In today’s podcast I interview a dear friend of mine who is a champion of humour and fellow crafter. Together we dive into the ebbs and flows of life and how important it is to embrace our growth – no matter how seemingly insignificant – so that we may evolve.


Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-American psychiatrist, a pioneer in near-death studies and the author of the ground-breaking book On Death and Dying said, “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”


Kristie Maslow is one of those people. Friends for many years, we have seen one another at some of our most trying times. In fact, in this episode, she opens her heart and shares with us a story of profound loss. She goes on to say, that when life challenged her the most, her automatic response was to avoid it.


Fortunately, in the words of Kübler-Ross, when we choose to come out of the depths, we bring with us a new level of understanding. When life forces us to our knees and introduces us to the darkest of days, that is when we become our most beautiful selves. Kristie credits her parents for not only staying together, but modelling an appreciation for life with grace.


Both of us, creative beings, we naturally use artistic outlets to channel the messy moments of our lives into growth. You won’t want to miss how she shares with us the parts of her that still hurt and the beautiful takeaways that have come from that time in her life.


To be human means to be capable of feeling both great joy and great pain. It also means that when times get really tough, we must lean on our friends, reach out to others in need and spend time in nature – going for a walk and pausing at times to sit on a nearby bench.


I hope you enjoy our kindred conversation.



  • Using creativity and crafting as an outlet and means of connection
  • Kristie’s introduction to quilting by Your’s Truly and another of her family friends (who’d lost 9/10 fingers to meningitis)
  • Her eventual indentification as a “creative”
  • How the tragic loss of Kristie’s younger brother in a car accident became the first defining moment of her life
  • How’s she’s learned to process grief and move through loss with laughter and lightheartedness
  • And so much more…

You can find Kristie at 50 North here and here.

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