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Sunday night I completed another goal!

When I sat out one month ago to write my ninth book, I did so with the intention of doing so in 30 days. I have been pushed by several friends to write my story, my story of struggle and success and what I have done to keep moving on.

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I was inspired by my friend Nicole, who grew up in the foster care system and has used that to become a successful speaker and bestselling author. Her book: ‘Foster To Fosters‘ is her story of success by trial and fire. Because of this, I sat down on October 30th and began my own story.

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Sunday night, November 26th, 2017, I completed my 215th page and ended my story with my ninth book entitled: ‘When The Storm Runs Out Of Rain‘! The book is broken down into four ‘Stages’.

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Stage One puts myself under the microscope and discloses all of the negative things that have happen in my life so that every reader gets a real sense of my honesty to them and perhaps something that has happen to me has also happen to them and that will be relatable. Stage Two continues by spotlighting the successful events that have come into my life from sticking to my guns. Stage Three is a laid out plan of action using my ‘Go 2 Grow’ system that I have used as my own guidelines for reaching the things that I want. Stage Four is the reader’s self reflection stage. A 14 question self evaluation that will help every reader go a little more in-depth on themselves and see where they excel and where they can improve to live a more exciting life.

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This news is one I am so proud of and I shared this this past Monday with the students of Lancaster Christian School! I was asked several weeks ago about coming to Lancaster and putting on a presentation for Barney & Lexi. I have to say that this is an amazing little school in the countryside of southern Illinois!

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When I arrived, I was met at the door by Cherie, the office manager for the school who welcomed me in and gave me a tour of the school. If you know me, you know that while I love every school I visit, its the old schools that have so much character to me! I loved the small classroom sizes, years of students photos lining the hallways and the kind and considerate staff who work there.

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Not to long later, recess would end and the students assembled into the day room and off we went! I love how children respond to Barney & Lexi and how I am able to get teachers involved as well. I love the giggles and the questions as children who are shy to start with open up during our time together. I’m all about making the kids feel important and valued!

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I signed books for all of the students and as our time ended, I watched the students file into the gymnasium which also doubles as their cafeteria as they prepared for their lunch hour. I fell in love with this little school and it will rank near the top of my most favorite visits!

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This visit found its way into two newspapers which I am humbled to be in. Papers don’t have to print anything they do not want and to make the front pages of both leaves me with gratitude and thankfulness! Lancaster also became the focus of my weekly column in The Sumner Press.

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Yesterday I completed 20 Barney & Lexi mailers to school across the country and got them in the mail for school approval! Now it’s time to begin work on the front and back cover designs for my new book. A quick bite of pizza for lunch and I’m off to the races! It is my hope that this day finds you in great rewards!

 

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! It is my favorite holiday of the year!

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I enjoy having my family together, not for gifts but for a meal around the table with stories and laughter, giving thanks for another year with everyone here. My kids love the homemade noodles and I found the turkey, mashed potatoes and homemade rolls the best of any year before! Ok, I like the noodles too! With five desserts to choose from, if you walked away from our family dinner hungry, it was your fault!

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After a great time with family, I dropped my kids off so they could go and be with other family for dinner. I changed and went out to the state park for a run to keep with my routine and burn off those noodles! I returned home and hammered out pages 166 – 173 of the new book.  With just a YouTube video to shoot I will have everything done that I had set my goal for!

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After that video, I will do something I have not done in a while, I will continue to observe my favorite holiday by relaxing and being thankful for this day. I don’t relax much, always writing, speaking, parenting, working from dawn to way past dusk but I think this holiday is about being thankful and I am thankful for the body that puts in the work day in and day out and for that, rest is in order for the rest of the night!

May you have a very Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

 

I want to share with you ten books that I have read that have had a major impact on my life. I hope you will find as much impact as I did in them!!!

Today is October 20th and I am happy to say that this months episode of ‘Inspired By JimmyL’ where I appeared as his guest! This was an amazing episode and it was my pleasure to sit in. If you are looking for a positive webcast, you have to check out JimmyL and his messages! Check it out below!!

 

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!

 

 

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This evening I was the guest on the ‘Inspired With JimmyL’ webcast and had a blast of a time! Jimmy is an awesomely motivated entrepreneur who has an amazing passion for life and for inspiring others to seek their fullest potential!

This segment of IWJL was about struggles and getting through them to reach success.  It was so much fun talking with Jimmy and having the chance to swap energy with one another and broaden our circles even further!

The show will air on 10/20 at the ‘Inspired With JimmyL’ site listed below. If your wanting some amazing pick me up, like Jimmy’s page and follow!

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Wishing everybody a great day ahead!!

Hey everybody! Just a quit shout out to say that I have pre-confirmed my first speaking event for 2018!! Yeah!!

I you have a high school, junior high or an adult meeting that you would like to have a motivational speaker attend, give me a shout and we’ll make something happen!

Wishing everyone a great day!!

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!!

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