"If you right now are in a shell, you should know that you are not alone and that there are many, many other people like you. There’s nothing wrong with you.
It might even be necessary. Your shell might keep you safe for a time. But after the danger is gone and after it’s exhausted it’s use…you’ll find a way out.
You might need help. You might need to work very hard. You might need to find some ways to laugh at yourself or find a passion or a friend. And you will find it.
And when you do, it will be so good to see you.”
"I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought, and then made by God is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking."
This upcoming week will be a big one for Hope Lives Publishing.
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday I will be exhibiting my book and lesson plan at the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistant Professionals at the Penn Stater Inn and Conference Center in State College. Monday afternoon I will be stepping away briefly to give a radio interview in the Pittsburgh area for the Wednesday event. Wednesday I will be at the Butler High School in Butler speaking to a group of students about the messages taught in the Where Hope Lives Lesson Plan; bullying, prejudice, and the power in having belief in our dreams. I love love love speaking to students. To me there is something really special about being in the position to talk to people who are right in the middle of figuring out who they are.
Preparing for this week has been fun. It has included shopping for some new business clothes (yay) but mostly preparing myself to be “on” for the next 4 days. The thing about running and operating your own business is that there is no one there to hold you accountable and keep you on track. There is no one there to pick up your slack so there needs to not be any. I enjoy meeting every person that stops by my booth. Educators and education professionals all have such a unique vision for how Where Hope Lives could fit into their school districts and I love to hear each and every one. It always ends up expanding my vision for the story as well.
In the past I have exhibited in different states so my family and friends and my Forrest have not been able to see with their own eyes what it is do at conferences. I am so happy to share it with them and show them what they help me accomplish. Anytime I take Where Hope Lives out into the world I always feel very small and humble. This story is so massive and so much bigger than me. I love putting it out into the world and seeing where it can go. It is truly a limitless project.
I am sorry I can’t be at the Bryce Jordan Center this weekend to support our RUF dancers Catherine and Taylor in THON. I miss the Bernard Family and all the thousands supporting them. www.THON.org FTK!
I’ll be updating my social media for pictures and highlights of the upcoming week. Stay tuned! Have a great week everyone. Spring will be here soon! HOPE LIVES!
- One in three women report being a victim of domestic violence (30%).
- One in five women report being a victim of sexual assault (20%).
- 60% of Americans, 15 years or older, know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.
- Among the 70% of women who have experienced domestic violence and told somebody about it, more than half (58%) said that nobody helped them.
No more bystanding. No more ignorance. No more excuses.
(Source: mariskahargtay, via bossypants)