Kellea Tibbs.


Hello and welcome to my site. My name is Kellea Tibbs and I am  a freelance writer, specializing in poetry and nonfiction, with experience as a blogger and content creator. I host a blog and podcast called "the 40 and over project", that focuses on what I like to call, “modern day adulting”, and what life is like for the “40 and over” crowd, including issues like politics, dating, race, social justice, women's rights, and self care and wellness. I also love revisiting old school milestones in pop culture that I know members of Generation X can relate to. Also, using my event planner background, I educate on the "Life Events" that we encounter as we get older that include milestone birthdays, anniversaries, photo organization and family history management, as well as how to plan a funeral. 

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, my background includes a 20+ year career in Higher Education and Event Planning. As a creative, I have been writing since middle school, and as a poet, over the years, I  have participated in writing competitions, poetry slams, writing poetry blogs, and writing workshops. Somewhat of a late bloomer, much like the late and iconic writer Toni Morrison, it’s only been since recently, I've been in my 40s, that I have decided to pursue publishing my work, to share with the world. Also, most recently, I have embarked upon a career in public school education, as a teacher. I also love all things planning and planners, including stickers, washi tape, and photo memory keeping.

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BLOG. #90sFlashback. J. Crew Catalog

A piece of nostalgia, filing for bankruptcy. If you are #40AndOver and attended college in #the90s, you probably remember receiving a #JCrewCatalog in your dorm mailbox. It was probably the first catalog that catered to the college age student, so unlike the JC Penney and Sears catalogs of our parents and grandparents day. It was a hallmark of life on campus. I never ordered anything from them and I’m guessing not many of my friends did nor this current generation, because, unlike the JC Penney

GUEST BLOGGER. Doubling Down With the Derricos: An Overabundance of Family

” is definitely one of those women. I started watching this show, about a real life Black family with 11 kids, many of whom are multiples and all of the children are so stinking cute. Some women are meant to be mothers, some more than others. Karen Derrico, from the reality show, “ Let me first say, that I do like the show and appreciate it, because it is a chance for America to see a real Black family on TV with a mother and father taking care of their family and the craziness of looking afte

GUEST INTERVIEW: #4 Not Like My Parents' Life!

Kellea Tibbs, is a 47 year-old, single woman living in KY. Kellea compares and contrasts her life to her parents (who have been married for over 60 years). Kellea gives humor to the highs and lows of dating in your 40's, her frustration about women judging each other, and chimes in on her anxiety about nursing homes! Ms. Tibbs gives a unique perspective about girl power - even when society spins the narrative that being childfree and single is not the most popular lane. Kellea is the host of sev

black girl cooking photos

Join us for our next Sunday Supper on February 14th. The theme, “Cooking With Self Love and Self Care”. We know February is that month where you may or may not be boo'ed up but whether you are or not, we still need to take care of ourselves and cook for and feed our bodies well. black girl cooking is a community for women of color home chefs. To request to join, visit: #cooking #soulfood #blackgirlcooking #valentinesday #selfcare #selflove https://www.i


#poetry #DailyPrompts Although the day is almost over, I wanted to share this writing prompt #AcademicInfluences, one I thought was so appropriate after I heard about the passing of one of my favorite college professors. In light of that and #BlackHistoryMonth, as black students, we often have teachers, mentors, professors, who influence who we are and what we become in life and they go above and beyond. Can’t wait to see what you write. And be sure to join the #AfroWriMo group on Facebook, www.

40 and over QOTW: What was your favorite holiday gift?

Hey #40AndOver peeps! Think back to what your favorite holiday gift was growing up. And now that you are an adult, what has been the best gift you’ve received? Please share below. Can’t wait. My favorites are my ten speed bike with the curved handle bars (back in the day) and anything my parents ever gifted me (as an adult). Your turn! #BestGifts #the40andoverproject #HelloDecember #GiftGivingSeason

PODCAST: The Legacy of 2020

Who knew that the year 2020 would turn out to be what it has been? No one could have ever predicted a pandemic, a new civil rights movement, an election like no other, and the list goes on. In this episode I talk about all of that and more and I want to hear from you. How will you define 2020? And how will 2020 define you, moving forward? Also be sure to visit my blog at the and join my Facebook group at