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Mind. over. Matter.

Only 32 days till I leave for BCT!
Oklahoma here I comeeee

Hey loves,

It’s definitely been a while! With attending drill weekends, getting everything in order for the end of the semester (AND to graduate in DECEMBER!!), finalizing my up-coming trip and getting everything done to leave for basic in a month…life has definitely been crazy to say the least!

Yup… 32 days as of tonight and I’ll be on the plane to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. I can’t believe it has come so fast! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was waiting around hour after hour at MEPs, just to see if I was eligible to join the army, but now I’ll actually be leaving in about a month. Time sure does fly!

Everyone keeps asking the same question; “Are you nervous?” others; “Aren’t you scared? I keep hearing you say how excited you are and I can’t help but wonder, ‘how is she not scared?‘”

you want the truth?

——-> Mind. Over. Matter

I can’t let myself be scared or nervous. If I think about the challenges and new things I am going to face with fear, how will I ever accomplish anything?

The military is all about challenging you with things that you never thought you could do & I’m excited for that. I know that I will face both physical and mental challenges while I’m away, but I also know that in the end I will come back a better person than I left. It’s not going to be easy, but I know that it will be worth it.

I am so grateful for all the amazing individuals I have already met who have given me insight on their time spent in the military. I’ve heard some great stories and you’ve given me different ideas of what to expect. Above all else I know that I have a lot of new friends and family to come back to, who I can tell my stories to, and who I’ll be able to continue this journey with.

You never really know the kind of people who are out there until you enlist in the military. I have met some of the best people already, and I can’t wait to see how those friendships grow.

So no. I am not scared. I am not nervous. I am excited & I am ready to embark on a new chapter in my life. I accept the challenges & I stand ready to become and American Soldier ❤

xox

~Kenna ❤

Spring Break in Haiti

My trip to Haiti; in picture form

Hey loves,

So it’s been a little over a week since we got back from Haiti & it’s taken me a while to write this because truly I don’t have the words to describe the things I experienced on this trip. I have recounted the events over and over to friends and family and each time I find it more and more draining because while I loved the trip and had a great time, there are a lot of things that will stick with me for many years. –Things that I struggle to share with you

So I’ve decided that I’m going to keep this post to mostly photos because I don’t want the negative aspects of this trip to take away some of the amazing things that I experienced.

First and foremost I want to thank all the amazing friends I have made. We experienced things that we will probably never see again. I am very grateful that we became so close and that even after returning home we have continued to keep in -touch. I know that we have all struggled in our own ways and I find comfort in the fact that I have all of you by my side as we get through it together.

I will never forget all the times we laughed until we cried, danced on the rooftop, taken silly photos and the secrets we shared. Haiti was the experience of a lifetime and I wouldn’t have wanted to experience that journey with any other group of people. Never will I ever find people like all of you ❤

Wherever we go in life we will always have the memories of our trip to Haiti 🙂

xox Kenna

 

Ps. Photo credit for a lot of these is owed to Jeff Drew 🙂

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I. crave. change.

Sometimes you feel a little lost & need a change… the future is your chance to create something great

Do you ever just crave to get away from where you are? To pack up only the essentials in a suitcase and just leave? -to another place, to another time…who cares! Just leave.

Looking around the corner at the last few months of my junior year of college I’m realizing I’m in the same place I was at 4 years ago in high school. I’m ready for a change…

Don’t get me wrong, college is great & I wouldn’t change the decisions I’ve made for the world, but I’m just done…I’m in need of a change, a change of scenery, a change in routine, just something different.

I think this is part of the reason joining the Army was so desirable. Of course a lot of it had to do with the fact that I had absolutely no guarantee that my degrees after grad school would lead me to any success, but I’m realizing the Army was appealing for other reasons as well. It brings change. It brings traveling and meeting new people. It brings things I will never get to experience otherwise, and yeah it’s not going to be easy, but I’m ready.

I’m excited for the uncertainty and to learn things I never dreamed of -accomplishing things I never thought possible. I’m ready to get out of these small towns and do something bigger and better.

Staying focused in school lately has been difficult and truthfully I love school. Always have, always will. But it’s become a routine & I’m bored. All the traveling I’ve done lately has sparked something in me and I’m no longer content in Worcester doing the same things week after week. I want to get out and do new things. I’ve learned that I am completely capable of flying alone and doing my own thing. I can take the paths I want to, spend time with the important people in my life and make my own decisions.

In 75 days I leave for basic and this will be the first change of many over the next few years. I’m excited to see where the Army will take me and of the person I will become.

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So here’s to a new and different future, unlike any other. Let’s make a change!

xox Kenna ❤

“See You Later”

I believe in the power of new beginnings…

I believe in traveling to new places & meeting new people. I believe in the magic of a first kiss and the heartaches of a goodbye. I believe that life gives us ups and downs to challenge us, proving that we are only given the things we can handle. -Showing us how strong we truly are.

As I reflect on my weekend in Alaska, I’m realizing all that I’ve left behind. All the things I had spent so much time planning, now just in the past. It’s crazy how fast time flies when you are spending it with someone who means so much to you. This weekend made me realize I’ve never been happier to have followed my heart. It led me to an amazing place & into the arms of an even more amazing individual…

I’ll admit, it was A LOT of traveling for only a few days, but it was nice to get out of the comfort of Worcester and see another state that I’d otherwise have no reason to visit.

Alaska is an interesting place I’ll start with that…

It’s cold, but not as cold as we all assume. Hearing “it’s a different type of cold” I was definitely skeptical, “Yeah okay…Cold is cold,” was my response…& it was cold –but it was doable.

I landed Friday night in Anchorage at about 8:30 pm their time and had one last flight separating myself from Fairbanks…That’s when I started getting anxious. Not till then did I start thinking “What the hell have I done?” “Am I actually in Alaska right now?” Yes, yes I was & unfortunately for my head, which was telling me to turn the hell around, I couldn’t. My heart had won another battle.

I will never forget the small contagious smile and open arms I was welcomed with upon my arrival into Fairbanks. Not to mention I’ve never had a guy open a car door for me -he definitely earned the first impression rose for that ;P

The next three days were filled with new experiences, in new places with new people. I did things that I’ve never even thought of doing, things both inside and out of my comfort zone. I was living in the moment and took advantage of every second I had in this new place, with someone who seamlessly made me happier as the days went on.

The biggest thing for me was that I was able to drop an incredibly large wall and went ice skating…Anyone who knows me, knows that this is something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember, but the idea of making a fool of myself in front of a guy has never been one that I enjoyed…This time I wasn’t given much of a choice and, well, we went ice skating. Did I make a fool of myself? Oh DEFINITELY, but when we were together I was able to forget about any insecurities I had and I was content. No matter how silly I looked.

Walking away and getting on the plane last night was something I never expected to be as difficult as it was. I find myself already missing being in his presence and the contentment I felt there. The distance is definitely the hardest part of this, but how bad can if be if all the other pieces of the puzzle fit together so nicely?

I’ve learned that sometimes you have to follow your heart, despite what your head is thinking because how else will we find the exceptional things in life? Furthermore, I’ve learned that I want to be with someone who lights a fire inside of me, someone who makes me excited to do the simple things like watch a new Netflix series, or drive around with no purpose. I want to be with someone who I know can quite easily become my best friend because I trust them more than makes sense. I want to be with someone who makes me feel like a princess, but also isn’t afraid to call me out when I’m being a brat. Someone who wants to go the extra mile right along side me.

 

~For now I’ll say “See you later”

xox Kenna ❤

 

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UPDATE

Hi agaaaaain,

So first update of this crazy adventure! Can I start by saying it feels like today has already been about 3 days in one?! I am currently on my second flight of the day, with one more layover and one last flight to go…not to mention another 3 hours on this flight. Dang, I knew it was going to be a long day, but I guess you never really know until you do, huh?

Anyways, I’m currently in the sky somewhere between Minneapolis, MN and Anchorage, AK…. Despite the seemingly endless day I am having a lot of fun traveling to new places! There’s been a lot of hurry up and waiting and I feel like I haven’t gotten very far, but if theres something I’ve already learned from being in the military it’s that I’m about to get REAL good at waiting…Yay army!

I’ve gotten most of my homework done today, so that’s a plus. I won’t have to spend too much time worrying about it this weekend and can just take in all that Alaska has to offer.

I do have to say, one of the highlights of my trip so far was definitely the sunset in Minnesota! I unfortunately was not able to get pictures because I was on the other side of the plane, but it was incredible. I’ve seen a lot of sunsets, in a lot of places, but this was definitely one like no other.

Alright well thats all for now, Not sure when I’ll be back. But until then, have a great night lovelies!!

 

Xox Kenna ❤

Ready for a Getaway

Take a trip with me!

Hey lovliessss,

So SUPER quick!!! I know I haven’t posted much lately, although I have been working on a few posts (trying to work out the kinks), but everything here has been super crazy!!!! I feel like I’ve been stuck in the middle of never ending work, school and future soldier trainings. Howeverrrrr, despite the amount of homework I have to get done this weekend I’m hoping that I’ll be able to relax soon!

Now that I leave tomorrow, I will finally tell you where I’m off to…You ready?!

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ALASKA!!!

So super duper crazy, not going to lie. But I have a friend at Fort Wainwright and I thought it would be fun to take a trip before the semester gets TOO crazy, also I’m in need of a break from everything here!

You all know I hate the cold, so this is a strange destination for me… but I LOVE traveling & honestly, how many people get to say that they’ve gone to Alaska?! THIS GIRL soon enough! It’s also perfect timing because I’m taking a digital imaging class and will have lots of pictures to share!

It’s definitely been a bit of a struggle trying to figure out what to pack for clothes considering that the temperature is often in the negatives…so we’ll see how I’ve done. I also have no idea what I would have done without Marley because she literally repacked my bags multiple times for me to make sure that everything fit into my carry ons (I hate checking bags).

So definitely a short trip with A LOT of flight time, but I really think it’s going to be the trip of a lifetime. I am going to try to keep this up to date over the weekend, but in case that doesn’t happen I will be taking LOTS of pictures as well as using snapchat and twitter. So FOLLOW and join me on this adventure! (heyitskennax3)

Can’t wait to share my experiences, have a great rest of your night and talk to you soon!

xox Kenna ❤

Life is too short…

Just a little advice for the new year 🙂

Life is too short.

Simply the most honest words of any in this world. It’s too short not to do the things you want, to be with the people you want to be with, or to try the things you’ve always wanted to try. Life is just too short.

Be spontaneous. It’s scary, it really is -but don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid to tell those people how you really feel just because they might not feel the same. Tell them because they’ll know how you feel and it’ll make you happy regardless of the outcome.

Get on a plane. See the people and the places you want to see. There’s never going to be enough money, so why not spend it on the things you want? Spend it to be with the people you want to be with. Don’t be scared. Just jump.

Jump at new opportunities and places. Jump at a new beginning and a fresh start, leave the past behind & Don’t look back.

Don’t be that person who looks back in 10 years from now and thinks “I really wish I had done this, gone there or told them that,” be the one who thinks “Wow, I’ve done some incredible things & met even more incredible people.”

You don’t make history, by sitting back and letting everything happen around you, you make history by doing the things that scare you -taking the risks.

As for the risks I’ll be taking this year? Let’s just say, I’m the craziest of them all…My plane leaves in under 2 weeks & I cannot wait.

Here’s to the risks we take this year,

xox Kenna ❤