Here it goes – my first blog. It’s funny how difficult it is for me to put my thoughts out into the universe. I’ve always been an extremely private person, but I feel a strong desire to express myself in writing and hopefully my thoughts and experiences will resonate with readers on this platform.
A brief background on me, for those of you who don’t know me: I grew up primarily in Palmer, AK…a place that I will always love. It’s been over a decade now since I’ve left the state, but it has had a huge role in shaping who I am today. After leaving Alaska, I spent 12 years touring the country with my family as the band Redhead Express. We played, or at least traveled through, every state except Hawaii. It was an incredible and life-changing experience, playing thousands of shows and meeting people from all walks of life. While living in Nashville, TN I had the privilege of working with some of the most talented people in the music industry. This is also where I met and married my husband, Kelly. We now have three sweet and rambunctious boys and are currently living in the state of Utah.
A new chapter
Redhead Express disbanded last fall, 2019, which, although we couldn’t have known it then, was very timely, considering the state of live performances in the year of 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic. Had we not disbanded when we did, I’m pretty sure we might have been stranded on the road somewhere with all of our gigs canceled and no way to fund the trip back home! Transitioning from band-life to quiet family life has been a roller coaster, to say the least. I have loved being able to throw myself into mothering my boys and we have all thrived on a more consistent schedule. I’ve been able to start homeschooling my oldest, who is in Kindergarten, and explore new interests myself, including taking a family herbalist course (which I’m loving!). Conversely, I have also genuinely missed traveling and expressing myself through music and writing. Along with the desire to write, however, I’ve experienced a season of writer’s block. So I guess this blog is a way for me to unblock my thoughts and connect with the wide world from my home. I remember being asked from time to time in my travels “Do you miss being part of a neighborhood and community?” My answer was always that I just had a much bigger neighborhood. It extended from the Florida keys, on up to Maine and Delaware; across to Tennessee & Missouri, over to Idaho and up to Alaska. I miss associating with all of you! I look forward to connecting with you here.
To reiterate what I said at the beginning, it’s always challenging for me to put myself out into the world…I battle thoughts in my head like ”What if no one likes what I have to say?”, “What if nothing I say resonates with people?”, “What if I don’t really have anything significant to share with the world?”, what if, what if… but I know I’m not alone in this type of self-talk!
So here I am! I’m Kendra Stevenson, wife to Kelly, mother of 3 beautiful boys. I’m passionate about music, traveling, mothering, homeschooling, holistic healing and learning how to live more organically. This blog will a fun way for me to share my journey and learn from you! I’ll be blogging about all of the above (in between wrangling my boys, of course)…I’ll be sharing music & music/performing tips, homeschooling ideas and resources, recipes, random thoughts, etc. Let me know if there’s something specific you’d like to hear from me!
With love, Kendra