Kiss the Last Decade Goodbye

As I was sitting around the table at Starbucks this morning with my running buddies of 15 years, there was a common theme in the conversation. We were all more than happy to kiss the last decade goodbye.

When I look back at the last 10 years I realize that I have been through every major life crisis imaginable. I went through a divorce. I lost my mom. I had cancer not once but twice (I’m five years clear now, knock wood).  I had to short sale a house I owned in L.A. I had to take a business partner to court. I was underemployed, and then unemployed. I ended the decade with a very destructive relationship.

We all watched our 401k plans shrink by half.

But even with all of that adversity I still saw the glass as half full. Every time I wanted to have a pity party I thought about the people who were worse off than me. I had a roof over my head. I wasn’t sleeping in my car or under a bridge. I survived cancer.  In 2008 I won my court battle. And in 2009 I sold that house in L.A. and landed an awesome job. And in the Spring of this year I vowed to never again accept anything less than integrity, honesty and mutual respect in a relationship.

We all change over time, but I feel like I had a major life makeover. I truly believe that if you never know adversity and sorrow you can’t really appreciate joy.

May this decade bring us all an abundance of friends, family, love and joy. Happy new year everyone.

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    Rojo Grande - January 2, 2010

    Happy New Year Kelly Jo,

    Back in 2000, I learned that I needed aortic valve replacement. That coupled with other factors of my life, gave me a negative overall outlook on life. The pity party was going strong and I was the only attendee. I don’t recall what the trigger was but, one day I too realized that there were millions of people far worse off than me. I decided to undo the rectal cranial inversion I was saddled with, and bought me a bracelet. The top of the bracelet is engraved “life is good”. The back has the names of my family and our pets. This is my “rubber band” and always buoys me during the occasional case of melancholy. Here is to a happy, healthy, and prosperous coming decade, May your dreams become reality.

    Rojo Grande

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    kellyjo - January 2, 2010

    Love the bracelet idea!

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    Jmartens - January 2, 2010

    You look like a happy girl in that picture!

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    kellyjo - January 2, 2010

    And I paid for it the next day!

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    BigRed - January 4, 2010

    Congratulations KJ. You made it this far the rest will be easy.

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