To understand my journey you need to know my past. My name is Taylor Montes. I’m a 23-year-old Woman of God who loves the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Ravens and Yeyo (my husband). I was born in San Diego, California but I was raised in a small town in Texas called Midland. Midland is a little bitty town in Texas right between El Paso & Dallas (hence the name Midland). Growing up, there wasn’t very much to do, so that helped me focus on what I loved to do, play softball. I even had a personal trainer, Bv (Bee-VEE), he helped with my speed, batting & fielding. Training was really hard & really tiring, but it worked wonders. I remember my days like this: waking up, going to school, going to practice, going to train & going to bed. I did that 5 days a week for 4 years (sometimes all 7 days), talk about exhausting.
I’ll start with talking about my wonderful husband. We met in Laredo (further explained later in this blog) & moved back to Midland when I was done with school. He’s been the most supportive person throughout all of this (besides my mama, of course). So we met at FCA when I was playing softball at TAMIU, he literally came to every single one of my games. What can I say, he was my good luck charm. We dated for about a year before we were engaged for three months ( yes, I said three months, the wedding planning was hectic!) & we’ve been married for a little over a year. We just celebrated our first anniversary on September 23rd. 💜
(Me-left, My Husband-right)
I owe everything I’ve ever accomplished to my mama. She spent countless nights going over plays with me & the days I didn’t have practice, you could always find her playing a simple game of catch with me. I’m even a Chicago Cubs fan because of her. For my 21st birthday, she took me to my first Cubs game. Then when they made it to the World Series (2016) we drove all the way to Chicago (17 hours) just for the weekend & to watch ONE game. Grant it, they lost all 3 games we went to (between my 21st & the World Series), but it was a really cool experience.
(My Mom-left, Me-right, us driving to Chicago)
I played high school softball for the best coach ever, Coach Vines, at Midland High School (pups up). My high school experience wasn’t like most (skipping class & acting out). No, mine was strictly softball honestly because I was so terrified that Coach Vines would somehow find out if I skipped class or acted out. I was NOT about to compromise my playing time. She was so hard on us at practice but now I know why, because she saw potential. We were so good, we were district champions 3 out of the 4 years I was there. That’s where I met my best friend, Courtney Warren, she was the catcher & I was the 2nd baseman. In high school, Court & I were inseparable. When we weren’t at practice, she was at my house or vise versa. She knew everything there is to know about me & I about her. One time, during batting practice, Court took her helmet off so fast, one of her front tooth fell out, it was hilarious. We were looking for it for hours 😂
(Coach Vines-left, Me-middle, Little Sister Chloe)
(Me-left, Courtney Warren-right)
For as long I can remember, I dreamt of playing college ball. So when I got the opportunity to play college ball at Odessa College, I knew that all of those early mornings with Bv & all the times I wanted to quit had finally paid off. I spent those 2 years so focused on softball, I forgot to have fun. I had weights at 6am, sometimes 5am, then class starting at 8am, then practice starting at 3pm (eat,sleep & repeat). We would usually get done with practice around 6pm. All I really remember about junior college is softball. My freshman year, we went to nationals in Utah. We only got 5th place but it was a reallly fun experience. My sophomore year we didn’t make it to nationals but we were still pretty dang good. Once I got a taste of college ball, I didn’t wanna stop. It was like a drug & I was addicted, so I started to email coaches. My top 2 choices were Texas A&M International University (Laredo) & Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls), both 4 year colleges in Texas.The coach from TAMIU seemed a lot more interested, so I chose to go there.
(Me playing for Odessa College)
What started as a college visit, ended with me falling head over heals in love with the campus (palm trees everywhere 😍). Coming from somewhere like Midland, that was a huge deal. The only downfall was, it was soooo dang hot! Like scorching, unbearably hot. But I had no idea until I lived there, then it was too late (kidding, but not really). I’ll never forget, one morning it was so humid, I walked out of my apartment & my glasses got so foggy I couldn’t even see. But Laredo was so good to me so can’t complain (too much). I met my bestest friends there & my husband. There, not only was I involved with softball (obviously), but I got involved with FCA (fellowship of Christian athletes). For TAMIU, I played 3rd base, left fielthe d, & right field. Pretty much where ever they put me. I broke the single game & the single-season record. Not trying to be cocky or anything but I was pretty fast. One time, I hit the game-winning hit 💁🏻♀️.
(Me playing for TAMIU)
After TAMIU, we came back to Midland & I worked with the best team at FTP (Firm Training Programs). There, I was a personal trainer & trained the 12:15 pm, 4:45 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:15 pm & the 7 pm class. Talk about the best job ever! I became really close with some of my clients & even closer with my amazing coworkers & boss (John Mark). We would have competitions & the winner would get a prize. Like one time, we had a 6-week competition called The Little Black Dress Project, & whoever lost the most body fat in 6 weeks would win a Carribean Cruise for 2. It was really cool. After leaving FTP, I became a kindergarten teacher. That’s when, what I thought was the flu, ended up turning my whole life around.
Until next time,
Taylor Montes-The Comeback Girl