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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!!

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!

DRIVE!!!

Posted: September 4, 2017 in Uncategorized
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The past couple of days have been remarkable in my pursuit for clarity!

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I loaded my printer with new ink cartridges and spent several hours on the web, looking for everything in my life that means something to me. Basically, what I wanted out of my life. I began looking at homes, interiors, pools, vehicles, long lines at book stores and forms of giving that got me so excited that I had to print them off. In the end, I lined one wall of my kitchen with nothing but my expectations, i.e. my Vision Board. I have looked at it over the past two days and focus. Seeing is believing and when I look at what I am working towards, it pulls me one step closer to just that. It makes me progress further and as speaker, Tony Robbins says, “Happiness Comes From Progress!”

As for this morning, I reached a milestone in my life. I finished reading Tony Robbins 543 page book: Awaken The Giant Within. It is something for me because the largest book I have ever read before that was maybe around 270 pages. This book is close to 250 pages longer than that, proving that it can be done when your focused on it!

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After reading zero books for five years, this marks my 7th book in just over a year and a total of 1,704 pages total! When I made the decision to change my life just over a year and half ago, I resolved to never turn back! I recommend any of these books if anyone is serious about make a change and leading an impactful life!

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Now as for tomorrow morning, I am excited to begin my 8th book, Tony Robbins: Notes From A Friend. Staying on coarse to reading as much as I can to continue growing myself and switching over to an impactful life! Here we go guys, I’m all in!! PLUS, it’s only 10 days until Chicago!!! I want to invite you to watch my presentation live on Facebook by going to my page: Follow me live on Sept. 14th 7-9 p.m. CST. Time to get on my column today for the paper and get a run through in for the Chicago presentation and a physical run before dusk! Have a great day everyone!

 

A Way, When There Seems To Be No Way

 

Have you ever put time into something and as time past, felt that you were spinning your wheels or grinding your gears trying to make something happen? I have! You see, my writing career didn’t start yesterday, I didn’t wake up this morning and just sell 1,000 copies of Barney & Lexi: Lost In Lawrenceville. I wasn’t traveling to schools in the early stages of my career either, in fact, I can’t begin to count how many times I felt like I was spinning my wheels with opportunity and there were a few times that I really felt like my gears were grinding for sure!

My career as a writer began in 2003, when Lynden was born. I would get up with him throughout the night and once he began to have a fairly regular pattern of sleeping, I began spending the time in between his waking up, writing my first book, The Adventures of Marky, Slash & Levy. Those moments were usually very late at night, by myself in a room with only a desk lamp on and just plugging away at my keyboard. No one knew what I was doing, no one outside Lawrence County knew my name or even knew I was a writer.

In those years that followed, I wondered if I would ever make it happen. Would my work ever be read by young readers? Would I ever do a book signing? Would I ever get a big break? All three answers are YES! Although I had no idea in those early days. I have sold over 1,000 books this year, done dozens of signings and my big break will come on September 14th when I travel to Chicago and speak to the largest children’s literary group in the United States.

Sometimes, I get told that I’m ‘just lucky’, or that ‘success just happens overnight’. I actually don’t believe in luck in the manner that it is viewed today. I believe that luck is the moment that preparedness meets opportunity. I also believe that success is no ‘overnight’ thing. I thought about quitting a few times and sometimes, had to walk away from my desk for a few months to take everything in and find clarity. Then it was right back to it, because I knew what I really wanted and had to see it through.

For years, I felt like I had little money, few connections and even less opportunity. For years I had no Facebook page, and then I finally created one and only used that to connect with others for the next ten years. I look back now and see that I had so many outlets but let fear keep me from using them. Then, one day, I looked in the mirror and told myself, “There will be doubters, you will be laughed at, mocked and ignored. Levi, your going to fail and that’s alright because you will learn and grow stronger. Carry those fears right into battle and watch them disappear!” I remember that day well.

I sat down and began learning Social Media. I began with no media and now use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to put my passion out there. This has given me so much back and while I could spend the time wishing I had done that sooner, I won’t waste my time with the past. I’m heading forward and refuse to look back.

I feel like it is a perfect time to retell the story of the Japanese Bambo Tree. The Japanese Bambo Tree remains a nut underground for five years. During that time, it must be watered and fertilized daily to survive or it will die. For five years, there will be no results (much like when we feel we are spinning our wheels and grinding gears). Then, something big happens and the tree sprouts through the surface and will grow 90 feet in one year! It took five years to actually grow that 90 feet though. It may have only seemed like a buried nut but during that time underground, that nut was earning its right to live and grow.

You may be sitting right now and wondering what else you can do to keep moving towards your dream. One thing for sure is to keep doing what your doing if it is yielding any type of result. If it isn’t, can you change anything about it to help it grow? Are you using Social Media to your advantage? Are you letting fear keep you from one avenue or another? Look in the mirror and tell yourself that regardless of any outcome, YOUR GOING TO MAKE IT, and the doors will open up as you press forward. I can’t explain it but the harder I push, the more doors that open for me, something I doubted years ago. Never doubt that there is a way, when there seems to be no way!

“Everything is IMPOSSIBLE, until someone crazy enough comes along and makes it POSSIBLE!”
– CT Fletcher

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!

I was able to write page an half of The Boondock Kids and with that, planning to take a jog before picking up my kids for the weekend. Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

With dinner underway, The Boondock Kids begin to explain that Kelmare is taking them to Serabantha Castle and to see Queen Zardanin.

This concerned Rascone until Kelmare explained that they would be looking throw a telescope from the safe distance of Raven Pass. It was then questioned about the safety of the kids journey when Rascone explained that Queen Zardanin was not on her throne by those of Spyderia but, by her own force through her ability to control magic in order to control others.

Kelmare then lightened the discussion by explaining that they were going to be able to still view the queen safely because most of the time, she was not one to put others in danger and only did so when her reign was threatened by others.

Rascone explained that she held control of the Zephermyte Army and that would likely secure her reign until her time comes to pass naturally.

Surprisingly, The Boondock Kids remain just as intrigued to see her. Kelmare explained that he hoped to use his telescope to view one of the queens daily appearance ceremonies at the castle.

 

Tuesday and Wednesday have been awesome!

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On Tuesday, I traveled back to N.I.C.E (North Intermediate Center of Education) and held a book signing for the students I had the privilege of meeting back in Feburary. I promised the kids that I would return and they were super excited to see me and I was so happy to reconnect with them as well!

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As we began, the kids loved seeing the new posters of Barney & Lexi that were made after my last visit. We talked about how I really wished they had been made before our visit but that I wanted them to see both of the posters now and they thought they looked ‘very cool’!

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The local paper stopped by and the incredibly kind reporter spoke with me and the kids! She was unable to stay for too long, turns out that she was not just the reporter but also the managing editor and handled almost the entire newspaper on her own. Talk about a staying busy! I love watching the children light up when they see a t.v. crew or a newspaper coming to their school. They take a great deal of pride in their schools and love to know that they are very much important too!

N.I.C.E. Return Paper Picture

 

In my last visit to N.I.C.E., there was a young lady named Jersey, who was in the last 4th grade class that I spoke to that week. Jersey loved the presentation so much that she watched me leave the school before returning to her class, that touched me and made a memory that I will never forget! Before I left, Jersey had asked if we could do a selfie together and because there was no more time to do one with the entire class, we could not make that happen. On this day though, this young lady got that selfie and I will be printing a picture, buying a frame and mailing it to her at the school! What a great girl she is!

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Wednesday arrived and it was off to Indiana for a memorable school visit with Barney & Lexi! I returned to Riley Elementary School for the first time in 33 years. The last time I was in the halls of the school was, as a student in the early 1980’s! I walked through the doors and was blown back to yesteryear, almost making me feel as though I was that young boy walking the halls again.

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Before I met the children, I went on stage, behind the closed curtain and captured the moment on video because I was about to step in the gym for the first time in 33 years and giving back to a school that gave to me! It was also special because my first teacher, Mrs. Battles was in the audience! Still teaching, she was at the beginning of her career when I was her student and now, she mentioned she was going one, or maybe two more years before retiring. Talk about coming full circle for us both! Mrs. Battles gave my creative imagination the foundation to grow into what it is today and I was proud to give something back to her.

I entered the gym and had an amazing time! The kids loved Barney & Lexi, we laughed and gave Mrs. Battles an thunderous applause for being an amazing teacher! The kids lined up afterwards and many snatched up a copy of Barney & Lexi and I enjoyed the smiles more than anything, it meant they were touched by our visit. Signing Mrs. Battles book was not only a reward but humbling to finally be able to thank someone who is part of what got me to this point as a children’s author!

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Before leaving, I gave the students their school banner from Barney & Lexi. The gym went insane over it and moved the principal as the kids presented it to her. All in all simply a rewarding and memorable two days!

Cast Your Shell Column

 

Back home today, I picked up a copy of my weekly column and working on some emails for bookstores and touching up some issues with bookmarks. I hope you have a wonderful day and that great things happen today!

What a weekend to start off with!

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It was an amazing Saturday afternoon and I very much, wanted to take Lynden, Ethan & Rylen to Terre Haute, Indiana and spend the afternoon getting caught up in The Terr Haute Children’s Museum. 3 stories of exploration, imagination and fun. What a time we had! They played in bubbles, climbed a 2 story tree house and got to see themselves on T.V. as news anchors, but the thing they loved the most was the water construction zone! This zone had a running water channel with different damns, fountains and falls. One section kept my children busy by having to put plumbing pipes together to help direct the flow of water. I think they played in this zone for over an hour! At the end of the day, we found an Italian gem, nestled within the city, Piloni’s Italian Restaurant! 100% handmade Italian pizza and pasta and highly recommended if your ever in the Terre Haute, Indiana area!

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With the weekend wrapped, I used my Sunday night to research bookmarks from other authors and as 1 a.m. approached, I had a hand drawn layout of the front and pack of what I will use to begin having my own. I decided on a size, paper, colors, information placement and design. Next it will be off to the printers for fabrication and then time to have on-hand for distribution!

Now, as I prepare to change for my evening job, I have word the Mt. Carmel, Illinois newspaper will be at N.I.C.E tomorrow for my visit with the students. I am returning to sign copies of BARNEY & LEXI: LOST IN LAWRENCEVILLE and wish all of these amazing kids a great summer vacation! I am pumped to have the paper excited to attend and help make this event awesome!

 

I wish you a wonderful afternoon as I go to punch that clock, earn that money and chase that goal!