Ever Feel that Pre-Trip….?

March 4, 2014 at 9:06 am 6 comments

TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…

Dear Friend,

Do you ever feel that “pre-trip rush” that happens when you get so excited about where you are going, who you are going to see, what you are going to do?

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Marilyn, Lisa, Rick, Marci, B.J., Wanda at 2013 Mount Hermon Writers Conference

That happens to me when I go on vacation, travel to Wisconsin to our family reunion, or journey to a writers conference. The weeks before are filled with packing, planning, preparing workshops and outlines. I’m giddy and thrilled to be visiting with loved ones, having special one-on-one time with my agent, or meeting with writers whom I enjoy supporting and encouraging.

MH 2013 Night Owl on Chicken Soup with B.J. Taylor
Mount Hermon 2013 Class on Writing for Chicken Soup for the Soul

Then what happens? I come home. And the “post-trip blues” hit. I miss the long days and longer nights of talking and sharing. I miss my arms wrapped around my loved ones and writers who need a hug. I miss it all.

What I don’t miss are the frantic runs through airports when flights have been cancelled. Or when the plane needs to be de-iced before takeoff or I get the middle seats all the way from point A to point B. Ahhh….but I can handle all those things, when I know the treat, the reward, is right on the other side.

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Family Time at Wisconsin Dells 2013

When the “pre-trip rush” gets your adrenaline going, enjoy every moment of the preparation, planning and being there. And when the “post-trip blues” threaten to rain on your joyful memories, remember the thrill of happiness, and then get right into preparation and planning for the next trip. It helps me every time!

Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…

What’s Going On:

What Just Happened? I had the BEST time at the Florida Christian Writers Conference. It was so laid back, so much fun (even a karaoke night! You would not find me singing…but I loved hearing others!), wonderful support staff, fabulous conference directors (thank you, Eva and Mark), fabulous writers who shared their passions. It was a joy to be there. Keep it in mind for 2015. If you put away say $25 a month between now and then in a special envelope in your desk drawer marked “For My Writing Passion”…you’d save up a nice chunk to pay your way. As Nike says: Just Do It! You’ll be glad you did. www.floridacwc.net

What’s Coming? The Orange County Christian Writers Conference, that’s what. It will be held April 25-26, 2014 with new directors, new staff, a well-thought-out website, and a great team of people (count me in). Location: Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, California. Are you ready to learn? www.occwf.org

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5 out of 5 stars – January 26, 2014 by “vincerine1987” (Pinelands of New Jersey)

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This little pup will pull @ your heart strings …
& just maybe teach a thing or two …

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B.J. Taylor


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jean Stewart  |  March 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Terrific post, BJ. Yes, it’s hard to come back down from the mountain of high hopes, high joys, and creative times with others. Your advice is perfect! Welcome home!


    • 2. bjtaylorblog  |  March 4, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks so much for the welcome home, and the understanding that only a “roomie” can have!


  • 3. Alice W.  |  March 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    BJ, it would take a bunch of separate $25.00 stacks for all your trips to witers conferences wouldn’t it ? Glad you had a good time on all your trips. Bet CB missed you bunches. Give him a hug & kiss for me & Beaugie.

    Luv yu guys,
    Alice & Beaugie..


    • 4. bjtaylorblog  |  March 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Beaugie and Alice,
      Yes, lots of stacks, and worth every penny!
      Warm regards,
      B.J. & Charlie Bear


  • 5. Marisa Shadrick  |  March 4, 2014 at 10:06 am

    What great memories! I remember that workshop. It was awesome! Your tips helped me get published in Chicken Soup! Thank you so much.


    • 6. bjtaylorblog  |  March 4, 2014 at 10:39 am

      LOVE what you are doing to help others…sharing your anecdotal stories and experiences. Kudos!



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