“Grief, Burnout, and Reclaiming Our Lives” with Christina Rasmussen

Have you ever found yourself feeling like everything looks the same on the outside, but everything on the inside of you has changed? If you’ve found yourself checking out of your life in unexplained ways and not able to fully name it, this episode is for you. We talk about the undercover world of grief, burnout, and reclaiming our lives after experiencing the invisible losses that we often overlook and dismiss.

In this episode I get cozy with Christina Rasmussen.

Christina is an acclaimed grief educator, author of Second Firsts and Where Did You Go? Which have been extremely helpful books for my own family as we navigate grief and loss. She is also the host of The Dear Life Podcast and founder of The Life Reentry Institute at lifereentry.com.

I recently signed up for her Life Reentry class, which has helped countless people break out of what she coined the “waiting room” of grief to rebuild our lives. She describes grief as a catalyst for redefining identity, and outlines the process of “reentry” where we return to our lives.

Her work has been featured at ABC News, Washington Post, and the White House Blog. You can find more of her brilliant work at christinarasmussen.com and secondfirsts.com.

Christina’s mission is to change the way we grieve, the way we live, and how we define our potential in this life, and the hereafter.

Tune in and listen below:

What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!)

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Resources + links mentioned:

Christina Rasmussen

Second Firsts

Life Reentry

Dear Life with Christina Rasmussen

Dear Life: How Do I Remember My Husband During the Holidays? 

Dear Life: Dr. Rick Hanson: Coming Home to Yourself

Second Firsts: A Step-by-Step Guide to Life after Loss by Christina Rasmussen

Where Did You Go?: A Life-Changing Journey to Connect with Those We've Lost By Christina Rasmussen

Quote: “If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.” Maria Edgeworth

Connect with Christina on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Connect with the Dear Life podcast on Instagram

Connect with Seconds Firsts on Facebook


Key Quotes:

“I don’t think I was leading with love during those years. I was leading with fear, I was leading with anxiety and I was just making sure that my kids had everything they needed.” [7:21]

“I had lost love in the way that I used to experience it, and I was trying to find it in creating, building, climbing and becoming.” [10:21]

“The only thing that I knew I had to change was the hardest thing to do, to remove the parts that brought in this dark light, and it changed everything.” [16:47]

“When something happens to you, you exit the life you use to have and you do not automatically enter a new chapter or a new life. You go into the place in between the two lives.” [29:43]

“I write about nostalgia, life and the many thousands of losses we experience every day, of being alive and leading with love in every way and in all the places.” [55:47]

“People are so used to being marketed to and sold to every single day for money, and I want to create a different reality for the world. I have chosen to come back to do this because it matters to me, and it matters to the person who is receiving this.” [59:24]


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The Lead with Love podcast is hosted by Jadah Sellner (that's me!). I help entrepreneurs build their tribes with the online program, Build Your Challenge. I'm also an author, international keynote + TEDx speaker, poet, and creator of Love Over Metrics™, a Business Growth Incubator and Mastermind for women with big ambitions and even bigger hearts. #LeadWithLove

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