Janet Zinn

Janet Zinn is a successful psychotherapist in private practice in New York City.  Janet was a mental health, first-responder post 9/11, and more recently, in the global Covid-19 pandemic. She is an expert in trauma and loss.  She has worked as a consultant for Fortune 100 companies, and has spoken locally and internationally on getting through traumatic events.  Janet incorporates mindfulness, creativity, humor and enduring compassion in her work.  She maintains a weekly blog in getting through difficult times and related topics.  

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Bad Art, Week Twenty-Nine in the No Longer New Abnormal

Bad Art, Week Twenty-Nine in the No Longer New Abnormal
Jul 14, 2024 by Janet Zinn

When I was in the third grade I took my first trip to an art museum.  It was a class field trip and I found the Philadelphia Museum of Art boring.  We were on a tour and it was more about history and paintings of old wars than anything that interested me.   Had the guide stopped by the Mary Cassatt portrait or explained Brancusi’s The Kiss rather than marching us past it to view Washington’s Crossing, I may have found my love for art a bit sooner.  It took me until high school and many more visits to the Museum to learn what I like as opposed to what I prefer to leave on the walls on my way to better things.  

 

Zucchini Fritters, Week Twenty-Eight in the No Longer New Abnormal

Zucchini Fritters, Week Twenty-Eight in the No Longer New Abnormal
Jul 06, 2024 by Janet Zinn

It’s sweltering outside.  The humidity and the temperature are high.  Though I have a good number of chores to get done, I’m choosing to spend this time writing this blog in air conditioning.  I haven’t planned what I’ll write, so as unoriginal as it is, I’ve started by mentioning the weather.  Inspiration is not forthcoming.  I just walked away to go into the kitchen.  I cubed and toasted bread to make breadcrumbs to go with the zucchini I purchased today at the farmer’s market.  In fact, the bread came from there last week.  I‘m making zucchini fritters.  The eggs that go in the mix come from another stall at the farmer’s market.  I didn’t see the right onions, so I’ll have to go out for them.  I so enjoy the sweet and savory combination of the fritters.  

An Anniversary, Week Twenty-Seven in the No Longer New Abnormal

An Anniversary, Week Twenty-Seven in the No Longer New Abnormal
Jun 30, 2024 by Janet Zinn

It’s something of an irony that my and my husband’s 27th wedding anniversary is on the 27th week of this year.  I like coincidences like that.  When the stars align, I feel good all over.  Twenty-Seven years is probably the longest commitment to anything I’ve done in my life.  I like variety, so in the past I could do something for a while and then I’d move on.  I took a very different tactic for our marriage.  While Larry is someone who likes routines and enjoys what he knows, I like to try new things, preferring to being adventurous rather than staying in place.  Though we were a bit older than our contemporaries when we got married, I was 38 to Larry’s 45, we had a lot to learn about relationships, particularly long-term relationships.  

The Half-Way Mark, Week Twenty-Six in the No Longer New Abnormal

The Half-Way Mark, Week Twenty-Six in the No Longer New Abnormal
Jun 22, 2024 by Janet Zinn

We are officially halfway through 2024.  It’s a great time to reevaluate then manage any expectations we’ve had for this year.  This is the year I’ve had my first, and perhaps my last, book published.  It feels good to have accomplished that.  I am now in the weeds attempting to promote the book while working full-time.  Promotions do not come naturally for me so it feels like I’m rolling a big bolder uphill uncertain if like Icarus is will roll down again.   But I’m challenging myself to do what I can and then challenging myself yet again let go of the results.  When I measure my self-worth by the results I produce I may experience a fleeting high, but in the end I try my best to be proud of going beyond my limits no matter how things turn out.  

Broken Phone, Week Twenty-Five in the No Longer New Abnormal

Broken Phone, Week Twenty-Five in the No Longer New Abnormal
Jun 15, 2024 by Janet Zinn

I was surprised today when I dropped my iPhone and the case cracked that it didn’t create a tailspin in which I cracked a bit, too.  Instead, I was thankful that I gave myself a day with a flexible schedule allowing me to take Lucy and me to the Apple store to have my phone repaired.  I even sat patiently waiting for my turn as Lucy demanded treats since it wasn’t her idea to leave our neighborhood.  Luckily I unknowingly stocked enough treats for the day.