I’m becoming a broken record, but truly one of the best things about running The Smile Project is the people it has introduced me to and the community it has forged. I was so excited to connect with Jamie Jensen, an author in Lehi, UT, and the founder of True Worth Books, over Instagram and I am even more excited to be able to share her mission in this blog post.
Liz: Let’s start in traditional Smile Project fashion. What is bringing you joy right now?
Jamie: Happiness is hearing that a parent/child had a connecting conversation because of my book.
Liz: Tell me about True Worth Books.
Jamie: We are a small group of parents that make books for children on emotional topics. Our current book is Grief Waves: Nora Grieves the Living.
Liz: What is the driving force behind what you do?
Jamie: We wish we had these books when we were younger and now we are making them for our own children. Fortunately, our kids taught us to share because now we are giving them to the world! We want to inspire connection between adults and children—especially on these tricky topics.
Liz: What does service mean to you?
Jamie: Giving up your time and talents with no expectation of return. That’s why I love our team—we all get that.
Liz: How can people get involved or support your work?
Jamie: Right now our biggest obstacle is getting Grief Waves funded. It can’t go to print until we fund it and we have one week left! We have some great rewards for funding on our Kickstarter and I’d love it if people were able to give to support this initiative! That’s the big push right now. After this week, we would welcome your support by visiting us at www.trueworthbooks.org or by purchasing, reviewing, and sharing our books.
Liz: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Jamie: It’s difficult to get these books out into the world so we appreciate your help. Take a look and see if these stories would help the children you are around.
Liz: And finally, do you have a favorite quote or piece of advice to leave us with?
“Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.”
– Dr. Brene Brown