In today’s episode of #ChimeInWithAWJ, I had the honor of speaking with @elizabeth_smart_official, survivor, author and speaker, about her abduction from her Salt Lake City home in 2002, at the age of 14.

In this candid conversation, we discuss the little miracles that occurred during the 9 months she was held captive that kept her alive. We talk about how she intentionally decided to lean into gratitude and joy, instead of despair, upon her return. We also discuss how the human spirit is incredibly resilient, how we should always give people the benefit of the doubt, and how we should try to learn to default to compassion and kindness in all we do.

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Elizabeth Smart is an activist, author and speaker. She is the Founder of the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation.” She also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.

Elizabeth has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book, “My Story.” In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivor’s guide, entitled, “You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” She has also written an inspiring book about what it takes to overcome trauma, find the strength to move on, and reclaim one’s life. “Where There’s Hope” is the result of Elizabeth’s mission: It is both an up-close-and-personal glimpse into her healing process and a heartfelt how-to guide for readers to make peace with the past and embrace the future.