My passion lies in understanding how our mind (thoughts) impact our ability to thrive in life. During college, I was exposed to my first psychology class and was intrigued by the discovery that changing our thought patterns can impact our quality of life. I was shocked! I received a bachelor's degree in Psychology and spent much of my adult life learning about the power of the mind.
After experiencing a divorce at 27, I began to integrate my learnings into my personal life. Could I change my life by changing my thoughts? Like so many others, I was running around frantic, feverishly attempting to complete all the tasks on my checklist. (Yes, I love checklists if that tells you anything about me.)
A mentor handed me The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey and I cried as I read the book. I began to realize that what I put on that checklist mattered more than completing the task. I started asking myself, "Is my list of things getting me any closer to my true self, to true happiness? Was I moving forward towards accomplishing goals that were in alignment with my true self? Did I even know who my true self was?"
I knew I wanted something different in my life. Purpose. I had to start somewhere. After reading the book, I developed the above personal mission statement. It's been over 10 years since I wrote that statement and it still rings true today.
The journey I've been on in the past year has expanded my perspective. Losing Adeline taught me the following life lessons:
- The human heart can overcome what the mind cannot fathom. I've spent my life focused on understanding how our thoughts and perspective impact on our actions. I almost missed how the heart / soul impacts our ability to thrive, to live our lives from the inside out and to watch our souls' desires come to fruition. I have a new admiration for the guiding wisdom and resiliency of the human heart / soul.
- It's time to take the second part of my mission to a larger audience. Inspiring others on a larger scale (this blog) is going to require courage and the ability to be vulnerable. Adeline will never be able to tell her own story. She has given me the courage to tell it for her.
I am a mom of two, a wife, a sister, a daughter, and a friend. I have a 9-year-old step-daugther and a daughter in heaven who will forever be one day old. She will never get to learn and to grow. Her presences in my life has propelled me to a place where I know if being vulnerable and sharing my voice helps comfort one other person it's all worth it. I've spent my life studying the mind and now because of Adeline I'm embracing the power of the human heart.
The official bio sounds more like this...
Kendra Merrill is an Organization Development professional with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Ethics and a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Psychology. Kendra has extensive experience in healthcare Human Resources and has devoted her career to improving the patient care environment by working collaboratively with hiring leaders to onboard and to select and to retain top talent who are in alignment with an organization's mission, vision, and values. Kendra has a passion for impacting organizational change through facilitation of educational programs, leadership development, and continuous evaluation of process improvement opportunities.