My life is full and beautiful. With a little bit of chaos thrown into the mix.

I’m Kendra Brodin, and I inspire professional women and offer practical tips so that they can experience the joy and contentment of having what matters at home and at work. 

I help women like you ditch their feelings of being a fraud, a failure, and an imposter. I show women how to believe in themselves personally and professionally, how to stop beating themselves up for not being perfect, and how to reject what everyone else says they “should” be doing in exchange for creating a life and work they really love.

I believe that everyone is full of unique talents and brilliance, despite how much we put ourselves down for not being “enough.”

I believe that no one should question their own values, priorities, and preferences in exchange for what they think others think they should want or like.

I believe that we all truly want to have what matters to us instead of striving for some unrealistic and unattainable version of “having it all.”

Are you with me?

 

If you are ready to stand strong in who you are, what you want, and make decisions in your home and work that reflect what matters most to you, I’m excited to get to know you!  

A little more about me, since we are getting to be friends here …

I’m a small-town girl from a town of 950 in the cornfields of northern Illinois (four churches, no bars, no stoplights.)
I’ve always been a bit different, at least I always felt that way. I didn’t have a close group of friends growing up. I was a bit of a nerd, a title I now wear proudly. But I knew I had different goals, perspectives, and dreams than many of those around me, and that meant I felt pretty alone much of the time.
After high school, I went away to college, and then to graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania where I earned my Masters degree in social work, and then to law school at the University of Minnesota. Despite a growing resume and some pretty solid academic credentials, I always felt like I was faking it, pulling the wool over other people’s eyes, that I was a small-town girl pretending to know what to do in the big city. It was only a matter of time, I felt, before I was found out.
I married my college sweetheart, and we now have three amazing children. Our oldest daughter is biological, and our younger two kiddos are adopted internationally. Our youngest daughter is Colombian, and she joined our family in 2006 as an infant. Our son joined our family in 2015 at age 10½ from China, coming home to us with no English and a significant trauma history.

 

I have a great job in recruiting, professional development, and diversity at a large law firm in Minneapolis.  With my husband’s non-profit profession, we are definitely a two-income family.
Two working parents, three busy kids, and a big dog. We don’t come from money. We don’t have a nanny or a housekeeper. We are just another family trying to get by, serve those we are meant to serve, grow into the people we want to be, have a strong marriage, raise kind, thriving children, and not go too crazy in the process.

What I’ve realized along my journey that I love to share however and whenever I can:

You are strong, brilliant, and amazing -- don’t let yourself or anyone else make you feel differently.

No matter what my position, my credentials, my awards, my salary -- that early feeling of being an imposter never went away. Nor did the feeling of being one mistake from being found out for what I thought I really was -- a failure. And I starting talking with women -- lots of other women -- who were extremely successful by all outside standards, and they felt the same way as me. Suddenly, I didn’t feel quite so alone. At least we all felt like failures together.

But why did we feel that way? How did that happen? And what could we do about it?

I realized we didn’t even know who we were anymore, that we had lost ourselves in a sea of other people’s expectations along with some severe comparing to what we were seeing on social media and from the beautiful facades that everyone else was presenting.

It was high time we learned to have confidence in who we were, what we could do, and the choices we wanted to make for ourselves and our families.

Chaos at home and work makes everything so much harder.

Despite my best efforts, I found myself spinning, overwhelmed, scattered, stressed. I didn’t know where to turn.

I found the “simplicity” movement and lots of leaders who I respected, but I couldn’t find anyone who really drilled down into the simplicity and clarity space while still spinning the same kind of working mother plates that I was (not so gracefully) trying to keep from crashing to the floor. There were lots of single guys and homeschooling, homesteading moms, and I appreciated everything they offered, but my life and everyday existence was so, so very different from theirs.

I needed ideas, strategies, real-life processes at home and work to help me figure out what to do, what to keep, what to get rid of, how to manage my calendar and my home, and so much more. So I deep-dove into figuring all of that out, and now I love sharing that information with others to shortcut their paths to success.

I’m nothing if I’m not making an impact.

I need to feel I’m making a difference, a positive difference, in someone’s life every day. I want to make someone’s career more meaningful, their home more peaceful, their relationship with their kids and partner healthier. I know the women who I want to hang out with feel the same way -- in large or small ways, they want to feel that they are making the world (at least their corner of it) better.

They want to be good people. They want to do the right thing. They want to be seen as compassionate, authentic, people of integrity who made the world better for having been here.

I want to pour myself out in service to others and the impacts they are making in the world through their work, their families, the organizations they support, and the light they bring to the people around them. I don’t believe that we have to give up making a difference in the midst of the busyness of the rest of our lives. Quite the contrary - having an impact feeds our souls, and that makes everything else feel lighter, brighter, and more achievable.

And now?  

I am a working mom with a great job and an opportunity through my coaching, speaking, and teaching to do the kind of passion work I love.

I want every woman to believe in herself, express her own needs and dreams, stop apologizing for who she is, the choices she made, and what she wants for herself and those around her.

I want to use everything I am, everything I’ve learned, and every spare moment of my days loving on and teaching other women that they have permission to quit trying to have it all, be it all, and do it all.

They can have what matters, do what matters, and be what matters to them -- and that is enough. That is more than enough.

Here for you, cheering for you, believing in you -- always,

Kendra

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