Kelly M. Ballard - Medium, Intuitive Consultant, & Usui Reiki Master

Sabbatical Announcement, December 12, 2016.

This is probably one of the most challenging (and longest! Ha!) newsletters I have ever had to write.  A part of me feels like this is a love-letter of sorts to you (my clients and students) and Spirit.  Another part of me feels that perhaps it may end up as just a stream of my thoughts.  Whatever it ends up as, I ask that you bear with my ramblings while I try to put my journey into words.
 
At the beginning of summer, a dear friend of mine asked me the following questions:  when do I take time for myself, how do I take time for myself, and what do I do when I take time for myself?  And while those should be pretty easy and innocent questions to answer, I found myself feeling incredibly uncomfortable with the notion that I honestly could not answer them, because perhaps I’ve stopped doing those things?   Those questions began the beginning of one of the biggest decisions in my life, which I will share with you momentarily. 
 
My entire life I’ve been a multitasker.  I’ve had a tremendous amount of moments in my life when I’ve been at my most happiest when my plate has been overflowing with projects, adventures, and tasks.  (I know, crazy right?!)  Good or bad, I think that I’ve honestly been that way since I’ve been a child and it makes up a huge part of who I am.  I started my connection with Spirit at the age of 8 – and for the next 10 years or so I multitasked (and often hid) that Mediumistic part of myself by being highly involved in my family’s Catholic Church, taking on various roles and responsibilities because it’s what I thought I “should” do.   It wasn’t until I was nearing the end of college and I was far away from home that I really started to embrace my path, feel comfortable in my skin as a blooming Medium, and feel like I was truly honoring my connection to Spirit/God. 
 
Before I started working professionally as a full-time Medium almost 13 years ago, I wore many other hats – and thankfully many of those have come in handy with starting my own business.  I was a freelance (published) journalist, an executive assistant, I did public relations and marketing for a development company, was an event planner for a nonprofit, and worked in the world of fund development, to name a few.  My connection with Spirit as a Medium and Healer was always sitting side-by-side with these “jobs” (again making me the multitasking queen!);  until one day decided that I’m taking the leap, leaving my (stable) day-job and starting my full-time business as a Medium.  A decision like that was pretty out of my character, but I had faith and a strong push from Spirit that it was the direction my life needed to travel on.   So with the support and encouragement of a few dear friends – I jumped and the Universe has been pretty darn supportive.  And so almost 13 years later, here I am sitting in my office, shedding some happy tears and reflecting back upon the journey that has brought me to this present moment.   
 
During those years working full-time as a Medium, the Universe blessed me with two amazing kiddos, I went to seminary school and became an ordained Spiritualist Minster, I had the opportunity to start a church from scratch, teach well over 400 people Intuitive & Mediumship Development and Reiki, and most importantly, I had the chance to connect in with each of you!  
 
We have shared laughter, tears, cringes, OMG-HOLY COW-WHAT-WHOA-WOOHOO-YES!!!!-AMAZING moments/signs from Spirit, and experiences that there are simply no words for.   I will be forever grateful for the trust that each of you have put in me, sharing some of the most intimate parts of your beautiful journey of life with me.   Whether we have sat together during a reading or that you’ve taken one of my classes, workshops, or webinars – you have changed me and truly helped to shape me into the person I am.    
 
And so much of who I am is entwined with my connection to Spirit and my “job” as a Medium.  I’ve always hated calling it a “job” – because it really feels like so much more than that to me.  But at the end of the day, that is what it is.   So after much reflection, prayer, soul searching, and conversations with a few close friends, I have decided to take a sabbatical as of April 28, 2017.   I’ve always known that I could not maintain this work pace forever – believe me when I say that it’s not all glamorous and can be very taxing.  I always wondered if I’d ever know when it would be time to make a change, to embrace a shift --- but I believe that Spirit has now given me that sign and I’m trying to do just that – embrace it. 
 
So what does a sabbatical mean for me?   Well, it means a few things:
 
*I will only be doing LIMITED PHONE READINGS while on sabbatical. To schedule one, please contact me directly at kellymballard@yahoo.com, please do not call.   If you are looking for an in-person readings,  I have a few people that I will be recommending on my website, who have trained under me and who I feel would do an amazing job to help you with your connection to Spirit.  I have had readings from them, worked with them for years, and have great faith in each of them.  And if you know me, you know how picky I am about the authenticity of Mediums and their connection to Spirit – these individuals will do great. 
 
*I will still be teaching some classes – my current students have been notified about this change and we have made arrangements to keep those relationships with Spirit on-going.  Teaching is something that is so near and dear to my heart, and it will also allow me to still have the connection to Spirit that I adore.  My upcoming 2017 Reiki and Weekend Intuitive & Mediumship Development Classes are still scheduled and will continue as well.
 
*Making this change, gives me all the more reason to look forward to my Paranormal Ireland trip in October of 2017.  Connecting in with the energies in Ireland, Spirit, and my amazing travel companions --- it’s going to be an experience none of us will forget and I truly can’t wait to have this adventure with you all.   And who knows, maybe we can convince Connie of Pack Your Bags Travel to organize a “Caribbean” paranormal trip in the future, wink wink nudge nudge! ;)
 
*And lastly, going on sabbatical will mean that I will be more present for my children and friends, and take time to nourish and care for myself which is long overdue.  The message I keep hearing from Spirit is that “this experience is crucial for your well-being and happiness…slow down and embrace it.”   So I will try my best to honor that message and do just that…slow down and embrace it.
 
 

I appreciate your support and understanding as I make this transition, and again, I can’t even begin to find the words to express my gratitude for all that you have given me…thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough and I will be forever touched by this path I have been lead down.
 
With Love & Gratitude,
 
Kelly