Hey! I’m Kendra of Kendra Relaunched. While I’m not new to blogging, Kendra Relaunched is my new lifestyle blog so I’m considering this post a reintroduction to the world of blogging. In the past I’ve limited my posts to describing the ambiance of local wineries and shared recipes. Kendra Relaunched will be a compilation of both those topics and so much more: sports, photography, beauty, health, music, philanthropy, travel, life, etc…all tucked into the neat little package of this blog. Please don’t be discouraged by the lack of meaty content up until this point. I’m in the process of reformatting favorite recipes and articles from my former blogs, as well as working on brand, spankin’ new stuff.
Hopefully I’ll have some familiar faces popping back in now that I’m active again, but for those of you that don’t know me, I thought it would be fun to answer random questions to help you learn a bit more about me. The questions were selected from an online forum I visited.
Let’s do this!
Describe yourself in 7 words.
- Curious. Everything in life should be explored.
- Funny. I’m often told that my dry humor is hilarious and catches people off guard. I agree. I am hilarious.
- Fickle. I’ll hang my head in shame on this one. I change direction in the blink of an eye. I’m working on it.
- Introverted. It’s true! As “in your face” and social as I am at times, in the back of my mind, I’m always looking forward to being alone.
- Upbeat. I wake up in a good mood and continue said mood throughout the day, most days. Again, the possibility in each day makes me happy and keeps me motivated.
- Spontaneous. “Hey Kendra, what are you doing?” “Oh, just trying a new recipe while learning to knit and mimic Chris Brown dance moves as I shop for exotic fruits, three states over.” That’s me. Have ideas; will implement them. Immediately.
- Creative. See answer above.
What keeps you up at night?
Ideas! Possibility! Chris Brown dance videos! His fluid movement is captivating. If an idea enters my mind at night, trying to sleep is useless. You know how you hear of people keeping a notepad beside their bed to scribble thoughts onto? That’s me. Pages and pages of ideas. Who needs a sex life when you can cuddle a legal pad full of potential? Random sounds. I’m a very light sleeper and the slightest sound has me ready to bolt out of bed. Cookies. I own a sugar cookie company and if I don’t balance my schedule, I can often be found decorating into the night and with the launch of a new company, sleep is even more elusive. Yet, something else I’m “working on”.
Who would you like to be?
Is it pompous to say that there’s no one in the world I’d rather be? I genuinely like myself and I strive, daily, to be the best version of myself possible. I’m not perfect, by any means, but I look at the people around me and have never needed to compare myself. At a young age I discovered that I really, really, really enjoy (and prefer) my own company and, if you spend time longing to be someone else, you place limits on discovering how amazing you can become.
What are you wearing right now?
Well, it’s 5 a.m. and I’m reppin’ my Buckeyes (Go Bucks!) and wearing the tank top that I made before watching their win earlier. I met the girls for drinks near the city earlier in the evening and, upon returning home, promptly slid back into my Buckeyes tank and yoga pants. Comfort is key and, because…Buckeyes.
What scares you?
Deep question. I thought about skipping this, but let’s keep it real. I’m scared of having my heart broken again. It happened a long time ago and he didn’t even know it. We’re friends now, but I keep a little bit of my emotional self tucked away under lock & key and have been told, more than once, that I’m emotionally unavailable. I’m working on that too. What else? Raising my daughter to be both kind, but firm, in her beliefs. Stand up for herself. It’s a tough, critical world out there and as strong as The Girl likes to act, she’s still just a child. Fortunately, she has me in her corner. I back down from no one. The title of this blog post is pretty much my motto when it comes to confrontation. My Lord Savior, Jay-Z Hova Almighty, spit that little bit of wisdom out in one of my favorite tracks of his. Finally, losing my quest for knowledge terrifies me. My curiosity and desire for learning is what makes me who I am. If I were to lose that, I’d die.
What are the best and worst things about blogging?
The best things about blogging are getting to share a bit of myself with people that can relate to what I’m sharing whether it be a recipe, a photo, a story, etc… I also love writing and expressing myself so a blog seems like a fun way to document my life and open up the creative dams. The worst thing would have to be writers block. It really does happen. In the past I would feel pressured to post particular content on a certain day, rather than let my natural thought evolution help guide my content to give it a more authentic feel.
What was the last website you visited?
Instagram. It’s an app, but I browsed it via my laptop, so…it was technically a website. I’m hooked. I have “met” so many cool people, and fellow foodies and photography buffs are a constant source of inspiration. Rich, gorgeous photographs of beautiful food, all up in my face.
Describe your most embarrassing moment.
This one’s easy. During my early years in DC, I had a crush on a 7’1″ international college basketball player. We became chatty on ICQ (remember that?!) but had never met in person. Because he didn’t have family in the area, he would often be kind enough to leave tickets to his games for my friends and I at Will Call. So I’m at a Wizards game with a friend and I walk inside the arena and come to a dead stop in the doorway, star struck because this guy was about 5 feet in front of me. People were pushing me out of the way because I couldn’t move. My friend forced me to introduce myself and rather than say something clever, or rational, like “Hello!”, I reached up to shake his hand (remember, he’s 7’1″) and said, “Hi, I’m your Number One fan.” Seriously. That’s all I could think to say. After I recovered and let him know that I was the chick he’d been leaving tickets for, he laughed and shook my hand and we chatted for a few minutes. We had an amazing (oh, so amazing!) Summer fling after that, so it all worked out.
What is one thing you would like to change about yourself?
I’d have to say I’d like to be a better friend. Between parenting, work (my day job & the cookie biz) and being on the Board of a couple of organizations, I feel panicky thinking about a schedule that’s so full that I don’t get time to be alone and mentally regroup. Goes back to that whole introvert thing in the first question. Because of this, I often withdraw from society and bail on commitments in order to soul search and I need to change that.
Slankets – yes or no?
Let’s veto that right now. Hell. No. Not only are they too bulky, what if someone broke into your house and you needed to run? You’d never be able to get away. Put on another layer of clothing and grab a blanket and throw that Slanket in the trash.
Those are the questions and those are my answers. Can we call ourselves BFF’s (Blog Friends Forever) and meet here again soon over coffee or a glass of wine?