In many ways, Jennifer Laurent epitomizes the Ivory Row woman. She's smart, warm, generous, interesting, and spiritual. She's a wife, a mother, and a native New Yorker. However, she's also a life coach, yoga instructor, author, and film producer. Once you dig beneath the surface, you'll see that she's so much more than that.
Over the years, Jennifer has worked as a rape crisis counselor, helping those dependent on drugs and alcohol, and as an Emergency Room social worker. After having her son, Jennifer took time off to stay home and decided to write her first book, Excerpts from the Heart of a Mom, a memoir to her conscious approach to parenting her son. Jennifer also began her blog, Live Through The Heart, which consists of a community of writers sharing their wisdom with the intention to inspire readers to live more consciously in their daily lives.
Throughout this time, Jennifer served on the board of a non-profit organization, Olive Crest, dedicated to providing safe homes, counseling, and education to children and families in crisis.
A lover of the creative process, Jennifer is the executive producer on a newly-released indie film titled “Walter" starring William H. Macy, Andrew West, and Virginia Madsen. She is always looking for new projects and ways to express her passion for life. We recently sat down with her to discuss life, spirituality, and finding happiness.
What is your favorite virtue?
What are your favorite qualities in a man?
Confidence, sensitivity, an open heart, intelligence, and a sense of humor.
What are your favorite qualities in a woman?
An open heart, strength, vulnerability, intelligence and the ability to have fun.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Living an inspired life that is true to my heart, surrounded by the people I love.
What is your greatest fear?
Living my life inside walls created by fear
Which living person do you most admire?
My husband, David
What is your greatest extravagance?
Clothes, shoes, and accessories
What is your most treasured possession?
A statue of a Buddha that is over 400 years old
Who are your heroes in real life?
All those who find ways to be in service to others
What is your greatest regret?
I honestly don’t have any regrets. Sure I've made choices that might not have been the wisest, but they have led me to this moment, exactly where I am meant to be. I am just as grateful for my worst moments as I am for my greatest ones.
What natural talent do you wish you had?
I wish I could sing
What's the favorite gift you've ever received?
I wear a necklace every single day that has a charm with my son’s name on it (given to me by my best friend) and a charm with my zodiac sign (given to me by my son and my husband.)
What’s the best pieces of advice you’ve ever received?
My dad always told me that I have only my self to answer to and that I need to do what feels right in my heart.
What is your favorite motto or quote?
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Tell is about the cause or charity that is closest to your heart?
Olive Crest is a non profit organization that provides safe homes, counseling, and education to children and families in crisis.
What's your favorite way to wear cashmere?
With a worn out, soft pair of skinny jeans and warm and cozy socks. When I think of cashmere, I imagine being cuddled up on my couch with a book and a hot cup of tea.