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Heather (Virginia)

I am a mother of five children, one darling daughter and four dashing sons. When I am not wrangling with their schedules, I can be found teaching my 25 piano students, substitute teaching or RUNNING! I am a ten time marathoner with 5 dreamy "Boston" races under my belt. I run for peace. I run for fun. I run to eat. Speaking of eating, I have a passion for chips and guacamole, hummus and CANDY (any kind will do). I love being inspired. Music, nature, words, strangers, friends and a loving Heavenly Father grant me inspiration daily. How grateful I am for it.

Shasta (Texas)

Howdy from the great state of Texas! I am married to my best friend and we are enjoying every day with our 3 silly children. I enjoy cooking, gardening, and not sweating the small (or dirty) stuff! I believe that life is 90% attitude and 10% what happens to you.

Shannon (Oregon)

I write from my home by the sea in Seaside Oregon. I am dedicated to improving the lives of women and children and I love to serve others. I have worked as a domestic/sexual assault crisis worker, trauma recovery specialist and in many other capacities. Currently I follow my passions by writing for BillionClicks.org, FamilyShare.com, spending time with her family, serving at church, running on the beach and being a generally all around positive person.


I grew up in the northwest and am currently settled in Utah with my husband and four sons. I love writing and especially love learning from other people's inspiring examples. I teach preschool and also work at a residential treatment center for teenage girls. I love reaching out to struggling youth. In my spare time I'm trying to teach myself how to crochet. I also enjoys reading, hiking (in perfect weather conditions), and spending time with my family.

Hilary (Utah)

I love anything coconut - especially coconut ice cream! (I felt like I should start with the most important information first!) My husband and I have been married for 21 years and have four beautiful, fun-loving daughters. My favorite thing in the whole world is to be with my family - it doesn't matter if we are working or playing - I just love being together. I am also a scrap-booker, singer, songwriter, wanna-be-cook and dessert lover. We love living in Utah.

Visualize Your Success – Part I



“Visualization is using your imagination to see yourself in a situation that hasn’t yet happened, picturing yourself having or doing the thing you want, and successfully achieving the results you desire.”   John Kehoe



Let’s say, for example you want to be more fit.  Using visualization, you picture yourself exercising – and enjoying it!  You imagine your body changing, becoming more toned and strong.  You might even picture the healthy foods you’ll eat as part of achieving your goal.  You visualize the confidence and energy you’ll feel as well as activities you will be able to do.  You visualize everything that would or could happen to you and live as if it really is happening to you.

I like to workout to this Jillian Michaels video…


About halfway through the workout, when her victims, um,…I mean participants are tired and want to quit (I speak of my own experience, of course) she says this…

 ”Think about the muscles you’re training.  Make that mind body connection.  See those muscles getting tighter, getting stronger.  Visualize the fat melting off your body.  I do this with all my Biggest Loser contestants – they just visualize the muscles working, getting leaner – the body getting smaller.”

Here are a few tips on how to successfully visualize:

1.  Decide what you want to do: pass an exam, reach your goal weight, be less shy, win the next game, have more confidence, get the promotion, etc.

2. Relax: Spend several minutes unwinding so you are comfortable and focused in body and mind.

3. Focus: For the next 5-10 minutes visualizing the reality you desire.


Visualizing our future is a powerful tool to help us to live out and manifest our dreams.

“Your thoughts are more powerful than you suspect, and any image held in the mind is a force that will eventually produce an effect.  It is not futuristic science that we possess this ability; it already exists within us as a practical tool which we can use any time we choose.”  (John Kehoe, Mind Power)