With an amazing week behind me, I am gearing up in a couple hours to head out to another elementary school. This week I will be traveling to Mt. Carmel, Illinois and heading to N.I.C.E (North Intermediate Center of Education) and begin speaking with third grade classes about Barney & Lexi. I am super pumped for the kids to meet them and get to know about their crazy adventure. I will be visiting N.I.C.E for the rest of the week, visiting two classes a day through Friday.

This marks my farthest I have gone so far for my school tour. It means that I am ‘pushing’ myself out of my comfort zone. That pushing makes me a bit nervous but I am so excited to feel the reward on the other side of this push. There will always be struggle, but nothing is impossible if your reaching for your goals.

The Greatest Examples:

1.) The Chicago Cubs were a cursed team in Major League Baseball. Having not won a championship title in over a century, they blazed a trail this year that led them to from being far behind in the World Series and making a comeback to time the series and force a final game. Tied up with a rain delay, this team came back out and went for success and closed out the best World Series in history with their first championship in over 100 years!

2.) Donald J. Trump was a business man and television personality but was not politician. When he entered the race for President of the United States, he was ignored and was figured to drop out within a couple of months. He was laughed at and told he would never make it to the end of the primary. He stayed in past those couple of months and beat out 20+ of the best politicians today to enter the general election where he was then told he would lose badly and be a disgrace. He faced an opponent who was educated, experienced and determined to win. However, Trump continued on and stayed his coarse and when the dust settled, went from being considered a loser to becoming the 45th President of the United States.

3.) The New England Patriots went to Super Bowl 51 as the odds on favorite to win their fifth championship. As the game began, it was clear that their opponents had not only come to win but dominate the entire game. Into the third quarter, the score was 28-3 and was not in the patriots favor. The commentators began to discuss every hurdle the would have to be tackled if New England was to have any hope of winning. With the odds against them, they dug their heels in and tackled every hurdle that was mentioned and tied the game, forcing the first overtime in the history of the Super Bowl. Winning the coin toss, New England forced their way down the field  and scored the last touchdown of Super Bowl 51 and making the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history and win their fifth championship.

This is a year of possibility for every person who is up against the ropes! Down, does not mean out! I am a bit nervous as I prepare to head out in an hour but this is something I must do! I want to succeed as a writer and to do that, I must get my work out there. So, when it seems hard, I too, will keep going!

Pushing against the resistance will create success, I want you to succeed too!!

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