To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
As I approached the milestone of 40, I began to notice shifts in my life and perspective, a constant tug on my heart. I had spent years climbing the corporate ladder, creating a career based on “spinning” the perfect story, releasing the next bestseller. All the while, the life I knew was slowly falling apart.
At 40, I quit my job as a VP at one of the top book publishing companies, opting to leave it all behind and venture into the unknown. It was a well-intended attempt to save my marriage and give my children an experience that would forever impact their perspective on humanity. We sold our home, packed up our life, and made our way to Australia.
Just short of two years later, I found myself boarding a flight back to America with my children in tow. A journey that began as a family of four, returning home as three. Brokenhearted.
Scared and not knowing what came next, I decided to take a chance and redefine my life. I could have crumbled from the weight of it all, but something kept pushing me to move forward and create a life that would allow for both the space and freedom I needed to walk my children through our next chapter.
In doing so and letting this idea of my perfectly “spun” life unravel, I stepped into a place of trust and realized that while life is messy, it is in those moments that God calls us to grow, to learn, and rise above. Life doesn’t always turn out the way you expect. And that’s okay.
My entire life had to become undone so I could truly start living again.
After returning, I focused on my business and loving my children. Little by little, life began to take shape. With each new challenge, we learned to find our silver lining, never allowing life or circumstances to keep us down for long. Sure, we stumble just like everyone else, but it’s what we do in those moments that propel us forward.
I learned to accept that everything can change in an instant and to embrace the here and now. Change as life changes. Allow yourself to get unstuck from the idea of what you thought your life was supposed to look like.
Now, we do our best to love well. We take things day by day and live in the moments, even when they are messy and uncertain.
And just when you accept things as they are, you realize God’s plan for your life doesn’t end there and that miracles truly do happen.
This is our Life, UnSpun. As four.
As a media and publishing industry professional, previously serving in VP roles for two of the largest book publishing companies worldwide, Jennifer has nearly 20 years of experience working with major media outlets and has had stories, segments, and pitches placed on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Fox & Friends, CBS This Morning, The Daily Show, LIVE with Kelly & Ryan, The Tonight Show, The View, Steve Harvey, Dr. Oz, Ellen, Oprah, Anderson Cooper, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, People, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, Time, Readers Digest, and many more.
An avid entrepreneur, she founded SPIN Literary in 2017 and has launched hundreds of books to the prestigious New York Times Bestsellers list.
Jennifer is also a guest speaker for colleges & universities, industry-related events, and philanthropic events across the globe.