me & my blog

I’m Molly Kelash, a 40-something writer, wife and mother. I live in South Minneapolis though I’m not from Minnesota, which sometimes makes me a foreigner in a foreign land. Despite that, I feel more at home in this easy-going, easy-to-live-in, progressive town than I have felt anywhere else I have lived — Oxford, England; Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong; Washington, DC; Paris & Marseille, France; and San Francisco.

This blog isn’t going to blow Oprah away with it’s lessons in living life to the fullest, or living in the moment, or going to an ashram and eating pasta to find yourself. If that’s what you’re looking for, stop! Turn back! You will be disappointed.

But read on if you can bear a blog about holding onto parts of yourself and your dreams and your passions that are worth it while you try to hold onto and raise a family ~ and knowing it’s okay if you can’t get to them quite yet (the passions, I mean).

It’s about not really knowing who you are anymore, at least some of the time, but taking baby steps to figure it out.  It’s about expectations vs. reality, growing up and growing old, the metaphorical fear of flying and those moments we all have wondering how or why we actually made it through a certain day.

Sounds serious? It shouldn’t always be. Hopefully it will be about the ridiculous in the everyday, the theater of the absurd in which we fumble around blindly, only to find moments of clarity that make us laugh at ourselves and our predicaments. Sure, it’ll be about embracing talents and successes, but also about laughing at and learning from faults and mistakes, too.  Gotta be willing to go through the bad stuff  to get to the good stuff.

No, it probably won’t reveal great truths or help you find God or give you give you a flatter tummy. But it might make you cry or laugh for a moment because you’ll know you’re not the only one who’s felt that way.

Not a very clear roadmap for a nascent blog, and now that I’ve started it, I guess I have to keep it up.  Crap.  But flying by the seat of my pants is one of my talents  ~ or faults depending on how you look at it ~  so hop on and enjoy the ride.

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot
    May 01, 2010 @ 23:14:14

    It sounds marvelous, a beautiful creative outlet and obviously much-needed place for you to philosophize about life. Do you have to be so blunt about middle-age though? Seriously… I think it’s one of those things we all know has crept on us but I don’t like to give it any air time. And the Molly I know isn’t middle-aged either:)


  2. Lynn Steele
    May 01, 2010 @ 23:27:44

    I like it Molly – good for you!


  3. Ariel
    May 02, 2010 @ 01:00:45

    I’m happy to call you my sis! I’m very impressed by your courage to “let it all hang out.” I certainly have many friends going through the middle age yuckies who can relate to the subject matter you are writing about (not to mention myself). Who knows, maybe it will turn into a best selling novel. Aim High!


  4. Maria Verven
    May 02, 2010 @ 18:25:49

    Molly — Good for you! I like your style and will keep coming back for more!


  5. Liz Ward
    May 03, 2010 @ 16:17:19

    Congratulations Molly! Way to get off the dime. My dime is still sticking to my butt. Funny how you think of yourself as “middle age.” I’m a decade ahead of you and I think of myself as “middle aged!” Hmmm…am I delusional?

    You are probably right where you need to be at 40-something….asking all the questions you are able to act on once you hit 50-something. I’ll be there for your journey. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Sheila
    May 03, 2010 @ 18:36:45

    Congratulations on your new blog. You have an entertaining style – I’ll look forward to reading more.
    – Sheila


  7. LoAnn
    May 03, 2010 @ 20:31:18

    Hi Molly — congrats for jumping right in! I love your voice and look forward to reading more about the very stuff currently occupying my own thoughts. I’ll pass it along.


  8. Diane
    May 03, 2010 @ 22:14:46

    I love it, Molly! You are a truly amazing writer & woman. BTW, for all you “kids” bemoaning the 40s, I’m now firmly established in my 50s, & they are wonderful years. Each decade is better than the last, so enjoy each one and..quityourbellyachin!


  9. Susan Kuhlman
    May 07, 2010 @ 20:51:34

    Looking forward to being a part of your journey!


  10. Tracy jo Hamilton
    May 08, 2010 @ 09:25:19

    Hi Molly

    You’re a very good writer and it is good to get a recipient of your words & adventures. Thanks for including me.


  11. Christina
    May 23, 2010 @ 03:15:58

    I enjoy your blog, Molly! It is cheeky, fresh and REAL. I love that. Can’t wait to read more…


    • mollykelash
      May 23, 2010 @ 17:10:13

      Thanks, Christina! I took a look at your site and blog, and they’re both great! I know who to go to with my style questions now…beware! 😉 It was great to meet you guys last night — couldn’t have asked for better new neighbors!


  12. Rebecca
    Jun 17, 2010 @ 04:25:46

    Nice job Molly!


  13. Jan
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 15:46:38

    Beautiful, relateable writing, Molly. I enjoy your observations and you’re way with language. Many thanks.


  14. Beth Pursley
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 18:49:12

    Loved your insight on your mother-in-law. In this country, I feel we sometimes are in too much of a rush to respect our elder generation. When I travel abroad I really notice how central elders are within other cultures, and how people, wisely, glean wisdom from their experiences and mistakes. Actually, in our rushed world, what a concept to learn, like you have, from someone who has walked a path before you!


    • mollykelash
      Feb 03, 2011 @ 14:16:43

      You’re so right — we tend to marginalize our elders in a way that makes me a bit fearful for my own future! Perhaps the baby boom generation will change all that?


  15. Uncle Pete
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 11:04:55

    And I thought I was middle-aged in my late 60’s.
    Molly, your Blog is captivating and gutsy.

    Well done!


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