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If you don't publicize them and write them down they rarely happen. You guys, this is so TRUE! I wanted to become an author, so I wrote it down last year in my journal just like it had already happened. I started writing:

*I am an author

*I have an extraordinary children's book.

*I am going to do more than break even on my first book.

Guess what? It's happening! A few days ago my book started appearing in the mailboxes of readers and in the hands of children. Yes, my book, my story.

Do I think everyone is going to LOVE the book, the way I do? No, I know that it may not be everyone's favorite, but I believe it is an extraordinary book because that is what I have been writing down for months.

Guess what else? KCMR Radio invited me, little old me, to join their morning broadcast for an interview about being an author. Yep, about being an AUTHOR! Remember, that was the first thing I started writing down as if it had already happened.

The next thing I have to conquer now is that breaking even thing and beyond. Guess what? It's going to happen because I set my mind on it, wrote it down, and I am going to see it through.

Then after that, hit the Top 200 mark on the Amazon>Children's>Animals>Horses section. Guess where I am today? #233-we've got this! 🙂

Dream big and huge, friends! You never know where the winding "gravel road" will take you.

What goals do you need to public or right down? Have you read Tawanda's Tales: Best Friend's Forever?

From the gravel road-

Jen

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I'd be a liar if I said that I didn't check the status of my delivery immediately when I got out of work today. It was actually the first thing the girls asked me when I picked them up, too! Everyone at our house knew that today was DELIVERY day!

We laughed and joked the entire way home that I was going to hug and kiss the UPS man when he arrived with the box of books. The girls told me that I would humiliate them if I did...

We turned the corner and started to head down our gravel road when Grace suddenly screamed! I nearly drove off of the road and then I realized why she was screaming. "Give me your phone, let me take a picture, this is monumental, MOM!" said Grace. We all got the giggles and raced towards home.

We pulled in the driveway like the place was on fire because we knew he was right on our "tail." When he finally got stopped I ran over to him and told him I had a really weird question for him. His response..."Is it weirder than driving in and seeing a pig running around in a snowstorm?" He may or may not have been witness to that Valentine's Day pig chase. We all got the giggles an then I sheepishly asked him if he would take a picture with me. I'm pretty sure he didn't know what to say, but he agreed. 😉 I did finally explain why I was so excited and why I wanted the picture, he congratulated me and went on his way.



Rob carried the 40 pound box in the house and Team Schmitt went in to full work mode! I truly don't know what I would do without my family.

I signed and wrote notes while they stuffed bookmarks and envelopes to mail out. I felt like it was really important that the girls saw all of the work that went into this project and that they got to be a part of prepping the books for shipment. (They even get to deliver a few to their school tomorrow.) I want them to know that if you put your mind to something, dream big and huge, work hard, and never give up that you can accomplish anything.

I added a new exciting adventure to the "Author Tour." I will be at the Iowa Horse Fair selling and signing books and promoting the idea of Dreaming Big and Huge!

Have you been to the Iowa Horse Fair? Hugged your local UPS man/woman or stalked the arrival of an important delivery?

From the Gravel Road-

Jen

P.S. If you know this UPS man, give him a shout out! I bet he deals with some crazy things out on the gravel roads. 😉

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