How to fall uphill infographic. A bicyclist falls up a mountain until they are standing on the top.
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How to fall uphill

Here is a fun new graphic that I created. It has been simmering in my brain for years. I think it really captures the essence of how doubt and fear are essential to any adventure. The trick is harnessing that emotional fuel and turning disadvantages into advantages.

Cayendo Hacia Arriba Paraguay Peace Corp s03
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Falling Uphill in Paraguay with the Peace Corps

Scott Stoll is an author from my hometown who served as the U.S. Embassy’s cultural ambassador in Argentina during the 2011-2012 school year. His time in Argentina and collaboration with Argentine schools resulted in a Spanish language version of his book, Falling Uphill: The Secret of Life, about his 4 year journey around the world on his bicycle.

Scott Stoll age 5 on his first bicycle
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Acknowledgments / Agradecimientos

As I mentioned, celebrating the book, meaning feeling a sense of accomplishment, may be the most important step in the whole process. Read more about our goals.

Students from Argentina holding their certificates of achievements and their copy of "Cayendo Hacia Arriba," the book that we created together.
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Celebrating the book

Students from Argentina holding their certificates of achievements and their copy of “Cayendo Hacia Arriba” the book that we created together. In my opinion, the celebration of the book is the most important step. It helps the students realize their purpose in life, take a step of action with their passion.

Falling Uphill Teachers guide
Crafts & Activities

Classroom Resources

This free guide to Scott’s bicycle ride around the world includes an exercise for turning dreams into reality, a world-travel trivia quiz, exercises for planning and mapping a world adventure, travel writing lessons, class discussions, backyard adventures, and more.

Purple and orange cupcakes matching the Cupcake Boy Cover
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The Cupcake Boy is here

The Cupcake Boy is the story about a boy who makes the most beautiful and tasty cupcakes in the world; however, the villagers take the boy for granted.

Sunflower cupcakes made out of candy corn.
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The Cupcake Boy Book Celebration

We celebrated the new book, The Cupcake Boy alongside a bake sale. Check out all the amazing cupcakes, including the Minions, Cinderella and more.

A satellite view of my giant cupcake.
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Making of the Cupcake Boy School Photo

This is a photo of the school kids standing in the shape of a cupcake with a cherry on top. Read more about how I made this photos.

Colorful Gummi worm cupcakes being served on a silver platter.
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Gummi Worm Cupcakes

Here’s a very strange coincidence. Guess what!? “Dirt cupcakes” with grass and a gummi worm on top. Bizarre!

Stack of 1500 drawings for the new book
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The Cupcake Boy Book Project

Pictured here is a stack of about 1500 drawings for our new book “The Cupcake Boy” with Amy Belle Elementary. On top are disco-flavored cupcakes.

Welcome to Yebrail Matta school
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Ambassador to Argentina

A quick summary of my trip as Cultural Ambassador to Argentina with my 5th and favorite video of distributing 2000 books to the kids.

US Embassy Buenos Aires folders
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Videos of my return to Argentina

I was honored to return to Argentina as the Cultural Ambassador of the US Department of State. Read the overview and see the movies.

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