About The Author
Kerrie Friend began her career as an international model
who quickly became an Australian celebrity with the history making television
program, “Perfect Match”. Although she enjoyed her success she realized she
had many questions about life and herself and decided to seek answers. Her
exploration increased when she moved to the
am her greatest critic and biggest fan, and she is my greatest challenge and
reward. If I can love a human being more on this planet it will be her. This
book, no matter what its success, works. I have seen the toil, the tears, and
the triumph that go behind every word and have watched the ideas work in me.
Don’t be fooled by its simplicity or by its simple common sense. In my
experience with this book I have found that common sense, when put into use,
becomes uncommon sense. It opens a portal inside you where light flows freely
and exposes every inadequacy within your character. Through the ugliness a magic
occurs that supernaturally brings beauty for ashes, and reveals a “you” that
you never knew.
process that has created this book has been a five-year journey that was birthed
out of the frail humanity of a loving soul, and an attempt to reach out and make
a difference in others’ lives. Kerrie is no longer the person she once was,
and because of her, I am no longer the same either. We have made many mistakes
and misjudged situations, but by holding on to what is right according to our
spirits, we have learnt, grown, and deepened because of our collective
experience. Perfect only in our imperfection, but like the book says, “There
are perfect moments”, and it is in those moments that we see a lifetime and
create a meaningful memory.
book has healed me of myself, and I believe it will heal others from themselves.
It has taught me the meaning of acceptance, first of myself, and then of others.
I am more tolerant, forgiving, wiser, and loving because of it. Between its
lines is the power of an infinite God and a life worth struggling through to
serve others. I have learned from this book that I am a work in progress and
that’s okay, because no matter how many times I fall, I can get back up and
keep on trying, because my life isn’t about me. I often read the short
chapters of this book and find myself, over time, thinking more about what
wasn’t said as much as what was said. As you read them, listen to your
“still, small voice” and hear what they say to you. I am of the opinion that
each person will have their own unique experience and hear something entirely
different than someone else.
marvel at the fact that these thoughts come from my wife, and that she has
changed so dramatically from within. On the outside she still seems to be the
same person with the same personality, but there is a vein that runs deeper now
into an infinite source that can only be God. I am a man of faith and have
believed from the moment I met Kerrie that she was meant to impact people and
touch their lives. I never knew the writer, but I’m glad I’ve met her, and I
am extremely proud of the effort she has put into this book. She has showed a
resolve and courage beyond herself, and as you read her thoughts, know that you
are reading a kindred spirit. Image - 52 Weeks to a New You is the
beginning of a lifetime journey and I hope only the beginning to a series of
books she has in her heart. I don’t say these things because she is the love
of my life, my best friend, or my wife. I say these things because I have seen
and felt in my own heart the change that these thoughts can make. She says it
best, “Take the time to open your heart and listen and you will hear a
guidance that is not your own. The process of reaching out is being determined
enough to reach in and find the answer.” Amen.
started my journey at seventeen aspiring to be an ancient history or art
teacher, but instead was “discovered” – having no prior thoughts of
becoming a model - I became an international model, and after that began my
career in television where I became co-host on one of
journey into the unknown world of finding out who I truly was and about life is
the reason this book exists today. This is how it was birthed: in the search for
my truth. So often we never dig deep enough to get to know the person that
dwells deep within us. Until one day we find out we don’t know who we are or
why we’re here. It can happen at anytime during your life but I guarantee you
at some stage, if you haven’t searched for your truth you’ll begin to
question who you are and what’s your reason for being here?
I began my excavation I read many books and sought many people who helped with
my discovery. And it was during this exploration that I realized I desired to
help others who wanted to engage in their own search, by helping guide them to
you arrive in a foreign land and you know only one other person and no one knows
you, you observe life from a very different perspective. You all of a sudden
have no history, and nothing is familiar and you can become fearful and
courageous like never before.
was no longer famous nor did I have anyone to reach out to other than my
frequent phone calls back to
began asking the big questions like, “What is life really about?” “Why am
I here?” “Who does it matter to that I’m alive?” I had lived a whirlwind
of success for almost ten years until then and hadn’t given much thought to
any of this before. Honestly, I hadn’t bothered because I was successful and I
thought (incorrectly) that because I was I had a lot of the answers already. How
WRONG I was! And what a false world of untruth I had lived in.
you’re busy doing other things, you don’t think about much else, but when
you slow down, especially when you’re living somewhere distant you begin
hearing your truth. I found emptiness in my heart that hadn’t been filled by
any success or fame. In fact I recognized how little “life” experience I had
and that the emptiness had lived deep within me for years. I began seeking
answers about where it came from and why it was still there. I was beginning to
unveil my truth.
“meaning of life questioning” came with the surprise that the more I learned
about life, the less I knew. And I thought I had all of the answers. Ouch! I
began understanding that our lives and our image are a journey, not a
destination, but a discovery. When we begin to accept that we “know little”
that’s when we gain what we need.
is easier said than done, especially when some of us think we can control life
and have our plans about how things will transpire in our life. This is good in
theory but the problem is life’s unfortunate events can happen to us all at
sometime or another. And it’s necessary to be as prepared in life for these
times as much as you can. Until then I didn’t know there was so much I
acknowledged that if I was going to understand why I was here, I was going to
have to let go of my many preconceived ideas about life and focus on unveiling
the truth that lived inside me. This resulted in some very ugly moments but
eventually these brought clarity and an appreciation for life, something I had
never truly done before. Until then I had in no way seen being alive as the
privilege it is.
was born out of uncertainty and my pursuit to understand life and what my image
represents. It’s about the things I’ve learned through trial and a lot of
error and the awareness that we are a spirit, we have a soul - mind, will and
emotions - and we live in a body and these all create our image.
about fully comprehending that each of us have our individual lessons to learn
and unique opportunities to grow and develop our own character. It’s
recognizing that everything in life has a beginning and an end, and every ending
is a new beginning. It’s understanding the fact that even our failures are
victories because of what we learn from them and that nothing is wasted because
it’s knowledge that gets stored in our past. Eleanor Roosevelt (
is about being brave enough to step beyond your comfort and challenge yourself
with growth. It is the beginning of self-discovery that can fuel your life
forever. It’s about dreams, believing, excitement, intrigue, and leaps of
faith that take you from who you are now to who you want to become. It’s about
looking at your life as an unfinished story, and filling it with new chapters
that are thrilling, meaningful, fulfilling and hopeful. And it’s giving it
direction because a person without vision for their lives will surely perish.
journey lasts a lifetime, so begin to ask yourself how you’re going to live
it. Some of the most rewarding times of my life have been those when I didn’t
have any clue how they would end. Like when I went to
is not a dress rehearsal, you’re on stage right now giving the performance of
your life and the curtain falls this lifetime. We don’t get encores or second
runs so we need to ensure it’s lived with no regrets and will be remembered by
those we’ve loved and those we’ve served.
years of searching for my truth I am still being transformed into the image I
desire. I am being perfected and refined into God’s image of me and will be
until I go home. The big difference now is that I can truthfully say I
“know” who I am, the person I was intended to be.
the next fifty-two chapters you will be given an opportunity to reach higher and
become a better version of yourself. Pursue your transformation thoroughly and
be all that you are intended to be. The beautiful, one of a kind person you are,
the best Image of You.
you’ve chosen to read this book you are more than likely someone like I was
who wanted to change their life, and is searching for answers and attempting to
find out what truly is important in life. I pray with all of my heart that you
receive help as you read each chapter. They are filled with answers and
direction for you to discover your own truth. My intention is for it to be read
a chapter a week, thought and meditated upon as you progress slowly through it
on your journey into who you are, and who you want to become. I persuade you to
take the time and take hold of the ideas and allow them to fill you in the
unique way they are intended to help transform your life.
I first began seeking answers as to why I was here I often longed for one book
that I could read that would help me. Of course there are many on different
subjects but I wanted one that was an all inclusive life guide. I carried this
thought with me for years until the birth of Image.
My hope is that you use this book as a roadmap for your personal improvement
into becoming your best image.
life is a revealing of the truth that lives in you. You have everything and more
within you to find this truth, because it is the key that unlocks the treasure
for you to live your heaven on earth.
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