Kelly Kandra Hughes, Ph.D.

“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.” Annie Dillard

Research Psychologist

Kelly Kandra Hughes, Ph.D.

Kelly Kandra Hughes earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. After quitting her job as a tenured associate professor, Kelly gave away, donated, recycled, and trashed 95% of her belongings. Although she has zero expectations that anyone else should subscribe to her level of minimalism, she is always happy to assist others on their personal growth journeys, particularly with decluttering, goal setting, and behavior change. She is particularly interested in how positive psychology (the study of human flourishing) can provide insights into the questions: Why do we have so much waste and what can we do about it?

Her writings on minimalism have been featured on websites such as No SidebarTracking Happiness, UpJourney, and The University of Surrey Centre for Environment and Sustainability.

Professional House and Dog Sitter

Kelly Kandra Hughes, Ph.D.

Even though Kelly’s Ph.D. is in psychology, she thinks it’s hilarious to tell people her Ph.D. stands for “professional house and dog sitter.” Kelly loves animals, especially dogs! She travels across the country with her husband to provide the best possible care for people’s homes and furry family members while the humans are away. They have so far worked in Alberta, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington. Check out their profiles on,, and

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