Who Do You Speak For?



This is a question that my lovely friends Nicole and Galit have asked the blogosphere in line with that wonderful message from the Lorax who spoke for the trees. Why do you blog? What do you have to say? Who do you speak for?

Of course my first answer is instant.

I speak for my kids.



Although my daughter has been independent since Day 1, I still advocate on her behalf…I have just learned to make everything seem like it’s her idea. Now that we are into the late teen years? This has been a learning experience for both of us and I could not be more proud of the young woman she has become.

My voice for my son on the other hand has always seemed louder. He has always been full of boy and curiosity, making him seem overly rambunctious at times. This has for some reason been viewed as hyper-active by outsiders, teachers, even with some family members. For years I have been patiently championing his personality because what they failed to see was the funny, incredibly kind person he truly is.

I speak for the inner-athlete




For all the times you have sat on the couch watching the people in the screen working out thinking you can’t do it, I’m here to say


I am the motivator to get you off that couch and walk, do a jumping jack, throw a Frisbee, go for a bike ride, dance- whatever you like to do, get up and do it. Move your body. It doesn’t matter what you didn’t do yesterday, what matters is what you are doing today and tomorrow and the next day. Feeling better will not happen in five minutes. But I can guarantee that if you keep at it for more than 10 days, it will become a habit and you WILL feel better.

We all have that inner urge to move, I’m here to remind you.

I speak for the foodie

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We all love to eat and have good food, right? I love food. I love to create it, share it and capture it. Nothing makes my heart sing more than someone enjoying a meal or treat that I have made. Food is a connector and the joy I find “speaking” through food with others makes me happy.

I speak for my dreams.

This may seem a bit selfish, but I have found my voice to speak for me. If I had a nickle for every person that said to me “you can’t do that” or “why do you want to do that?” dripping sarcasm from their forked tongues, I’d be rich. No matter where my dreams have led me they have always, always been met with naysayers.

I’m going to run a marathon. (Why? You can’t do that. Guffaw- you’ll be last.)

Done. And I wasn’t last. And I finished. Focus on THAT.

I’m going to speedskate. (Why? You are too old. Guffaw- you’ll be last.)

Done. 8 years of competing- 5 of them Nationally. Yes, sometimes I was last, but I loved every second of it.

I’m going to be a writer- for real-like as in my new job. (Why? You’re crazy. You’ll never make any money. Guffaw-what, you think you’re going to write a book or something?)

Done. 1 year ago today, I decided to chase my dream. And guess what? I AM making money. I DID write a book, and I am writing ANOTHER ONE. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.

I gave all these things a voice, one that I hope will echo through life for a long time to come.

Who do you speak for?




About Kelly Pugliano

Kelly is a lifelong foodie who shares her love of cooking, baking & writing about it on this blog. All recipes & photographs are made in her home kitchen or enjoyed during travels near & far. She has been featured on EverydayFamily.com, iBlog Magazine and Capital Region Living Magazine.

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  1. says

    You are a marvel!
    I love that you accomplish all that you set out to do, that you dream it and achieve it. What a wonderful example you are for your children and a voice to lead and guide them.
    And as your friend, and it warms my heart to say that we are friends here on line, in person and in my heart – to know that the voice you speak with here, is as authentic and true as one could ever wish.
    Thank you my friend for all that you are xxxx

    • Kelly says

      I am so honored that we are friends and that our paths crossed IRL, because you have been a rock for me. Thank you so much for being you. Real. Down to earth. Funny and a heart that is too big to measure.

  2. says

    Thank you for reminding us not to be bystanders – to get out there and go for it. Bravo for making your dreams into reality and giving the rest of us the push to go out and do the same!

  3. says

    I love all the things you speak for and I love that you are proving everyone wrong. You’ve inspired me to try to prove everyone wrong, too! Found you through Galit’s blog and so glad I did!

    • Kelly says

      I’m so glad you found me through Galit’s blog!! And thank you…it’s hard to listen to your gut/heart when nay-sayers are whispering in your ear…and sometimes it’s difficult to block that noise. But when you do? Great things happen!!
      Go prove them WRONG!!

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