Gusto for the things that matter

In many ways, 2020 was a difficult year. At a global level we were hit with a pandemic that shook us to our core in medical, social and economic terms. And its ripples extended into our homes, relationships and personal values.

Yet as we emerge from that year, what have we learned? And what do we choose for the year ahead?

I learned that in times of crises people see one another at a more personal level. That people ask questions like ‘How are you?’ with a greater interest. We even listen for the response.

I learned that challenging times call for cool heads, wise hearts and patient listening. That those who carry all three have my trust and confidence.

I learned that there is a hardwiring in each of us to live as many days as we have been given. That we long for the promise of tomorrow. For the most part, we are optimists.

And knowing these things, I choose to prioritise robust sincere relationships, considered humble leadership and living a passionate life. A life full of gusto for the things that truly matter.

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.