About Me

Kylee Marshall

Author | Speaker

 

Kylee Jean Marshall is a writer, public speaker, and recovering perfectionist. Of Dirt and Wildflowers is her first published book. She was born and raised on a sheep ranch in rural western Colorado and now lives in Grand Junction, CO with her husband, Travis, their children—Rylee, Candon, and Max, a golden retriever, Winston, and their black cat, George. When she is not reading and writing, she enjoys being outdoors hiking, biking, running, and skiing.

“And we don’t always know it or understand it at the time, in the season, but nothing grows without a good amount of dirt.”

Life is dirty and then it’s beautiful and wild. Learning to overcome life’s obstacles and tribulations, Kylee Marshall weaves a delicately crafted story about finding the beauty in our dirt and the courage to grow wildly. In Of Dirt and Wildflowers, Kylee helps you …

  • revisit the stories of your past—the stories that others told you, that you created, that you told yourself
  • embrace the current season of your life—the day-to-day, the mundane, the present tense
  • aspire toward your future—the dreams that wake you, the hopes you carry, the wild risks
  • and above all, to stop being the perfectionist that is sucking the joy out of truly living

Poetic and laced with imagery, Of Dirt and Wildflowers reminds us that life is less about the dirt in which we were planted and more about the space we take up as we grow.

Behind the Scenes

My story is no different and yet is mine alone: I am a recovering perfectionist learning to love my good enoughs and my I gave it my alls. My story leans into the dirt of my life: poverty, sexual abuse, young motherhood, divorce, womanhood, midlife, and domestic abuse. But my story is more about the space I have taken up in the dirt to grow: resilience, courage, gratefulness, determination, persistence, joy, and love. It is the culmination of my experiences that has led me to live a gratefully joy-filled life.

It has been my experience that life will confound us all with its beauty and with its devastation and with its wonder and with its earth-shattering tragedies. We walk together in the human experience while also trekking our own paths to our own destinies to the tune of our own passions.

As an educator for seventeen years, I taught English literature and composition to high school and middle school students — a lifelong dream to help students find their voices. Throughout my years as an educator, I spoke publicly on many platforms including a presentation for education reform in Washington, DC.

Since the release of my first book, Of Dirt and Wildflowers: A Memoir on Growing the Courage to Bloom, in June of 2023, I have built a brand around the mindset shifts required to grow and bloom in life. This includes lifting and supporting others in my community through my business, Of Dirt and Wildflowers: A Creative Space to Grow and Bloom, where I feature multiple local female creatives, teach an extensive writing course, Into Your Wild: Authoring Your Own Story, and host workshops and art classes. My podcast, Of Dirt and Wildflowers, encourages others to dig into the dirt of their lives to discover the seeds for growth.