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What a week this past week has been!

It took off great and then came Monday evening and it was time for my kids baseball in the country. I asked Lynden to bring his dog, Raskel in from outside. On nice days, I put Raskel out so she can soak up the sun. She is 8 years old and I want her to keep getting sunlight, even though she is a inside dog.

Lynden, came back inside and had a worried look on his face. He told me that Raskel was not outside! For the past couple of months, someone has been coming into the yard and letting her off of her chain. On those occasions, she could always be found in the flowerbed by dusk and we would let her back inside. This time was different, this time, she did not return home.

We left for baseball and I assured Lynden that she would be back and felt my heart drop when we returned and she was not there. Over the coarse of the next three days, I drove across town, up and down the road, slowly, betting I would find Raskel walking down the sidewalk. After almost a week, she was nowhere to be found.

Then I got word that she may have been found up the street and could be seen from the alley behind a home that was being remodeled. I took off up the road and after an hour of walking, looking and hoping, I did not find her.

Then came Sunday! As Ethan, Rylen and I left for dinner, Lynden was staying at his mother’s house because he had had an oral surgery on his wisdom teeth and was still recovering. It was then that I looked up the alley and thought I may have seen Raskel. We drove down the alley and on the back deck of the remodeled home was Raskel!! I could not be happier to find her and could see she was happy to see us!

We took her back home and I asked Lynden to come down for a moment, but did not tell him why.

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The moment his eyes seen Raskel, he dove to the floor and a 13 year old boy was the happiest he had ever been! He threw his arms around her and hugged her for five minutes. The week began great and finished great but in-between, was growth!

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Now, one day removed from the beginning of the work week, I have now spent two days laying out and completing my second picture book! Every Road, Every Season -Summer Edition- is now published through Lulu and makes the ninth book I am blessed to author!

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I am proud of how this turned out and look forward to getting a copy in the mail! This is one small step to a large goal and I am determined to keep on, keeping on! With that work completed, it is now time for the last week of country ball to begin. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and always look forward to hearing from you! Thank you so very much for following and reading!

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I was 4 years old and at a family cookout, swimming in the pool. When no one was watching, I decided that I wanted to try and climb out of the pool using the ladder that was on the deep end. I remember using my tip toes to follow a ring around the deep end that was just high enough, I could keep my head above water.

Then, in the blink of an eye, my foot slipped and I sank to the bottom of the deep end. I remember being so scared, I couldn’t breathe and being to young to understand death, I just worried about getting air.

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Then a large splash entered the water and a family member threw their arms around me and pull me to the very ladder I was trying to get to. Half a dozen people were their to fetch me from the water immediately and all I remember was coughing and finding it hard to breathe even out of the water.

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I did catch my breathe and began to feel just as I had before I went under. However, that day has stayed with me for 34 years, as I developed a fear of water, swimming pools and lakes.

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This Father’s Day weekend, and keeping in the routine of changing my life, I faced that fear and won! My family went to a lake in central Illinois, where I got on a boat for the first time in 30 years and swam in the lake twice for the first time ever! The result of that grind to face my challenge…the reward of having a great time on the water with my sons!

 

As with any setback, fear or doubt in life, if you feel like you can do it then you must meet that which is holding you back, head on and watch your reward reveal itself on the other side. Success is grown with a constant push against basic and average. For me, this weekend was about taking my mindset to the next level and I did it! Even when taking a break from your routine, you have to be in ‘change’ mode! Have a great week ahead everyone!

Work was busy, ready for evenings to begin in August and for schools to get back in session so Barney & Lexi and The Lizard Wizard can meet more students and inspire them to create!!

Although school is out for the summer, it WILL NOT slow this author down! I just got an e-mail, letting me know that an article I have written for Tri-State OUTDOORS Magazine is past the layout process and will go to print very soon and is scheduled for a July 1st release date!

Last night, I began work on my outline for my presentation with the SCBWI in Chicago, this September. I might only get one shot at an opportunity like this and am gong to shoot for the moon, because even if I miss, I’ll still find myself among the stars!

With some needed e-mails sent out and work caught up to this moment, I am heading out with Lynden, Ethan and Rylen, to watch them play baseball in the country league, Chauncey Community Baseball. I hope everyone has a great evening and wonderful Tuesday!

Being a writer is far from easy, the decision was simple, I love creating stories out of thin air! Easy would imply that no work was needed to succeed, way wrong belief! Here is a quote that I use every time things slow down for a second on the track to success…

 

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Posted: June 6, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Life is all about dreams and making them come true. For my friend, Dr. Coyte G. Cooper, a bestselling author of the books: IMPRESSIONS and MAKE YOUR MARK and renown life coach, his dream was to be a speaker for a Ted Talk Seminar.

Come August, my friend will see that dream come true and being a god friend, my son, Lynden and I are gong to travel to Columbus, Ohio and support Coyte all the way as he brings his A-Game to Ohio to inspire others.

Combine that with my trip to Chicago this September, which I am also taking Lynden, I am very proud to know that I am giving my 13 year old son a chance to see so many positive experiences and hope they leave a inspiring mark on his already budding outlook on life.

Never be afraid to better yourself. Here’s to the future, mine and yours!!

With school now out for the summer, my evening job has turned into a day job for the next 9 weeks. Instead of having my usual routine from 2 thru 10:30 p.m. it begins at 6 a.m. and runs thru 2:30 p.m. as I am a part of a cleaning crew that is traveling through our three schools and cleaning classrooms, bathrooms and gyms while students are away.

That has not kept me from my daily motivational speeches though! I bought a wireless earpiece and listen to my motivation while still being able to hear around me. Nor has it slowed me from my work! My Chicago trip to the SCBWI is almost set for a specific September date, my illustrations for THE LIZARD WIZARD have begun with Illustrator, Avery Kasinger and today, I received an e-mail from a regional magazine editor, letting me know that an article I had recently submitted for print had been accepted by the magazine and will print for a July release.

Also looking at traveling to a TEDx seminar in Columbus this August and taking Lynden, who is now a freshman in high school and give him an amazing chance to feel such an strong and positive seminar. My good friend, Dr. Coyte Cooper will be a speaker at this event and I want to show my support for my friend!

All and all, a great way to end out the month of May! Happy Summer everyone!

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Whatever road your on, there will be trials, trials by fire. But when the flames burn out, will you still stand tall?