Blog Tour - Focused

About the book: Where are your choices leading you? Regardless of our circumstances, each moment presents us with decision to make. It doesn't matter what question, trial, or success we experience—each traces back to a choice. At any given moment, we can choose to doubt, fear, worry; to be prideful, angry, depressed, or miserable—or we can choose to move forward. We can choose to be a light. We can choose to be happy. The choice is always ours, and each choice can be a step forward on the path of life we want for ourselves.

The life lessons learned by Olympic athlete Noelle Pikus Pace can equip each of us to turn daily choices and challenges into opportunities for growth. In her warm and relatable style, Noelle shares touching personal stories and teaches how these experiences can help us keep a healthy perspective on the things that matter most. She helps us to see that though all of our goals and trials are different, we each can choose to become the best versions of ourselves one day at a time.

Covering topics from letting go of expectations and pressures to finding a healthy life balance, from standing up for ourselves to standing for righteousness, world champion Noelle Pikus Pace infuses readers with the enthusiasm and confidence to get a little closer to their goals each and every day.

My review: This book is probably my favorite book that I've had a chance to read this year. I love the way it is put together, it's full of beautiful pictures, and quotes. I love the way that Noelle Pikus Pace rights, she is as down to earth as people come and she really has a way with words. I love how each of the stories she shares helps you to know how you personally can move forward in your own life to reach any goal that you might have. 

I was way excited to be able to read this book and review it, and even more excited when  I was offered a chance to get to meet Noelle at a special blogger question and answer session. I loved that it was a really small, intimate group of people, I loved that we were able to listen to Noelle talk about her life and why she wanted to write a book. I loved that she is a real person, just like the rest of us that makes mistakes and who has challenges sometimes. I really loved the way she came into the room and just lit it up, she is one of those people who has something nice to say about or to everyone she meets. She passed around her silver medal, and all of us there were able to hold it or get pictures of it (she even photo-bombed some of them.) She made me want to be a better version of myself, so I'd better get started on writing some goals for myself. I'm so grateful to Deseret Book for the chance to read this one and even more grateful for the chance to meet such an amazing woman!

Do you know that Noelle Pikus Pace is one of this year's Time Out For Women presenters? There is a Time Out For Women event in about a month in Salt Lake City, you can check it out here. I was able to watch Time Out For Women on the internet a couple of years ago and I loved every minute of it, so amazing. I loved being able to listen to great women like Sheri Dew, Mercy River, and Noelle Pikus Pace and have my testimony of the Savior and my place as a woman strengthened as well. 

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: NOELLE PIKUS PACE became the first American woman to win the Overall World Cup Title in skeleton in 2005. After playing a variety of sports through high school and college, her exceptional strength in skeleton made her favored to win the gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics. An unfortunate accident prevented her from competing, but the following year she came back to win the World Championships by the largest margin in the history of the sport. Noelle competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics and was the top U.S. finisher, placing fourth.

She retired after the Olympics to spend more time with her family. Following a miscarriage in April of 2012, Noelle and her husband, Janson, decided that she would try one last time to earn an Olympic medal, on the condition that the family would all travel together. Competing in 32 national and international competitions over two years, Noelle finished on the podium 29 times and concluded her career by triumphantly winning the silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and jumping into the stand to share the moment with her family and the world.

Noelle earned a bachelor’s degree in 2005 and a master of business administration degree in 2007. Noelle and Janson have two children, Lacee and Traycen.

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