Columnist, Journalist, & Media Relations Expert
Jennifer Lea Reynolds is an award-winning advertising copywriter, public relations specialist, and journalist. She’s held positions at advertising and public relations firms in New York City and New Jersey throughout her career. Clients have ranged from popular consumer brands and transportation companies to dental products and event service associations. In her current role as a freelance journalist, she’s authored articles for U.S. News & World Report, Reader’s Digest, Woman’s Day, Smithsonian magazine, HuffPost, and more. In addition to covering primarily health and wellness topics, Jennifer also writes personal essays and has two columns: Psychology Today’s Human Kind and Model Aviation magazine’s Sky’s the Limit. She’s interviewed prominent public figures including entrepreneurs, mayors, noted psychologists, and authors.
Jennifer is the founder of The Kindness Couture, an effort dedicated removing cloaks of negativity in society by focusing on empathy. She’s also the founder of Flabby Road, an inspirational and informative health initiative. The latter stems from her significant weight loss several years ago which led to her appearance in weight loss ads in magazines like People and SELF. She discussed kindness as a featured guest on Distraction, a podcast hosted by best-selling author and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell. Her children’s picture book pitch about coping with loss and finding comfort was featured on New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) in 2016 as part of a literary segment.
To focus on the positive in the people and in the world. It can be challenging these days, especially with the unfortunate rise in hate-filled mindsets and events unfolding. However, it’s important to not lose sight of the goodness and blessings that exist.
Giving thanks for a new day filled with hope and new possibilities.
To be kind to everyone I encounter.
I’m a fan of the quote by novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne: “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” It reminds me to seek happiness, but not in an exhaustive manner that attempts to force outcomes. Be OK with letting life gently unfold.
Living in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, I’m surrounded by lakes, mountains, and plenty of walking trails. It’s beautiful to be around so much nature. At the same time, I also enjoy the proximity to the capital, Concord, where there’s plenty of businesses, shopping, and restaurants. There’s a little of everything in the area I live.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I like to start with a cup of coffee as I ease into the day. I don’t have one go-to breakfast food. Sometimes it’s oatmeal, other days it’s fruit and eggs. When I do eat breakfast out, it’s usually during the weekend with my husband. Then, I usually have spinach and feta omelet.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – I’m definitely a morning person. At this hour, the coffee’s brewing and I’m firing up my laptop since I work from home. I read my emails and review my to-do list, then dive into a project. A little later, I head to the gym for about an hour.
10:00 AM – At any given time I could be reviewing embargoed press releases I’ve received or preparing to interview an expert for an article. Other days, I’m focused on pitching literary agents about my children’s picture books on loss and kindness. More recently, I’ve been searching job sites, as I’m actively seeking a full-time, non-telecommute communications/media relations position. This way, I can extend my career expertise to others with more regularity. I still plan on writing and managing my social media sites. It’ll just be less often.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Right at home. Usually some grilled chicken and vegetables.
7:00 PM – This is my time to unwind. I’ve already had dinner and am usually watching television or reading.
11:00 PM – I’m sound asleep by 11:00. I’m a big believer in getting sufficient sleep; it’s been proven that lack of it has detrimental effects on mental and physical health.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I have one cup of coffee in the morning. Around mid-afternoon I switch to tea. Earl Grey’s my favorite, although I also enjoy chamomile, green tea with lemon, and orange spice.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
I’m on Instagram frequently as @jen_sunshine3, having shifted away from my frequent Facebook use. I use Facebook more for business purposes like managing my Kindness Couture and Flabby Road pages. As for a favorite Instagram account, it’s hard to pick just one. Right now I’m enjoying the terrific images and insight from @Macroandflora, @thefrontdoorproject, @nutritionstutorial, and @tree_magic. When I’m not on Instagram, I’m using Twitter and LinkedIn.
What should everyone try at least once?
A day without intentionally-added sounds. No radio in the car or at home. Trading the television for conversation. You’d be surprised at how your thoughts shift and creativity flows differently in the absence of such sounds. Life doesn’t always require the constant backdrop of a playlist or television show.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
My imagination. It’s entertaining and sometimes even relaxing to come up with “what if” scenarios, whether based on real life possibilities or some obscure string of thoughts that bring a smile to my face. Getting lost in old photos, great music, and conversation are important too.