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A lot has changed since Brooke made $3.75 an hour serving up pretzels. After winning Season 7 of Dancing with the Stars with her partner, Derek Hough, Brooke says she visualized getting the co-host gig.
"I learned a really valuable lesson when I was dancing, and that's the power of the mind," she says. "So I put it out there. I wrote about it on my blog. I created this bucket list. It was one of my items. ... Now I really understand how important it is to think positive and to believe in things."
Brooke says her latest job is the most glamorous gig on television. "I get to dress up like a princess twice a week," she says. "It's an amazing job for me as a mom."
Brooke says she drives her four children—ages 2, 3, 8 and 10—to school every morning. Then, after a day at the ABC studio, she makes it home before bedtime. "That's pretty lucky," she says.