Focus on What's Best For You

By Kelley Kitley

Introduce yourself! Who are you? 
Kelley Kitley, LCSW psychotherapist, author, TEDx speaker, media expert, wife, mama of 4

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
For every 100 no’s there is 1 yes so be productive because that 1 yes is life changing.

What would you say to 16 year old you?
You are enough.

Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
I’m 100% human, so YES! Self doubt is part of the process which is why we need supportive people in our lives because when we struggle, they are there to help us along.

What message do you think every woman should hear?
Focus on what works best for YOU and if it’s not working for you, then LET IT GO!

What is your favorite thing about where you live?
I grew up above my parents bar in Lincoln Park. I always envisioned raising our 4 kids in the city. We tried it and it was so difficult logistically and financially, so we moved to Oak Park. We LOVE our community because it’s so close to the city and extremely diverse and liberal. 

What do you love most about yourself?
I NEVER QUIT!! I’m a resilient warrior.

Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
I’ve overcome tremendous adversity over my short 39.5 years of life but it has taught me so much, although I wasn’t always willing or able to see it at the time. I describe in great deal all of my adversities in life in my book and how it’s shaped and transformed me into the person I am today and doing exactly what I love to do-connect deeply with others.  

What motivates you most?
The unknown. Everyday there are new possibilities, new connections, and new adventures and it can all change in a single second. I’m motivated to enjoy the ride and keep my eyes wide open. 

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Self publishing my autobiography of survival, “My self” after the publisher pulled out in the final hour due to “financial difficulties.” If there’s a will, there IS a way!!

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Pray and meditate. 

What is something on your bucket list?
To be a guest on The Today Show

What are your biggest passions?
my family, writing, reading, exercise



Kelley Kitley is a Psychotherapist and Mental Health Media Expert. She is also a Speaker and Author of “My Self”, an autobiography of survival.

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