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397: Aggressive Optimism with Jenna Edwards

A unique coming of age story, Aggressive Optimism explores the complex landscape of mental health, the importance of solidarity, and the power of perseverance.

‘Nif is a talented singer trapped in a small hometown. Though she thrives in her choir, she longs for a life in Hollywood. After a breakthrough solo performance, her talents are recognized by a popular media personality and her hopes for her big break soar. Until a devastating accident derails her dreams and confronts her with new and unexpected challenges. 

With the help of her family and dear friends, Nif must reassemble the pieces of her life and discover a wellspring of inner strength. In the process, her aggressive optimism becomes a source of inspiration, not only for herself but for those around her.’

Bio – Jenna Edwards

Growing up in the middle of Minnesota’s cornfields, Jenna had some big dreams. She wanted to make people laugh on TV, inspire change, and travel the world. Life wasn’t easy, though. Born to teenage parents who split when she was three, Jenna faced poverty and abuse until her mom took a stand, and they escaped.

In her early twenties, Jenna set off for Los Angeles, to make her dreams come true. She even landed a role on the legendary “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” show. Imagine inheriting Buffy’s powers! But then, a terrible accident shook her world. She struggled with debilitating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but learned that asking for help is a sign of strength, just like Buffy asking her friends for help.


Social Media Information

IG @jennaedwardsofficial

Resources Mentioned

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

Show Sponsor – National Association for Primary Education (NAPE)

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