Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

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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!

https://www.facebook.com/inspiredbyJimmyL/

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!!

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

 

 

 

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

*Catch me Live on Facebook @levibfoxbooks Thursday, Sept. 14th between 7-9 p.m. CST!

 

Grow Through, What You Go Through

 

I was four or five years old and with my family at a cookout. The people we were visiting had an in-ground pool and I was in the shallow end swimming around because my feet touched the bottom and I had plenty of room to play. It was a great day and I had a lot of fun in the pool.

After a long while, I had decided that I wanted to get out for a while and had a crazy idea that I wanted to get out of the pool a different way. I did not want to climb out of the built-in steps that was at the in the shallow end. I wanted to climb out using the ladder that was located on the other side of the rope in the deep end.

I walked up to the rope and saw a small ledge that ran around the deep end that was the same height as the shallow end. I wasn’t supposed to cross the rope but the ladder was not far and I knew I could make it. I duct under the rope and used my tip toes on the ledge to stay above water. I was halfway to the ladder and everything was going fine, about five more steps and I would grab hold of the ladder and get out of the pool.

Thinking of how close I was getting to the ladder distracted my mind from what I was doing and my toes slipped off of the narrow ledge and I went under the water. I remember hitting my rear on the slope of the pools deep end and sliding to the drain at the bottom. The deep end was about 14 feet and I was that far under water, unable to swim and seeing nothing but blue color. I remember hearing the sound of the drain as it sucked in water to recycle through the filter and being to young to understand death, I was not afraid of dying but scared only because I could not breath.

The next thing I recall was a loud splash in the water and a pair of arms reaching around me and thrusting me to the surface where half a dozen arms quickly pulled me out of the water. I began coughing hard and having trouble taking a breath, even though I had air to breathe. It would not be long, however, before I was able to breathe fully and the coughing began to lessen. Soon, I was breathing slowly and the coughing went away and I sat in a chair for everyone to see that I was alright in the event I needed to see a doctor.

For the following year, I would not take a bath in any bathtub because of the drain that was under the water, just the sound of a drain being pulled scared me.

I would go the next 34 years with a strong fear of water. It would often take me a long amount of time to me able to swim in an above ground pool and most times, I would not swim in an in-ground one. In all of those years, I never got on a boat or touched the water of a lake.

Fast forward from being four or five to thirty-eight and spending the last year and a half developing a powerful mindset for growth and elevation, this past Father’s Day Weekend, I felt a nerve racking desire to face that tri-decade fear! I went with Lynden, Ethan, Rylen and some of their other family to Mill Creek Lake in Marshall, Illinois. There, we rented a cabin, played checkers at night, grilled out and made S’mores.

On Saturday, I went down to the dock with my kids and we all put our feet in the water. This was a big step for me to walk on the dock, let alone put my feet in the water. We watched fish swim around and splashed in the water with out feet. Then their uncle arrived with his boat and asked if we would like to go out on the water for the day. I knew then that it was time to take my mindset to the next level!

I walked onto their dock and climbed into the boat and as we all got seated and Ethan and Rylen put on their life vest, I watched as the water was only several inches from where I was sitting, yet, I made up my mind I had to make good on my challenge. We then backed away from the dock and I gripped the sidebar and held on as the boat took off.

The water splashed everywhere and and felt that fear in my face, reminding me that he was very much there. I remained focused and soon we found a cove to drop anchor so everyone could swim safely. Then, Ethan asked if I would get in and I saw that as another challenge. I said yes and asked him to give me a minute. I then took off my shirt and sat on the deck of the boat. Then, with my heart beating fast, I grabbed a hold of the deck rail and jumped into the lake! It was a couple seconds later that the fear was pushed aside and a reward revealed itself. That reward was the feeling of triumph!

Over the next couple of hours, we took the kids in the tube, drove across the lake and I got into the water a second time and swam for a long time again. When it came time for grilling out, we took one more lap around the lake and I call that my victory lap, and as the weekend drew to a end, I went to that next level and realized that I could do it, and so can you!

It may not be water for you, it may be a new job, buying a house, moving or a million other things. Just know that if deep inside your really wanting to conquer that fear, your biggest reward will be doing just that! When things happen in life, we have only two choices, define it or let it define us, that’s it no choice number three. Move ahead in life by always pushing yourself and going to the next level. The sky is limit!

“Grow through, what you go through!” – Gary Vaynerchuk