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Day 28: Motivation #SteeleThankful Challenge

Day 28: Motivation #SteeleThankful Challenge

What motivates me?

Pictures like this! This is one of the first photos I received after the book was released.

When I hear parents, or more little readers ask, “when can I read the next book?”

“I want to be an Alleykat.”

“I want to write my own children’s book.”

ALL of the above motivates me.  My heart melts whenever I receive feedback about the book, or receive a review on the Amazon page.

My goal when I started writing the book was that children from all walks of life would fall in love with reading after reading just one of my books.  Children/Parents that didn’t enjoy reading before would now love the series.  That was my motivation.

This entire year has been inspiring, and motivated me to expand the brand in ways I would have never imagined.  This is only the beginning for the Adventures of Alleykats series, and I owe it all to you.

I’m #SteeleThankful for the motivation of my tribe, especially the Alleykats Club

What are you #SteeleThankful for?

Steele Thankful 2016

Historical Tour Series – Greensboro, NC

Historical Tour Series – Greensboro, NC

I’m R.J. and I love History.  I just wanted to get that out of the way.  So, you aren’t confused at all. Lol. There are many things that I enjoy but I honestly love history more! On Periscope, I present live broadcasts of myself (and sometimes I’m able to drag a friend along) touring the country doing tours at varies historic sites and I call them “Historical Tours w/R.J.”  I like to challenge people with the question of, “What’s in your archives?”  Your personal archives expresses so much about you and helps you focus on your legacy in a more succinct way.  Today is #TBT (Throwback Thursday) right?  Well, I decided to reach into my archives and pull out a photo from my days as an Americorp member, (amazing experience I might add).

The historical tour took place at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina.  The center and museum is housed inside of the former Woolworth & Co store.  College students from a local Historically Black College and University (HBCU) decided on February 1, 1960 to take a stand against segregation at the “whites only” lunch counter.  Their efforts at the “Greensboro sit-ins” would go on to change the course of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.

To learn more about this amazing place, please check out their website,

I highly recommend this place as your first stop if you’re ever passing through on I-85 in North Carolina or visiting for the weekend.  Don’t forget to tell them that R.J. sent you!


The girl behind the lens…