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Conversations with Joan Herrmann

Joan works with many leaders in the field of self-help/self improvement. She recently spoke with Miguel Ángel Ruiz Macías, better known as Don Miguel Ruiz, a Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts. The Toltec Tradition is a philosophy that encourages a person to develop a profound connection to their inherent wisdom. Q. What did Don Miguel Ruiz tell you about how we can discover the power within? Joan: Don Miguel Ruiz is an author whose work has ...

Dad in the Box

I want a tattoo.  I am old enough to hang reading glasses around my neck and I want a tattoo.    The question I keep asking myself is, why?  After a lifetime ignoring my skin, why now would I want to turn some weatherworn patch of scratches and scars it into an album cover?  This is not an easy thing to answer.  It delves deep within the psyche and brings up issues of expression, self perception, values, and even, the meaning of life.     Thankfully, I am a lot more superficial than ...

The Mommy's Review

I love Halloween! It’s one of my favorite holidays, especially since there is so much to do, and it’s so much fun for the kids. I also love that you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Sure, you could go to the store and buy brand-new costumes and decorate your house like crazy, but it’s also a holiday you can do on a budget. Secondhand costumes purchased from Facebook swap groups? Check. Dollar store decorations? You betcha. Hitting up the free local trick-or-treating events? You can bet all of your Fun Size M&Ms ...

Your Family Matters

Most people say, “When I feel more confident, then I’ll…”  But confidence is not the starting point.  Confidence is the result of experience.  When you take action, plowing through the resistance, anxiety and fear of what lies ahead, that is how you build your confidence and your self-esteem.   Every one of us has experienced resistance around doing something for the first time; continuing to do something that is personally challenging; failure and the vulnerability it brings; and making ...

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