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Do You Have One?

TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…by B.J. Taylor

Dear Friend,

Summer is here and with it comes all kinds of fun: outings to the park or the beach, movies, picnics and BBQs, vacations and lazy days. That’s all great, but I’d like to propose a SUMMER STRATEGY for those who want to get something accomplished while still having fun in the sun.

Here’s the 1  2  3

#1 PLAN

pen and paper

Pick just 3 things you want to accomplish this summer. For me, I want to: 1) write and submit two Chicken Soup stories, 2) outline my next nonfiction book so I can begin the writing this fall, and 3) write 6 blog posts so I have a short stack of go-to’s when I’m busy. What THREE things do you want to do this summer? Write them down.

#2 PREPARE

bird on nest

Look at your three. What do you need to gather to make those happen? I asked myself these questions: Do I know what two Chicken Soup books I want to write for? Have I looked at the website to see the story call-outs and deadlines? Do I have 3 x 5 cards for outlining (maybe different colors for multiple POVs)? What blog post ideas interest my blog readers? I need to gather all of my materials ahead of my work time. Do you know what you need so you are prepared?

#3 PERFORM

Perform goals

You planned and prepared, now perform. Take each of your plans and break it down. Look at your calendar. When can you work? Take a Saturday morning or a Sunday afternoon, or an early morning before the kids get up, or late at night when everyone is in bed. You prepared for it, you have all your supplies, so when you find that two-hour window, get busy and get going.

Do you remember what it’s like to have that sense of accomplishment when you do something? Doesn’t it feel good? If you allowed for relaxation time, refreshing weekends, maybe even reading a much-desired book, you’ll enjoy the performance and achievement of your goals so much more. As the summer progresses and you cross first one plan off your list, and then another, look down the road at yourself. Are you beaming with pride? You should be.

Let me know your PLAN for the summer. I’d love to share in your excitement. Just reply to this email or comment on Facebook. We can all encourage and support each other.

Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…
B.J.

P.S. If you want to subscribe to the once-a-month unobtrusive email format of this newsletter, just go to my website and insert your email address right on the home page. http://www.bjtayloronline.com

What’s Going On:

Family Fun – I came back from Wisconsin with visions of my Great-Granddaughter Aubree in my head (and in my cell phone photo gallery and on my digital camera). She’s precious, sweet, and adorable, and all the accolades I lay on her would never match up to how much I love her. I’ll bet you have loved ones you find precious too. It’s what makes life worth living.

Nothing on the Agenda for Now – So how is your summer stacking up? I have my projects and open prayer time for God to drop in whatever he feels is right for me. How about you?

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Looking for a few good….reviews! We haven’t had a review of Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me About Life, Love, and Second Chances since February.

Is anyone reading the CHARLIE BEAR book? We’d love it if you’d post a review on Amazon. Charlie would give you a woof/woof and a paws-up! And I’d say a big thank you!

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Charlie Bear loves to speak (through his Mom Peep of course). Sign up here to get free posts of Charlie Bear’s blog musings: www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com.

Want to see him in his photo shoot for Guideposts?
http://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/pet-stories/learning-to-love-charlie-bear

He’s also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/charliebearwigglesandwoofs
AND
on Twitter: @CharlieBearY2K.

Without shame, Charlie says: Check me out! I have a H A R D C O V E R book! You can find it here: http://amzn.to/11uOka6

B.J. Taylor
bj@bjtayloronline.com
www.bjtayloronline.com
www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com

June 3, 2014 at 3:10 pm 2 comments

Ever Feel that Pre-Trip….?

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…
B.J.

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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A recent review from: Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me About Life, Love, and Second Chances

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

Get a box of Tissues …

Then plan on an all night read through …
I love animal stories to begin with …
This little pup will pull @ your heart strings …
& just maybe teach a thing or two …

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Sign up here to get free posts of Charlie Bear’s blog musings: www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com.

He’s a little munchkin, and a bit of a ham, too. Here’s the furry monkey in his magazine photo shoot and the story in Guideposts.
http://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/pet-stories/learning-to-love-charlie-bear

Not one to slight his fans, Charlie Bear is on Facebook: www.facebook.com/charliebearwigglesandwoofs
AND
on Twitter: @CharlieBearY2K.

Without shame, Charlie says: Check me out! I have a H A R D C O V E R book! You can find it here: http://amzn.to/11uOka6

B.J. Taylor
bj@bjtayloronline.com
www.bjtayloronline.com
www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com

March 4, 2014 at 9:06 am 6 comments

For a Purpose?

TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…

Dear Friend,

“God created man on purpose – and for a purpose.”

Who said that? The wonderful and wise Zig Ziglar.

Zig Ziglar

So here is a list of my purposes:

Wife, Mother, Sister, Friend, Charlie Bear’s Caretaker, Grandmother, Boss (at work…lol…not at home), Chief Cook and Bottle Washer (yup, that is at home), Great-Grandmother, Financial Guru (household checkbook stuff), Main Nest Fluffer and Fixer

Those are all GREAT purposes, but I think Zig meant something a little bit more lofty. So here’s what I have determined to be my purpose:

WRITER  — Ta da! I said it.

Snoopy

I’m a storyteller, a lover of words that help people, an inspiration I hope to those who read the true stories I write, and an entertainer to those who pick up my novels and get lost in the lives of the characters as they journey toward happiness.

What is YOUR purpose? Have you figured it out? I think you might know what it is by this one truth: when you are doing it, you lose all sense of time, all sense of self. You become so lost in your passion that your purpose feels effortless (well, maybe not all the way effortless, but worth it every step of the way). Am I right?

I’d love to hear what your purpose is, to celebrate it with you.

Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…
B.J.

What’s Happening:

Can you come? FCWC is almost here! So many dedicated professionals are eager to provide YOU the best writers’ conference experience ever. I’ve heard from a few of you that you will be there. Hooray! I can’t wait. www.floridacwc.net  Dates: Feb. 26 to March 2, 2014

The End of April is Shaping Up Nicely! The Orange County Christian Writers’ Conference will be held April 25-26, 2014. It has new directors, new staff, a well-thought-out website, and a great team of people (including me…blush, blush). Location: Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, California. Is it time for a jump-start on your writing career? www.occwf.org

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A recent review from: Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me About Life, Love, and Second Chances

5 out of 5 stars  January 10, 2014

By JH

I finished reading Charlie Bear this morning. It was a wonderful compassionate book. We too have lost many pets who have been our only children for 47 years and counting. I cried when Rex was put down. It was all too real as I remember well the time I held our beloved cat Speckles when the vet gave her the injection. She was purring down to her last breath. It was as if she told me “It is okay Mama. Thank you for loving me enough to let me go and for giving me a wonderful earthly home.” Speckles was a feral cat that we tamed but who won our hearts and gave so much more to us than we could have ever given to her. Thank you, B.J., for sharing your heart feelings in this book.  It really did my heart good.

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Charlie Bear loves wiggles and woofs. Sign up to get free posts of his blog musings at: www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com.

He’s a little munchkin, and a bit of a ham, too. Here’s the furry monkey in his magazine photo shoot and the story in Guideposts magazine.
http://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/pet-stories/learning-to-love-charlie-bear

Not one to slight his fans, Charlie Bear is on Facebook: www.facebook.com/charliebearwigglesandwoofs
AND
on Twitter: @CharlieBearY2K.

Without shame, Charlie says: Check me out! I have a H A R D C O V E R book! You can find it here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/11uOka6

www.bjtayloronline.com
www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com

February 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm 2 comments

Desire…

Charlie Bear here. These newsletters are from Mom Peep. (I let her have her say every once in a while. Hope you don’t mind. lol)

TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…

Dear Friend,

Something has come over me. I think I’d call it desire. Or maybe ambition. Or maybe just tired of being listless and lethargic and down-in-the-dumps.

listless and lethargic 

Oh, I’ve had reason to be. And most of you know why. Stories have been a bit of a struggle, like water half frozen they’ve flowed slowly. The taps have only been open to a trickle. But it’s time for my writing side to emerge and grow again. For my creative juices to once again flow.

tap water 

Ever feel like it’s a new start…a new beginning…a new year?

Happy New Year Painted Banner

Wait! It is a new year. A perfect time to set some goals, begin a project, start anew. I think it’s time to crank those faucet handles wide.

I’m ready. Are you?

Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…
B.J.

What’s Happening:

FCWC is almost here! Join me in sunny FLORIDA the end of February! This will be my first time at the Florida Christian Writers Conference and I am super excited to be teaching two fabulous classes (check out the website and you’ll see a description of both of them). There will be dedicated professionals who will provide YOU the best writers’ conference experience ever. So check it out, make plans, and be there! www.floridacwc.net  Dates: Feb. 26 to March 2, 2014

And a great one is back! Rising from the ashes is the Orange County Christian Writers’ Conference. You might remember this one as OCCWF, but we have new directors, new staff, a well-thought-out website, and a great team of people who want to bring YOU the best writers’ conference they can. This one comes to you in Southern California at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana. For a wonderful learning experience, check them out, sign up, and I’ll see you at that one, too. www.occwf.org Dates: April 25-26, 2014

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A recent review from: Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me About Life, Love, and Second Chances

5.0 out of 5 stars

Very loving book, December 13, 2013

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

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

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Want to make Charlie Bear all wiggly and happy? Sign up to get the free posts on his blog: www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com. That should do it!

Want to view the little munchkin in a magazine photo shoot? Check out his story in Guideposts magazine!

http://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/pet-stories/learning-to-love-charlie-bear

And, of course, he’s on Facebook: www.facebook.com/charliebearwigglesandwoofs 

and on Twitter: @CharlieBearY2K and he loves “likes” and “follows.”

Did you know? The CHARLIE BEAR book is also available in H A R D C O V E R. You can find it here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/11uOka6

bj@bjtayloronline.com
www.bjtayloronline.com
www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com

January 8, 2014 at 11:52 am 5 comments

I’m Late….!

TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…(from B.J. and not Charlie Bear woof)

Dear Friend,

I think about you guys ALL THE TIME and try to get my posts out in a timely manner each and every month. But something happened this time around.

sad face with watch

I’m late. Does that ever happen to you? You have deadlines, and commitments, and to-do lists every day but you still can’t get it all done? That’s me this month.

Seems like I’m running, running, running all the time, like this rabbit with the stopwatch, but there aren’t enough hours in the day.

rabbit with clockSo this month will you grant me grace? Maybe you could consider it an early birthday present (mine is on the 20th and my husband does say that I love to celebrate all month…lol). All kidding aside, I often have to give myself a reminder that God loves me even if I don’t always meet my self-imposed deadlines, even if I sometimes have a to-do list that’s too long and too many items flow from one day to the next to the next, and even if I fall short of my own expectations. He just wants me to do my best. And one of the things that I LOVE to do is help others. So if you glean any little thing that helps you from these Taylor’s Tips of mine, I am completely blessed. (And I promise to have a better Taylor’s Tips for you next time.)

Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…
B.J.

What’s Happening:

A recent review from: Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me About Life, Love, and Second Chances

5 out of 5 stars Charlie August 23, 2013

By Dottie

“I just read Charlie Bear and it was so great! I’ve had it for a while and I do believe God had a hand in me reading it now. I lost one of my dogs on July 24 and reading your book about your losses really helped me. And, Chewey was brought to me by a friend who had found him about a month after I had lost a dog and he was with me 14 1/2 years. So I can sure attest like you did in your book that you can love another again. You don’t replace anybody, but you find it in your heart to love another one. Thanks for your book – I loved it and it will be passed on! God bless.”

The CHARLIE BEAR book is now available in H A R D C O V E R…can you believe it? Charlie Bear thinks it’s gorgeous (I have to agree). You can find it here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/11uOka6

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DID YOU KNOW?

Charlie Bear posts on a blog at www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com. He’d love it if you signed up  to get the free posts.
Woofs and Wiggles to you, says Charlie Bear

Charlie Bear’s story is in Guideposts magazine! There’s also a cool picture of him with his Dad and Mom Peep:

http://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/pet-stories/learning-to-love-charlie-bear

Charlie Bear is also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/charliebearwigglesandwoofs and on Twitter: @CharlieBearY2K
He loves “likes” and “follows.”

P.S. You can forward this email to your friends (writer and non-writer alike). It’s easy for them to sign up—just send me an email that says “sign me up” and it’s done.

bj@bjtayloronline.com
www.bjtayloronline.com
www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com

October 7, 2013 at 9:49 am 8 comments

Time…

TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…(brought to you by B.J. and not Charlie Bear) ; o )

Dear Friend,

Do you ever think about TIME? As in not enough time, too little time, time running out, too much time, time is wasting, time to go, time to listen, time to stop?

time clock

Are we ruled by timepieces? Time to go to bed, time to get up, time to go to the grocery store, time to eat dinner, time to fix lunch. Oh, sure, there are reasons why we must remain on schedules and adhere to certain times (time to take medicine, time to get to work), but are we sometimes too overcome with watching the clock?

One of my favorite authors is Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie and many other wonderful books).  I just finished his recent short novel “The Time Keeper.”

The Time Keeper

Here are a couple of sentences that touched me:

“What you have done to this point cannot be undone. What you do next . . . “

“What?” the man said. “What?”

“It is still unwritten.”

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Do you ever wish you had more days? Do you ever wonder if your life will be long enough to accomplish all that you want to do? If you read the book, you’ll find that many people wish they could live forever, they wish their lives would never end.

time hourglass

But . . . another quote from the book:

“There is a reason God limits our days.”

“Why?”

“To  make each one precious.”

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Oh, don’t you love that? To make each one precious.

So earlier this month I took time to fly to Wisconsin to visit with my loved ones. While there, I don’t think I looked at my watch or a clock more than once. I let things flow, went with the moment, filled my heart and soul with love and special moments. I had, in a nutshell, the time of my life.

And, oh, sure, I have to great dressed soon and go into the office to work (I love writing in my pajamas). And yes, I have to make dinner tonight because we have to eat. But when there are moments of pure bliss, like sitting out on the patio with a tall cool drink, I’m not going to look at the clock.

And those writing projects I want to accomplish? I’m going to allow them to seep into me and fill up my pores and I just know that in the right time they will come to fruition. Each day is precious. I’m not going to let 24 hours go by that I don’t thank God for the days and the time I still have here on earth. Will you join me?

Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…
B.J.

What’s Happening:

A recent review from: Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me About Life, Love, and Second Chances   See the book here: CHARLIE BEAR

5 out of 5 stars great story, August 4, 2013
By Joyce Henderson

“Would recommend it to everyone…..very tearful story but loved it…. Would love more stories like this…. thank you so much…….”

And a second one:

5 out of 5 stars Very heart-warming book., July 27, 2013
By Jeanne P Wortham

“I just had to read it because I lost my dog a year ago and his name was Charlie Bear.”

The CHARLIE BEAR book is now available in H A R D C O V E R…can you believe it? Charlie Bear thinks it’s gorgeous (I have to agree). You can find it here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/11uOka6

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DID YOU KNOW?

Charlie Bear posts on a blog at www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com. He’d love it if you signed up  to get the free posts. Woofs and Wiggles to you, says Charlie Bear

Charlie Bear’s story is in Guideposts magazine! There’s also a cool picture of him with his Dad and Mom Peep: http://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/pet-stories/learning-to-love-charlie-bear

Charlie Bear is also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/charliebearwigglesandwoofs and on Twitter: @CharlieBearY2K  He loves “likes” and “follows.”

bj@bjtayloronline.com
www.bjtayloronline.com
www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com

August 31, 2013 at 9:24 am 4 comments

Do You Have One?

TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…(from B.J. and not Charlie Bear)

Dear Friend,

Do you have annual gatherings? Traditions? Things you like to do all the time?

Maybe you always make a turkey for Thanksgiving and a roast for Christmas. Maybe you gather at a beach house in the summer with friends or family. Maybe you play board games or sing songs when together with loved ones.

There’s something special our family does. We call it our annual family reunion (not very original, but it works). It started out at a hotel when my Mom was still here. We’d rent rooms at this cool place that gave us free breakfast and chocolate chip cookies at night. It had a pool for the kids and it was all enclosed inside so we always knew where everyone was and we could gather at the many tables or in the pool area for loads of fun.

Family Fun 2010 (136)

My brother with his grandchild Gianna (now she’s four!)

Then we branched out to a water park with a condo. We put everyone inside a place where we could make meals together (what fun that is!) and the water park admission was included in the price. We had a blast at the many slippery slides and drop-off tube rides (one time was enough for me on that one).

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Kaitlyn and Paul making breakfast for the gang.

There’s also something that has become a tradition: Christmas cut-out cookies. The first time we did them it was 2002 and the kids were really little.

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Colton and Amanda in 2002

Now, there are new little ones like 4-year-old Gianna and Nathaniel and Jadin. And we’re doing it a bit different because it isn’t Christmas this time. I made cut-outs of stars and moons and girlie figures in honor of upcoming baby-under-construction Aubree. I’m bringing the frosting and colored sugars and we’ll spread them all out on the dining room table and everyone will pitch in and decorate.

Whether it’s summertime, wintertime, Christmastime, or any time…family is the best. What traditions, gatherings, or things do you like to do with loved ones?

Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…
B.J.

What’s Happening:

A recent review from: Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me About Life, Love, and Second Chances  http://amzn.to/16rMeb5 

5.0 out of 5 stars The blessings of pets, June 20, 2013

By Tammy D Ditmore

“Living with animals is not always easy. They can create problems, cost us money, take up our time, and ultimately break our heart. But I’ve come to believe that pets are a blessing from God because they can teach us so much about the world and about ourselves. B.J. Taylor does a magnificent job of describing the difficulties, the frustrations, the pain — and the blessings. Anyone who has ever willingly given their heart to–or had it unexpectedly stolen by–an animal will appreciate this lovely little book.”

The CHARLIE BEAR book is now available in H A R D C O V E R…can you believe it? Charlie Bear thinks it’s gorgeous (I have to agree). You can find it here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/11uOka6

WHAT ELSE…

Working on my writing a bit this summer. Just submitted a story to Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game. Hope they like it. What have you been doing as far as your writing?

Coming up in October: Antelope Valley Christian Writers’ Conference October 10-12, 2013 will be a fun event. This conference has been around awhile, but this year it will be in a new location at The Oaks Camp and Conference Center. Join me? www.avwriters.com

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DID YOU KNOW?

Charlie Bear posts on a blog at www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com. He’d love it if you signed up  to get the free posts.
Woofs and Wiggles to you, says Charlie Bear

Charlie Bear’s story is in Guideposts magazine! There’s also a cool picture of him with his Dad and Mom Peep: http://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/pet-stories/learning-to-love-charlie-bear

Charlie Bear is also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/charliebearwigglesandwoofs and on Twitter: @CharlieBearY2K
He loves “likes” and “follows.”

August 6, 2013 at 9:35 am 6 comments

Where’s the Light?

TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you… (from B.J. and not Charlie Bear)

Dear Friend,

Does life ever get in the way of your plans? Do you feel like a contortionist…trying to please everyone and never pleasing them all?

contortionist

Are you stretched to the limit with everything on your “to do” list?

stretched rubber band

Feel like you are going to snap? Join the masses.

But…we must have goals, desires, dreams! That’s what they all say (who are these “they” people anyway?).

The problem is: I totally agree! And I do have them, don’t you?

But there are times in our lives when we have to put our goals, dreams, desires on hold. When things happen like when I broke my elbow. Or when Baby Hailey died in our family and I went into a tailspin for a while and couldn’t think straight. Do you think my thoughts were on my own goals and dreams and desires? Heck, no. They were on putting one foot in front of the other and taking it one day at a time.

So if the next few months find you spinning like a top

spinning top

or jumping through hoops

Jumping through hoops

take heart. There’s probably a light at the end of the tunnel.

tunnel light

A time when those dreams, goals, and desires can be nurtured once again, when we can fan our flames, see the bright light shimmer and shine, look in the mirror and see the twinkle again in our eyes. Yes, we will take up the torch and once again pursue the desires of our hearts.

But if life is just too crazy right now, step back, enjoy the moments as best you can, surrender, and look ahead toward the future.

Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…
B.J.

What’s Happening:

Summer is here! Hope you have something fun to look forward to—maybe a Staycation or a day out at the movies? Me? My elbow is healed and I’m swinging a golf club again (haven’t played yet, but that’s coming I hope). I’m also finding joy in the fact that Kaitlyn and Nick are pregnant again. Another wonderful great-grandchild is being made and God is so good.

Of note: I’m headed to a family reunion in August up in Wisconsin where the cheese is creamy, the brats criss-crossed with grill marks and covered with sauerkraut, and the corn on the cob sweet and buttery (they say knee-high by the 4th of July…should be just right…yum!). And tons of family to enjoy it with, including seeing the “baby bump” on Kaitlyn as she grows.

Coming up in October: Antelope Valley Christian Writers’ Conference October 10-12, 2013 will be a fun event. This conference has been around awhile, but this year it will be in a new location at The Oaks Camp and Conference Center. Plan your time for learning. Join me here: http://www.avwriters.com

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

5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Bear the “wonder dog”!
May 31, 2013
By Lois Gressley (HUNTINGTON, INDIANA, US)

“I absolutely adored this book. Charlie Bear is such a precocious little imp, I fell for him within the first few pages of the book.”

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DID YOU KNOW?

Charlie Bear posts on a blog at http://www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com. He’d love it if you signed up to get the free posts.
Woofs and Wiggles to you, says Charlie Bear
Charlie Bear’s story is in Guideposts magazine! There’s also a cool picture of him with his Dad and Mom Peep: http://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/pet-stories/learning-to-love-charlie-bear

Charlie Bear is also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charliebearwigglesandwoofs and on Twitter: @CharlieBearY2K He loves “likes” and “follows.”

Website: http://www.bjtayloronline.com
Email: bj@bjtayloronline.com
Blog: http://www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com

June 8, 2013 at 9:17 am 4 comments

High Maintenance?

TAYLOR’S TIPS Newsletter for a more productive you…(from Mom Peep and not from Charlie Bear):

Dear Friend,

Have you ever had a high maintenance dog? Our Rex was a short-haired Golden Lab who never needed anything more than a good bath once in a while.

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Not Charlie Bear. His fur grows and grows! When I broke my elbow I was out of our normal routine. Charlie usually goes to the groomer at least once a month and he gets a haircut about every third month.

Well, we didn’t get his hair cut in the winter months (too cold for the little guy we figured), and just last week I looked at him and said, “Charlie Bear, you are one shaggy dog!” His fur was oily and thick and he looked scruffy (cute, but scruffy!).

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So off to the groomer we went. With a guy like Charlie, if his fur becomes too long it gets matted. The groomer prepared me. “I’m going to have to cut him down to about 5/8” in order to clip out the matted parts,” she said.

When I picked him up he looked like a new dog.

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“Skinny Boy,” I called out to him and he ran into my arms. We came home and he raced around the yard. It was as if he had a weight lifted (when I weighed him before and after—he’d lost a whole pound), plus, he looked years younger! Okay, he’s only 3 ½, but he looked and acted like a puppy again.

That’s when I wondered if I also needed to have weight lifted off of me, and I’m not just talking physically. Oh, sure, I need to lose that stubborn 5 pounds, but there are other things weighing me down as well: my way of thinking about things, my lack of self-confidence sometimes, my attitude toward work or a project or a person. Maybe I could become a new me and feel younger too if I “shed” some of what was bothering me.

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You see, I’m high maintenance too. And in the rush and hurry of life as it spins, I need to take time out to work on me. How about you?

Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…
B.J.

What’s Happening:

Charlie Bear’s story is in Guideposts magazine! There’s also a cool picture of him with us:
http://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/pet-stories/learning-to-love-charlie-bear

A recent review:
5.0 out of 5 stars

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

“An inspiring, well-written story about the healing power of love and how patience, affection and care can triumph over neglect and abuse. I was especially comforted and encouraged by her insight on dealing with the heartache of pet grief — when to let go and be willing to start again. Thanks, BJ!”

Sandi Olson
Freelance writer & journalist

Want to know what Charlie Bear is up to?
Go to: http://www.facebook.com/charliebearwigglesandwoofs or @CharlieBearY2K on Twitter.
He loves “likes” and “follows.”

Website: http://www.bjtayloronline.com
Email: bj@bjtayloronline.com
Blog: http://www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com

May 16, 2013 at 10:34 am 6 comments

Can You Lift a Spirit?

TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…
(this newsletter was sent out on Nov. 28, 2012 but never ran in the blog)…

Dear Friend,

I was in the dentist’s office two weeks ago (not a fun place, but necessary, right?) and as I handed over my credit card the receptionist said this:

“You have very pretty eyes.”

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Ahhh….sore mouth, aching teeth and all, I became instantly lifted in spirit. You see, I’m older now, and to be honest, I hadn’t heard that compliment in a long time so I thought I didn’t have pretty eyes anymore. I assuaged my hurt over the years by admitting that aging caused my eyes to lose their ability to shine, they’re droopy and saggy and no longer “very pretty.” Ahhh…such is life.

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Then I heard those beautiful words and I realized how nice it was that this young woman took a moment to give a voice to her thoughts. I walked out of the dentist’s office, got in my car, and turned the key. And I thought about how fast life rushes by. Haven’t I sometimes marveled at the grace of a new mother with her crying baby in a grocery store? Or the support and encouragement from a good friend when I struggle? Have I told someone lately how much I love him? How much I appreciate her? If you know a struggling writer, can you provide a nugget of hope by at least encouraging them to hang in there?

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It only takes a minute. Who can we honestly bestow a gracious compliment upon? Whose spirit will YOU lift today? The funny thing is, when we lift up another, we can’t help but be lifted up ourselves.

Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…
B.J.

P.S. Did you know you can forward this to your friends (writer and non-writer alike)? It’s easy for ANYONE to sign up—just send a quick email to bj@bjtayloronline.com saying “sign me up” and you’ll be on the email list to get Taylor’s Tips once a month.

What’s Happening:

The CHARLIE BEAR book is going strong, and I thank each of you for your support.

Here’s the latest review:

5.0 out of 5 stars November 5, 2012
By Judy –
This review is from: Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me About Life, Love, and Second Chances (Paperback)
As a confirmed dog rescuer myself, BJ’s story puts into perspective the trials and tribulations of welcoming a new pet into your home and making “family” out of him. Having felt the loss of pets and family members alike, I shared the grief, tears and eventual happiness along the journey of Charlie Bear. A wonderful, inspiring read. I look forward to more tales from this talented writer.

Link to Charlie Bear on Amazon: http://amzn.to/SOctjc
Website: http://www.bjtayloronline.com
E-mail: bj.taylor@verizon.net
Blog: http://www.bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com

Want to know what Charlie Bear is up to?
Go to: http://www.facebook.com/charliebearwigglesandwoofs or @CharlieBearY2K on Twitter.
He loves “likes” and “follows.” lol

January 21, 2013 at 9:02 am 6 comments

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