My sister Jessee is pretty awesome. She has cheered me on with this website, written inspiring posts and is a fabulous sounding board. While I tend to hide my feelings, she is really great at sharing hers. She also likes sending random presents. (Yay!)
When we were talking on the phone one day, she mentioned that she was sending me a present. This week, I opened my mailbox and found a beautiful cheerleader there.
No, not that kind! (BTW, do you know how hard it is to find a picture of a cheerleader with a decent amount of clothes on?!) But I digress. Ahem.
I was talking about this cheerleader:
This is not flashy, shiny or glittery. It's not loud. Instead, it speaks quietly to your heart. But this little children's book, What Do You Do With An Idea, made me want to cry. I have poured my heart and soul into this website, and although numbers are growing, sometimes I wonder if all my hard work is worth it. I wonder if it is helping anyone, or if I'm just a crazy nut on the internet. It's only been two months since we launched RTG, but it feels like a lifetime. When you only have 2 months worth of results, in what feels like a lifetime, it can get discouraging.
This book was exactly what I needed to calm my anxieties, fears and insecurities. It is so sweet, so validating and so lovely in it's belief that we all have good ideas that are worthwhile. It is perfect for both children and adults-it explains common, complicated emotions that you and I have all felt, in simple language that is empowering and easy to understand for children.
This is the perfect gift for someone trying something new, or for someone too scared to try something new. It is the perfect confidence builder for children who are beginning to dream. It was the perfect gift for me.
Family Discussion Guide
-Why did the boy at first pretend that the idea didn't belong to him?
-Why and how do ideas take a lot of work?
-What if people laugh at your idea?
-Why did the boy decide not to believe those who said it was a bad idea?
-Why does working on an idea make you feel good?
-Did you notice that the book went from black and white to color? What do you think that means?
-How can an idea change the world?
Community Question: What was the most confidence building gift you have been given?
Hi, I'm Jen! I adore chocolate, I'd rather read than clean my house, and I haven't seen my abs in I-don't-know-how-long. But I love my husband and kids to death and try to Raise The Good within myself and my family by making wise and uplifting media choices and having a deliberate family culture. You are probably doing the same thing. Let's share what works with each other!
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