Kristin Kelly

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140 Character Hitchhike


My husband and I left work early on a Friday to drive four and a half hours north on Interstate 85 through rural North Carolina. We were headed to an event that had been on our calendars, and our friends’ calendars, for months. Our bags were in the trunk. We had drinks in our cup holders. And at a steady 75 mph, we were off. I sent out a tweet letting our friends know…


The Maid

This is Doris. For 47 years, she worked for my grandfather in Mobile, Ala. Last week, I saw her for the first time in 16 years, and I can’t stop thinking…


Now it’s obvious.


Today is the last day of my full-time contract at The Obvious Corporation. As a freelance creative who collaborates with teams on a short-term basis, I’ve grown accustomed to…


John Locke was on my flight


Before I recognized his face, I heard his voice. He was on the phone sitting right next to me waiting for our flight to board. There was no question this was John…

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When I lost my future father-in-law


This is my husband’s Dad, Paul Klug. He passed away unexpectedly 9 months after Matt and I started dating.


A great storyteller


When I was a kid, one of my favorite things in the world was to listen to my grandfather tell stories about places he had traveled. He would sit in a red leather wingback…


Two words


I had just stepped out of the shower and my phone was ringing. It was too early for phone calls, but I answered. A friend on the other end of the line was frantic.

Have you heard from Jessica? Her cell phone goes straight to voicemail. Can you get out the phone book and look up her Dad’s number? What can we do?


I’m sorry I peeked.


An apology to my parents and Santa Claus:

Every birthday and every Christmas Eve from the time I can remember to my freshman year of high school, I’d peek.

Don’t say you did, too. This was no “oops, I found my unwrapped gifts in Mom’s closet” or the wake up early, peek over the balcony, see what Santa left me and then sneak back in bed…


Hair Salon Receptionist


A few months after I started driving, my Dad said I had to get to a job to pay for my gas. Most of my friends were lifeguards, but I lived in Texas. Who wants to be a lifeguard in the Texas heat? So I applied to be a receptionist at a hair salon that had incredible perks, including cold air conditioning and free haircuts.


Which type of person are you?


A) You wake up in the morning with all of the points you need to earn for the day to feel good. Even if you do nothing at all, the day would be a success.

B) You wake up in the morning with zero points and earn them throughout the day every time you complete a task, make an appointment and check something off of your to-do list.


Box jumps


“Can you do that?” my sister asked me as she pointed to a row of plyometric steel boxes lining one corner of the gym. I had just finished a difficult workout, but hadn’t done any box…