Life comes in parts and chapters. My story is full of chapters and anecdotes, but it only has two parts, separated by one specific date:
May 9th, 2017.
Aka, the day my father died.
I already know what comes before, a life full of love, pain, hope, mistakes, lessons, addiction, joy, and death. My dad’s unexpected death at the young age of 56 leaves me, at only 28, struggling to figure out what comes after. Some days I experience that same hope for the future, and other days I can barely manage to pull myself out of bed. Navigating life without my dad is easily one of the hardest challenges I’ve ever faced. Some days I win, some days I lose.
In December of 2017 I will finish my degree at SNHU, earning a B.A. in Creative Writing & English and a minor in psychology. I spent years studying psychology at the University of Utah and the College of Southern Idaho before switching degrees when I began attending Southern New Hampshire University.
I have been published on Odyssey numerous times, my content ranging from pop culture to mental health. Both are areas I am passionate about, among other things.
My mind is relentless, thoughts mostly driven by life, humanity, psychology, pop culture, my experiences and disorders, as well as never-ending questions. Perfectly Plainly Human – in which we are all simply flawed, complex beings – is a space for me to transport those thoughts into something more. To guide me during this second part of my life as I search for focus and a purpose as I try to figure out what comes next.
My name is Kylie, and I have a lot to say.
(The header on the main page is a random alleyway in Boston that I shot during a trip in 2015. It is my dream city).