Christina Rasmussen

Christina Rasmussen is a bestselling author, speaker and philanthropist on a crusade to change the way we live after loss.

As the founder of Second Firsts and Life Starters both organizations to help people create a pathway back to life after loss, Christina has helped thousands of people rebuild, reclaim, and relaunch their lives using the power of the human mind.

Her book of the same name — Second Firsts: Live, Laugh, and Love Again— aims to take her message even further.

Christina’s work has been featured on the Huffington Post, NPR, The Times of India, Beliefnet, the White House Blog, and

Christina is the mother of two beautiful girls who watched their father die of cancer and saw their mother alchemize that tragedy into a new life of joy and laughter.

She resides in San Francisco, California, with her husband, Eric, their four daughters, and their dog, Tyson.

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But as she points out: "This has never been about my story. This is about the work of Reentry. It's about choosing to dance, laugh, love + live again."

"If you're lost. . . if you're gone. . . if you can barely absorb the words on this screen. . . I want you to hold this truth in your heart: when it's your time to go, you won't wish you'd spent more time grieving — you'll wish you'd spent more time living."

Connect with Christina — and 150,000+ Second Firsts fans — on Facebook and 23,000 followers on Twitter.

"When you are a part of the Second Firsts team you join a movement to change the way we view life after loss. It is truly the most rewarding, challenging and fulfilling experience I have ever had."

- Carrie Ryan


Carrie brings a training and development background to the Second Firsts team. She has worked with a variety of organizations including manufacturingA, zoology, and conservation. Working with Second Firsts provides a unique opportunity to blend her background with a higher purpose of helping others. She can often be found on the beach enjoying the sunshine with her husband.

When not on the beach, she is most likely spending time with her family. She enjoys traveling to new locations, getting all twisted trying out a new yoga move, scouting for vintage finds, and Sunday afternoons spent sipping coffee in the company of great friends. Carrie has a passion for learning and helping others accomplish their dreams. Reach out to Carrie at if you would like to learn more about the Second Firsts programs.


Danielle is an avid paper lover, scrapbooker, movie watcher & voracious reader. She received a B.A. in English from Western State Colorado University and a B.A. in History from The Ohio State University. She has a strong background in legislative issues, program development, and team motivation in the public, non-profit and private sector fields.

Danielle is honored to be a part of the Second Firsts team and is passionate about helping people find their tribe and support systems, along with helping her clients get organized. Reach out to Danielle at if you would like to learn more about the Second Firsts programs or have questions.


Mitchell is currently working toward a B.A. in Communication Studies at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He looks forward to translating his academic and professional experience in interpersonal, small group, and mass communication disciplines to help recruit new Life Starters. As a Spanish Minor, Mitchell relishes any opportunity to practice his language skills and work toward fluency.

In his free time, he enjoys cycling competitively, discovering a wide range of musical styles, and camping with friends and family. Mitchell is excited to join the team at Second Firsts to start using the skills he has developed to help people on a broad scale. Contact Mitchell at if you would like to learn more about Second Firsts or have any questions.

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