Pockets of Joy – Former TV news anchor authors Novel
A former Twin Cities news anchor is sharing her story about life, disappointments and triumphs. Plymouth resident Roxane Battle is the author of the new book “Pockets of Joy.”
Battle worked at KARE TV for almost 15 years. In front of the camera her life appeared glamorous.
“At home my life had fallen apart, it was a very challenging time of my life,” Battle said. “I was newly divorced, I had an 11-month-old baby and I had this new job on TV and I had to put my whole life back together on camera,” she said.
Battle talks about being a single parent and financially struggling. She recalls the time she had just enough money to buy her son Jarod, who was 2 at the time, a Happy Meal at McDonald’s.
“To this day I wonder if that little 2-year old saved me that nugget,” she said.
She says those struggles made her stronger. Battle decided to take the high road and not be bitter by her circumstances.
“Look at my lovely little child. I’m going to put my life back together. I’m working in a career that I love, and I’m going to make the best of it,” she said.
She found peace and purpose in the middle of her conflict.
“Yeah, I had some pain, yeah I cried, yeah things fell apart, but you know what, we put them back together again,” she said. “I decided to look for the joy, the pockets of joy in my life.”
Battle eventually left television. She says it was a difficult decision.
“I think when I walked away from TV news I got in touch with who I am as a person,” she said.
She hopes her book will inspire others to find their own pockets of joy.
“Happiness is a direct result of our decisions and our choices. We can choose to be happy. we can choose to be free.”