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So, you came to this page because you wanted to learn a little bit more about me, so here goes.
My name is Kelli Cooper and I started this blog to share what I have learned in my own journey to create the life I wanted in hopes it will inspire others to do the same.
There was always a part of me that was interested in personal development, and I felt that urge to make more of my experience. Like many people, there were lots of starts and stops along the way. I would get into periods of reading books, doing exercises and what have you, and then life would suck me in and I wouldn’t think as much about any of that stuff.
I believe for a long time, I did suffer from a low-grade form of depression, and had a dark period in my early 20’s where it really surfaced more intensely.
There was always a part of me that felt uncomfortable in my own skin. I had all these deep feelings and thoughts that I felt like no one else around me had. I am sure that wasn’t true but we often feel very alone.
I would say that things really started to change for me when I decided to quit my job and move to Japan and teach English in 2006. This idea was quite random but felt right. I had a passion to travel and learn about new cultures that had been laying dormant and I realized it came down to deciding I would make it happen.
Between the time of getting this brilliant idea and actually leaving, was about four months. I took the first job I applied for because I had a really good feeling about it. And off to Hiroshima I went.
It was an amazing experience, and when I came back I really had no idea what I was going to do, and I ended up getting another traditional office job. But that was to be short-lived.
It was around this time that I met my husband Ryan and I knew I was going to marry him the first day we met. Having had a train wreck of a love life before meeting him, his presence in my life was certainly a breath of fresh air and allowed me to see possibilities I couldn’t before I met him.
He was very into this whole personal development thing and he was a big part of my renewed commitment.
Within a few months I was already looking to quit that job and that I did when I decided I wanted to take a trip around Europe. It was only for a couple of months, and the idea of quitting my job for what appeared to be just a longish vacation didn’t really make sense to my parents, and they really weren’t happy.
Who just goes around quitting jobs to take trips they really can’t afford? (I kept that last part to myself, but yeah, I really didn’t have the money and cashing in on a line of credit and charging things were my primary means of paying.)
Again, more clarity and insights about what I wanted my life to be like and the wheels started turning.
That trip was to be the start of my new, fabulous life. I had no idea what I was going to do or what would transpire, but I decided it was going to be awesome.
A few days after returning, my father dropped the bomb that he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Talk about a punch in the gut. That I had been so excited about ‘living my dreams’ and what have you, added an extra layer of suckiness.
Since I didn’t have any money, I needed to find a job, and between wanting to live life more on my own terms, and wanting a flexible schedule so I could take my dad to treatments and just spend more time with him, I started looking at sales jobs that offered the ability to work from home.
I interviewed with one company that sold flat-fee collections services that allowed the business to keep 100 percent of whatever the client paid.
For many reasons, this job really didn’t suit me. First off, I HATED cold-calling and I often found myself sending emails instead. I hated dressing up in business attire and driving to appointments. I really didn’t have a personality for sales, and I wasn’t exactly passionate about the service.
And let’s not forget I was coping with the devastation of seeing my father struggle with this disease and worry constantly about what would happen and how long he would survive.
I made a little less than 1,900 dollars that whole time. So, with that paltry amount of money, you may be wondering how I was able to survive?
Well, I was living at home so I didn’t have to worry about rent. But, I had a car payment, student loans, credit card bills, food and other miscellaneous stuff.
Before I realized I was terrible at this job and wouldn’t make any money, I had taken out a loan from one of my credit card companies with the intention of consolidating my debt.
But, because I wasn’t bringing in any income, I started using that money to live, all the while telling myself that things would turn around. I kept telling myself I needed to use that money for what it was intended, but kept putting it off.
So instead of consolidating debt, I was adding a whole bunch more.
My father died in June 2008, and as cliched as it is, that terrible thing happening really caused me to evaluate my life and figure out what I really wanted. Here’s the thing about cliches…they are as such for a reason, and instead of dismissing all the ‘self-improvement’ ones with an eye roll and derisive snort, really ponder the ones that are relevant to your own journey.
But I digress…
I eventually left that job a few months after he died, and took a foray into the internet business world. I can’t even remember what it was really but while I was selling a variety of products, people were basically buying the opportunity to turn around and sell these same things to people. It was legitimate, but not a real business in my opinion.
Didn’t do too well with that either and I was still living off that money, and charging up even more on my cards. At one point, I ended up declaring bankruptcy. I was so deep in the hole and at the time, there was just no way to dig myself out of it.
I felt really ashamed that things had come to that, but the sense of relief I felt when I thought about making that decision was just too good to pass up, and I knew it was the right choice for me at the time.
Ryan had been laid off from his job around this time and his unemployment didn’t afford him the opportunity to do much more than cover his bills. He eventually got into the online world as well, but struggled a lot for many years. Now he’s a freaking rock star in the blogging world.
I had found writing to be therapeutic and I found myself writing about different topics, like my experience living abroad, and posting them on sites like Ezinearticles and Hubpages. I had always been good at writing and I enjoyed it.
I thought how it would be cool to get a job writing but I really had no idea how that would happen. I wasn’t super attached to this idea nor was I really doing anything to make it happen.
Then one day I got an urge to check out Backpage.com, which is like Craigslist. I had never visited before and I had a thought to check out their jobs section and I saw under the one for writing work or work at home—can’t quite remember—a company looking for writers to cover a variety of topics.
That seemed cool and I sent in a sample and a few days later they notified me that I was chosen. I was set up in the system and could begin claiming work.
Things had started to turn around, and I was making some money for the first time in a long time. I had also worked for a bit teaching English online to students in China.
I was starting to feel better about things, and in 2010, I revived my desire to travel, and took a couple of different trips around Central and South America.
The wheels started turning and I realized I wanted to travel more long-term. I just didn’t want to take vacations here and there. While I had the freelance writing income, at that point, I didn’t quite feel confident in going based on that. So, I started looking at jobs teaching English, even though I know I really didn’t want to do that deep in my heart.
Ryan seemed excited about it…before we took this trip, he had never been on an airplane.
I found a school in Bali, Indonesia that ran an online program where you actually worked with students all over the world. That seemed appealing because the lessons would be all planned out and I just would work it through with the student like I did with the Chinese company. No doing lesson plans or having to wing anything.
I applied and was hired, so off we went in May 2011.
The first day I got there, there were lots of things that were different than what they had told me, and I wasn’t feeling that great about the job. Plus, I hadn’t worked a traditional job in a few years , and I wasn’t loving having to be on anyone else’s schedule again, and not be able to do as I pleased when I wanted.
So I decided to quit before I even started. I realized I didn’t need this job to stay there. I had the writing income.
I remember being so nervous to tell the guy but he was totally cool with it. I imagine they have a lot of turnover considering it probably gets boring after awhile and the pay isn’t that great.
Ryan and I were not having an easy time finding a place to stay in Bali long-term in our budget and we just decided we would go somewhere else. Found a nice looking place in Phuket, Thailand and so our journey officially began.
About six months in, my steady freelancing work came to a halt very unexpectedly, and Ryan and I found ourselves a bit screwed.
He still really wasn’t making any money and I now had no sources of income. So, we started living courtesy of Visa and MasterCard.
This didn’t sit well with me. Obviously no one would like living off credit cards and not having a source of income. But, after having had problems with debt before in the past, and having had been so good at keeping out of it since getting that fresh start, the idea of racking up debt made me feel horrible.
But, I knew that things would get better and they did eventually. This situation happening was actually the best thing that could have at that time. I really didn’t like doing that work anymore, but I was just so comfortable doing it and it was easy. I probably would not have voluntarily walked away.
This situation also upped my personal development work considerably, and I started working consciously with my energy, and studying Law of Attraction with an intensity that had been absent up until this point.
I ended up attracting lucrative opportunities and was making more money than I ever had. Something shifted within me during this time and ever since then, I have just been expanding my consciousness more and more, and manifesting with greater and greater ease.
My vision for my life has expanded so much and I am so excited to have this blog, and do my coaching. I envision all sorts of other products and services and I know it will all come together beautifully.
I specialize in law of attraction in my coaching because I have seen first hand what sorts of changes we can create in our lives when we work on ourselves at the level of energy. By shifting our focus, and clearing out the energies and beliefs that are not serving us, our life can begin changing instantly.
We are in total control of our experience and that is freaking awesome.
More and more I am realizing who we really are and what we are capable of, and I want to help other people discover this as well.
I hope you enjoy the blog.
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