Kristine Carlson: Healing from Loss Can’t Stop Her from Moving Forward


( ENSPIRE She Did That ) How Healing from Loss Turned into Kristine Carlson’s Empire

ENSPIRE Contributor: Bailey Chambers

Kristine Carlson, a woman of many career paths, proves that self-empowerment doesn’t have limits. Before becoming a New York Times bestselling author and public speaker, she conquered marketing and design while thriving in motherhood and marriage. Being a writer came later, when Kristine’s late husband, Dr. Richard Carlson, invited her to write several chapters in the book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love.

“Never ever thought I would ever write a book. Ever,” Kristine said with a contagious laugh. “Every couple should write a book on relationships together. It facilitates great communication.” The publisher asked if Kristine would like to write, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Women with its success. Ten years after finding literary success, tragedy struck when her husband suddenly passed away. Kristine channeled her grief into her career, leading with hope for healing from loss. While coping with this loss, she wrote her memoir, Heartbroken Open: The Story of Coming Alive Again after Profound Loss.

Courtesy of Amazon, Cover of Heartbroken Open, Christine Carlson’s Memoir

“I couldn’t believe how painful it was to go through that. I mean, I just didn’t even know how the average person got through to the next day,” said Kristine. “I wanted to write a very raw account of what it was like to be a young widow after a 25-year, happy marriage.” Kristine began hosting Heartbroken Open Circles in her home to help other women in their journey through healing from loss.

“Sometimes, there’d be 40 women. Some of them were divorced. Some were widowed. We’d cry together and share our stories, and we healed.” She continued to write as the open circles turned into curated retreats. Kristine also began motivational public speaking and helping other people write their books through her company, Book Doulas. All of this combined was her recipe for growing her empire dedicated to helping women.

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Kristine’s incredible journey has been made into a Lifetime movie, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Christine Carlson Story, starring Heather Locklear, because she didn’t sweat the small stuff and continued healing from loss heal.

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