Twenty Questions with Lisa Kendall


Welcome to Twenty Questions!

Every week I invite a twenty-something onto the blog and share their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all. My hope is that by taking a peek into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.

Lisa Kendall, 26

What is your full name?

Lisa Joy Carter Kendall.

How old are you?


How old do you feel?

Sometimes I feel like a kid, like 10 or 12, but other times I feel like an old lady! Very rarely do I actually “feel” 26.

Where were you born, and where do you live now?

I was born in Auckland, and after moving all around the country and the world I am now back in Auckland, which is not where I thought I’d end up!

What do you do for work?

I run an agricultural contracting business that I started a couple of years ago. Most of my clients are lifestyle block owners, so I do everything from sheep shearing to horse riding to tractor work.

What do you do for fun?

I don’t have that much time for fun between my work commitments, part-time study and volunteer roles. But when I do get the chance I love skiing, surfing, taking my dog on trips and eating. I also find my volunteer roles with Riding for the Disabled and the IHC Foundation really fun and rewarding too. The IHC Foundation is a charitable trust dedicated to making sure those with intellectual disabilities are valued and active members of society.


Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?

I am currently a distance student with Massey University, studying a Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology. I also have a Diploma in Agriculture and a Diploma in Farm Management from Lincoln University.

What is your favourite movie of all time?

It has to be The Lion King!

What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?

Probably telling all my family and teachers that I didn’t want to become a doctor/engineer/ballerina after leaving school, and following my dream of becoming a farmer instead – which was a career pathway I knew nothing about at the time, but now I LOVE it!

Hardest moment of your twenties so far?

Dealing with depression which has manifested itself in the last year or so, but has only recently been diagnosed and medicated. It has taken a toll on the people I love the most, so I’m glad to be finally dealing with it properly.

Best moment of your twenties so far?

Probably when I won the Northern Young Farmer of the Year title last year, and looking down from the stage and seeing my dad standing up and applauding like a mad-man with a big cheese grin on his face!

Who do you miss?

Friends who live on the other side of the world who I would love to see more, my Grandma who passed away earlier this year and my Grandpa who passed away when I was 16, but who was a huge role model for me.

What do you like the most about yourself?

I like that I can laugh about myself and that I am really hard working.

What do you like the least about yourself?

I don’t like that I let my competitiveness get the better of me and am a sore loser!

If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get? If you already have tattoos, which is your favourite and why?

I don’t have any tattoos, but I read a little story once about a wee girl considering taking a leap, and getting nervous and saying to her mum “but what if I fall?” and her mum saying to her “but what if you fly?”. I have always thought that was a super cool motto so I have considered getting “but what if you fly?” tattooed somewhere on my body, to remind myself not to talk myself out of cool opportunities!

How would your friends describe you?

Competitive, hard-working, crazy sheep lady.

How would your parents describe you?

Tough, manic.

When was the last time you cried?

When I had to euthanise a sheep recently because it was suffering quite badly from arthritis and it was the most humane thing to do, but I still struggle to do it!

What are you afraid of?

Not succeeding in all the things I want to succeed in.

If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?

I would decide not to be so shy and decide at an earlier age not to care what people think, and hopefully I would have a better perspective on what is important in life and what isn’t.

Header image by Wono Kim for The Twenties Club