BIO

Kelly Burch is a writer and editor based in New Hampshire. She is the editor of Renew Magazine, a lifestyle publication for people who are in recovery from addiction. She writes frequently about mental illness and addiction issues, and anything else that catches her attention. You can connect with Kelly and read more of her work on her blog or on Facebook

 

Kelly Burch's Articles

Loving the house you grew up in, regardless of whether it "belongs' to the family.

How I Learned To Embrace Renting

As my own home ownership dreams were delayed, I was able to look back on my parents’ decision to rent with a lot more understanding. My parents sometimes struggled to keep the electricity on, but... Read...
Kelly Burch    |   04.25.17 12am   |   SHARE
Don't be overwhelmed by environmental causes! These are five easy ways to make a difference in your own neck of the woods.

5 Ways To Make A Difference This Earth Day

Issues like climate change, energy poverty and social justice causes that intersect with environmentalism can be sometimes feel daunting. However, there are plenty of ways you can make a small... Read...
Kelly Burch    |   04.21.17 12am   |   SHARE
"Body shaming is just one more thing in this big, scary world that I can’t protect her from, but damned if I’ll stop trying."

The Day I Realized I Can't Protect My Daughter From Body Shaming

My toddler was twirling in her tutu bathing suit while I shimmied into my plus-sized polka dot bikini. Since my 2-year-old is still in the phase where she finds it socially acceptable to just stare... Read...
Kelly Burch    |   04.21.17 12am   |   SHARE
The pain of the past can be summoned up in something as small as a phone call.

My Parent's Mental Illness Still Affects Me

“You have nine new messages.” I scowl at my phone. I haven’t listened to my voicemail yet — at least not since yesterday —but I know at least eight of those messages will be from my dad, despite the... Read...
Kelly Burch    |   04.6.17 12am   |   SHARE
Toddlers will challenge the high ideals of even the most committed of parents.

Parenting Ideals, Meet Toddler

Parenting my daughter through toddlerhood is sometimes amazingly rewarding. Her personality is emerging and I see the conversation and friendship that will hopefully fill our lives when she says... Read...
Kelly Burch    |   03.16.17 12am   |   SHARE
I am going to teach my daughter that she will always be loved and chosen.

Why I Celebrate Valentine’s Day With My Kid, But Not My Husband

*/ /*-->*/ Valentine’s Day has always been fraught for me. In middle school, I desperately hoped for an admirer’s carnation to be delivered in front of all my friends in the cafeteria (what adult... Read...
Kelly Burch    |   02.14.17 12am   |   SHARE
I deal with some seriously dumb assumptions. (Image Credit: Thinkstock)

What It's Like To Be The Biggest Girl At The Gym

*/ /*-->*/ Recently, I was getting ready to leave the gym when someone congratulated me on my “new healthy lifestyle.” “You’re doing great, by the way,” the person said. “How long have you been at... Read...
Kelly Burch    |   01.3.17 12am   |   SHARE
No relationship is perfect, not even with super mom. (Image: Thinkstock)

7 Unexpected Benefits To My Mom Moving Abroad

My mom and I are extremely close. Some would say we’re a little too close, but since she fills two roles in my life — mother and best friend — I think it’s fair that she get a double slice of my love... Read...
Kelly Burch    |   12.29.16 12am   |   SHARE
Sticking to the three present rule is much harder for the parents buying presents than the kids receiving.

11 Holiday Truths You Only Understand Once You’re A Parent

I’ve been waiting years to celebrate my undying love of all things Christmas with my child, but now that my toddler is old enough to understand the joys of the holiday season I’ve realized that there... Read...
Kelly Burch    |   12.16.16 12am   |   SHARE
It's all about the confidence, baby.

Why I Reject Imposter Syndrome

I certainly still have moments of self-doubt, but I make a conscious effort to change my internal monologue at those times. Instead of saying, "If only you were good enough to write a book," I tell... Read...
Kelly Burch    |   11.11.16 12am   |   SHARE