This book was inspired by Billie Wharton, the curriculum facilitator at Rosemary Middle School in Andrews, South Carolina. During a visit to the school to talk to students about my book, Follow Your Dreams: Lessons That I Learned in School, Ms. Wharton posted quotes from the book along the corridors throughout the school. Each day, as students walked past the quotes, they were inspired to discuss the quotes and to write essays about what the quotes meant to them. In some classrooms, students selected their favorite quote and wrote essays about how the quote applied to their lives. As I read the essays, I realized that the quotes were inspiring students to think about their dreams, their lives, their attitudes, and their futures.
Since that time, I have written the “My Dreams: Student Journal.” It too contains quotes from the book, together with activities designed to assist students in discovering their dreams and conceptualizing the necessary plans to pursue their dreams. The journal was inspired by students in the Los Angeles County of Education schools located in juvenile camps and juvenile halls. Despite difficult circumstances and seemingly insurmountable obstacles, I am frequently inspired by the resilience of such students, who continue to hope and dream of a brighter future. I hope that you too, will be inspired to think about your dreams and to explore the many wonderful possibilities for your life.