I have finally returned back to one of my favourite features on Reese Speaks – Profiles! I love getting to know the people who influence and amaze me in different parts of my life, and pick their brains about what who they are and they’re like. I also like sharing these people with you Readers, so you can see why I think these people are so fabulous, and then check them out for yourself as well!
This Profile features Kendall Rumsey, a southern American gentleman with a genuine opinion on various topics. Kendall is also the voice behind the insightful Notes From A Southern Kitchen, a blog where he shares his views in areas such as entertainment, music, politics, and touching tidbits from his personal life. This has to be one of my favourite pics of Kendall! Sky diving is one of the things I have on my bucket list, which Kendall has already accomplished.
Unfortunately, I was not able to have a sit-down conversation with Kendall for this Profile, since we live many kilometres (or miles) apart, but we corresponded for this feature electronically. I asked Kendall just a few of the thousands of questions I had for this Profile, as I could spend all day picking his brain about himself and his blog!
‘Notes from a Southern Kitchen’ – how did you come up with the title of your blog?
Notes from a Southern Kitchen just sort of happened. I am obviously southern and in the south we often gather in the kitchen for conversation. When I decided to write the blog I wanted it to be conversational and thought what better place than in the kitchen, so Notes from a Southern Kitchen was born.
What inspired you to become a blogger?
My mom was ill and her illness had started taking away a lot of memories from my childhood and our young family. I started the blog on blogger.com simply as stories about my family. My mother loved the stories and it helped her remember, the more she enjoyed it the more I wrote. When my mom died I stopped writing for almost a year, it was just too painful, when I brought the blog back I switched to WordPress and wrote more about what interested me in the present day and included some family and life stories.
Which of your features on Notes is your favourite and why?
I have several features don’t I? Each one serves a different purpose and I like each one for different reasons……
Life’s Playlist because I think music is the most powerful force in the world. I have very eclectic musical tastes and like to start my day with a song.
Words to Live By helps keep me grounded and in the right headspace each day.
Short Notes is a way for me to recap the day and gives me small tidbit comments on things that aren’t worth a whole post but worthy of a mention.
Tuesday 10, I LOVE the Tuesday 10 because it allows me to learn about the people I enjoy reading and who influence my life. I worked on those 10 Questions for weeks trying to come up with something that would give insight into the people I am “interviewing.” I still like the list I came up with, except for 1 of the questions (and I won’t tell you which one it is.) I am considering 10 new Questions for 2014, but haven’t decided if I am going to do that or not.
With ALL those features, my favorite is Friday’s Hero. I love finding the stories of the regular guy who did something inspiring like TJ Smith who sings in his car as he drives along the freeway just putting a smile on people’s faces, Joey Prusak a Dairy Queen worker who did the right thing when he saw one of his customers being mistreated or the people who made Talia’s Bucket List come true. Then there are sometimes politicians and media figures, entertainers and the like who do good stuff that I like to highlight as well. Friday’s Hero is my baby, it makes me feel good to publish the feel good stories.
What is the best thing that has happened you you since beginning your blog?
Without a doubt the memories and joy my mom received was number one, however the next best thing was, blogging rekindled my love of writing.
Do you see Notes becoming bigger than it already it is in the future? Where would you like for Notes to go?
I would love to grow Notes but don’t know if that is possible with my regular work schedule. I want to keep it positive and hopefully inspiring for others. As time allows I want to tell more life stories on the blog because I enjoy writing them and people seem to enjoy reading them. Ideally I would love to see some of my features picked up by other sources. Overall I am happy with where the blog is and where it continues to evolve, but would I like more readers, comments and support… yes I would! : )
Who inspires you?
People who are generous, not necessarily just with money, but with their time and talents too. People who are generous with their words, people who know that a simple act of generosity can change someone’s life in ways that are unimaginable. People who generously give and raise people up are the people who inspire me.
What do you want your readers to take away from your blog?
What I hope people take away from the blog is really all over the board….. I want them to take a bit of happiness and that is why I feel like the Playlist and Words to Live By are so important. With the Tuesday 10, I want to break down some of the walls of this mysterious blogosphere and let us learn about each other and with the Hero I want to inspire. I have tried to make the blog a place that makes you feel better about the world after spending a few minutes here….. and then I get on one of my political soapboxes and blow that all to hell! LOL
I hope you can now see why Notes From a Southern Kitchen is my go-to blog every morning! Kendall is a fabulous person who shares what interests him in his own unique fashion. It’s a breath of fresh air every time I pop into his blog. Hopefully, you were also able to see who he is, and what inspires him to do what he does so well. He is kind, generous and honest. I have learned a lot from what Kendall does with his blog. Thank you, Kendall, for taking the time to help both myself, and my blog! You’re awesome!
If you Readers want to check out Notes From a Southern Kitchen, here are links to his sites:
WordPress – wordpress.com/notesfromasouthernkitchen
Facebook – facebook.com/NotesfromaSouthernKitchen
Twitter – twitter.com/NotesbyKendall
Instagram – instagram.com/notesfromasouthernkitchen
Until my next post, Readers!