Hello, I’m Cara Brookins. I’m an author, keynote speaker, and a single mother of four kids.

And I built my own house.

My kids and I went through some really difficult things. Domestic violence and stalking left us weak and afraid. We needed a house where we would feel safe, so we decided to build one.

The idea was ridiculous. The kids were 17, 15, 11, and 2. I was a programmer and an author. None of us had the muscle or knowledge to build a house. But from the 1500 concrete blocks to framing windows and running gas lines, we did what everyone said was impossible. We built a house and we rebuilt our family.

I wrote a book about building our house and about everything that brought us to the point where building it sounded like a sane idea. I’m still writing books, speaking, and juggling family life. And whenever I get the chance,  I encourage people to look closely at their dreams and then build something big.

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Writing about the most difficult and the most empowering times of my life changed everything.

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Your big thing may not be building a house, but isn’t it time you decide exactly what it is and commit to achieve it?

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