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It has been a while since writing last and I apologize. It has been a crazy month so far!

I just completed my 36th episode of ‘Write To Success’ (WTS) on my YouTube channel which now consists of over 120 videos that I hope encourage others to reach out and go for what they want in their lives.

I’ve also traveled to Charleston, Illinois and attended an memorial dinner for my aunt who past away to cancer a couple of weeks ago. My children and I drove with my mother and the fall scene that surrounded the two lane highway was beautiful and set the tone for our trip. Even getting lost on the way home was exciting and enjoyable. It could nt have been a better evening.

Tonight, my newest column article drops and will be out in the Sumner (IL.) Press newspaper. This weeks title is about letting go.

I also discovered that Barney & Lexi are now available online through Walmart. If you don’t have a copy, run over to Walmart.com and pick up your copy today! Thanks ahead for doing that!

As for my biography, I am writing faster than I have in my fourteen year career. In just over a week and half, I am now working on page 90 and not half way through the book yet. My goal is for a completion date during this month and to be able to have it in print by Christmas!

I also have many more mailers out to elementary school and have my first reply about coming out for a visit! More on that as it develops!

The t-shirt designs are moving along and will be available by 2018!

Lol,  my Jimmy is down again and makes me begin thinking that 2018 may see the time come for a new vehicle. The farther I drive for presentations, the more dependable vehicle I am needing.

Thank you so much for reading and following since 2009! It means the world and I am excited as this is all about to blow wide open! Have a wonderful day everyone!

It has been several days since I have been on and I must apologize! The past 7 days have been a roller coaster of events and have had me moving for some time now!

 

Friday morning, I took a call from my great-uncle who was letting me know that my great-grandmother had passed away and that arrangements were pending. I was asked to be a paul bearer, to which I said yes right away. I was honored to do this! My uncle said he would be in touch and our conversation ended.

 

I hung up the phone and began to see all of the memories I had with my great-grandma. I remember sitting in the garage with her and my grandmother, snapping beans and throwing them into water for canning. I also thought about the years that I cut the grass for her and my great-grandfather and how there was always cookies inside for me when I finished. Then there was Christmas breakfast and the best darn biscuits and gravy one could eat.

To be 38 and have had my great-grandma in my life that long was a blessing that I am grateful for! I am even more grateful that my sons who are 8, 9 & 14 could go to school and say that their great-great-grandmother was alive!

The weekend was awash with coming and going, time with my sons, time with family and preparations. Monday came and it was time to say goodbye, it was the most beautiful day for grandma’s funeral and not only were family here from other states, I was paul bearer with my father and oldest son! To share that with them and second cousins is a memory I will always cherish. Although it was a funeral, it was a blessed occasion as grandma would have wanted it. The service was classy, just like her and when time came to say goodbye to grandma, we said our goodbyes and joined family for lunch.

There is nothing like a reminder that life is not permanent! This week, I wrote this weeks Sumner Press column, aptly titled ‘Class’ for my great-grandma. Prepared 28 Barney & Lexi mailers that are going out to elementary school across the country this week and earned another piece of the pie of life!

What ever your wanting to do, DO IT NOW! There are only so many tomorrows and we don’t get a redo! I hope everyone will enjoy their blessed day and find impact around every corner!

 

 

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

 

I’ve been blogging this insane journey since 2009 and now am adding a visual partner to go along with it!

Over the past year, I have created almost 80 videos for impact. Now, I have created WTS! That’s short for Write To Success, my ‘webumentary’ following the daily grind as I go from nothing to successful children’s author and speaker. I hope you will drop by and subscribe, I would enjoy knowing that you found a message in my posts and take that little boost to get what you want out of life! I hope you are having an amazing day!!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6grNooHsEQxb8INL6Jtf3Q?view_as=subscriber

 

 

 

 

I hope you are having an amazing Monday!

Today has been about growth, values and moving forward, full steam ahead! I was so moved by my good friend, Dr. Coyte Cooper PhD. at this summers TEDxHillard, that I officially took my first step towards possibly being on a TEDx stage myself in Evansville, Indiana! Though this is the first step, it is always the step needed to begin growing and moving forward!

As for Barney & Lexi this morning, they are just about ready to make their way to Atlanta, Georgia and to Peachtree Publishers. I’m excited to see what happens and wish them the best of luck!

As I get ready to head in and to the 2-10:30 job, I resolve to keep moving ahead, Full Steam! I’m wishing for you, a wonderful and successful week ahead!

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Here are a couple of videos, I shot before my presentation in Chicago. It was worth its weight in gold to experience this moment and grow from it!

Cover Photo (chicago)

I finished my week on a new level! I went to Chicago, Illinois, faced every challenge getting there, crushed my presentation and made an impact!

Up at 5:00 a.m. and ready to rock it! Lynden spent the night with me because he went was going with me. I rocked my morning routine of reading and prepping my mind for the day ahead. My mother also went and we rode with her, even ole Jimmy wouldn’t make it to Chicago with out possibly having a breakdown.

With Fiji water in tow, we hit the road for the five hour drive to Chicago! It began quite cool, so much, I put on my running pants. I wore them to Chicago and realized that it was warmer in northern Illinois from where we left from!

The view upon arrival was amazing! The buildings reached into the fog as morning lifted and we made our way to Navy Pier with hours to enjoy the lake before the presentation! I will be returning to the pier after having a great time and great food from Giordano’s on the pier.

No matter where I go, traveling always takes me out of my comfort zone and I enjoy the rewards from taking my career to the next level! There were so many shops and eateries and the smell of Lake Michigan was so serene! If you travel to Chicago, I highly recommend Navy Pier!

 

Then came time to leave the pier and the crazy adventure began! We headed towards the hotel that had been covered for us. After seeing the firsthand, the insane skills it takes to drive in the city, we made it passed Wrigley Field as a game was closing in on beginning and made it to our hotel.

Upon arrival, we discovered that the room reserved for us would not accommodate three people and that their were no other rooms available. This left us with no place to stay, two hours before my presentation. We drove to the nearest gas station and sat for a hour, working on making other arrangements.  With an hour to go, we made our way to Everybody’s Coffee where I was speaking.

The owner of the coffee shop was super cool and let us hang out for the hour before others arrived. We got juice and a bakery item and relaxed for the hour before I used the restroom to change and prepared to rock my presentation. I gave my presentation and crossed the hurdles that came up that I had not planned for during my dry runs with determination and crushed it!

Chicago 22I gave my presentation just as I had rehearsed and when it was over, I had gone to the next level of my career! Dark and in a rougher neighborhood of central Chicago, we loaded up and decided to find lodging just outside of the city. It was an incredible day that grew my character so much and as I laid down that night, I was grateful for the opportunity to rise to the occasion! In life, we can choose to or not to do something, I chose to because regrets are hard to eat on your death bed! Live With Passion!

 

 

A story many will know…

One day, the master called in three servants and announced that he would be taking a long trip far away and would be leaving his treasure in their hands while gone. The master stood before his trusted servants and offered talents (bags of silver) to each.

The first servant held out his hands as his master placed five talents in his arms and asked that they be well cared for. The second servant stretched out his hands and was given two talents and asked that they be cared for. The servant was honored to have these talents and held them closely. The master walked over to the third servant and placed on talent in his hands and again, asked his servant to care for his talents until he would return.

The master would soon leave and be gone for some time. One servant took his talents into town and invested them. He would go on to earn five more talents as a result of his decision. The second servant also entered town and used his two talents to earn him two more for his efforts. The third servant felt the other two were being foolish by taking so much risk with their masters talents, that he took his one talent and buried it for safety to assure he would not risk losing it before his masters return.

The master would eventually return and upon his arrival, asked to see the three servants. Once they arrived, the master asked his servants about the talents and what became of them. The servants assured their master that the talents had not been lost.

The first servant explained that he had invested his five talents and that had garnered five more talents as well. The master was happy and commended the servant for his efforts. The second servant then explained that he too had gone to town and invested his two talents and had doubled his investment, showing the four talents to his master. Again, the master commended the servant for his efforts. The third servant explained that he had been most careful with his one talent. So much, that he buried it in the ground so it would not be lost until the masters return.

It was here that the master ordered that the talent be taken from the third servant and given to the first. The third servant was shocked as the master explained that if he knew that the master needed the money so much, why he did not invest it like the others and earn him interest on his one talent.

The moral of this story is that to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. Mathew 25:29

All to often, we are given opportunities that we doubt, fear or simply feel we can’t achieve. Often giving up before we even give something our first effort. If something worries you and you know it is still the right thing to do, there is a reason you should try. If you allow your worries to multiply to the point that you do nothing with your moments in life, you will find the old saying true, ‘If you don’t you it, you lose it’.

As your now reading this, I am 2 days away from sitting in Chicago and preparing to give my presentation to members of the Illinois SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators). Is it a big place? You bet it is! Am I a bit nervous? You bet I am! But that nervousness is the result of working hard for 14 years when most of the time, others had no idea just how hard I was working! As I’m getting ready to invest my talents, I have nothing but faith it will yield a reward regardless of what type it may be. I do this because I want more and will not allow fear to force me to bury my hopes and dreams in the dirt, only to find out one day that I had a chance and lost it.

In 2 days, I will stand on the roof of the hotel and see the lights of Chicago and invest in what got me here. Friday morning my son, Lynden and I will walk two blocks to Lake Michigan and take our run on the beach together.

“When your tired, it’s a sign that your almost at the end of your fight!” – TD Jakes

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