“Emerging from Broken” Expert Invited to Share Wisdom in New Self-Help Film


movie promo pic I’ve been keeping something under my hat these past few weeks that I have been bursting to tell you all! I have some exciting and fabulous news;

My work and my message here on Emerging from Broken have been discovered by a movie producer and I have been invited to co-star in the next “Key” movie as a featured “Key Expert.” Writer/Producer Robin Jay, an award-winning filmmaker, has just signed me to be a featured expert in her newest film, “The Secrets of the Keys.”

The film will star icons of the personal development industry including Brian Tracy, Michael Beckwith, Dannion Brinkley (Author of “Saved by the Light,”) John Assaraf, Gloria Loring, (author, singer, songwriter, actress) and will feature special guest don Miguel Ruiz, author of “The Four Agreements.” I am beyond excited and extremely honored to have been invited to co-star with these amazing messengers in the field of self-help and personal development.

The ‘Secrets of the Keys’ is a prequel to Robin Jay’s first movie,  “The Keeper of the Keys,” which stars Jack Canfield (co-creator of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and author of “The Success Principles”), Marci Shimoff (author of “Happy for No Reason”), and Dr. John Gray (author of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.”) “The Keeper of the Keys” was the first funny self-help film. It won the Las Vegas International Film FestivalAward for Best Independent Film and The INDIE Fest Award for Best Documentary.

The first thing that caught my eye on the Key Movies website ( was their tag line: “Taking the Hell out of Self-Help.”  I am ALL for that! The second thing that caught my eye was that these are “real” movies, hybrids that incorporate a fictional story line and characters interacting with the film’s experts, as opposed to the more traditional “talking head” style of documentaries that typically identify the self-help genre of films. In “The Keeper of the Keys,” personal development experts interact with fictional characters by sharing deeply personal stories of transformation. As viewers, we find ourselves rooting for the main character, a man who is feeling victimized by his circumstances, and we hope he will become empowered by the experts’ inspirational messages.

Robin Jay initially reached out to me through the contact form on after hearing from another ground-breaking expert who is going to appear in the film, Mel Carnegie . Mel is the author of the book “I’m Still Standing” and a fan of the work I have been doing. As you can imagine, when I first got that first email from Robin Jay introducing herself and asking me if I would be interested in being a key expert in her next movie, I thought someone was playing a joke. My heart skipped a little beat and I held my breath a bit while I checked out the links to The Key Movies website. When I realized her interest in me was legitimate, I was excited, scared, insecure, confident, skeptical, thrilled and overwhelmed, all at the same time! I put my fears through the process and realized none of them were too worrisome ~ they all come from the default mode of “not good enough” and I have already conquered that!   After several emails back and forth, and a four hour phone call with writer/producer Robin Jay the following day, I made the decision to embrace this amazing and rare opportunity to carry my message to a global audience with all my enthusiasm and passion. I agreed to join the cast of “The Secrets of the Keys. Producer Robin Jay said I have my finger on the pulse of what keeps most of us from moving forward and feels that my message will resonate with the film’s audience, since so many people have had to deal with some sort of abuse in their lives.”

The contracts are all signed sealed and delivered…. And I couldn’t be more thrilled. Now that I have had a chance to absorb it all, I think all that I am nervous about is what to wear to the VIP Premiere (I am not a big fan of shopping) and feeling amazing on the Red Carpet!!  Just kidding…well maybe just a little bit kidding…I am actually both nervous and over the moon excited about the Premiere and walking the Red Carpet! I will have the opportunity to be photographed along side of all the other incredible stars in this groundbreaking film. The VIP Red Carpet Premiere will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada – “The Entertainment Capital of the World”! I hope you will consider coming to this amazing event when the time comes. Production is due to begin in the next month or two when Robin will begin filming some of the key movies stars in the Southern California area. As for me, I will be filmed in a studio in Las Vegas, Nevada, later this year. I will be posting updates here, on the Emerging from Broken facebook page (and on my personal FB page, which everyone is welcome to follow me on) and in email updates which you may sign up for on the right side bar when you download the Guide to Getting Unstuck. I am going to do some fun stuff to get my readers involved in the movie making process!

If you would like to experience the first funny self-help film ever, “The KEEPER of the KEYS,” it’s available now for streaming or download from The Key Movies Website.

I look forward to sharing more with you as we move forward into the production phase of “The SECRETS of the KEYS”!

Please share your thoughts with me!

There is freedom, wholeness, and living life to the fullest on the other side of broken!

Darlene Ouimet

Categories : Freedom & Wholeness



Hi Darlene..looks like that’s going to be quite a interesting film.. Congrats on making the cast.. no doubt you will do very well .. I believe am going to look into obtaining a copy ..the little trailer on the page does look like it it will gather some laughs ..besides leave a message hope and healing.. Way to go.. Hi five 🙂



Hi Joy!
Thanks! I am really excited.
I saw the first movie and it is really good! I am looking forward to production starting in the one that I am in!
hugs, Darlene


Hi Darlene.. you will do great no doubt..




How wonderful and fun it sounds! Like an appropriate reward for telling the truth!


Hi Hobie,
Thanks! I like your point of view here! I am going to share all the fun stuff with all of you and take lots of pictures too!
hugs, Darlene



I am SO excited for you!! I am a huge fan and KNOW you will do great!



Congratulations! How exciting!


Congratulations Darlene! That’s amazing; I’m so glad your work is being honored (deservedly) in this way and your vital message can reach an even wider audience! I’m so happy for you!


Congratulations Darlene! What an honor and validation – and a unique, amazing experience as well!! You’ve worked sooo hard: both the physical work of reading all of the comments, replying, one-on-one counseling, writing posts, etc., along with the more difficult task of emotional work to even get to where you are. You’ve had to overcome so much and you did. Can’t wait to hear more about it.


Darlene, this is so thrilling! You were born for such a time as this! I tend to be somewhat spiritual in my perspectives of doors opening for people like this and it seems to me that God has chosen you to bring this message. It is amazing! If you are actually nervous about what to wear on the red carpet, you can simply wear yourself….what you would naturally choose to dress up in will be what is authentic and appropriate and most of all…COMFORTABLE while your emotions are over the top! I loved how you wrote about all of your many emotions hitting you at the same time and the root of the negative ones was that old feeling of not being good enough, but you were able to locate and recognize it and let it go!!! That is wonderful. You obviously are good enough! I feel like a cheerleader! You go girl! 🙂


This is awesome and I’m so happy for you!


Thanks Lisa and NativeHelping!
I am excited!

Hi Caden
Thank you so much. I am really excited about getting this message of hope for healing to a larger audience! That is what drives me the most every single day!


Hi Light
It is an honor and it is totally validating! I will be keeping everyone updated and I want to do some writing about “my Key” and how it has manifested into my life!

Hi FinallyFree
Yes it is thrilling! I agree that this is a God thing! Thank you for being my cheerleader! I will gratefully accept all the cheering on anyone wants to give me!
Hugs, Darlene

Hi Judy! Thanks so much!


YAY! I’m proud of you and happy for you!


Congratulations Darlene!


When the student is ready, the teacher appears, and this hurting world is so ready for your message of hope! Hooray, Darlene! <3


Dear Darlene,
This is part of your dream coming true, isn’t it? To reach the world with a message of hope and healing. You did good! :))
P.s. I don’t post much, but I follow all your posts. You have been a help and inspiration to me for the past four years.


Wonderful, Darlene! You deserve recognition!


Darlene this is awesome news!!!!!!! I am very happy for you and I share with your enthusiasm. I know how special and meaningful this is for you. This is a big one!!

My story just aired for the 2nd time on an ABC network recently (which can be found on my website). I was just as over the moon as you were. However, my enthusiasm quickly turned to sadness. I had discovered that the people who I thought were really my friends weren’t really happy for me, (and I think in fact jealous). That hurt. But you know as well as I do that our motivation comes from helping others. We are not the type of people who are self-centered like our abusers. And that’s why we get so excited when we have an even bigger opportunity to help more people. You have EVERY reason to be happy and more!!!

I think you are going to be GREAT and perfect for this!!! Looking forward to seeing it. (Your mother was a complete fool to walk away from a wonderful daughter like you).


This is so exciting!! I’m absolutely thrilled – I am familiar with most of those other names, and this is big-time! I have to say though that it’s entirely deserved. I have read so many things to help me in my healing and your writings have absolutely been #1 in helping me to learn that it’s not just okay but a good thing to stand up for yourself. It’s okay to not think my parents did their best, and it’s okay for me to not feel the need to forgive them. Those were ideas you planted and I’m so grateful. I can’t wait for the movie! Congratulations!!!


Reading your blog i am shedding tears of joy for you Darlene. You truly are an inspiration xxx I love how you describe your mix of emotions about this experience. It looks like the law of attraction is smiling down on you and you deserve so much good for all you have done by supporting so many survivors on EFB. As the producer said “you have your finger on the pulse” in terms of relating to others through your own challenges as a survivor! That “not good enough” has been central to my struggles but i cried again reading you naming that and kicking it to the kerb!!! Bask in this joy you have taught me so much through this site and for your existence i am truly grateful. Xxxxx


Wow! I can’t wait to watch this film and am so excited that you are a part of it.


That’s amazing Darlene! Congratulations!
So very Happy for You!!!


Congrats again Darlene! I agree totally with Kris Healing. It’s such a huge difference to be told/shown how and why standing up for yourself is a good thing, not just “okay,” not just acceptable if it’s necessary for your health, as though just knowing the truth in yourself, but not speaking it, would be the mark of the stronger, healthier person… so that if you do “have to” stand up for yourself, you’re still swallowing that idea of being “less than.” The notion that it’s the good thing, the better thing, is huge. And now that I see it, it seems a bit ridiculous that this doesn’t seem understood by so much of society. Standing up for others is generally seen as a good thing, better than keeping silent, in so many other aspects of life, but somehow standing up for yourself within family systems isn’t, even when it harms people and teaches by example? Or just because it maybe took us years to find our voice and figure out what happened, somehow saying “that wasn’t right” is made void, when nothing “disappears” our experience; we still have our child self within us. The pain and need to have someone stand up for ourselves is still there… and so it is the good thing, the right thing, for us to stand up for those children, ourselves, to give equality back to those children’s lives that were harmed, and while we can’t save “them,” the past being over now, in standing up for what happened to them, we can save ourselves in our present and for our future… to take back our lives and our power. And it’s your blog that helped me see that, validating me as being equal to everyone else who deserves to be stood up for. I’m glad that your message will reach more and more people. It’s a very good thing, and though this work is very difficult and the cost for standing up can be pretty awful, still I know it is and will be worth it. Many thanks.


Congratulations Darlene!


Hi DXS, Alice and Stitch! Thank you so much for your congrats!

Yes, It is a big part of my dream coming true. About 5 years ago I was sitting in a conference and the theme was “making a difference in the world with your passion” and it was in that conference that everything changed for me and I saw the way to make my dream of spreading the message of hope and healing a reality through this kind of medium. I see this movie as a big vehicle to getting that message to a way larger audience! Thanks for your message!
hugs, Darlene


Hi Ann,

Hi Sariah
Ya, people are like that. I have some really supportive friends today! Congrats on your story being on the ABC network. That is so cool!\
hugs, Darlene


Hi Kris Healing
When I first saw who else was going to be IN the movie I was like OH MY GOSH! (I too knew who most of the other experts are, and admire them all, and Gloria Loring is Robin Thicke’s MOM! my kids are excited about that one! LOL)
Thank you for your note! I am going to be asking for ideas from my readers in the future and
I appreciate you posting what has been important to you about my message!
hugs, Darlene

Hi Marie
Thank you so much for your encouragement! It means a lot to read your words!
hugs, Darlene


Hi Nadia and Simona,
Thank you for your comments!

Hi Alaina!
Once again you make such valid points; it is true that the world has a skewed and weird point of view! And we are all about busting through it in order to save ourselves and others like us! The key is realizing “equal value” and owning that truth!
Thanks for your comments!
hugs, Darlene


It means alot what you are doing Darlene I don’t think you realize the impact your truth has had on my life. Congratulations again x


Hi Stanley, Thanks!!

Hi Marie
I am really honored when people tell me stuff like that! It keeps me going forward and striving to keep doing this.
Thank you again,


Hi Darlene,

You have helped so many broken people find their way. I have been honored to post on this site along with all the regulars here. You are like a ray of light in the darkness to enlighten the world about healing from child abuse issues. I have received more kindness and support here than by going to past “so-called” therapists.
You’ve earned all your successes!

Blessed Be,



Hey Darlene,

I am so excited for you. I hope that this will be a fantastic experience for you.

Best wishes,


Hi Yvonne!
Thank you for your validating comments!! I am honored to have you here too.
Hugs, Darlene

Hi Beth,
I am excited too! (and just a little feeling of “YIKES!”)
hugs, Darlene


Hi Darlene,
Congratulations on your “Casting Call” & appointment! that is the most wonderful news to come from someone who at the beginning of this whole process was like most who write to you or comment on your posts.
I want you to know that in the few short months that I’ve been a part of these sites and reading all of the material that I am now on a parallel path to cure my body as well as my mind.
I did something that I found was very helpful in “Finding” the “real” me, I went web searching my name, the meaning of Kelly is Warrior and Bright-Headed. These became the foundation to completing the task of discovering who Kelly really is! The Box in my head labelled “Ugly never look in here” has been opened, sorted, filed, trashed, and closed forever. I’m Happy now I need to be healthy!
Thank you for everything you’ve done to help me on my journey!
Lots of Love and tonnes of Kisses & Hugs!


Hi Darlene. Congrats! I’m so happy for you and so impressed by your grace! You are such a brave lady. When I read your blog sometimes I think, I could never share the way she does or be so articulate, I could never stand up and tell my story in such a public way. now here you are – soon to be sharing on film!! And once again I’m in awe and inspired by your bravery, strength, and ability to own your story… and your desire to not only share for your own healing but the fact that you’re so dedicated to being transparent in order to help countless others is just amazing.

I often feel (still) that I’m supposed to be a good girl with pink bows in my hair and not say anything about the absurd behavior that is currently still going on. Well, F that. Thanks for creating a space full of realness and truth. Thank you for picking a forum that reaches so many. Thank you for being so selfless. Thank you for making noise you little movie star.


Hi Kelly
Yes, I was just like everyone else here and now I am ‘an emotional healing expert’ ~ it’s so cool!
Thank you for your encouragement and for your story about your names and your own empowerment!! That is fantastic!
Hugs, Darlene

Hi Jay
Welcome to EFB ~
I love your comments too! Breaking through the brainwashing is huge and it takes time. I related it to that old “two steps forward, two steps back. but eventually I kept going more forward than back!
Hugs, Darlene


Congrats Darlene! I’m so happy for your success! I’m also, happy for all of us who suffered as abused children because what you teach has the power to not only heal abused children but change the world for children.


This is wonderful news! I think that you will help to further heal the world through this! God knows, that my life is much better because if you and the wonderful people that contribute to your site! Phoenix from the flame, you are! When none of the therapists I went to understood, you did!


I have my toddlers “I am so proud if you” song in my head now! I am so proud of you!


Hi Pam!
Thank you! My goal, my highest passion has been to reach a huge audience with my message that healing is possible and there is real happiness, joy, fullness and LIFE on the other side of this stuff. And this movie is one step closer! It feels pretty good!
One of the guys in the movie (John Assaraf) works with neuroscientists and his work is about re-wiring the belief system and he is really huge in ‘that world’ so I am really excited to meet him since that is what I am all about here too!
hugs, Darlene


Hi T.
Thanks so much! I appreciate your comments and your song!
hugs, Darlene


This is so Awesome! going to watch the Keeper of Keys Movie soon. Thanks for sharing this with us!
I am doing so much better now reading posts and commenting here and now have a great therapist that believes and has empathy for my past, present, dysfunctional life. This site opened my eyes and forced me to face the nasty pent up garbage that was inside me. I have a friend who I talked with about her toxic parent, and told her to visit this site.


Best wishes Darlene! You may someday have your own talk show, or be making/directing more movies to enlighten the world about the Dysfunctional Toxic Family Dynamics. Many people are so in DENIAL.


Maybe in the future you could schedule events (inexpensive $pp. get togethers BBQ,Buffet,etc.) in different areas in the country so we can gather together and meet you and celebrate your successes and ours also!


I have a short list of people who I consider “most influential” in this world. Some are spiritual leaders/advisors. I have many books written by well known counselors, spiritualists, etc. that I re-read “as needed,” and they all add up to concepts and practices I can apply to myself –

– but it was not until I discovered your website that someone else’s insights and observations REALLY got to me in a way I could deeply relate to. Besides having incredible energy, you have a real talent for presenting in words the thoughts and feelings that many of us have but don’t know what to do with. And the individuals who are inspired to share here inspire others to share, and so on.

So you are now right there at the top of my “most influential” list because of how you (and the participants here) have truly HELPED me.
When you decide to put on a Conference, I’ll be signing up. And I hope this movie makes it to mainstream media.
Thank you.


Well done Darlene!xx


Thanks for your comments and for sharing your recovery! That is great!
I have been thinking about doing some retreats in the future. 🙂
hugs, Darlene


Hi Kathy
Thank you so much for your comments; they are so validating. I am so happy that you find me and my work “influential” ~ that make me smile! I am thinking about doing some retreats in the future but who knows what that might become. I am seriously starting to think about how I can best offer some services and make this a win win for everyone.
Hugs, Darlene

Hi Erin,
hugs, Darlene


Hi Everyone!
I have published a new post on the homepage! It is called “Defined as the problem by the age of four” by Carrie H. There is a great conversation going already!
Hope to see you there!
hugs, Darlene


So grateful for you sharing your story & insight to others of your remarkable journey.
You TRUELY are the heart whisperer to those of us have been broken & gave us hope and courage to have wings to rise above it all and heal!
You deserve the very best life has to offer..and more!
Best wishes!
Much love & appreciation always,


Hi Shelley
Thanks! OH MY! to be called a “heart whisperer” is really lovely! Thank you!
hugs, Darlene


Darlene, I am absolutely thrilled for you! You deserve this so very much. As always, I thank you from my heart for all you do. You are magnificent! Enjoy your movie adventure to the fullest. 🙂


I am so glad you were found! In more ways than one!!

Go, girl!!!


Hi Mariam
Hugs, Darlene

June 16th, 2014 at 6:44 am

Congratulations, Darlene! (Am just reading this for the first time.) You will be an outstanding, very valuable contributor to this production.

Your website has helped thousands of adult survivors of child abuse like me, and it is wonderful news that you will now reach an even wider audience – Brava!


Thanks ScapegoatNoLonger!
I am excited about the possibilities!!
hugs, Darlene


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The e-book ~ “Emerging from Broken ~ The Beginning of Hope for Emotional Healing” is finally almost ready to publish!! One of the big things left to do is collect the endorsements! And how better to get them from than YOU!! My readers and the commenters here on the website!! Please help me by sharing on my new post here:
Thanks everyone, hugs, Darlene


DARLENECONGRATES ON the movie!! I have just recently found you on FB..I am so exciited and happy to find someone who has been through what I have ..I can’t tell you how much your writings have meant to me…can’t wait to read your book. Thank you so much for what you do!! Wanda


Hi Wanda
Welcome To EFB!!
Thank you! Glad you are here! I am excited about doing the movie and the book should be out by next week! (or sooner!!)
Thanks! hugs, Darlene

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