Living wild in different seasons 1

I am definitely not a high-risk taker. The thought of bungee jumping or even taking a ride on a rollercoaster leaves me cold.

But the idea of living a passive easy existence is equally terrifying. I want to live a full life. I want to live wild and have a sense of purpose and stretch and unknown.

But what I have learned is that what this look like changes with the seasons of my life. Today, I travel extensively in the Developing World. I lead a charity helping women living in poverty to gain training, start businesses and provide for themselves. It is indeed a glimpse of living wild.

But I remember my years as a mother of school aged children. Raising three sons. Life looked very different. Yet it was full of passion and purpose. I wouldn’t change those years for any reward.

Living wild is not about geography or physical risk. It is about fullness of life and knowing that you are living a life for reasons well beyond yourself and well beyond today.

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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