What does it mean to be calm? To be fully in touch with yourself and your surroundings? For Kendra Mark, life is about more than the hustle and bustle of every day life. It is about feeling from the deepest part of your soul, loving with every inch of your being and learning how to relax. Founder of 2rise Naturals, Kendra Mark emphasizes the importance of utilizing natural products the way Mother Nature intended. This #GirlBoss is busy running her own business, challenging standards, and staying healthy through positive movement like yoga, pilates, and more. With a doubt, Kendra Mark is a warrior of the human race and an advocate for Mother Nature, and we can't express how excited for you to get to know her in our latest Belle Fleur Interview.
Read on to learn more about Kendra.
What does it mean to be inspired?
Kendra: I have found that inspiration is quite literally the driving force to be here, to be alive. Without it, there is no capacity for an authentic, awakened and meaningful life. An inspired human stands out. They radiate aliveness, excitement to be co-creating a better world. Inspiration is an act of existence freely moving through the individual, crafting magic to serve the entire collective.
Where is your dream vacation and what would you do there?
Kendra: My current dream vacation is to finish remodeling my new house. I’ve always been such a nomad, traveling to as many countries as possible to see how other cultures live. Since I've made the decision to purchase my first home, all I can think about is how excited I am to create this beautiful sanctuary and then deeply nest myself into it. Having recently built a company from the ground up, I really can’t fathom a better vacation than this. For the first time in my 29 years on this planet, I am so excited about digging roots and creating a home that nourishes my being, on every level.
What was the best advice that you were ever given?
Kendra: You will miss 100% of the chances you never take. I used to be quite the little risk scaredy cat. I remember reading this quote somewhere and getting so frustrated about all of the instances where I held myself back from taking an unpredictable step towards something I wanted. When I started 2Rise Naturals in 2016, it was the pivotal decision that has led me down a fabulous path of risk taking.
What makes you feel healthy, strong, and radiant?
Kendra: -Amazing nutrient dense foods, herbs and supplements
-Diving headfirst into what scares me AND into what excites me
-Challenging the status quo
-Dissolving ideologies and belief systems
-Self-care rituals: Infrared Sauna, Yoga, Working Out, Dancing, Bodywork, Rest
-Following creative impulses
-Supporting humanity in shifting to a more awakened state of consciousness
If you could give your fifteen year-old self advice, what would it be?
Kendra: This world was made for you, by you...
-Open your heart
-Experience everything that calls to you
-Impact yourself and others
-Serve to the highest good
-Relax... it’s all a joke, anyway
-Let your heart break
-Let go of every idea you have about what you are doing here
-Don’t stop until you discover your Truth…and then keep going
What do you hope to see in the future?
Kendra: I hope to see more people waking up and then challenging the asleep-ness of humanity.
I hope to see hemp and cannabis decriminalized and more readily available for those who can benefit from it’s powerful healing properties.
I hope to see more care for our Mother Earth.
I hope to see more love and less suffering.
I hope to see more and more women chase their dreams in the business world.
What does “fitness” mean to you?
Kendra: To engage the body. Fitness can be any act to put the body in motion with the intention to maintain vitality. I think we are a culture that is obscurely obsessed with body image versus the desire to engage in activities and practices that truly support……..
How do you inspire yourself?
Kendra: I try to take time out of every day for silence. I find inspiration through dropping the noise of everyday ongoings and just allowing life to come to me in those moments. Inspiration definitely doesn’t come everyday. But when I intentionally make space for it, the frequency definitely increases. On a more superficial level, I inspire myself by doing things that make me happy (ex: nature, exercise, tea ceremony, music, spending time with people I love).
What is your favorite film?
Kendra: The film of life. It’s just the best entertainment there is!
What’s one quote that you live your life by?
Kendra: See the “best advice you were ever given” question above. It was a serious game changer.
Describe yourself in three words
Kendra: Free-thinking wild woman!
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