Inner sparks

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

Golda Meir

When we hear the work spark, we may first connect it to fire and burning. Particularly in the ashes of Australia’s difficult summer, we may shy at even using the word!

But spark also has another context. Another definition. It is a small amount of a quality or intense feeling.

It is the rush of emotion when you experience a high, a fear, anticipation, opportunity, a new idea or even first love. It can come suddenly out of the blue or arise from a slow burn…a building response that sparks when completely unexpected.

But there is no denying that its intensity can set us on a new course. What has been your spark for 2020? What directional change, new opportunities, growing ideas or challenges can you see ahead? For we need the spark of life. Not just for happiness, achievement or self-fulfilment but to become all that we were meant to be.

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.