We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Eichelberger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
Practices and observations that have helped me to succeed is being true to myself, staying focused, and never giving up on my goals and dreams. Other practices that have helped me are incorporating self-care and avoiding toxic environments. Last but certainly not least is daily prayer and meditation to my Lord and Savior!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
First and foremost I am a creative person! Took me years to figure that out because it came as second nature to me.
I am an author of three books. My latest book is Self-Care: The Vital Art of Nurturing You.
One of my favorite positions was that of a television/content producer. This allowed me to be creative and use my organizational, leadership and writing skills. Plus, I was granted the opportunity to meet many people from all over the world. I thoroughly enjoyed my position as tv/content producer.
My flute journey is quite a story…a book all by itself. I played the flute through junior high school, some in high school (I stopped to be a cheerleader and flag girl), some in college and through my early 20s. Then I stopped or so I thought.
Fast forward to 2015 when I had the pleasure to interview Kirk Whalum on a show that I was producing when during the interview I mentioned that I once played the flute. Kirk responded by saying “what do you mean you once played the flute?” He then encouraged me to pick up the instrument and start playing again. Well with encouragement from him and the musical influence at my church, I decided to start playing the flute again.
I found an amazing Grammy award winning flute instructor that has played with Beyonce, performed in Coachella as well as many other artistic venues and has been a great instruction and coach for me. Many times, I wanted to quit, again. I would leave the lesson asking myself, why am I doing this? I am wasting my time and resources and someone else could benefit from this spot. But there was something in me that was inspiring and motivating me to keep going. So, I continued practicing and moving forward. Eventually I played at a few recitals, a few churches and for my enjoyment.
Lesson learned is to never give up on your dream!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh yes, I am a planner! So, this trip will be fun for my best friend!
Day one we would have brunch at my home, my husband has excellent culinary skills, then we will go shopping!
Day two we would visit historical sites and museums in the Atlanta area, have lunch or dinner at Pascal’s Restaurant.
Day three would visit AUC Center to see the HBCU’s in the Atlanta and eat at Busy Bees.
Day four visit some of the parks in the area and have dinner etc. at my home.
Day five shopping at Avalon and lunch/dinner at Cafe Intermezzo.
Day six relax at a park have a picnic inviting family and friends over to meet my best friend and later that evening attend a jazz event or play at the Fox.
Day seven take a trip to Savannah–shop, eat and just have fun!
And of course visit my church.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
One of my favorite books is “What Makes the Great, Great by Dr. Dennis P. Kimbro. This book made an impact on me.
Rev. Dr. William Peterson and First Lady Peterson mentored me during by 20s and early 30s when I was trying to figure life out! Those two provided spiritual guidance, foundation and support during a pivotal point in my life.
Lifelong friend Carolyn Riley.
…and of course, my wonderful husband, Herbert Eichelberger, Ph.D. encourages me daily.
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