They Said It Wasn’t Possible For “People Like Me”… And They Were RIGHT!

Life is meant to be celebrated -- not just tolerated!

Life is meant to be celebrated — not just tolerated!

“You did what?”  This perfect stranger, a beautifully groomed lady with a Beemer and trophy husband, stared at me in disbelief. Her eyebrow arched. She stopped mid-sip of her sparkling wine and the swanky party behind us faded. I could tell she was jealous. I knew she was surprised. Shocked, even. See,

I was always told “people like us” like me couldn’t do this!

And they were right! I was too brown. Too poor. Too “from the wrong side of the tracks.” Considering where I came from, even going to a slick, hipster party was a minor miracle.

See, I was always the chick picked last for any sports team. The kid who brought ants on a plate to the 4th grade science fair. Who made her third-grade teacher cry when she saw my bruises and cuts covered with concealer.

People with that kind of resume aren’t exactly destined for great things. The crack house, maybe, but definitely not the White House.

Maybe you can relate. You don’t have the right clothes, or zip code. You’re not a size zero, and have a hard time talking to girl scouts, much less power brokers. You wouldn’t exactly call yourself well-connected or confident. Or maybe you DO have all of this, but still feel, deep down, you don’t deserve it.  You feel like an impostor. But, understand this,

Magic STILL happens, baby!  It’s happening every day! 

Hearts can heal. Lives can change. Happiness and fulfillment are not pipe dreams. It’s happening to me. And it can happen to YOU.

Maybe you don’t like the word “magic.” If you prefer, call it synchronicity. Or spirit. The bottom line? This force is FOR you. The end result? Transformation! The key is to recognize and accept it. And don’t be shocked at the powerful changes that come once you do!

Now don’t expect perfection. In my own life, there are still days when the old monsters of poverty, fear and rejection rear their ugly head. There has been A LOT of obstacles. But the principles I want to share with you work. They’ve worked for me. And they can absolutely work for YOU. Prepare to leave jaws hanging (including yours!)

I know I have. See, nobody could believe it  when I got connected with an internationally bestselling celebrity author, and then landed a book contract. Or when I had the chance to dust off my passport and travel the world doing what I loved. When I had the opportunity to study screenwriting in Hollywood with some of the greats. Or when I got a fat Physics scholarship at the school of my dreamsat the age of 37!  That kind of stuff just didn’t happen to people like me.  Not outside of Hollywood, anyway.

But it wasn’t always this way… and if it happened for me, it can, and will, happen for YOU. As the scripture says, “God is no respecter of persons.” The Creator doesn’t play favorites.

What does this mean practically? YOU DON’T HAVE TO SELL OUT TO MAKE YOUR DREAMS HAPPEN. It’s not necessary to exploit your body. You don’t have to marry someone you don’t love. Or schmooze and manipulate and kiss up to people you can’t stand and don’t respect. You can stop the gamesmanship. Here are the keys: Trust yourself. And trust God. Even if you don’t believe in God, trust in what author Julia Cameron calls “Good Orderly Direction.”

So maybe you’re like, “You know what? I’ve been so beaten and broken down by life that I don’t even HAVE a dream anymore!”  Stick with me. I’ve been there, and can tell you with absolute certainty: Follow the process, and you’ll get it back!

See, before I caught on, I felt downright cursed. I was a homeless, cafe-con-leche 20-year-old with a GED and not much else. I didn’t know how to drive and couldn’t balance a checkbook. Everyone I had ever cared about had abandoned or abused me, and I didn’t know the meaning of trust. I had a lazy eye that made me lookand feellike a freak. Just try interviewing for a job or meeting people when you know you can’t look them in the eye!

Abuse Recovery, Personal Growth

But as I learned more of these principles, my life was REVOLUTIONIZED. I went from living in the ‘hood to splashing around in the Caribbeanwhich was minutes from my home! I went from ZERO self-esteem to dating (handsome!) rocket scientists and doctors. I went from an overweight pudgeball to a marathon trainee. I’ve worked closely with, and for, multimillionaires. I’ve won awards, met famous people and visited places I’d only dreamt about! I got a college degree, and am now slowly pursuing my dream career in Physics (we’re talking about a kid who barely survived pre-Algebra!)

Now let’s get real. This isn’t new information. But these principles, when applied, are powerful! Let’s start.

(Upper Left; In the not-so-good ol’ days)

Abuse Recovery, Personal Growth, World Travel, Adventure Travel

At home in my old home… the Caribbean!  Man, that was an amazing year.

SECRET # 1: It ISN’T about your circumstances! In fact, it’s NEVER about your circumstances.

Check this out. Even as I write this, I’m filing for unemployment. I was unfairly let go from a good jobfor doing TOO good of a job. (Gotta love insecure bosses.) A lot of you can relate. You’ve been there.

So my finances are a disaster. I’m even going through a divorcea whole other ball of wax I won’t get into. To top it off, I moved for the job and am living in a tiny town where I know hardly ANYBODY.

So my former colleagues, or YOU, might say, “Ha! What’s this chick got to teach ME? Her life is falling apart at the seams!”

And that’s where you’d be wrong. Amazing things are happening RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW… in the middle of the storm…and I will share. It’s true for me, and it’s true for you. It’s never, EVER about your circumstances! And though it’s the biggest cliché out there, it’s also true – things really do happen for a reason.

And my life continues to be rich!

Wrapping up mile 200 along Spain's famous Camino de Santiago. The author ended up walking 300 miles in all!

Wrapping up mile 200 along Spain’s famous Camino de Santiago. The author ended up walking 300 miles in all!

Since discovering this secret, I’ve lived in Europe, danced flamenco in Spain, dined at the Russian Tea Room, taken painting classes in Cancun and petted llamas in Peru. I’ve studied creative writing with MacArthur fellows, and broken bread with Emmy award winners and Academy Award nominees. Recently, I had lunch with two Harvard M.D.’s, both genius doctors bent on revolutionizing obesity medicine. And, we’re talking about collaborating on a book together! Please understand how insanely miraculous this is. We’re talking about someone who was so shame-based that even standing up straight felt prideful and wrong. Who was told that trying to better yourself meant you were a selfish pig. It took years to break free from these lies!

I’m on the far right. To my left is the amazing Terry Rossio, the genius behind, among other blockbusters, “Shrek”, “Aladdin” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”. At the time, he was the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood!

I’m on the far right. To my left is the amazing Terry Rossio, the genius behind, among other blockbusters, “Shrek”, “Aladdin”, and “Pirates of the Caribbean”. At the time, he was the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood!

But here’s the thing…we’re MEANT to grow! We’re engineered for it. And our growth blesses and helps those around us. As we heal, we help heal the world.

Do you want this?

             Do you want this? 

So are you ready to take the journey? You can learn the SAME principles and hard-earned wisdom that propelled a big-time nobody to a truly epic life.



Or THIS? Hmmm...

               Or THIS? Hmmm…

Imagine realizing YOUR dreams, no matter who or what comes against you. The economy can’t defeat you. Toxic people can’t defeat you. LIFE, with all of its ups and downs, can’t defeat you! Can you see it?

Be warned. The journey isn’t easy. It isn’t for everyone. It’ll be hard at timesexcruciatingly so. But it is SO, SO worth it! VALE LA PENA, amigos!

Let me stress again: This is not some instantaneous snake-oil solution. It’s tempting to market it that way, but that’s not reality. Rather, it’s tried-and-true principles that will help you heal from the inside out. A sort of “Hey guys, this is where I’ve been, and this is how I got out of it. Maybe it’ll help you,” guide. It’s hard-won wisdom, the accumulation of years of research and practical application. What I offer you is simply a great road map. The kind I wish I’d had during particular phases of the journey.

SECRET # 2: It’s all about the SKILLS, baby!

So what is the #1 skill that took me from total loserhood to life adventures that chic, pampered housewives envy?

I learned to dream again. I learned to have hope. And I learned how to make my dreams HAPPEN! And guess what? 

YOU can, too. Here’s the process, step-by-step. (THIS is the road map.)

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Exploring a pyramid in Nasca, Peru

Exploring a pyramid in Peru

Is The Ballad of Cinderella Jones For You?

That’s easy to know. If you’re content with your life the way it is, not willing to rock the boat and not really turned on by excitement or adventure you prefer the predictablethis probably won’t be your thing.

And that’s okay. We’re all wired differently. But if you’re the “hungry” type, always pushing yourself toward the next goal, wanting to know who you really are and why you’re walking this planet…

… if you’re a dreamer, but life has simply beaten you down…

… if you have a broken heart, broken wings, and a broken spirit, but aren’t willing to stay broken…

… if you’re willing to dream, but just don’t even know how any more…

… if you’re the kind that thrives on excitement and opportunity…

… if you’re willing to be led by your heart and spirit, and not necessarily by your head…

… if you’re willing to do the work and want a like-minded community…

… if you refuse to believe you’re just a pawn of fate…

then prepare to start a journey that WILL revolutionize your life…if you let it!  Remember, the original Cinderella was oppressed. Mistreated. Broke. Alone. She was beginning to forget who she was. But she was NOT defeated. And, in the end, she was restoredand then some! This could be YOUR story.

Without these resources, it’s…

Hard to Say Where I’d Be Today

Had I not learned these principles, I shudder to think where I’d have ended up. An institution, rehab, an early grave… the options aren’t pretty.

But I’m not, and I’d like to share my story and the truths that helped me with you. The Ballad of Cinderella Jones shares these amazing secrets! Not only is it a great story, it offers a fascinating snapshot of the journey – YOUR journey.

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Dare to be Deliciously Different...Join Us!

          Dare to be Deliciously Different… Join Us! 


Friends, “the good life” is NOT just for those who are good-looking, or were born with extra smarts or who come from the right side of town. There is hope for THE REST OF US!!

For those who’ve been the gum on society’s shoe. The black sheep. Or the pretty girl with the dark secret nobody knows about.

Listen. If you’ll do your part, this invisible hand will do its part. You’re not alone. You’re not reading this by accident! JOIN US, get reading (Hello! $3.99… that’s chump change! We’re talking a life REVOLUTION here!) get busy, and get ready to BLOOM right now, right where you’re planteda gorgeous rose blossom that nobody can forget!!

Here’s a little bonus from the Talmud: “Every blade of grass has its guardian angel whispering, ‘grow, grow.’ ”

You are LOVED! Here’s to your change, Cinderella (and Fella) Jones!