EP16: Kristine Carlson: From Heartbreak To Wholeness: Embracing The Wisdom Of Loss


Today’s guest is a very, very good friend of mine, Kristine Carlson. From the moment I met Kristine, I’ve felt such joy in my heart. I wanted this conversation to reflect the conversations Kristine and I share when we get together over a cup of coffee because we go deep!

I encourage you to listen to this conversation ALL the way to the end. We talk about everything you want to talk about with your friends but you may feel vulnerable talking about it. Especially if you’ve lost your husband or your wife and you want to ask questions about dating and sex and guilt and shame and about asking for help. We may even make you blush in this episode, but stick with us because it’s important! 

Kristine is a woman that lost the love of her life very unexpectedly. He was the very famous, New York Times best-selling author of Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff, Richard Carlson. Kristine was so open and honest and spoke about the moment she got this very unexpected call by two people from across the United States telling her that her husband had died and shares some of the most intimate moments in the days following his death.

“This sucks and this is beautiful, is the duality of loss. I believe that’s one of the reasons we are here on this earth. It’s painful and it hurts yet we are wired to get through loss.”
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~ Kristine Carlson

I hope that this conversation leaves you feeling inspired to practice living life after loss and to make the most of every day. Remember Kristine’s advice to “squeeze all the juicy juice out of every day and seek out the joy.” Seek out the joy every day like it’s your job because it is!

I know Kristine inspires me daily, I hope she does for you too. She lives life fully in an extraordinarily transparent way. She is authentic, honest, bold and she tells it like it is. If we could all live like that, life may be just easier for a while and more beautiful. To go even deeper be sure you look for Kristine’s books and podcast (links below).

I’d love to hear what you think of this conversation and how you see it translating to your own life. Be sure to comment below or connect with me on Instagram to tell me all about it.

More About Kristine Carlson
Kristine Carlson is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and leader in the field of transformation. After collaborating with her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson to create a publishing industry phenomenon with the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series—selling more than 25 million copies worldwide—today, Kris is emerging as a profound teacher in the areas that matter most to the human heart: how to heal and how to love. 

Kris’s acclaimed live events currently include the “What Now? Retreat” along the Northern California coast (along with the “What Now?” online program) and the “Women’s Wisdom and Yoga Retreat” in Umbria, Italy. As a sought-after speaker, Kris is known for her authenticity, vulnerability, and humor, leaving her audiences moved, inspired, and optimistic about the future. She has been featured on national radio and television, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. 

You can connect with Kristine via her website, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

Listen to Episode 16 Below:


In This Episode, We Talk About

  • How she met Richard Carlson and what their relationship was like

  • The experience of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff becoming such a huge hit - more than 30 million copies sold!

  • Kristine shares the synchronicities that brought her comfort in the days after the loss- including the dream that Richard had seven years prior 

  • She shares how she received the news and the incredible story of how she connected with him in the days after he passed

  • How to look for the small joys in life that keep you going

  • Kristine’s first book after Richard and how she started expressing grief and teach about loss and how she transitioned from experiencing grief to helping others through grief

  • The depth of wisdom that can come from loss

  • The idea of choosing to move from being the victim to being the hero of your story

  • Moving from heartbreak to wholeness

  • The daily rituals Kristine has created for herself

  • How self-care and self-love is so significant and important after loss and Kristine’s tips for cultivating and implementing it in your own life

  • The importance of finding people in your life that you can lean on and will support you

  • Sex and dating after loss

  • And so much more!

Things We Mention In This Episode


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Christina Rasmussen