Mind. over. Matter.

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

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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 ❤

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 ❤

 

Questions…

I believe that everything in life happens for a reason. I believe that everything you do, every choice you make in life will lead you to where you’re suppose to be…but how do we make these life decisions that will have such a huge impact on where we end up?

How do we meet someone and know whether or not they are supposed to have a place in our lives, and if they are how do we know what that place is? How do we know the right and wrong people to have in our lives?

Lately I’ve struggled with all of these questions…Sometimes you meet people and they turn your entire world upside down, leaving you with know idea how to make it right again…no idea if you want to make it right again.

Is it possible to change so much in a year that you don’t want the same things always had? Is is strange to want adventure, to go out and do things, want to make a difference? Can certain people hold us back from these changes, and others help us move forward? and if so, how do we make these difficult decisions?

 

Happy June!

Happy June Lovelies! Hope you’re ready to get your summer started!!! I’ve had a little bit of trouble trying to decide what to blog about lately, as well as being pretty busy and not having much time to really think about what I want to write. But I found this June blogging challenge this morning and thought it would be fun to try it! It will also keep me more grounded as I blog because I will have a list of set topics to follow. I would love to see others join alongside me in this challenge, so let me know if you decide to (:

Here’s the list:

  1. Intro and recent picture
  2. 20 facts about you
  3. What’s your favorite quote & why?
  4. What are you afraid of?
  5. 10 songs you love right now
  6. 6 Pet peeves
  7. What’s in your purse/bag?
  8. What’s your worst habit?
  9. What’s your best feature?
  10. List of 15 of your favorite things
  11. What’s in your fridge?
  12. What would you do if you won the lottery?
  13. What’s at the top of your bucket list?
  14. The meaning behind your blog name
  15. What do you collect?
  16. 10 of your favorite foods
  17. The best thing that has happened to you this year
  18. Your dream job
  19. Your favorite childhood book
  20. Your favorite 5 blogs
  21. An old photo of you
  22. What are you looking forward to this summer?
  23. Your favorite recipe
  24. Where have you traveled and where do you hope to travel?
  25. Makeup routine/ fave products
  26. 3 healthy habits
  27. Your hidden talent
  28. What’s in your closet?
  29. A confession
  30. Why do you blog?

So, as promised; here’s a recent picture of me

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Happy blogging (:

xox Kenna ❤

Busy Busy

Hey Lovelies!

Still can’t believe it’s summer & I’m officially a Junior in college! Crazy how time flies…

Anywhoooo, I’ve been pretty busy, with moving home and getting adjusted to my summer schedule, but hopefully from here on out I’ll be able to post 3-5 times a week (that’s my goal anyways.)

Week three of BBG started yesterday, and I’ve switched it up a little bit this week, due to having a day off (my first real day off in I don’t even know how long). Chris and I woke up early to go on a hike, which was pretty satisfying to say the least, unlike freezing my bum off while he played golf in the cold a few hours later. (fyi; don’t agree to golfing unless it’s AT LEAST 60+ degrees out…you’ll thank me later!)

After golfing we came home and I was able to clean a bit, then relax and catch up on both Vampire Diaries and Quantico! I finally go to start meal prepping for the week, which was surprisingly pretty fun and we grabbed some froyo before Chris had to go to work. All in all, it was a great first day off & summer has already been full of fun and its only just begun. Cant wait to see what the rest of summer holds!

Here’s my BBG schedule for the rest of the week:

*Tuesday ~Arms & Abs + 15 minutes on the treadmill

*Wednesday ~Legs & cardio + 15 minutes on the elliptical

*Thursday ~ 35 minute run

*Friday ~Full Body workout

*Saturday ~Ab workout + 25 minute run

*Sunday ~Rest day/Meal Prep

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Have a great week!

xox Kenna ❤