It wasn’t as bad as I imagined it would be.

It’s Freedom Day here in New South Wales. Australia is celebrating a milestone and is coming out of a lockdown that had been in effect for several months now.

I have been in Australia for almost one month. My first…


Learning how to be

La Peruse Beach, Sydney Australia. There is seafoam green water surrounding white rocks. It is the edge of the cliff.

I’m still finding my footing here in Australia.

I’ve fallen in love with the Western Corellas. Today I scratched a semi-trained Corella on the head. …


Moving to Australia seemed easier when I was onshore in America, but I am making the best of it all

Darling Harbour with a view of the Sydney Opera House and the CBD.

Moving halfway across the world seemed so easy from a distance. I did have some reservations, but there was a lot about my life in America that caused so much…


Everyone will tell you to follow your dreams, but they will never warn you about the price you must pay to be bought.

There is a large billfold of 100 dollar bills with a small rubber band around it and a lock lying ontop of and against the money.

Are you happy in your career? Do you remember why you got into your field? Have you ever had a dream that was so strong, but your…


In just a few short months

An aerial view of the city of Sydney Australia. In the photo you can see Darling Harbor, the Harbor Bridge, and the Sydney Opera House. There are many boats in the harbor leaving white ripples in the water.

Beautiful Australia. It’s almost time for me to return to you and my partner whom I have not seen for 19 months, or 590 days. So much has happened since I last saw you, Australia.

I have spent a lot of time in Australia before the COVID pandemic arrived. I…


Always reach for a better feeling.

There are blue-colored emojis and they are all frowning. In the middle of the blue emojis is a yellow happy-faced emoji. The happy emoji is surrounded by depressed blue emojis.

How much of our lives are spent in unhappy situations, with a partner who makes us unhappy, or in a job we hate.

In these situations, what would you do?

Would you leave the relationship or try to make it work?

Ask yourself the same question with your job.

Would…


During the many fluctuations we’ve seen with COVID-19, your network will be there to help you build.

A man is talking on the phone and he’s wearing a white short sleeved shirt and jeans. There are buildings and palm trees behind him. He is sitting outside.

Do you ever hesitate to reach out to your network? I hesitate to contact some of the people I am the closest to, even though I know many of them would be happy…


The signs are unmistakable.

Two women are sitting outside and talking. They are sitting at a metal table and they seem to be having a business meeting. There is a view of nearby hills. It’s a sunny day.

I have been let go and fired and here are the signs.

You live five minutes from a satellite office, but you’re asked to commute two hours to the headquarters. All requests for working from home, or from the closest office, are denied.

A crucial part…


What makes you want to quit?

Runners in a marathon. There is also a man in a wheel chair far behind the team of runners. They are running on a city street. Palm trees line the street.

I’ve noticed recently how quickly I give up.

The words of friends and associates are sometimes circling on a continuous loop in my brain.

Usually, it’s the not-so-helpful words that stay with me the longest. Not sure why the brain works this way, but it certainly is effective.

I can…

Kelly Burns

writer and sometimes singer/composer & painter. Italian-American. INFP. I write fiction and nonfiction. www.kellyburns.com

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