Embracing the Extraordinary: A Conversation with Jen Bricker-Bauer
Born without legs, Jenn Bricker-Bauer defied the odds to become a world-renowned aerialist, competitive gymnast, and published author.
As we discuss her amazing story, we’ll explore her triumphs and the hurdles she faced with unparalleled strength.
Join me in this captivating conversation and discover the boundless possibilities that exist when one embraces the power of the human spirit.
In this episode
[03:11] Jen tells us about her story and how her body never limited her.
[04:24] Growing up normally since Jen’s family never looked at her as having any physical limits.
[05:31] Jen talks about her athletic career and participating in the Olympics.
[06:59] “I was the first person with no legs to ever compete with able-bodied athletes or ever in power tumbling.” – Jen
[07:42] How did Jen smash the limitations in her mind?
[10:32] Jen’s challenging journey during her pregnancy and delivery of her baby.
[15:21] What was Jen’s expectation when she became a mother?
[19:43] The frustration that comes with being diagnosed with cancer, having any ailment, and physical limits.
[25:41] What does Jen do to get out of the frustration?
[27:42] “It’s a surrender, which I think that’s the hardest thing for my personality. I just don’t surrender things. I just don’t.” – Jen
[30:57] “White-knuckling” life sets us up for constant disappointment.
[32:01] How having a community helps with the problems we face.
[35:56] How does Jen encourage herself daily to stay upbeat and motivated and be an encouragement to others?
[39:52] Releasing all problems through prayer and giving them to the Creator.
About Jen Bricker-Bauer
Born without legs, one would think Jen Bricker would be destined for a life of hardship. However, the hand of destiny brought her an amazing adoptive family, who gave her one simple rule, “Never say can’t” and helped her forge a life of triumph, not tragedy. As a child, Jen was obsessed with gymnastics, and her idol was Olympic gold-medalist Dominique Moceanu. Seemingly against all odds, Jen went on to compete against able-bodied athletes, and became a State Champion in power tumbling—only later to discover Moceanu was actually her biological sister.
Just like Jen is one-of-a-kind, so is her memoir—it’s filled with heart and spirit, as well as her wit, wisdom and no-holds-barred honesty. Everything is Possible is not just an autobiography, and Jen is not just a role-model for anybody facing challenges. For the reader seeking inspiration, illumination, and an uplifting life coach to point the way to purpose and joy, this is the book.
Small portions of Jen’s incredible story have been featured on numerous news shows, including HBO Real Sports, ABC 20/20, and Good Morning America and in over 100 countries worldwide. She travelled internationally with Britney Spears’ World Tour, and appeared as the headliner at the prestigious Palazzo hotel in Las Vegas, New York’s Lincoln Center, and the Shangri La Hotel in Dubai.
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