Hi All! Hope your week is going well. Mine has brought some great news that I’m so happy to share with you. Social Media seems to have kicked into high gear and I’m happy to say that I’ve topped over 80,300 hits to my website! Along with that, I now have over 1,100 followers on Twitter and 300+ followers on Instagram! Requests have come in for author visits to local schools and I’m in the works of scheduling book signings OUTSIDE of Illinois! YAY!! I’ve also committed to making it out to New York City for Writers Digest Conference in August! Book Three is chugging along now that my writers block is gone. I feel like I don’t have enough time in the day to get to the story as my characters talk to themselves in my head, awaiting to be committed to paper. My son Adam is anxiously awaiting its completion to get a first hand read of it.
On a personal note, I’ve been hit with the realization that 2 of my 6 kids will be graduating from High School in just 1 1/2 years. Since starting homeschooling last year, my 3 oldest have been accepted into a junior college, taking college classes for dual credit. It was a huge commitment for us to home school our 6 kids and the sacrifices made as a parent in order to home school are well worth it. But what I’ve learned since taking on this enormous endeavor is that my kids are a heck of a lot more resilient and smarter than either the schools or I gave them credit for. Because of the way schools are set up, differentiating lessons is difficult as every child/student has different intellectual abilities, emotional abilities, and learning styles. HOW a teacher is to reach every child with these three things on students plates, (not to mention any family baggage they may be experiencing) is beyond me. While I have a personal stake at the success of my children’s education, my kids have inspired me to see them for so much more than the square box they were placed by the school system. They have inspired me with their newfound dreams of their future, their open-minded beliefs in themselves and their commitment on taking responsibility for their education into their own hands. They use their Friday “free days” to do research on careers they are interested in, invent, create and teach themselves and younger siblings concepts they have taught themselves regarding anything from the sciences to the arts. I’m extremely proud of my children as they have also committed to using their gift of music for the good of others and play concerts at no cost in order to help charities, schools, or anyone looking for some good entertainment. Their unselfish ways convinces me that as adults, they will succeed in anything they put their minds to.
So, that’s whats happening in my world. What about yours? I’d love for you to drop me a note to share your stories of inspiration, perseverance, surprise.
Til next week….