Making Some Much Needed Changes

March 27, 2011

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Things in my personal life have taken a change over the past year and it’s prompted me to take stock of what I have, what I want to have and how I want to do things.

Almost a year ago now I was diagnosed with a cyst on my brain after I had a mini stroke.  At that minute my whole life changed drastically – I’m sure you can imagine. It was a tough few weeks waiting to find out what would happen and I’m pleased to say that I have not needed an operation (so far) and the cyst is not causing me any further problems.  Last week though, I was diagnosed with morton’s neuroma- a small growth in the foot which I need to have operated on.  It’s not life threatening in any way though and it shouldn’t take more than a few weeks to get over.

Over the last year it’s been tough going and to be honest, the last few years have taken their toll – I’ve been neglecting my work more and more and I think it’s started to show (perhaps for a while now).

Along the way I kinda just burnt out and made a few bad choices.

I think that I have turned into someone that I would not like to be doing business with, you guys hear me say one thing and then I do the complete opposite!  Now I think I have had good reason 12 months ago – but not now.  Now it’s not a reason it’s an excuse and that doesn’t sit well with me.

I’m not ashamed to say that I got lost over the last few months and lacked direction and drive.  My direction is all sorted now and my motivation is back with a vengeance 🙂

Things have got to change and I’ve spent the last week putting changes into place – some of which you might notice straight away and others will start to roll out over the coming weeks.  My ‘to do’ list is pretty long at the moment and I’m fairly certain that it’s going to take some time to get to where I want to be – I already know that it’s going to be worth it though.

I hope that you join me over the coming weeks and watch as I document the changes that need to be made – more importantly, I WANT to make them and I’m looking forward to what the future holds!

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38 Responses to “Making Some Much Needed Changes”

  1. Dee Says:

    To be able and willing to admit that your behaviour has not been stellar in all areas of your life is a mark of true character. Going on to implement changes that will correct your course will ensure those ‘bad’ behaviours no longer exist and will not occur again, will contribute to your growth as a human being.
    Sorry to hear of your health issues. Unfortunately, even the best laid plans for our future sometimes get interrupted, but getting back on course as soon as physically able is always worth the effort.
    I look forward to seeing the upcoming changes, and wish you well with your progress.

    • Kelly Says:

      Thank you for the support and kind words – it’s been tough but I feel like a huge weight has been lifted just by letting others know.

  2. colin armour Says:

    Hello Kelly,

    I am so sorry to hear about your illness. It is worrying when you are poorly and do not know what the prognosis is. I wish you and all of your family the best. The information that you’ve shared in the p-ast has allowec be to getv a greater understanding of the IM world.

    For that I am gratefull.

    Best regards

    Colin Armour

  3. Joan Adams Says:

    Welcome back!! Glad to hear you are healing and back on your feet. Looking forward to more good news!

  4. Char Says:

    I was sorry to hear of your health issues, Kelly, but pray that they will be behind you very soon and that you will be back to your old productive self!


  5. Emma Hamilton Says:

    Hi Kelly
    Thanks for all your help. I’ve just read your bio and wanted to say ‘good for you!’ It’s a shame it often takes a near miss for us to take life seriously and I want to get the most from mine while I still have the choice. I hope things are going well for you and that I can contiue to learn from your hard work!
    Take Care

  6. James Z Says:

    Thanks for your honesty. Glad you are back to help your visitors and customers.

    Often illnesses or bad experiences are blessings in disguise that wake us up to what is wrong in our life. It’s so tempting to take the easy way out and sell products that people want but don’t deliver the results. I will visit your blog from time to time to see what you are up to 🙂

  7. Edward Says:

    I am sorry to hear of your health issues,I have a few as well I have cyst on my spine and its been cracked as well as disc have gone out it very painful however I keep on trying and try to do as like you are saying you going to do, well I sure hope all things go well with you,your health and your business I know you are a very good marketer and I just know you will do well.

    • Kelly Says:

      Hi Edward – sorry to hear that you’ve experienced some problems of your own. I’ve found that most of the recovery process is having a positive attitude – it’s what helped me get back on my feet.

      I hope that you are on the mend 🙂

  8. Jen Says:

    Sorry to hear about your illnesses. I hope everything works out the way you want it to. Taking stock of where we are and where we want to be is always a good thing so don’t kick yourself too much for falling in a rut. I’ve done the same thing too and am looking forward to the changes I have set in place. I love your line about about reasons becoming excuses. That might have to go on the fridge. Take care.

    • Kelly Says:

      Thanks Jen – it’s hard to admit that a lot of what we do (or don’t) has an ‘excuse’ that we use to validate it. Take care 🙂

  9. emily Says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your illnesses…sometimes we eat the bear and then sometimes the bear eats us……..anyway…hope you get to feeling better and moving ahead in your endeavors. I have learned a lot from you and you sent me to WA and I love it there, they are so goooood! I wish I was that smart. I am writing everyday now and feeling rather good about my writing, which is what I learned from you. Thanks for sharing and being honest about your life.

    My God bless you and bring you happiness.

  10. Catherine C. Says:

    Hy Kelly,
    My thoughts and Prayers are with you. I am glad that you are feeling ok at the moment. Doesn’t it take something like an illness to make us take stock of ourselves !
    My Best Wishes to You for the Future!
    Catherine C.

  11. vicki Says:


    Stand up and fight and don’t ever let it win. Good luck with moving forward and getting back on track. I look forward to what you have to offer and pray that the future holds true health and happiness for you.


  12. Dawn Hall Says:

    Kelly, sorry for your problems. Hope you get back to 100% REAL SOON! 🙂

  13. Stef Says:

    Less is more Kelly:
    anything on any to do list that doesn’t help you going a huge step in the right direction,
    get rid of it.

    Life becomes much more meaningful and much more focused when you keep your todo list to the minimum.

  14. Jorge Chavez Says:

    Hang in there… When you realize you have a problem you are already way ahead of most, and well on the way. Two quotations that may apply:

    1. A problem well diagnosed is already half solved…

    2. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start –
    anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending….”
    – Anonymous

    All best wishes,


  15. Sunganani Says:

    Welcome back K.

  16. Anne Y Williams Says:

    Sorry to hear about your health problems. I think the Lord gives us these problems to help us to come closer to Him, and gives us the power to overcome obstacles that happen to us. As you get older, you find that more and more health problems come your way. Glad that you are back on the right track and filled with vigor and vitality. Just don’t try to do too much at once, as you may find yourself in a rut again.
    Good luck to you in your indeavors.
    Anne Sack Williams

  17. Brian Says:

    Your positive attitude is a credit to you, and serves as a great example to us all!

    Best wishes,


  18. Leo Getsim Says:

    Hi Kelly ,all though I look at it at briight side, if you catch it early enough and you can REVERSE your condition, do some altering in your intake food, that is IT IS UP TO YOU!!, Nutrition is the KING of HEALTH, and if you do some cleansing of your body, like DO A BOWEL CLEANSING, THEN LIVER, THEN KIDNEEYCLEANSING, FOR ONE, YOU WILL FEEL GOOD, YOU WILL LOOK, AND FEEL BETTER, AND AT THE SAME TIME YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT, AND THAT IS HOW YOU will reap the REWARDS!. I SUGGEST that you look for a good product to use for YOUR HEALING,
    In todays society, a lot of people now a days are geting ill, because its easier to ignore the higher price of a good food products, and not at the RESTAURANTS, but @ the food markets. Cheap food chains that we have these days is full of polution, and what I mean is the very one`s that we trust, is the ones that loading us with TOXIC FOOD products…. (Like all animal products are loaded with hormones and bovine shots because the feed and food they feed these poor animals are not for “Consumption for neither Human OR any live stock”).
    I will give you some exemples of animal products that are bad for your health, excluding the ORGANIC PRODUCTS, AND THIS YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL TO WHAT THE LABEL IS TELLING YOU, B E C A U S E THEY, THE “FOOD FACTORIES” ARE TRYING TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER ON THEIR FOOD LABELS, BY USING ABBREVIATIONS INSTEAD OF THE FULL NAME OF ADDITIVES, AND PARDON ME ; POOP IS ALL NATURAL TOO, SO BE CAREFUL READING THE LABLES WHEN YOU GO SHOPPING, DON`T GO ON AN EMPTY STOMACH BECAUSE EVRYTHING LOOKS GOOOOD:-). AND now the milk that we drink is full of puss, the cheese is not real anymore, the meat is full of antibiotics, and that means that BAD and BENEFICIAL bacteria are being killed off, therefore your health is going down the drain slowly till alarms in your body are turned on, like what you have now.

    P.S. Health starts at the digestive track, that meaning your stomach flora (good bacteria), if you dont have enough good bacteria, your body cannot process bad food in a healthly manner. Also, its good to start taking some PROBIOTIC supplements, and just keep in mind, you always get what you pay for. Now understand, that your body has a hard time processing fried foods, greasy foods, those are bad for your overall health, but are good for your taste buds. Here and there isn’t a bad thing, but as you age, over the age of 30, your body is working harder to keep you feeling well, therefore you need to love your body by giving it good nutrion. Also, try to use distilled water (contains no minerals or any other dissolvables that you’d find in your tap water) for drinking, cooking, teas, and anything else you may use water for that you end up consuming. Because the water supply has lots of contaminants. The effects are not immediate, but down the road, over time consuming tap water, you health degrading much more rapidly than most. As a result, you become ill. I wish you a quick and speedy recovery, with more and better healthy habits, also get more sleep daily to give your body time to mend. Stress is the bigget factor for slowing down healing.

  19. Greg Says:

    G’day Kelly and co-marketeers!

    Im on day 2 of your course now, so early days, but am enjoying the info, and appreciating it. I think im posting in the wrong area, but i couldnt find a reply/comments button on your day 2 course page. Have signed up to the sites you suggested, and doing the k/word research stuff. I have just put up 12 lenses on squidoo the last 2 weeks, so its all a great learning experience.

    Again, much appreciated,

    Best wishes all, Greg.

  20. Greg Says:

    Oh Kelly,

    Ive just read about your health issues in March, and here i am posting about marketing.

    I hope you are better now, and in good health.

    Best wishes, Greg.


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