8 episodes

When you almost die, everything changes. But how do you get beyond surviving to thriving... bucket list thriving? Kiki Kelley tells her inspiring tales with help from author friend, Amy Hallberg.

Tales from a Bucket List Champ Kiki Kelley

    • Society & Culture

When you almost die, everything changes. But how do you get beyond surviving to thriving... bucket list thriving? Kiki Kelley tells her inspiring tales with help from author friend, Amy Hallberg.

    Teach for America Nearly Killed Me

    Teach for America Nearly Killed Me

    In the Season 1 Finale, Kiki and Amy conclude their discussion on three years of Teach for America service, which branches out beyond the classroom bubble to generational PTSD stemming from America's original sin of slavery, to a class trip to Washington DC with many kids who'd never been out of Halifax County much less the state, to homophobia and violence.....ending in a bloody mess and tough decisions.

    • 32 min
    Beyond Surviving

    Beyond Surviving

    In Episode 6, Kiki and Amy dive into Kiki's pivotal second year as a Teach for America teacher in eastern rural North Carolina, in which Kiki finally starts to swim as a teacher only to realize WHY that particular school needed TFA teachers in the first place. An eye-opening episode critical to understanding the Season Finale....and perhaps America.

    • 23 min
    Small Blanket Fort

    Small Blanket Fort

    In Episode 5, Kiki and Amy get really real about our younger selves: How much we didn’t know coming from white privilege (even housing project white privilege in Kiki's case), and how much we’re still learning as straight, white, educated, MN women who want to do better. Come join us in our blanket fort, where we broach scary topics nobody wants to talk about but everybody should at least think about: Poverty, xenophobia, racism, shame, bullying, and everything in between.

    • 29 min
    The Year of Living Dangerously

    The Year of Living Dangerously

    In Episode 4, Kiki and Amy discuss the insane gap year between almost dying and finally reaching Teach for America training, and all the Siddhartha-like stops in between.

    • 26 min
    Mayo Miracle

    Mayo Miracle

    In Episode 3, Kiki ALMOST DIES. We’re talking 98% chance of dying. Here, Amy guides Kiki through the telling of this emotional experience, equal parts hell and grace. This episode sets the stage for everything to come.

    • 37 min
    Work Hard, Play Hard

    Work Hard, Play Hard

    In Episode 2, Kiki & Amy talk about living as fully as possible in her final two years in college — when she wasn’t sleeping 14 hrs a day, being tested at the local hospital, or severely sick. One lesson Kiki learned for sure: When you feel good, go enjoy life. Join us for some funny stories about adjusting to life with a not very funny disease.

    • 23 min

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