Trust your gut 1

Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘trust your gut’. It’s a prompting to look to our instincts or intuition to respond, create or make choices. And it has been my friend across the whole of my lifetime.

Funnily enough, I am a facts person as well. I love reading and science, numbers and words. I like observing and talking through research and trends. I don’t view these kinds of inputs as adversaries to intuition. In fact, quite the opposite.

I see intuition as the way we peel back the layers and interpret the information. In some quarters, feelings and intuitive decision making is reduced to subjective hocus pocus, being overly sensitive or is treated as unreliable.

But numbers and data can be used creatively, even manipulated. Stories can be exaggerated, and research can have weaknesses or biases. Science has its own struggles.

Valuing our intuition is a statement of trust in self. It is an acknowledgement that our perceptions and emotions are valid. And I for one, remember many occasions it has kept me safe in more ways than I can count.

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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