RICH in spirit!

My FAITH is STRONG and always changing, but it is MINE to nurture and develop – NOT YOURS.

I believe in right and wrong, but have lived ENOUGH to know there’s a whole lotta GRAY.

I believe MY BIBLE when it says to find my OWN salvation. Thank you very much!

I don’t believe in financially supporting fancy churches that require utilities 7 days a week for a building that’s used only 2 days per week. See: 1 Peter 5:6 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under the might hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you. Humble does not equate to $100k building when people are hungry and suffering.

I believe animals are God’s creatures and should be cared for AND respected.

I don’t believe I HAVE to attend church every Sunday to be blessed by God. My life is proof that this is true! I have been BLESSED so many times!

I believe TRUE Christians can preach a better sermon with their LIVES then with their LIPS.

I know more *MEAN* Christians then I know *MEAN* sinners. Why is that?

I believe MY Bible when it commands me to “judge not!” If a person is gay, that’s between them and THEIR God and it’s NONE. OF. MY. Business! AND I do believe MY God wants me to love them anyway!

I believe if women aren’t given the CHOICE they will find a way to CHOOSE anyway.

I don’t believe the U.S. should FORCE democracy down the throats of countries where over half their population doesn’t want us there.

I believe ALL Americans should have health care.

I believe judges and lawyers should start telling people when a lawsuit is STUPID instead of proceeding for the sake of the almighty dollar.

I believe in free speech – but believe CONSIDERATION should always be CONSIDERED and ENFORCED!

Just because you CAN say something – doesn’t always mean you SHOULD!

I believe parents should TEACH their kids better manners.

I believe PADDLING should be brought back to schools.

I believe parents should be parents and NOT their kids best friend.

I think there’s far too much sex on television these days. The Hardee’s commercials’ are proof enough of that.

I think the hard working waitress deserves JUST AS MUCH RESPECT as Bill Gates or Donald Trump.

I believe prostitution and pot SHOULD be legalized and then TAXED All. To. Hell.

I believe murderers, rapists and molesters should be placed in the execution express lane and not become a wart planted on the ass of society! Tax dollars can be spent more wisely elsewhere!

I multi-task well, BUT I’m very EASILY distracted.

I believe a woman should always look her best – even if she’s just wearing sweats and a t-shirt. A little makeup does a body good. I’d NEVER leave home without mascara and lipstick! EVAH!

I am VAIN without fail, and yet I STRUGGLE with self-esteem.

That’s all for now folks – Me – The good, the bad, the ugly and SO VERY Set in MY Ways!

I believe I’ll stop there! I’m sure there’s much more I can add – but I’ll save those beliefs for posting