Today we’d like to introduce you to Kerrie Lee Brown.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kerrie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a mom of two boys and a French Bulldog rescue named Tessie. When I’m not working, you can usually find me at the hockey rink, dirt bike track, or Club USA on Wadsworth. The gym is my haven where I can put on my earphones and let the music and exercise take me away.
Like most moms, my life mostly revolves around my kids’ sports and activities. My youngest (10) plays competitive hockey and basketball—and my eldest (15) is a nationally-ranked motocross rider who travels out of state regularly to race. Needless to say, we are always on the move but when there’s time off, we like to travel up to Canada to visit family or just hang out at home taking in the views of the Foothills.
Professionally, I am a seasoned journalist and magazine editor turned women’s wellness author, advocate, and entrepreneur. As a trained reporter, I love being a voice for people. I also enjoy bringing awareness to different social causes and giving back to aspiring writers.
I have always worked hard to make an impact in some form or another. From running mainstream magazines (most notably as the editor-in-chief of Oxygen Women’s Fitness, founding editor of American Health & Fitness, and executive editor of Today’s Parent magazine) to managing and mentoring various creative teams—all of my roles have shaped me into the business leader I am today. In fact, I will be forever grateful for my time working in media because it allowed me to grow as a storyteller. I also learned to never give up on my passions.
Eventually, I moved from publishing to the corporate world where I built a diverse marketing and communications division from the ground up for a well-known Pilates company. As someone who is obsessed with writing for a living, I have written articles for 100+ magazines worldwide in the areas of women’s health, mind/body, sports, nutrition, real estate, and celebrity fitness. I have also appeared on numerous television and radio shows North and South of the border, such as iHeart Radio, E! News, EXTRA, The Montel Williams Show, The Social, Breakfast Television, The Marilyn Dennis Show, among others.
Fast forward a couple of years, my husband and I made the big decision to move from Toronto, Canada to Denver, Colorado to raise our boys near the mountains—and I became a full-time entrepreneur. Keeping in the theme of writing and editing, I managed to enlist a group of high-end clients that hire me to plan and execute corporate initiatives, including creative content and editing solutions. I also speak at conferences and events on the importance of self-care and listening to the body. At this point, I should mention that a critical health issue occurred before our move which has also altered my life in many ways.
In 2013, I had cardiac ablation surgery to fix an electrical issue in my heart. After experiencing a heart attack and finding out that I had been living with an undetected congenital heart condition since birth, my huge “wake-up” call impacted our decision to move to the Mile High City.
I finally decided it was time to start making myself a priority. I changed my lifestyle, moved to the mountains, and wrote a memoir/self-help book called “My Heart, My Self – A Heartfelt Guide for Women Who Do Too Much” to help educate others on heart health. My book also includes “10 Signs You Need to Slow Down” and practical tips for women at any age (available on Amazon).
I realize now that my health scare was meant to help me dig deeper on a personal and professional level. Hence, why today I want to make an even bigger impact. So, nine months ago I decided to evolve my personal heart brand into an exciting new digital platform for women, which I just launched in September 2019. A big motivator to launch RedLilylIfe.com was all of the positive feedback from women who had read my book and shared their own stories of stress and hardship.
My new storytelling platform RedLilyLIfe.com, and lifestyle wellness brand RedLily™, was created for “real” women to share their stories. Proudly, although still in its infancy, I have been able to marry my love of traditional journalism and personal storytelling to create a place where women can share their pain-to-purpose stories. Every submission must be heartfelt and have a positive message about healing and growth.
Today, I have 30+ unique contributors and growing. I am a big advocate of personal development and giving women a voice when they feel they don’t have one. Ultimately, RedLily™ is for women who crave more from their heart’s core. My goal is to highlight the “realness” in our lives. The highs. The lows. The coming of Jesus moments; and with that, I wholeheartedly believe in bringing life lessons to light that comes from experiencing those dark moments. There are plans in the works to expand the brand in 2020.
If you’d like to get involved with RedLily™ or share your story, please contact me directly at email@example.com
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve always been passionate about helping people. Maybe that’s why I became a journalist. As a writer, you can give a voice to those who don’t have one in ways people never imagined. It’s invigorating to see people’s faces when an interview turns out better than expected—and they heal from the experience, or an article tugs at their heartstrings. It fills my soul. Makes me smile. Gives me hope in humanity.
However, as all public figures experience at some point in their careers, the pressure to be perfect in front of an audience was catching up with me. Physically and figuratively. In other words, I found out the hard way that I was putting way too much pressure on myself. Hence, my heart attack and my body literally telling me to slow down at age 39.
When I was diagnosed with PSVT, doctors said that stress was most likely the cause which amplified the electrical defect. Moral of the story: my physical issue made me slow down, but it also made me re-evaluate what I wanted to do with my life. Ironically, I had always planned on writing a book to help women balance their lives. More specifically, I had started writing my story during my long commute on the train every day to my magazine job in the city. Day in and day out, I would grind it out in the concrete jungle to make ends meet; and prove to the world that I was good enough to compete in the media industry. Turns out, I was good enough all along. I just didn’t see it at the time.
I was extremely lucky to be given a second chance, so I decided to start making myself a priority. I changed my entire way of thinking about self-care. Not just doctor’s orders, but also my own. And, I knew this message had to be included in my story. As a result, my book is geared to my own personal healing as well as helping others realize the importance of taking a breather. With that being said, my book “My Heart, My Self” has now become a catalyst for everything I do in my personal and professional life.
Please tell us about RedLily™ lifestyle brand for women. What should we know?
I believe my need to help people was instilled in me as a child of two loving parents. I also think it’s the result of working with aspiring authors and entrepreneurs to help their visions come to life. Either way, I love being a voice for those who feel they don’t have the right words (or means) to express themselves. Individuals who may need a gentle nudge to say what they feel, and write what they know. That’s why I started my new brand for women.
RedLily™ is a bold, new lifestyle brand dedicated to women who want to turn their “mess” into an important message. Our goal is two-fold: We are concerned about the well-being of all women (not just those who can afford it, flaunt it, or are in the spotlight). We also help women inspire and be inspired. When people ask about RedLily, we tell them we believe in strength in numbers and by sharing the trials and tribulations, transformations, and triumphs of all women, we can make a difference.
Our mission is to…
– Spread positivity.
– Help readers embrace and heal.
– Engage in healthy living, learning, and taking action.
– Shine a light on amazing women doing amazing things.
– Be authentic and real.
Our team has created a unique positivity portal that marries modern-day health and wellness information—with “personal journalism” from real women who have agreed to open their hearts to help others.
The women who are drawn to our brand are seeking heartfelt inspiration, reflections, motivation, expert insights, personal success stories, and a shoulder to cry on when needed.
In other words:
– Women who understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle inside and out; and who want practical ways to get there at any age.
– Women who have been through a lot in their lives and have overcome obstacles.
– Women who want to share their experiences while transforming themselves.
– Women who realize that empowered women empower women. Mutual support is everything.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Travelling to visit my relatives in Ireland and Wales with my parents.
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