Dianne Maroney was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She holds a Masters in Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Science Center. She worked as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse for 15 years and mental health for another 15 years.
Shortly after her daughter was born 14 weeks premature, Dianne began helping families with premature infants deal with the traumatic effects of early birth. During her years speaking and traveling across the US, Dianne met countless individuals who told touching stories of strength, perseverance, kindness and hope.
These remarkable stories of everyday people affected Dianne so much that she wanted to capture and share them, firmly believing that the extraordinary stories of ordinary people would also touch and inspire others. As inpourings of gratitude and excitement spread—including national media—the idea for The Imagine Project grew beyond those featured in her multiple-awardwinning book, The Imagine Project: Stories of Courage, Hope and Love (©2013, Yampa Valley Publishing). In July 2015, Dianne founded The Imagine Project, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit humanitarian organization, and refined the mission of The Imagine Project to give kids ages 5 to 18 a voice to “rewrite” their own life stories through guided creative journaling—bringing positive change into their lives and those of future generations.
The Imagine Project helps kids realize that they have power over their story, their story doesn’t have power over them—and gives them the simple tools to imagine their dreams into real life. 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.
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 6-step writing process at the core of The Imagine Project gives students a voice to express what’s holding them back, as well as a tool to imagine, keep, and reinforce new possibilities in their lives.
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. Click here for a book cover download and synopsis download.
- 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 Click here for pdf download.
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. Click here for a pdf of this review.
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. Click here for a pdf.
The Imagine Project Book can be purchased at: www.theimagineproject.com or Amazon.com