We’re often told to “look inside” for the answers and get to know our true self—but I say, why not look up? At least when you look up you can see the sky and clouds and rainbows or rain. You know what’s there and potentially what’s about to happen. Or at least you can predict. There is beauty and sometimes terror, but at least the action of looking up gives us a reason to look back down when the time is right—with newfound reasoning or dismay but at least it’s something.
Hi, I’m Kerrie, and thanks for dropping by. I’m the type of person who until just a few years ago, usually looked down. Not because I lacked confidence or awareness, but because I always put one foot in front of another. I had it all planned out—my life, my job, my loves. Until life started throwing me curveballs to see if I would catch them or let them drop.
THE WAKE-UP CALL THAT CHANGED IT ALL
Sometimes you wonder if you're doing what you should be doing. What's my purpose? Will my passion help others? Am I making a difference? And then life-altering events happen that push you in a different direction. That’s what happened to me.
At age 39, I had an unexpected (and terrifying) health scare that resulted in heart surgery. The wake-up call changed my perspective on what I was doing and how I was doing it. Stress ultimately took over and I finally realized I was putting too much pressure on myself to be everything to everyone—and it wasn't healthy. So I started listening to my body.
After coming to the realization that my heart wasn’t functioning properly and my body was literally telling me to slow down, I was forced to take a deeper look at my priorities and make some tough decisions both personally and professionally. After my heart surgery, several other life-altering things happened too. My family and I were relocated to Denver, Colorado from Toronto, Canada for my husband’s job, which was very exciting (I’m a proud mom of two insanely active boys, Brock, 6, and Connor, 11). But then both my mother and mother-in-law passed away seven months later.
My beloved mom lost her battle with bladder cancer way too soon and my husband’s mom had brain cancer. I was devastated, grieving, and away from friends and family in another country trying to figure out what to do next. My life had literally turned upside-down. And then it hit me. After something universally (spiritually?) had been holding me back for years from finishing my memoir, I knew right there and then that I had to help other women going through their own incredibly surreal situations to ensure they live as happy and healthy as possible during our time on Earth. I seriously think my mom had something to do with this breakthrough and I will be forever grateful.
“Happiness can only be achieved through realization of who we are and why we’re here.” –Kerrie Lee Brown
WHERE I COME FROM
After almost two decades I worked in the fast-paced media and publishing world as a successful magazine editor and corporate communications executive, I finally put two and two together and realized it's not what you do for a living that makes a difference—it’s how you apply what you’ve learned along the way. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved all my jobs and they’ve made me who I am today, but experiencing a heart-health scare is just not worth the 4-hour commute every day to the office, the ferocious mom guilt, and the stress of whether you get that promotion or not. Trust me.
WHAT I’M UP TO NOW
Today, I am a motivational speaker and inspirational author for women dedicated to sharing my story to bring awareness about heart-health, stress relief, and the importance of slowing down to women like you: moms, career women, and new graduates who are looking to achieve everything they set out for themselves in one way or another.
My passion is writing articles, blogs and books—and speaking to women who feel like they have to be wonder women. I was once there too. The truth is that you never really can achieve it all anyways and the pressure we put on ourselves can determent our health. So I am excited that you’re here. I hope to help women realize that life is about options and priorities—and coming to terms with (and learning to deal with) the curveballs life throws us. You are not alone.
I’VE HAD ARTICLES PUBLISHED ON HEART-HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND WELLNESS IN LEADING WOMEN’S MAGAZINES, AND INSPIRED THOUSANDS TO SLOW DOWN AND TAKE TIME FOR THEMSELVES ON NATIONAL TELEVISION AND MEDIA OUTLETS
I’D LOVE TO E-MEET YOU!
I hope you’re intrigued enough by my story to connect with me on social media via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. I enjoy hearing your stories just as much as I love sharing mine to inspire women. Also, please sign up to get on my exclusive mailing list to be the first to hear about my upcoming eBook on heart-health and making you a priority coming Summer 2016. Stay tuned and stay healthy.
In health and love,
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"Happiness can only
be achieved through realization of who we
are and why we're here."
-Kerrie Lee Brown #yourlifemanifesto
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