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Embrace Relying Upon Others

  Too busy to read? You can listen to the podcast instead!   In today’s episode I want to talk about our culture of independence and how it may not be the best thing for us. A number of years ago I had my Tarot cards read. Now, for some of you that might sound a bit...

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Gezelligheid: Creating Happy The European Way

Too busy to read? You can listen to the podcast instead!   Hello from Haarlem! This week’s blog post comes to you from Netherlands, where I visited briefly. It seems so appropriate that I would be in North Holland to learn first-hand about the concept of gezelligheid,...

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The Hygge Life: How To Create A Family

Too busy to read? Have a listen on my podcast instead!     In last week’s podcast I talked about the Danish concept of hygge (‘hue-gah’), a set of guidelines for staying cozy in the long, dark winter months. About slowing down and paying attention to the little...

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Creating the Hygge Life: Guidelines for Living

Too busy to read the whole thing? Have a listen on my podcast instead!  Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) in essence is the Scandinavian concept of being cozy. The concept originated in Denmark generations ago, and is described as the feeling of being comfy. In practice,...

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Embrace Relying Upon Others

  Too busy to read? You can listen to the podcast instead!   In today’s episode I want to talk about our culture of independence and how it may not be the best thing for us. A number of years ago I had my Tarot cards read. Now, for some of you that might sound a bit...

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018 – Embrace Relying Upon Others

We need interconnectedness to thrive and do well in life. When Val once had a Tarot reading, she was told that her success and happiness in life would depend on her working with others and giving to others.   At the time, Val felt a sense of shame or embarrassment...

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Gezelligheid: Creating Happy The European Way

Too busy to read? You can listen to the podcast instead!   Hello from Haarlem! This week’s blog post comes to you from Netherlands, where I visited briefly. It seems so appropriate that I would be in North Holland to learn first-hand about the concept of gezelligheid,...

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016 – Gezelligheid: Creating Happy The European Way

“The greatest ingredient for human happiness is being with other people.” Gezelligheid is a Dutch word that relates to the heart. It encompasses the heart of Dutch culture. Val is currently visiting Haarlem in the Netherlands and experiencing Gezelligheid first-hand....

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Who’s Val?

I am Val Hemminger. It is my mission to help you create your own family village. Many of us live busy lives and yet in a world that is increasingly lonely. I want to help you connect with those you live with and love. I am here to help you create new friendships and family connections not necessarily based upon biology.

Our ancestors thrived because they lived in extended family groups, tribes, and communities. They did not flourish while living in small, individual, little nuclear family pods. Yet, this massive constructed error is how many of us live today a lot of the time.

I was adopted and raised by Elma and Julius Hemminger. Our life together shaped how I interact with my family and friends, and run my business too.  To read more about me, click here.