Have you ever met a person that can just light up a room when she walks in? That person is Jane Aldrich. A former TV anchor for WLNS-TV, Aldrich has found a new calling by being completely herself.
Aldrich has always worked to follow her instincts, trust in herself and have faith in a plan that was created especially for her, which hasn’t always been easy, but has proven to always be worth it. As a young girl Aldrich dreamed of being a teacher. She was inspired to guide others to handle her own struggles in school.
“I was in the slow reading group and the slow math group. Can you believe they called it that? That really impacted my self-esteem. I just wanted to fit in and feel like I had something to offer, so the way I connected with people was through humor. I knew I wanted to help people and when I was younger I thought that as a teacher I could do that, but there was a different plan for me,” Aldrich said.
At 10 years old, Aldrich’s teaching dream fell by the wayside, as she experienced a personal and spiritual moment while traveling with her family that changed everything.
“I think we all have that inner voice that is guiding us, but sometimes there is so much noise happening around us we don’t listen,” Aldrich said. “At that stage in my life, kids would call me names and there were times I felt so stupid, but as my family was driving to northern Michigan, we passed by a television station, WJIM, in Lansing. As we drove by, that voice told me, ‘You’re going to work there someday,’ and I felt at peace, and I knew that voice was for me.”
The more Aldrich poured into her work, the more she got out of it. She loved being able to touch people in the community with her stories, sharing people’s journeys and successes. After more than 30 years behind the anchor desk, she heard a familiar voice and knew it was time to seek out the next adventure.
“I reached a point where I looked back and thought of all the things I had done and realized I had been working my whole life. Life goes quickly, and I didn’t want to miss out on any more precious moments with my family,” said Aldrich. “My mom was turning 91 last year and working in the TV industry you miss a lot … I had that feeling again and that voice came to me, and I trusted it.”
The first year away from the anchor bench served as a time of healing for Aldrich, as she came to terms with all the weight she had been carrying from years of having to tell difficult stories. That time also came with moments of clarity. She had found a new way to share stories and connect with people, but on a much more intimate level.
“I never lost my love of telling stories, and I found a way to do that again in my work as a certified Life Celebrant. I perform wedding and funeral services for families. It is an honor to share these wonderful stories and to share in these moments,” said Aldrich. “I am so grateful for these families that allow me to share in their memories and be part of new ones.”
Aldrich also taps into her natural talent as an inspirational and motivation speaker. She refers to herself as a health and happiness encourager, and she works to help people find new ways to be their best selves. She shares her passion for life in everything she does and continues to spread joy and inspiration to the community.
“I tell people to listen to your heart and connect to your soul. To find ways to look at things with a fresh pair of eyes. It’s really an amazing thing. There is so much out there in the world that consumes your time. So many stressors and when you can pull yourself out and see yourself differently it really is a gift,” Aldrich said. “For this next chapter in my life, I want to be present, totally present. I’m filling each day with joy and trying to help others do the same.”