Today my guest is Kris Carr, the New York Times and #1 Amazon best-selling author, speaker and wellness activist.
Kris Carr is the subject and director of the documentary Crazy Sexy Cancer which aired on TLC and The Oprah Winfrey Network. Kris is also the author of the award-winning Crazy Sexy book series. Her latest books, Crazy Sexy Diet and Crazy Sexy Kitchen, will change the way you live, love and eat! Kris was a Keynote Speaker at the 2014 Emerging Women Live Conference in New York City.
In today’s episode, Kris and I spoke about:
What exactly is well-being, and how this can be different for different people
How the flow of grace and fire has affected her life and using happiness as her guide
Her shift from Health Guru to Women’s Emergence and Empowerment
The feminine component of resiliency
Using sexy as a strength that women can draw from
Tune in and listen to “Crazy, Sexy Woman” with the Crazy Sexy: Kris Carr.
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Hello, and welcome, Kris Carr!
Kris Carr: Thanks for having me! Hi!
CP: Hi! And I’m reaching you here now in Woodstock, right?
KC: That’s right. I’m at home in Woodstock, New York.
CP: Gosh. That sounds so amazing to live in. I mean, I live in Boulder, I think it might be a little similar, but I think it’s more rural out there, correct?
KC: Yes. We’re very similar. We just have much smaller mountains. When I came out to visit Boulder, I was like, “This has the same Woodstock vibe. It really does.”
CP: Yes. Except isn’t Woodstock really small?
KC: It’s very tiny, yes. Very tiny.
CP: Yes, I just picture you—on your website you have an image of yourself in an old, old truck holding a green drink.
CP: I’m just like, that’s the life! You know?
KC: That’s what we try to do out here in the woods.
CP: Right? So your first book—I remember when it came out several years ago—is called Crazy Sexy Cancer. And I know what’s crazy about cancer, and I’m hoping that you can tell us all what’s sexy about cancer.
KC: [Laughs] We’ll get to the short answer first. There’s nothing sexy about cancer. For me, Crazy Sexy Cancer came from two things: 1) there were mass emails that I would send friends and family, they were “Crazy Sexy Cancer” updates. And this [was] my way of showing my very frightened crew—because I was diagnosed with an incurable stage 4 cancer that had started in my liver and had spread to both my lungs. This was my way to update them and let them know that I still had my sense of humor, I still was the same irreverent girl, and that I wasn’t going to let cancer define me.
It was an important step for me to kind of poke fun at cancer, not take it all so seriously. It was also really helpful for the people going through the experience with me. Not everybody has that same experience, but that was my lifeline. And then later, as my journey continued to unfold and the years continued to go by with cancer, and certainly when I kind of came on the scene in a much bigger way, I used “Crazy Sexy Cancer” almost like as a definition.
And it’s a bit insane, so here we go: “crazy,” for me, that’s out of the box, forward thinking. It’s that kind of speak when somebody says, “Oh, that will never happen, that’s crazy,” and then you and I and everybody listening says, “Really? Watch us.” “Sexy” is empowering, and “cancer” is “teacher.” For me, cancer is my teacher. And so that really has been my way of going through this process, but also teaching others that are interested in my philosophy how to create a map for themselves.
CP: Now, there’s a lot of people, I’m sure, listening to this that haven’t read your book and they don’t know your background, but you actually were diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, am I correct?
KC: Correct. That’s right.
CP: And it seems that when we look at you and your career has exploded, of course,