Ep. 11: “Heart Broken Open: Expressing Grief & Loss”-with Guest Kristine Carlson

Ep. 11: “Heart Broken Open: Expressing Grief & Loss”-with Guest Kristine Carlson 

Video episode:


            Author Kristine Carlson is truly living her motto, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.” A New York Times bestselling author and renowned speaker, she is recognized worldwide for the global success of The Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff book series she co-authored with her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson. Her latest book, Heartbroken Open, a life-changing memoir, has become a Lifetime Television biopic starring Heather Locklear. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story. With over 30 million books in print, Carlson has emerged as a leading mindfulness expert and transformational guide who has been featured on national radio and television broadcasts, including The Today Show, The View, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2010, she was awarded the Kennedy Laureate Award by John F. Kennedy University alongside the iconic chef Alice Waters and CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

After Richard’s death, Kristine plunged into finding a way to walk through grief. She broke open her heart, allowing the grief to work it’s way through and eventually releasing her to a higher purpose and a fuller life.

In this video/audio episode, we get real about the struggles of being women walking through widowhood, grief, and the profound loss of our soulmates-our husbands. We laugh, we cry, and we share intimate details with you, our listeners. Kristine’s journey is eye-opening and inspirational. She is on the advisory board of Modern Widows Club and on the Global Leadership Council of Challenge Day. Carlson has two daughters and five grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves to exercise – boot camp fitness classes, yoga or hiking.

Resources from Ep. 11:


Ink and Escent Women Magazine Article- Heartbreak to Wholeness

Grieve Well Blogs: Self-Care Battery,

Prevention Magazine: Alternative Therapies to Cope with Grief,

Poem by Kahlil Gibran: Oh Joy and Sorrow,

People Magazine: My Friendship with Heather Locklear



Amazon Books: Heartbreak to Wholeness: Hero’s Journey to Joy,

Amazon Books: Heartbroken Open


Retreat: What Now? Retreat resource page

For more resources, visit our resource page here.

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