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.
Kris’ life mission expands upon the phenomenal success of her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson’s work in the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” series. She continues his 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 Heartbroken-Open: A Memoir Through Loss to Self Discovery, From Heartbreak to Wholeness: the hero’s journey to joy—as well as her well-known “What Now?” program and her upcoming Happiness Training Courses.
Over the past two decades, Kris and Richard have sold more than 25 million books. She has been featured on national radio and television broadcasts, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Kristine is a sought-after inspirational speaker whose mission and message are built upon the tenants of joyful and peaceful living, mindfulness and meditation, and self-rediscovery in the face of grief or transition.
Kristine is known for her unparalleled capacity to be vulnerable and authentic, inspiring her audiences to be the same. She speaks on such topics as 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 is available for keynote talks, panel sessions, live interviews, TV & radio appearances, and as a spokeswoman for companies that align with her message of courage, hope, love and resilience.
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 mom to two daughters and “Nana” to five grandchildren. She lives in California.
HOW KRIS TELLS HER STORY
“Mrs. Carlson, your husband has expired.”
Six words, delivered over the phone, from two doctors I’d never met, on the other side of the country.
The love of my life? Expired? Like a carton of milk?
Six words, and my world stopped & accelerated, exploded & shrank, shape-shifted & stalled to a halt, ended & began. All at once.
Six words, and everything changed.
My name is Kristine. I’m a survivor. A widow. A mother. A grandmother. A wife. A writer & bestselling author, many times over. A mentor for people navigating that exceptionally urgent & poignant time known as “middle age.” A motivational speaker for all who desire to practice happiness, live authentically, and discover their most vibrant selves.
And yet, who I really am, when all’s said & done, is a woman who knows how to bounce, rock and roll through all of life’s changes. Good & bad. Light & dark. Perfectly planned & wholly unthinkable.
When loss blackens my heart, when my kids leave the nest (and forget to call home), when my hormones go haywire, when earthquakes turn the solid ground beneath my feet into Jello, I am brave. I am strong. I evolve.
So can you.
Though, you might have forgotten.
So it’s my job, my purpose, my calling … to remind you.
And that’s precisely what I’m here to do.
Think of this website as your touchstone — your safe zone, your homebase, your rock in a world that never stops changing.
Here, we don’t run from change — and we don’t just learn how to “deal” with it.
We learn how to love it. We learn how to laugh with it. We learn how to let it keep us awake & alive.
So. Whatever change you’re going through (and sweetheart, I know you’re going through something) … know that I’m here. With love. With words. And with every tool & resource I can possibly share.