permission to be real, granted


permission to be real, granted

Hi, I’m Kelly

I’m not perfect, but I’m real. I am a mom, a wife, a friend, a mentor, and a businesswoman. I’m an incest survivor. I’m a Reiki master, minister, and a healer. Sometimes, I drink too much. I yell at my kids (I really try to minimize this one!).

These experiences are all a part of me—the good, the bad, and the fugly.

I am messy, I’m genuine, and I’m perfectly imperfect. And now that you’re here with me, I hope that you’ll feel free to share your own perfectly imperfect self.

Permission to be real: granted

Guess what? I recently wrote my first book, Your Messy Brilliance, published by Enrealment Press. In the next year, I’ll be rolling out a bunch of exclusive offerings for the people in my tribe, all of which are meant to help you fully and deeply embrace who you are—warts and all.

Want to get messy with me?

Let me inspire you to take action on the regular. Plus, I’ll tell you Why I Love My Fat, and other messy truths.

How I share my messy brilliance

I write

I have a lot of thoughts about a lot of things. Check out some of my favorite pieces here and see if you relate.

I mentioned my book, Your Messy Brilliance, above. I’m all about messy. I believe that the “truth” of who we are and what we are capable of lives in our messiness. Messiness has negative connotations in our culture—after all, “hot mess” is hardly a compliment—but to me, it signifies a person’s wholeness.

As women, we beat ourselves up for being too emotional, too chaotic, too much of everything that actually makes us the powerful, creative, brilliant people we are! My book is something of a love song to the “feminine.” The things we believe make us imperfect or not enough are actually the places where our highest potential for joy and creativity lives. And that kind of mess is hot.

To find out more and to get updates on my book, as well as upcoming courses and workshops, sign up for my mailing list above.

I speak

I’m a speaker and workshop facilitator. Everything I talk about boils down to helping women reclaim their voices so they can live life unapologetically and on their own terms. Check out my upcoming speaking engagements here, and find out how you can hire me as a speaker here.

I mentor and nurture

Most of all, I pour my time into creating courses for bold and powerful women who want to make a difference, make life happen, and act on their dreams. Find them here.

I welcome your story

I get asked every day, “Is this a place for liberals?” “Is this a place for God, or for Goddess?” “Is this a place for pro-lifers like me?”

Here’s my answer: No. And yes. And both. (And not in any order.)

No matter who you are, I believe that you have a story to share that will benefit another person.

Even if I completely disagree with everything you stand for, your story is welcome here.

That means we can all expect to run into some types we wouldn’t hang out with. But maybe that’s what our world needs right now.

Please remember: this isn’t a place for political argument, or what’s right and what’s wrong. It’s a place to share your story, and connect with someone else’s.

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“Embrace your messy brilliance!”

– Kelly McNelis

Recent Features

King 5: Empowering Women To Overcome Sexual Harassment And Abuse

In this conversation with King 5, Kelly speaks out about the recent #MeToo phenomenon. She offers her feedback on how we can empower women to stand up against the culture of power and abuse by allowing our voices to be heard—and by speaking up on behalf of all those who aren’t ready to speak out about their most painful stories. Watch here.

Lux & Concord: Women We Love – Kelly McNelis, Founder Of Women For One

“I truly believe that when women connect with each other — across all our differences and unique perspectives—we effect change on a major scale.” In this Q&A, Kelly talks about her new book, how she balances her work life and professional life, and what it really means to support other women in your tribe. Read here.

The Huffington Post: #MeToo And Changing The Culture Of Power

Kelly writes in depth about the phenomenon of #MeToo and why it’s so important to demand accountability of those who are in positions of power. She also sheds light on why talking and writing about some of our most painful experiences can bring about a sense of healing, connection, and solidarity with other women—and why this is so revolutionary when it comes to transforming the world and stepping into genuine power. Read here.

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