My back story

Welcome to Damn the Odds.   Thanks for checking it out.   This is day one of my new blog, so I want to take a few minutes to introduce myself and Damn the Odds.  My name is Kristin, and I’ll be the primary author (at least in the beginning) for Damn the Odds – stories about the improbable journey.

The first story I would like to share with you is mine.  2010 brought with it several life-changing events, which drove me to re-evaluate my life and ask some very tough questions.   What is truly important in life?  Am I happy?  Where do I go from here?   This profound questioning resulted in major revelation, and ultimately fueled my decision to make big changes in my life.  The launch of Damn the Odds coincides with my recent move to LA and the beginning of a new chapter in my life, one which will undoubtedly be a challenging journey.

I face so many hurdles, and what’s worse are the thoughts that constantly run through my head.  There are some days that I still can’t believe I did it.  I gave up everything.  I am starting all over.  Yikes!  When I tell people my story, I get such an overwhelming positive response.   It’s amazing.  Quite honestly, it’s part of what keeps me going.   And, they want to hear about my progress so I’m introducing Damn the Odds as a way to share my experiences — the good, the bad and the ugly – with everyone.

It goes way beyond me though.   I will be profiling other peoples’ stories and soliciting others to write in.  There are so many extraordinary people who sacrificed and fought for something that’s important to them despite overwhelming obstacles.  Their stories deserve to be told.

The idea behind Damn the Odds came from Conari Press’ Random Acts of Kindness, a collection of true stories that describe acts of kindness and generosity.  The book’s message is simple and powerful – live a more compassionate life.   My intent for Damn the Odds is to inspire people to reach for their dreams, take risks, and make changes — no matter what the odds are, or what challenges are ahead – in order to live a more happy life.

I would love you to be a part of the process and invite you to come back regularly and provide feedback.  I am counting on your comments.  Your questions.   I encourage you to tell me your real-life stories, or send suggestions about inspiring people you know.  My hope is that Damn the Odds becomes a growing community of people who are looking for and/or can provide support.   My philosophy is simple — I believe it is through sharing that we can learn from each other and inspire one another.

Please help spread the word and get the message out by promoting Damn the Odds within your circles.   Thank you in advance for your support.  I look forward to connecting with each of you!

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  1. Rupa says:

    Wow Kristem,

    I’m proud of you. All the very best!!
    Rupa (CNSI)

  2. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the share!

  3. Keep functioning ,fantastic job!

  4. Wow! Thank you! I continuously needed to write on my website something like that. Can I take a fragment of your post to my blog?

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