In 2008, US woman Cara Brookins was a single mother of four. She was living with a violent and abusive husband and being stalked by a mentally ill ex.
She wanted big things and had big dreams but felt trapped. So she took her children, a bank loan for some land and began watching YouTube tutorials.
And before long, Brookins’ Big Dreams saw her build a Big Thing and she wasn’t so trapped anymore.
Brookins and her four children built their own house.
Writing on her website, the mother-of-four explained the five of them build a 325 square-metre home from the ground up with their own hands and called the build the “most empowering time”.
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“It would be the hardest thing I had ever done. With no experience nailing together anything bigger than a bookshelf, my kids and I poured concrete, framed the walls and laid bricks for our two story, five bedroom house. I had convinced myself that if my family could build a house, we could rebuild our broken family,” she wrote.
At the time, Brookins’ kids were 17, 15, 11, and 2. Life, she says, had “knocked them down”. But with the help of a little bit of money, a few tools and some videos, they built something together.