Photo of me by In Her Image Photo
I lost hundreds of followers on Instagram + Facebook after sharing my story and support for fellow sexual assault survivor Dr. Ford. It’s 100% okay to disagree and unfollow (I do not measure my worth or success by how many followers I have). What’s not okay are the many comments I received suggesting that I “shut up and just post about art and “disappointed you are not making your page a happy place.” It’s equivalent to telling someone that it’s only okay to express their joy, but it’s not okay to be angry/sad/confused, and if they do, you’ll be disappointed. I consider this abusive, harmful engagement.
I thought I would take this opportunity to respond, set some clear boundaries about what is and is not okay, what to expect from my social media pages, and lovingly invite you to unfollow me if we’re not a good match.
My art business meets and serves women at the intersection of creativity, personal growth, healing, and creative business. The woman behind this business and the creator of this art is me – a living breathing person, a social worker (MSW), a mother, a survivor, a thriver, a Possibilitarian.
Embracing the creative life 13 years ago and making meaningful art gave me a way to share my stories, embrace my vulnerabilities as strength, and ultimately to heal. I never expected my art to catch like wildfire and spread across the globe. I am grateful for the support of my art, and even more for the real connections it creates and validates for many of our shared stories.
My books, my art, my writing, my courses – all of which is informed by my LIFE – is about celebrating the many dimensions that we hold as human beings. We can be tender yet fierce, courageous yet scared, brave in sadness yet brave in love – all of it inside the holy mess of our lives. It’s also about encouraging women to listen to what is calling them, tell their stories, and to use their creativity, soul care, and businesses as tools in which to receive their higher guidance and lessons in life.
This is sacred work to me. And I cannot do any of it without doing it myself – showing up real, in integrity, in MY truth – in my life, and in my social media.
If you are looking only for art from me, I lovingly invite you to unfollow me.
For those of you one the fence, this is what you can expect to find on my social media: meaningful art + the personal stories behind it , art in process, art + spirituality, art + healing. You will also find stories of my life in progress, including mothering, partnering, wellness, and self-care. You will hear my stories of creative entrepreneurship and what that looks like as I balance hustle + alignment and encourage others to do the same. And yes, you will find an occasional opinion about something I feel strongly about, usually advocating for our most vulnerable in the world.
If none of that is in your flow, I lovingly invite you to unfollow me.
XO, Kelly Rae
PS: For those of you are struggling with the ongoing media coverage, I want to encourage you to take exquisite care of yourself so that you can stay grounded in the truth of your center and also so that you have the strength to continue being a pioneer in change. I believe you.
Hi, I’m Kelly Rae Roberts! Before I picked up my first paintbrush at the age of 30, I was a medical social worker. I followed my whispers and started playing with paint, and everything changed.
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