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