Kelly Richey

The multi-talented Kelly Richey has been an entrepreneur since her late teens despite being dyslexic, which made reading difficult resulting in low self-esteem. As a certified Life Coach and a certified writing facilitator for Women Writing for (a) Change, Richey helps participants confront and overcome their own struggles through the writing process.

A Piece of Paper Always Listens: Celebrating Our Struggles

Curriculum: Creative Writing, Social Emotional Learning

The writing circle practices used, offer a safe space for students to write, and to share what they've written, in a confidential space. When we write, we practice listening to ourselves. When we read what we've written, we practice listening to others, and throughout this process, we experience what it's like to be heard. These practices allow students to recognize and share their unique stories, and give voice to students’ journeys. This workshop addresses Social Emotional Learning standards, especially Self-Awareness and Self-Management, and can focus on addressing specific issues such as bullying, identity issues, and self-esteem.

Recommended Grades: 7-12

Maximum Audience: 30

Length: 50 minutes

Cost: $225 first session / $150 each additional / 6 session residency $750

Max #Sessions per Day: 4

Celebrating Our Struggles 6 Session Description

Step 1 - Learning to Love Ourselves

In step one, we begin the journey of learning to love ourselves.  We shift our focus from our imperfections to the gifts that we have, we make friends with our Inner Critic, and we explore the power of that positive affirmations hold when practiced.

Step 2 - Self Care - Is an Act of Love

In step two, we begin creating a daily self-care practice that supports our journey.  Learning to LOVE ourselves requires practice, and through the power of self-care, our gifts begin to emerge.

Step 3 - What Do Our Stories Have to Say

In step three, we look at the stories we tell about ourselves. Are we allowing our wounds or our gifts to define who we are, and how might we reframe our narrative to best reflect the person we are learning to love...?

Step 4 - Our Gifts Are Sacred Treasures

In step four, we reflect on the gifts we have discovered and how they are the sacred treasures of our souls. Through daily self-care practices, we learn to view ourselves as sacred, and someone worthy of our love.

Step 5 - Living into Our Dreams

In step five, we ask the question— What if our dreams were a journey and not a destination, what would we dream...? We explore how our dreams give meaning and purpose to our lives; and through learning to love ourselves, we allow ourselves to dream.

Step 6 - I Carry My Light into the World

In step six, we celebrate the gifts we have discovered, the struggles we have overcome, and allow ourselves to dream... as we carry our light into the world...?