“Don’t believe what anyone tells you. Experience God for yourself.”
Janice Hoffman is a Relationship Expert and author of the award-winning book, Relationship Rules: 12 Strategies for Creating a Love That Lasts. Featured on TV, radio and in numerous articles, Janice specializes in helping men and women learn skills to improve the quality of their relationships. For nearly twelve years, Janice was a certified Mars Venus Facilitator and served as the Training Director for John Gray’s, Mars Venus Institute. Since 1998, she has been a member of the National Speakers Association and has been nominated NSA/Colorado Member of the Year three times. She also is a member of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, and the Colorado Professional Clergy Association.
Q: How did these experiences change you?
A: I am aware of how fortunate I am to be living the life I have co-created with God. I cherish each moment, experience, and friend—knowing everything can change in a heartbeat. In 2000, I was walking down the street and a guy reading tarot cards cheerily asked, “How are you doing this fine day?” to which I replied, “It’s a day.” He responded smiling, “Well, aren’t you lucky to be in the 5% of the world’s population born in the US?” That statement changed how I looked at life. Being a woman, born in the US and living in Colorado is pretty darn good. It doesn’t take a spiritual leader to change your life; sometimes it is just some guy on the street asking how are you.
Q: What is the biggest challenge facing society today?
A: We need more leaders—people asking questions and deciding for themselves what is truth. When we don’t question authority, we become too willing to accept what others tell us. The media continually feeds us fear and companies often misrepresent the truth. Recently, I saw a pharmaceutical advertisement offering a booster pill to help your anti-depressant work better. When I turned down the volume, the ad appeared to sell happiness. Anti-depressants don’t make you happy; they dull your feelings. If we don’t question what is around us, we will end up with a population of over-anxious, over-medicated followers, unable to make healthy choices.
For the rest of the interview, please check out the book, Seek The Lover Within: Lessons from 50 Spiritual Leaders.