About Me

Stroke of Colors is a Chicago-based blog about living with more color! That means more than literal colors. Live with vibrancy! Live with joy! With curiosity! Live with compassion.

I’ve always had a passion about sharing life experiences to inspire others and also to normalize some of the “tough stuff.” I started this blog to do just that!

About Me

Hi! I’m Caryn Jendro. I’m a young stroke survivor. Read my story here. But I’m also an artist, a style lover, a travel enthusiast, and a Chicago explorer.

Young stroke survivors are typically categorized as under 55 or even 65. I was only 29 when I had my stroke. Being a stroke survivor is a big piece of my identity, but I have plenty of days where I can’t believe that it’s actually my story. Stroke recovery will always be part of my journey. I’m extremely lucky to be as recovered and independent as I am.

I live in Chicago with my boyfriend fiance Phil, and our two fur babies. Clyde is our shepherd mutt, and Ray is our rude little cat. They both were adopted from PAWS Chicago. The dream is for them to become snuggle buddies, but I won’t hold my breath.

I have a weird obsession with artichokes. Yes, artichokes. I’ve been to the Artichoke Festival in California once and I will be back this year in June!

I work in advertising full time. My career started in Art Direction at ad agencies, and now I lead creative strategy. I have been in the industry since 2009 and at my current agency for over 5 years now. I can’t believe how time has flown.

Pony Up!

I grew up near Chicago in a suburb, but I went to Dallas, TX for college and attended SMU. Dallas is still a very special place for me and I still make a point to visit at least once a year for a long weekend. I came back to Chicago in 2013 thinking I’d spend two years in Chicago and then boomerang back to Dallas, but now I’m not leaving!


The Joffrey studios are amazing

I spend my time outside of work taking ballet classes at The Joffrey (they have incredible adult classes), and soaking up all the performance art Chicago has to offer.

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