“Appreciation is the purest, strongest form of love. It is the outward-bound kind of love that asks for nothing and gives everything.”
Love. Connection. Pain.
Finding the universal in the specific. And beauty in the mundane.
This is but a few of the themes explored today with the woman dubbed ‘the voice of her generation’ by Oprah magazine and ‘the poet laureate of the ordinary’ by HuffPost.
Meet Kelly Corrigan.
Best known for her insightful, candid takes on the too-often overlooked moments that define our lives, Kelly’s writing spills over with warmth, courage, vulnerability and humor — rendering her many books beloved by millions.
A Today Show regular, Kelly has authored a stack of New York Times bestsellers including, The Middle Place, Lift, and Glitter and Glue. Tell Me More, her most recent offering, is a deeply personal and very funny story-driven collection of essays on the twelve powerful phrases we use to sustain our relationships and make love and connection possible.
Named one of the best books of 2019 by Real Simple and Bustle, Tell Me More is both a high-recommend and the backdrop for today’s dive into how we can cultivate more meaningful connection and deeper understanding with the people in our lives.
I met Kelly exactly a year ago at The Nantucket Project. In addition to being an extraordinary writer, she serves as the creative director of TNP — the right hand to organization founder Tom Scott, who shared his story on the podcast in April, 2018 (episode #360).
The latest in my series of guests sourced from this extraordinary event, I was immediately taken by her fun and fearless stage presence. Her curiosity. Her unique insights. And her unmistakeable charm. I knew she would make an amazing guest for the show. Today she delivers.
We begin by traversing Kelly’s arc as a writer — how she developed her voice — and her role in shaping TNP.
Then we broaden the aperture, exploring her observations and insights into how we relate to the people in our lives — from our loved ones and children, to co-workers and strangers.
This is about finding beauty and poetry in the simple things. And why saying things like, ‘I don’t know’ or ‘I was wrong’ or ‘tell me more’ can provide a bedrock for the emotional experiences we seek most, yet too often elude us.
Better understanding. Greater empathy. Deeper intimacy. True connection.
Prepare to fall in love with Kelly!
Peace + Plants,
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Background, Context & Reference
- Connect with Kelly: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
- Gathering: The Nantucket Project
- Gathering: The Neighborhood Project
- YouTube: TEDx: More Reading: Kelly Corrigan at TEDxSonomaCounty
- YouTube: Transcending: Words on Women and Strength | voicevoices
- The New York Times: Advice to My College Freshman by Kelly Corrigan
- The Washington Post: Kelly Corrigan’s “Tell Me More” and lessons you will read about life, parenting
- Huff Post: Kelly Corrigan’s Ode To Motherhood Is One You’ll Want To Pass On To Your Friends
- USA Today: ‘Medium’ moves forward with ‘Foreword’ video series
- TODAY: The best way to express your feelings | Kelly Corrigan
- TODAY: Author Kelly Corrigan reveals the hardest thing she says to her kids | Kelly Corrigan
- Book: Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life* by Jon Kabat-Zinn
- Book: When Breath Becomes Air* by Paul Kalanithi
- Book: About Alice* by Calvin Trillin
- Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say*
- The Middle Place*
- Glitter and Glue: A Memoir*
Notable People Discussed
- Tom Scott: co-founder of The Nantucket Project, former CEO and founder of Nantucket Nectars. creator & producer of The Neistat Brothers with 3x podcast guest Casey Neistat and podcast guest
- Cal Newport: associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University and the author of six self-improvement books, including Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World* and Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World*
- Neil Phillips: founder and executive director of Visible Men, Inc. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has had an illustrious career as an athlete, educator, coach, and entrepreneur
- Renee Robinson: retired Principal Dancer of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
- Malcom Gladwell: author, staff writer for New Yorker Magazine and host of Revisionist History
- Ev Williams: CEO of Medium, partner at Obvious Ventures, co-founder of Twitter
- Hope Solo: former soccer goalkeeper for the United States women’s national soccer team from 2000 to 2016, and is a World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist
- Will Kabat-Zinn: mindfulness and meditation teacher
- Julie Taymor: director and writer of theater, opera and film
- Maurice Clarett: former American football running back who played for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team
- Angela Duckworth: academic, psychologist and popular science author. She is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies grit and self-control
Related Podcasts You Might Enjoy
- RRP #360: Tom Scott On Curiosity
- RRP #282: Jessica Lahey On The Gift Of Failure
- RRP #365: Kurt Sutter Is A Fearless Storyteller
- RRP #214: Mishka Shubaly On Writing
- RRP #464: Lori Gottlieb: Stories From A Therapist In Therapy
- RRP #447: Cal Newport On Digital Minimalism
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