Introducing R.C. Farrish, GSD Factor Junior

Today is a really proud moment for me as a mom.  You are going to get an opportunity to hear from my daughter, R.C. Farrish.  The reason for this special moment?  This fall I’m publishing my fourth book with GSD Factor Publishing and my daughter is my co-author.  

About a year ago she had an idea for a children’s book she wanted to write to share some of her personal experiences that she’s faced either at school or in her activities.  She wanted to have it illustrated and created some inspirational images that we shared with our illustrator Ella Carlton Shirk.  This process has been very creative and fun to do, with R.C. having input along each step of the way.  Ella even created the R.C. Farrish typeface, which will be featured throughout the book!  In fact we just completed recording the audio version last week.  

Between now and October, R.C. will be a guest blogger sharing her stories and lessons that you can share with your tiny humans.  This will be a sneak peek of what’s to come with our new children’s book, and we hope you will enjoy it.

Hello, my name is R.C. Farrish and I’m excited to meet you GSD Factor readers.  My Mom talks about you all the time.  I like to call myself a GSD Factor Junior and I’m looking forward to meeting other GSD Factor Juniors.  

I had a great school year and I would like to tell you about it.  At the beginning of my school last year, I realized that I had some gaps in my learning, resulting in low grades and not understanding some things.  My teachers and parents were very encouraging, and we created a plan to fix it, or as my Mom likes to say, “skill up to get stuff done.”  

Some days it was easy to follow the plan because I was motivated.  Other days it was hard to follow the plan because I felt tired and lazy.  Those days I really had to dig deep.  We had to practice math, social studies, and ELA, but my favorite subject is science.  We created lots of things to help me understand, like posters, worksheets, and crafts. 

As we got assignments in class, some of my classmates went fast and some classmates went slow.  I was working very hard, but I was one of the slow people.  I tried to not let that bother me because I was being intentional.  My Mom always says we slow down to speed up and that’s exactly what I did.  I had to be confident that I was going to finish all my work to the best of my ability.  Shhh we don’t use the word perfect in our house, we always say “progress not perfection.”

While I was working hard at school I was also working hard in vision therapy.  You see, my eyes were very tired and watery all the time.  Even though I tried to make them focus I kept seeing double and most of the time, things were bouncing from being blurry to clear.  Once I started my physical therapy for my eyes, they started to get stronger and stronger.  I can now see clearly and only one of everything.  It has really helped me in my reading and my softball.  I can now crush that ball out of the field!  

It wasn’t always easy though.  I had to go to vision therapy each week and do exercises at home every single day.  My Mom talked to me a lot about my mindset and resilience.  On the days I didn’t want to do it she said I had to stay disciplined and to keep showing up.  Don’t tell her but she was right.  I’m feeling much more confident now and I’m excited to graduate from my vision therapy in the fall.  

Thanks for letting me share a little bit about me.  I hope my story is encouraging to your GSD Factor Juniors.  Ok bye!