01 Jul Senior in Action – Marcia “Marcy” Herrmann
Marilee Marrero Stefenhagen
Former County of LA Public Library Administrator is having the time of her life as a retiree; meeting fascinating people who are active seniors, and volunteering for Soroptimist International of Norwalk and other women’s groups.
Senior in Action – Marcia “Marcy” Herrmann
by Marilee Marrero Stefenhagen
Many people believe relaxation can only be found on vacation, hiking on a mountain trail fragrant with pines, or lounging on a palm studded beach watching waves lick the shore. Marcy Herrmann will tell you differently; what you need for a fresh start is time in her healing room. Seventy-one-year old Marcy Herrmann believes her life’s purpose is to help people in any way possible. Following this path led her to become a Board-certified Life Coach and certified hypnotherapist. She studied the art of Reiki (a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing) and other holistic practices including sound healing and Kundalini yoga meditation. In recognition of her leadership in life coaching, the National Association for Professional Women inducted Marcy into their 2015-2016 VIP Woman of the Year Circle.
Born in Indiana, Marcy barely knew her absentee father who was stationed overseas in the Army. Marcy was five years old when her parents divorced. Her mother was an artist and interior designer, and Marcy inherited her mom’s artistic abilities. Marcy has written the first 300 pages of her memoir, to be titled Pink Satin Nighties which details their family dynamics. Marcy earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Valparaiso, Indiana. While attending graduate school, Marcy was employed as a psychiatric social worker.
Marcy moved to California in 1990 after a divorce to be near her mother and uncle. She earned a living as an Operations Analyst for Southern California Edison, and later sold commercial insurance. When her mom developed dementia, Marcy put on an unhealthy amount of weight while caring for her. She questioned why she couldn’t lose weight even though she was eating healthy foods. Through research into various weight loss programs, Marcy discovered “Syndrome X,” a group of five risk factors that can increase your chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. When her mother passed away in 2016, Marcy began walking her dog two miles per day. The weight finally came off with exercise, changes in her eating habits, and holistic practices. Marcy’s creative ambition led her to develop a website for sharing her weight loss success with others: www.LIVELIFEHEALTHYTRIBE.COM
Besides transforming lives, Marcy’s other passion is art and her paintings are hung throughout the Yorba Linda home she shares with husband Fred. Marcy and Fred will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this year. Fred has two daughters, Lisa and Angie, from a previous marriage, and Marcy has two sons, Jim and Chris. Between their four adult children, they have bragging rights about eight grandchildren living in Florida, Maui, and nearby Covina. Marcy and Fred traveled annually to his native Germany for many years.
Marcy advises seniors to take on new challenges. “Do the things you never had the chance to do when you were busy working or raising a family.” Marcy recently joined Soroptimist International of Brea/La Habra, an organization that empowers women and teen girls through access to education and career mentoring. “I want to help young women who need a hand up. I wish there had been a Soroptimist club to reach out to me when I was younger.”
The healing room is where Marcy utilizes the knowledge and techniques developed over a lifetime to help others relax and find inner peace. She interacts with each client to customize the healing experience. Marcy’s LIVE LIFE HEALTHY TRIBE holistic approach can help people feel more positive about life and motivate them to change. For more information, contact Marcy Herrmann at (714) 394-1349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org