On 27 July 1999, 21-year-old Tiffany Johnson stared death in the face when she miraculously survived one of Switzerland's worst natural disasters, the Saxtenbach Gorge Canyoning Disaster. When a landslide and flash flood hit the Saxetenbach Gorge that day it claimed the lives of 21 young people. This horrific event sent shockwaves around the globe, making headlines as only six were pulled from the treacherous waters that day. Tiffany is one of those survivors.
Thunderous water gushed all around me. I surrendered my body as I was swept away by the ravaging floodwaters. I saw my life playing out like a series of snapshots. I knew I couldn’t get to safety and so I let go...
The quintessential girl next door, Tiffany had grown up on an idyllic farm in country Australia and moved to the city to pursue her dreams. Far from home, she fell in love with the wrong man and entered a toxic relationship. Struggling with anxiety and anorexia, she fled overseas hoping to escape her demons. Stranded, broken and alone in the UK, Tiffany booked a Contiki tour in the hope she would overcome her challenges and finally find herself. Little did she know her battle was just beginning.
Poignant and enthralling, Brave Enough Now is a courageous memoir of overcoming internal conflict and trauma. Intimately penned, Tiffany’s heartfelt story is one of love, friendship, self-discovery, inspiration and hope. From little girl lost to lionheart, this extraordinary memoir is unforgettable from start to end.
Tiffany is Brave Enough Now.
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About the Author
Tiffany's journey began in a search for self. She sought her truth unsuccessfully as she journeyed out of rural Australia to University and tropical resorts, through messy relationships and ultimately overseas to Europe.
She came to see that her life was as big as a mountain, only for the world which she was creating to come crashing down in the 1999 Swiss Canyoning Disaster. Returning home to Australia, back to where her journey began, she is finally brave enough now to share her story.
These events have shaped her writing and her perspective on life. She has found her voice and wants to help others find their voice too.
Tiffany's writing has been published in Circle - Diabetes Australia national magazine. She has worked as Artist Director for the cookbook - 'Tastes that make a difference' and was the illustrator for the poetry book, 'Journeys of the Heart' by D.S. Elliott.
Tiffany is a featured speaker for the Human Library Movement, plus community advocacy groups such as Rotary and White Ribbon. Tiffany has become an advocate of trauma survivors and diabetics. She is a member of Writers Victoria and the Australian Society of Authors.
When not writing, you can find Tiffany cooking up a storm in the kitchen with her family all singing to Frank Sinatra or sitting in her garden drinking tea while pondering what inspiration the world will bring for her next creative adventure. Tiffany has settled down with her two children, her ever-so-patient husband and two dogs - who are not as patient.
BRAVE ENOUGH NOW is her debut memoir and is currently working on her second manuscript, a sequel to Brave Enough Now.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Can I Ever be Found
Chapter 2 Where Can I Hide
Chapter 3 In a Faraway Tree
Chapter 4 Another New Beginning
Chapter 5 Finding My Way
Chapter 6 A Comfy Pillow and a Safe Place
Chapter 7 Connections in Foreign Lands
Chapter 8 English Gardens and Fast Cars
Chapter 9 Goodbye, Hello, Goodbye
Chapter 10 Not a Star in the Sky
Chapter 11 Let the Party Begin
Chapter 12 Everything is Fabulous in Paris
Chapter 13 New Friends
Chapter 14 Slowly Moving Forward
Chapter 15 A True Connection
Chapter 16 Freedom
Chapter 17 A Few Little Luxuries
Chapter 18 I Belong
Chapter 19 My Life as Big as a Mountain
Chapter 20 Choosing the Light
Chapter 21 From Clear to Dark
Chapter 22 Uncharted Territory
Chapter 23 Home
Epilogue Older now- Wiser? Perhaps?
Facts on the Saxtenbach Gorge disaster
Sir William Deane, governer general of the Commonewealth of Australia 1999 'It is still winter at home'
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
You cannot help but love this absolutely beautiful story of the life of the author and in particular, the post-traumatic life. This is a wonderful story and is so inspiring. Love this story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Memoirs are my favorite genre to read because there really can be no judgment of an author’s life story: it’s exclusively and truthfully theirs. And when an author has the guts—and literary skill—to share their journey, I’m appreciative and will gladly pull up a chair to listen to what they have to say. But as a reader, I’m also extremely selective of what I choose to buy and read, for discretionary funds and free time available are finite, so I thoughtfully considered whether ‘to read or not to read’ “Brave Enough Now” by Tiffany Johnson. What ultimately drew me to this story was its “miraculous” factor: how many people survive being whisked away in a landslide/flash flood? Not many is my guess. I ordered “Brave Enough Now” through Barnes and Noble online store and once it arrived, I dove right in. I spent the day with the author and listened to her expose her soul; not an easy thing to do. . .but as her title states, she is brave enough to be honest now, having accepted herself fully. Chapter after chapter, the artistic, literary skill of this work presented itself to me as if I were standing in an art gallery viewing famous Renaissance paintings. The author’s ability to paint scenes with words describing her tour in Europe (just prior to the landslide she survived) is slow-motion paced and quite divine. I savored her imagery. I believe this book will appeal to readers who enjoy taking an intimate look into a fellow sojourner’s life on planet earth to consider the lessons learned along the way. This work did not pose as a self-help book to me, but simply a lovely story of one young woman’s struggle to find herself, love sincerely, nurture true connections with friends, and live a meaningful life.