Our Early Bird Author Visit Discount is now available for the 2019/2020 school year. If you are thinking of having Miriam Laundry visit your school, be sure to pencil in a date for the next school year with us before June 21st. This is the best discount of the year.
KEY POINTS ON THE EARLY BIRD
Offer deadline is June 21, 2019
Bookings made for 2019/2020 school year
$100 off regular price (in person author visits)
$50 off regular price virtual visits
Available for all three I CAN Series presentations (Grades 1-6), The Power of Your Mind (Grades 7&8), and my NEW one, The Big, Bad Bully (Grades 5-8) COMING FALL 2019.
My new book is coming out in the fall! (2019) This means a NEW presentation for schools! It will be best suited for grades 5-8 and addresses negative self-talk and how to overcome it. This book is featured in my TEDx Talk, “The Bully in the Mirror” and will be co-authored with Jack Canfield (Co-creater of the Chicken Soup for the Soul™ series).
The anniversary for my Guinness World Record™ is coming up on May 6th and 7th, and for a throwback I want to answer the question that I am often asked – How did you do it? The answer is a lot simpler than you think. It started with my idea to empower 100,000 children, but in my mind, I still thought it was impossible. So, how did I get from there to here?
The big secret: Ask your brain the right question.
Your brain is such a powerful thing. There really is no limit to the things you can do and accomplish once you have set your mind to solve a question. It works automatically. As soon as there is a question posed to it, your brain will immediately start trying to find the answer. That is just how it operates. So my question was:
“What would I have to do to empower 100,000 children to believe in themselves by May 7, 2014?”
My brain began to break down different ideas. I thought of school visits with then my recent book, I CAN Believe in Myself. I did the math and realized I wouldn’t be able to reach 100,000 children in the time that I had, BUT, I knew the answer was in the schools.
Then I asked myself, “How could I get many, many schools involved without me being there personally?” That’s when the idea of the Guinness World Record™ came to me.
I want to be honest. As soon as I thought of that, my mind immediately pushed it aside and thought, “that’s ridiculous.” As the days passed by, the idea stuck in my mind and I started asking myself again… “okay… well how could I set a Guinness World Record?” I went back to the beginning question, “How could I…..what would I need…. what would I have to do?”
Using this simple format I went from a simple desire to make a difference, to a strategic plan. Once my goals were specific my brain had some parameters to work within to solve the problems.
Apply it to your life: Working with your Brain
1. Ask yourself, “what would I have to do in order to (insert specific goal)?” or, “what would I need in order to…..?”
2. Pay attention to the first thing that comes to mind – even if it sounds ridiculous!
3. Write down whatever your brain spits out. You can look at them critically later.
4. Give your brain time. Every day come back to these questions. Review your list and let your mind work on the answers.
Eventually you will have some solid leads that you can start building a strategy around. This is what makes impossible ideas become a reality.
So, start asking yourself, what is it that you really want… and what would achieving it look like?
When a kid has low self-esteem it can be difficult to know what to do. It can be easy to see that they need to boost it…. but how? One of the ways is to help them build an I CAN attitude, and that is essentially giving them evidence of their success.
The truth is, we gain confidence when we have succeeded. So, here are three easy steps to intentionally cultivate those successes that will take kids from low self-esteem to great self-esteem. Tip – This is not just for kids, it works for us, too! 😉
#1) Tell yourself you CAN. The first step begins in the brain. Identify something your child wants to do, but believes they cannot do. Example: Riding a bike. Doing a handstand. Reading a certain level of difficulty. Get their buy-in by collaborating with them. Then write down the goal.
Tip: If your child is convinced they can’t do this particular thing, use the magic of yet. They may not be able to do it now, but they could in the future. Instead of saying “I can’t ride my bike,” change it to “I can’t ride my bike…. yet.” Changing your language helps convince your brain of the truth. It is best to say “I CAN ride my bike” in anticipation of success, instead of “I CAN’T ride my bike, yet,” but use whatever works. The goal is to make it easy for the kid’s brain to accept the possibility of success.
#2) Ask for help. Help them identify who could help them do it. Who do you know that CAN ride their bike? Who is really good at it? An older sibling? A friend? A parent? A Teacher? Teach them the importance of asking for help from others.
#3) Practise, practise, practise. This is the persistence part. Make time to practise. Don’t let them give up. If they don’t get it the first time, remind them that they can’t do it…. yet. Then set up another time to go back and try again.
Don’t. Give. Up.
And …. SUCCESS! The more children overcome obstacles, the more resilient they become. Resilience is essential to kicking low self-esteem to the curb.
Finding the Right Help.
What happens if we try and try and try and they still can’t do it?
You don’t want your child to become discouraged. If you are practising and practising with someone and not seeing results or progress, go back to step #2: Ask for help. Here are some great questions to ask yourself if you need to go back:
Would finding a skilled coach for that particular activity be an option?
Are there youtube videos that can provide helpful how-to insight?
Do you know anyone who has struggled with the same thing in the past? Talk to them and find out how they overcame it.
Find all ten easter eggs (literally) on my shiny new website to be entered to win a $100 Indigo gift card. Good Luck!
As you can see, I have a new website! We have moved from Laundry Books to MiriamLaundry.com! To celebrate I have an online easter egg hunt for you. If you find all ten eggs, you will be entered to win a $100 Chapters/Indigo gift card. This is a fun activity you can do either for yourself or with your kids over the holiday weekend. (Just thinking about the things I would buy from Chapters has me dreaming already… am-i-rite?)
How to Play
Step 1 – go to www.miriamlaundry.comand find one of the easter egg pictures. There are ten different eggs, each located on different pages of the site. You can see examples of them above.
Step 2– Note where you found it and make a note. We will accept a list of the pages indicating where you found each easter egg. Alternatively, you could provide screen shots as proof.
Step 3– Repeat until you have found all 10 easter eggs images. HINT: scroll to the bottom of pages to make sure you find them all!
Step 5(optional) – DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES TO WIN. Get an extra entry by sharing the contest. Simply share this post on your preferred social media, then let us know which one so we can verify by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE : Contest ends Tuesday at midnight, April 23, 2019. Winner will be notified and announced Wednesday April 24, 2019.
Contest begins 12:00 am, April 15,2019 10:00 am EST and ends 11:59 pm, April 23,2019.
One entry per participant.
No purchase required.
Participants must be of four years of age or older. Skill is required to locate all the eggs and proof must be provided.
Proof of finding the ten easter eggs on www.miriamlaundry.com required. Sharing the contest will increase chances of winning, but is not required.
Winner will be chosen randomly.
There will be one winner of a gift card, value of $100, for Indigo.
Delivery of prize will be provided in a timely manner via email or mailed.
Winner must provide email or address so that the prize may be delivered in a reasonable time frame. Contact information provided for this purpose will not be used for any other reason unless permission is expressly provided.
Contest open to all participants in Canada/USA with the exception of the province of Quebec due to specific legislative requirements for that province.
This contest is not administered, endorsed or sponsored by Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or Indigo.