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Lawyer Val Hemminger shares the values she learned from being raised by the Hemminger family, helping to make the world a better place by sharing her parents' legacy.

Lawyer Val Hemminger shares the values she learned from being raised by the Hemminger family, helping to make the world a better place by sharing her parents' legacy.
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Lawyer Val Hemminger shares the values she learned from being raised by the Hemminger family, helping to make the world a better place by sharing her parents' legacy.




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 become overwhelmed by stress. Our reaction to stress can make it hard for us to be present with our loved ones, with our kids, our spouses and our friends. This week’s episode is all about building a moat around our ourselves...


020 - What Now?

Recreating Life After Divorce and Separation Val is a divorce lawyer whose clients are often people who find themselves at a place in their life that they didn’t expect to be. In today’s episode she shares inspiring insight and words of encouragement for anyone going through divorce or separation. Val Hemminger is a mother, lawyer, and person who loves to connect with other humans. For a daily dose of Your Family Village you can follow her on and on Facebook.


019 - When Life Feels Hopeless - How You Can Be A Cultural Ambassador to Help

In today’s world it can be hard to not get wrapped up in the negativity. It seems to come at us from all angles - at work, in the news, and even in the TV shows that we watch. This podcast / video is all about taking responsibility to maintain our own positive energy, and then sharing that positive energy to uplift those around us! Val Hemminger is a mother, lawyer, and person who loves to connect with other humans. For a daily dose of Your Family Village, you can follow her on...


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 she would need to have help from others. We have a culture that teaches us to be independent, but this may not be the best thing for us. Val now realizes now that it’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s what we all need....


017 - Create Your Own Extended Family as a Single Parent

Life doesn’t always go as planned. Candy is a superstar legal assistant at Hemminger Law Group Westshore who unexpectedly became a single parent. Despite having a partner and a plan when she became pregnant, the partner left Candy to have the child as a single parent, pulling the carpet out from under her. While this was devastating and brought a wave of challenges, it hasn’t stopped Candy from doing what’s needed to create a rich and satisfying life for both her and her...


016 - 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. It’s the effort people make to make others feel comfy, cozy and wanting to stay. It’s a lot like Hygge, but more social. The concept is more about a feeling, rather than words to describe it. In this episode, Val talks about...


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 create community and family connections that will help you thrive. Hygge helps us provide a cultural framework, or canvas, upon which we can develop the Hygge personal experiences. Danes don’t expect Hygge to come to...


014 - Creating the Hygge Life

What do comfy sweaters, candles, book clubs, and fall camping? If you can’t quite put your finger on the word, maybe it’s because you’ve never heard it before! The answer is Hygge. Hygge is the Scandinavian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. It has become a defining characteristic of Danish culture. Since the Danes remain some of the happiest people in the world, it’s worth taking a look at Hygge, which is thought to be one...


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, how much her life has been enriched by making connections, and examples of things you can do to make these connections with other people.


012 - The Nuclear Family Sucks… And What We Can Do About it

Does the “ideal” nuclear family really work? It makes us vulnerable. If we only have like two or three people to live with, confide in, share things with, what happens if we divorce? What happens if our kids leave home? What happens if our spouse dies? How many people do you know who spoke about growing up in their nuclear family as a wonderful experience? How many people do you know who speak of their growing up experiences within their families as traumatic, or sad, or lonely? One of the...


011 - Mom’s Dying Gift - Our Long Lost Foster Brother, Michael, after more than 40 years

We all know how to “make” a family, but what does this mean in the broader sense? Val Hemminger explains how family is not limited to only biological connections. It has to do with the heart. Listen as Val shares the story of Michael who was adopted by another family, despite being loved by the Hemminger family. Even after many years apart, the strong connection, created by love, never faded.


010 - Are There Holes in Your Sweater? How to Strengthen the Fabric of Our Relationships

How do you create the fabric and threads in your life? Imagine that every connection you have with other people is represented by a thread. The threads may be thicker or thinner depending on the person or circumstances, and they all form the fabric of life. The more connections you have, the stronger your fabric. In this episode, Val Hemminger discusses creating new threads and strengthening those you have already. By making an effort to grow your threads, you’ll feel the fabric of life...


009 - Taking a Stroll With Our Kids, Connecting Without Even Realizing It

After a long workday, it can be tempting to sit indoors watching TV. However, getting out to meet people and make connections is likely much more fulfilling! Val Hemminger explains that even a simple walk around the neighborhood can lead to new friendships, connections, and quality time with loved ones. It doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking, just a simple walk will do! Val walks with her daughter, which creates quality time and conversation together that wouldn’t have happened...


008 - Too Tired? Too Busy? Do These Things To Make Connections Anyways

Do you have a set of guidelines for living? If so, what are they? If not, let this episode of Growing Up Hemminger serve as inspiration! Val Hemminger shares her top 12 guidelines for living. These include everything from forgiveness practice to keeping a clean home. Please leave a comment and share some of your own! Links from this episode: Ho’oponopono Mark’s Daily Apple Master Sha Divine Healer Books: The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson


006 - Spaces That Make Our Bodies Comfy So We Can Grow Our Connections

By definition, the word “sober” sounds boring. Since we generally use the word sober as relating to alcohol, does that mean anybody who doesn’t drink is boring? Of course not. Val reframes the idea of “sober” and explains why we aren’t necessarily sober simply because we don’t drink or use other substances. For the second part of this episode, Val discusses fostering community connections. When searching for a place to live, it’s common to admire a home for its beautiful flooring and...


005 - We Don’t Have To Be So Lonely - Steps to Take to Make Us Connect More

It’s easy to brush somebody off as strange, mean, grumpy, or awkward. But, you may be surprised what can actually happen if you get to know such a person. Val shares a story explaining how she did just this and ended up making a new friend. You benefit by bringing others into your world, and by being part of theirs. Plus, being kind and authentic is enjoyable! There are actions you can take to help form connections and create more time with loved ones, whether it’s a family game night or...


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, neither Val or her mom won the war of the shorts, but we learn a great lesson on the importance of community and neighbors, as opposed to being limited to the nuclear family. How do we create community now, when we have so much...


003 – The Nuclear Family is Flawed By Design - This is What We Can Do About it

Our ancestors thrived by being in groups and tribes. Val discusses the benefits of this, why we shouldn’t be limited to just the nuclear family, how we can emulate how our ancestors lived, and how the Hemmingers did just that. With most households having two working parents, busier than ever, it’s a recipe for frayed nerves and exhaustion, so shouldn’t we have some help? There’s truth in the saying “it takes a village to raise a child.” Val also share’s an inspiring story about the...


002 - When You Divorce a Person You Don’t Have To Divorce Their Whole Tribe!

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 something that our ancestors thrived off of. We can learn some other valuable lessons from our ancestors, such as the paleo way of living, eating whole natural food, and moving rather than sitting for long periods. In this...


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 world a better place.


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