Author Bio

DifferentDrumPhotoKristy Smith, BS, MA, MA, CFLE is a humorist who challenges convention, complacency and unnecessary complexity one essay at a time. A certified family life educator and licensed social worker, Kristy holds degrees in human resources development, community agency counseling and career & technical education. She makes a habit of first examining her own idiosyncrasies before scrutinizing the heads and hearts of other people. Of course, after she finishes with herself, everyone else is fair game. Okay, always.

In addition to freelance writing, Kristy develops resumes for hire and speaks and trains on a variety of professional and personal development topics. Her ever-present sense of humor and entertaining perspective ensure audiences have fun while engaging in serious learning. Creativity, intention and stewardship underscore her work.

When not writing and speaking, Kristy can be found playing piano and cooking (but not at the same time). She relies on her entertaining friends, co-workers and her adventurous children, Connor and Kate Banks, for a wealth of subject matter. They are blessed to be living reasonably contentedly ever after in a restored 1875 farmhouse near Battle Creek, Michigan, where they enjoy multiple geeky pursuits.

Contact Kristy at to discuss your resume, speaking or training needs.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Janet Koehler
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 08:45:20

    Dear Kristy….
    Just to comment on the latest Newsletter that I received just this week. I want to tell you that I feel that I’ve been to a day long counseling clinic that I paid $500.00 for! It is so great…and I certainly agree with you on the importance of not getting swept away by the crowds of shoppers and early Christmas decor and music, etc.. and to hold to the important things…I also love the hints you gave about composing “Christmas Letters” and limiting the folks you send these to..

    I guess that I also want you to know that I sympathize with the downs in your life over the last year…losing your dog..(.I know that low well) and losing your job…and then, losing your spouse??? If that’s right, it has to be really really tough. These hugely negative events would weigh most folks down to the “don’t care about others” level…but it seems to me that you have put all the power of the negative things into helping others not be affected so heavily about the seasonal crushes, etc. You are definitely a very remarkable lady.

    I’m so happy that you have added me to your list..Thank you so much..


  2. Bryon Ennis
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 05:58:33

    Read your column in the County Press today. You have hit on a topic for which i find myself in agreement. Besides wasting much of our valuable time trying to learn the tricks, we often sacrifice an experience those who have come before us enjoyed or were enriched by. I might have passed by your article if it had not carried such an appropriate title.

    Bryon Ennis


  3. Kileem Al Lishmiin
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 11:44:53

    Who says you need to cut a tree down to “sit on it”?


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