The principles of cultivation

I am not much of a gardener but I understand the principles: good soil, regular watering and feeding, pruning, sunshine, loving attention and time. I understand the stages of care as well as the seasons of life.

Given my garden history, I know that following the basics does not guarantee every harvest but it does stack the odds in your favour.

Yet even with this knowledge, we are often consumed with wanting to cut corners. We want to build a legacy, create a habit and address a weakness with as little work and suffering as possible. And if we are unhealthy about wanting this for ourselves, we are positively dysfunctional in the desire to have it all for our children.

Yet instead, whenever we want to bring personal growth or change, we need to apply the principles of cultivation. Those principles based on care, expertise and time.

And only then, once we have walked every stage and season, are we likely to see the fruits of a life well lived.

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.