We all want more in our lives. We want to feel a sense of purpose. We all want to feel hope and happiness. What if you could imagine more, commit to more, implement more, even when it feels like life is not going your way? It is possible, no matter what your obstacles might be.
But my challenging, sometime horrific, life circumstances have given me the opportunity to realize and define what it takes to overcome any obstacle and move forward in life. A few years ago I set out to meet other everyday people who have also overcome extreme life circumstances and found there are amazing people everywhere. I created a book about them and The Imagine Project, Inc. was born.
The Imagine Project: Stories of Courage Hope and Love is a multi-award winning book about ordinary people from across the United States who have persevered through extraordinary life experiences. Remarkable stories about the resilience of the human spirit. I love to share with audiences how we all can all overcome, and find hope, happiness and purpose in life.
I have now expanded my work to serve kids and teens across the world. As a 501c3 nonprofit entity we give teens the ability to overcome and realize they have power over their story. The nonprofit is based in the idea that we will use outside resources/funds to bring The Imagine Project into schools and other youth organizations at low or no expense to the school or child. Every child will be given a journal to keep. The project is blossoming quickly and the stories of our children are truly amazing. The Mission of The Imagine Project is give kids a voice to bring positive change into their lives, and those of future generations. One girl, one boy, one school at a time.
Dianne holds a Masters Degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Science Center. She lives outside of Denver with her husband and has 3 grown children.
Please visit www.theimagineproject.org for more information.
Imagine traveling around the country meeting fascinating people of all walks of life who have overcome extraordinary adversity.
Imagine discovering insight into the power of what makes us human; our ability to get up after we fall, our potential for inner growth, and our capacity for contributing our own unique love, hope and kindness to the world.
Imagine teaching children to believe in themselves and life once again.
Dianne Maroney has lived this privilege while authoring the beautiful, multi-award winning book, The Imagine Project: Stories of Courage, Hope and Love.
Dianne’s mission is to give kids ages 6 to 18 the opportunity to find their own voice for positive change in their lives. The Imagine Project, now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, helps students discover how to overcome their challenges, see new possibilities, and “rewrite” their own life stories.
Dianne will share with us her own personal life triumphs and her work in schools with K-12 students. The Imagine Project program shows remarkable insight into the minds of our kids and teens struggling to cope with everything from family issues, to social media and peer challenges, to economic inequality.
The 7-step Imagine… writing process gives kids and teens the opportunity for personal growth both at home, and in school by teaching them stress management, self-regulation, self-awareness, kindness and compassion.
Fun facts about Dianne:
- I was in a gang in Middle School called the Blondies!
- I have a son who is an up and coming musician in Nashville.
- I love outdoor sports such as hiking, fishing, skiing, and snowshoeing.
- I “read” energy.
- I’m 57 years old and I can still get up on one water ski!
- I love to make snow angels.
- What is the Imagine Project?
- How did you find all the people for the book?
- You have several military veterans in the book. Were they facing a lot of the same issues?
- What story in the book really touched your heart?
- Some of the people in the book have gone on to do remarkable things. Tell us about some of these success stories.
- As a psychiatric nurse, you see a lot of the challenges that people face. What three things can we do TODAY to help us deal with life’s challenges?
- What can writing our own Imagine stories do for us?
- What do you hope people will take from the Imagine Project?
- How is the Imagine Project being used in schools? Why did you create a nonprofit organization?
- Where can we buy The Imagine Project?
The Imagine Project Book Info:
Synopsis: The Imagine Project: Stories of Courage, Hope and Love shares the inspiring life stories of 39 seemingly ordinary people from across the US. The soulful photographs invite you to read further to understand the stories behind the eyes of a stranger. The photos and the stories remind you of people you know, because everyone has a story. Sometimes these stories may seem simple and unremarkable, but if you listen carefully, you will discover tales of love and strength, hope and courage, perseverance and grace. In these stories, you may discover yourself.
This book will touch your heart and soul. It shows us with simple clarity that what makes us human is our ability to get up after we fall. It also remind us of our potential for inner growth, love and compassion. This book feels like visiting family and friends.
- Next Generation Indie Awards: 1st in the Motivational Category and an Overall 3rd Place in Non-Fiction
- Benjamin Franklin Awards: Silver Award in the Inspirational Category
- Beverly Hills Book Awards: 1st in Inspirational Category
- USA Books: Finalist in the Inspirational Category
- Hollywood Book Festival: Honorable Mention in Inspirational Category
A collection of photographs and inspirational stories of individuals who have overcome obstacles or worked toward humanitarian causes.
In this debut coffee-table book, Maroney brings together dozens of personal stories, each accompanied by photographs of the narrators and identified with thematic titles—gift, heritage, winning, resolve, etc.
Each narrative is a series of sentences beginning with “Imagine…” followed by an element of the narrator’s story: For instance, “Imagine…appreciating what you’ve left behind only after seeing this new and different land,” says a woman who moved back and forth between Japan and the United States. Or “Imagine…standing at a stranger’s door, a can of paint and paintbrush in your hands, hoping they will let you paint their house—for free,” from a man who found new purpose in good deeds after his wife died.
Some stories reflect the narrator’s triumph over a difficult past—a teenager who grew up in the foster care system and went on to win a national financial literacy competition, a musician who performs despite being born with cerebral palsy, etc.—while others are more about the individuals’ choices, such as using yoga as the basis for a microfinance operation.
A few of the featured individuals have been associated with headline-making events, such as the ER staff who treated the mass-shooting victims in Aurora, Colorado, and a Columbine High School graduate who learned forgiveness. But most share victories on a smaller scale, acclimating to an adopted homeland or touching lives through low-budget philanthropy.
While all the contributors’ stories are uplifting, they avoid the clichés of motivational speeches, and the spare prose keeps even the most tragic stories from becoming maudlin. The book is well-designed, too—a simple blue, black and white palette allows the words and pictures to draw the reader’s full attention.
An attractive, compelling collection of stories and photographs related to conquering adversity and imagining vibrant possibilities.
5 Points of Interest about the Book:
- The Imagine Project has won 7 national literary awards.
- Dianne has been a guest on The Meredith Vieira Show talking about the book and project.
- Those who contributed their stories to the book have gone on to do remarkable things with their lives.
- Jason Landers has created a non-profit organization called The Soldier’s Heart Foundation that helps former Veterans transition back into society.
- Rachel Goble has rescued thousands of girls and their families from sex slavery in Thailand.
- Jim Cotter has painted over 200 structures in his home town of Glouster,Ohio (at 83 years old).
- Randle Loeb won the Distinguished Citizens Award from the Denver City Council of Governments for his work with the homeless.
- Stacy Bare has won numerous awards for his work with veterans and continues to research healing work with outdoor sports and PTSD.
- The Imagine Project is a wonderful gift for someone who is struggling and wants to believe in life again.
- The Imagine Project is now being offered as a program in schools, allowing kids and teens to have a voice. It’s a tool for teachers to give their students social/emotional support to help prevent bullying, violence and suicide.