This badass single mom knows firsthand that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Cara Brookins and her four children built their house from the ground up themselves, using only YouTube tutorials to guide them.

The family found themselves in need of a new home back in 2008 when a domestic violence situation threatened their well-beings.

Single mom Cara knew that she wouldn't be able to afford to purchase a home, but she still wanted to give her kids a fresh start. So, she and her children built the house themselves.


"We had been just so emotionally kicked down,” Brookins told WCNC. “We could afford all the supplies so we just put it together ourselves.”

Using YouTube tutorials and the sage wisdom of Home Depot employees as their guides, the Brookins family was able to build their house all by themselves. Pretty badass, if you ask me.

Brookins had this to say to other women and families dealing with domestic violence: “Do something big. Take a big leap and set an impossible goal. With enough determination you can do it.”


Still want to hear more about the Brookins family's awesome story? Never fear! Cara is releasing a book about building her home from the ground up titled Rise, How a House Built a Family. It will be available on January 24.