My name is Kendall Blenkarn, I am a 25 year old athlete, traveller, daughter, sister, girlfriend, baker, friend, perpetual student, and amateur vegetarian baker/cook from Vancouver Canada. I have a BA from UBC in History and English, and my work in University focused on Medieval Studies, climate fiction, as well as 20th century Europe.
Since graduating university in 2017, I have been exploring the world and determining how I want to build my life. As I get older and acquire more life experience, I have realized that living a creative life, apart from the norm, may not be the easiest, but it’s a pursuit thats worth it for me. I grew up with a creative genius for a father, and a life coach for a mother. My parents were always around for me as a kid, taking us outside and exposing us to the natural world in ways that differed from other kids I know. I suffered from a chronic pain injury from 2014-2017 which shook up my sense of my own physical strength, as well as the relationships in my life, and my view on the world. Overcoming this physical and mental challenge was the hardest thing i’ve ever done, but gave me more gratitude and strength than I ever could have imagined. Since overcoming my injury, I have done two major trips. One trip was to Asia, where we trekked around Manaslu in Nepal, backpacked around India, and motorbiked around Vietnam. The second and most recent trip, to Europe, saw us backpack around Turkey, roadtrip and hike around Austria, Slovenia, and Northern Italy, and finally, walk 900km across Spain on the Camino del Norte and Camino Primitivo. In November of 2018 I ran my first half marathon, the Phantom run on Vancouver’s North Shore and placed first in my age category. My marathon and the Camino were two very important events for me, as they symbolized the end of the pain I went through with my injury and rehab.
My partner Shane and I have been very busy travelling over the past couple of years, we also moved to Tofino last Summer to live and work. Because of this, my “work” is always up in the air. I have worked for BC Search and Rescue as an outreach educator, I managed a gift shop in Tofino, I worked at MEC for 4 years while I was in school, and I am currently nannying the sweetest little two year old you’ve ever met. I attempted to go to teaching school at UBC, but had a change of heart when I walked the Camino. This means that my future is up in the air, which feels nerve-wracking, but right. I would love to work in a position where I can use my brain and the skills I learnt at University, and travelling the world, but i’m not sure what that looks like yet! I will be looking for a career I can sink my teeth into at the end of Summer 2019, yet still striving to live life as creatively as possible.
Many people tell me I should bake for a living, but I like to I keep baking and cooking as a hobby. On my website, you’ll find healthy recipes that I eat every day, and more indulgent recipes that are great for sharing. All of my recipes are created by me!
I have been vegetarian since the age of 7. I couldn’t stand the concept of eating animals, plus, I never gravitated towards the taste or texture of meat. I spent 2 years as a vegan, which I found rather painful (but I totally support vegans). I currently eat dairy and eggs, but no fish. I believe in eating a whole foods diet, filled with veggies and vegetarian protein to fuel my athletic activities. Cooking for people, and hosting dinner parties is one of the joys in my life!
I am a soul with many passions: art, exercise, friends, electronic music, travel, animals, cooking, baking and reading. Sometimes this makes my life difficult, as it’s hard to decide what to pursue, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I hope you enjoy my multi faceted blog, as it reflects who I am as a person 🙂