Interview: Kelly Sunrose Connor

Where do you live and how many kids do you have?
I live in Portland, Oregon with my husband, daughter and ancient dog.

What do you spend your days doing?
I spend the early, pre-dawn moments with a cup of tea and my breath. My meditation practice is a luxurious, necessary commitment to self-care that I savor. After that, I mother, make art, teach yoga and meditation, write a bit.

What do you like most about your family?
My family continues to amaze me in the way that we challenge and support each other. In every moment, there are so many opportunities to grow, to heal, to love, and my family really illuminates that.

What parts of parenting come naturally to you and what parts are a struggle?
In some ways, there is an element of ease and struggle in every part of parenting. The things that feel super natural (like snuggling, singing, cooking, making things together) reveal attachments that I have to those aspects. The things that are hard (coping with crying or whining jags, responding to defiance in a loving way, taking time for myself) are so essential to my growth, that I can’t imagine life without them. Parenting gives you so many opportunities to be present to my own “stuff”. I am grateful for that even as I struggle.

What do you need as a parent?
I am a natural introvert and I truly need quiet time every day in order to be at my best with my child. This is why waking up super early in the morning is necessary.

How does where you live affect your parenting?
Portland is a wonderful place to parent. The environment is so engaging. We walk or ride bikes every day of the year and add to collections of natural things on walks by the rivers and in the woods. It’s inspiring to adults and children alike. And there are so many kid-centered businesses and activities here. I love it.

What are you especially conscious of as a parent?
Every single day, I am conscious of the messages my daughter receives about beauty, intelligence and self-worth. We are also extremely conscious of our impact on the eco-system, and I am inspired to talk about pollution and conservation in ways that my daughter can understand and appreciate.

What nurtures and inspires you as a person?
Color, nature, weather, deep connections and then space for reflection.

What is your favorite time of day?
Although I love my early-morning time, my favorite time of day is after dinner when my family plays, reads and quiets for the evening together.

What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Love more. Every day.

Is there anything you do that you want to share with our readers?
I share the teachings of yoga that I know and love in-person and online at I would love to connect with other parents there.

Kelly has contributed beautiful meditations for the Make and Together issues.

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