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I can't believe it is already Wednesday again! I love what inspires you Wednesday because I get to share what inspires me and sometimes you get to hear from others about what inspires them!

This week I am totally, wholeheartedly inspired by my author visits that are happening in elementary schools.

I have been able to share my message about dreaming big and huge and have had children begging to take a picture with me (G and E think that is hilarious), students bringing me THEIR stories to read, and asking me for feedback on their work.

You guys, this week has given me hope! Hope that there are so many creative young minds across the world that want to do great things. They have been asking the most fantastic questions like:

How many languages is your book published in right now? How long did the process of writing take? Why didn't you illustrate your own book? Do you like cupcakes? What other stories have you written? Are you famous? And my favorite... Will you be my new friend? Seriously, I wanted to jump up and grab this little kid and say, "Of course I will  be your new friend, buddy!" 

These author visits are truly filling my bucket, but I am not doing it for me or to sell books. Seeing the looks on the faces of the kids when they see that it is possible to dream big and huge and become anything you want to be in this world is all of the payment I need!

What inspires you? Would you like to be a guest writer on WIYW?

From the slushy, muddy, gravel road-

Jen

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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 fourschmitts@gmail.com.

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?

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