Getting to Know Kendra: A Front-Line Nurse Doing What It Takes To Keep Us Safe
I meet Kendra my first year in college and she became a big sister instantly. She helped me move in, pick out classes, where to eat, and most importantly what were the best parties to attend. Well technically speaking we didn’t party too much but you know what I mean. I grew up with two older brothers and to say the least I didn’t feel like I had that girly girl touch to my style but Kendra was there to guide me through what it truly meant to be a young lady in this world. She taught me how to show off my natural beauty, how to be confident, and how being intellectual was a cool thing. We spent night after night studying and I watched her first-hand dive into the world of nursing. To this day, I literally text or pick up the phone and ask her all types of health-related questions. When the pandemic hit it turned all of our lives upside down but I thought about my big sis and her safety. While we all were told to stay at home and keep a mask on, she was on the front-lines every single day. She was there to help take care of us and I am so proud of her and the work she has done to make all of us feel safe. Thank you for sharing what it is like to be you.
Hometown: Harlem, NYC
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Family Origin: Trinidad & Tobago
Favorite Travel Location: Cayman Islands
Favorite Designer: Louis Vuitton
Favorite Snack: Cape Cod Jalapeño chips and green apples and peanut butter
Favorite Book: Rich Dad Poor Dad by: Robert T. Kiyosaki
Favorite Medical Show: Greys Anatomy-aht aht! Don’t argue with me lmao
Who is Kendra and what is she all about?
I am a chilled, laid back, multifaceted, goal crushing, fashionista who doesn’t believe in the word “NO.” I enjoyed seeing the world- UGH when the world was open- as well as shopping for bags and shoes. Hahah…when you look good, you feel good, when you feel good, you do good.
During college I would watch how much you sacrificed and studied to become a nurse. Is this something you were always passionate about?
Lol girl do you remember those trying nights?! Ugh…I was always passionate about delivering babies one day. I would sit while I ate dinner and watch TLC’s A baby story”.
I would tell my mom “I will be a doctor one day delivering babies”. Fast forward to college, I shadowed different physicians and realized their lifestyle wasn’t what I wanted. I wanted to I needed to be able to spend more time with my patients, but also finance the lifestyle I like to live. Nursing seemed like the perfect balance between the two. Since becoming a nurse, I haven’t looked back. It is only UP from here!
What has been your proudest moment or biggest accomplishment?
Hmm…I would have to say my proudest moment has been joining the 2-degree club- completing and obtaining my 2nd Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. It has been 10 years in the making…
One thing that I admire about you is your ability to balance everything that is important to you. When are some things that you do when you have down time?
Lol girl it is NOT EASY let me tell you! I’m a very organized person. “My first line is always ‘wait let me check my calendar lmao’. I stand by my large calendar and my cell phone calendar. Before any friend meet ups/ appointments I consult my phone.
Personally I have realized that I have been on edge with staying healthy and knowing what is best for me. Do you have any tips to stay healthy during quarantine for us to remain safe?
This has definitely been a trying time for us all. It has forced us ALL out of our comfort zone and to make adjustments to our every live’s. Our physical health has been on the forefront, and I’m you know all about eating clean, taking your vitamins daily, and drinking plenty of water, but what I want to stress is your emotional wellbeing. Take time to pray and give thanks for what you have when you look around, take a few moments to write down your goals- which will help you focus on something positive other than being forced to only thing about COVID and the negative impact it has had on us all. Take moments to do things that make you smile/happy, to remind you that although things have changed a bit, life is about change and making the best of those adjustments.
Thank you to my big sis for sharing a piece of your life with us. I know your time is very valuable and I am grateful that you took time out for me.
To connect with Kendra find her on IG: @_nursekenni_
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Until next post… Coach Tay