We had the good fortune of connecting with Kennedie Scurry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kennedie, how do you define success?
Success to me when I was younger used to be about having that big house, new car and a bunch of money. Today, I realized that as I get older and see the celebrities get older too, they don’t give a damn about those things because they simply want to be happy. Success is about happiness and peace and doing the things that make you feel abundant and bring you joy. Money can lead you through different doors and get you farther in some cases but if it all falls down today, what do you have tomorrow? Could you wake up the next day and still feel happy? We all love the part where everything feels JUST RIGHT and in order to do that we must tap into our hearts and reality but that doesn’t mama we can’t create our own reality. Happiness isn’t a destination, it’s a choice to BE every day!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
To get to where I am today, it was about all about consistency, trial and error, asking questions and researching different ways to be better. I never saw myself getting this far with my writing because I was bad at writing until 9th grade my teacher realized I had a gift but could be much better. She shared with me that I was at the top of her class and from there I thought long and hard about where writing could take me. I didn’t take it serious at first until college. In college as we know it, you write many pieces of writing but that helped in the end.
Aside from writing I was always on the phone and talking to my friends. I talked so much that my father suggested that I started a blog. He gave me some ideas on how to go about it and told me he would help and did. I started my blog in 2014, my father who’s also a graphic designer created my logo and I wrote my first piece titled God’s Angel. This piece was about my late sister Kendal and I got great feedback on it. I initially started my blog from a rough patch in my life at 19 and wanted to inspire others about the dark place and getting of it. I received both good and bad feedback but it was only more drive to become better.
From the first piece I wrote, I found myself constantly on my phone, wanting to come with ideas and talk about the blog. As the blog began to grow more, I found myself being so indulged into my platform that I had to take a step so I can be more intentional with my craft. I wanted to do this for my people but I needed to do it for me too. I was taking the fun out of it for me and giving it to the people. We went back to the drawing board, rebranded and released again. The first time I did this taught me that it’s okay to start over and if you need help, that’s okay as well. There were plenty of times I’ve made mistakes, rebranded, interviews fell through and etc.
I want the world to know as I continue to grow my brand that it does get hard because you will have those moments where you question what you’re doing it for. Always ask yourself this, write it down and when you have this rough days, don’t forget your why. Go back to your why. Personally, I keep my “why” with me because every day I live out the purpose. I overcome my challenges by being grateful and taking a moment to think about what I have done and how those accolades have gotten me this far. There’s nothing wrong with having small accolades because they only get bigger from there. If you love something and you’re good at it do it. The only person that can get in your way is yourself.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting my area we would go into the city to try different foods, enjoy creative activities, visit different art museums and enjoy the serenity of the city. The best part of Philadelphia is Center City especially near Market St. for the Fashion District, China Town and Dilworth Park. By Broad St. you have The Kimmel Center, the Gayborhood and South St. Each place serves a purpose but you learn something culturally every time.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my late baby sister Kendal. I would also like to dedicate my shout out to those who have helped me, pushed me and even doubted me to become the best version of myself to be here today!
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