Setting Up March

So, I’m at work the other night, doing the cleaning gig and one of the teachers was in her room rather late.

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Mrs. Large and I get along quite well and often have very intelligent conversations. We began discussing my writing and the question came up about speaking to others. As we talked, I uncovered a fact that I did not know before. Mrs. Large is not only an English teacher, she also runs a CEO class that inspires student members to be the best professionals they can be when striking out to be their own person or starting their own business.

It was a superb conversation and at the end, I am booked to speak to the writing class about my career as a writer and working through struggle to get here and the CEO class about finding drive and work ethic when you make the decision to create a personal brand for yourself. Going to get some press involved also which never hurts.

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I went through all of the awesome ‘Thank You’ letters from N.I.C.E. students and read every story that they wrote and sent to me. One of the great things about my work is being able to hand write them a ‘Thank You’ letter myself to each of them. That is the real reward!

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Also have my visit Mt. Carmel, Illinois again but this time, going to South Elementary School for a two hour visit where the kids will get to meet Barney & Lexi and we will have ourselves an awesome little school book signing! Very pumped about this!

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Also going to be visiting with a local Girl Scout troop and speaking with them about my writing and what goes into turning a blank page into a published book. I love being able to give back and am excited to speak with these amazing girls!

I dropped by Ewing Printing of Vincennes, Indiana with photos of Barney & Lexi and sat in on the process of preliminary set up for creating standing posters of the two friends. What I saw was completely amazing and I can’t wait for the proofs, will be next week! I am so pumped to have visual aids going into the classes with me to should the kids!!

Today, I got one heck of an awesome surprise! While sending out some Barney & Lexi Packets, the mail lady dropped off a package and inside was my copies of my writers guild’s anthology: Timeless Treasures. Inside, on Page 50 is my story Into The Evermore! To be with so many other great and talented authors is amazing and I am honored to share the book with them! Super cool!

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So, until next time, keep your head up and stay in the game! Want to say something? Just hit me up on here!!

 

1 Imaginary Fox!

If someone came up to me five years ago and said this statement;

“Your going to travel to schools and reach thousands of students, encourage them to keep reading and inspire them to write for themselves. Your going to become a speaker and use your ‘No Home To No Doubt’ story to reach high school students and adults and your going to make money doing this. Your going to write a column for a newspaper and become published in three different magazines. In other words, YOUR GOING TO GRIND YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS.”

I would not have believed it!!

Too often, fear holds us back and we run from things we fear. But in reality, 90% of what we are running from has no teeth in it and can not hurt us! When I realized this and began to spend 40- 50 hours a week reinforcing this by reading great books by Les Brown, Coyte Cooper, Steve Harvey, Josh Liske, Tony Robbins and listening to presentations by Eric Thomas, Jim Rohn, Zig Zigler, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith, Gary Vanerchuk and Nick Vujicic.

You see, five years ago, I got up when I wanted, went back to bed when I wanted, found fault in everything else, blamed others for my shortcomings and viewed my dreams as merely a fantasy that I was not sure would ever become my reality. You know what, I changed my mindset and changed my world!

But how did I do it?

*I get up at 5:30 a.m. in the morning. How could I ever be successful if the world is up    before I am?

*I read good books and stimulate my mind. Creating an intelligent mind is key to growing!

*I now find positive aspects in life. Finding faults is negative and fills your mind with negativity which is harder to combat once allow in.

*I manned up! Blaming others for my problems only kept me from realizing that only I could change my life, but had to accept I was allowing everything to happen.

*I got rid of ‘Energy Drainers’. If you spend your time with people who negatively affect you, you will never your energy to succeed but will use it to please others.

*I made connections. If you want to succeed at anything, meet and get to know others who are where you want to be. Mot times, these people will encourage you to keep going!

*I get outside my comfort zone everyday! Your comfort zone is like living in a box with a glass ceiling. You can see your future but are to afraid to break that glass ceiling and see what is possible. It will be worrisome, you’ll be nervous but the reward for pushing yourself will be indescribable!

*I made it about others.  Sure I want to succeed but when I began making it about the children I read to or the adults I speak with, I was overwhelmed with support and reward that I would have never received otherwise. Helping others has its own wonderful way of coming around.

I am so pumped to be able to get out there and go to work! Unlocking children’s imaginations when reading to them or having someone tell me they needed to hear my story and know I touched them in a positive way is rewarding and it has all happened because I decided to get up, get out and go to work. I accepted being a beginner, willing to succeed or learn but never fail. You can fail or your can learn! I have been quietly doing all of these things for the past year and now have leveled up to the point where I am ready to go all in and be heard!

So, check out my links and get in touch if I can visit your school or speak to your group. I would be pumped to help! Also, check out my friends on my sidebar! These folks are super amazing and changing the world everyday!

I want to leave you today with a phrase I say, “If You Want To Grow, You Got To Go!”

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A Break

At work yesterday evening, a co worker came up to me and asked about my writing because he had just found out that I wrote books. I told him all about my work and how I am traveling to other schools and reading to children.

He then asked if I had contacted Vincennes (Indiana) schools because they are not to far of a drive from my hometown. I told him that I had  last year and had never heard back. That’s when a break came. My co worker said that he knew the superintendent and would find out what had happen.

Later that evening, I got a text saying that it was likely that my email had gone right to spam and was never seen. I was then asked to deliver a book and some information to the schools district office, the superentendent would push it on through.

I delivered the information and book, first thing rhis morning tonthe districts officeoffice.

This school system has four elementary schools and it is beginning to like many young readers will get to meet Barney & Lexi!

I also returned to Parkside Elementary and signed a copy of BARNEY & LEXI: LOST IN LAWRENCEVILLE for a student who bought a copy on his own!

So darn cool!

Well, have a great Monday afternoon! Enjoy It!

Great Day At Mt. Carmel Pt.4

This was my fourth and final day with N.I.C.E. in Mt. Carmel, Illinois and it will be remembered as my most memorable!

I have had so much fun and laughed so hard with these kids and made some wonderful memories with them. 

When it came time to leave my last class, a young lady came up to me and asked for a hug. I got the biggest hug ever from her as she told me that she wished I didn’t have to go. I also brought home three gifts from three students that now reside on my bulletin board. Handmade gifts are worth so much more than any check.

This same young lady asked me for a selfie but because the rest of the class wanted one and we did not have time left, we were unable to. I promised them that I would return and not only sign their books but give them selfies for the class website.

As I walked into the hallway, this young lady waved as I made my way down the hall. A ways down, I began to turn the corner and looked back to see the same young lady in the hallway and waving big league and hollered ‘Thank You!’

So many rewards this past four days have me feeling pumped and I can not wait to return so I can keep my promise to them!

Great Day In Mt. Carmel Pt.3

My third day in Mt. Carmel at N.I.C.E. (North Intermediate Center of Education) was an awesome day!

I began with the classes of the 4th grade and have to say that this group of kids are some of the smartest students around! Today, I asked the students how many pages I had brought with me that were printed out on my computer and had my first ever correct answer right out of the box! A young lady answered correctly at 1,000 pages and it is awesome to speak with such smart students that they can make such calculated guesses!

These young readers had so many questions! I was asked questions like, what made me start writing, who was one of my biggest influences, what is my favorite story of my seven and what my other characters names are. I loved hearing all of the stories about the kids dogs and cats. They light up when they get to talk about their pets and have some amazing stories and often are funny memories.

We laughed so much and had such a great time and I was in my car afterwards before I realized that we had forgotten to get our group picture! I wish we could have gotten out pictures but glad that the reason was because we ran out of time due to a great couple of talks and stories!

It is warming up some and I am glad to see the sun poke through the clouds! May you have a great afternoon and make every moment count!

Great Day In Mt. Carmel Pt.2

I can’t say enough about this little intermediate school In Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Built in the late 1950’s N.I.C.E (which stands for North Intermediate Center of Education) has such a feel to it and a warm, inviting character that is often not found in new schools.

Day #2 brought me into the other two classrooms of the third grade. These kids are not only very creative, they are smarter than their ages. I have loved hearing their answers to questions I ask and the many stories about their pets at home. When I ask about cats and getting scratched, there is always one student who has a scare and has to show the class.

Halfway through my week here and I will tell you that this place is special. Kind, considerate and more or less, an old school kind of school in the days where buildings and classrooms have no character, this place is still going strong!

A Great Day In Mt. Carmel Pt.1

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What an amazing day! My first day at N.I.C.E (North Intermediate Center of Education) in Mt. Carmel, Illinois was a huge success! Not only where these amazing kids entertained, they were so smart and so super great to speak to!

Barney & Lexi were a huge hit with the students and It was so much fun sharing the story with them about how the two got lost in Lawrenceville. I can not wait for my second day followed by Thursday and Friday to end out the week!

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While in Mt. Carmel, I was able to book a return trip in March and will be going to South Elementery School and introduce Barney & Lexi to all of the second graders! It will be memorable because after the school year ends, it will also be the end of South Elementary School. It will be closing its doors and moving to the location where N.I.C.E is located. In turn, N.I.C.E will be moving to the middle school because the seventh and eighth grade will be going to the high school. I am honored to be a part of the schools history before then!

Now it is time to head out. I wish for you, nothing but a wonderful afternoon and hope you life your life to the fullest!

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