Jennifer Spengler runs hard to raise money for The Leukemia Society

Jennifer Spengler has lived in La Jolla since she was 8 years old. She is founder of PR in a Flash, and co-owner of studio m la jolla with her husband photographer Michael Spengler. The couple has three daughters, Kyra, 12; Mila, 9; and Evie, 2. Spengler sits on committees at La Jolla Elementary School and The Bishop’s School, and is a member of National Charity League’s San Diego Chapter.

Spengler is also a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Endurance Sports Team in Training. She is working toward her second race and has raised more than $20,000 in the last two years toward cures for blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, which took her father’s life. You can read more at http://pages.teamintraining.org/sd/rnr11/jspengler.

What brought you to La Jolla?

My sister’s desire to escape the Midwest brought us to La Jolla when I was 8. We were living in Hinsdale, Illinois, when my sister Terrie was applying to the University of San Diego and the whole family accompanied her on her campus tour trip. We stayed at a hotel in La Jolla and my parents fell in love with this beautiful coastal community. So while my sister thought she was making a fast break to the West Coast on her own, her five siblings, parents, and the family dog all followed her!

What makes this area special to you?

La Jolla is my home. I have tried to leave a few times (a semester in London, a stint in Michael’s hometown of Munich after college, a year in Northern California for a job) but I always came right back. My mom and stepfather and sisters live here, several of my close friends from elementary school and high school live in the area, and this is where my daughters were born. I have so many great childhood memories of growing up in La Jolla and I hope my daughters will feel the same when they look back on their upbringing here.

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

I know this response is tired, but I’d love to subtract some of the traffic and “For Lease” signs in the Village. We own a small business and it breaks our hearts every time another business has to close its doors. I’d love to see more outdoor dining in town and more walkable areas … maybe even a couple of car-less (gasp!) blocks. What I’d like most, though, is a touch of the La Jolla of old; where kids can run to a friend’s house or ride their bikes into town or to the beach without parents having to agonize over their safety; where we’re not all concerned about others’ financial well-being or marital status; where kids are just kids regardless of the labels on their clothes or the cars their parents drive.

Who or what inspires you?

Teachers inspire me every day. I don’t know how they do what they do, day in and day out, and remain passionate about education and children.My husband inspires me. He has worked so hard to follow his dream … he never complains about the long hours, petty (and not so petty) annoyances, and stresses of owning a business. He then comes home and jumps right in with the family. Authors inspire me. Those who sit down and write — whether it’s one hour at the crack of dawn before the kids wake or eight hours throughout the day. One day, I want to have the courage to write more than a blog entry or press release. Until then, I’ll keep reading and being inspired by those who “just do it.” Finally, my mom inspires me. With six kids, two stepchildren, and 20 grandkids, she continues to give endless amounts of love and support to us, while also caring for my grandmother.

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