About Joan

Author, artist, presenter, and SOULution strategist
providing playful ways to soar in life!

Joan Arent is an award-winning author, artist, presenter, and coach who has helped individuals of all ages grow professionally and personally. Joan’s happy place is helping others succeed. She loves sharing her key life-changing message: No matter the hurdles, with creative thinking, perseverance, passion, and a warped sense of self everyone can succeed!!  Her adult humor book “I’ve Never Made a Mistake… Once I Thought I Did But I Was Wrong. A book with an edge to keep you off the ledge.” Is one of the many tools she uses to educate, empower, and entertain using “Whimsical Proactive Problem-Solving Skills everyone can play with.”

“Get Rid of your STD’s (Self-Traumatizing Doubts).” 
From her book, I’ve Never Made A Mistake. . . Once I Thought I Did But I Was Wrong”

Why Joan?

Joan-no razz


Each of Joan’s presentations are customized to the audience and are entertaining with a mix of helpful tips & humor. Her passion is contagious!

Joan Jumping


At first glance it might seem challenging to remain professional while getting people to laugh & learn but Joan does it with ease, all while practicing what she preaches!



Joan creates whimsical products and presentations that have a magical way of creating connections to help change your perspective & think differently!

Since 1985 Joan has shared her signature brand of motivational growth mind-set with entrepreneurs, multi-national corporations, non-profits, educational institutions, International leaders at the World Economic Forum to stay at home moms. Using her own colorful anecdotes she eliminates the daily slog of the age-old self-improvement antidotes and helps people put more puff in their pastry and cheer in their Cheerios.



Joan draws on her Masters Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education and Adaptive Physical Education; her career in global innovative wellness and her own personal experiences including running two businesses Optimum Health and It Stiks, raising a family, loosing a child, living with chronic pain, taking care of her sister with Down Syndrome, and Alzheimer’s and her mom with Alzheimer’s to develop programs, tailored to diverse groups and unique hurdles.


Joan created The Bird Herd Forty-Three years ago, 11 whimsical birds hatched to help parents and children problem-solve playfully.  She has written and illustrated books for kids including “Bye, Bye Booger Bug, The Art of Nose Picking“, “Slumps, Bumps and Triumphs“, “Bed Time Is For The Birds,” Flutter Takes A Chance”,  “Peek-A-Boo-Who.”

Joan has ridden life’s ups and downs with her husband for thirty-five years, raised two amazing children and learned to live well, laugh often and love much.  She has had the honor to live in Belgium, Switzerland, England, Bolivia and volunteered in Uganda, El Salvador and Bolivia. Where she learned to change the lenses on her glasses and understand different people’s perspectives and challenges.  Living and volunteering abroad truly shaped her understanding of who she is today.

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Volunteer Work

Jacks Tribe Donor Dash


L.W. Rockstar Memorial Fund


Do It For The Love Foundation


Outreach Uganda


Special Olympics


Musana Community Development Organization