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Mary Crafts has been part of the best events in Utah for over 35 years. She is the largest off-premise caterer in Utah, catering for names like Oprah Winfrey, George W. Bush, and Sir Elton John. She's a 16X Best of State winner! Now there's an opportunity to give back and to share with others her hard-won life lessons and success, bringing you her life experiences as only she can to help you craft a meaningful life!

Jul 31, 2023

How do you overcome adversity and find your path to healing and thriving? Mary welcomes her guest, Kristen Smith, to discuss their parallel experiences of surviving and thriving after abusive marriages. They emphasize the importance of living in flow and making choices that align with one's personal journey. They address the challenges of leaving an abusive relationship and the fear of financial instability. Kristen shares her journey of healing and finding her purpose, highlighting the power of perseverance and asking for signs along the way. They encourage listeners to embrace their own strengths and seek support from others.


About Kristen:
Kristen Smith is a survivor of an abusive marriage and a strong advocate for women who have experienced domestic violence. She is the founder of a non-profit organization that builds homes for women and children escaping abusive situations. Kristen is also a life and business coach, helping others find their purpose and create meaningful lives.

Kristen Smith shares her journey of escaping an abusive marriage and finding healing and purpose. She emphasizes the importance of living in flow and making choices that align with one's personal values. Kristen and the host discuss the challenges and complexities of leaving an abusive relationship, as well as the power of perseverance and self-respect. They also highlight the need for support and understanding from friends and family, and the importance of asking for help. Kristen's story is a testament to the strength and resilience of survivors of domestic violence.

Key Takeaways:

  • Living in flow and making choices that align with one's personal values can lead to a meaningful life.
  • Leaving an abusive relationship is a complex process that requires support and understanding.
  • Money should not be a barrier to leaving an abusive relationship; there are resources available to help.
  • Survivors of domestic violence are often strong, resilient, and capable of achieving great things.
  • Asking for help and reaching out to others is essential in the healing and recovery process.


  • "You are only one choice away from a new life." - Kristen Smith
  • "You gain a level of love and respect for yourself through the leaving process." - Kristen Smith
  • "The most brilliant women I know have come out of these situations." - Kristen Smith
  • "Money is a tool. Money isn't everything." - Kristen Smith
  • "You are your own best friend and worst enemy. You have all the control in the outcome." - Kristen Smith