This Is What I Live For!

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I kicked off my school tour today at Parkside Elementary!

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Was I nervous? You bet I was! In fact, I ran to a restroom nearby for fear that I was going to vomit from the nervousness. I didn’t throw up but I walked in with a determination that no battle placed in front of me was stopping me from growing!

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That is the perfect example of life and how, in order to succeed, you MUST take on the pain and walk right through it! Being a shy individual for 2/3 of my life, becoming an author was a step outside of my comfort zone. Over the years, I have spoke some here and some there, but allowed the fear to contain me and keep me from growing!

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The hard work to reach this point in my life is now, I will walk into any school and regardless of my nerves, I will stand my ground and walk right through it. This year I have seen the rewards behind the pain of fear and today is no exception!

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I began Day #1 with 3rd and 4th grade students and will continue at Parkside through Thursday. These youngsters were energetic and so excited to meet Barney & Lexi! I love the faces that watched me today, as I spoke with them about their own imaginations and what they love about reading.

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While I am not in a place yet that I can buy a book for everyone, I let them know that if their parents bought one, I would sign it for them at anytime. One young lady asked how much Barney & Lexi cost, when I told her $7.00 the kids exploded with excitement, saying they will take home the flyers HP had made and beg their folks to buy one.

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After speaking with them, the kids made Christmas ornaments and they asked me to sign them. I signed all of them and had my heart warmed with many ‘thank you’s’ given. I love kids and want to help them hold onto their imaginations! Now, I am excited for tomorrow morning to do this all again! I love what I do and will continue to work hard to go all the way! Have a great Monday everyone!

Ready To Make It

In less than two hours, I will be at Parkside Elementary and begin intoducing Barney & Lexi to the students there. Two hours a morning for four mornings and I am so super pumped!
When you want to succeed, you have to push past your comfort level and grow yourself. There was a point that if you had told me that I would be speaking in front of people, I would not have believed it. 

Now, failure is not and option. Wishing everyone a great day!