Kelly Buckley is an author and speaker who, through the power of words, has connected with thousands of people worldwide. Her mission? To have a conversation about life, gratitude, compassion and resilience, in the hopes of helping others navigate through both the hills and valleys of their own lives.
Her life’s direction has been molded, as we all are, by the turning points in life, the defining moments that forever change how you see the world. Born and raised in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, on Canada’s East Coast, Kelly grew up in a culture that personifies resilience, forging a happy life in one of nature’s most rugged and untouched locations. Over the course of her life, she has looked back to her roots, as she dealt with the hurts of life, the biggest being the sudden death of her 23-year-old son Stephen on the 4th of July, 2009.
In response to her loss, Kelly published Gratitude in Grief, a book and accompanying blog about looking for one little thing to be thankful for each day, even when you hurt. Through her writing and reflection of what remains in troubling times, Kelly was able to not only shift her own perception of loss, but also provide others with comfort and purpose for the future. The overwhelming grassroots response to her courageous sharing of her personal journey through grief propelled her to continue, and as a result, she has connected with numerous groups to add her voice in a discussion about hope after loss. She is a guest contributor for such respected sites as Maria Shriver and The Huffington Post , Open to Hope, and Hello Grief (a division of Comfort Zone Camp), and most recently has been published in Open to Hope’s new book, Open to Hope-Inspirational Stories of Healing After Loss.
This amazing journey led Kelly to the July 4th, 2011 launch of Just One Little Thing. A global Facebook community, Just One Little Thing’s premise is simple; take a moment each day to focus on one little thing you are thankful for, repeat, and a thankful life will start to grow. The group focuses on gratitude, compassion and resilience, and improving our world, just one little thing at a time. With a membership of over 126,500 members from 20 different countries, Kelly interacts with JOLT'ers about living a happy life in an imperfect world.
Kelly would describe herself as quirky, and at times, a complete contradiction. She can be hard to define and private, and an open book all at the same time, learning as she goes. She is learning to be comfortable with the fact that she is forever broken. She began her professional career as a Registered Nurse, and worked as a Health Executive in Canada. She continues to nurse, only now nurturing other souls with her words.
Kelly lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband Brady, her son Brendan, and Rudy, their Wonder Dog. She continues to write every day, and has also published her second book, Just One Little Thing and is in the process of publishing her third book as well as a motivational journal.
- Gratitude in Grief Gratitude In Grief chronicles a mother’s journey into the unimaginable, the death of her son. The book is a personal journal of reflection in the days following the death, and the unexpected approach she took in dealing with her grief that changed her forever. To the surprise of many, this mother made a choice to look for “one little thing” to be thankful for each day while coping with her loss. This daily gratitude changed the process of her grief, but also sparked a reflection on life, purpose and faith that has changed the author forever. By documenting the events surrounding her son’s death in the days and months afterwards, Kelly Buckley gives readers a first hand glimpse at the unbreakable bonds of love, the power of gratitude and the freedom that purpose in your life grants you. Through heartache and humor it provides hope and a nontraditional path through grief for those suffering loss in their own lives. An absolute read for anyone experiencing loss and a wake up call for others to be present in your life, to listen to your inner voice, and to live your life to the fullest.
- Just One Little Thing We’ve all been faced with moments in life where the rug gets pulled out from beneath our feet. And, sometimes, it is not only the rug that has been removed; the whole darn floor has disappeared too. Just One Little Thing is about one of those life changing groundless moments. The story begins on the 4th of July, when a phone call changes everything in Kelly Buckley’s life. Devastated by the unexpected death of her son Stephen, Kelly started to journal about what goodness still remained in her life in the hopes of finding just one little thing to make it through the day. Gratitude changed everything. By focusing on the blessings found moment by moment, she was able to allow herself to grieve with an open heart, and accept all the wisdom that comes from life’s difficulties.