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How to foster aggressive optimism in kids with Jenna Edwards

Updated: May 29

Release date: March 18, 2024

My guest this episode, Jenna Edwards, is an actor, activist, and author. Jenna and I discuss her newly-released book, Aggressive Optimism, which is a fictional account of a young woman coping with mental health challenges following a traumatic event. Jenna openly acknowledges that the work parallels her own story, which might be why the protagonist’s thoughts, insecurities, struggles, and successes seem so real, and why I recommend the book for young readers who are facing their own challenges. More information about Jenna and Aggressive Optimism is below.

Biography of 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.

Now, she’s on a mission to empower others through writing and producing, inspiring them to face their own "big bads." Remember, you have a choice. Will you stand up?

Jenna currently lives in Los Angeles with her loving and supportive husband, Craig. You can find out more at


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