021 – How to Defend Against Crushing Stress

Contrary to what a lot of people say, anger, fear, and sadness are all a necessary part of life. Problems with these emotions arise when our fear causes us to become paralyzed, our anger to rage, or our sadness tips us into despair. This is what can happen when we...
Embrace Relying Upon Others

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...

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 that...
Gezelligheid: Creating Happy The European Way

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,...

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....

015 – The Hygge Life: How To Create A Family

In the last episode, you heard about the concept of Hygge. Hygge originates in Denmark, and relates to being cozy, connected, and to paying attention to the little comforts life has to offer. Today, we explore the idea further, specifically how you can use Hygge to...
The Hygge Life: How To Create A Family

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...
Creating the Hygge Life: Guidelines for Living

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,...

014 – Creating the Hygge Life

 You can read my blog about Creating The Hygge Life here! What do comfy sweaters, candles, book clubs, and fall camping have in common? If you can’t quite put your finger on the word, maybe it’s because you’ve never heard it before! The answer is...

013 – It Is Worth It To Create Those Threads

Making human connections and being connected to others is important for our health and happiness. Sometimes, making these connections is hard and challenging, requiring us to put ourselves out there. In this episode, Val explains why it’s worth it to make this effort,...
I Am Calling Out The Nuclear Family

I Am Calling Out The Nuclear Family

The Nuclear Family Sucks! Here is Why, and What You Can Do About It. (If you’d rather listen to me talk about this blog post on my podcast, here it is!)   Let’s look at what family means under a dictionary definition. Dictionary.com defines a Nuclear Family as:...

004 – The Summer of the War of the Shorts

Exploring the idea that “it takes a village to raise a child,” Val shares a story from her childhood. Val was delighted when part of her wardrobe transformed from dorky to cool, thanks to a friend’s mom. However, Val’s own mother was not so impressed. In the end,...

002 – The Threads that Connect Us

Each relationship is a thread that connects us, some stronger and some fainter but all forming fabric of life. Val discusses the importance of community and friendship, whether you apply it to raising children, knowing your neighbors, or other areas of life. This is...

001 – Introduction

Welcome to the Growing Up Hemminger Podcast! In this episode, Val introduces the podcast, gives some insight into why she’s starting it, and what you’ll hear in future episodes. Val Hemminger creates business, life, projects, and friendships that make our...
Basketball

Basketball

I hear that many people look back on their elementary school gym classes with fondness. Me. Not so much. My emotional experience of gym class ranged between mildly awkward to extremely humiliating. Three times each week, I loathed how my school day, that is the part...
That God-Damned Trudeau

That God-Damned Trudeau

Dad, always left-leaning politically, was probably progressive in a way that was ahead of his time. He and my uncles would always bet a bottle of booze as to which of their favourite political parties would win each federal or provincial election. My Dad would always...
Watching Movies With Elma

Watching Movies With Elma

Mom said she was diagnosed with Saint Vitus Dance (or Sydenham’s Chorea) as a child. Saint Vitus Dance comes from a childhood infection often brought on by rheumatic fever. Although Saint Vitus Dance most often resolves by the time people reach adulthood, Mom...
Because Being Kind Grows:

Because Being Kind Grows:

I am embarrassed to say that I have not always been kind. I have been that person at the other end of the phone with a customer service representative (my cell phone company, cable provider, or what have you) and became not only unkind but rude or abusive. I have, in...
Introduction to Growing Up Hemminger

Introduction to Growing Up Hemminger

So, um, I have been working on a memoir about how I grew up. Here is me taking a stab at saying what it is about: This is a memoir written by a profoundly imperfect person. Despite this, she hopes her story is still worth telling. Val says that everything she creates...
Wonder Oil

Wonder Oil

Elma held two absolute and incontrovertible beliefs. One of those beliefs was in the existence of God. The other was that Wonder Oil cured everything.  Wonder Oil is still available for purchase. It is topical remedy-type oil containing cloves and menthol. It is...
On Clearing The Kitchen Table

On Clearing The Kitchen Table

Never have I experienced home like I did on 11407-207 Street, in Hammond. Our house could be described as boisterous, messy, and very very busy. There were always kids in various stages of growth from small active children to sullen teenagers gripped in the throws of...
A Day of Firsts

A Day of Firsts

I have always hated the “c” word. Here is why. It was a summer day when I was about 7 or 8 years old. It would be a day of a lot of firsts. I think Hammond, our small community on the mainland area of British Columbia, represented as rather rough in the 70s. A working...

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