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Live Inspired Podcast: S9 | Ep. 89 The Miracle Season

Kathy Bresnahan and Helen Hunt together for The Miracle Season Movie.The Miracle Season is a major motion picture based on the true story of Coach Kathy Bresnahan (played by Helen Hunt) leading her volleyball team, against all odds, to a state championship after their captain and all-star player, Caroline Found, passed away tragically before the season began.

That time you wished you were seeing the movie in the PREVIEW instead of the one you were there to actually see… Has this ever happened to you? I was so moved by the preview for The Miracle Season, I made a date to take my whole family to see it when it came out in April. See the preview here.

Today, I get to introduce you to Coach Kathy. She will shed light on grieving, leading and what it means to “live like line” – the slogan + motivation created in memory of their lost teammate Caroline.

Don’t miss this episode. It’s my most emotional to date; because there are so many lessons to not only live more inspired, but to #LiveLikeLine.

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  • Check out the HBO special here.
  • Get a copy of Kathy Bresnahan’s The Miracle Season book here.
  • Order a Live Like Line t-shirt here.
  • “18 people committed to one goal, we weren’t going to be denied.”
  • How did you guide your team through the grief of losing their friend? The best thing I did was put down my boundaries and let them know how much I loved them. I gave them the latitude to grieve how they wanted. I didn’t make them conform. I was able to just guide them enough; and they helped me, too.
  • Learn more about the Live Like Line Foundation here.
  • Did you like learning about the story behind the movie? If so, check out Episode #76, which tells the heroic story of Welles Crowther which was told in the movie Man in Red Bandana.
  • Live Inspired IN STUDIO is my membership community where like-minded friends join me via live webcast to live inspired together. Registration opens soon! Join the waitlist.


1. What is the best book you've ever read? The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I love her writing style, it follows two sisters during WW2 and what they did during the war.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Spontaneity. I think now they call it ADHD.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? My picture of my dad. He died three years ago. He was my biggest fan.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? I’d like to talk to Mother Teresa. She just seemed like such a wise and kind person.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? When that season started one of my best friends called me and said, “Grieve for three days. You can’t write off the season or go through the motions. Do what you do best: Go play volleyball. Honor her. Don’t win for her, play like Line.”

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Oh my God, be healthier!

7. It's been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She lived her life to the fullest and she cared about people and helped them laugh.


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