Thursday, December 9, 2010

Interview with Kristine Carlson, Author of Heartbroken Open

This week we truly had a bright light on our show as we welcomed Kristine Carlson! Kristine is the widow of Richard Carlson, author of the Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series. Sadly, Richard passed away suddenly on a flight to NY on December 13, 2006 of a pulmonary embolism. He was 45 years old.

Kristine chronicles her journey from loss to self discovery in a very honest, raw, heart-wrenching….and heart lifting in her book, Heartbroken Open.

Now when I say heart-wrenching, I’m talking Have Something Available – tissues, paper towels, Sleeve…whatever you can get away with that isn’t someone else’s treasured or unwashable item.

What a wonderful opportunity to speak with Kristine this week! Unfortunately, I had two great things going on at the same time – this interview, and the scheduled performance of my 11 year old playing the bells in a Christmas concert. The school wouldn’t reschedule the concert for my interview, not even with a bribe for that Trader Joe’s 99 cent advent calendar chocolate. And a no show is a mandatory zero. I’ve never heard of a mandatory zero. I should have used that on my mom when I was in school!

So I had only about 10 minutes with Kristine but Jennifer was there to save the show for a second week in a row! I owe her big time! And Kristine’s very message even encompassed the situation – to live in the moment and not take anything for granted. So off to the bells I went and Jennifer had a fabulous conversation with Kristine.

We found out that the title, Heartbroken Open, is taken directly from her journals following the year that Richard passed.

Some of the other things we learned (but can’t give them ALL away…enjoy the whole show HERE) were:

*Don’t wait to live, life can change in an instant

*Why grief is love

*Why Kristine was not afraid of grief, but welcomes it

*How she went all the way into grief in order to return to joy

*There are still days, four years later, where she is consumed by waves of grief

*That she hopes people who read her book (and listen to this interview! Or maybe that’s MY hope) that her message is Life Affirming for those who haven’t lost someone. That they will live in the moment and be Present with their friends, loved ones, and themselves.

*Kristine started a fabulous forum for people who are grieving – be it a death, divorce or other. You can find it here.

*In May of 2012, we can look forward to Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff for Moms!

*And a message that I found extremely powerful, is “Your life is your message”. Amazing! What are YOU trying to say?

Kristine's website is

We want to thank Kristine for sharing her experience with us in book and interview form and hope to speak to her again when her new book comes out in 2012!

Next week, we look forward to speaking with Donna Collins who not only seems to be a Jack of all Trades, but is also licensed with Heartmath. HeartMath is the only scientifically validated system of stress intervention techniques and objective biometric feedback that quantifiably and dramatically boost the health and performance of individuals and organizations.

If you can't catch us live, catch us in the archives...all shows are free! See you next time and have a delicious week!

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