When you are in the early days of loss, happiness can feel like a long-forgotten dream. Any little inkling that vaguely resembles joy feels surprising, in fact—a snippet of emotion so foreign amidst a sea of grief.
Are you feeling stuck and unable to move forward? Perhaps you’re in a place in your profession or a position in your relationship where you feel caught in limbo. That feeling of “not here, not there, waiting for the not yet” is so common.
Do you enter relationships with your walls down and your heart exposed? Do you engage in tough conversations with kindness and truth? Do you speak with authenticity and worth, regardless of the situation?
I spent the last three days reading my new (soon to release!) book aloud. I was holed up in the Outpost Studio in San Francisco, recording the audio version of the book—and I must tell you, it’s a beautiful and strange experience to read the sentences of your own story into empty air for hours on end.
Several years ago a friend asked me to meet with a young woman who had just lost her husband. So I dined with Chelsea Dinsmore at a local restaurant one day as she recounted the tragic story of sherpas carrying her young husband’s body off Mount Kilimanjaro.
Life itself is an epic journey. If you are in your thirties, forties, or even beyond, I know you’ll agree that in looking back, you can clearly mark the dots where certain events changed life dramatically and altered your path. I have certainly had my moments where I had to stand at the fork and choose.
The other day as I walked into my Zumba class, a woman walked up to me, and I was honored when she said, “Kris, whenever I have a question, I think to myself, ask Kris.” In that moment, I realized that I would love it if more of you wrote into me with questions that could direct the content of my blogs and podcasts.
It seems every week now there is a mass tragedy occurring some place. Whether it’s mother nature doing her thing or a loose gunman terrorizing a public venue, when I turn on the news, I feel like we are under siege.
In my own discomfort and feelings of unraveling grief as I watch the devastation of my neighboring community of Sonoma County engulfed in flames, I turned to Joel S. Goldsmith for inspiration: Awakening Mystical Consciousness.
I recently had some minor surgery, and it forced me to slow down to a snail's pace and stay home. At first, it was all a physical thing. Any kind of surgery completely knocks you down for a few days as your body rushes all the energy and blood to heal the trauma of a knife.
I am honored to be good friends with Rich Dutra and Yvonne Saint John—the founders of Challenge Day. They are two of the most generous people I know, and most years I have been an active fundraiser with them for their global teen violence prevention program: Challenge Day.
Stuff happens--all the time--in life, in relationships, and in business.
Just the other day, I was on top of the world. I was in New York City having some amazing business meetings and heading to a lunch meeting with one of my spiritual mentors, Marianne Williamson, when I received an unexpected phone call. BAM! I was stopped in my tracks.
This morning I woke up to the most vibrant sunrise. Pinks and oranges amidst lavender filled the early morning sky—and I thought to myself: That’s what living vibrantly looks and feels like: A breathtaking sunrise bursting in beauty to light up the morning—to light up LIFE.
Kristine Carlson, New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned speaker, is passionate about spreading her message of waking up to life with joy and gratitude amidst the ups and downs of this earthly existence.