When I drove up to my home yesterday I noticed three large boxes outside my door. Could it be? Was it? Yes! My book Own Your Education! A Student’s Guide to Greater Success in School (and Life) had arrived. I still cannot believe it…me an author. This project is a labor of love to the students I work with, to help them excel with the gifts and talents God has given.
The book is about helping students to take ownership over their lives. This is done through education, owning successes and failures, and learning from the tough times. Experiencing all parts of life and taking ownership of these experience is the only way children can become all they are meant to be and have control over their future.
My Story to Help Students Succeed
The book took me four months to put on paper but my whole life to formulate. The journey started when I was in elementary school. I always knew that I was different than the other kids – I struggled with school. All I wanted to be was “smart”. I longed to be in the gifted group and worked so hard to do my best. Finally at 29 I was diagnosed with a learning disorder. This was not a surprise but a welcomed confirmation that I really am smart. I just learn differently than others. I realized then, that I had taken ownership of my life at a very young age – adopting different techniques to help me learn and do well in school.
The path to get to this book was long but planned – by God. It included years of teaching, creating the curriculum for my company, growing Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc., and helping thousands of people by traveling, speaking, and spreading the message. After many rejection letters, edits, and countless prayers the finished product is now sitting on my front steps. Was this easy? No, but God had a plan in all of it. The connections He created were amazing and I know that this is His timing and His plan.
I do not particularly like to write but if that was what I need to do to help others develop, grow, and take control of their life I needed to do it. We are not always asked to do what we love in order to serve others. In moving into a less comfortable place, we also learn a lot about ourselves.
The bottom line is to help students take control of their lives. It is not a quick fix to solve all of life’s problems but instead a philosophy of how to take the reigns, learn from the storms, and become confident in God-given abilities.
Believe me if I can write a book, anything is possible! My story is one of determination, grace, and faith. Exactly what I pray for every student who will crack the cover of the book.
And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Not only so, but wealso glory in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character; and character, hope.
And hope does not put us to shame,
because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
By Megan Stone, M.Ed.
Wife to Rick
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc.