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Dream big and huge! You just never know when those dreams come true.

Stories, swirling, stories!  For as long as I can remember I have had stories swirling around in my head.  Stories about my kids, my childhood, fun adventures, sad stories, funny stories and inspirational stories.

When I started working full time and spending a lot more time in my car I started to use my phone to capture some of these stories. I would use the speech to text feature and just blab into my phone.  Then later I would go back and edit and take out those silly speech to text errors that occur.

A few months ago I decided, why not? Why not dream big and huge?  What is stopping me from pursuing the adventure of bringing some of these stories to life for others to enjoy?  So with the encouragement of my husband, family, and friends- I leapt!  I dove head first and started looking for an illustrator with the courage to pursue my dreams.

If you follow me on social media you have seen little hints of Tawanda’s Tales: Best Friends Forever.  The entire process of seeing my story come to life has been surreal. From the first sketch of a character, to the final agreement on a character, and to the actual sketch of pages of the book, it has just been crazy.  I posted on Facebook that it feels like the anticipation of a new bouncy baby. With each sketch the illustrator sends I am one more step closer to seeing my dream become a reality.

I cannot wait to share Tawanda with all of you once everything is finished.  I am in hopes that sometime in February I can do that! The crazy part about sharing your dreams is that is leads to more dreams coming true. Since sharing my story on social media I have been asked by a business and two different school districts to come speak about my book. It's just crazy-as I told one of my friends, I got a speaking "gig." Little old me, got a speaking gig! HA!

What big dreams do you have?  Have you leapt? What’s holding you back?

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What inspires you Wednesday? This is one of my favorite weekly posts!

Oh man, this was truly one of my FAVORITE weekly posts from my old blog! I loved it so much that I wanted to be sure to continue it over here.

So...what inspires me today? I will tell you that it is one of the same things that inspired me years ago, hence why I have a tattoo of it on my writst. What inspires me? People that crush their excuses. People that tackle their dreams and goals head on. People that aren't afraid of what others might think.

Crushing my excuses and running in the cold!

There is not a day goes by that I do not look at my tattoo and remind myself to crush my excuses. The difference between the day I got the tattoo and today? There are so many more things I am working toward and it feels like so many more excuses to make. With that being said, that doesn't not mean I gave up, just because there are more things and more excuses-does not mean you quit! It means try harder. Work smarter. Go to bed earlier. Wake up earlier. Write your dreams down (yes, physically pen them on paper, even if you aren't a paper nerd like me.)

What inspires me today, comes from the same place it did in 2011, lives of people willing to lay it all on the line for our freedom just like JT did for us. Crush your excuses, don't look behind you look forward and inspire someone today!

What inspires you? Comment below and tell us! I would love to hear more about it, too. I am looking for guests to blog on the topic of What Inspires You. Email me at fourschmitts@gmail.com if you are interested.

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