Kendra Hall, passionately champions for young women and other at-risk populations who are entering into adulthood, through her writing, mentoring, and avid connectivity to resources that she shares to uplift and prosper others. She is a devoted advocate for young women, sharing her own life experiences like being a teenage mother of three children by the age of 18 years, overcoming homelessness and domestic violence. Ms. Hall celebrates, especially, the continued success of at least 30+ women whose lives she’s directly mentored, while still achieving her own professional milestones like graduating with a Bachelors in Arts in Law and Justice from Rider University as an adult learner. She also believes in making time for the things she enjoys like learning about the metaphysical and heightened spiritual awareness, connecting people, networking, reading, tennis, studying and traveling. She is also the Host of her Newest Instagram Live series, #SurvivorsJewelz, where she offers her platform to allow Survivors to share their stories. She believes that everyone’s survival has power and that it is through the sharing of those stories that we let that power serve its purpose. She is spreading hope through the understanding that the power to succeed comes from within and not without, and by letting young women know that support is available. By teaching a philosophy of hope she inspires others to maximize their life, no matter the obstacle. Kendra hopes to help as many young women as she can succeed in life.
Patrice: Tell us a little about the leadership role you carry out for your family and the community.
Kendra: The leadership role that I carry out for my family and community is administered and based on an “each one teach one” philosophy. Also, I offer referrals to community resources and one-on-one mentoring.
Patrice: How long have you been mentoring young women and girls?
Kendra: I’ve been mentoring for over 20 years.
Patrice: What do you hope your mentees take away from your mentorship?
Kendra: I want those I mentor to understand that life does not have to be perfect to be beautiful. We all have trials and tribulations in life; however, we define our journey. Our journey does not define us.
Patrice: How did your journey start as an author? Any inspiration?
Kendra: My journey as an author started as a young girl having my poetry published in ‘Highlights Magazine.’ I love to write creatively. Over time, and through many inspirations, my first self-help book,” Droppin Jewelz: Guiding Principals to Help Girls Live Their Best Life,” was born!
Patrice: Can you tell the readers more about your first book?
Kendra: My first self-help book is based on my real-life journey as a 13-year-old pregnant teenager, kicked out of home, and trying to survive. I discuss what decisions led me to have three children by the age of 18 years old and how I could prosper beyond my circumstances. My book takes you on a faith-based journey filled with life lessons that give foundation to and highlight life’s ebbs and flows.
Patrice: You are also writing a second book. That must be very exciting for you! What genre is it on, and what is it about?
Kendra: My second book is a self-help book exploring more of life’s foundational principles to success.
Patrice: Sometimes juggling more than one thing at a time can be challenging. How are you balancing motherhood and business all at the same time?
Kendra: I still have my challenges at times; however, having a morning routine has been my saving grace. I wake up at 4 A.M. daily to pray and meditate. I find waking up at this time allows me to maximize my day. I also workout, which gives me energy and provides stress relief.
Patrice: What advice would you give to entrepreneurs who are trying to balance their work and life?
Kendra: My advice to entrepreneurs looking to find a balance between their work and home life to find and stick to a routine that allows you to maximize your day.
Patrice: What was the writing process like for your first book?
Kendra: Writing my first book was a challenging yet mentally freeing experience. It’s the same feeling I have now writing my second book.
Patrice: Do you have a specific spot or place that you like to write at?
Kendra: I don’t have a specific spot or place I like to write at.
Patrice: What advice can you give teen moms that don’t have any family support?
Kendra: My advice to teen mothers who lack family support is finding the community resources in your area. Please feel free to contact me if you need assistance in finding community resources.
Patrice: What does women/girl empowerment mean to you, and why do you think it is important?
Kendra: Woman empowerment is when self-love and intrinsic motivation collide. In a male-dominated society, women must find their voice and use it. We have fought so long for equal rights, and the fight is not over. We must continue to push forth.
Patrice: How is the process of going with being a personal trainer/wellness coach?
Kendra: The process is excellent! I find it fulfilling and rewarding, helping others to reach their health and wellness goals.
Patrice: How can readers connect with you?
Kendra: You can visit my website: www.DroppinJewelz.com and on social media @justusjewelz
Patrice: What does being a pretty woman that hustle mean to you?
Kendra: Being a pretty woman that hustles means work hard in life; however, know you don’t have to look like what you’ve been through.
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