Trisha B. Perez
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Oftentimes, when people find out I’m an author, they say things like, “I always wanted to write a book!” or, “My life would make an interesting book.” It’s actually rare for me not to receive responses like this. And since I believe life, in general, is excellent inspiration for art, I also believe that anyone’s life would make an interesting book. Many people dream about writing a book but few actually see the dream become reality. The truth is that no one chooses to watch their dreams pass them by. What people choose is to buy into the belief that not knowing how to do something is a good enough reason to quit on their dreams.
Making a decision
Writing a book starts with making a decision to write a book, and trust me, it won’t be your last. There are a lot of decisions to make when writing a book, especially if you
An elementary school speech-language pathologist has set out to do what some would consider impossible. In Snohomish, Washington, Carole G. Barton, SLP and author, set out to support one million struggling readers in 2021. When Barton was a little girl, her mother instilled in her a love and passion for literature. Many of Barton’s fondest memories with her mother are of times they spent reading together. Barton uses children’s books to teach her speech therapy students about friendship, problem-solving, emotional intelligence, social skills, and speech.
Barton has been working as a speech-language pathologist for over 25 years. The impact reading makes in her students’ lives acts as a constant reminder of the impact Carole’s mom made on her own life through literature. It was this constant reminder that inspired her to follow her dream of becoming an author!
Many students become discouraged in their reading journey because the reading material available to them is limited to picture books. Older students feel embarrassed to carry around picture books, causing them to not read at all. Barton plans to support one million struggling readers by using her upcoming release, The Friendship Adventure, to instill a love for literature in struggling readers. Barton goes on to say, "A family might not be able to afford to go to a different place, but in a good book, they can go on a journey."
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Lithia, FL: Wonder Dog, a hardcover picture book for children ages 5-10, empowers young readers to grow through fear and hard work to achieve big accomplishments by using animals in real-life settings, launches on September 29, 2020.
Wonder Dog, the second title in The Adventures of Josie & Bud™ children’s book series, is paving the way for personal development and emotional intelligence to become a cohesive and integral part of children’s literature.
Mukilteo, WA: Stage Fright, a character building picture book for children ages 3-10, sold out of all stock available on Amazon before it’s official release on July 24, 2018. Click here for more information about Stage Fright and its scheduled release.
Stage Fright, the debut title in The Adventures of Josie & Bud™, is creating a buzz in their own backyard, Mukilteo, Washington.
Come check out Stellar Kids Dentistry's annual ice cream social THIS THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 from 3PM to 7PM! There will be face painting, an author reading of Stage Fright at 5PM, sidewalk chalk, and complimentary Ben & Jerry's ice cream! You won't want to miss this event!
Stop by and say hi to Trisha B. Perez and the Stellar Kids Dentistry team!
To celebrate the new year, we're launching our new and improved MORE Method Planner. But that's not all. Because we love our customers, we've worked very hard to offer FREE SHIPPING on all of our planners! No promo code necessary.
So head on over to our online store to check it out. We're sure that this planner will help you make 2018 the best year you've ever had. You don't need to take our word for it. See what others are saying about it!
I absolutely LOVE my SPP planner!!! I use it daily at work and at home, and am able to check things off (Or highlight them) when I complete tasks.
The SPP planner has been great! I manage working, the schedules of three busy teens, and multiple other commitments.
I have always used a planner for eveything. This planner took it to a whole nother level.
Trisha B. Perez
It is a common desire for a parent to want to give their children the foundation for a better life than their own. The desire to want good for our children is the easy part. Figuring out what to do to get what we want for our children is the hard part. In our mission to equip people with tools and resources to achieve self-defined success, we put together a list of 3 important opportunities children need to achieve greatness as an adult. Children are so amazing. They are capable of so much more than most people realize. Because we know that children are capable, children need only an opportunity to learn, not a natural ability, because many abilities can be learned.
Children need opportunities to aspire to become more.
Children learn what is available to them. One cannot truly learn something s/he has not encountered in the form of a lesson or problem to solve. Think of all of the random abilities you've gained due to exposure at a young age. This can be displayed simply by the games you played as a child. If your grandparents had a pool table, the chances are higher that you might be good at billiards. Whether you enjoyed shooting pool or not, if it was the only game you, your siblings, and cousins were allowed to play when visiting your grandparents, you probably put in many hours of practice in the game. You might even be the best at billiards out of your circle of friends.
Without the opportunity to learn a given skill, it is reasonable for someone to not know that certain skill. If your child is a natural dancer and finds joy in dancing, exposure to high performing dancers might provide him a strong foundation for success in dancing. By providing our children exposure to high performers in industries that might bring them future fulfillment, we are also providing them the ability to aspire greatness in any department of life.
Children need opportunities to learn to appreciate being prepared.
One can only prepare for success if one has been exposed to the benefit of being prepared for success. Without having been exposed to an experience of appreciation for being prepared to succeed, one might not have a motivation strong enough to create a lifestyle of preparation. Most of the time we blame discipline for why we don't succeed when the real culprit is unawareness. We are unaware of how good or bad options are for the outcome we desire. You wouldn't pay your utility bill with a credit card if the utility company charged $10 to do it, yet we've all done something like this due to unawareness of its effect on our lives. Now imagine that this actually happened to you and after a closer look at the utility company's terms you find that setting up automatic payment using your account and routing number qualifies you for a 10 percent discount. In this case, the price was the time and effort to set up automatic payment and the outcome was a discount. By actually knowing the options available to you in any given situation and the price to choose each option, we equip ourselves with future motivation to live the life of a top performer. The path is challenging, which is why half the battle is fought with a perspective for success. We need to know why we are pursuing success in the manner that we are in order to persevere when opportunities to quit arise. In a child's life this this might be be responsible for his or her own laundry. Let's put it all on the table for the hard working parents reading this. Some clothes may get ruined. That is the point. If the experience is controlled by your child learning with play clothes, losses can be kept to a minimum. If your child benefits from having clean clothes on her/his terms, s/he is motivated to use the newly attained skill again. If your child pays a consequence to not using her/his newly attained skill, s/he will be motivated to use her/his skill to solve the problem. The way to gift our children with the advantage of preparation is by accepting that sometimes failure is the answer and stepping aside to allow them to experience it. With a growth mindset, failure can teach us a multitude of skill to succeed. Every time we fail we learn another way that it doesn't work and if we apply that information to our next attempt, we increase our likelihood of achieving success.
Children need opportunities to practice and learn techniques for remembering important matters.
If you’ve followed the first two things a child needs to achieve greatness, you might create a foundation for a dreamer. The outcome for that might be a young adult that aspires for great things. To aspire great things is not enough. To close the gap in the three most essential tools a child needs to achieve greatness, we must expose our children to opportunities to practice skills to juggle their own greatness. A gifted athlete cannot even play a sport at high school level without maintaining a certain grade point average. It is rare that a person would have the opportunity to pursue a dream without having to juggle a full personal life filled with its own set of responsibilities and expectations. Without the ability to juggle a dream and everyday responsibilities, our children might go into the real world performing below their potential because they are simultaneously learning the art of calendaring. Most adults calendar deadlines but do not calendar the time to work on meeting those deadlines. By teaching our children basic calendaring skills we close the gap in some of this most crucial skills children need to become adults that achieve greatness.
With today's resources, our access to top performers in any given industry is almost limitless. If we cannot connect with a specific person we can at least find footage on their performances. Now that you know exposure is the key to greatness, What will you expose your child to today?
Trish Perez is the senior editor, content curator, intern, web designer, chef, custodian, and proof reader at Storm Praise Publishing. She also serves as lead in the creation of the children's series, The Adventures of Josie and Bud, which makes its debut in December 2017.
Now that we’ve established the basic calendar to be every top performers’ secret weapon, we thought it’d be nice to create a quick start guide to power using your calendar. If we want to become top performers in any industry and top performers’ secret weapon is the calendar, wouldn’t it be wise to become a power user of the calendar? Next time you sit down to set your goals, consider these 3 quick and simple ways to power use the calendar to achieve your own self-defined success.
1.) Budgeting Time to Get it Done - Setting Reminders
It’s interesting how calendaring deadlines for our goals is common knowledge, but calendaring time to accomplish the tasks to achieve our goals is not. Just how not setting a financial budget for something necessary might cause there to be insufficient funds, not setting a time budget to get necessary tasks done also might cause a deficit in our resource of time. Whether it be a paper, digital, or wall calendar, setting reminders is a must.
Out of all the ways to set a reminder, setting a digital reminder to a calendar event is the most simple. Most platforms offer at least two additional alerts, aside from the actual calendar event. This type of reminder is the most simple because the user can set the reminders at the same moment the event is created.
The most practical way to use reminders to complete tasks on time in order to accomplish a greater goal is to estimate how long a give task will take, add a day or two if possible, and add it to your calendaring system. This act is just as important as the deadline itself.
2.) Calendar Pop-Ups are Your Friend - Syncing Paper with Digital
There seems to be this unsaid notion that the act of remembering to get things done on time is done by only using one’s memory. Remembering is associated with memory, but remembering to get things done on time is not the same thing. When someone sets a large goal with many sub-goals leading to a desired result, that person will need to get things done on time. That need is met by syncing plans to a digital calendar.
3.) Measure Twice, Cut Once - Implementing Goals into Your Calendar
When I think about setting goals, the old carpentry proverb, “Measure twice, cut once,” comes to mind. The phrase literally meant that one must measure a material twice to avoid wasting time and resources. We can use that type of thinking for successfully setting goals. If we use our planner calendars for their exact purpose, planning, we make it possible for ourselves to measure once. By calendaring appropriate deadlines for our goals into our planner calendar, wall calendar, and digital calendars, we make it possible for ourselves to measure a second time. The idea is simple. Pick a multi-step goal, choose a doable deadline for the goal, and spread out the tasks throughout your calendaring system for the set time. This practice sets in place a strong foundation for success in achieving goals by preparing decisions regarding your goals in advance. By measuring twice and cutting once, we are preventatively protecting ourselves from decision fatigue, resulting in higher performance.
If the key to getting the big things in life is remembering to do a bunch of the little things in life, what systems have you put in place to remember the little things?