posed2's 3 Minute Proust

Apr 18, 2016

When Kelly started putting pen to paper at about the age of eight, she was on a child’s mission to exorcise the grief she carried from losing her mother. The experience cemented in her mind the notion that ink held the answers to her problems, and writing became the way she made sense of the world without a mother’s guidance.

Though she grew up with ambitions to become a journalist, once in college — at the University of Florida — Kelly declared herself an English major. To satisfy her drive to be of service to others — instilled early, during a stint working at a convalescent home during her high school years — Kelly soon declared a double major in Nonprofit Organizational Leadership.

Turns out, Kelly can not NOT write. After two years of denying her drive to publish, she applied to be a staff writer for a national college e-magazine. She has been a regular contributor ever since, with a unique beat that includes focus on how readers can find and feed their passion. Meanwhile, her vision of her own future has crystalized. Kelly plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Organizational Leadership and found an organization devoted to the promotion of children’s literacy. It was her mother, after all, who taught her how to read, and her mother’s death that lead her to discover the power and release of the written word.

Life comes full circle for all of us, eventually. Kelly has turned her loss into a living legacy. No doubt, Kelly Livingston knows who she’s ‘posed to be.

Here is Kelly’s Proust Questionnaire:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?


What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I blame myself for things that aren’t my fault.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?


On what occasion do you lie?

When I tell myself I’ll get back to work in five minutes.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?

I genuinely try not to dislike my appearance.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“Hot Minute”

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Becoming a published writer.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I’d love to be able to dance without tripping over myself.

What is your favorite occupation?


What is your most marked characteristic?

I refuse to accept failure.

What is the quality you most like in a man?


What is the quality you most like in a woman?


Who are your favorite writers?

Charlotte Bronte, Ernest Hemingway, Gloria Steinem, Roxane Gay

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Virginia Woolf

Which living person do you most admire?

Gloria Steinem

Who are your heroes in real life?

My mother, my grandmother, and my best friends Karlye and Charles.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


What are your favorite names?

Jane, Mary, Michael, and David

What is your greatest regret?

That I will never know my mother as a woman or a friend.

Where would you like to live?


What is your motto?

You cannot always choose your circumstances, but you can choose how you react to them.

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