Concluding Thoughts: Brandi Kennedy, One Year Later

Hi! As well as welcome to the last of the Reflections collection we did throughout the month of January at the Single Dad’s Guide to Life We partnered with Brandi Kennedy in 2015 of Brandi Kennedy: Love Stories as well as Lifestyle for the Undaunted Woman. We called it the Perspectives Series, covering subjects from a solitary dad and also solitary mommy’s point of view. Due to the fact that we could not do the collection this year, I produced a brand-new collection this year. As opposed to viewpoints, I reviewed the exact same subjects as in 2014, with a spin. With the conclusion of the month in 2014, I did a message interviewing my companion in the collection, offering you a check into her and also her blog site. This year, she enthusiastically permitted me to interview her once more one year later on. So with the last article of January as well as our last representations article, we talk to Brandi Kennedy, one year later on.

Wrapping Up Thoughts: Brandi Kennedy, One Year Later

The Guide: Hey there Brandi! Thanks for so enthusiastically returning and also granting be talked to for the last article in our Reflections collection. We were sorry you could not collaborate this year yet wish that following year points will certainly open as well as permit us to interact once again.


Thanks for having me back on the blog site, David! It’s constantly an excitement reaching talk with you. As well as I’m sorry to have actually missed out on partnering with you for this year’s bloguary.

The Guide: So I’m mosting likely to discuss 10 brand-new inquiries this year, showing over the in 2014 and also things you have actually discovered, done in different ways, or perhaps would certainly have done precisely similarly. Thanks a lot for putting in the time out of your insaneness to show to us.


No issue.

The Guide: What did you most miss out on concerning our insane bloguary in 2014? And also what did you miss out on the very least?


Honestly, I missed out on every little thing concerning bloguary. I enjoyed the difficulty of discovering brand-new web content as well as staying on top of such a strenuous timetable, and also I had a fun time functioning to work with message subjects with you in 2014! Losing out on bloguary this year due to the fact that my life has actually obtained so frantic breaks my heart, yet I’m in an area now where I’m battling to maintain, as well as blog writing has actually diminished for the time being. I’m wanting to be back at it full speed by the following bloguary though, for certain!

The Guide: What were your greatest highs in 2014? And also your cheapest lows?


Last year was actually hard for me. I shed an auntie to cancer cells and also my grandma to Alzheimer’s, and also in the middle of that, I had different other dilemmas to browse, obtained some frightening responses concerning my wellness and also the wellness of my kids, as well as saw my mommy invest over 15 multi-day jobs in neighborhood medical facilities.

I think the greatest highs were the minutes when I boasted of myself for dealing in addition to I did, and also the minutes when my children tipped up close to me. Those minutes were so satisfying due to the fact that they bore witness the strength of the bond in between the 3 people, as well as I’m uncertain there’s anything as amazing as that sensation of being successful as a moms and dad.

The lows were lots of … I had days when all I did was cry, days when I can barely achieve greater than one of the most standard features. As well as I stopped working to maintain up with my writing, which squashes me with frustration. I assume the most affordable minutes were the ones where I recognized I was falling back and also could not maintain, yet was also bewildered to actually care.

The Guide: Of all the lessons you discovered in 2014, which was one of the most vital? Which is the hardest to approve?


I assume the response to both of these inquiries coincides point, to level. I do not recognize if this is a by-product of my training or if it’s simply that I am. Yet I battle a lot with providing myself the elegance to fall short as well as area to remainder. Component of my greatest battle in 2014 was simply approving that I could not potentially maintain– not since I could not maintain, however because almost any person would certainly battle to maintain if confronted with things I was encountering. Providing myself the very same elegance and also person support I would certainly provide any person else was an obstacle, specifically as it tested my very own ruthless internal soundtrack. I assume I’m improving at it, however.

The Guide: As a blog owner and also an author, what maintains you composing every day, month after month, every year? What maintains you going when the globe appears to conspire versus you?


Determination, perhaps? The large need to do well, the natural requirement to make my composing desires facts? Or perhaps it’s simply my wish to reveal my youngsters by instance that you actually can be whatever you wish to be, so you’re prepared to make the initiative. Yet with no of that, I would certainly still have a virtually determined love for the art of creating— I would certainly be creating also if no person cared sufficient to check out it.

The Guide: When it concerns composing, I frequently discover discomfort equates to the web page much easier than pleasure. Which is simpler to blog about for you as well as why?


I believe it relies on which end of the psychological range I’m on. Living life with PTSD suggests I experience a great deal of psychological discomfort. And also life with persistent ailment indicates I experience a great deal of physical discomfort. When these points are antagonizing me, certainly despair as well as discomfort are much easier for me to share, due to the fact that I feel them so deeply because minute. Yet after that when I’m joyous, I really feel that joy shakes via me with practically childish joy, as well as in those times I discover it most meeting to share that sensation with others. There is value to the old saying concerning composing what you understand … It truly is much easier to show to others what you currently have in on your own.

The Guide: As a moms and dad, what points do you attempt to secure your youngsters from? As well as what unfavorable points do you enable them to view as a practical demonstration if any kind of?


Honestly, I do not sanctuary my youngsters significantly, depending upon exactly how you consider it. They lose out on some experiences in my initiative to secure them; for instance, they aren’t enabled to go to pajama parties due to the fact that I’m living evidence of just how frequently individuals that must be reliable with youngsters are not reliable in all, as well as I do not wish to risk them seeing that extremely dark side of humankind.

However mentally, I do not secure them all that much– my emphasis is far more on allowing them really feel and also experience, and also training them as they go. They understand about my PTSD, we’re open regarding psychological wellness, as well as we speak practically regularly regarding the scenarios of our lives and also exactly how ideal to deal well with our difficulties. We weep with each other, we combat with each other, we laugh with each other. We’re a group, the 3 people, and also I emphasize that way of thinking regularly with them.

The Guide: What do you seem like your greatest achievement was from the in 2015?


Finally pressing via my stress and anxieties to make development in handling my wellness in an extra enlightened method. I had actually been staying clear of medical professionals for several years because of a number of disappointments. Yet in 2015, I developed health care and after that took place to seek experts for the challenging illness I’ve been dealing with given that birth. Having tags for my health issue will not make them much better … however it’s unbelievably confirming to have solutions for problems I’ve been coping with and also harassed over for as long.

The Guide: Your blog site is Love Stories as well as Lifestyle for the Undaunted Woman. What does “Undaunted” indicate to you? And also exactly how do you assume you endured that creed this year?


Undaunted living has to do with encountering difficulties head-on; you do not need to be brave or unsinkable, yet you do need to be identified as well as reluctant to quit. I had minutes in 2014 when I battled frantically with the scenarios I was captured up in. Yet I stood up every day as well as provided it the very best I had. Some days that was extra, various other days it was much less– yet it was constantly my 100%. Being unalarmed does not imply never ever stopping working, never ever weeping, never ever damaging down. It implies having the nerve to see points for what they are as well as excavating up the toughness to maintain attempting regardless of what.

I desire I might share even more of what in 2015 appeared like for my family members, however as open as I am with my very own tale, I absolutely intend to shield individuals around me as high as feasible, so I can not share every one of what I took care of … as well as yet a lot of exactly how I battled to deal is right there on my blog site for the globe to see. Which will to maintain going, to maintain sharing, to maintain progressing? That’s what Undaunted is everything about.

The Guide: Looking back over the previous year, what would certainly you inform on your own after that to keep an eye out for? Do you assume you would certainly have paid attention to on your own or would certainly you have done the very same point anyhow?


If I can return recognizing what I understand currently around 2018, I would certainly inform me to develop even more silent time right into my life, to be a lot more cautious regarding intending my time, and also to make certain I adhere to my timetable once I’ve established one to safeguard myself from falling back. I would certainly advise myself to create in advance as frequently as I could, preparing for the tougher days when creating would certainly be much less feasible.

Would certainly I pay attention to me? Most likely not. 2018 began well, and also I was actually enthusiastic concerning the year as it started. I really felt urged as well as encouraged as well as all set to shake the year. I felt great in my routine and also primarily efficient in satisfying my responsibilities. Yet as it played out as well as points obtained a lot more disorderly. I had a hard time a growing number of, misplacing my energy as I located being bewildered as well as overwhelmed. Which is why I would certainly be resting right here now, informing you that I would certainly inform me to be extra mindful.

The Guide: Tell us a little bit regarding your prepare for this year both as a blog owner and also as an author. Exists any kind of brand-new job for which we should watch? Where can our target market locate your job?


This year is so up in the air today. I’m preparing a step, intending to ultimately change my shabby old minivan, and also considering an astounding quantity of coming modification. I’m delighted with the opportunities and also I have such wonderful hopes and also prepare for this coming year … yet I’m additionally finding out to go with the circulation and also roll with the strikes. The very best I can supply is a pointer to follow my blog site; it’s peaceful there now, yet I’ll be appearing an increasing number of regularly as points in my life change. I’m eagerly anticipating sharing that trip with viewers, as well as I’m certain I’m mosting likely to be requiring the comments as I move on!

As constantly, you’ll capture me doing my finest to Stay Undaunted at, and also you’ll discover me appearing on numerous social media sites systems also. Every one of my web links are noted on the Contact web page under the About Me tab on my blog site, and also details regarding my publications, my merch stores, as well as my prepare for the future can all be located by discovering my blog website or connecting to me directly.

The Guide: So that’s 10 concerns. Thanks once again for taking time out of the madness to assist with this last blog post. I understand it’s been so insane for you this in 2015. I really hope the following year locates you in a much better setting. And also I wish it brings you all sort of success.


You’ve been a wonderful pal, and also I’m so happy our blog sites presented us to every various other– I can not wait to see where we wind up in our creating journeys by now following year.

Covering Things Up

So thanks a lot for belonging of our collection this year at the Single Dad’s Guide to life. It’s been a wild as well as insane month however amazing too. Take a look at the champion for the T-Shirt for the 300th article. And also if you won get in touch with me as quickly as you can. It’s been wild as well as insane and also motivating. Yet it’s additionally a great deal of enjoyable. Thanks all for being a component of the chaos in addition to the great times. You are a motivation daily for me to maintain creating. I just wish I can do it for you also. When it comes to the Reflections collection 2019, it’s a cover.

Proceed The Conversation

So what point did you discover most fascinating throughout the totality of the point of views collection? Did you have a favored article? What would certainly you such as to read more concerning? As well as what would certainly you such as to understand even more concerning Brandi?

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Up until following time, this is me authorizing off.

David Elliott, The Single Dad’s Guide to Life.

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