Meet Kelly!

Yesterday, I announced the three beautiful individuals, that were selected by my family, to receive birthday gifts from Growing Self.  For the next three days, I am excited to celebrate their stories!  Today, I would like you to meet Kelly…♥

Where to begin? I usually like to hear others’ stories before talking about myself. This past year of reading Growing Self has been very inspirational! I love the photos, the recipes, the adventures on Indigo Acres, and the positive thoughts shared each and every day.

The farm stories bring back so many wonderful memories for me. I grew up on a dairy farm in Michigan. We had a huge garden, goats, cows, chickens, geese, and more. We spent hours outside doing chores (not my favorite part), but also playing in the barn building hay forts and mazes with our friends. My goal some day is to get back to living on a small farm. You brought back a desire to grow fresh veggies in my garden again! After taking a break, I planted a garden last summer. Everything was growing beautifully until mid-July. We have 3 raised beds surrounded by fencing to keep out the deer. I came back to Michigan for the weekend and accidentally left the gate open. Big OOPS! The deer feasted on just about every single tomato, cucumber, and pepper plant I had planted They left behind 3 plants that managed to produce a handful of tomatoes that I turned into salsa and sauce or sliced/diced for a salad. I really wanted to do some canning and make fresh tomato sauce. This will happen in the summer of 2018!!! I am determined to try again and I will be successful!

You have also inspired me to start keeping a gratitude journal. I am generally a very positive, outgoing person, but some days are tougher than others. This journal makes me look at my day and pick three things that made me smile, laugh, feel good, etc. Sometimes, I choose to write a couple of pages of thoughts. Other times, I only write down the three things I’m grateful for. My father always taught us to enjoy the simple things. I’ve enjoyed writing them down the past two months and hope I can reach a year and beyond.

One more thing I’ve been meaning to share with you, since we’ve reconnected, is how you were an incredibly positive influence on me, way back in high school! We were both in marching band and I will never forget what you did in the spring of your senior year (I was a sophomore). You pulled me aside and told me that Mr. C thought I should try out for drum major. Say what! I had to be one the shyest kids in the band! I liked to just blend in and do my job. I loved being a part of the band, but didn’t see myself climbing up on that podium leading over 100 kids. You practiced with me and helped me prepare for the drum major auditions. The most important thing you did was believe in me. I was very nervous, but I survived the auditions AND was chosen to be one of the drum majors! The whole experience was a huge confidence booster for me that helped me conquer fears of being in front of others and took away a lot of my shyness. I’m so glad Mr. C put a bug in your ear to then put a bug in mine!

Every kid out there needs a teacher or peer to BELIEVE in him at some point and INSPIRE her to take a risk. I eventually became an elementary teacher and hopefully did just that for some of my former students.

Thank you, Roda, for being a true inspiration to others and sharing your thoughts with us.  Kelly

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…





13 thoughts on “Meet Kelly!

  1. What a wonderful post! I hope Kelly drops by on occasion because I have some questions for her. If she knew you in high school, she and I need to talk! Haha! She’s very lucky to have known you for so long (oh so VERY long) and from what I read here, you are very lucky to have her in your life. I think it’s beautiful that she is passing on the kindness and inspiration that she experienced on to her students. ❤️💕❤️💕❤️

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  2. This is an Awesome story and letter. Even more important than how long your friendship have last is your friends’ acceptance of you for who you are. It is beautiful to read that you have both been there for each other. A great friend to keep!

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  3. Beautiful Roda! Kelly has internalized your words and now she can be a blessing to someone else. God bless you both! Let’s keep sharing, encouraging and inspiring others. The power of love is limitless.

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