the defining decade

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A coworker suggested I read read copy of,  The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now, as my next year. I welcomed the suggestion with open arms. I couldn’t put this book down, it was half because of the message and partly because the text was at least 14 point text. Here’s a little a little synopsis on the book, “we have a “thirty-is-the-new-twenty” culture tells us the twentysomething years don’t matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood.”

I was three pages deep into the book and I remembered about a year ago Paul sent me a link to this TedTalk and said watch it, you won’t be sorry. So, I challenge you to do the same. Watch this video. Tell me what you think.

The woman giving this TedTalk is the author of the book mentioned above. It was beyond interesting to hear and read her thoughts on why 30 isn’t the new 20 and what twentysomethings need to do to capture their future. The perfect way to sum up this book is fro this excerpt: The future isn’t written in the stars. There are no guarantees. So claim your adulthood. Be internal. Get to work. Pick your family, Do the math. Make your own certainty. Don’t be defined by what you didn’t know your didn’t do. You are deciding your life right now. 

This read was beyond fascinating. If you read this book, I would love to hear your thoughts. If you watched that clip, I want to hear your thought, too. Do you agree with Dr. Jay?


trains, planes and automobiles

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What do you think of when you hear the word “train” in a transportation sense? Maybe you think of the metro, subway or Amtrak, but hardly ever does our generation (Millennials) think of the proper term of train. Train, n:a series of railroad cars moved as a unit by a locomotive or by integral motors. I have something new to hit you with when you think of trains, Millennial Trains Project. This is a new initiative that  aims to turn the journey into a mechanism for learning and social change.

Background: A part of the journey the train will visit 7 cities over the course 10 days–that’s a lot of ground to be covering especially when your mode of transportation is a train. The itinerary includes Seattle, Detroit and Cleveland. In each destination, passengers will have 5-6 hours to work on their projects. In between stops, the group will participate in workshops and mentoring sessions to help build on their ideas. I am not entirely sure what happened once the projects are completed and if there is any follow up, that would be interesting to look into.

The real benefit to programs like these might not be the actual projects they spawn, but the people they educate and shape. It’s really interesting stuff, follow the Train’s journey live and learn more about the inspiring entrepreneurs on board.

hello happiness

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I am a big fan of Coca-Cola products and I always have been. Coke just makes me like them more with everything that they do. Have you heard of the Hello Happiness campaign they launched in the UAE?

Basically Coke wanted give laborers in the UAE a few extra minutes of happiness, so they created the Hello Happiness Phone Booth — a special phone booth that accepts Coca-Cola bottle caps instead of coins for a free 3-minute international phone call. The campaign started after the learned the workers in the UAE make about six dollars per day. Also the cost of a phone call is nearly a dollar per minute which makes phone calls are rare. What an awesome opportunity that allows them to connect with their families back home more often.

What’s there not to love about this campaign? Take a look at the video below and let me know your thoughts.


no better time than the present

this is all the motivation you need

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Today’s post is inspired by Sam Davidson. You have seen posts about him in the past because I think he’s a cool dude. Anyway today he posted one of my favorite posts because it is so true: You didn’t finish because you never started. People need to realize and expect that just because you say you are going to do something, doesn’t mean it will be accomplished. Set goals, check on your progress and implement your plan. Like Sam says, “The leaders and entrepreneurs who make stuff happen make sure to start. They don’t stop at ideation; they leap from that to action as quickly as possible.”

Last August 20th, I finally started my blog: omg it’s kendalann, because I missed writing and I didn’t want to lose my love for writing or my skills. I vowed to myself that I would publish 365 posts in one year, and if complete I can finally purchase my domain name. This has been a huge challenge, and with the deadline quickly approaching I can truthfully say I am right on target. Sure, there are days I don’t want to post, but I do it anyway. Blogging as helped me to communicate with people I never would have otherwise, in addition to other things.

My new self-promise is this: The ability to run 3 miles by Thanksgiving because I want to participate in the Turkey Trot!
I don’t need to be the fastest, or even fast at all. I just want to be able to complete this. I want the ability to have me time, every day and to be more active. This goal will take every fiber in my being, but it’s a promise I made to myself. I know I need to start small and what better way to start than the proper attire, playlist, running plan and just getting out and hitting the pavement?

After all, there is no better time than the present, right? #letsdothis

next chapter?

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Ever notice how people are always saying they want to start the next chapter of their lives? Today I heard the perfect saying, “You can’t start the next chapter of your life is you keep re-reading the last one.” This statement is beyond true. If you want to make a forward change, let the past stay in the past and move on.


paying on the honor system

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Today we unfortunately live in a  society where the honor system doesn’t seem to work. But sometimes we have to step back and look at humanity and really let things take course.

Yesterday I found out about this awesome self-service coffee shop in North Dakota. Basically the idea of a self-serve coffee shop means it operates without baristas. The Vault, a new coffee shop in Valley City,  is where customers are on the honor system. When you get up to make your own cup of joe, you also pay by using the honor system. It seems like a pretty incredible concept, huh?

After reading more about this concept, I found out that the owner installed cameras but only for a safe atmosphere. The owner also commented on how people are more generous. “When I add up how much has been taken and how much is in the till at the end of the day … people are 15% more generous than thieving.” It’s a great feeling to know there is still faith in humanity. Honestly, it warms my heart.

happy monday

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Happy Monday! Let’s start the week off with a burst of inspiration and motivation, shall we? Remember there are 3 C’s for life. and 469d708db7149db48cc963d175f91865they are Choices, Chances, Chances. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change. What better day than to make choices,take changes and to make change than to a Monday?

Warby Parker

Karlie Kloss Collaboration

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So, Warby Parker is pretty awesome. The story behind the company and the collections of eyewear is spectacular. Warby Parker sells online and has a limited number of showrooms in the United States. They design glasses in-house, which allows the company to lower the cost of its glasses by a significant amount. With their vintage-inspired prescription eyeglasses starting at $95, it’s easy to find a pair of shades that you love. My favorite part about Warby Parker is you can use their free “Home Try-On Program,” and not to mention there is fast, free shipping both ways!

Here are the nuts and bolts about the “home Try-On Program:” 1. Pick out five frames and ship them to your house for free 2. You will have these frames for five days. Ask your friends what they think, opinions always help! 3. Pick the winners and have them shipped back to your house.

I love Warby Parker. I love the glasses and I love the company motto. Just like TOMS, they also do a lot of philanthropic work for the greater good. For every pair of Warby Parker glasses purchased, the company pays for the production of a pair of eyeglasses for the non-profit organization VisionSpring. Then, VisionSpring sells either directly to consumers or companies. Vision Spring works to ensure that there is affordable access to eyewear, everywhere.  VisionSpring targets customers who earn between $1-$8 per day. VisionSpring deploys philanthropic capital to uncover economically viable business models that can scale through market forces. In 2013, their operations in Central America were on the cusp of achieving this important milestone. In July 2013, Warby Parker announced that it had distributed 500,000 pairs of eyeglasses to people in need. If that is not enough, they are 100 percent carbon neutral.

With all of this excitement, my love for them grows each day. I am honored to be apart of the announcement introducing Warby Parker’s collaboration with Karlie Kloss. Make sure to check out the MARPLE, Heirloom Gold with Violet Clover lenses those are by far my favorite. Pop those bad boys on and your look is totally complete.

Check out the sunnies here.


Just like Karlie, the three new sunglasses are graceful, polished, and full of personality. We worked hand-in- hand to impart her genuine warmth and go-get-‘em energy to a trio of distinctly feminine classics: Julia, Marple, and Clara. Thunnamedey’re versatile and insanely flattering.

We started with a beautiful silhouette; the Julia frame is our translation of the tried-and-true teardrop. From there, we resized the lenses and fashioned contemporary wire accents for Clara and Marple. Constructed from ultra-strong and lightweight titanium in Heirloom Silver and Heirloom Gold, the frames feature gradient lenses, available in Violet Clover, Sepia Wash, Faded Slate, Copper Fade, and Indigo Wash. Relaxed and elegant.

In celebration of our partnership, we’re donating to an organization dear to Karlie. Edible Schoolyard NYC low-income public schools with kitchens and gardens, and students, through a hands-on curriculum led by Edible Schoolyard staff, learn the tools to develop lifelong healthy habits. The donation will benefit two community farm stands in Brooklyn and East Harlem, where kids learn about food preparation in their own neighborhoods. And as always, for every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.

“Collaborating with Warby Parker on this capsule collection was an amazing experience. I’ve always admired their commitment to social enterprise and am so excited that our partnership is supporting Edible Schoolyard NYC’s inspiring work,” Karlie says.

“We’ve been looking forward to working with Karlie, and not just because we’ve been friends for awhile. Her enthusiasm, great taste, and giving spirit make her a natural collaborator for Warby Parker,” co-CEO and co-founder Neil Blumenthal says.

The Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker frames are available June 10 online and in our stores. $145 each

talk to me

& get off your phone

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Yes, we’ve all done it. Friends, let’s not make it a habit and there’s one sure way of stopping it. Folks, I am talking about being on your phone while you are at the bar among friends. Thanks to theadvertising agency Fischer&Friends, we now have the Offline Glass. This glass that only stands supported by the mobile phone rescues people from the online world and brings them back to the bar chat. What an awesome and innovative idea. Check out this vimeo to see how it works.

challenging “standards”

who sets those anyway?

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I know this article is a little old and I’ve been meaning to write a really thought provoking blog about this article, or at least highlighting it but since January nothing has come to me. Thanks to Delta Phi Epsilon, one of their philanthropies is ANAD, and since college the topic of body image has always been on the forefront. I wanted to get the word out about this awesome new campaign and rather than writing something you don’t want to read, let me just give you the facts, how’s that?

Body image is huge for both men and women. When you see a photo in a magazine or on a billboard it’s more than likely “touched up”. Airbrushing is something that is detrimental to our society. We need to stop comparing ourselves. We need to put them emphasis on health rather than skinny or fat.

Back in January, aerie announced that the ads are “challenging supermaerie 1odel standards by featuring unretouched models in their latest collection of bras, undies and apparel.” Sure, one campaign isn’t solve the complicated of an individual’s self-esteems and images of women in media, but we have to start somewhere. The fact that one brand, aerie, is now showing off their cute bras and undies on bodies with real rolls, lines and curves, is certainly going to help.

american eagle unretouched

So, what do you think about the ad?

Always, remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you, my dear, are beautiful. The real you is sexy, don’t think otherwise.