Hi, I'm Kelly.
I turned 45 this year, and it's naturally given me an appetite for getting down to the business of unearthing the real meaning and lasting legacy of my life. I think I've narrowed it down to being kind, serving others and sharing what I've learned.
After a successful 25-year career in marketing, communications and business development, I felt blessed, but became tired of drifting unintentionally from one opportunity to the next. I felt like I hadn't found a real purpose and meaning for my life. And because of that I experienced episodes of depression and anxiety, which led to weight struggles and other health problems. I wasn't living a life fully aligned with my values and passions.
So I quit my 9-5 job at a top university in Canada, moved back to my East Coast hometown, and started my own business focused on helping people design spaces, systems and habits so they can thrive. I supplement that with freelance writing, since putting pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard) is my first love.
On any given day you'll find me knocking out articles, blog posts and digital copy for clients. And probably rearranging furniture and decluttering. And of course reading and listening to podcasts. Oh, and drinking coffee that whole time. But don't worry, it's decaf.
I'm a natural-born optimist but I didn't truly become a believer in the power of using our minds and our faith to create the lives we want until five years ago. It not long before that time that I started having panic attacks and generalized anxiety.
In my search for relief, I began a real relationship with God. I studied the Bible. I read about mindfulness and practiced being present in the moment. I searched for answers from many of history's great teachers, from Buddha to Jesus to Lao Tzu to Thoreau and many more. I continued by delving into the Law of Attraction and positive psychology.
Our generation seems to have lost faith in our Creator and a world that's bigger than us and our problems. Connecting again to nature, to God, to each other, to "pure and lovely things" - this is, I believe, our way forward through the sometimes challenging mid-life years and into a joyous and purposeful second half here on Earth.
I'm still learning and figuring out how to put this collective wisdom into practice. I've not yet got it all figured out, but I can tell you I don't have any more panic attacks and I've not experienced an episode of depression in years. I've simplified my life and it's been a huge help.
I hope you'll join me on this journey if you, too, want to live a more peaceful, positive and simple life.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Pure & Lovely things was created to inspire a joyful life of Peace, positivity & alignment within
I like to write about simple and positive living - that might include lifestyle, home design, spirituality, work and productivity, or profiling others who've led interesting and meaningful lives. On this blog and on the Refreshed Designs website you'll find ideas for living simply, dreaming big and having faith in yourself, in God and in the world around us.
For my clients, I tailor content for their audiences, specializing in finding a personal voice, building a long-term relationship and offering actionable advice and ideas.