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Whitney's Blog

Read the latest from Whitney's blog. Her motto: "Love is a lifestyle. Love what you do and do what you love!" Find out how she manages work and life while running a talk show and being a newlywed.

 

 

 

Season Preview

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Ready. Set. It's Preview Time! Season 4 of The Whitney Reynolds Show is coming out soon. This season the topics are tough: Veterans, A Life Story (Holocaust Survivor), Be The Change, Fears, Puppy Mills and Survivor . We dive into issues that matter and have stacked each show with the best of the best. Here's a sneak peek at what's to come.

 

 

 

Early Detection: Full Circle Show

Whitney Reynolds

Whitney Reynolds

I had one of those full circle moments on The Whitney Reynolds Show after finding a lump in my armpit last December. Going into a new season of The Whitney Reynolds Show this lump has left me with a new viewpoint & understanding on what it's like to open up about a life changing moment. Big thanks to my editor and friend Carrie Williams for this article. I've always loved sharing stories and now here's my own.

WHITNEY REYNOLDS' HEALTH SCARE   [By Carrie Williams]

I met Whitney Reynolds over a year ago when TCW was featured on a special episode of her talk show, The Whitney Reynolds Show, on WYCC. She’s one of the hardest working women I know…bright, bubbly and a good friend. So when I saw some alarming news on Facebook one day, I was worried about her.

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Whitney first noticed the lump in her armpit one night before bed in December: “I was in my pajamas and happened to look in the mirror while stretching my arms up. It immediately caught my eye because it was like a small golf ball poking out of my right armpit.” She then Googled what she saw.

“Don’t do this,” urges Whitney. “After seeing the article that popped up, I panicked. I sent a picture of the lump to my best friend who’s a nurse. She normally tells me all is fine but, this time she said to make an appointment. I waited around three days and polled everyone I saw. I started feeling pain in my arm and that’s when I knew it was time to go in.”

Whitney first met with her woman doctor who then sent her to an expert. “I knew the seriousness of what was at hand and needed some motivational, yet real advice,” she explains. “I watched my ‘Early Detection’ show once, then twice and found myself in tears and taking notes from my guests.”

At first there was a small chance the lump could have been hormonal. “So on Christmas, when it had not gone down, I was devastated,” says Whitney. “I already had the ultrasound on the books, so after the holidays I knew it was time for answers. The night before the appointment I was terrified of the unknown. However, I put my faith into action.”

Through it all, Whitney wasn’t alone. She had her husband, David, and her parents by her side. “He was my rock and handled it like a boss,” she says. “He said no matter the results, we would look it in the eye and take care of it. And my parents both offered up tons of family history on bumps that had surfaced on both sides over the years.”

After seeing a few doctors, the final results came the day of the ultrasound. “Having had a friend pass away this year from cancer my nerves were a little more on edge and my prayers turned into more of a lengthy conversation with God during the ‘waiting’ time.”

The day of the ultrasound, Whitney met with the doctor and a radiologist. “They started the ultrasound and then compared it to my other armpit,” she recalls. “They then went and looked at the results a bit closer. This 20-minute wait seemed like a lifetime. They let [my husband] David come back before they gave us the results.” Posting to Facebook once again, Whitney wrote…

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Whitney Reynolds

With tears of joy in her eyes, Whitney gave the doctor “the biggest hug.” She really wanted to celebrate, but the reality hit her that many other women in that same doctor’s office were not getting the same results. “I went from joy to compassion and overall a spirit of thankfulness,” she says. “This experience has changed me as a person and as an interviewer. I have an amazing respect for health and a renewed sense of compassion for others. I now know what it’s like to have something very personal and sensitive come up. This experience has left a forever mark on my heart.”

Climb The Mountain & Learn From The Valley

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Welcome to 2015. When a new year is approaching I like to take a second and reflect on how far we have come, lessons I've learned and goals for the future. With each new year, I seek joy in the journey, gratitude in my heart and love in my steps (But this wasn't always the case)...

In my early 20's when I started the show, I wanted to be older, wiser and know it all. On my 24th birthday this internal struggle came to a halt. I realized in order to make it to the top of the mountain, I must acknowledge and learn from the valley. It started with baby steps like adding my age to facebook, seeking mentors across the board and surrounding myself with the best team around. I found that being a cheerleader for others felt so much better than being competitive. I learned to listen more and to truly think before I speak. I started trusting my expert team instead of micromanaging and in the process of all this self change it happened.... I found a healthy work/life balance, I had the best team around, I met my soul-mate, gained a weekly time slot on PBS and grew to more markets than I could have imagined.

Understanding where you have come from is a key component to where you are going. Learn from your missteps, acknowledge your reality and seek the joy in your journey!

People love authenticity, be true yourself this year and trust me... The best is yet to come.

Happy New Year! xoxo -Whitney

Whitney's Wish List

Whitney Reynolds

Whitney Reynolds

This week, my special ‘Whitney’s Wish List’ will start airing on My Deal TV in Chicago and Miami. Just by mentioning "Whitney," you will be able to catch some great deals like, 25% off products at K Paige Salon with purchase of a service.

Maybe your face looks great but you want that summer glow? Then watch as I talk with Celebrity Skin Couture Air Tan. Celebrity Skin is offering our viewers Half off Full Body Tan, Eyelash Extensions and Brazilian Waxing. Offer Valid for first time clients only and can not be combine with any other offer. Valid through Feb. 28th 2015.

That’s just the half of it. We also have Concierge Med Spa. They’ll tell how to give or get "the gift of youth" this holidays season. They are talking Botox, micro peel facial service and more. Plus with certain purchases they are throwing in FREE services. Visit their website and ask for their "Whitney" specials.

Finally, I talk about the Accessory Mercado AM-bassador Campaign. Shop and raise money for your favorite non-profit! Accessory Mercado is giving 10% back to ALL non-profits. Click the AM-bassador tab and follow the instructions on how to sign up. Also make sure to check out the jewels while your there, everything is under $50.00. 'Whitney's Wish List' will run December 17th- NYE on My Deal TV in Chicago and Miami. Check your local listings for exact playback information.

For all you reading at home, I have a special treat. We have more deals listed below. Here are my 5 extra specials for my blog followers.


1. Leah Chavie Skin Care Boutique:$50.00 off mint facial. Only $75.00 Holiday Mint Facial. Peppermint essential oils help to stimulate, rejuvenate, and purify the skin. The facial includes an exfoliation with a cranberry mint scrub from Leah's skincare line, extractions, a spearmint mask and massage.

2. Salitas Salsa- (My favorite Salsa) $3.00 off website orders
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3. Dynamic Salon- $35.00 No Chip manicure & pedicure

4.KS Style Consulting Take $50 off a Closet Clean-out Session or Personal Shopping Session when you mention "Whitney's Wish List."


5. FREE personal training session at Fit Lincoln Park- Mention Whitney!

Remember to check out WYCC and WQPT for episodes of 'The Whitney Reynolds Show.' Check me out on Facebook for up to date information. Follow my Twitter @W3Whitney.

Happy Shopping!
 

Leah Chavie Skin Care Boutique

Leah Chavie Skin Care Boutique

Salitas Salsa

Salitas Salsa

The Holistic Holiday

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"Ask Aimee"

"Ask Aimee"

This week, we wanted to prepare our readers for the stress that comes with the season, by going holistic for the holidays. To give you some great tips on managing stress and finding some peace of mind this holiday, we talked to Aimee Orta of Balance Healing Center. She's been helping people heal holistically for the last twelve years and has some great insight on strategy for a natural approach to relieving the burden of stress.

In your years of observing clients, what do you think is the biggest stressor during the holidays? I think the biggest stress people have is the expectations of themselves and of others. From parties to families to relationships, people load it on all at once and it's too much.

That's very interesting. How do you feel people can combat those stressors? Get plenty of sleep. The more tired you are the less tolerant you'll be of your crazy great aunt Bernadette and the person who took your parking space at Marianos. It's amazing how refreshed and in control you feel on a full night of sleep. 

Take a walk. Have a dance party. Meditate. Yes, it is harder to exercise when you have three parties on the same day or there's a wind chill of 5 below. But taking the time to get some fresh air or to be intentional about moving your body and quieting your mind is an important step to help melt stress.

People should be mindful in everything they do. From approaching food choices, how much they eat, or shopping, people should slow their mind and make conscious choices. That said, mindfulness can be a service like a massage or simply meditating before you go to bed at night.

Remember to have fun. Laugh. Keep a positive attitude. The holidays should be a time for celebrating. An optimistic outlook will help you take it all in stride. After all, your party plans may not turn out perfectly and that's ok. It's usually in those moments that the best memories are made. 

Great insight. So, in your practice, do you think there's a service that best helps relieve stress? Yes, the most successful modality we have is craniosacral therapy. Using a soft touch, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. The heart of it is stillness which is the ultimate in calming nerves.

Sounds soothing! Now, what makes a service or membership at Balance Healing Center such a great holiday gift? People struggle to make themselves a priority. That's why the gift of self care is priceless. It's perfect for someone who can get everything else. It also can open a new door in their life to exploration.

What other advice do you have for those preparing for the upcoming festivities? Being holistic for the holidays is great but people should start incorporating little things throughout the year, whether it's a weekly or monthly service or membership to our center. Also, people need to be forgiving of themselves.

That said, New Years is a great way to start fresh. So forgive yourself so you can buckle down in the new year. We offer some great detox programs.

Thanks Aimee! Be sure to check out Balance Healing Center as a gift for yourself or those around you. It will be well worth it.  You can receive her newsletter here. (http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001kkqO0FxDKZTpgRk_fmuHmQ%3D%3D)

Be sure to check you local listings for 'Whitney's Wish List' on MyDealTV. As always we'd like to thank WYCC and WQTP where you can find 'The Whitney Reynolds Show'. Follow me on Twitter @W3Whitney for up to date on everything me. You can like us on Facebook. If you liked this post, share it on Pinterest.

Have a great week!

 

The Gratitude Attitude

Whitney Reynolds

Whitney Reynolds

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Some of us are blessed enough get to spend it with family and friends. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for everyone. That’s why this week on ‘Whitney’s Women’ on KISS FM I’m spotlighting Co-Founder of the Chicago Basket Brigade Liliana Salazar Jaramillo. She joined with her friends just four years ago to donate baskets filled with Thanksgiving supplies to fifty local families and churches. In just a few short years, they have far exceeded that by donating last year a total of eight hundred and eighty baskets. This year, they’d like to reach as many as fifteen hundred families. Learn more at www.chicagobasketbrigade.com.  Here's the full interview on KISSFM- http://www.1035kissfm.com/media/play/the-weekly-show-w-jordan-whitney-25593016/

Her organization’s wonderful story has helped me reflect just how much I am thankful for in my own life. This past year I have been blessed to spend with my husband and dog child, Puffy Doo-Little. With the help of my team, we launched an all new season of the ‘Whitney Reynolds Show’ on PBS’ WYCC and WQPT. I gave insight into what went into my nuptials on I DO: Chicago Style on CAN TV Channel 19. I also launched my brand new jewelry line Accessory Mercado. I realize without the help of others, my successes wouldn’t have been possible. Every day we must put on the gratitude... attitude!

I’d like for everyone reading at home to take the time to think on what you are thankful for. It is a simple way to remind yourself how lucky your life is compared to those struggling. That’s what is so wonderful about this time of year. We get to take the time to count our blessings and remember how far we’ve come. 

Be sure to listen in to KISS FM for Whitney’s Women to hear more of Liliana’s story. Like our page on Facebook to keep up to date with news and events. You can follow me on Twitter @W3Whitney. Also, be sure to pin stories like these and more on your Pinterest. Be sure to check local listings of ‘The Whitney Reynolds Show’ on PBS stations WYCC and WQPT. Have a great week everybody and Happy Thanksgiving!

Dogs and Doritos? Puffy Goes National

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The cold has come through, but that doesn't mean you can't warm your heart with our Doritos commercial starring the adorable Puffy Doo-Little (our dog). You can watch the video here. (http://youtu.be/A3PbkW4OGo8) Please be sure to share this with your friends and cast your votes. That way our little girl can make her national TV debut.

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This has been quite the year for Miss Doo-Little! Early this year she had extreme back surgery and we weren't sure if she would make it. Luckily she not only pulled through, but has recovered all her old tricks. Her story constantly reminds me that we are not promised tomorrow and to live each day to the fullest!

Also, there is still time to catch our wedding special at "I DO: Chicago Style," on TV 19. In addition to being a beautiful display of our love, it is a great resource for information on how to plan for that all important day. Check date and times here:

-Thu, Nov 13, 2014        08:30 pm          TV19    I DO Chicago Style: pt2 How to Plan a Wedding Chicago Style
-Fri, Nov 14, 2014          03:30 pm          TV19    I DO Chicago Style: pt2 How to Plan a Wedding Chicago Style
-Sat, Nov 22, 2014         05:00 pm          TV19    I DO Chicago Style: pt1 How to Plan a Wedding Chicago Style
-Sat, Nov 29, 2014         05:00 pm          TV19    I DO Chicago Style: pt2 How to Plan a Wedding Chicago Style

Be sure to bundle up! Love the ones your with! Follow me on Twitter @W3Whitney. Check out what's happening by liking our Facebook. Pin me to your Pinterest. Just three ways to get all the great content from 'The Whitney Reynolds Show.' Have a great week!

My Secret Jewelry Stash

Whitney Reynolds

Whitney Reynolds

The secret is out, last week we launched our jewelry line: Accessory Mercado By Whitney Reynolds. Now you can get the looks I rock on air and in everyday life. Nothing on the site is over $50.00 and as welcome gift we are giving everyone 10% off (code: hello10).

xoxo,

Whitney

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chicago Talk Show Host, Whitney Reynolds Acquires Jewelry Line, Accessory Mercado

Power Couple Whitney Reynolds and David Heiner to Heighten Well-Known Jewelry Brand

(Chicago, IL) - October 30th, 2014 - Whitney Reynolds, Host and Executive Producer of PBS’ The Whitney Reynolds Show officially launches jewelry company, Accessory Mercado by Whitney Reynolds with husband, David Heiner. The Chicago starlet embarked upon the jewelry business because of her love of jewelry and the desire to bring easy stylish pieces reasonably to women everywhere. The line features collections of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings serving in both fashion and function.

The husband and wife team acquired Accessory Mercado because everyone loves jewelry. AM by Whitney Reynolds will provide style, ease and confidence at a reasonable cost. High style shouldn’t be unaffordable and it’s the accessories that can accentuate a look. The goal for AM is to continue its excellence and grow collections for every occasion - day, night and even bridal. Whitney will be showcasing the jewelry on and off the air. "My talk show is all about making a difference in the lives of my viewers. It was time to take that one step further. Why not launch a jewelry line that's affordable and can help grow confidence and style? Now women can get the looks I wear on set at an affordable price. Being raised in the South and planting my roots in the Midwest, I understand that all women have different styles and taste. We want to be the go-to destination for something wonderful to suit every personality" -Whitney Reynolds

Whitney is passionate about women in business. Now with two operations, she will be even more inspiring. “Whitney looked beautiful wearing the jewelry over the last year, so it was logical for us to get more involved with the brand…And, knowing Whitney and I, it made more sense for us to really take it over and grow the brand even more. The pieces are colorful, fun, classy and really versatile for different uses. My personal goal is to make it “man-friendly” to help enable people like me to buy special gifts for their wife, friends, Mom and Grandma. What’s better than making those important people feel special while keeping it affordable and cost conscious? Being a software guy, I am going to work to develop a “jewelry as a service,” I call it JaaS. It would be a monthly delivery of jewelry to your recipients homes. Kinda like if I received a 6-pack of beer every month and didn’t know what day or what kind was coming.”-David Heiner

Accessory Mercado by Whitney Reynolds is available online today at http://accessorymercado.comAccessory Mercado’s Preview Party will be October 30th, 2014 at K. Paige Salon (956 Webster, Chicago, IL) from 7:00 to 9:00PM. Media attendance and coverage confirmation can direct to janiece@jnoelpr.com. Mark calendars for unbelievable early Black Friday deals starting on November 14th, 2014.

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Whitney's Wedding Hits The TV Circuit

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Whitney and David's spread in TCW Magazine

Whitney and David's spread in TCW Magazine

This week I'm all about the love. David and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary on November 2nd. In honor of this incredible event, we're giving you a peak inside the ceremony on "I DO Chicago Style" airing on CANTV Channel19.

This beautiful display of the events and planning leading up to our big day is in two parts. I sit down and interview all the wonderful people involved, giving you future lovebirds ideas on how to effectively plan and budget for your wedding day. You can find the listings below.

David and I also had an amazing write up on our first year as newly weds by The Nest Blog. They asked us about our best moments this past year. It's a great read. You can find it at the interview by click the link. (http://blog.thenest.com/2014/10/29/happy-first-anniversary-talk-show-host-whitney-reynolds-heiner/)

Be sure to check both of those out. You can keep up with me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter @W3Whitney. Share this fabulous occasion on Pinterest. Most importantly, remember to make time to value the love that comes in your life. It will build you up to greater heights.

WATCH I DO Chicago Style on the following dates and times.
-Thu, Nov 06, 2014        08:30 pm          TV19    I DO Chicago Style: pt1 How to Plan a Wedding Chicago Style
-Fri, Nov 07, 2014          03:30 pm          TV19    I DO Chicago Style: pt1 How to Plan a Wedding Chicago Style
-Thu, Nov 13, 2014        08:30 pm          TV19    I DO Chicago Style: pt2 How to Plan a Wedding Chicago Style
-Fri, Nov 14, 2014          03:30 pm          TV19    I DO Chicago Style: pt2 How to Plan a Wedding Chicago Style
-Sat, Nov 22, 2014         05:00 pm          TV19    I DO Chicago Style: pt1 How to Plan a Wedding Chicago Style
-Sat, Nov 29, 2014         05:00 pm          TV19    I DO Chicago Style: pt2 How to Plan a Wedding Chicago Style

DEADLY- Pain Pills, Football & Sleep Apnea

Whitney Reynolds

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This week on 'The Whitney Reynolds Show' we're tackling sleep apnea. We welcome to the show former NFL players Roy "Jetstream" Green and Archie Roberts. Together they discuss their advocacy for sleep apnea awareness. They talk about the correlation between pain pill and sleep apnea. They open up about their personal experiences and also the pain it's caused in their own lives.  Roy discusses his involvement with the Pro Player Health Alliance along with famed Dentist David Gergen .

Roy "JetStream" Green

Roy "JetStream" Green

Then we talk to a sleep apnea expert Dr. Robert Wolf DDS. He informs us on the potential harms of this common sleep disorder and also his advice and solution to help people who struggle with it. Finally, we chat with renowned neurologist Dr. Todd J. Swick. He will be discussing how drugs can impact the sleep cycle.

Pro Player Alliance/ Sleep Apnea

Pro Player Alliance/ Sleep Apnea

This will be a highly informative episode. You will learn the symptoms, testing and treatment of this often lethal disorder. Be sure to check your local listings.

You can follow us on Facebook to find all up to date information on the show. Tweet me @W3Whitney. Pin us on Pinterest. And of course remember to watch every Saturday at 4 PM on WYCC PBS Chicago! (Live outside of Chicago? We got you covered. Check your local listings or our website for episodes near you)!

Have a great week everyone!

The Gift That Keeps Giving

Whitney Reynolds

Gift Of Life

Gift Of Life

This week on 'The Whitney Reynolds Show' we're all about saving lives. I'll be exploring the Gift of Life, an incredible program that matches bone marrow donors with those in direct need of a transplant. In studio, for the first time, I will introduce a recipient with his gracious donor.

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Later in the show, I sit down with CEO of Gift of Life Jay Feinberg to talk about the company's mission. Then we catch up with previous Gift of Life donors and recipients to see where they are now.

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Along this journey, we have Dr. Mayim Bialik from CBS' 'The Big Bang Theory' in the social sizzle. I also explore one women's story and her surviving family member's continued involvement with Gift of Life. This is sure to be an emotional ride.

Check your local listings for upcoming airings. If you miss any of 'The Whitney Reynolds' episodes, you can catch up on our YouTube channel. Find up to date info on our Facebook page. Pin our posts on Pinterest or follow me on Twitter @W3Whitney.

Be sure to have an incredible week. And remember to appreciate your personal Gift of Life.

Taking The "DIS" Out Of Disability

Whitney Reynolds

What an exciting week! They say, "third time's a charm," and that couldn't be more true of our upcoming third episode of The Whitney Reynolds Show.

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We're all about the charming Miss You Can Do It pageant. It's a national non-profit pageant for girls and women with special needs. I'll be sitting down with founder Abbey Curran, who was Miss Iowa 2008 to discuss her mission.

I talk to world famous autism activist, author and professor of animal studies, Temple Grandin. She will discuss her life's work and how she helps those living with autism. Then, to cap it off, I'll be talking to director and producer, Ron Davis who made an HBO film on the pageant.

Abby Curran- Founder Miss You Can Do it

Abby Curran- Founder Miss You Can Do it

This is sure to be an inspiring episode. It promotes growth and confidence for girls living with disabilities. Don't miss out. Be sure to check your local listings for show info in your area! You can also find the episode on our YouTube page after it airs. Remember to stay up to date with the show on our Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter @W3Whitney. Pin my posts on you Pinterest to share these hopeful stories to your community. 


THE WHITNEY REYNOLDS SHOW

SPEAKING OF UNSTOPPABLE- Join me Sunday, October 19th at Highland Park Country Club, as I emcee the fourth annual fundraiser “Soar to New Heights!” for Aspiritech.

Aspiritech helps adults with autism soar to new heights by living fulfilling, independent, and meaningful lives. Aspiritech trains and hires adults with Asperger’s syndrome and other forms of high functioning autism to be software testers, a job well-suited to their unique talents, such as attention to detail and an exceptional ability to focus. The organization has earned praise from across the nation as a pioneer in creating jobs for adults with autism. To purchase tickets please visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/845145. Hope to see you there!

 

 

Very Important- Early Detection

Whitney Reynolds

Week 2- Fall Series

Week 2- Fall Series

In this week's episode, I sit down with Lindsay Avner, Founder and CEO of Bright Pink, a national non-profit focusing on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.  We get into the social sizzle with infamous electric guitarist Harvey “The Snake” Mandel. We learn about the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund and see how their YouTube video has been impacting millions.

Lindsay Avner CEO Bright Pink

Lindsay Avner CEO Bright Pink

Flashes of Hope's Chicago Development Director Barrie Dekker tells us how photography is helping kids with pediatric cancer smile.
This is sure to be one of our best episodes yet. Cancer is such a heartbreaking disease that affects the lives of those diagnosed and their families.  The Whitney Reynolds Show wanted to stress the importance to our viewers of taking preventative measures. The earlier you know, the better your options of treatment.

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Be sure to check your local listings for viewing times and follow up with our new season on Facebook.  You can follow me on Twitter. Pin us on your boards on Pinterest. Most of all watch, enjoy and learn.

Women Entreprenuers- Fall Series Launch

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WATCH THE WHITNEY REYNOLDS SHOW ON WYCC SATURDAY'S AT 4 PM

WATCH THE WHITNEY REYNOLDS SHOW ON WYCC SATURDAY'S AT 4 PM

Just a few days away until the fall premiere of 'The Whitney Reynolds Show' on PBS station WYCC. We are anxiously counting down the days at Studio Whitney until October 4th, which is the date we launch a powerful new season. Up first, I highlight some seriously driven women on our 'Women Entrepreneurs' special.

I sit down with actress, author and women's advocate Marlo Thomas to gain insight into her diverse career. I talk shoes with CEO Emy Mack of Emy Mack LLC.  I get creative with Interior Designer and HGTV host Meg Caswell. Then we explore the fashion industry with eDrop-Off's Corri McFadden and Yummie's CCO Heather Thomas. To wrap things up, I get the social sizzle with my friend and colleague Jordan from KISS FM.

This is just a taste of a very savory season. This fall we get serious about cancer prevention. We tackle sleep apnea with an NFL legend. Then I talk to some inspiring little ladies in 'Little Miss I Can Do It'. Finally we explore truly what a 'Gift of Life' is, in a touching episode on organ donation.

We are in multiple PBS markets so if your not in Chicago, check your local listings. Be sure to stay connected on Facebook for up to date information and giveaways. Follow the journey on Twitter @W3Whitney. Pin me on your Pinterest. And remember, every season has it's reasons!

Giving Back And Giving Thanks

Whitney Reynolds

Whitney Reynolds

Hey everyone!

This past week we found that our Autism special that aired on WQPT in The Quad Cities, helped increase support to a local organization! This amazing news made me want to further discuss my thoughts on giving back and helping those in need.

I am a huge proponent of charitable deeds. When I can, I volunteer my efforts towards enriching various causes. The more you give the more you receive. Volunteering time to a great cause is empowering because it is a small way we personally can assist in profound change. If time is a limited resource and you have the financial means, donating is equally beneficial. After all, many organization operate on a mix of grants and individual contributions.

On October 17th, I'm emceeing Reach Out Community Center's annual gala. I have been heavily involved with this organization for the last year. ROCC's goal is to help Chicago's youth ages 7 to 17 on the west side by offering skill based programs that develop, educational and life goals. It is an amazing initiative that has a direct impact on nurturing change throughout their community. Be sure to check them out http://reachoutcc.org and get your tickets to this event.

I am very excited to help such a wonderful cause. I also am so grateful for the premiere of our fall season on PBS Channel WYCC. Follow our updates on Facebook. Engage with me on Twitter @W3Whitney. Then pin us on Pinterest. It's going to be an incredible season with so many great topics and guests.

Enjoy your week,

Whitney

 

The Count Down Is On

Whitney Reynolds

Whitney Reynolds

Hey there!

I'm so excited to be posting this week from New York! The Big Apple is exhilarating the way it exudes power, sexiness, and economic prosperity. All three of which I address on the Fall Premiere as I explore Women Entrepreneurs on October 4th!

I sit down with actress and author Marlo Thomas. I get to chat with friend Jordan from Kiss FM about my segment on his show called "Whitney's Women." Then I get serious, talking business with three female founder and CEOs. It is sure to be as empowering as it is informative.

In anticipation, I wanted to take the time to profile one female entrepreneur who made things happen this summer in the world of swimwear. Ottorina, a designer local to Chicago, released a fabulous line of women's swim wear. The owner Tina has always loved fashion and finally after 30+ years of dreaming about starting this company, she finally did it! More information can be found at the link below. (http://www.ottorina.com)


Keep up to date with all things Whitney Reynolds Show on our Facebook. Follow me on Twitter @W3Whitney for insight into my incredible life. Be sure to pin our posts on your Pinterest. Remember, you can succeed no matter what gender you were born. Get excited for our fall season kicking off in just two weeks!

The Brilliance of Your Resilience

Whitney Reynolds

CEO Bright Pink- Lindsay Avner

CEO Bright Pink- Lindsay Avner

This season, we have a great roster of highly successful individuals coming on the show. We get serious about early detection with Founder and CEO of Bright Pink Lindsay Avner.  I talk with the world famous Autism Activist Temple Grandin. From CBS "Big Bang Theory" we sizzle our social with Dr. Mayim Bialik. Finally, I tackle sleep apnea with NFL great Roy "Jet Stream" Green.

During my time with them, I was able to extract a commonality towards their success. These men and women are all brilliantly resilient. In the face of obstacles and adversity, they were able to adapt their strategy in order to continue forth to their mission.

I too have relied on my own resilience to obtain my dream of becoming an on-air talk show host. It started with my initial desire at eight years old in a small town in Oklahoma. From there, heading to Baylor for a degree in communications. Then on to NYC working at "Good Morning America."  Finally, I landed in Chicago at NBC where I pitched my first very own talk show.

Throughout, there were periods of strife and economic uncertainty. The odds were against me, but I adapted and leveraged relationships and conveyed my passion so clearly that I was given tremendous opportunity. Still to this day, I utilize my resilience to get through difficult times.

You too can be like these guests by strengthening your resilience. During times of stress and pain, don't allow yourself to become deterred or dissuaded from your end goal. Remind yourself of your purpose. Read biographies of other successful people and renew your motivation. Learn to focus and control your thoughts and emotions to constantly remain functioning. The difference between darkness and light is a shift in perspective.

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New Month, New Season, New Beginnings & Nashville

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New season starts October 18th

New season starts October 18th

Hey Y'all! This week 'The Whitney Reynolds' Show' headed down to Nashville! In order to get southern comfortable, I put my boots on and got to work. With the start of a new month, our new fall season and new opportunities of expanding markets I wanted to take a moment to give insight on approaching change and starting new beginnings.

Growth, whether personal or professional, can be nerve wracking. It requires us to step out of what's comfortable and into the unknown. This amount of uncertainty creates a state of vulnerability that some may find difficult living in. But, this anxiety  ultimately dissipates because once we stretch ourselves, we  begin to expand our existing capabilities, develop new skill-sets and learn the true power of our mind. I have gone through this process over and over in my life.

Most recently it occurred in 2012. I was looking for a new network for my talk show. PBS was interested but the offer came with specific stipulations. If we wanted a summer series run, the pilot had to bring in numbers. The pressure was on.

So, we went back to drawing boards. We decided NOT ONLY to rename the show but start fresh with a new format. There was risk. People who knew my previous work might have disregarded the new focus. I had to remain faithful to my intuition.

The gamble paid off. The numbers came in and we had made it. We secured a regular time slot while learning new skills in the process. The most important being rigid determination. By solidifying our mission we were able to have a definitive purpose. Along the journey we also learned how to creatively market on a budget and remain teachable.

When I look back I realize what an incredible path it has been. Opportunities keep presenting themselves and I keep expanding my possibilities. It's never to late to change. Through clarity and drive, your innermost goals are achievable.

Be sure to pursue your own new beginnings this fall and continue to follow ours. Stay updates with upcoming episodes and other insight on Twitter @w3whitney. Share our story and yours on Pinterest. And remember, only you get to choose who you want to become.

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Sending Myself To "TIMEOUT"

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With the mounting stressors in our personal and professional lives, it's great to be able to take time, step back from our daily labors and enjoy the things we love most. The cast and crew of 'The Whitney Reynolds Show' knows this all too well. Our upcoming fall season took a lot of time and energy to produce. After wrapping on our labor of love, it's time to rejuvenate our energy in order to stay connected with our mission. This coming Monday September 1st, 2014 is a great opportunity to do so.

Labor Day, the federally recognized holiday since 1894, is packed with potential experiences to refresh and recoup from the busy summer season. It is commonly celebrated with barbeques and parades, but I thought I'd offer my twist on how to celebrate.

Here are my tips on celebrating Labor Day Whitney Reynolds style.

Start the day right with what David and I call the "Flapjack Tour." Simply pick out a few happening brunch destinations & try a pancake at each. This can be done in one day or a continual pursuit throughout the year. Our favorite so far has been Sarkis located in Evanston. (http://cafesarkis.com/main.html)

Once your belly's are full, burn some calories by taking your cute little pup to a dog beach. Puffy Doo loves these special trips. It is a nice way to soak in the few remaining days of summer. (http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/dog-friendly-areas/)

By the time your done running your handsome hound around, take in lunch with a picnic packed by Sals Deli. (http://www.salsdeli-chicago.com) This Chicago Deli offers premium options at reasonable prices. They deliver too!

Finally, reconnect with the wonderment of where you live by being a tourist in your own city. This is a great opportunity to explore new sights, sounds and textures that you may have otherwise looked over during the weekday chaos. It is a simple way to remind yourself how blessed you are to be surrounded by such diverse culture.

With these options you can pick a few or make it a list of things to-do. Just remember to take time to breathe. Relax your mind and unwind. Treat yourself with a brief escape from your arduous workweek. By doing so, you will have more focus on the journey ahead.

Be sure to keep up with 'The Whitney Reynolds Show' new fall season. Follow me on Twitter @W3Whitney. Pin this and other exclusive Whitney Reynold's Show content to your boards on Pinterest. Happy Labor Day Y'all!

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