Archive for March, 2011

Encouraging Words

 Dear Young Ladies:

I am so elated by the opportunity to speak to you all again.  I just wanted to let you know that you are always on my mind.  I love you and I am praying for you.

In case you all have forgotten, I lost my Mommy about  twelve years ago.  Prior to my Mommy’s passing, she would always buy encouraging bookmarkers for me.  The other day, when I was feeling a little low, I found a bookmarker that she had given to me on or around 1993.  It really made me smile and made my day 1) because my Mommy had given it to me 2) because it was really encouraging.  I want to share my encouragement with you young ladies, so here it is:

“Don’t Quit (Copyright 1993 Quality Artworks)!”

When things go wrong

As they sometimes will,

When the road

You’re trudging

Seems all up hill,

When the funds are low

And the debts are high

And you want to smile,

But you have to sigh,

When care is pressing

You down a bit,

Rest, if you must,

But don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its

Twists and turns,

As everyone of us

Sometimes learns,

And many a failure

Turns about

When you might have won

Had you stuck it out.

Don’t give up though

The pace sleems slow-

You may succeed

With another blow.

Success is failure turned

Inside out-

The silver tint of the

Clouds of doubt.

And you never can tell

How close you are.

It may be near

When it seems so far,

So stick to the fight

When you’re hardest hit-

It’s when things seem worst

That you must not quit.

Found……Lost…..and still Finding

Hey Everyone!

I hope that you had a wonderful second week of this spring forward time change.  I must admit that I have been struggling with it especially since I returned from my trip.  Can I tell you all that I have pretty much slept for two weeks straight. It’s true!  I was very sleep deprived from my trip to South America, but this trip changed my life forever.

I used this particular photo this week because if I could have written on this picture I would have written on the billboard, “Found…Lost…and still Finding.”

I feel the need to tell you all that my trip to South America is responsible for showing me that I was not as put together as I previously thought.  I thought that I KNEW for certain who I really was, but this trip showed me that I am not done with being a student of life…and a student of myself.   I discovered things about myself that I did not know or that I only knew in part.  While on my trip, I began to analyze “Judith in the U.S.” vs. “Judith in South America.”  I learned that in the U.S. I am too fanatical about keeping deadlines and time restraints.  I am too goal oriented and I was not taking enough time to just enjoy the simple things in life.  Imagine this, have you ever just enjoyed a breeze and watched the beauty of the sun rising on a lake?  If you were like me, you have not because you were too busy trying to move to your next goal, meet your next deadline, make your next business deal, or secure your next source of income.  I learned that I MUST take some time to do NOTHING and enjoy it.  My body, mind, and soul thank me for this discovery so I thought it was important to share it with you all. 

Lesson Learned: I thought that I had found myself.  The trip to South America showed me that I was lost….so my new “goal (see old habits are hard to break)” is to really find myself, being sure to include B-A-L-A-N-C-E in the equation.

Leave a comment and let me know how much time you spend doing absolutely NOTHING in order to let your body, mind, and soul relax from the monotony and stress of everyday life?

The Health Lesson from the Life of a Chicken

While away on my international trip, I witnessed first hand the life of a chicken.  After arriving at my destination, my fellow travelers and I were told that we needed to be careful as our food was behind us in the boat.  I was expecting to see bags of groceries, etc.  To my surprise, I turned around and met eyes with about a dozen live chickens.  I thought to myself, “No way!”  I am not going to look my food in its eyes and then eat it, right?  Wrong! Those chickens were supposed to be my dinner for the weeks ahead.  You may be wondering, if I ate the chickens…  The answer is, “No!”  I did not have the heart to eat the chickens that I saw walking around and clucking throughout the week.

Do I usually eat chicken?  Of course, but I do not usually have the chance to see the chicken live its life before I indulge in eating it.Sorry, I have digressed a bit from my story but I thought it was important to give the backstory about how I felt about the chickens that were expected to be my dinner for the duration of my trip.  Anyway, while on my trip, I watched how excited the chickens would become when it was time for feeding.  When the feed was thrown on the ground, the chickens would run from every direction for their share of the meal.  I noticed that the fatter chickens were the most aggressive and they fought and even pushed the thinner chickens out of the way when feeding time occurred.  When I first arrived, I noticed that there were fat white chickens everywhere, but after a while I only saw the medium-sized chickens.  After being summoned for dinner, I realized that the fatter chickens were being eaten first and that they were on my plate.  I passed on my portions of dinner and I decided to mourn the lives of those chickens who were lost.  After a few days in my new location, I took to the grounds with a hand-held video camera to do an expose with the chickens that were left.  I tried to warn them that in order to stay alive they needed to stay fit, because no one will kill a skinny chicken as there just isn’t enough meat on them.

I must admit, I learned a lot from the life of a chicken.  I think that the moral to my travel story was: “Stay thinner and live long. Get plump and get plucked for dinner.”  This motto is not only true for the life of a chicken but I think this motto could be the key to my future weight loss ventures. Something to consider, right?  Lol!

Please feel free to leave your comments.

Learn To Laugh Even When Life Isn’t Funny

Dear Young Ladies:

Have you ever lived through a situation that was so terrible that you never thought you would make it through?  You know, the kinds of things in life that come against you and nearly take the wind right out of your sail.  For example, personal illness, failure at school or work, illness of a friend or family member, separation or divorce of your parents, death of a parent(s), grandmother or friend.  All of these things can really hurt you deeply, but please try to remember to keep your ability to laugh in tact. 

The Bible says that laughter is like a medicine to the soul and I believe this to be true as I have lived through terrible circumstances by learning to laugh in the face of those obstacles or circumstances. 

What have you lived through in your life?  Do you think laughter is important in your life? Why or why not?

The Bluest Eyes

I do not usually do this, but I had to mention one of the most beautiful sights that I have seen in a very long time.  While away on my trip, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with a young man who had the bluest of eyes.  They were gorgeous!  When I looked into his eyes I seemed to forget all of my problems.  No, I did not flirt with him, I was simply mesmerized by those big blue eyes.  If he’s reading my blog, he will know who he is.  Again, I’d like to thank him for the view that he gave me….and yes there is a pun intended (lol). 

Mr. Blue Eyes aka O, I hope to see you soon!

International Journey #1

I am soooooo excited to  write this blog!  I have been out of the country for nearly two weeks and I really missed blogging.  For the first time in my entire life, I was able to receive a stamp on my passport.  Wow!  Let me be clear, I have been to Mexico, but to me that doesn’t really count because Mexico is really close to California.  The journey that I just had was well worth the wait.  In times past, I was unable to travel because of sick parents, aging relatives, and other commitments, but for the first time I was free to just be me.  I loved it!!!! 

I spent a few hours in the Santiago, Chile Airport, I was held over at the Ecuador Airport and I rather enjoyed the airport in Lima, Peru.  It was great to see that there is a great big world out there and I intend to continue my discovery of it.

I’d like to encourage my readers to take the time to do something positive that you have always wanted to do but never could do because of family commitments, sickness, work, etc.

As usual, if you have any comments, please feel free to share them.

Journey With Judith Video #1

Hi JWJ Readers:

Please enjoy the first JWJ video outlining my first international journey.


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