Author Nelson-Schmidt encourages students to follow their dreams
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Children’s book author and illustrator Michelle Nelson-Schmidt visited Hylen Souders Elementary School and General Rosecrans Elementary on Thursday, February 21, and she brought not just her books and art works, she brought along a message for students — find out who they are, what they love to do, then follow their dreams.
Nelson-Schmidt, who has three children’s books under the Usborne & Kane Miller Publishing imprint and another one in the proverbial pipeline, spoke with students about her latest book, Jonathan James and the What If Monster. She explained that it’s the “What if’s”, the worries about what might happen, that most often prevents people from following their dreams.
“If you keep worries in your head you won’t hear that tiny little voice in your heart and miss clues to the magic life you’re supposed to have,” Nelson-Schmidt told students during an afternoon session at Rosecrans Elementary. “Get the worries out of your head long enough to try new things, and someday you will meet someone or see something or do something and you will say: That’s what I have to do.”
Nelson-Schmidt said the world needs more dream followers, and asked the students to promise to follow their hearts and follow their dreams.
“Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you cannot have a magic life, that you don’t deserve one,” Nelson-Schmidt said. “The next thing you try might light you up inside and become your magic life; and someday you will wake up and say: I love what I do, I love being me. When you wake up in the morning you will say to yourself: I love my life.”
For additional information about children’s book author and illustrator Michelle Nelson-Schmidt go to < michellepaints.com >.