Hi! Keli Conci here.
Because I detest small talk (well, unless we’re on a train or airplane together, then I want to know everything about you starting with your first memory to now) — I wrote three versions of what I’m all “about”: The Gist Version, The Timeline Version and The Awkward 3rd Person Bio Version.
Take your pick or if you have all day (I want to know who you are if you’re that person – perhaps you can teach me a thing or two) — go crazy with all the versions!
The Gist Version:
because sometimes we just need the down and dirty edition.
If you and I sat down for some tea (give me all the Yerba Mate, please) and you asked me, “So, what’s this writing thing all about?”
I’d have to break it down like so:
Hmmm, well, #1 — I feel like I can write better than I can talk (what can I say, the processing from my brain to my fingers on the laptop favors me).
#2 — I always tell my friends and family that I’ve been through some shit in this life and if what I’ve gone through can help someone else out — that’s a touchdown in my book, yo. So I tell (write) stories about my life; lessons learned and resources to help keep you showing up in this crazy-ass life.
From a dysfunctional childhood, challenging relationship with my mom, moving out at 14-years-old, my pop’s being grandpa-status (damn Italians having kids in their 50’s), cancer, death, marriage, kids, Alzheimer’s/dementia, caregiving, a move to Santa Barbara, CA and back home to Colorado with more hard-knock lessons learned than the money in our bank account, resilience, reinvention and exactly how many fucks to give in this thing we call life — I go there.
#3 — And because I feel like I wouldn’t have survived half the shit I did without a lot of levity and belly laughs; I believe humor heals.
So between my stories of being a human living in this world and experimenting in this lab of life; we do it with some laughter and comedy and amusement and some very appropriately placed F-bombs.
I will also tell you — and write a helluva lot — about why I believe that:
Soul Sisters Save Lives.
You Have To Be Your Own Damn Guru.
Life Is An Experiment, So Have More Fun.
Grow A Pair…Seriously.
Keep Showing Up.
And Don’t Forget To Find Your Voice + Use It Like A Motherfucker.
The Timeline Version:
Student Of Life. Qualifications.
and for those who dig the chronological process.
- That Dorm Life – (2001)
Studied Mass Communications + a new town for one semester. Said “peace out” once I saw a commercial for a television and radio broadcasting school.
- 15-Minutes of Fame – (2002)
Spent an entire year immersed in radio and television broadcasting school; met cool instructors, new friends and interned at KCNC Channel 4 in Denver. I truly thought this was where I was where, upon graduation, go and jump into my “purpose” (whatever the hell that really is?) Life was about to show me some forks in the road…
- Is This Thing On? – (2003)
KCNC/Channel 4 – Denver, Production Assistant/Teleprompter
Graduated Broadcasting School and Channel 4 offered me a Production Assistant and Teleprompter job. I was beyond ecstatic and thought I was on my way up, living my dream. Then one day at 20 years old and seeing some of the reporters there miserable, divorced and chasing the next story…I promptly moved back home and questioned what the hell I really wanted to do with my life.
- Received The “Survived Working With Family” Badge – (2003 – 2005)
Pueblo West Total Fitness
While I tried to figure out that whole “life purpose” thing…my brother needed help with his gym. Since I had worked there all throughout high school and we were family and all, I ended up General Managing the gym and received a crash course in managing and business; two totally different things turns out. What female, 20-year old doesn’t love handling employees twice her age, new ownership and a wicked case of Winging It? I dug it all…until I didn’t anymore.
- Eureka — I’m Kinda, Pretty Sure, I Know What I Want To Do With My Life…Maybe?! – (2005 – 2007)
Pueblo Community College, Licensed Psychiatric Technician
Thought the world of psychology was fascinating, so I dove in. Little did I know when I started school for being a Psychiatric Technician, it was basically nursing school (and I have a full on physical reaction to blood and needles). I sure am adorable sometimes.
- One Flew Over MY Cuckoo Nest – (2007 – 2012)
Colorado Mental Health Institute of Pueblo
Passed my Psychiatric Technician boards and got me an official license and began a career in forensic nursing. What a ride that was! My adrenals were officially shot by 2012 and I decided my soul was worth more than the money, so I jumped out of nursing and into the next adventure…
- Green Smoothie Nation – (2011 – 2012)
Went full on in and became a Certified Holistic Health Coach. This not only fueled the lifestyle I was experimenting with, but also a way to transition out of my forensic nursing job and into entrepreneur world — and so began my rocket launching into the online business world.
- Comfort Zone Crashing Camp – (2012 – Current)
KeliConci.com (runnin’ my own damn business)
Launching and running your own business – whether it be large and in charge, or sole proprietorship like mine – you have to have some balls to keep that baby going and showing up over and over again.
I’ve launched, re-launched, re-branded, lost and found (and lost and found) my focus again and again, questioned what the hell I’m doing, wondered if it’s all worth it…yet, I keep coming back for more; continuing to show up as the Keli I am at any given moment and helping others to keep showing up in their life and business as well.
- Bangin’ B-School – (2015)
What is the online equivalent of an MBA for doing business in the online world? Marie Forleo’s B-School that is. I mean…who doesn’t love a good up-level in their life and business? I sure as hell do and that is exactly what I received.
- Going Higher (Education That Is) – (2016 – Graduation: 2018)
Southern New Hampshire University (Bachelor of Arts — Communications/New Media/Social Media Marketing)
Finishing my formal college education was tugging at my heart the last few years. I kept pushing it away saying I didn’t need it for what I was doing and telling myself that college was a waste of money. But, when something keeps knocking at your soul, you have to check under the hood and see what’s up. I enrolled and have been in love with every class I’ve taken. Who knows the big “why” behind it (I don’t even know yet), but instead of a tugging at my heart, it’s a big high-five. Go, team, go!
The Awkward 3rd Person Bio Version:
Because I have to give something to the people at “Live with Kelly and Ryan” so they can introduce me on their show
Keli dreams of a world where time travel is real, people are more authentic than not, kindness prevails and every coffee shop can make a decent flat white.
As a writer, her work has been featured in: The Pueblo West View and Gabrielle Bernstein’s, Her Future Network in their Blog’s We Dig pick of the week as well as working with visionaries and entrepreneurs helping bring their projects to life through content creation/strategy and community engagement.
When Keli isn’t experimenting with using her kitchen products as her facial products, or reading three books at a time that she can barely finish, you can find her writing, trying to take deep breaths, cooking and traveling.
Keli’s next project is launching her very own podcast — hitting the airwaves in 2018.
Keli lives in the mile-high state of Colorado with her husband and daughter and enjoys eating her words because she said she would never get married or have children.
Read more about her inspiring and funny take on life at: www.KeliConci.com.