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Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor living in the woods of Wisconsin with my husband, four children, two dogs, and two crazy cats.


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U2 Got Rejected and So Will You…So Make the Most of It

Have you seen this rejection letter that’s making its way around social media?

{ UberFacts }
As we all know, U2 persevered and went on to become one of the most successful bands in history.
I read through a bunch of comments about the letter and found it interesting that most people are accusing Alexander Sinclair of not [...]

3 Rules of Attraction

Boy, does this advice ever hit home. I remember years ago when the kids were very small, I was trying to get out the door for a meeting with someone who wanted a newsletter. It was complete chaos but I managed to leave the house (pretty much) on time. But my stress meter was elevated [...]

Timer Strategies for the Creative and the Self-Employed

With four busy kids and a growing list of clients, plus a husband and a few animals thrown into the mix, I’ve been finding it difficult to get any of my own writing done. I tried to channel Henry Miller (“I only write when I feel like it; and I feel like it at 9 [...]

Work: Pink says “We’re all in sales now” + Discussion Map

I’ve been immersing myself in business books lately for work I’m doing with of a client of mine. One book that I really enjoyed is Daniel H. Pink’s To Sell is Human.
As a writer/editor, I haven’t read many books about sales and marketing but that will probably change now that I’ve come across Pink’s central [...]

Hello, Fifteen

{ Photography by the beautiful and talented Claudia Danielson }
When my kids were little, people would caution in warning tones, “Just wait until they’re teenagers.” So when Andrew turned 13, I was prepared for him to get really horrible. But he never did. I mean, we all have our moments. But he’s a nice person [...]

Outdoor Summer Game / 7-Up

Do you remember playing 7-Up on the playground when you were a kid? I tried to teach it to Lily recently but when I couldn’t remember all the moves, I asked if you could help me out. You did, and here are the official results for how to play 7-Up:

Seven-seys: Bounce the ball against the [...]

Homework: Good or Bad for Kids?

I recently caught a news headline that said that the Gaithersburg Elementary School in Maryland has abolished homework. Principal Stephanie Brant made the decision to eliminate traditional homework such as worksheets and instead have students read for at least 30 minutes every night.
I will admit that I’ve never been a big fan of homework. My kids are in [...]

Olympic Fever / My Favorite QUICK Workout

Do you have Olympic Fever at your house? We definitely do. I’m seeing Olympic rings everywhere, even in the craft tape Lily got for her birthday!
When you watch the athletes perform their amazing feats are you inspired to get moving, to push yourself harder?
The thing is, most of us don’t have hours to spend working [...]

The Deck of Cards Workout

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In the spirit of “If it isn’t fun it won’t get done,” I created a Deck of Cards workout for my Saturday morning boot camp class last week. One of my wonderful D.C. roommates, Amy, and I used to do a version of this workout where we’d do push-ups if we drew a [...]

Hunger Games Workout Motivation

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