Run. Just run. 

 
Run to enjoy the day. Run to feel the fresh air. Run to feel the sun, the rain, the wind. Run towards your fears, and face them head on; as you push through the struggles you may just find yourself at the finish line before you know it. The journey is a beautiful one. 

Run NE. Run for fun. Run to jam to your favorite songs. Run to feel the pavement, the first, the ground. Run to see the world around you. 

Just run.  

 She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.

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Just love it. Just embrace it.

❤ Here is a post that I found on my facebook from a year ago. Today I definitely needed a pick me up. I think that when things don’t go the best, or when things get uncomfortable in life I tend to take a step back and take things personally. I really have noticed this about myself and now more than ever I know that I have a choice. I have a choice to linger in this uncomfortable state, or I have the choice to take it and run with it. Change is what causes this uncomfortable feeling, and nowadays I am best friends with change when it is for the better. I will continue to grow and cherish the uncomfortable to get to something better. To be a better me. And to me that is worth everything.

Recognize what you can change and what you can’t. In every moment, acceot that everything is as it should be. Accept that your body is fat and glorious. Just love it. Accept that you don’t do things the way everyone else does. Just embrace it. Accept that sometimes your belly hurts, sometimes you don’t have enough money to pay the light bill, sometimes life is too hard. Just cry and move through it. Accept that you can’t do it all-and who would want to anyway? Accept a kind word. Don’t apologize. Accept a gift-no matter how big, how small. Say Thank you without embarrassment. Accept that life isn’t always fair and find the wonder in that too. Don’t accept things that aren’t yours, like misdirected shame and blame. LIke credit for someone else’s accomplishments. Like disrespect. Accept everything you are and nothing you are not.

Be brave…be bold. Stay beautiful

“Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated. Don’t major in minor things. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly. Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes Learn from them and move on. Every person needs to have their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at his hour, they were at their very best. Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, ‘Gee, if I’d only spent more time at the office’. Give people a second chance, but not a third. Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health and love. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. Leave everything a little better than you found it. Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems. Never cut what can be untied. Never overestimate your power to change others. Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do. Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out. Spend less time worrying who’s right, more time deciding what’s right. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. The importance of winning is not what we get from it, but what we become because of it. When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail.”

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“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”-Henry Ford

An atmosphere of unity and togetherness are feelings that sprout success in many forms. When I feel positive energy and support around me, I thrive. I am a part of a team who shares a common purpose, To serve our young people in every aspect in their development by providing programs and mentors to help them become self sufficient successful adults.  It feels amazing to know that my passions are are fueled and ignited by the team around me.

The YMCA’s annual campaign is one I have been involved with for a very long time. The YMCA’s mentors and staff have been in my life since the age of 7. They have positively impacted my life, and my passions for youth development and service learning. I can honestly say that fundraising is not my expertise. I don’t consider myself good at the “ask”. BUT now I can say that fundraising for an organization who does amazing youth work and provides young people with endless opportunities to grow in all areas of their development, is an honor. I am now employed full time for an organization that exemplifies some of the key principles and values that I hold true to my life.

That is why I am asking any and everyone for support for our annual campaign. With more funds we will have more resources and staff/programs to help our youth and the community at large. We will be able to expand our outreach and serve MORE youth and families. This is what the Y is about.

NOW LETS RAISE SOME MONEY for: THE Y WHERE WE ARE FOR: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, HEALTHY LIVING, AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

MY PERSONAL GIVING PAGE:

give.ymcatwincities.org/jaykay2015

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^A youth and I at an Intervention conference in early Jan this year

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”

Relationships. This is number 1 in my life. My relationship with others in each and every capacity. My relationships with my faith, family, friends, co workers, my youth, and everyone I come in contact with. Each and every person is so unique and has many talents and skills. I really believe that they come into and stay in my life for a reason. Mostly because I choose them to be there. I choose who I let influence me by filtering out the negative and learning from those who are positive and powerful. One person who I can say that has been such a positive person in my life by pushing me to be the best I can be; and to always strive for greatness, is my twin sister Ariel. She has always challenged me to think, what am i doing, and why am i doing it? She holds me accountable and even though I don’t always want to hear it, she sticks to her guns. And I know she does because she cares and wants to see me succeed in everything that I do.

She is the best, you can have a glimpse for yourself!

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HER BLOG:

https://runningrel.wordpress.com

…With Passion comes Purpose with endless Possibilities..- Jessica Kendall

I hope this blog first and foremost inspires people to find out what excites them. What really speaks to YOU. I am so blessed to have found my passion early on, and that is living, loving, and leaving a legacy of inspiring others to follow their dreams. I have come to realize how much I love to listen and hear others speak about their passions and how they fit into making this world a better place. Making their imprint through positive growth. This is one huge reason I work with young people. Sometimes I feel selfish because they give me so much. They impress me everyday with their resilience in overcoming everyday barriers. They choose to surround themselves with positive people and know that they want better. They know that if they know better they will do better. This is powerful, and I see their strength and it only pushes me to be a better youth worker, and overall a better person. They deserve the best. We all do.

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“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

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I really don’t think there could of been a better day to start this blog than today. MLK inspired many people of all colors and background to come together and fight for injustice. MLK stood for equality in all sense of the word and this really shines through, in not only his words but in his ACTIONS. His actions and his compassion for helping others overcome barriers to lead a better life is one that great leaders strive to match.

I have used today to reflect on what I can do to lead a life of great service and how I can let my leadership skills and compassion influence the young people I work with everyday. After watching the film Selma, I know it will be by direct service and dedication to always do what is RIGHT in facing adversity. MLK modeled the way by his courageous efforts to overcome hate, fear, and denial. He knew that everyone deserved all the rights anyone else was entitled to. He had a dream. He had a vision, and that vision led to a better life for ALL. I now know how important dreams are, because you can ultimately make them a reality. In 2015 I want to model the way for my young people, and spark passions that fuel great actions. I want them to define their vision and their success and go after it courageously despite the adversities and barriers they face. That is a big part of my dream…