Gusto! 1

Gusto is my word for 2021. According to my very own dictionary, gusto is a way of approaching life and situations that is full of energy, expectation and joy.

It is living fully.

There are times across a lifetime when we retreat from living with gusto and instead merely survive with tentative steps. At such times, we are often plagued with insecurity, uncertainty and feelings of failure. We feel as though another wrong step may be our undoing.

But what if we believed the opposite were true?

What if we believed those crazy quotes like, “Success is going from one failure to the next without losing enthusiasm” or “It’s not failure, it’s unfinished success.”

Living with gusto is not an unwise irrational choice. It is a decision to embrace every day, to take on every challenge and to continue with indefatigable optimism that the best is yet to come.


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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