Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Winter Bucket List

Hi friends!

Okay so I know you all may be side-eyeing me looking at this thinking, what a kook Christmas is over, what is she doing creating a winter list. Don't forget that I make my bucket list for the actual dates, so I'm not too far behind (JK now I am... like way behind)! I have to admit my Autumn BL was a bit of a fail for me. Although I did do some fun fall things, I did not document it nor did I do much of anything on my actual BL.



Winter Bucket List

- Go Ice Skating

- Successfully pull off my dad's surprise party
- Road trip to Austin
- Road trip to San Marcos
- Road trip to College Station
- Decorate for Christmas
- Decorate for Valentine's Day
- Read 3 books
- Meet 2 new friends
- Get a wool baseball cap
- Keep up with my classes
- See a ballet
- Celebrate Galentine's day (Parks and Rec anyone?)
- Keep writing my book 
- Do something really spontaneous (we'll see how this one pans out)
- Keep up with my New Year goals
- 5 random acts of kindness
- Photograph more
- Blog more in "real time" (aka don't procrastinate like I did on this post)
- Cut three TV shows I watch out of my life 
- Make my Gram's Christmas Cookies


Maybe if I keep it shorter this time I will actually be able to accomplish some of these this time around... wishful thinking. 

Is there anything you all have planned for this winter? Share it with me on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #WinterBL


Friday, January 16, 2015

Thanksgiving

I'm going to throw it back all the way to November and talk about my Thanksgiving because it's really just too good to miss (you'll see why in a second). This was the first Thanksgiving that we have hosted in many, many years. It was actually really fun being the host instead of the guest, you definitely take on a different role, but we had fun decorating the house!



















For the past several years, each time we have hosted a holiday at our house we have done some sort of event. Over the past years we have done the harlem shake, set up photo booths, and many more. But I think this year tops them all. We made a lip dub to "All About that Bass" by Megan Trainor, featuring our entire family. Our camera editing skills may be close to novice but our dancing skills are on par. Without further auedi, I present to you 2014 Radenbaugh Thanksgiving!



Simply, 

Kendall Rose

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy Birthday Blog!



My oh my, what a year it has been! It is blowing my mind that Simply Kendall Rose has been up and running for one whole year! After much internal debate and doubt I started my blog January 5, 2014 and haven't looked back since (well that's almost true). Taking the leap of faith to start a blog, let alone leaving it open for the public to read it, has to be one of the most terrifying steps I have ever taken. I honestly had no idea what joy a blog could bring me. Through out this past year blogging and writing have without a doubt become my biggest passions in life.

This blog has opened many doors for me, has given my life direction, and has provided me with amazing opportunities, including attending a blog conference put on by some of my most favorite bloggers, being able to collaborate and work with some great brands, and so much more. But the best part of it all has been the community that I have gained through out this whole experience. Blogging has given me the opportunity to connect with some of the most wonderful ladies all over the world. Women who inspire, encourage, and keep me laughing on a daily basis. I have realized that (although I am not always the best at keeping connections alive) the community is what makes it all worthwhile.  What started out as a fun hobby has turned into something so meaningful and near to my heart.

I never could have imagined all the love and support I have received from every single one of you! My words can't even begin to describe how appreciative I am to you all. I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart and more.  I am beyond grateful and enthused to have you on this journey with me and I am so incredibly thrilled to see where 2015 takes me!

Below are some of my favorite blog posts from this past year!




 The Hundred Part One/ Part Two/ Part Three






Happy Birthday dear blog! Here's to many, many more! 

Simply, 

Kendall Rose

Friday, January 2, 2015

Be Brave

Hello, hello!

Yesterday I wrote about the year that is to come. This brand new, blank slate that we have in front of us is an opportunity to write a fresh story. 

My word for this year is brave. Be brave. There are so many things that I want in my life that I am too afraid to do. Fear is what stops me from doing something 99% of the time. Many times I feel confident in a decision I am making, but then a little voice inside of me will start to come out and tell me that I will fail or that I'm not making the right choices. The little voice wants to hold me back and make me second guess myself and my talents. I'm deciding that 2015 is the year that I shut the door on my fear and focus on what can come out of being brave.




// 2015 Goals //

Get up by 9:00// I have such a struggle with this one. I have never been good at waking up early, even in high school, but I have made it work in college for my 8 ams (they're horrible, I know). But on the days I know I don't have class or any commitments, I have such a hard time getting up, even when I set alarms. The days when I do sleep in and wake up at 10:30 or even 12:30 (that happened earlier this week....) I feel like my day is gone and I really hate that feeling. My goal for January is to get up everyday by 9:00, whether I have class or not, in order to be productive and live my days to the fullest. 

Work out 3xs a week// I know, how cliché. Instead of simply saying "I want to lose weight" or "I want to get in shape" I have decided to be specific on this and commit to working out 3xs a week. This gives me the flexibility to work out when and where I want. Right now I workout very sporadically, there's no real method to my madness, so this way I have a plan that can help me keep track of what I'm doing and not set me up for failure. 

Staying organized// If you've ever met me in real life you know I am far from being organized. My room is typically a mess, I am always running late to everything, and I forget assignments/events so much it's unreal. This year (hopefully with the help of my parents, teachers, and friends) I am committing to staying organized. I want to write out my entire semester in my planner in the first week of class, I want to set aside time each day to devote to my school work, and to be truthful with myself each month on how good (or bad) I've kept up with everything. 

Eat at home// I almost always have the intention of eating my meals at home, but there are so many days that by the time I am done with classes or work, I am too tired to cook and end up picking something up on the way home. Not only is this unhealthy, it is so expensive. And let's be real, I'm college student poor. In order to make this goal attainable I am going to start by letting myself eat out twice a week; this way I am giving myself room to hang out with friends or whatever without feeling restricted. 

Improve on my photography skills// I got my camera last year as a Christmas present and have spent the past year slowly learning the basics of it all. I have to say my pictures have improved tremendously...I was looking at one of the first recipe shoots I did and all I can say is yikes! This Christmas, I got a new lens and downloaded a couple of beginners workshops to learn all the ins and outs of a DSLR camera. I want to commit to spending one weekend a month to listening to the tutorials as well as practicing on people, scenery, etc.

Share my story// Now this might not make sense to most of my readers because, well I haven't shared my story yet. I have had different heart problems and conditions throughout my life that have changed me and shaped me into who I am today. I have been wanting to write about this for awhile now but something (hint, hint, fear) has been holding me back. This year I am committing to face my fears and to be brave and share my story with you all. 

Get involved with AHA// This goes hand in hand with what I said above. Like I mentioned, I have had heart problems/defects all of my life but I am just now getting to the age to where I can truly understand the severity of it all and how it does and will affect my day to day life for the rest of my life. I have decided to take that extra step and get involved with the American Heart Association (and possibly a few other heart disease organizations) to help bring awareness to the number one leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease. 

Continue to write// I love writing and I always have, but it is so easy to get discouraged when writing. There are many times when I get writer's block or simply feel like my work sucks and isn't worth spending my time doing. Writing is truly one of my biggest passions, it gives me so much joy and pride when I read something I've written and think "wow that's pretty dang good". This coming year I am committing to writing. No matter what I write or how terribly it sucks, I want to be brave and confident in my writing. 

Show kindness// In general, I think I am pretty kind-natured. I really do care about others and want everyone to feel loved and included, but I don't go out of my way to make sure that happens. Sure, I might smile at the new girl in my class but I have never been the person to go sit down and talk to her. I want to push myself out of my comfort zone and reach out to people I would have never done before. I am committing to paying for the person's drink behind me, volunteering because I want to and not because I have to, and giving back to the less fortunate with my time and my money. 

Strengthen my personal relationship with God// As I have written throughout my blog, 2014 was a major turning point for my faith. My faith started to strengthen October of my freshman year in college (super random and specific, I know) but it was really kicked into high gear this past January. I will be the first to admit that I really struggle with God and religion, meaning the closer I became to the Lord, the more I felt pressured to be perfect and instead of focusing on my personal relationship, I began focusing on the do's and don'ts of everything. Going into 2015, I am committing to focusing on my personal relationship with God first and everything else second. I would rather know my Creator and have a one-on-one relationship with Him as opposed to just being a rule follower. 

Read// Personally, I think reading rocks. I love, love, love to read! But I will admit, lately I have been somewhat of a book serial killer, meaning, I have started a book, read a few chapters and never picked it up again. I want to end the mass murdering of books (too far?) and give them a little love by actually finishing them. So, if you have any good titles you'd recommend help a girl out and leave them below!

I am so incredibly excited for this new year and all the adventures that I know will come out of it by kicking fear goodbye and being brave! Share with me some of your goals you have for 2015!

Simply, 

Kendall Rose




Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Good morning and Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great night ringing in the new year and are looking forward to 2015 as much as I am! For some reason this year feels different than all the others, like something big is going to happen, and that excites me.






Last year I focused on me. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and stop letting life happen to me, and for the most part I did just that. I started this blog, joined a christian sorority, went to a blogging conference, and so much more. I still have leaps and bounds to go but I can proudly look back over the year and know that I accomplished something. 

I have started compiling my goals for this coming year and will be sharing them with you tomorrow. In the meantime, I challenge you all to come up with a reasonable, obtainable goals that you want to accomplish throughout 2015! 

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Simply, 

Kendall Rose