Going Where You’ve Never Gone Before!

The year was 1996 and I was in high school. A former pro football player (now, as to what his name was, I can not remember) came to out school and spoke to us all about making good choices in life. It was during his speech that I began to think about what he was doing and thought to myself,

“There is NO way I could ever come into my school and do what he is doing!”

And for over two decades that would follow, I thought about how it must have felt to stand before my peers and deliver an impacting speech. I often pretended in the privacy of my own home, that I was giving that speech and that others applauded it.

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Speaking however, was something that for years I believed I could never physically do. It was a long and difficult road to overcome 36 years of shyness and even when I first began speaking just over a year ago, I often became nervous to return to my old school and deliver the same type of speech to the students that I was doing very well at everywhere else.

The reality is that when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change, and boy did they! This last two years has changed my life forever and because of that, this year I not only reached for the highest bar in my life, but I reached it, took a hold of it and now it is behind me!

On May 14th, I took the stage of Lawrenceville High School and delivered a 20 minute speech that  my son Lynden, (who was out of school and helping me) said was my best ever! I spoke with the graduates about not allowing your past to hinder you and knowing the entire world was open and ready for their determination and drive. In the end, the weight of 20 years fell off of my shoulders and onto the stage floor. The feeling left behind is one of joy that I can yet begin to explain. I finished right on time and had a handful of students approach me for my card, which was my personal reward for my work.

I walked out of the school that day more certain of my future and felt my life go to the next level. Always remember that no bar is too high if you keep working day after day to achieve it, once you do, there is not limit to what you will discover!

 

 

May Roll!

As the school year winds down, I am so honored to be impacting students at three school before summer vacation! On May 11th we take Barney & Lexi to St. Joseph Catholic School, on the 21st we go into Mt. Carmel Grade School!

Between those dates I will be returning to my Alma-mater and speaking with the graduating class of Lawrenceville High School!

This moment is super special because it was 21 years ago that I was in high school and watched a speaker come to our school and I sat in the auditorium and thought to myself, “No way I could EVER do that!”

When I began to radically change my life I thought back to that moment and told myself that as I grew, to go back to my school, look the students in the eyes and tell my story meant that I was reaching back in time and telling the old me, “Sit back, I GOT THIS!”

If not you, then who, if not now, then when?

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FES Presentation!

Today, I traveled to Flora, Illinois and met the students and staff of Flora Elementary School. Barney & Lexi were on hand and met the students as we put on an great presentation and gave value to others.

I look forward to coming to your school!!!

Never ‘Dull’!

Stopping off at the post office today, I was waiting on by the always polite clerk who has gotten so used to my being there of the last year that it’s not even funny and we began discussing the weather. The clerk began to tell me about how they had used the nice day yesterday to wash their car because they don’t clean it when the weather is cooler. We had a good laugh about that and then the clerk said something that caught my attention in another way.

“As you can see I have a pretty dull life,” they said.

I encouraged that it surly was not dull but the clerk insisted it was as we parted ways. I left the post office and began thinking about how submitting to a ‘dull’ life is just not what life is all about! Life is truly meant to be lived to the fullest and beyond submission to a false idea that life is just ‘ok’ or ‘so-so’.

I was there! I was over weight (by 50 pounds), I blamed others, I just rolled with everything that was handed to me instead of taking it head on. I felt that I had a ‘dull’ life and fell into the trap of that was just how it was and I had been dealt that hand. How wrong I was!

This month alone I hired a life coach to help guide me to the next level of my writing and speaking career. His name is RM Dozier and upon meeting him a year ago, I know this guy is going to push me and that is what I desire. I’m not afraid to seek help for my goals and RM is just the man to help me fine tune my focus! We have a conference call coming up next week and I am all out ready for it!

I was also asked if I might give the keynote speech for my old high school’s career day and I said I would be humbled to! I’m just waiting for a reply and it will be off to the races for speech writing and run through to polish it.

In one month, I will be traveling to northern Indiana and presenting two presentations at Canterbury School and am ready to crush it with excitement and fun! I have also been confirmed for a elementary school visit in central Illinois in April and one in Southern Illinois in May. Add in a pre-graduation ceremony speech before the graduating class of my local high school and the truth is I have anything but a ‘dull’ life!

No matter what it is, your life is your life! If you find it becoming a bit ‘dull’ or lackluster, let’s jump on giving it a polish, you’ll feel so good once you’ve begun!

High Schools & Adults

Today was such a transformative day! Proof that when you keep moving forward things will keep happening! Today I began writing to high schools and asking to come and speak to their students about leading an impactful life!

My story includes:

*Having divorced parents.

*Growing up depressed as a kid.

*Moving a lot as a kid with my mom.

*Losing my Grandma on my birthday at 14.

*Thinking of suicide.

* Running away from home.

* Married and divorced twice.

*Losing a Grandpa on Christmas Eve in 2003 then my other Grandpa a week later on New Years.

*Being bankrupt & foreclosed on.

*Losing my daughter.

*Losing my brother on Thanksgiving four years ago.

*Being cheated on.

*Surviving a car wreck.

*Wrongfully sued AND LOST!

*Living in a garage my freshman year.

*Being homeless at 32.

BUT!!!

*Writing 8 children’s books and 2 picture books!

*Scratching Amazon’s Top 100 with a book!

*Having 3 amazing sons!

*Traveling the country, giving presentations to elementary schools!

*Traveling the country, giving speaking events to high school students and adults!

*Owning 3 homes!

If you have an elementary school, high school or adult venue and are looking for a speaker, give me a shout and we’ll make it happen! Looking forward to impacting more lives and making a mark! Be sure to stop by my social media sites listed below!!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/levibfoxbooks/

Twitter: @LeviBFox

YouTube: Levi B. Fox

Instagram: levib.fox

Email: mlsbook1@yahoo.com

 

Posters, Bookmarks & Postcards

Today, I was off to the printer’s again. This time, it was to finalize posters for my speaking engagements and for my upcoming Barnes & Noble book signing in Evansville, Indiana.

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The poster proof for the book signing looks amazing! Seeing the collage hit me at first because I could see just how far my hard work has taken me and so many great memories, all together in one place! I look forward to being able to pick it up and see that it gets to the Evansville, IN. B&N to be placed in front of the children’s section!!

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The proof for m speaking engagements looks super great! This tree grows in my hometown and, at first look, one would think it could not live but it continues to grow, regardless of its setbacks! I can’t wait to use this a a great visual aid when speaking to junior high and high school kids!

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I will be speaking to two local high school graduating classes this month and am excited to have my outline made. It took a couple of hours and a few ‘dry runs’ to put it together. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got! So as I head of to do the ‘evening job thing’, I hope your having a wonderful Tuesday, don’t be a stranger!

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