Brooke Burns On Not Crumbling When Things Fall Apart, Creating Opportunity From Tragedy, and Choosing Your Destiny

Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What inspires you?

Brooke Burns: So many things— the first thing that comes to mind, I think, are people who are incredibly strong, and I mean that not physically, but spiritually and emotionally. People who are overcomers. I love hearing stories about, you know, people who are overcoming challenges in their life. And when you experience hardships, you can either fold or rally, and just by a paradigm shift in your belief system. When you choose to overcome something that could paralyze people, you have the choice to either let that happen or use that as a stepping-stone to something new and different in the future.
And, in a simpler way, beautiful things like nature inspire me. Sunrise is my favorite time of the day. A sky full of stars can be very inspiring. Quiet moments where you’re alone with yourself and the beauty, nature, and majesty that God has created. That is pretty inspiring.

RP: What’s the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life?

BB: I broke my neck in 2005 from diving, and I would think that most people would assume that that was the hardest thing that I’ve had to overcome. Because my mobility was challenged, I was paralyzed for a short period of time. But that happened in 2005, and I feel like, in a lot of ways, that actually my skiing accident—when I was fifteen, I tore my ACL— was probably the hardest obstacle for me to overcome. It sounds bizarre, but I think it was because of my age. I was only fifteen years old, my identity was as a dancer, and my identity was challenged in a way, as a teenager, that I thought was life-threatening and devastating. Not being able to dance anymore [was the hardest obstacle]. But, at the same time, I feel like that was one of the very first things that did give me that opportunity to say, “Are you gonna crumble here? Or maybe God has another destiny for your life and it’s a different road than what you think it is?”

RP: What projects are you currently working on?

BB: We just came out with the fourth season of The Chase for GSN, and our second Gourmet Detective for Hallmark Movies and Mysteries just aired. We will be shooting a third one in October, so we’re just now prepping and planning for that. Then I’m also working, actually, on a new jewelry line, something different for me and new—a spiritual jewelry line.

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