Hey there!! I’m excited that you’ve taken a minute to drop in—I know how precious your time is and appreciate that you’ve shared a minute with me. So I’ll share a bit about my life now and then give you the real scoop on what led me here--a life changing focus on wellness inside and out!
I’m Kendra Everett and I’ve been married to my husband Scott for 10 years. We’re blessed to have 4 littles who are 8, 4, 3 and 5 months. They keep us hopping and laughing! We live outside of Mason in southern Michigan. Scott works as a consultant/lobbyist in Lansing, is the township Treasurer, and loves Triumph motorcyles and all kinds of handy-man jobs which is perfect for our old farmhouse that needs loads of love and care (think real fixer-upper).
I work in the Michigan Senate but have been blessed to have a couple great bosses who let me have the kids with me most of the time with help from Scott, other family and a girl to play with the littles for a few hours some days. Sometime back before I had kids (you know that life before kids? It’s a blur really—what did I even do back then?), Kara and I started an at-home based bakery together called Butters' Bakery, but she’s really taken on the load of that work since I had babies 2 and 3 close together.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:19
I'm a farm-raised country girl. I love being outside, gardening veggies or flowers, going to the beach, kayaking, hiking new areas and riding bikes. My other greatest love besides my family is food!! If I'm not outside, you will most likely find me in the kitchen cooking or baking something up or trying some natural project or home remedy. I have been getting back into a child-hood love for reading and would spend more time laying around doing that if the kids allowed it! And I've also found a new appreciation for fitness and home-based workouts because it helps my mind-set, energy and mood while mommin' my littles-it just helps me feel better!
I didn't really believe in Philippians 4:13 back a few years ago after I had baby #3. I was totally worn down and negative working hard to hide it inside. But I let my weaknesses and a busy life get me down, and I was emotionally exhausted--tired of the hustle and rat race, waking up each morning to get all of us ready and out the door just to go a job that caused these mixed emotions and added stress. But I wanted to do a good job at it still, and I felt like I was doing a bad job at everything…being a mom, work, marriage and life.
After a hard day at work, I sat breastfeeding my several month old baby mindlessly scrolling through facebook one day, trying to forget the struggles and stress. And I came across this positive girl about my age with a couple of kids and one on the way. She was just so positive and was talking about how we had to take care of ourselves….that if we were doing everything for everyone else and nothing for ourselves, we’d burn out. Well bingo!! That was me!!
I thought about what she said for some time and just kept checking in to see what she shared and I loved the positivity! She had a morning routine that included prayer time, positive reading, exercise and other healthy habits. I wanted that too, but I didn’t know how to make it happen in what seemed like an over-packed life already.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
I changed from the inside out and found myself learning to rely on daily time for myself that included devotional time, personal development reading or audio like podcasts, and working out. I had never been the exercise person but found it to be such a mood lifter and energy builder. I'm loads more patient with the kids when I exercise each day--30 minutes or less at home. And when I did it consistently and ate better with easy tips I learned, I lost more than 40 lbs of babyweight that I put on with babies 2 and 3. It feels so amazingly better that I'll never go back to where I was before this change!!
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
But she helped me along the way, and I figured it out after I took a leap of faith and became a wellness coach like her. The truth is that I had to make time! When I figured out that I was worth the time for me, then I made it happen and realized that a little time spent on me makes me better for everyone and everything else. I got my priorities straight—God first, Scott and littles next, self-care for me, then friends, family and community and then work. For a workaholic nut like me that was tough! But so freeing.
And so that’s my story on how I’ve come to want to savor life more – to enjoy it and appreciate the good and bad moments as part of the journey…through the stress of work, when my kids are going crazy or making me feel that way and all of life’s curveballs. And sometimes I still fail miserably but working at it is the key for me.
Working on wellness from the inside out. And while I’m such a work in progress, I’m learning to appreciate the steps I’ve made in the last year or so and just want to share about the struggles, joys and simple things that helped me in hopes that if you feel the same as I did (and still do sometimes) that you can work to savor life more too. No more just trying to survive the days. Let’s thrive and truly savor life together with Faith, Food, Fitness and Family!!
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