Kelly Marie Thomas, 56
Lives in: Springfield, MO
Store Manager at The Spa Gallery
Charity: Play It Forward
Jane Goodall. I used to pretend I was her playing in my woods when I was young. Her intelligence and empathy make her beautiful to me.
I would tell her everyone has an inner light. Find what makes you different and embrace it! Never, ever let the opinions of others affect your inner peace.
I love to split wood! When my husband and I lived on a farm with wood heat, I would split four cords a winter. It’s very zen-like when you get the rhythm down.
People, animals and nature. I find my inspiration through people who have endured the hardest of times and come out stronger, animals for their ability to have unconditional love and nature because of its ability to heal after natural disasters.
My backyard. I believe you can create beauty wherever you live. I’ve started over 100 trees from seedlings and introduced native trees to our 15 acres that weren’t there before.
I would have to say our homeless population. Eden village is a wonderful idea to give people a hand. Hopefully, we will see more communities like this in the future.
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