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It’s What Inspires You on this Ash Wednesday! There is no guest post tonight, you get to hear from me. 🙂  If you are interested in doing a guest post about what inspires you, don’t hesitate to email me at

At Christmas time this year a very dear friend of mine gave me a “Why” box.  At the time it was filled with candy, ummm… it is no longer filled with candy.  🙂 I took care of that during Christmas break. Now it is filled with notes. The purpose behind the why box is to keep little mementos that will help “document” your why and then you can look back through them when you really need a little kick in the “tail” to keep dreaming big and huge! 😉

I have been filling my “why” box with letters and notes that I am receiving from children and adults about Tawanda’s Tales: Best Friends Forever.  The words that I am receiving about the book are so inspiring to me.

I have also been reading the words that others are writing as reviews on Amazon.  They are great bucket fillers! I know there will be a time that a negative review will roll in, it is just part of the game, I feel that the “why” box will come in handy on that day.

Looking through these notes, letters and reviews inspires me to keep going with my writing. It is inspiring to hear kids ask me when the next book is coming and what Tawanda is going to do next! The other notes that I am receiving that are inspiring me are ones that say, “Jen, thank you so much for sharing your journey, because of you I am going to __________.” Fill in the blank!  I have received notes that talk about running a marathon, starting a business, and self publishing their own book. This inspires me!

My “why” box, the words Monsignor Brunkan spoke and my friend Beth Ann, have just cemented the idea that not only do our spoken words matter, but our written words matter just the same.

What Inspires You?  Are participating in anything like Beth Ann proposed for the lenten season?


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-


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