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The what inspires you Wednesday post isn't by a guest this week, it is from yours truly!

My students inspire me. My past students, present kids I get to work with, and the students I am sure to work with in the future ALL inspire me. They all have different abilities and I am amazed by daily. They inspire me to be more giving and loving.

Recently, a student gave me a sack full of rocks. When she gave them to me she acted like she was giving me a bag full of diamonds and I acted just as I was receiving a bag full of diamonds. 🙂 Why? A better question is why not? She was showing her giving heart which is an AMAZING ability of hers. Sure, it was a bag of rocks that were from the playground, but I wanted to make sure she knew how thoughtful and kind her act of giving was in hopes of encouraging her to continue to share that ability!

A past student that inspires me ALWAYS entered my classroom with a "Hi, Miss Bushbaum!" This was my first teaching job and this students ability to light up a room with her singing and cheerful greeting always made my day! I would not be the educator that I am today if it wasn't for all of the things she taught me in that first year.

Another, had the most difficult time catching on to math concepts, but could read any story that was put in front of her. She had the ability to act out those stories like she was on a Broadway stage. She comprehended what she read well behind the expectations for her grade level and her abilities in literacy always inspired me to find other ways for students to find their voice in the classroom!

These are just a few of the examples of students that have inspired me and they also inspired me to write You Will Do Great Things. Every single student, child, teacher, parent, PERSON in this world has different abilities. What a difference it makes when we see them, truly see them for their abilities!

I challenge each of you reading this to share it with someone that needs to hear the message to SEE the abilities in others and I challenge you to do the same.

From the gravel road-

Jen

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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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