So excited to welcome Karen Juster Hecht from Richmond, CA, to these pages.
Family Law Mediator, Coach, Litigator
What are you passionate about right now?
Everything! Okay but seriously, I am a passionate person and it is a little hard to narrow it down. What’s getting most of my passion these days includes: developing my divorce wellness work, getting people involved in the political process (registering people to vote and getting out the vote), educating people about climate change.
What’s the most important thing you do every day?
Get centered. The modality changes, depending on how busy I am, my mood, my options, etc. I frequently do a morning kundalini yoga meditation. I swim laps a few times a week. I start my day — before I get out of bed — by stretching my legs in “Happy Baby” pose and while I am stretching and getting my blood going, I am appreciating things, for example, sleeping well, having kicked that cold I was fighting, having a good mattress and pillows, etc.
Who do you think is the best role model for Aging Boldly and why?
My Aunt Marilyn because at her age/stage (in her late 80s), she could ignore the world but she chooses to fully engage and she stays totally plugged into events, news, cultural happenings. A few years ago my daughter told me that Aunt Marilyn is “more hip” than I am. Even though I’m not as plugged in as my aunt, I do notice when Oprah Winfrey is in the news and I really respect that she just seems to do whatever she thinks is right.
What’s your personal motto for Aging Boldly?
I have several, though I think they all have the same theme. Diana Nyad (who swam from Cuba to Florida in her fifth attempt when she was 64) said to “Find a Way” and that’s how I feel. I think we can use our age and all the wisdom that comes with it to find different ways to get where we want to go. Another one I coined (and have used on my kids for years) is “Giving Up is NOT an Option.”
What movie/book/TV show are you loving now?
I tend to read several books at a time and often these are non-fiction books where people are challenged and push themselves — for example, “The Warmth of Other Suns,” by Isabel Wilkerson, “North,” by Scott Jurek, “Life is so Good,” by George Dawson.
What countries are on your bucket list?
Nepal, India, Spain, Ethiopia, Japan, Vietnam.
If you could live any where in the world where would it be?
I am still looking. I want to live in a house that is near the water and the woods, in a country where people are loving and respect each other. (I’m open to suggestions!)
How do you cope with the current craziness in our political world?
Meditating; unplugging from social media when I need to; trying to read the news in the morning and not after dark; reminding myself that I actually do believe that love will prevail and we will come out of this and be better for it.
What will you be doing in 10 years?
Being THE Divorce Wellness Guru and bringing my retreats and divorce coaching to lovely places around the world. I will also be hiking, swimming and enjoying life.
What would you tell your younger self?
Never doubt yourself.
Believe that everything is possible.