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Conversations with Kennedy Thorne

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kennedy Thorne.

Hi Kennedy, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
YPHP. Your pain has purpose. This statement has been so prevalent in my life and in the many lives of people who I have had the pleasure of meeting. When I take time to reflect on some of my life experiences, I realize that I’ve cried a lot of tears along the way to where I currently am. Sometimes, I think to myself, “Why did I have to go through this?” Other times, I express gratitude for the pain that I experience because it brought me to places I could’ve never imagined and connected me with people I will never forget. Losing one of my dear friends my junior year of college was one of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to cope with. I was currently a student athlete, a member of the choir, in the process of starting a mentoring organization and dealing with a failing relationship. So many things were constantly weighing on me at once and I didn’t understand why I was experiencing so much pain. My anxiety was through the roof and my depression began to weight on my shoulders so heavy that I almost dropped out of school twice. This is a truth many people don’t know because of how hard I tried to put on a front that everything was okay. One truth that was later revealed to me through counseling and soul-searching was that I had been broken down so many times in life because God really wanted me to be relatable. If you never go through tests and trials, you can’t sincerely empathize with others. By experiencing so many different pains, it allowed me to really be able to comfort and support others with a true heart of compassion. That’s what I aim to do with YPHP. I believe my purpose is to help support, encourage and shed light on some of life‘s most painful experiences with hopes that others won’t give up the fight and will instead keep pushing.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It definitely has not been easy. When I first began, I got into a car accident, I was debating whether I should move home to support my father who had recently suffered a stroke and I was battling the imposter syndrome. I begin to think that I did not sincerely have what it took to succeed. Who’s going to listen to me? Who’s going to come to me for help? What if I can’t really help these people that I am setting out to serve? All those thoughts begin to inundate my head and I had to really stay prayed up and encouraged by others who surrounded me and had my best interest in mind.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
When I first began my academic career at the illustrious North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, I was studying psychology. I really loved the inner workings of the mind and wanted to learn more about human motivation, but that was a little too bland for me… or so I thought. I knew that I loved people but had to search a little more to find what path fit me most. I wanted to figure out how I could still interact with others in a more energetic environment which led me to journalism. Life taught me that I needed to have both expertise to succeed. With YPHP, I’m able to marry my love for the mind with my ability to curate content. I am a journalist, videographer and a content creator and I have been working on a YouTube channel to post more engaging and thought-provoking content that still helps serve and encourage others. I am really proud of my Instagram page that I launched this year and I want to continue to produce more content that can reach others and serve as a safe space to support and motivate my followers on a daily.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
My friend Polly really helped bring my vision to life. She sat me down multiple times to really get me centered and focused! My mom has been my biggest cheerleader and asked every single month when I was launching the page and the clothing line. The page is up but I am still in the process of launching apparel. I thank all of the wonderful people I met on Clubhouse that poured into me and inspired me to try new ideas. I also thank each individual who said yes. I reached out to well over 100 people to interview and started off with seven. I appreciate them taking time to reach back and lift up others through their stories.

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