The following clip metaphorically captures my experience before and after deciding to home school. This is just MY experience. I loved my public education and have tremendous respect for those who serve so diligently in the system. Their dedication deserves so much more reward and respect than is given. Home schooling isn’t for everyone. But if you’ve been feeling pulled in that direction, I understand your fear. Maybe this video describes you too, particularly at timestamp 3:06, when something is put before you that causes you to look at your current struggle with new eyes.
For more about why I homeschool and how I found the courage to take the leap, CLICK HERE.
For years, I have written my goals down: the characteristics I wanted to develop, the possessions I wanted to acquire, the projects and adventures I wanted to accomplish. But at times I felt that I was flailing around in darkness, trying to see my dreams come true; not knowing how to make them happen.
My spirit and mind caught fire. I shared the book with my husband, and together we compiled a booklet that tied all of Leslie’s powerful insights and stories to scriptural confirmation. We assembled quotes from powerful spiritual leaders, took pages and paragraphs from favorite books and personal journals, and then we had our compilation spiral bound.
That Christmas, we bought copies of Hidden Treasures for each of our eight children, and more for other family members. We gave them their copies of Hidden Treasures, along with our booklet, and we had a “home study” course, right during our fall family reunion in San Diego. Along with trips to the beach, we savored the stories in Hidden Treasures. We discussed the principles in the book. We labored over what true laws are and what soft laws are, and we came to recognize the powerful truths in Leslie’s book. It changed our lives, individually and as a family.
One example: our son and daughter in law had a very old car, and knew they needed a new one, but they didn’t think they could afford it. After we discussed the principles in Hidden Treasures, they put their heads together and decided exactly what kind of car they wanted (including the blue color). It had to be large enough for Brittany to take her cello to performances, and big enough to have seats for their two little girls. They wanted a new car with low mileage, and they wanted to get lots of miles to the gallon. They thought that perhaps their desires would best be met with a Passat, but were completely open to what kind of vehicle would work. They wanted a moon roof, They had a certain amount that they could pay, and they wrote that down.
Within a few days of our home study course, Matt and Brittany went to a car dealership to look at available options. As they were leaving, the fellow from the dealership called out to them. “Hey, I forgot we have one model from last year–a Volkswagen Jetta that hasn’t been driven much, and we’re willing to drop the price way down.” The price he named was exactly the price they had written in their description. The color was the exact color. It even had a moon roof! It was their car. Later, they tearfully told us how creating the vision of what they wanted spiritually, and then writing it down and doing all they could to bring it about, followed the laws that brought about the blessings.
I had a similar experience when our eighth child Nathaniel was born. Our little minivan no longer had seats enough for the new baby. We needed a van with 11 seats–10 for us and one extra for the inevitable friend to come along. My husband Stan was a scoutmaster, so we needed room for sleeping bags and backpacks. I wanted a late model car, and I decided, if it didn’t matter in heaven’s eyes, I wanted a gray exterior with burgundy interior. We had $9000 to spend, no more, and we did not want to finance it and have payments. I knelt down and prayed, very specifically, and I shared my list with my Heavenly Father.
That afternoon, a local paper was delivered to our door. I scanned it briefly, which I normally don’t do at all. There in the classifieds was an ad that caught my eye…”late model, seats 11. $8995.” I called the dealer and asked for more details. “It is one of those 15 passenger vans,” he said, “but it’s missing the back seat, so it can accommodate 11 passengers. There’s a ton of room in the back for your luggage. It has some miles on it, but it gets great mileage and the previous owners used it almost exclusively on the highway.” I asked him (scarcely able to breathe) what the color was. “Oh, he said, “it’s grey on the outside and kind of that dark red–I’m not sure what you call that–on the inside.” I told him we would be there that afternoon to buy the car. He was puzzled. “Don’t you want a mechanic to look it over?” Nope, I assured him. I knew it was our car. And it was a magnificent car for our needs at the time.
I shared that story later with some friends in a church meeting. One of the ladies had tried for four years to sell their old pickup truck. She went home and wrote down specifically what she wanted to get from the truck, and then prayed with great faith for it to sell. Before the end of the day, their phone rang with a question from a person interested in looking at the truck (and they had not had a call in four year!). The truck was sold by that evening.
How many blessings do we fail to receive because we fail to ask? And how many blessings do we deny ourselves when we fail to recognize the blessings we have already been given–the already answered prayers?
I cringe when I read a message from a friend, complaining about this or that and lamenting that God has dumped a bunch of burdens on her, and how much more can she be expected to bear? We all need to understand more fully how God’s laws of gratitude and abundance operate.
Since then, I have come to recognize even more how God prospers us when we follow His laws. The answers have not just come with cars. They have certainly come in houses, appliances, furniture, books, toys, clothing, and moves to new locations. But the prosperity I’m referring to doesn’t always mean financial prosperity. God’s prosperity can mean greater health; it can mean a trusted relationship or great marriage. It can mean air to breathe. It can mean food to eat and clothes to wear. It can mean employment, or ideas to increase our salary, It can mean strong, united children. It can mean having a spirit of love and service prevail in our home. It can mean understanding why we are experiencing a certain challenge, and it can be the peace and strength that come when we face that challenge with faith and consequently triumph.
We have come to recognize that we have a Heavenly Parent who lovingly looks upon us and hears us, and desires to bless us with all that is for our good. We have come to recognize that money is but an illusion, and true wealth lies in our answered prayers, our healing, our strong marriages and happy families. It lies in our gratitude and in our faith and in our understanding. Most of all, it lies in our becoming all that we can become while on this magnificent journey that we call life.
I had a very interesting conversation with my good friend Peggy Matheson. We’ve known each other for years and they recently had our family over for dinner a few weeks ago while we were traveling through Utah.
It’s been a fun experience, getting to know Peggy and her husband David, especially because… (okay this might embarrass her, but…) I had first seen her in a movie twenty years ago, and then in a stage play at Sundance Summer Theater, and then in another really amazing movie more recently, and I just think that it’s all very cool that I get to be her friend
But all that aside, we talked a lot about wellness. Mental, spiritual, physical, financial… and I was impressed by some information that they had found, which has made a HUGE impact on their wellness, and the wellness of many others they know.
As you know, I teach that changing our thoughts is key to changing our lives. But Peggy makes a really great point:
“If someone’s mind is stuck in a dark place because of anxiety, depression, addiction, or something even more painful, how can they ever change their thoughts or their life?”
She’s found an answer to this question, and since I’m a big advocate of tools and resources that can help people overcome tough challenges, I wanted to share her comments with you. She explains it this way:
Because I was feeling so good, the thought took me by surprise. “You’re not good enough.” This was a familiar thought, but typically it came amid a confounding internal barrage of shame and negativity. But on that day, looking in my bathroom mirror, it didn’t resonate with anything inside me. It seemed to be happening outside my head—external and almost foreign. And I was able to let it go so easily!
That’s when I knew the supplement I’d been taking, EMPowerplus™ Q96, was working. And I also realized that the attention, focus, and energy problems, which fed my negative thought patterns, were happening because my brain was malnourished! But let’s go back to where this started.
Several months earlier, I’d met a woman whose 6-year-old son had struggled in school because of attention and mood issues. She’d found a vitamin and mineral supplement that changed his mood and behavior and he was now coming home with smiley faces on his reports instead of frowns! I had friends whose kids struggled with ADHD, so I was curious.
Then she told me the history behind this supplement. In 1996, a man named Tony Stephan lost his wife to suicide. She’d struggled with bipolar disorder for years, but eventually the pain became too great. Then he discovered that two of his children were heading down the same path.
Tony was desperate to save his children when he made a discovery that he considered divine providence. He learned that a very specific formula of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids caused his children’s symptoms to go away! This was absolutely unheard of in the world of psychiatry. But in the 18 years since his discovery, research has verified what he found: mental illness can be caused by brain malnutrition.
The woman gave me a sample of EMPowerplus™ Q96, which I took home to my psychotherapist husband. He started taking it and found it quelled his stress and anxiety. In fact, he hadn’t felt so peaceful and calm in many years. And it silenced his brain chatter too. He fondly remembers the first time he got back into bed following a middle-of-the-night bathroom break and realized his mind was completely silent. “Aahhh… zzzzz.”
I recognized pretty quickly that something miraculous was going on here. My husband was also amazed. But, being a psychotherapist, he was skeptical. He had to read the research, try it with clients, and see for himself. It took him a while, but now he’s convinced we’re in the midst of a paradigm shift in the treatment of mental illness.
I started taking it too. Not only did it calm me down and clear up my thinking, like what I experienced in my bathroom, but it also got rid of my mid-day energy slump and brain fog! It’s amazing how much better life can be when your brain is fed properly.
Then we started meeting others whose lives had been changed by the supplement. Some described subtle improvements—feeling more positive or energetic. Others told us how it literally saved them from depression, suicide, terrible mood swings, addiction, brain injuries, and more. We became passionate.
[As mentioned before... ] Leslie teaches in the FTMF program that changing our thoughts is key to changing our lives. But if my mind is stuck in a dark place because of anxiety, depression, addiction, or something even more painful, how can I ever change my thoughts or my life? This is why I’ve become such an advocate for EMPowerplus™ Q96. It changes lives by feeding the brain and freeing the mind.
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For anyone who is worried that the principles I share might take them away from their relationship with God, I just want to share one of the most authentic, heartfelt messages of gratitude I have ever received, which recently came to my mailbox:
You have no idea how you’ve been used and are still being used by God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit for my restoration….deep from within the recesses of my mind.
I am in the midst of His restoration and you’ve been used through Portal to Genius book to ignite the process.
I am very emotional, vulnerable, trusting, sensitive, broken, restored, cleansed, renewed in spirit mind and body all at the same time.
I’m feeling led to let you know what is busy happening to me. It is glorious, painful, exciting, excruciating, exhilarating all at the same time and I am saying YES LORD to this restoration.
The time of the enemy is up and being eradicated from my mind where his been stealing, killing and trying to destroy….praise Jesus, God and His Spirit all is about to end!
Satan’s works are being brought to LIGHT especially how he has been strategically busy with his works, deception and death in my life, my mind/thoughts/habits etc/ Praise to the triune God for exposing this!
The process of intentional mind renewal is beginning and I commit to it.
Be blessed Leslie!
Lots of love, GG
Thank you GG, for taking the time to write me.
And for the rest of my readers, remember this… when you read my books, you’ll realize that it really is a spiritual battle we fight to overcome obstacles and achieve goals, and it’s a journey that really is meant to bring you closer to God.
I thought I had told the story in Hidden Treasures, but I guess I was wrong! Can anyone remember where I shared the story of the chunky headboard? Let me know in the comments below, and then I’ll update my Facebook post (snapshot shown below) to share the resource with my Facebook readers…
One of my readers sent an email recently that I thought I’d share with you… especially if you’ve ever had a dream of going independent with the thing you love to do.
I want to tell you the difference your workshop, and The JackRabbit Factor, made in my life!
In 2012 I attended the Parenting Conference held in Utah. You were doing a workshop on “Stress Free Parenting” and it changed my life! My story in a nutshell and I hope it makes sense!
At the time I was working for DCFS [Department of Child and Family Services] and had a good income and steady job, as did my husband. However, after attending your workshop I thought, “Why am I still at DCFS? This isn’t where I wanted to go career wise!”
So I accepted a job offer to work for a woman in private practice (I’m a mental health therapist). Even though it was HARD to work for her (her style and my style don’t go well together) I was determined to accomplish my goal of becoming a play therapist through the hours I was able to get there.
I got pregnant and decided to have the goal accomplished by the time my baby came into the world. I accomplished this goal and now have my own private practice – I’m where I wanted to be.
If it weren’t for your workshop, and the JackRabbit Factor, I would probably be at DCFS still (don’t get me wrong I LOVED my job but it wasn’t what I wanted overall). I needed the push!
I recommend the book to almost ALL of my clients and yet still baffled when they don’t take the rabbit I am offering them! I am baffled when people just keep doing the same thing over and over when it’s not what they want. I’m glad I’m not on that path and that I’m out catching rabbits
I think it’s really great to know there’s yet another therapist out there now who understands the principles in The Jackrabbit Factor, who has used them successfully first-hand, and who can attest to their effectiveness in helping others achieve their goals.
My ThoughtsAlive website is undergoing some minor changes, and one little piece no longer fits its original page’s purpose. So, lest this really fun content gets lost entirely, I’ve decided to put it here. It’s the story behind the creation of my first book.
Leslie Householder discusses the beginnings of ThoughtsAlive, and the story behind her award-winning books. Part 1:
One of my readers recently shared a success story that I would like to share with you. She gives the background behind her husband’s experience as the founder of Plugfones (see image below). I’m impressed with how raw, real and down to earth their story is, and I believe many people will relate.
I’ll copy their story below:
Our story of the past several years is quite long; maybe too long for most people to want to read. So here is the short of it.
Following some nefarious advice we had borrowed huge sums of money and invested it hoping to make a nice return which was supposed to cover the debt payments and our standard of living. It all went down the drain in the market crash of ’08. We lost our home, our rental properties, our vehicles, and a couple businesses and incurred mountains of debt Just before we lost our home to foreclosure I used a bit of credit we had left on a card and I purchased Leslie Householder’s FTMF course. I figured we were going down anyway – why not get a little education out of it. Little did my husband know at the time that I was sharing with him the things I was learning from Leslie’s course. Even as we concluded that we couldn’t keep our home we were employing the Principles I was learning. Our mindset made all the difference to us having PEACE through this journey, even when losing everything we had!
We had no money, no job, and a hernia surgery we had no way to pay for. We had little of our food storage left. I would stay up all Friday night to bake bread and then sell it at the farmers market on Saturday using the wheat we did have in order to supplement what we ate. Shaun adopted a new diet plan: eat every other day.
Through Diving Providence Shaun was led to a job working at a glass factory. We acknowledged each and every blessing no matter how great or small and I learned through the FTMF course how to be grateful for ALL things including our struggles. We were blessed to greatly and in so many ways – a topic that could take its own volume to cover.
It was while Shaun was working at the glass factory – in fact, I think just barely a day or two into the job, that Shaun started looking for earplugs that worked as earphones and could not find any. So he devised a way to create his own. (The solution to every problem is only an idea away!)
I remember how we struggled to come up with the $300 we needed for supplies. It was all we could do to muster up the money and I”m sure we over drafted the checking account.
Within a short time Shaun had created a very basic website and had started selling his creation. www.Plugfones.com was born. We had no idea where it would go – all we knew was that within a few months we were supplementing our income from it.
Shaun would work as much over the time as he could get, often working swing or graveyard, and when he got home he would sit in the corner of the bedroom jimmy rigging these things together. The business continued to grow. Eventually we were able to move the the very cramped duplex we were renting to a home that fit our needs better and was closer to Shaun’s work.
This is where we were living when I received a scholarship to attend Mentor Training. I took all the money I had made from my blog/website (www.TracisTransformationalKitchen.com) and from selling bread on the corner and to neighbors to be able to pay for travel expenses. I took the things I learned at the training to help Shaun update his website and to help our family continue thinking properly.
Eventually Shaun was working so much he was exhausted – truly he couldn’t do any more himself… so our boys started working with him. Pretty soon he had brought his cousin on board to take over Amazon sales.
All this time I was teaching our family about the Principles. We were using them daily. When we got discouraged or overwhelmed I would rely on them to get us through. When I went through 2 difficult miscarriages back to back I was using these truths to get me through. These experiences were tough – and they made us stronger, bound us together, helped us to be more grateful, brought us closer to God.
The business started to pay more than the glass factory and soon Shaun had to quit in order to keep up. Then, when Shaun needed the full time help, we were able to rent a REALLY nice home closer to Shaun’s cousin.
After a year and the birth of our 7th child we moved again; this time renting an even NICER home. Shaun brought on even more help.
We are still working to pay back all of our debts a piece at a time. But ever since we lost our home we have been living on a cash basis – no more debt incurred since then. No house payment, no car payment. We rent our home and pay cash for everything. Shaun’s business brings in more money in one month than we used to make in a year, working several jobs, by at least double! Of course, there are expenses and only a portion of that is ours but just the idea of it is totally wild! SERIOUSLY – this has been one very fun and very amazing journey.
So yes, it took me over 4 years to finish my FTMF course. Because of the things I’ve learned and the person I am becoming because of the principles Leslie teaches I wouldn’t trade my knowledge and experience for anything! The knowledge is like night and day to us! I can testify that ignorance is not bliss!
I know that there were and are great sacrifices made on the part of Leslie and her family to create these materials to help others. It brings me to tears to think about what they have been through in order for me to have received the blessing that made this crazy journey possible.
The mindset tools Leslie teaches are the key to our success. What is success? Learning to be happy today, whether we are brown bagging it or catching rabbits. That means that we could lose it all and still be happy. Knowing HOW to think means we could start over. We don’t have to cower in fear of something “bad” happening. We know that even though we might have gone hungry sometimes it didn’t kill us. We learned that there is always a way and the joy is in the journey. Thank you Leslie and Family!!! God bless you!!! – Linda Knudsen
A note from her husband Shaun:
My business is flourishing and I don’t know how big we will get but I do know this, I have proven myself and the principles I learned from the Jack Rabbit Factor. I have what it takes to succeed and even if things go south someday, I know I can build it again. This knowledge gives me a confidence and freedom unexplainable to anyone who hasn’t felt it. Thank you, Leslie!
I want to hear YOUR story, too! If you have an inspirational story that illustrates how you have used the principles from my books or programs, let me know. I’d love to consider sharing your story in a future blog post!
This page has returned to draft mode while I work on requesting official permission to share Boyd K. Packer’s powerful quote on faith. In the meantime, you can read it directly HERE – scroll down until you see the header: “Alma 32:21. Faith and Hope”
POSITIVE THINKING TIP: Choose wisely the images, music, and movies that you allow into your mind, because they will inevitably influence the way you think… and therefore the life you live.
What do Jackson Hole, Enfamil, and a crack house have in common? They all love their white powder.
I found it perplexing one day as my family was traveling in the mountains with our friends on vacation. We were at the RV dump, preparing to hit the road for the 6-hour journey home, when I realized that I was fresh out of baby formula. My girlfriend’s youngest was also a baby, so she had just what I needed.
She ran up to her vehicle, and returned with a little zipper locked plastic bag of formula. She chuckled as she handed it to me, and said, “I promise, it isn’t what it looks like.” My eyes squinted, I looked her in the eyes, and waited for my neurons to fire their little connections in my brain so that I could recall ANYTHING that would help me know what she meant. I waited. Nothing.
Finally, I shook my head and said, “huh?”
She was incredulous. “Well, white powder… in a little bag…” she said as she waited for my neurons to fire as well. Still nothing. Dropping her chin just a little and keeping her eyes fixed on mine she said, “Drugs…”
She really expected to see the lights go on in a profound way, but the reaction was absent. “Oh!” I said, and gave her a chuckle. “I NEVER would have thought of that!” Now, for the record, my friend does not do drugs, but she has been instrumental in helping many children born to parents with drug problems. She has to work extra hard at not letting the issues she is exposed to bring her down.
Many things can shape the way we think: life experiences, the movies we watch, the music we listen to, the environment to which we expose ourselves. But they DO shape us. There was a time when a little bag of white powder would have only meant “laundry soap” to me; say, at a time when I didn’t have a baby in the home. I anticipate that there will come a day, (when I have finally learned to love cooking) that a little bag of white powder will mean “confectioner’s sugar.”
It all comes down to “garbage in, garbage out,” the cliché that sums up this principle in, I must say, a rather negative way. A new, more refreshing campaign could be, “virtue in, virtue out.” But that wouldn’t fly very far in today’s media, would it? Well, all of that aside, the principle is true. We need to feed our mind with images and messages that capture the kind of life we expect to live.
I’ve heard it said: “What I watch on TV doesn’t affect me.” Teenagers love to say that. I love watching their faces when I demonstrate in my seminars in 5 minutes how untrue that is. I split the group into two, and show one group several images of fresh fruit. The other group sees images of dark alleys, jail, weapons, etc. Then I show them both a poster with these letters: “R __ P E”and have them make note of the first word that comes to their mind. Almost 100% of the fruit viewers thought “RIPE”, while the other group is usually split between “ROPE” and “RAPE”.
The fact is, the way we view the world and the way we will react in any given situation is, in fact, bent even if just a little bit by the input we have fed our minds.
So, what if our past, or our environment, IS lending to negative or destructive thinking? It must be combated with uplifting input. How much? More than the negative. With enough inspiring food for the mind and spirit, eventually the heavier thoughts shrink away. Although they will always be stored in the mind, the desire and natural tendency to bring them forward into the conscious mind will depart.
After spending considerable time in an environment that was gradually leading my thoughts to baser things, and recognizing what was happening, I began to flood my mind with inspirational media to combat the effects it was having upon me.
Two years of a bad environment required about one full year of nearly 24/7 inspirational and uplifting input (ie. movies, music, reading) before the effects were no longer prominent.
So what if you feel like, “I can’t wait a whole year to see the change!” Don’t worry, you’ll actually feel better very quickly. It just might take a long time before it isn’t a constant battle. It does require a determination, however, to win the battle no matter how long it takes. I wanted to be free of the negative effects so badly that I didn’t care if it took until the day I died to be free of it, I was going to do all I could to overpower the negative effects.
Something interesting to note – I hadn’t yet changed the negative environment, I had only decided to fight the effects of it. But after fighting the effects for a very long time, I became weary of the fight and finally became conscious to the reality that I had to change the environment itself. I was able to make that change, but wouldn’t have learned how if I hadn’t first subjected my mind to all of those months to uplifting input. The inspirational messages taught me how. I had learned things that I didn’t know I didn’t know!
It takes time, and it is not easy. But it is worth it. It’s your choice. Virtue in, virtue out. We all have room for improvement, and it all begins in our minds. You may not be able to entirely remove what is already in there, but you CAN control what you feed your mind from this moment on. It’s why I do what I do… thanks for stopping by