I kicked off my school tour today at Parkside Elementary!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!