Valerie lives in a beautiful valley near the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah. She is married to Jeff Ackley and together they are raising five sons.

She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Business Management and worked eight years in the telecommunications industry before becoming a full-time homemaker.

About ten years ago,  a friend suggested she read “As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen. She read it during a time of financial difficulty.  “Reading that little essay gave me so much hope.” Valerie said. “I had to face the music and realize that maybe it wasn’t so much my circumstances that needed to change, but my attitude.” She and her husband also  a seminar by her sister, Leslie Householder, author of The Jackrabbit Factor.

After gaining a better understanding of the effect thoughts have on every aspect of our lives, she had a strong desire to introduce these concepts to her sons. The idea for “What are You Thinking?” was born when she was unable to find a similar product for children. “I have been selling my book in bookstores throughout Utah and Nevada for the past fifteen months and have met many people who tell me this book has been a catalyst for meaningful discussion in every age group.

Parents have purchased it for teens and even sent it off to a college student in a care package. No matter what your age, if you read the book, you will be inspired by the amazing artwork Lori Nawyn created.” reports Valerie. “Children of all ages stop by my book signing table to tell me it’s their favorite book. Many parents tell me their children have taken my book to ‘show and tell’. I’ve seen my own children benefit from these principles in areas from bed wetting to bullying.” The brilliant and humorous illustrations created by Lori Nawyn empower children and parents to learn how to manifest good things in their lives. Valerie offers presentations at schools for students grades K – 12 to introduce children and teems to the power of their thoughts.

FROG for website - cut-outWith interactive games and fun activities, she helps children recognize their own “thinking habits”, and practice constructive thought patterns can bring joy and success into their lives.

To schedule a class, school, or church group presentation, email Valerie at whatareyouthinkingbook@gmail.com.