Stay on the path! Life will distract you. When I was performing my last school assembly in England in 2013 I stopped planning and allowed the event in finding a new career distract from the career I really wanted – being an author. I reached 1.6M kids in six countries and thirty-five states as a NED Show performer so why wouldn’t I continue reaching kids in a positive, character-building way? How many more kids can I reach through books than in person? It’s exponential especially with today’s multimedia and social media opportunities. I met Tim with Blue Fish Web Design in Post Falls, ID today … Today I began planning my next career as a kids book author. Kids Have Ups and Downs Too the first book in the series, as well as the second book subtitled, “A Bully’s Journal” are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Remember “Promoting literacy of the heart and mind cultivates the landscape of a child’s future”. #BookerWeed #KidsHaveUpsAndDownsToo #bethebuddy
What is your rousing or uplifting identity that tells others who you are? Maybe you want others to know your call in life or maybe your cause? I want others to see how I try to live like Christ spoke the Truth because He was the Truth speaking. I want Christ to be my anthem. I may hit a wrong note at times but the conviction of my heart sets me back on track. I write & illustrate kids books because the anthem of #BookerWeed is sharing with kids that no matter what’s happening at home, their neighborhood, or with their friends they have what it takes to make #goodchoices.
#BookerWeed – Go figure … This odd yet meaningful name brings so many memories to my mind. A highschool road trip to Eugene Bible College (now named Newhope Christian College) in 1978, and a repeat in 1979 – the many greeting cards I created for classmates while earning lunch money, the buttons we made in support of our military men & women and to honor those lost on the day of 911.
Now a self-published #author writing my third book in the series #KidsHaveUpsAndDownsToo, I intend to bring to the world’s attention that no matter what’s happening at home, in your neighborhood, or with your friends you have what it takes to make good choices.
This being inspired by eleven years traveling across 35 states and 5 countries as a yoyo professional encouraging kids to become champions in school and in life as I shared #TheNEDShow with 1.6 million kids. I can not measure the gratitude I have for #AllForKidz and as I move on in a more traditional management role I continue to focus on the dream of reaching exponentially more kids as a full time children’s book author concentrating on the hashtag #BeTheBuddy.
Now for some uke therapy …
Yes wearing a helmet for your safety is not only smart but making a right choice. Although it has nothing to do with this post it helps me make a small point – “No matter what it’s like in our home, our neighborhood, or with our frineds we can learn to make right choices.” I say “learn” hoping that it is someone else’s example and not your own that your learn this. Here’s a chapter from my book, “Kids Have Ups & Downs Too!:
No matter what it’s like at home, in my neighborhood or with my friends I have what it takes to make positive healthy choices. When I make mistakes I try to learn from them and not make them again. At home I help when I’m asked, clean my room when needed, and eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast lunch and dinner – I wish.
Our neighborhood can be crazy sometimes. We have neighbors that don’t get along, a bully that lives at the end of the block, and our neighbor’s goat gets out and eats skateboards, baseball gloves and lets our cat ride on his back. When the neighbors aren’t getting along I ride my bike the other way. Our block has a look-out-for-the-bully plan when he is spotted in the area so we have a chance to avoid him.
Good friends treat each other fair and respectful. Treating others the way I want to be treated is always the right thing to do. I make choices every day, all day. I make them based on what’s right, not on what others try to get me to do. Sometimes it’s easy to go along with the crowd but making right choices will always leave you feeling good inside. It’s my responsibility to do what’s right, it’s hard sometimes but if I stop and think about something before I do it I make better choices.
What matters most is being the best I can be in my home, my neighborhood and with my friends. I’m not the best at yoyos or a world champion skateboarder but I have what it takes to make right choices.
… Thx for reading – Only 8 more illustrations to complete …