Chanel Reynolds is the founder of Get Your Shit Together. With a real and honest voice, she shares her struggles of becoming a widow and single mom when her husband was killed in an accident in 2009. In her website getyourshittogether.org, Chanel reveals her challenges navigating this tragedy and her hard lessons learned. She is now dedicated to demystifying life and death planning by offering free, easy, and encouraging advice to others.
Since the site launched in January, the response to Get Your Shit Together was immediate and overwhelming: The project has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and on CBS, ABC, NPR, and Rebook magazine.
She has quickly reached millions worldwide, inspiring people everywhere with her story and giving them the ‘kick in the pants’ they needed to take care of the basics. In fact, while Chanel slowly pulled her own life back together, she realized we not only have the choice to remove a mountain of unnecessary suffering in the future with just a little effort today—but we can create stronger, richer lives for ourselves and families in the process.
Making things and showing them to people comes naturally to Chanel. Previously, she was an Interactive Strategist and Program Manager with leading creative agencies, producing digital experiences for clients such as Nike, Samsung, Microsoft, Tom's of Maine, and Starbucks. Her roots are in the arts and non-profit world, with film and documentary work, contemporary arts center launches, management of non-profit organizations and even spent a year as an adventure travel guide.
When not talking about death, you can find Chanel wildly enjoying her life in Seattle with her son Gabriel and stepdaughter Lyric. In her (passionately guarded) spare time, you might find her running, planning a surf trip, throwing a party, checking out a new restaurant, zipping around town on her Vespa or heads down writing her first book.