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Meet Trailblazer Jenna Reily

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenna Reily.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
As much as my story is complicated, it’s a simple one of self-discovery and acceptance. I hope that through my transparency, I inspire not only my daughters, but other women to take a big look in the mirror and remain honest to not only what they are struggling with, but with what brings them joy and fulfillment. With social media and the highlight reel being spewed through everyone’s phones these days, there isn’t a more crucial time to be sharing the “unsugarcoated” realness of life. It’s ups and downs, comparison, and the relentless desire to have it all together… which none of us really do.

Imagine growing up, and feeling like your parents always had it together. Seriously! PTA President, a class mom, volunteered for everything, owned a business, always made ends meet, and were high school sweethearts that absolutely adored each other and always got along… this was my childhood. Although my parents were amazing, there was something missing. Transparency. Real talk. Discussions about trials and hardship and how to work through it. Years later I would come to find that it wasn’t all butterflies and rainbows, but at the time, I believed that this should be what life looks like. I believed you grow up, go to college, you have all your “ish” together, and that there shouldn’t be any real struggle. As much as I felt loved, and blessed, I was more than unprepared for what life would throw at me. I felt misunderstood and alone because of my struggles and anxiety to meet this ridiculous expectation, therefore, dealt with the disease of perfectionism without sharing it openly.

When I graduated high school, I left home and did all that I knew to be true… all successful people go to college. College equals happiness and success. This is where the belief that life was about attaining a specific “job title” while never sharing personal struggles you encounter along the way, and never searching beyond the surface to find what brings you the most joy. So, from this- I would quietly struggle and conquer anxiety, two eating disorders, and lack of finding fulfillment after earning two college degrees.

Then, motherhood happened. literally overnight. I was working as a nurse, dating a single father that I loved, while low key battling an eating disorder and anxiety that liked to rear an ugly head. On the surface, I appeared to have it all together but was falling apart on the inside. I knew that there was more for me. more joy. more fulfillment. and more purpose. This is when I began looking at my first daughter (also known as my “bonus daughter”) and realized my position of importance and influence as a mother and all the values I wanted to instill into this impressionable child. This is when I began thinking, “who did I need when I was her age? what do I wish was shared with me? talked about? taught?” This is where I began looking at my own life a lot different. that my struggles, hardships, and experiences weren’t just mine to endure, they were mine to share in order to inspire, touch, and change the lives of others. In being transparent and real with her (and eventually to so many others), it would actually inspire and give them permission to do the same. The self-love and belief I wanted her to have, the joy I wanted her to feel, the confidence she would walk with, it would all be a reflection of how I demonstrated those behaviors and shared the most “unsugarcoated” parts of my journey. I would become relatable, open, and understanding as opposed to closed, concealed, and unapproachable.

From this point, I started living in accordance with what brought me joy and how I wanted my daughter and eventually my second daughter to live their lives. Obviously, it wasn’t all a cake walk as my husband and I have dealt with financial stress, jealousy, infertility, anxiety, addictions, finding jobs that brought fulfillment, but through trial and error and being transparent, our children have witnessed first hand how to conquer some of life’s largest struggles. Something I share with people who have children is this- “Our job is not only to protect them- but to prepare them. For when they are grown and are beyond your physical protection, they are protected by their preparedness.” My story is far from over, but in the process of becoming the person my daughter’s, and I needed, I’ve become a much better version of myself.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Heck, no. I would definitely describe it as a dirt road after a massive rain storm. But I also like to think that without a struggle, you never learn to overcome. the struggle is the very place you gain your story and ability to help others overcome theirs.

Over the years I conquered fake friendships, anxiety, eating disorders, and the “disease to please” to name a few. My advice for women is to remain authentic to your true self. Your people and sphere of influence will find you.

Don’t force anything. A career you aren’t in love with, your friends, your skinny jeans, your underwire bra, your relationships, and the absurd belief that you must fit in. Your weirdness and what makes you different is what makes you-YOU! You were not put on this earth to be a carbon copy, you are an original. Quit living small enough to believe you are here to merely suck up oxygen and take up space. You are HERE for a purpose only you can carry out.

The best part of doing all of that? You will secretly give permission to others to start living the same way.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
First and foremost, my most important job is being a mother. If I’m not raising compassionate, kind, and capable human beings… what am I actually doing? I feel mother Theresa said it best. “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”

When I’m not turning the miles over on my SUV getting the girls to all their activities, I’m a coach and “people cheerleader.” A couple of days a week, you can find me at Redtail CrossFit in Prescott Arizona where I coach some of the most amazing people I know. Help them take pride in what they accomplish in and outside of the gym, and in turn, they inspire me to believe in myself and finish anything I start.

Lastly, you can find me sitting in the corner of a coffee shop or in the parking lots of my daughter’s activities working my online Shampoo Business that provides anti-aging solutions to hair issues (imagine Wrinkle Cream for your hair!). I literally get paid to help women have amazing hair and feel more confident… so crazy! I also help other busy women earn that same residual income from their phones through marketing a consumable product and creating a positive influence. No matter what job or career you have, always remember that it’s about creating a real human connection and influencing others to be their very best version of themselves.

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
Find people that are willing to teach you. There are so many knowledgeable people, but good teachers are what make good mentors.

As far as networking goes, quit looking at people for how they can help you. Start looking at how you can help them. Seek to find something a person has in common with you, and go out and love on people.

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