I don’t think I have ever formally introduced my self before, and I probably should as I have only met a fraction of you in person! My name is Kendra, and I am the owner and creative behind Prairie Creek Candles. During the day I have a very different roll as Operations Manager for a construction and restoration company. Now don’t get me wrong, I like my day job and am very great full for it, but at night is where my true passion lies, i love creating, always have and always will. I’ve grown my little candle business into a steady stream of customers, stockists and orders that I can barely keep up to, and let me tell you something, that has made me happier than any of you will ever know! I am eternity grateful for everyone I have met along this journey, it has pushed me to grow and explore what I am made of, and I have proven to myself that their is nothing I can’t accomplish if I put my mind to it. You all have taught me so much about myself. This isn’t just a business it’s my journey and a true dream. #greatful#candles#soycandles#lovewhatmatters#lovewhatyoudo#supportlocal#shoplocal#handmade
“God is so good. So good. He’s so good to me.
She is out of a successful surgery. 💕 they got all the blood out from around her heart that was complicating it’s pumping ability. Praise GOD. They found no other problem that they could see. Praise GOD. Her right *and* left ventricles are improved and stable. PRAISING GOD.
I’ll know more when I join Josh at the hospital. I’m on mom duty and it’s the hardest duality. But right now, the songs are - as always - all praise.”
Via @amandaauer 🕊❤️
The sweetest little mama.
I think the number one email I get is asking if I do maternity. The answer is YES PLEASE LET ME PHOTOGRAPH YOU PREGNANT. Maternity shoots are my faveee because all these mamas are glowing and I can feel the joy blooming all around them ❤️
❤️Long post warning...Since moving into our commercial studio earlier this year, things have shifted into high gear. With a new partnership for free childcare for our #militaryfamily creative volunteers, and an amazing partnership with our local Habitat; our creative cause to change military families lives has been growing at an incredible level. The moving train we are on has been so exciting but we are now at a point where our capabilities, potential, and community need is not aligned in the slightest with our resources. We are spread out in between service members garages for woodworking, our art studio for creating and our shared warehouse space moving donated furniture pieces around in our own personal vehicles. As we try to figure out what is next, we keep playing with different ideas in how to bring more money into our charitable cause to move into a much much larger space. With our lease expiring soon, we keep property searching downtown to price out the dream and pray for a grant to get us there. Today as we stumbled across the most AMAZING space (that could do everything we need and more) we stopped for a selfie...because sometimes you just need to just take a step back, smile, and realize how far you have already come. Sometimes it's so easy to get lost in life and frustrated with things you can not control that you overlook all the accomplishments that you have already made. To all the dreamers out there, keep doing you and pushing along. Hard work will always pay off in the long haul and it only takes that one door to open to just change everything✨ #milso#militarylife#airforcewife#veterans#supportthetroops#selfie#dreamersanddoers#pursuepretty#militarywife#thriftstorefinds#goodvibesonly#thehappynow#repurposedfurniture#artistsoninstagram#beautifulspaces#realestate#lovewhatmatters#apartmenttherapy#sodomino#inmydomaine#eclectichome#liveauthentic#lifeoflegacy#creativehappylife#urbanjungle#designlife#diy#artheals#charity
Warning: I’m about to get very personal.
My mom was sick most of my life. I watched her deteriorate year after year despite everyone's best effort. I lost friends who didn't understand why I lived in the conditions I did. Infact, I was often made fun of for it. I was told several times Mom only had a set amount of time left to live, so you can imagine my surprise when I got the call that my father had a heart attack and passed away. I was so ANGRY over losing a healthy parent while the other was withering away and I still am. My mom lasted much longer than we expected after dad passed. Perhaps she held on because she didn't want to leave her children alone. It's hard to tell this story, even if it's factual, without it sounding pitiful. My close friends can tell you I rarely talk about them because I haven't found a good way to spin it, but I am going to share with you why it's still important to tell.
I had 22 years with the most patient, hilarious and unexpectedly kind father. I had 23 years with a mother who knew more of my secrets than anyone to this day. She was my best friend. I think they created a pretty great person. I have some hangups, especially after losing them; but none of them take away from the kind, hardworking, thoughtful woman they created.
How can the story be sad when I am living proof human beings can get through anything? That we can take control of our destinies, find the good in all the bad and change our own futures if we are brave enough to try? Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit. We can decide how to write our stories.
And I am going to write one so beautiful you would never guess the things I've had to endure.
Road trip ready to live up our long weekend. 🍁 -
This family time is so needed to just relax, get outdoors, and spend quality time together. ❤️❤️
Unplugging a bit from social media for the next few days to be #presentoverperfect and #familyfirst 😘
We went pumpkin picking. At the end I said you can pick one each. There's big ones. Pretty coloured ones. Funny shapes. Funny textures. Such a huge choice and they picked these tiny tiny ones .... @cammashall
"THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY LIFE" October 19, 2010
This was the anniversary reminder I got from my phone this morning. I set it on this day in 2010, and each year it has been my motivation and inspiration to look back and reflect on how different my life is now compared to then.
This was the day Daniel finally left. After years of fighting to keep my young family together, I had become something I had never ever imagined myself to be - a single parent, responsible for two precious lives.
This was also a significant day because I vowed to somehow begin the terrifying task of reclaiming and rebuilding my life. I didn't know how or even if I could. I just knew I had to try.
I promised myself that I would not be a victim. That I would hold my head high, keep my integrity, and show my babies that no matter how unfair or shitty this world can be at times, life can still be anything you make it to be.
That even when things happen that are beyond your control, and you feel lost and desperate and helpless, you still have the power and the choice to make your world a better place.
That even when you hit rock bottom and don't think you can keep your shit together anymore, there are always people in your life willing to step up and give you a helping hand.
That hope, love and compassion is what makes the world go round, and if you are capable of giving these things, then give some, and a little more.
I look back now and realise that Daniel did me the greatest favour in walking away on this day. Because without the lessons and experiences of these challenging years, I would not have grown to be the person I am today.
When you fight so hard to discover your worth, your personal power and what you are truly capable of, life really is pretty magical.
And when this reminder beeps at me on this day in another year from now, I wonder what new discoveries, adventures and achievements I will have to reflect on 💫.
Have you ever lived in a season of life where you felt like you lost yourself?
Maybe you’re in that season now. Or maybe you are coming out of that season.
I think everyone experiences times in life that will shake you to your core. Leave you feeling lost and you may not even realize it happened til it happens.
I can tell you this from experience.
You will find yourself again. And when you do...she will be stronger. She will be wiser. She will be filled with vision & faith. .
You will find her again. And you will look back at your journey & be amazed at the person you are.
This workout was exactly what I needed before I even knew I needed it. -
Yesterday’s workout I had to modify a ton due to shoulder intensive moves. It’s frustrating to me to know that I was able to do them fully when I first did this program at the beginning of the year and now I’m limited as to what I can do.
Right in the middle of lunges and squats the trainer spoke exactly the right words I needed to hear: to focus on the here and now and not compare yourself to who you used to be- and those words hit me hard.
We often hear not to compare yourself to others- but how often are you reminded not to compare yourself to an older version of you? Today, I focused on the present, did my best and absolutely crushed my workout. -
Yes, you should try to keep improving. But that doesn’t always mean to be better than you were yesterday. It simply means to just try to be your best. Right here. Right now. ❤️
Let’s play 4 Truths and a Lie again my friends!! Which one is the lie:
1️⃣ When I was in middle school I was bit by a dog 🐶 right above my lip when we were visiting my Grandpa.
2️⃣ When Ryan and I were dating I won $1,200 at the Del Mar Horse Races on $1 superfecta bet. It was one of the best moments ever.
3️⃣ Ryan and I are suckers for @datelinenbc 🤷♀️ Our Friday Nights are crazzzzy😂
4️⃣ For our honeymoon we went to Bora Bora. It was so beautiful. I want to go back 🏝
5️⃣ When I found out I was pregnant our Doctor first told us we were having twins. Ry and I were elated because we are both twins. But she of course, found another heartbeat. •
•I will share the correct answer in my stories later today!!!
Shoes/top: @downeaststyle (Shop my Bio)
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Happy pay day in the coaches world! We get paid every week on Thursday! $50 may not seem like a whole lot, but its $50 more than I had 😏
The crazy thing to me is that I literally got paid for working out, eating healthy and just sharing my life. I'm so energized by the results I've seen so far in my life and would love to have you join with me! Heck - you could get paid to do this too!! Message me or comment below if you want to know more!
Now to go put this towards my new glasses I have ordered 🤓
📸 @lovewhatmatters・・・“Help, idk who these two are but I hope this finds them. I took this at Taft Point at Yosemite National Park, on October 6th, 2018.”
Photo by Matthew Dippel
I feel most like me when I'm in front of the camera. Happy, funny, inspired and confident. I'm not afraid to be myself. I can dance around silly and use my awkwardness to create art. I embrace what makes me "me" and when I do that I know exactly who I am. 🖤 This is a little piece from my homeschool writing assignment that I wanted to share with you guys! Embrace who you are no matter what. You are beautiful and special, never forget it 🖤🖤🖤
Something I've never seen before happened a couple weekends ago: a ring warming ceremony. The couple's rings were passed through the bridal party and the front row allowing closest friends and family to either pray, meditate, or bestow blessings and wishes on the couple as they held the rings in their hands before the ceremony. It was beautiful, and a beautiful opportunity to focus on the love that was focused on them... especially captured here on Cami's moms sweet face as she held the rings in her own hands. <3
Hey friends, hello again! I know you've missed me 😜. And if you're a mother, I'm sure you know why. Yom tov has been so beautiful and also so incredibly hectic! Between cooking, cleaning, eating, and changing the kids (again and again and again and again), there's hardly been any time left ;) But now I'm back, fully pumped and better than ever! In the past two weeks since yom tov, I've been working on some BIG things going on here behind the scenes. Something wonderful is happening, and I'm so excited to tell you all about it! Eeeeek! 🙈🙉🙈🙉
Yoga is a practice. Teaching yoga is also a practice.
To earn my 200hour certification, I had to do 200 hours of learning. Seems obvious enough, but perspective helps. To get my CrossFit Level 1, I had to do 14 hours of learning.
To pass my 200hour, I was assigned an essay, a written test and taught a class in front of my teacher training panel. To pass my CFL1, I answered a 50 question multiple choice test.
To maintain my 200hour, I have to submit my teaching hours and complete 10 additional learning hours every year. To maintain my CFL1, I have to retake the test every 5 years or get my CFL2.
I love all of my certifications, but I list yoga first because of how strongly I believe in what’s required. And as part of that, I obtained the right to call myself a Yoga For All Certified Instructor last night. 🎉
Yoga may be in the title, but this 25 hour program taught me so much about working with all bodies that I have grown as a CrossFit Coach as well. The same can be said for the Trauma-Informed Yoga training I took last winter.
In the midst of all this practice and learning, I am discovering how to combine the two movement styles that have changed my life. And I couldn’t be happier. 🙏
@yogaalliance @diannebondyyoga @amberkarnesofficial #yoga#yogaforall#crossfityogi#yogateacher#bigthingscoming#liveyourbestlife#hwpo#alwayslearning#changelives#crossfit#yogaandcrossfit#crossfitandyoga#downwarddog#downwardfacingdog#feelinghappy#lovewhatyoudo#lovewhatmatters
Today marks the big 10:
1: wonderful boy
2: stubborn dogs
3: babies heavenside
4: crazy moves
5: acres on a hayfield
6: nieces and nephews
7: countries visited together
8: days in Disney with our boy to celebrate in November
9: 1999 year we started dreaming of growing old together
10: years of marriage
It’s been one hell of a ride and there is no one else I would want to do it with. Let’s see what we can get away with in the next 🖐🏽🖐🏽 years. Cheers to us 🥂 #highschoolsweethearts#marriedup#loveyourspouse#weddinganniversary#bigten#cheerstous#lovewhatmatters#riseuptogether
Come see our new Redeemed prayer journal at the Raleigh Junior League Shopping Spree! We are here until Sunday afternoon. We’ve created a great quiet time basket: Journal, coffee mug and pencil pouch all wrapped up and ready to gift for $40. They will not last long! Booth 1110! ✨