Wow. Thank you so much for sharing so openly and beautifully Kelly. The very fact you're standing here today sharing this story with curiosity, compassion and appreciation for your younger self is a testament to the strength of your character — life could have easily taken you on a very different path to the one you're on today.

You've touched on a hugely pertinent topic around rites of passage and also given me a mirror to see some of my experiences during early-adulthood differently and with a bit more appreciation for how they helped me explore and push the edges of my being. So much love 💙

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Dear Kelly,

Thank you for sharing your story with such vulnerably and courage.

Humbly, you may have "slipped through the cracks of the young American Dream" to land on your own dream.


With deep admiration,


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