Host Greg Stephens invites a long-time friend to this episode to share her amazing story of forging a good life out of a traumatic event when she was younger. When Carry Altemus was 19, her mom ended her own life–right in front of her daughter.

In the months that followed, Carrie wrestled with feelings of anger and sadness, but also guilt. During an event with the Landmark Forum, she had a breakthrough about her own thoughts: that it was okay to feel and think those things that naturally came to her after that traumatic event–even if those thoughts were negative. Over time she learned to forgive, and be at home with herself.

Join this episode to hear her story and how she has created a beautiful life BECAUSE OF that hardship, not in spite of it.

3 Key Takeaways

  • If you have experienced trauma, it is possible to create a life of beauty and happiness and be at peace with yourself.
  • You can forge good qualities for yourself, not in spite of bad experiences, but BECAUSE of them.
  • It’s okay to feel and think negative thoughts. You’re only human. Learn to forgive yourself and stop carrying guilt. What you choose to carry around will always weigh you down.

About Carrie

Carrie Altemus owns a vacation rental business called Carrie’s Cool Properties, includes vacation homes in Austin, Wimberley, New Orleans, Breckenridge and Salida, Colorado. Most  of the homes are over 100 years old. Co-Owner of Austin Music Rooms and owns two office buildings in East Austin. She is a former Seminar/Program Leader for Landmark Education for 10 years.


Landmark Forum Website

Some of Carrie’s Properties:

New Orleans 18th Century Airbnb

New Orleans Lake Front Arena

Breckenridge Log Home