When Kelly was growing up, she says her alcoholic father kept her from being truly happy. "He was definitely an alcoholic, and he was an alcoholic like his father," she says. "Because of that, I kind of felt since he followed in his father's footsteps, I would probably follow in his footsteps and be depressed and maybe alcoholic."
Kelly says she started taking anti-depressants but still couldn't find happiness. "I was just so miserable," she says. "It was like a hole that I couldn't get out of. I basically was depressed up until about my thirtieth birthday—about the time my dad died."
After receiving a phone call from her sister asking her if she had read The Secret, Kelly read the book and says everything in her life began to make sense. "The victim thing, it doesn't work out," she says. "You know if I'm putting out to the universe that I should be blaming someone and miserable and unhappy, I'm getting more of that in return. When I turned it around, I focused on what I want, what I have, what I'm grateful for— my son, my husband, my job, my family, my friends. I said, 'Wow, this is really good. Let's focus on that and get more of that.'"