About Me

My name is Holly Kelsven

When I am not busy parenting a cutie on the sensory processing spectrum, I mostly daydream and write.  Topics revolve around family, wellness, diet, and movement.  I experiment with healthy recipes and look forward to the little moments tucked in my day to just breathe and release.

A little bit about me

With the backdrop of a world-class city to explore, I spent my twenties galavanting around Chicago. While serving celebrities in the fine dining scene, I fell in love with my husband. We cheered on the 2005 World Series White Sox, raised a puppy named Sade, and got engaged. After I earned a degree in applied psychology from UIC, I turned down the non-for-profit road and supported families in domestic violence and low-income preschool programs.  It was truly a decade dedicated to finding myself, as moving into adulthood should be.

Now, in my early thirties, I do what matters to me most- raise our beautiful baby girl.  Evolving from late-night oyster and champagne soirees under the Windy City stars, through discovering the unbelievable, gritty disparities real people face, to settling into a suburban life of Saturday morning family trips to the farmers market, I can say I’m living a good life.

These are my fundamentals

  • My happiest moments happen in sun and water.  I live for sharing summer sunshine, swimming pools, beaches, and boats with my family and friends.  With a birthday mid-July, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
  • I like to feel like a contributor to my community.  I’m sure this stemmed from growing up a firefighter’s daughter, in a small town, where everyone knew everyone.
  • When my body is strong, so is my mind.  I admit that I have bouts with anxiety and insomnia. But I know that when I’m feeling stressed, caring for my body with exercise and nutrition will ease my issues and put me back on track.
  • I kind of have an obsession with food. I love to eat it.  I love to cook it.  I love to dine out and in. And, I love to grocery shop, even when I have a toddler in tow. Sick? I know.

And now for my legal disclaimer

If you catch something cool from my view, like adapting to a healthier diet or adding fitness goals to your lifestyle, please be safe and consult with a professional first. Please keep in mind I’m not a doctor, nutritionist, certified counselor, licensed practitioner, or insured therapist. I am mostly an activist, and totally a mom. :)



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