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I often need perspective in life.

I love thinking about possible life scenarios and choices. I love filling my days with activities to make the most of every minute and opportunity that comes my way. I am an adventurer, doer and activator.

Now these are good things for my wiring but here’s one of my risk factor, I can be lured into a state of only listening to myself and those on the same journey. And that’s limiting. So, here’s my advice to self.

Read books about others whose story is very different to my own.

Listen to podcasts about topics outside of my experience.

Meet others from different backgrounds and beliefs.

Because I am reminded that when I do each of these things, I am surprised. I am surprised at people’s responses, learnings and insights. I am surprised at how differently I may have chosen and how wrong I may have been.

We don’t have to learn everything through personal experience. It is indeed a wonder how our perspective can be changed or expanded by listening well to the world about us.

About Kelley

Kelley is a speaker, author, overseas aid worker and perpetual student. She is passionate about women and gender issues, both in the local and international context, which underpins her enthusiasm for kinwomen and its contribution to women ‘living their finest life’. In 2014 Kelley completed a Masters in International and Community Development before establishing The Foxglove Project. Foxglove is a registered charity focused on supporting international development projects that are sustainable and driven by indigenous leadership. Kelley’s paid work requires her to travel extensively to evaluate and support projects supported by Australian funds. This experience and networking enables Foxglove to partner with outstanding overseas agencies delivering real opportunities for the poor and vulnerable to lead independent self-determined lives. Kelley combines these passions with a love of family and faith. Across more than 30 years of marriage, Kelley and her husband have worked through many of the challenges of building a relationship while raising three sons. Their boys have now finished high school changing the dynamics of family life and relationships. One of her great joys is sharing parenting lessons and learning from good and bad (sometimes disastrous) experiences. She uses humour and common sense to talk about the everyday challenges facing parents in today’s context.

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