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Hello!  My name is Kelly Kandra Hughes.  I am a writer, animal lover, and nature enthusiast.  I believe in minimalism as a spiritual practice.  Some of my role models are St. Francis of Assisi (for minimalism, generosity, and charity), Jane Goodall (for conservation and living your passion), Maureen Fergus (for how to tell a hilarious dog story), and Tina Fey (for sheer brilliance in comedy).

I credit minimalism with giving me the courage to quit my tenured position as an associate professor of psychology at a suburban Chicago university and to marry the love of my life despite only knowing him for three weeks.  My husband and I now travel the country as professional pet and housesitters. When I’m not playing with animals or spending time outside, there’s a good chance I’m writing.

My PhD is in psychology from the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill (GO TAR HEELS!).  If I had a life motto it would be:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  Matthew 6:21


How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.  Annie Dillard

Feel free to follow me on this blog. I post every two weeks on Sunday nights.  I have a non-committal relationship with Instagram.

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I can be reached at genesis.potentia(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com or you can reach me using the following form: