Welcome to Transformation Talk. Every Thursday for a year, starting in September 2012, I’ll post an interview with someone who is a force for good in the world. These men and women have either deepened their passion or found their calling after experiencing a loss, trauma or diagnosis.
I want to broaden the conversation around grief and its transformative power. My hope is that in their words you’ll find echoes of your story. In their inspired actions, you’ll see yourself and your immense possibility.
*Special Request: The technology of Skype is amazing and imperfect. Please listen with your heart and forgive the occasional blips on the screen.
Today is the 50th and final interview in the year-long series. Holy wow! I can hardly believe it. What a year it has been. I had no idea what I was taking on when I had the idea for this in the summer of 2012. I’ll be posting some thoughts on the whole process soon, but right now I’d like to introduce Christina Rasmussen of Second Firsts.
Christina’s husband died of colon cancer, leaving her a young widow with two little girls. Her experiences after this profound loss eventually led her to found Second Firsts, a warm and wonderful community where she shares her Re-entry Model for living after loss. Her first book, Second Firsts: Live, Laugh and Love Again will be hitting bookstores this fall. Today she shares her powerful story of loss and transformation. I’ve long been a fan of Christina’s writing and work, and am thrilled to have her here in the final Transformation Talk interview.
Bio and link to download the audio version are below. Running time is 38 minutes. If you’re receiving this via email, click through the title to view the video.
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From her website, Second Firsts:
As the founder of Second Firsts, Christina Rasmussen spends her time speaking, coaching and helping thousands of people to rebuild, reclaim and re-launch their whole lives — using the most powerful tool for personal reinvention: the human mind. Before creating Second Firsts, Christina worked as a therapist + crisis intervention specialist. But after losing her husband to colon cancer, Christina experienced the agony of sudden loss, firsthand. With two daughters in tow, she began the tender process of transforming her tragedy into a new career, a renewed sense of purpose, and a life of joy + laughter. Second Firsts was born. But as she points out: “This has never been about my story. This is about the work of Re-Entry. It’s about choosing to dance, laugh, love + live again.”
Christina’s first book — Second Firsts: Live, laugh and love Again — will be released by Hay House in the fall of 2013. She’ll also open the doors to her new action oriented non profit social network — The Life Starters — in early 2014.
“If you’re lost. . . if you’re gone. . . if you can barely absorb the words on this screen. . . I want you to hold this truth in your heart: when it’s your time to go, you won’t wish you’d spent more time grieving — you’ll wish you’d spent more time living.” Connect with Christina — and 77,000+ Second Firsts fans — on Facebook and 20,000 followers on Twitter.