From Judy Herman. . .
What I’m working on now
I’m working on the audio production of my new book Beyond Messy Relationships: Divine Invitations To Your Authentic Self. This memoir/relationship book is for soul-searching therapists who are energetic and purposeful in their calling to bring healing to their clients.
It’s an honor to partner with Heidi Hansing, professional narrator who is making my story come alive as she reads the memoir portion. Of course, I’m reading the prologue, epilogue and everything in-between as I show up in my therapist voice.
Also, I’m thrilled to work with a remarkable production team: David Wolf, Steve Corona, and Kim Monti with Audivita.
Entrusting the audio version of my stories, of toxic patterns and traumas to healing and adventures, is an amazing journey. Because this is not just my journey of 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.
So I can’t wait until the finished project is out in the world. Until then, I’m taking in my own formula of breathing in fresh AIR. Of course this stands for Awareness, Intentionality, and Risks.
During this season
As we adjust through the COVID-19 pandemic, I realize that many of us have had huge shifts in our personal and professional lives. I’m intentional to surround myself with positive people and the help I need. As for now, my challenge is to connect regularly with those on my email list to share valuable relationship insights.
Here’s soul nurturing and professional groups 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 myself and others. In addition, I highly recommend anyone in leadership to consider the benefits.
What I do for fun
I believe having fun means connection with those we trust and do life with, whether it’s with family or friends. My learning to dance along with partnered ballroom dancing has been a perfect analogy for relationship patterns.
Of course, the pandemic has been limiting for all of us socially. But I’m getting to know my neighbors and living in the simple pleasures of walks in the neighborhood.
Actually, I’m energized by backyard adventures with my five young grandchildren. Anything outdoors are moments that fill my soul and make me feel like a brand new woman! Hobbies include 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 gathering with others, 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.