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Our Origin Story FAMILY CONNECTION
Here at Team Taylor, we’re dedicated to our community, but we’re also incredibly family-oriented. We’re so dedicated to family because it runs deep in the roots of how we started. My mom has been a Realtor ever since I can remember, and my dad was a real estate attorney and land developer. My parents’ backgrounds gave me such a unique perspective on the industry. It really was the best training you could ask for. While I have a real passion for the industry now, it wasn’t what I first set out to do, which is a story many Realtors can relate to. When I first went to college, I had dreams of being an attorney just like my father. While my dad was flattered that I wanted to follow in his footsteps, he detoured me from pursuing that as a career. Looking back, I’m very thankful for the advice. After that, I pursued a business degree at Samford University right here in Birmingham, Alabama. In college, I had a growing interest in the financial field, which led me to a career in sales. I loved my job, and I worked primarily in the financial and medical fields. Three years into my sales career, however, I saw I could use my marketing skills and the recent tech advancements to connect directly with consumers. I have a real passion for connecting with people, so the real estate industry seemed like the perfect fit. Along with the guidance of my mom, I was excited and ready for the challenge of realty. My realty journey began in 2005 when my mom and I joined forces to start Team Taylor. My mother was very excited and always there to help. She made it clear before I ventured into the industry that nothing was ever guaranteed; nothing was going to be handed to me. Since I grew up in the industry, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy work, but I was ready to get started. I entered the market at its peak essentially. However, as everyone knows, the industry in 2008 was a lot harder to handle. I started to notice things, and I saw the fundamentals of the market start to erode. During that period of time, I had to sharpen my skills as an advisor and professional to learn all the
different aspects of the business, like closing sales, representing investors, and negotiating short sales. This was also an amazing opportunity to see my team really thrive. What sets our team apart is our customer-centered approach, as well as our strong work ethic
and years of combined experience. Our customer-centered approach is broken down into assessing the customer’s needs, understanding their financial picture, trying
to understand their personal goals, and what they’re trying to accomplish. We’ve worked hard to be as efficient and friendly as possible. My team is so outstanding that I’m able to leave the office to coach all my kids’ sports teams! Know of another realty company able to do that? I certainly don’t. It’s only been since 2005 that I’ve been hands-on, but I believe I know what it means to be a true real estate professional. My perspective has changed a bit after being in the industry for 15 years; I see the sacrifices my mom and dad had to make because I’m doing the same thing today. It’s why we maintain such a strong connection with family. My wife and kids keep me grounded, and I couldn’t ask for a better team at Team Taylor. Without everyone coordinating and working so hard, none of us would be able to make it to family events. While we’re focused on our families, we’re focused on yours, too. So, next time you’re looking for a home for the next chapter in your life, consider Team Taylor to help you find a home that fits your family’s needs. —Drew Taylor
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THE 4-LEGGED HEROES OF GROUND ZERO Honoring the Canines of 9/11
If you feel like you’ve hardly seen your kids since the school year started, you’re not alone. Americans are way too busy — from childhood onward, we’re always running hither and thither, packing in as many after-school activities, work-related meetings, and social engagements as possible. It’s a problem so pervasive that it has a name: time scarcity. Families feel time scarcity keenly after school starts in September, when children’s schedules explode with engagements. But all hope for close ties isn’t lost; there are ways to stay connected with your spouse and kids, even in an increasingly busy world. Here are some ideas from counselors, teachers, and psychologists who claim to have mastered the art. Rituals make up the backbone of individual families and society at large. Most people wouldn’t dream of abandoning their holiday traditions, so why forgo the smaller rituals that bring families together? Whether it’s eating dinner at the same table each evening, watching a movie together every Thursday night, or going on a monthly getaway, make sure these traditions aren’t canceled. If your family doesn’t have many rituals, a great way to connect is to start some. STAYING CONNECTED Keep Your Family Close in a Busy World REMEMBER YOUR RITUALS
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets to clear rubble, offer supplies, and search for survivors. It was a powerful act of resilience in a deeply trying time, and while most of the individuals helping with the disaster stood on two feet, more than 300 canines also answered the call to service. Dogs of all breeds and backgrounds, including search and rescue dogs, police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs, were brought in to help find and care for survivors in the wake of the destruction. They worked tirelessly alongside rescue crews as they searched through the debris. Search and rescue dogs and their handlers worked 12–16-hour days, searching for survivors and victims. They worked through dangerous conditions: Many dogs burned their paws as they dug through hot rubble, and both handlers and canines inhaled toxic dust. The task was both physically and mentally exhausting for the dogs during their shifts. Some dogs that found deceased victims refused to eat or interact with other animals. Search and rescue dogs became increasingly stressed and depressed the longer they searched without any results, mirroring their handlers. It wasn’t uncommon for handlers to stage mock “findings” of survivors to keep the dogs’ spirits up.
Fortunately, the sacrifices these dogs and their handlers made did not go unnoticed. Many dog owners were inspired to earn their search and
rescue certifications after the events of 9/11, promising to aid in future disasters and hopefully lessen the impact of such catastrophes.
MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT
As cliche as it sounds, when you don’t have much time together, it’s crucial to be present for every minute of it. If you have a rare half hour at home with one of your kids, make a point to spend it in the same room and try to start a conversation. If you squeeze in a romantic dinner with your spouse, turn off your phones before the food comes. Listening to each other without distractions will strengthen your relationship.
After 9/11, various researchers conducted many studies
examining the effect this kind of work has on animals, both physically and mentally. Many of these studies wouldn’t be possible without the AKC Canine Health Foundation, so if you’re
HUG IT OUT
Physical contact is vital for closeness. When you get the chance, hug your kids, hold hands with your spouse, and do physical activities as a family, like hiking, biking, or even playing group sports. It’s been scientifically proven that physical closeness leads to emotional closeness, so if you’re low on time, take advantage of that shortcut!
looking to give back this September, visit them at their website to see how you can help: AKCCHF.org.
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STOP THE SPREAD Prevent Colds and the Flu With Kid-Friendly Teaching Tools
School is back in session, but your child may be bringing home more than just random facts. Germs and bacteria that spread the common cold and flu are most prevalent in schools, but while these illnesses are strong, prevention is simple. Teach your kids how to prevent the spread of bacteria this season with these helpful tips.
one sneeze. (According to research, sneezes can travel anywhere from 19–26 feet at 100 miles per hour!) For crafty kids, let
BUT MOMMY DOESN’T COVER HER NOSE!
them decorate tissue boxes or hand sanitizer
Kids learn more by watching what you do rather than listening to what you tell them to do. Get in the habit of covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and then wash your hands. Make hand sanitizer and facial tissues readily available in your home and be sure to wash your hands before every meal. In addition, stick to healthy habits when you do feel sick. Drink fluids, get plenty of rest, and seek medical attention when it’s warranted. If your children see you taking care of yourself, they will be more likely to do the same for themselves in the future.
containers to give hygiene some flair. Soon enough, you’ll find them being smarter about their health.
AHH ... AHH ... ACHOO!
As kids pack into classrooms this fall, germs will fly faster than this past summer did. Prevent
Hand washing and nose blowing are about as fun as …well, just that. It’s no wonder children don’t want to take time out of their busy play schedules to combat nasty germs. Instead of making these important steps a chore, make basic hygiene fun. Use fun songs to teach the proper way to cover a sneeze, or do a science experiment to teach your children about the germs that are spread through just
the spread of the common cold and flu by learning more tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention online at CDC.gov.
CACIO E PEPE
TAKE A BREAK
Inspired by Bon Appétit
6 oz pasta, ideally spaghetti or bucatini
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, ideally Parmigiano-Reggiano
3 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed and divided
1/3 cup finely grated pecorino cheese
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt, for pasta water and to taste
1. In a large pot, bring 3 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook, stopping 2 minutes short of desired doneness. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. 2. In a large pan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add pepper and cook until toasted and aromatic, about 1 minute. Add reserved pasta water and bring to a simmer. 3. Transfer pasta and remaining butter to pan and reduce heat to low. Add Parmesan cheese and cook until melted, tossing pasta throughout. Remove pan from heat and add pecorino, continuing to toss until cheese is melted and sauce coats pasta. 4. Transfer to bowls and serve.
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The Origins of Team Taylor
Keep Your Family Close in a Busy World Honoring the Canines of 9/11
Teach Your Kids Flu Prevention Cacio e Pepe
The Vibrant Colors of America’s National Parks
THE BEST NATIONAL PARKS TO VISIT THIS FALL
Have you ever wanted to experience the colors of a Boston fall while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the great outdoors? Autumn
colors in full effect, take a drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard, and watch the sun crest over the vibrant leaves. To fully experience fall in the Northeastern U.S., Acadia National Park is a must-see. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina Further south, the autumn colors of the Smoky Mountains are no less breathtaking than those in the Northeast. This park offers many scenic lookout points accessible by car, so don’t worry about hoofing it into the forest if that’s not your thing. Park wherever you like and watch the warm colors of ancient maples, oaks, and cedars change before your eyes. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming While the West might typically be associated with evergreen pines, the deciduous trees of the relatively small Grand Teton National Park pack a colorful punch starting around the third week of September. It’s also breeding season for elk in the area, and their high, eerie whistles can be heard in the evenings. Popular destinations in the park include the Christian Pond Loop and String Lake. Just because the weather is cooling down doesn’t mean you have to abandon your favorite national parks until next summer. The natural beauty of America can be experienced at any time of the year, so start planning your next autumn outdoor excursion!
leaves are a universally appreciated sign of the
changing seasons, and there’s no better place to see those vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds on display than in one of America’s national parks. So, if you’ve got some free time this autumn, here are some parks worth seeing.
Acadia National Park, Maine While the maple, birch, and poplar trees of Acadia begin to change color in September, mid-October is the best time to witness autumn in full swing. The park is crisscrossed with unpaved trails that date back to a time of horse-drawn carriages, preserving an idyllic setting. If you want to see the
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