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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thank you, Holly Hoffman!

This week, we had a very special Mystery Skype session with Holly Hoffman from the TV show Survivor! She was on the 21st season of Survivor, and she made it 38 of the 39 days in the jungle of Nicaragua! VERY impressive! She now travels around the United States as a motivational speaker. Her message to us was to NEVER GIVE UP! We learned how important it is to have DETERMINATION and CONFIDENCE in ourselves and our capabilities.

Here is some information Holly sent me about why she decided to try out for the show:
"I decided to apply for Survivor the summer of 2009 because I wanted a challenge and an adventure in my life. I was very fortunate to stay home and raise all three of our children and also started a swim team that I coached for 17 years - so basically it was something for myself. I actually wanted to see if I could get on the show. The average 100,000 people applying for the show each year so for me it was going to be a challenge just getting on. When I got the call from a casting director in LA I thought it was a joke. I deleted the call and didn't call him back. When he called me two days later, it then came to me that this is the real deal. I made the show and was fearful in the beginning. I was thinking, what did I get myself into? We were in Nicaragua and I had to survive with the clothes on my back. I wanted to quit on day 5, and was able to pull myself through and changed my attitude and started to believe in myself. I overcame the fear and sense of doubting myself and made it to the final 4, and was the last woman in the game. Since the show, I have become an inspirational speaker explaining to people what I took from the show and how important attitude, determination , desire, confidence and faith are in the real world. We are all surviving something and putting those 5 things together we can survive. I have also been traveling around the United States attending charity events for many organizations. I am loving what I am doing - inspiring and motivating others to never give up and follow their dreams."

We loved hearing about the challenges you had to compete in, and the hardships you endured on the show. Holly, you are an inspiration to people young and old! :) Thanks for spending time with us this week.  We can't wait to get your autograph cards in the mail!

You can follow Holly on twitter @HollyHoffmanS21 to stay updated with where she is speaking!

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