Whats the Story? with Jo Painter | Meet Leslie

Leslie’s life is an amazing tale of adversity and resilience.

Leslie found herself facing prison. She found the courage to not only survive, but to thrive. She says, “I always had my children in my mind. I could never go back to the way I used to be.” Leslie had a good life. She was married with two daughters and a good job. Her company was bought out and things changed. She was laid off and got divorced. She says she became a “little too comfortable with unemployment”. Leslie says she didn’t make good choices.  

When faced with a 3 ½ yr jail sentence she was afraid for herself and for her kids. Leslie didn’t agree to the events that unfolded that night and she didn’t speak at all when arrested. She was the only one charged. How did she overcome bitterness and arrive at a place of forgiveness? Tune in to find out how Leslie is able to say “I am OK. I am happier today than before I went to prison.”  

Life is good once again for Leslie, but not without ongoing challenges. She has another baby and an “amazing boyfriend”. When asked what advice she would share with her younger self she has just two words. “Love yourself.” The story she shares is deeply personal and profoundly steeped in forgiveness and love. Listen to her message and share it with others.

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