Building Positive Momentum in Your Life

Photo by Matthew de Lellis

Photo by Matthew de Lellis

Things are changing in this world of ours. One of the most exciting developments of our time is the recent discovery that we can change the way our brains function, at any point in our lives. With this new information in hand, scientists and psychologists have taken a new look at positive thought and positive emotions as a means of promoting health and improving our overall quality of life.

This concept is particularly important because more and more people are awakening to the realization that there is a direct connection between our prominent thought patterns and the circumstances of our lives. I discuss this principle in terms of the Law of Free Will in my book.

All this being the case, it is important for those of us who are actively engaged in creating our own happiness and living more fulfilling lives to explore insights and experiences from others who understand how positive momentum works. My friend and fellow author, Kristin Barton Cuthriell, has just released her exciting new book The Snowball Effect: How to Build Positive Momentum in Your Life. It’s packed with valuable information, touching stories, and practical exercises that can help readers create their own happiness and build positive momentum in their lives. This book is a must read for those on the transformational journey.

Today, Kristin’s making a virtual appearance, here on TTID, to share more about herself and the book.


Author, Kristin Barton Cuthriell

Author, Kristin Barton Cuthriell


Sloan: Hi Kristin! Thanks for making this guest appearance on TTID! I’ve read your new book, The Snowball Effect: How to Build Positive Momentum in Your Life. And I love it! You offer readers valuable insights for changing negative thought patterns and creating positive change in themselves and in their lives. Your book is filled with warmth, compassion, and encouragement.

What inspired you to write The Snowball Effect? 

Kristin: Years ago when I was working in an acute inpatient psychiatric hospital, I noticed that what the patients needed most was hope. Most of the patients had suffered unimaginable hardships and had lost all hope of things ever getting better. I began to do a lot of research and writing about instilling hope in others. The CEO of the hospital at the time encouraged me to one day publish my work. The more my passion grew the more I researched. I found that my findings would not only help people who had become hopeless, but they would also help people who were not experiencing any difficulty in life at all. For some, the compelling case-studies and researched techniques in this book will be life-savers and for others, they will be gentle reminders.

This book is a guide to living a more positive and productive life. At some time or another, we all experience difficult times and can use inspirational stories and researched techniques to help us move forward and find joy again.

Sloan: Can you describe the kind of reader you believe will enjoy the book most?

Kristin: This book is for people who want to grow rather than just go through life. People who are interested in personal wellness and living the most productive and positive life possible will love this book. This book will attract people who want to overcome adversity, move in a positive direction, and experience all the joy that life has to offer.

Sloan: What is the most important thing you hope readers will take away from your book?

Kristin: I want readers to walk away feeling confident and hopeful about their situation and their future. I want them to know on a deep level that they have worth, they are not alone, and that there are things that they can do to improve their lives regardless of their situation.

Sloan: What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing your book to life?

Kristin: The largest challenge for me while writing this book was staying balanced in my life. I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a psychotherapist, a speaker, and an author. It is very important that I stay balanced in my life. After all, I am helping people build positive momentum in their lives and part of that is staying balanced. I think I managed to do a pretty good job, but I had to be mindful and recognize when things began to feel lopsided. This wasn’t always easy.

Sloan: Do you have any book signings or other book related events coming up? If so, what are they?

Kristin: I will be doing a book signing and inspirational talk about overcoming adversity, moving past fear, and building positive momentum in life at  Lululemon Athletica, an athletic clothing store, Fruitive, a juicing restaurant, and The Up Center, a nonprofit facility. Part of the proceeds from book sales at some of these events will go to nonprofit organizations.

Sloan: Other than family and close friends, who would you consider to be your mentors?

Kristin: God: I pray for guidance and wisdom daily. Colleagues and Supervising therapists: Being a therapist myself, I have turned to these folks many times for wisdom and guidance as I counsel others. Karen Salmansohn: Karen has written 5 best-selling books with over 1 million copies sold, she is a columnist for Oprah, and she is a designer and consultant. Karen designed the cover of my book and coached me throughout the production of my book. She is wildly creative and has taught me a lot about establishing my brand and publishing a book. Todd Lohenry: Todd is my social media mentor and has taught me so much about technology. My fellow bloggers: I pick up something daily from my friends in my blogging community. These folks are all pretty amazing.

Sloan: What book(s) are you reading now? 

Kristin: Many of the books in my home library, like The Snowball Effect, are written as guides to be read over and over again. Currently I am not in the middle of a new book, but I am referring back to my old favorites often. I am also busy reading some of my favorite blogs.

Sloan: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? 

Kristin: Nicholas Sparks is my favorite fiction author, but I spend most of my time reading nonfiction. I don’t have a favorite nonfiction author, but I have learned a lot from reading Brene Brown, Melody Beattie, Don Miguel Ruiz, Joel Osteen, Tara Brach, and Marsha Linehan.

Sloan: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Kristin: I really didn’t enjoy writing until I was in graduate school working towards my master’s degree in social work. The program involved writing many papers, and I enjoyed researching and writing them. Writing went from a joy to a passion when I began working at a psychiatric hospital and started writing programs for group therapy.

Sloan: How does it feel now that the book has been released?

Kristin: It feels great! I truly believe with all my heart that this book can really help people whether they are looking to turn their lives around or just want to be inspired with positive reminders. I have seen the principles in the book work for hundreds of people. The Snowball Effect: How to Build Positive Momentum in Your Life combines emotionally moving stories with evidence based techniques written in a reader friendly easy to understand way. This book has been endorsed by professionals from Virginia to South Africa and has recently been ordered by Yale University for use in their clinic. I am super excited to watch the book build momentum and help people live happier healthier lives.

Sloan: That’s wonderful, Kristin. I’m very excited for you and for readers around the world. I wish you the best of success with the new book and all the positive momentum I know it’s already bringing into your life. 

Any last thoughts for TTID readers?

Kristin: Never stop learning. Never stop growing. We are all a work in progress. We will experience pain that will test our human spirit as we journey through life, but we can experience joy no matter what our situation. We will only be on this earth for a limited time so it is important that we live life well. We can find happiness and live a life beyond mediocrity. We can live a life full of hope, happiness, purpose, and passion. It all begins with one small step. If you are willing to take that step to get your life moving in an amazing direction, I invite you to join me as we build positive momentum in our lives. A special thank you to Sloan for having me and for supporting my book! Sloan, I really enjoy reading all that you write. Keep inspiring, my friend!

You can buy Kristin’s book today on Amazon!

Visit Kristin’s website: The Snowball Effect

Connect with Kristin on Facebook or Twitter


  1. Awesome! Congratulations to Kristin. If people are willing, I think every person on earth could use the book. We all need hope and to be reminded of our self-worth.

    • Francine, I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the posts. I enjoy your blog very much too: such depth and meaning in what you see through your camera lense. Many Blessings to you and all that you do! Love & Light, Sloan

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