Conversations with Joan Herrmann

June 14, 2019

It’s hard to figure out just how she does it, but Joan tends to have this knack of saying just what I need to hear, right when I need to hear it. It’s kizmet, or something like that. Joan talks about loving yourself this week, something we could all be a bit better at…read on and feel the ...

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Every year, when baseball season comes around, I’m very happy. I’m happy because I know my Yankees could win 90 to 100 games out of the 162 game season, and maybe even win the 11 post season games necessary to win the World Series. As a matter of fact, famed Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter would ...

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This upcoming month (June 6 to be exact), I turn 56 years old. 56 YEARS OLD! Like most other 50-something-year-old individual, I’m not sure how this happened – it feels like a blink of an eye. One day I’m a college girl, the next a young mother, and now more than one half a century old. How can I ...

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A former neighbor of mine called out to me one day (many moons ago) as I was doing a power walk past his house. “Hey, trying to get your youth back?” He was a real jokester. I stopped for a little conversation. My children, who were quite little at the time, were playing in the backyard under ...

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Joan: When I was a young girl, like many other girls, I dreamed about what my life would be like. College … career … marriage … children … a house … a dog … and a big, loving family surrounding me. That was my dream. While some of it came true, many of my expectations were shattered, and my life ...

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If you think saying you’re sorry is a sign of weakness, then think again. It’s a lot like forgiveness…it’s often more for you than for the other person. Consider Joan’s thoughts on this human offering and work your personal healing. Joan: Every sappy romantic can recall that moment in the movie ...

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Staying stuck, that’s the scariest thing for many people. Joan discusses how gulping and moving forward is not as terrifying as it seems, especially when others have done so with great success. Joan: Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing. Do you ...

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You’re not alone if you occasionally feel like you fade into the background. For Joan, it’s feeling like vanilla ice cream. Translation: you’re going along in life, doing okay, making progress, getting things done, and you suddenly realize you can do more. Joan recently realized for her, just ...

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We’re at a happy time of year: spring, Easter, Passover...when life is resurrected. We see it all around us. Little green shoots coming out of the ground, trees with white and pink blooming flowers, bright yellow bushes and patches of impromptu purple and yellow irises on sporadic patches of grass.

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Some people, such as those in the military, think about mental toughness all the time, even make a career of it. Others never really think about it all, but maybe don’t have to because it’s within them all the time. Joan talks about her mental toughness as she went through what most consider the ...

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Researchers say we spend nearly half of our waking hours thinking about the past or the future. That means we’re not thinking about the present. That can cause us to lose out on an opportunity right in front of us. This week, Joan talks about how she realized she needed to move on from something ...

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Maybe when you were young, you felt as though you could accomplish anything. But what happens as we mature? What happens when those voices get in your head, the voices that develop over time? Joan talks about how she has handled that, especially in the revitalized second half of her life. Joan: ...

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Ever make a hasty decision? I know I have. Whether it’s quickly reacting to someone’s behavior or statement, and forget hastiness with social media! This week’s column touches upon one of Joan’s personal experiences that pushed her into real growth—her divorce. She offers refreshing and maybe to ...

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Having expectations about meeting someone is probably quite common. I see it as a chance to really blow someone out of the water, but when it comes to me meeting someone else…well, that could be a different story. I have a diverse family, so long ago, my husband and I decided that it would be ...

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This week is an ‘oucher’ for me. Making a promise and then not fulfilling it is a matter of personal responsibility. And what Joan says here is important: those of us guilty of such things often do it with the best intentions. But I learned that’s just not good enough after you've let someone ...

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