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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

Meet Sara Broers. Sara is the CEO of Travel With Sara, Co-Owner of The Midwest Travel Network, CEO of Social Connections, LLC and the Co-Owner of Home Grown Social Media. She enjoys helping others make valuable connections, to help them grow their businesses. She started the North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club in June of 2013 and it is still going strong. A fun fact: Sara is also an auctioneer, as a recent November 2018 graduate of World Wide College of Auctioneering.

I’m inspired by all of the people that make up our Midwest Travel Network. The people that make up our network are working to help grow destinations, all across the Midwest. It’s extremely inspiring when I see a community come back to life, after it has seen some very dark days. Often times these positive changes have come about because a blogger from our network took the time to explore and showcase their destination online.

I’m also inspired when I see a fellow blogger reach out to another blogger during a time of need. We are all a community, in more ways than one. When we help each other, we all grow. I truly believe that when people of all ages are placed together, magical things happen. I see this over and over when people in our Midwest Travel Network partner up on projects.

Life is too short to wait for things to happen. If you want to be the change, make it happen! Reach out to that one person that inspires you and motivates you to be better at what you do. Thank you to all of you that make up our Midwest Travel Network. Together, we help grow the economic tax base of communities, one community at a time.

You can follow Sara at Travel With Sara on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

You can follow Sara at Social Connections, LLC on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you so much, Sara, for sharing what inspires you! Sara is an amazing leader and I love to follow her adventures online.

What inspires you? If you would like to do a guest post about what inspires you, I would love to feature you on Tails From The Gravel Road! Email me at jenniferkschmitt@gmail.com.

From the Gravel Road-

Jen

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