2020 Incredible Women, Spiritual Living

Advancing through Adversity: How Kelli Found Purpose Through Grief

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I lived the first 40 years of my life in Minnesota learning to endure the cold winters as well as dealing with the adversity of being a two time cancer survivor,  divorcee, going through a bankruptcy and losing my home, then losing my mom to suicide in 2017. At that point I decided I had enough of what Minnesota had to offer and I made a move down to sunny Florida! After a few months of soaking up the sunshine, my 20 year old son asked if he could join me and my daughter Piper, to which we happily agreed.  Quintin had been battling a drug addiction and his commitment to live a healthy and sober life down in Florida was music to our ears. Unfortunately this was not to be his fate. His Minnesota family and friends decided to throw him a going away party and what he intended to be a “last hurrah” was in fact his last hurrah. Quintin died of an accidental drug overdose on July 8th 2018.

Since his passing, I have been able to walk through a supernatural healing process and share his life story and message of hope with so many! While I would much rather have both my mom and Quintin by my side here on Earth, I am so thankful for the strength, growth, and new clarity their passing has provided in my life. My life is now dedicated to encouraging those in recovery and those affected by trauma and loss to keep moving forward and grab hold of all the gifts God has for them! Now, I use the lessons and skills learned during this intense season of grief to help others navigate through loss in an intentional and productive way.

What does it mean to live a designed life?

For me, it means being in control of what you are creating and allowing in your life. You know who you are, what you want, what you deserve, and what you are capable of doing and you are daily taking steps to become the fullness of all you were created to become.

What impact do you want to have on the world or change you would like to see?

I would love to see a world where people are not entrapped by their past or claiming a victim mentality from hurtful things that have happened to them. A world where we all commit to continual healing and growth and use every experience to that end.

What is your why?

My why is twofold: First of all, I feel responsible to pass on a message of hope and healing because it was a similar message that saved me from the depths of despair and I now feel compelled to pay that forward. Secondly, and certainly no less important is to turn what was meant for evil to good. To build a legacy on behalf of my mother and son who both died from drug overdoses.

Describe yourself in one word?

Fearless

What mantra do you live by?

Your past doesn’t define you, it prepares you.

Describe your happy place?

My happy place is on a beach near a small town surrounded by friends and family.

What is your superpower and how do you use it?

I am not afraid of the future or death. This makes it easy to take bold risks and say yes to things that most people wouldn’t consider.

What drives you?

Wanting to make a difference in the world and create a legacy, my mom and son would be proud of.

Learn more about Kelli: 

www.kellibarthelemy.com

http://www.kellibarthelemy.com

Non-profit in honor of Kelli’s Son, Quintin: www.QsArmy.com

For a listing of all digital courses I offer go to:

https://thegriefguru.teachable.com/

For a FREE Grief Assessment Click Here:

https://thegriefguru.teachable.com/p/grief-assessment?preview=logged_out

Find me on FaceBook: www.facebook.com/thegriefguru

Instagram: @Thegriefguru

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