I was at Rockaway Beach last week with one of my friends from college, Maria. She remains one of my closest friends. 15 years and counting. We were having an incredible day, observing people and ourselves, laughing and talking about life, as we do. In the middle of one of our endless conversations, Maria paused and bluntly asked, “Did the Kickstarter help you?”
She was asking such a simple question. I started to answer immediately, with the obvious enthusiastic “yes”, but then I slowed my roll and thought about it for a few more seconds.
Did the Kickstarter help me?
It is almost impossible to put into words the magic that occurred because the Broadcast Love Kickstarter was funded.
The Kickstarter did not just help me, it delivered the best year of my life.
I thought traveling the United States was the most exciting, wondrous, connective experience I would ever have in my life. I thought there was no way I could ever top crossing 50 States in 365 Days. I thought I would be scared, lost and confused after, drowning in the end of it all. When I launched the Kickstarter and people donated to help me, more than they already had, that old story changed fast.
The Kickstarter gave me peace of mind to answer my spirit’s greatest call. Exactly one month after it was successfully funded, I forged ahead, finally beating back the fear so I could tear through the forest of self doubt. I had enough bravado to commit. Come hell or high water, I was going to complete the one thing I have been called to do my entire life and always been afraid to tackle. I wrote a story. A sweeping story across the country, with brushstrokes that paint my life as a child, a teen, a co-ed, a celebrity gossip columnist and always, a scared, resilient, lost and sometimes found woman. I let my inner artist free and she danced for joy across the page with little help from me. She played and she cried. She lived her ultimate dream and she has a thirst for more.
I connected deeply to a power greater than myself while living in Elkhart, Indiana. There I was, in my parent’s home as a full-grown adult. Mom, Dad and I ate meals together and greeted each other each morning. Dad and I sat for hours on the patio talking about life in the evenings. I rode Dad’s bike every day. I learned to mow the lawn with the riding mower. I talked to the neighbors and played with their dogs. I picked through the garden looking for fresh life to taste. I swam in the St. Joe River. I listened to the birds and locusts each day and freed a rabbit from a trap. I visited the library to sit quietly and work five days a week and made friends with a librarian. I learned how to ski and snow board and made friends with my instructors. I grew up. I healed. I fell in love with my family. The four of us, bonded by blood and here to support each other no matter what.
“Did the Kickstarter help you?”
“It did, Maria. Oh my. It really, really did.”
Kelly travels across the country sharing her One Person, One Community, One Nation Movement. She is changing the face of the nation one connection, one adventure and one inspirational story at a time. Kelly delivers a front row seat to the best of the United States of America.