In March of 2020, I had several books to record. I was ready. Then the pandemic hit. I have a daughter. Schools were closed so my husband and I had to split our workday in half and pull double duty with childcare. Needless to say, this was difficult. So many unknowns, so many fears, very little focus. I started recording Brave Enough in April. As I narrated I was grateful for Jessie’s story. She is a firecracker. A woman with unbelievable focus, fierce determination, an unmatched positive attitude, and great sense of humor, she overcame an eating disorder and went on to become a gold medalist in cross country skiing at the Pyeongchang Olympics in 2018. She has won several world championships and competed in the World Cup. She is also a spokeperson of The Emily Program which helps women recover from eating disorders. To say that she is an inspiration is an understatement. It was her story, written with Todd Smith, that helped me get through the difficult period of work/life balance during Covid. So it is very special to me that Audiofile Magazine awarded this title with an Earphones Award. It shows me that even in a dark time, the light is always trying to get in, and that if we continue to fight and work hard, we can come out the other side.
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