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Life Lessons: Kelly Ryan Murphy

Ready? Set? SMILE! Kelly Murphy is in the Life Lessons hot seat today and he’s got a story to tell. Though I’ve never met Kelly, I do feel like we’re old friends, sharing the same snarky, irreverent sense of humor. I’m sure when we do finally meet there will be some sort of spontaneous combustion resulting in a conflagration of monumental proportion. Anyway, read on to find out more about Kelly and remember, we’d love to hear from you too! Drop us a line and we’ll get the Life Lessons questions right out to you!

Are you happy at the moment?

I’ve been happier. Good thing my head is clear enough to know what the issues are, and know that I can change the direction of my life.

If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

It gets better, it gets SOOOO much better! Also, seize the opportunity… Never look back and be able to question I wonder what would have been if I had….

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

An amazing job, with incredible benefits and a salary I only dreamed of is nothing compared to waking up with the love of your life every day. My job cannot compete with that happiness.

What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

I really want to regain my old Kelly again. The happy, free-spirited, no regrets guy. I also want to move back south to a state who’s Southern border is the sea!

What’s your secret to happiness?

I would have to say frequent trips to the ocean, sexual adventures, telling my partner every night before I close my eyes “I love you.”

What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Swimming in the ocean.

What’s your biggest regret?

I had a failed suicide attempt in 2001. I really regret the pain that it caused my friends and family, I do not however, regret having gone through the experience. I’m so much smarter because of it.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

I don’t have kids, but I did teach the cat NOT to scratch on my Crate & Barrel Sofa!

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

Telling myself consistently, “Yeah that’s nice, but you should have done better.”

Aside from fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

I’ve won more than 19 national design awards, from newspaper to  magazines. I  even started and sold my own magazine. I hope to do that again soon!

When were you happiest?

Living in Dallas, Texas! It’s where I had the most real group of friends. People were easy and friendly to speak with. This city is incredible for its diversity, opportunity and infinite possibilities to make money and has a reasonable cost of living. While I wasn’t born there,  it is the only place I have been where it felt natural, like the true definition of “Home.” The city reeks of entrepreneurial spirit and that turns me on!

What ten words best describe you?

Creative, dedicated, honest, freak, kinky, athletic, competitive, spontaneous, adventurous, intuitive.


Kelly Ryan Murphy is the award winning Creative Director for “Automobile Magazine.” in his career he has achieved 19 national design awards. In the little are time he has, he loves riding his super spore bikes, traveling, home remodeling and in the last five years, has started bodybuilding and hopes to compete one day. He has an amazing partner, Jim, who pushes him in his success and together, they have two children of the four-legged variety, cats Tango and Buster. 




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