Modern Women Making Waves: Kristine Carlson


Modern Women Making Waves: Kristine Carlson

I am always thrilled to connect with Kristine Carlson, the bestselling author who actively lives the advice she and her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson made famous in the popular series of books: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.  Kris’ life mission expands upon the phenomenal success of their  work in the (“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” series). She continues his legacy of peaceful and mindful living through her own bestselling books, including the most recent, 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 her memoir, Heartbroken Open. 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.

I love Kristine’s calm, beautiful presence and positive messages, and she brings inspiration to so many (including me!) through her books, gatherings, blog, podcast and speaking engagements. Her message of waking up to life with more joy and gratitude is one that resonates with so many women I know. Sometimes I need to be reminded of the full title of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff . Kristine’s mission is a welcome reminder that so many of our daily concerns are often the small stuff we shouldn’t sweat! She lovingly prompts all of us to "Live the Big Stuff!"

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Good advice is a gift — what is the best advice you’ve been given? The best advice I’ve ever been given came from my late husband, Richard. He said, “When public speaking, stick to what you know. Don’t go into areas that are new for you. Just speak what’s true from your heart.” I think about this every time I stand on a platform to share a message.

What is on the top of your bucket list? Oh my gosh, I’ve lived so much of my bucket list. I guess I’d have to say, an African Safari or traveling Thailand.

Who would you invite to your ideal Girl’s Night? My ideal girls night has a psychic or Tarot reader invited as we sit in circle together.

What is your go-to piece of clothing? Definitely yoga pants and a sports bra with an oversized T or sweatshirt.

What do you sing when you are alone in your car? Without the radio on? Probably “row, row, row your boat gently down the stream.”

What was the best compliment you have received? By far, the best compliment has been “You are kindest person I’ve ever met.”

How has your life been different than you imagined? That’s easy. I never imagined being single in my fifties.

What is your most-used word? (And what word do you wish everyone would stop using?) I use the word “life” a lot. I wish people would stop using the word “like” this or that the way we used to say, “Um.”

Who is your celebrity crush? I really think Gerard Butler is hot.

What is your guiltiest pleasure? Watching Outlander and Parenthood on Netflix.

What is your favorite museum? MOMA in San Francisco. I also really appreciate the Museum documenting the 9/11 Memorial.

What is the first thing you notice when you meet someone? I notice their energy through their eyes and their voice. It’s really true that the eyes are the windows of the soul, and the voice gives me a feeling about how authentic they are.