From Judy Herman. . .
What I’m working on now
I’m working on developing ancillary products (journals, how-to’s, and audio versions) of my new book Beyond Messy Relationships: Divine Invitations To Your Authentic Self. This memoir/self-help book is for those who’ve struggled in their marriages and relationships. In addition, those who question their purpose and sense of self will find meaning and insight.
I share from stories of toxic patterns and traumas, to healing and adventures. Actually, this is about my marital journey to becoming a relationship therapist. But it’s really about all of us as we become aware and recognize the value of our messes as opportunities for transformation.
In essence, we can’t do it any other way. It requires knowing ourselves and God through relationships with others. And I use the analogy of breathing in fresh AIR which stands for Awareness, Intentionality, and Risks.
During this season
As we enter into a new year, I seek balance between staying connected through social media and the awesome organizations I’ve been involved in. As a result, the challenge is to connect regularly with those on my email list to share valuable relationship insights.
Here’s soul nurturing and professional organizations I’m part of:
As a result of participating in an MBSR program(Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) through Center for Mindful Living, I have a daily practice of meditation. It helps me be more present with my clients. In addition, I highly recommend anyone in leadership to consider the benefits.
What I do for fun
My husband and I believe having fun together means connection with each other. We met through ballroom dancing! Yes, we really did. It’s a perfect analogy for relationship patterns, but we really do enjoy it as a hobby. Our favorites are Viennese Waltz and Swing!
Places we like to have fun include:
Actually, I’m energized by backyard adventures with my four young grandchildren. Hubby and I enjoy the outdoors – camping, canoeing, hiking, and bike-riding. Water aerobics and swimming are my summer exercise programs.
For years I’ve considered each person I encounter as a divine appointment with depth of soul. As a Christ follower, it’s important to nurture my relationship with God. And I do that through my church involvement, study and reflection of Scripture along with periodic soul care retreats.
Also, I want you to know that I honor differences with openness. That is to say, I’m comfortable with those of other faiths or no faith. Honoring our common humanity is foundational. To clarify, my focus is relationships and living intentionally.