i was a seriously nerdy kid with horrible haircuts. as you can see in almost all of these photos, i apparently had a thing for stripes. and bad perms. and awkward smiles. and i’m pretty sure i was constantly mistaken for a boy for a few years. i grew up in the country where mullets and rat tails were the rage. and i’m not even kidding.

i remember those purple suspenders so clearly. oh how i loved wearing them with my checker boarded pants, my pink hightop converses, and florescent shoelaces. oh yes, and i can’t forget the scented jelly bracelets going all the way up to my elbows. all the while, i had my favorite cabbage patch kid with me at all times. in those days, i couldn’t stand to wear dresses or skirts – i was a serious and bonafide tomboy. i miss these years of doing cartwheels in the front yard, flocking about on three wheelers, jumping off the dock into our lake, fishing in the mornings with my granddad, playing boardgames with all the elderly neighbors, and searching (always searching) for friends who had a trampoline. i heart memories like these.
i’m off for a weekend adventure in nyc with two dear friends. i’ll be back early next week. until then, i’d love it if you convinced me i wasn’t the only kid with bad hair cuts and perms gone wrong. please? can you prove it with a photo?

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. Now I’m a full-time artist, author and Possibilitarian, who helps women explore their creativity, nourish their souls and build a thriving creative business.

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