Conversations with Joan Herrmann

July 23, 2021

Just about everyone wants to be happy. Aristotle said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” If happiness is something we strive so hard to attain, and if it is truly the end all and be all of life, then why does it elude so many? There is ...

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We live in a world where beauty is everything. We’re led to believe that if we look a certain way and are skinny enough, we will be enough, and we will have value. Most of us know that these messages are wrong, but knowing something and believing it don’t always go together. Ilene Leshinsky ...

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Hypnosis uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness. In her book, Transformation Through Hypnosis: Relax, Clear Your Mind & Step into Your Power, Mary Battaglia, a certified clinical hypnosis practitioner, shows easy-to-follow ...

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Last week I had lunch with a business colleague, Anna, who owns an interior design company. During our conversation we shared stories about things we experienced during the past year, and we discussed how we were able to keep our companies on track. One of her strategies during the pandemic was to ...

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A few days ago, I was looking through photos from my childhood and I started reminiscing about family members who have passed or with whom I’ve lost contact. One memory was front and center because it jarred strong emotions within me. My father’s cousin was a wonderful man who was a high level ...

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Memorial Day weekend, for many, signifies the unofficial start to summer. This past weekend, as I was looking at my swimming pool, I began to think about how I felt four years ago when I was able to make a dream a reality. Four years ago, friends and family had to listen to me ramble on about ...

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Vicki Znavor learned to be self-sufficient early in life. Despite being a great student, attending college right out of high school was a distant dream because she had to support herself financially. She postponed college and jumped into the work force as a typing/filing clerk. With perseverance ...

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It seems like every day we hear a new story about sexual harassment. What was once whispered in back corners at work is now making headline news. More and more women today are being empowered to share their story, say enough, and take back their power. Elizabeth Miles Graham experienced sexual ...

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A few weeks ago I was having dinner with a group of women when one of the ladies remarked, “My ex-husband’s new girlfriend is a demanding bitch, and he’s jumping through hoops for her.” I joined in with the group’s resounding “halleluja … amen sister!,” but when the evening ended, and after I ...

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Most of us live every day overwhelmed and exhausted. We are always on the go trying to balance work, family, friends, and everything in between. Often it feels like our usual methods of coping no longer work. I recently spoke with David Kundtz, author of The Art of Stopping: How to Be Still When ...

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The past year has been an incredibly challenging time for many people. When going through difficult periods, it’s often easy to focus solely on the negative. But there was so much good that happened during the last year. While the story wasn’t always told, billions of people around the world came ...

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I recently went through an experience that was painful for me on a personal level. Something I was certain would occur, didn’t happen. I did everything humanly possible to make my wish a reality, but in the end, things didn’t work out as I had planned. Even though I know better, I allowed this ...

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From the time women are young girls, they are bombarded with messages about how they are supposed to look and behave. These directives significantly affect the way they feel. The pressure to be a certain type of person is a significant drain on a woman’s self-esteem and self-confidence. To gain ...

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Many people search for a soulmate to provide to them an all-consuming love that they dream about. They desire the romantic version of the fairy tale that we’re taught from early childhood exists. But, according to Dr. Barbara De Angelis, author of The Choice for Love, when we think that love ...

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Life doesn’t always turn out the way we planned. Things we expect to happen, don’t occur. People we thought would always be there, let us down. Plans that seem certain, fall through. We have a vision for the way things should be, and we cling to those ideas. One of the biggest lessons I have ...

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This morning a friend called me to share the story of something she experienced. She was in a local pharmacy waiting to pick up a prescription when she remembered she wanted to get a pair of magnifying glasses because she was having difficulty reading the tiny print on the side of medicine bottles.

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There is an old adage: breaking up is hard to do. Most of us at one time or another have suffered the pain of a broken heart. While we know that hearts don’t literally break, it can be hard to believe that’s true when a relationship has ended. It feels like the place that was once filled with ...

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Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, many have feared getting sick, and they have put their hopes for getting back to “normal” in the new vaccines. While being vaccinated is a great step in prevention, it is equally important to keep our bodies in optimal health so that our immune system can ward ...

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Several years ago, I was angry and resentful because I believed that my life was not playing out the way I expected. I had plans for my journey and I did not like the direction it was taking. Clinging to my expectations made me miserable and closed my mind off to the possibilities of wonderful ...

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How many times have you heard, the best step you can take to grow as a person is to step outside your comfort zone and take risks? This is the theme of just about every self-help book I have ever read, and it has been stated to me by just about every person I have interviewed. I take this advice ...

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It has been reported that the divorce rate in America is 50 percent for first marriages, 67 percent for second marriages, and 73 percent for third marriages. These numbers indicate that many people repeat the same mistakes over and over again. While a new relationship may look different at first, ...

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I was watching television recently when it happened … I saw the first commercial for the Valentine’s Day diamond collection – you know, the gift that every woman will treasure. As I listened to the music and watched as the camera panned the romantic setting, waves of emotion overcame me like a ...

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To have a friend and be a friend is what makes life worthwhile. ~Unknown February is the month of the heart, the time when we celebrate love. We buy chocolate, flowers, jewelry, and greeting cards to profess our undying love to that special someone. But, in all the hoopla of the season, perhaps ...

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For about a year now, we’ve been living through challenging times. When we examine or talk about the pandemic, often it is in terms of illness or economic instability. But, what about the impact it has had on our romantic relationships? When first dating, many dream about being “locked away” ...

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As the month of February approaches, our attention turns to matters of the heart. February is all about hearts - but not just the candy kind. It's also American Heart Month, a time to turn our thoughts to keeping families and communities free from heart disease. Heart disease kills more women ...

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Recently, many of us have experienced a political unrest like we have never before seen. Watching events unfold, it is easy to think: I don’t understand what is happening; it seems like our world is upside down.  I don’t pretend to have the answers. I don’t know how we got here, but we have ...

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This morning while I was scrolling through Facebook, a memory of a photo I shared a few years ago popped up. It's a picture of me in high school playing the piano for a drama club production. When I first made the post, it was simply in remembrance of a happy period of my life. But, when the photo ...

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The holiday season is upon us. For many it can be the most wonderful time of the year, but, for others, it can be the loneliest. If you have lost a loved one or suffered a breakup with a spouse/significant other or friend, the holiday season is a constant reminder of the loss. Grief at any time of ...

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Have you ever had the opportunity to meet someone and before you met had an expectation of what you thought would occur or how that person would behave? It’s natural to worry about how an encounter will play out, especially if it is with someone you admire. It’s easy to make judgements based on ...

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The year 2020 has been one that most will never forget. We have had to navigate health issues, financial concerns, isolation, employment obstacles, political unrest, and a host of other matters, that quite frankly, we all will be happy to see end. When I was contemplating what I wanted this ...

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