Jennifer Lea Reynolds (formerly Jennifer Lilley) is a freelance writer whose content has appeared on, Lipstick & Politics, BlogHer, The Budget Fashionista and Reader's Digest. She also writes a column for Model Aviation magazine and is the owner of, a health and wellness site.

After living in New Jersey for more than 20 years, she now calls the Lakes Region of New Hampshire home. She enjoys photography and kayaking and admits to still having a thing for 80s music.

Jennifer Lea Reynolds's Articles

In his death came the “this is no joke” realization that — cliché as it is — life is short.

The Death Of My Father Is Helping Me Live A Better Life 

I’m not sure I would have persisted with such ambition prior to my father’s death. I’ve found that a loved one’s passing does more than nudge you forward; it can catapult you towards exciting... Read...
Jennifer Lea Reynolds    |   06.15.17 12am   |   SHARE
Getting back at the world or trying to right it by losing weight is pointless and detrimental.

Can We Please Do Away With "Revenge" Bodies?

Revenge. Body.They’re two dynamically opposite words, one carrying anger and hatred, while the other exudes everything that’s wonderful about us, from births and bruises to our fat rolls and collar... Read...
Jennifer Lea Reynolds    |   03.7.17 12am   |   SHARE
My exuberance over these freshly-plucked perennials reminds me that the little things truly are the big things.

Dandelion Girl: How A Photo Of My Younger Self Makes Me A Happier Person

Of all the items that make up my workspace, it’s a picture of me holding a bunch of dandelions that never fails to put a smile in my heart. In this May 1979 picture, I carry an expression that’s... Read...
Jennifer Lea Reynolds    |   02.2.17 12am   |   SHARE
Belly, meet hand. Hand, meet belly.

The Story Of Why My Belly Is On My Hand 

Towards the end of last year, I sat in a plastic surgeon’s office discussing the excess skin that falls at my lower belly. I gently tugged the slight “W” of apron-like flesh from under my clothes,... Read...
Jennifer Lea Reynolds    |   01.26.17 12am   |   SHARE
Here's a baby pic of only-child-me!

Stop Telling Me That I Must Be "One of Those" Types!

“You’re an only child?” Many people say this with a semi-stunned expression, their eyes widening and head tilting, as though they’ve just come eye-to-eye with a rare animal. There I sit, a Homo... Read...
Jennifer Lea Reynolds    |   10.26.16 12am   |   SHARE
“I Believe I Can Fly” — it’s not only a song, but a confidence-boosting truth for me when I take to the skies. Image: author.

7 Ways I've Become More Confident With Age (Playing With My Food Helped!)

This summer, I’ll be turning 42. Rather than wallowing in misery over a newly-formed wrinkle or questioning life decisions, I’m finding that my 40s have been nothing more than a confidence-filled... Read...
Jennifer Lea Reynolds    |   08.3.16 12am   |   SHARE
“You’re not going to gain it ALL back, are you?” Image: Thinkstock.

10 Unhelpful Things People Said To Me When I Regained Lost Weight

“Wow, what happened?” (as eyes glance at my stomach area) What do you mean, “What happened?” When asked this, I sometimes wonder if little aliens are flying around my waist or if blood is spewing... Read...
Jennifer Lea Reynolds    |   07.5.16 12am   |   SHARE
I'm more intrigued (and somewhat amused) by the signs of aging that seem to have suddenly hit like a ton of bricks than I am bummed out about them. Image: Thinkstock

8 Ways Aging Has Crept Up On Me That I'm Weirdly OK With

I'm proud to be where I'm at in life, even if it means spending more time buying bunion-cushioning shoe inserts and various vitamin supplements than it does staying out late with friends getting... Read...
Jennifer Lea Reynolds    |   06.29.16 12am   |   SHARE