Do you have it?

January 6, 2015 at 10:14 am 10 comments

Charlie Bear here.

Mom Peep wants to know if you have it. I want to know if you have it.

What is it? I’ll let her tell you all about it in her first Taylor’s Tips Newsletter of 2015:

TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…

Have you heard about the trend of picking a single word to concentrate on for the coming year?

My word for 2014 was TRUST. It served me well.

My new word for 2015 is COURAGE.


Picture the lion in the Wizard of Oz, pulling on his tail, twisting it all around, blubbering and choking out the words, “All I need is some courage.”

lion with courage medal

That’s me. I have so much to accomplish in 2015. Maybe you do, too?

I need strength, determination, and fearlessness to go after my dreams.


But I have a feeling I can do it. I already feel infused with courage and am ready to put my all into this new year.

Are you ready to join me?

Write to me at and tell me what YOUR word is for 2015. We’ll pursue our goals together.

Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…

What’s Going On:

With 2015 now here, we can set our sights on writers conferences ahead. I have mine planned out. Do you?

Orange County Christian Writers Conference A fabulous way to kick off your year. Starts on Friday, April 24 (5:30–9:30), and runs through Saturday, April 25 (8:00–5:00). Location: Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, California. A great conference with a fabulous staff devoted to giving you the best opportunity to learn your craft.

Northwest Christian Writers Renewal This is going to be a good one. May 15-16, 2015 in Redmond Washington (near Seattle). I’ll be teaching Writing for the Guideposts Contest and Making $$$ Selling Inspirational Short Stories. There will be lots to learn, editors to meet, agents to talk to.

The promised book:

P MS to a T: the winning formula for writing nonfiction short stories that sell A hearty THANKS to the wonderful beta readers who gave me valuable input into the manuscript. I am in the revision stages and plan to have the book available in print and e-book format by the end of February or early March. Stay tuned for more info on how the book is developing.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very loving book

By Barbara A. Castleman “” (Salem, OR United States)

This review is from: Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me About Life, Love, and Second Chances (Paperback)

“I laughed and I cried along with the author. Very well done story of how we love our fur babies.”

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Shawnelle Eliasen  |  January 8, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Hey BJ. Well, I don’t have one yet. Last year I chose QUIET. Not so much for the life around me, but for my heart. This year..hmm. I love your word. But I also want to claim CONTENT. So, may I borrow yours and choose two? COURAGE and CONTENT. Thanks, BJ:)


    • 2. bjtaylorblog  |  January 9, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Charlie Bear here. I like your last word: QUIET. When I go into my room at night to sleep, I stick my four legs into the air and snooze like a baby. Even if the TV is on, the Peeps are talking, or what not, I am in my zone of QUIET.
      You can borrow Mom Peep’s word of COURAGE, sure, why not? It’s a sharing word anyway. All people can have it. Even me.
      I like CONTENT too. I’m happy with all of my life. Of course, I don’t have the issues you humans do, but I do still spin and chase my tail and freak out about things. So if you don’t mind, I’m going to borrow your word and be more CONTENT this year.
      Woofs and wiggles to you and your whole clan,
      Charlie Bear


  • 3. lemondrop87  |  January 6, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    My word is ‘Get Up And Do It’; to keep my email inbox cleaned out better, right now got over 1400 unread ones, got to do better than that this year 2015. Good luck in your new word Courage…

    Woofs & Wags,


    • 4. bjtaylorblog  |  January 6, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      That inbox can be cumbersome to maintain. Bet there’s suggestions out there in … what do that call it … Google-land? For how to keep a handle on it.
      Me…I let Mom Peep take control of all that stuff. I just eat and sleep and get my belly rubbed.
      Woofs to you, Beaugie,
      Charlie Bear


  • 5. MarisaShadrick  |  January 6, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Great word. May God continue to give you courage and strength this year. Happy New Year!


    • 6. bjtaylorblog  |  January 6, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Happy New Year to you, too!
      Wiggles and woofs,
      Charlie Bear


  • 7. Jean Stewart  |  January 6, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Great post, Charlie & Mom Peep. My word for the year is perseverance. In all things–writing, of course, health, life in general. I look forward to reading your blog every week. You are very clever to come up with such good subjects to make me think and smile and sometimes laugh out loud.


    • 8. bjtaylorblog  |  January 6, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      Perseverance…I like that word. I have to persevere when Mom Peep doesn’t feed me right when I want to be fed (which is always and right NOW), and I have to persevere when I want to take a walk and Mom Peep and Dad Peep are not home! Drats. That’s a tough one.
      Wiggles to you, Jean,
      Charlie Bear


  • 9. Julie Garmon  |  January 6, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I love this post, Charlie Bear. And one year, I think it was 2011, I chose Courage as my word! It’s a marvelous word. This year my word is SIMPLE. I’m going to work really hard a thinking simple thoughts and having simple faith.


    • 10. bjtaylorblog  |  January 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      I like SIMPLE: simple kibble, simple treats, simple snacks, simple tummy rubs, simple snuggles, simple sleepytimes, simple love.
      Wiggles and Woofs,
      Charlie Bear



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