The Author

Meet the Author

…Or rather, the intrepid introvert writing this.

Kelly started The Unhiding in order to combine her passion for writing, photography, learning, and growth.  After answering James Lipton’s famous questionnaire from Inside the Actor’s Studio, one day just for fun, the idea really took hold.  “What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?” Simple. Writing and photography. Combine this with her love of learning and need to be challenged, and you get The Unhiding.

Kelly has a background in forensic psychology and a strong interest in criminal investigations and the legal system.  (Netflix can’t release enough true crime documentaries!)

But, inspired to be more creative and really experience her true passions, Kelly began taking pictures and writing about the stories behind the images.  At the same time, she was exploring what it meant to truly be a more confident and happy person. (Something, everyone needs a little reminder on every now and then).

Photography was a great creative outlet and helped control some of those anxious tendencies that this crazy world can produce. But when behind the camera, those pressures disappear.  Creativity is the guide, and it ultimately teaches how important it is to be yourself and do what makes you happy.  The real goal here is to have that shine all the time, whether a camera is around or not.

Kelly’s amazing “better half” has been a huge source of encouragement when it comes to the creation of this blog and discovering her true self.  He called it the “Fat Kid”. The Fat Kid is the state of being that doesn’t care about judgment. It’s the chubby joyful kid that does what makes him happy.  It’s the delight and passion that’s almost inherent in children, but disappears as people get older.

Here’s an example:

We recently went on a trip to Paris. Like any woman vacationing in Paris, I went a little nuts with the shopping.  So much so, I had to buy a new suitcase.  In the Samsonite store, I made a bee-line to a Darth Vader suitcase in the corner. This is it. Shop no more. I didn’t care, or even glance at, the fancy designer bags. I wanted what made me happy, and I didn’t care that it wasn’t normal or didn’t fit in.  You couldn’t wipe the smile or the pride off my face no matter how hard you tried.  Darth remains one of the many great memories of that trip, and my boyfriend and I talk about all the time.  That is the essence of the Fat Kid.

There’s an entire section on The Unhiding dedicated to finding the Fat Kid.