I believe in Speaking Life. Words are powerful. Every day, we use thousands of words, but are they helpful or hurtful? Communicating messages that are positive, encouraging and uplifting transforms my attitude and the culture of my community. Be an agent of change. Speak life.
I believe in Cultivating Courage. I am not naturally brave. I choose to be brave. When I encourage others to challenge fears, it builds courage in my own life as well as theirs. Courage is contagious. Take heart. Be brave.
I believe in Sparking Laughter. Laughter is life giving, freeing, and healing. When I can laugh about something, I know it has not conquered me. Helping others find humor in everyday life lifts my heart. Smile. Chuckle. Giggle. Learn to love the sound of your own laughter. Laugh with me.
I believe in Awakening Dreams. Dreams give color, texture and dimension to life. Dreams revive your purpose and passion. When I dare others to dream, it also infuses hope into my own soul. Fuel your passion. Dare to Dream.
“Kristi has inspired me as she has shared her authentic journey through the dark valley of grief. She is a beautiful tour guide through terrible terrain, sharing stories and insights that will give great hope to those who must walk this path.”
"As a human being who has experienced much loss, there are few books that speak to my soul. Kristi’s book takes you from hopeless to living freely again. With truth, experience and faith, you could not be in better hands."
“I am so proud of Kristi for taking an enormous loss and encouraging others that there is hope and healing amid the grief. Kristi inspires how critical it is that we must walk through the tornado of pain in order to find complete peace, hope and freedom.”
“Through Kristi's writings and passion to uplift the hurting, I'm encouraged to keep dreaming BIG no matter how difficult life becomes. She has been a beautiful blessing to my life and my ministry. “
Kristi is the bestselling author of “DREAM…a guide to grieving gracefully.” DREAM is an acronym for 5 keys to unlock the grip of grief. DREAM pairs each of the 5 stages of grief with an exact key to unlock that stage. DREAM is about more than mere survival – it is a new way of living. DREAM empowers grievers to propel their lives forward with dignity, strength, and grace. DREAM is not about the trauma and tragedy of her story. It is about hope and how to infuse energy and victory into your story.
On October 4, 2011, Kristi became a widow when her husband died suddenly at the age of 48. This new season of life as a widow has placed her in a unique position to infuse others with renewed hope. A degree in Psychology combined with 30+ years of ministry experience provides Kristi with a solid knowledge of how the mind, body, and spirit work together. It is this spiritual perspective that transcends the traditional view of grief.
Kristi is most alive when using the creative gifts God has given her. Kristi thrives when speaking in a variety of settings including churches, retreats, recovery centers, support groups, workshops, and youth camps. Kristi has served as a leader in women’s and singles ministries, as a youth pastor, on a praise and worship teams, and as a pastoral care director.
In addition to DREAM, Kristi shares her heart through blog posts and recently co-authored “Grief Diaries: Loss of a Spouse”. She is also excitedly working on a new book.
After living her entire life in the suburbs in Ohio, Kristi relocated to Charlotte, NC in the fall of 2014 and loves uptown living. Kristi’s greatest joy is being the mother to her two beautiful adult daughters, Abbi and Faith.