What’s Your VPA? 3 Key Components to Turn Dreams Into Reality


Welcome! I’m pretty sure you clicked on this link to find out what in the world a VPA is and I’m glad you did.  If you can bare with me for a moment I’d like to tell you who I am and why VPA happens to be the number one way your life can change.

Kellie’s Personal Story:

By looking at me, no one could ever guess the challenges life has presented me.  A few years ago I managed an office that builds orphanages around the world, I was a successful life coach and real estate investor.  I was also a content wife and mother of three who loved to volunteer in my community. But in 2007, my entire life changed.

My 18-year-old nephew died in a drowning accident. His mother (my little sister) died of cancer just a few months later.  Due to the emotional turmoil and extensive traveling across country to assist family, I returned home to close the doors to my company. I started to wonder if life would ever feel normal again, then the unthinkable happened.  I took a bad fall on black ice and landed directly on my head, causing a serious brain injury.

My life was patchy with frequent blackouts that led to long periods where I couldn’t talk, walk or comprehend adult conversations.  The doctors said I would be fine over time, but there wasn’t much they could do other than therapy.

Brain seizures controlled my life for the next several months, up to 9 a day, and pain and neurological problems enveloped me.  My right limbs would go limp during and after a seizure and tremors persisted throughout my body while resting. The world stood at a permanent 45 degree angle while standing and my disability had become evident to everyone close to me. The humiliation of having a seizure in public kept me from going out.  I felt very alone and isolated.

After the onset of my disability, I could have chosen to allow the physical and emotional pain suppress my very being, my identity, my hope.  But I chose an alternative path.  I traded in the isolation, the humiliation and pain for peace, hope and purpose.

“It’s not what happens to you,

but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus

With a transformation of my own thoughts, it became very clear that our thoughts affect how we feel.  I have chosen to share my experiences to reveal to you that the possibilities that you dream of must begin with YOU.

“If you were flying in a hot air balloon above the ground – looking down at yourself – what do you see yourself doing?

Who are you connecting with?”

Years ago I worked for a VP of a college who actually evaluated my work performance based on that one question above.  I thought he was joking but he wasn’t.  He wanted me to decide what my goals were, what I wanted to do with my life, and my ‘why’ behind doing it, then to submit an essay to him.

THAT was my evaluation? I left the office that night speechless, but feeling relieved knowing I had two weeks to come up with something.

For 2 weeks I tried to write something down and came up with nothing.  The night before my evaluation – I couldn’t sleep.

As I reflect on it now I get a good belly laugh out if it.  I recall seeing him in my mind and I’m thinking, “Why are you punishing me like this?!” As if I were a 5-yr-old little girl.  It occurred to me at that moment that I had no goals in life.  I had no idea of what my purpose was and it was startling to see my own reaction and how I had been handling it.

I sat in my stairwell looking up at the vaulted ceilings and thought backwards rather than forwards.  The only thing that came to mind was at a very young age I sat in front of my parents television watching ‘Feed the Children’ and I wanted to go feed them.

It seemed to me that was a desire that had never quite left me.

So this is what I wrote down for my employee evaluation:

I want to feed children that are starving.  I see myself in an open field with many little orphan children and I’m playing and laughing with them to celebrate their full bellies.”

I somehow turned it into a poem and felt utterly ridiculous handing it to him the next day.  I watched for his reaction, but he simply read it, looked up, and then quietly said, “Is this really what you want to do?”

“Yes.” I said confidently.  “I know it isn’t much of a goal, but I never realized I didn’t have any goals until you made me do this exercise.  Now that I know, I believe I can do something about it.”

Here is the amazing part – A few months later I was on a plane heading to Honduras to feed, laugh and play with 64 orphaned children!  My wonderful husband, Jon, made that trip possible for me but in writing that goal down it helped me to see it before it ever came into existence.  I saw how important that was and is for my life.

That’s what started me on a journey of getting real with myself, and with God, over a decade ago.  I sought out mentors that were both head and heart connected to learn from and here is what I discovered one needs to have to turn dreams into reality:

  • V = clear VISION of what you most desire
  • P = a belief to know that God has already provided you with strength and when you tap into that POWER – imagine the possibilities
  • A = with inspiration to take ACTION you can do it one step at a time – no matter how big or small – you can accomplish anything

Many People Ask Me How I’ve Managed to Do What I’ve Done…and I Say, “One small step at a time, and with great big faith, I find victory

As a speaker and a coach, I meet and train people every year who are on fire for change.  I also have a radio show on Motivational Radio with over 3.85 million listeners.  Myself, along with my Co-host Pauline Victoria have a blast sharing insights with you about creating and living out your personal Vision Power and Action plan.  Since both Pauline and I are physically challenged, (You can read Pauline’s story of being born without arms or legs) we are encouraging anyone with a limitation of any kind to join us in our life of encouragements to follow the VPA tips we discuss on the show.  We interview celebrities and every day heroes who have over come HUGE battles in their own lives.  VPA works!  Do join us every Friday evening at 7 pm if you can.

We hope that you will also join our fan page so we can answer any questions you might have about our radio show.

The more you share and give, the more you receive.

Abundant Blessings,


Connecting to community, and seeing transformations happen, can be profound particularly when its your own community. Kellie\'s simple truths brings people back to the basics of emotional connections with faith, hope and love. Invite her to speak at your next event today.
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A Devoted Wife, and Mother, Published Author, Inspirational Speaker, a Certified Trainer for Creating MasterMind Communities, and Founder of Connecting LLC. Kellie’s Ultimate Intention is to BE the Love She Wants to See in the World.
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14 Responses to What’s Your VPA? 3 Key Components to Turn Dreams Into Reality

  1. Val Wilcox says:

    Awesome Kellie!
    What a great exercise. It’s amazing the paths we follow along our journey. You obviously took a path that serves you by serving others. I for one, am glad you did.
    Val ;)


    Kellie Reply:

    As always Val, I surely appreciate you and it is amazing.


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  3. Very well written post!

    I was drawn in the whole time anxiously awaiting to find of what VPA was. Great message, thank you for sharing.

    I look forward to doing this exercise for myself. Have a spectacular day!



    Kellie Reply:

    Joe it’s great to have your comments and thank you for your feedback. It was a good exercise for me as well, as you can tell, and my new radio show will be part of telling the Vision~Power~Action message. Glad it drew you in. Must be doing something right then. :) I appreciate you.


  4. Kellie,
    As always, you are an inspiration to us all! Love the balloon exercise, will definitely give it a whirl, as I’m creating a new program and really have been asking for guidance on my vision for it.
    Thanks so much,

    FYI, it doesn’t seem like your “comment luv” is working, even though it shows as “enabled”


    Kellie Reply:

    Thanks for letting me know about comment luv Adam. I think we have it fixed now. You are very kind and I hope you can see clearly what it is you’d be doing on the ground. :) Would love to see you live out your dreams.


  5. Bill Cowan says:

    Thanks Kellie! I always love coming here for great insight, wisdom, passion and reading from your heart. Thanks again!


  6. kiaran says:

    Great Post Kellie-

    i was recently reviewing a book from the early 90′s by Peter Senge that you’re probably familiar with The Fifth Discipline – in which he makes the neat distinction between Goals -Vision and Purpose – so many are focused on goal setting but unless their goals align and are congruent with the WHY – then there’s a high potential for disappointment

    Will revisit – best wishes

    Cheers Kiaran from sunny Perth!


    Kellie Reply:

    So true Kiaran! I went through that for many years myself until the realization of core values, and the reasons I do what I do, were evident in my life. Please do re-visit and as soon my VPA book is released I plan to send out free copies. If you’re interested in reviewing it do let me know. Have a great weekend.


  7. Robin van der Merwe says:

    What a fabulous post! You have a gift for writing and sharing your thoughts. Your attitude shines through your words and makes your posts very interesting to read.

    May you continue to find success each day!


    Kellie Reply:

    Thank you Robin, those are very kind words indeed. My hope is to convey to the world that we can affect and uplift one another with our choices through Vision~Power~Action steps on a personal, local, national and global level. You and Judy ought to look into Leaders Cafe’ if you haven’t already, because that is what we do there as well. http://www.leaderscafe.co.uk this is amazing learning in leadership from the college and corporate levels to any entrepreneur. The information is priceless from global masterclass presenters and I am fortunate enough to be included in that mix. Don’t ask me how that happened! :)


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