Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Adams.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am originally from St. Petersburg, Florida. I moved to California in October of 2014, with dreams of helping those that are hurting within the mental health realm. Growing up, I always had a love for reading and writing; it was my ultimate escape. In high school, my love for writing transformed into journalism and to this day I’m thankful for the skills that I have been blessed to learn along the way. While in college, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to major in; but I knew I wanted to help others. In my Bachelor’s program, I was majoring in Journalism and was close to finishing my degree when I decided to change my major. After taking a general Psychology class, I fell in love with learning how to help others with mental diagnosis. Though I still had my love for journalism, I wanted to combine both worlds – social media and mental health to make an impact. I went on to get my Bachelor’s in Arts in Psychology with a minor in Journalism before going after my Master of Science in Counseling Psychology to become a Marriage and Family Therapist.
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?
The road to becoming an entrepreneur has not been an easy one. There have been countless struggles financially, mentally and even spiritually. A few years ago, I wanted to give up on everything. I found myself questioning not only my impact on the world but also what I wanted to do both in the social media and mental health fields. I fell into the trap that social media plays of comparison to other’s success happening around you. I had “friends” say I should stay in my lane and just focus on becoming a therapist. I have been attacked by bloggers or “influencers,” who didn’t even know me. While I wish I could say it was easy to navigate that push back, I learned a lot and it gave me a reality check into the drive to push forward.
The biggest lesson that I have learned as an Entrepreneur is to treat others right no matter what and to never let anyone dull your shine. My advice to other women, particularly young women who are just starting their journey is to NOT GIVE UP. If you have a unique idea, talent or dream; the world (and others) will constantly give you reasons to quit or why you aren’t good enough. As women, we are told to not be loud, to dress a certain way and to not cause “drama” (aka speaking up for what you truly feel or need). If you have an idea or talent that you want to turn into a business or brand; make sure to keep people in your circle who will not only challenge you but also support you in the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur. You will quickly realize who is really there for you or who is only trying to use you for THEIR gain.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with RunwayRedLA – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
While I wear many hats, I am extremely passionate about Mental Health. I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #110390 who specializes in Trauma Healing through utilizing the mind, body and spiritual connection. I not only walk my clients through challenging any negative thoughts, but I also teach them how to release trauma physically from the body. On my Instagram and Blog, RunwayRedLA, I bring mental heath into the fashion and beauty realm for various brands. My followers have told me that they love that I continue to stay genuine and post real reviews while also sharing my tips on maintaining mental health. The last year I have started booking speaking engagements as a Panelist or Workshop leader, sharing tips on how to successfully create a business, work with brands and how to maintain mental health as well. I have also recently picked up a few businesses who needed to hire a Marketing Director to help with their social media; so I will be launching my own Marketing Agency soon!
Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
Since I am such a huge book nerd, I highly recommend these books surrounding mental health, which you can purchase directly on my Amazon Storefront at https://www.amazon.com/shop/runwayredla (I have a huge love for Amazon):
Bessel Van der Kolk M.D.-The Body Keeps The Score- Brain, Mind, and Body in The Healing of Trauma
Emeran Mayer – The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation within our bodies impacts our moods, our choices, and our overall health.
Amir Levine – Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it can help you find and keep love.
Jackson MacKenzie – Psychopath Free: Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships with Narcissists, Sociopaths and other Toxic People.
Rachel Hollis – Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-free plan for embracing and achieving your goals
For marketing, I love to use editing tools such as Lightroom, Storyluxe, Unfold or StoryChic (best for Instagram Stories), KiraKira+, Mematic for creating memes out of hilarious bloopers from photoshoots, Plann for scheduling WordSwag for any work or quote fillers! If I am taking my own pictures, I use my Canon Rebel T7i, a ring light, tripod, a timer you can use to click while shooting and of course Lightroom to edit after!
- Website: http://runwayredla.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/runwayredla/
- Other: https://www.amazon.com/shop/runwayredla
Picture with microphone: @createwithgusto; Colorful Makeup Model Shot: @jackitaki; Green Dress: @fayenightingalephoto