I. crave. change.

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

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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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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 ❤

 

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 ❤

Mini Bath and Body Works/ White Barn Haul<3

Who doesn’t love bath and body works?! I’m pretty sure that I don’t know anyone who doesn’t, and it is definitely an easy place to drop a lot of money. I worked at the one near the Pier 1 I currently work at, over the holidays, but had to leave once I went full -time at P1. I miss it so much, but mostly I just miss the SALES!!! (I can assure you my bank account doesn’t feel the same 😛 ) BBW is such an awesome place to work, and can be super fun, especially during the holidays.

Today I went in, looking to use my coupons that came in the mail, and left with waaaaay more than I expected…but either way I’m super happy with what I grabbed!

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The bags were always my favorite part of working at White Barn. They’re so classy and cute!

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So I went a little crazy with one of their new fragrances Honolulu Sun! They have a ton of new summer fragrances that smell AMAZING, but this one was the one that was most different from what I would usually choose. I have waaaay too many body sprays and perfumes so I did not get the one to match, but I left with the sand scrub, (these are my favorite to exfoliate before I shave), the gel and lotion (usually I would have preferred the cream, but I had a $6 lotion coupon), the candle was 50% off, so how could I not? A matching hand cream was a must, and a wallflower bulb for my room (:

Honolulu Sun is described as; A warm, sun-kissed blend of fresh island coconut, Pacific palm and ocean air

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I absolutely loveeee wallflowers. Chris and I have them plastered all over the house, I grabbed honolulu sun for my room at home, coconut sunset for the bathroom at Chris’, along with a new plugin/night light, and then lavender vanilla, which is my ABSOLUTE favorite scent for our bedroom 🙂

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Since it was buy 2 get 1, I grabbed Malibu heat as my third, to try it out, but unfortunately they did not have matching mini (I had a free mini coupon), so I decided Id use this as an opportunity to try yet another one of my new favorites, Tiki Mango Mai Tai!

I’m SUPER excited to try all these! Maybe you see reviews at the end of the month in my favorites (:

xox Kenna ❤

You are my inspiration✨

Have you ever met someone who inspires you?

Maybe you haven’t even met this person, but you just saw them and thought, “Wow, this person is incredible. They have so much strength and bravery, and I aspire to be just like them.”

—>This has happened to me twice now in the past few months and I just knew that I had to share my experiences with others, to show the world just how incredible of an experience it was.

As most of you know, working out has become a passion of mine over the past year and a half and I’m usually at the gym or completing a work out about 6-7 times a week. For me, working out has become not only a hobby, but a lifestyle and an outlet. Whenever I am upset or need to reflect on life I hit the gym, this is my place, as I believe we all have.

Anyway, about a week ago I was at the Planet Fitness by Chris’ house, going through my BBG workout on the mats like always, and I overheard a conversation. I was not trying to ease -drop, but the conversation was very obviously one to be out in the open, as an older gentleman complimented another man on his progress. He said that he ‘looked good and to keep up the good work.’ To this, the second man replied with a warm thank you and that now he was working on developing muscle. As most females would at the mention of a muscular man, I looked up from my plank and instantly recognized the second man.

About a month or two earlier I had met this man, as I was cleaning my mat. He had said hello to me, asked how my day was going and what my name was. I replied to him with a smile and told him that it was going well, that my name was McKenna and asked how he was. We talked for only a brief moment after that, and as he walked away I realized that he had a handicap.

Intrigued by his values and apparent love of the gym, I watched as he continued his workout, and that’s when I realized how much of an inspiration this man was. While you could tell that some things we a bit more difficult for him, than for others, it did not seem to take away his joy. He carried on with a great big smile on his face, and like all of us, continued on the road to reaching his goals.

In this way he was no different, he knew what he wanted and exactly how he would achieve it. Putting myself in his shoes, I’m not sure I’d have the strength he does. I can’t say that I would want to go the extra mile, to workout and better myself, and this is where I knew that he was much much braver than I am. He is my inspiration; my inspiration every time I ‘don’t feel like working out.’

While this man’s story may be one of a kind, he is not alone. He is one of the many individuals in and around my community who day in and day out are trying their best to succeed, to make themselves better, to reach their goal. Physical differences or not, these are the people who inspire me. These are the people who’s stories I love to hear; their fight to get to where they are.

The man I met at the gym is someone I will always admire, and  honestly I look forward to the next time we come across each other. He might not remember me, but I will always remember him; he is my inspiration

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 ❤