I’m excited to announce that we have a new Dream Reporter duo on MML! After following Piper‘s awesome journey towards starting her own online shop, I’ve decided to tap Kendi and Bryan of Kendi Everyday and Bryan Skeen Photography to continue the inspiring “steps to self-employment” series.
As you may remember, I first got to know the adorable and witty couple via our fall photo shoot. We instantly hit it off and have been the best of (long distance) friends ever since. Over the past few months they have shared their new business idea which combines their talents in an exciting, unique, and ultimately profitable way (they’ll go more into the business specifics next week).
Having Bryan and Kendi contribute to this series will highlight interesting aspects to starting a business that haven’t been represented on MML as much as I’d like. Most obviously, the fact that they are a partnership is going to be a fresh take on running a small company. This also means they will be taking turns each week preparing the Dream Reporter post and will of course share what it’s like to work on a husband and wife team. In addition, they are a service-based business which will have it’s own unique opportunities and obstacles that differ from product-based businesses like Jess LC and One Sydney Road. Throw in the fact that they are both incredibly honest and down-to-earth and you can see why I think they are the perfect pair to follow as they make their dream come true.
Kendi and Bryan’s Dream Report Introduction
Hi! We are Kendi and Bryan Skeen- or, as you will know us for the next few weeks, the new Dream Reporters for Makeunder My Life. Married for almost 3 years now, we been lucky enough to share each others’ hopes, dreams and inevitably laundry. As we begin moving toward making our hopes and dreams a reality (and laundry a necessary evil), we invite you to read along. Although we are very excited to share with you our journey, you must know one thing: We have no idea what we are getting ourselves into. All we know is that we have a dream. Now that that formality is out of the way, let’s get going.
Our journey to figuring out our dream started a few months back, when we met Jess in September for the Diversey look book shoot. She began asking us questions no one had asked before. What is your purpose? What are you doing to achieve that purpose? What are your dreams? (You should have seen her face when Kendi started telling her about this dream she had of a huge rabbit chasing her in a mall. Jess wasn’t talking about those kind of dreams). But by the time we left Chicago, we were thinking in ways that we had not thought before. We were searching for what our purpose was and how we might go about living intentionally to achieve that purpose. There was an obvious void that we were living with. But now it had a name, and it is difficult to ignore something with a name.
An important lesson that we have been lucky enough to learn is that following your dreams is not always the easy route. In fact, more often than not, dreams can feel terrifying and insurmountable, especially at the beginning… and that is OK. Just because something is big and scary does not mean that it is impossible. (Kendi would like me to add that big and scary could also mean a nightmare, so be sure to look long and hard at your dreams before you start pursuing).
So that is where will start, at the beginning of our dream. The bad news is there is a long way to go. The good news is we have each other and all of you. And if you are wondering just what are dreams are made of, wait until next week when we promise to reveal.