TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to stay home ALL…THE…TIME?
We wouldn’t have to get dressed up at all. No silky blouses or pencil skirts, no fancy sweaters or dress slacks, no pullover tops with spandex pants for yoga class. We could stay in our p.j.’s all day. The ones that are baggy and comfortable with a picture of your favorite dog on the front, stains from dribbles of ice cream at night, and an elastic waist that doesn’t pinch.
If we stayed home all the time we could forgo makeup. No need for concealor, enhancers, or volumizers. No foundation, powder, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick, blush or mascara.
If we stayed home all the time we wouldn’t have to talk. We wouldn’t even have to smile or laugh unless we wanted to. We wouldn’t need a public personality at all.
And that’s the thing. If we didn’t go out, there would never be a need to say:
We need contrast in our lives in order to relish and appreciate the things that feel so good. And isn’t home the place where you can be yourself? Authentic and real? Isn’t it nice to shed the fancy clothes, the fancy face, the fancy talk?
Something happens when we strip all the pretenses away. Our best selves happen then. Our deepest feelings. Our honest relationships. Our best writing. Deep and emotional experiences can bubble upward from inside of you and grace the page. Your best stories will come when you have welcomed yourself home. When you accept yourself, all of you, without any mask at all.
You may need clothes other than frayed shorts and stained tops; you may need a dash of lip gloss or a small pair of earrings; you may need to utter actual words to others when you stand in line at the grocery store or order coffee. But you can drop it all, every bit of it, when you walk through the door.
And for sure put it all aside, shrug it all off, when you sit down to write to reach the hearts of others.
Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.
Follow your dreams…
What’s Going On:
Regrouping, Relishing, and Researching Okay, what does that mean? Well, I’m settled into my home in the desert in a 55+ community with LOTS to do. I’m deciding which groups interest me that I might want to join, how often I want to attend events (there are so many), and adjusting to not having to work outside of home. I’m also enjoying my time without constraints put upon me to do this or do that. Ahhh…bliss. And I’m delving into new novel ideas—wonderful and lovely stories I’ve crammed like tissues up my sleeve. Life is Good!
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By Karen Foster, Auburn, California
Great things do come in small packages. B.J. Taylor’s book, P MS to a T is a quick read. However, the book is Packed with Marvelous, Simple ideas that Truly made a difference in my writing. I’ve been to her workshops, but reading her sample stories in this book allowed me to see her formula in action. Not only did I learn something new to apply, I loved getting to know B.J. Taylor through her personal stories. P.S. B.J. you were quite the firecracker in your youth.
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This review is from: Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me about Life, Love, and Second Chances
By Cindy H on October 28, 2016
I expected this to be a light-hearted story about a rescue dog and his antics but was totally surprised to find it to be a testament of the love and faithful friendship the two family pets gave BJ and her husband. BJ’s grief over the loss of her beloved golden lab Rex brought me to tears. A fun touch to the story were the pages “written” by Charlie Bear 🙂
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