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Kristine Carlson Takes Us On a Journey from Heartbreak to Wholeness

New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned speaker Kristine Carlson is passionate about spreading her message of waking up to life with joy and gratitude amidst the ups and downs of this earthly existence.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to make this Truly Amazing Woman our cover story of the Summer 2019 issue of Inkandescent Women magazine.

It was our pleasure to interview Kristine in the living room of her Northern California home, where she talks about her mission to expand upon the phenomenal success of her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson’s work in the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” series. Equally impressive is her legacy of peaceful and mindful living through her own bestselling books: “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love,” “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Women,” “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms,” “An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love: The True Story of the Best Gift Ever,” and the book she wrote when we first met shortly after Richard’s death — “Heartbroken-Open: A Memoir Through Loss to Self Discovery.”

In our interview you’ll learn about her personal journey in the years since, as well as her newest book, “From Heartbreak to Wholeness: the hero’s journey to joy. I know that, like me, you’ll be impressed by Kris’ capacity to be vulnerable and authentic.

It’s a gift she brings to topics she writes and speaks about including living authentically, the power of gratitude, grief, mindfulness, change and transition, and rediscovering joy, passion, and purpose in the various mind and body woes that accompany any time in life but particularly in middle age. Kris has served on the Board of Directors and the Global Leadership Council for Challenge Day.

She was honored to join the Women Go Red campaign for the American Heart Association in 2012 as their keynote speaker. In 2010 she was honored with the Kennedy Laureate Award by John F. Kennedy University. This acknowledgment was also given to Alice Waters and Dr. Sanjay Gupta for their work in the area of mental, physical, spiritual health and well being. She is also mom to two daughters and “Nana” to five grandchildren. She lives in California.

Be sure to watch our conversation on and read more about Kristine Carlson in the Summer 2019 issue of Inkandescent Women magazine:

We look forward to bringing you more stories about women who are making tremendous strides and changing lives in big, badass ways. I’m Hope Katz Gibbs, your host. Stay tuned for more!