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About the Host

Hello and welcome to Lighting the Shadows!  My name is Kristen Laursen and I’m so honored to share a little bit of my story and my heart with you here on the podcast!  I am a mother of 2 stinkin’ cute little kiddos (not biased at all haha), a dental hygienist, poet, song writer, violinist, snowboarder, aspiring photographer, and lover of the great outdoors.

I am so passionate about helping those who face mental health battles and people experiencing grief, because I have faced a variety of mental health challenges and lost my little sister Kimmy, my best friend, to suicide in 2015.  I firmly believe that there are tools available for ALL people to utilize to improve their mental state, and no matter how difficult a mental illness might be, there is always hope! 

My hope and my vision for this podcast is to lift, inspire, and enlighten as many people as possible by “Lighting the Shadows” of a variety of mental health challenges.  Thank you for stopping by!  I hope that you find the information here useful and uplifting!