When you hear her speak, she exudes a palpable desire to savor the people in her life. It may be time with her husband, two children, friends or colleagues—but clearly, she is someone who wants to connect, remember and commemorate both the special and the everyday slices of life.
In recognition of each important milestone, Kayleigh and her husband C.D. have an important ritual they practice. With every promotion or successful verdict (C.D. is a lawyer by trade), the busy pair sets aside time to grab a drink or share a meal. Even after fourteen years together, they remain a steady source of encouragement for each other.
In addition to being what Kayleigh calls, “her biggest supporter” she credits C.D. for much of the laughter in her life. Their house is never quiet thanks to his comedic sensibilities that connect with Kayleigh and their two young daughters, Evvie and Collins.
During the winter holidays, Kayleigh’s desire to treasure and create memories is in full effect. By her own admission, she is “obsessed” with Christmas. The lights, the music, the weather, the decorations—she loves it all. And her affection for the holiday could not be distinguished by anything. Even after discovering the painful truth all children eventually face, the truth about Santa Claus, her passion for the season was not extinguished.
As a humorous act of resistance to the reality of Saint Nick, a young Kayleigh created, oversaw and executed her very first campaign. Leveraging her artistic aptitude, she created posters of a reindeer and Santa accompanied by the words “I Belive” (intended to say “I Believe”). This inspiring act of defiant optimism speaks volumes about Kayleigh. It shows her ability to create and imagine things into existence, even at a young age, she had the ability to follow-through and most profoundly, Kayleigh had the courage to share what’s on her mind.
She is unafraid of self-expression. Keeping her feelings locked up and away is unnatural to Kayleigh. This quality that lacks in many, is manifested in her in the best, most sincerest way. After the birth of her first child, she turned to a familiar avenue of expression, writing. On her blog, Evvie and Me, she covers a range of topics that cover all aspects of her life—from her relationship to workout tips to very personal challenges and struggles.
Those chronicling their lives online can often be accused of presenting a fabricated version of themselves. Everything they present to the world is uncommonly polished, missing the messy imperfections that make up the majority of existence. This is not the case with Ms. Longo.
She shares thoughts on dealing with stress from as she puts it, an “Always Stressing Woman.” The extreme highs and lows of postpartum depression, and the trials and demands of raising two children. It’s refreshing to see someone opening themselves up to their community and sharing the parts of their life that many keep seperate from their digital lives. Kayleigh is uniquely honest and transparent with her readers—giving an accurate reflection of her “real life.”
Her writing also exhibits a tremendous wit. Some of her greatest hits include, “I don’t need anything: Gifts for the men in your life,” “Sleep: Maybe in Another 30 Years,” “It’s Gonna be ‘May,’ Which Means MOTHER’S DAY,” or a personal favorite, “Burpees Don’t Like You Either.” Her headlines cut right to the core of the subject matter and accomplish the difficult feat of being cunning and concise.
Most importantly, writing allows Kayleigh to pass on wisdom to her two young daughters. As she became a mother, she set out to do more than just tell them what to do, she wanted to show them. As they grow up, Collins and Evvie will have a tremendous window into the mind of their mother—her fears, struggles, delights and successes. It’s a truly remarkable collection of knowledge from tutorials on style, to thoughts on mental health—Kayleigh is passing down something for her kin to learn not only about their mother, but about themselves. What a special gift to continually receive from the most formative women in your life.
In Kayleigh Longo, you’ll see someone who wants to create connections between people.
A consensus builder, a people-person, a diplomatic advocate. No doubt this trait has benefitted her in the professional and personal sphere—she wants to find common ground and discover a solution that works for everyone.
Kayleigh is also an interesting balance between a driven, type-A personality, and someone who can also maintain a sentimental connection to the important totems in her life. Someone who loves organization might not mind throwing out old birthday cards or notes—but with Kayleigh, she sees the meaning behind these gestures. Over the years, she’s been known to hold onto notes her mother put in her lunchbox as a child, or cards from her husband. Because, it’s not so much “the thing,” but the memory behind the thing that is so important to Kayleigh. Time continues to move forward whether we recognize it or not and those like Kayleigh Longo should be celebrated for their wisdom to cherish the small moments in life.