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January Thaw

January 22nd, 2009 by judytalks

Winter is beginning to wind down in AZ. and the plants are getting ready for the desert bloom in early Spring.
In my professional life, I, too, am readying myself for new growth and life. My manuscript is almost finished, my website is nearly done, and my business should be up and running soon.
What a crazy year – 2008. The sense of loss permeated every aspect of daily living, and a deep feeling of struggle and recovery saturates this land.
How do people cope? What are the skill sets necessary to pick up the pieces and move forward?
I believe we are a resilient people, open to learning and discovery. I write and speak about grief and have been amazed at the strengths people exhibit in the face of adversity and pain.
I’m looking forward to cactus blossoms, a new published book, and a chance to connect with many more people on my new website. Take care. Judy

Making YOU a priority

January 16th, 2009 by judytalks

I just looked at the financial picture for today. I check it each day to see where the bouncing ball has landed. The predictors see more of the same for at least the first half of 2009, possibly longer.
Life balance and major change seem to be constantly sparring with one another to manage our lives. What can we control and what can we do about that which we cannot control?
Life building tools come, simply, from two sources – outside ourselves and within ourselves. Most of us start with the outside resources. Who, what, and when can we find solutions and results to better live the life we choose? I recommend starting within.
That famous line, “know thyself” is pure wisdom. The older we get, the more we lose sight of that person who lives inside our heads, and hearts.
Start today to capture the essence of who you are and what really matters to you. Coping with change and maintaining balance rests on the uniqueness of who you are at the center of your being. Then find resources outside that can enhance and support that core individual.
About the finances: I’m writing about grief, loss, and moving forward, and starting an online business. I invite you to give yoursself a headstart today.
Judy
www.judystrong.com

A New Year, A New Beginning

January 13th, 2009 by judytalks

Eaach New Year’s we receive the gift of a clean slate. Out with the old, in with the new! Usually, it’s not that simple. Tidying up the first weeks in January remind us of the goals not met, problems not solved, disappointments and losses endured.

2008 was, by far, one of the most traumatic years for many of us. Crisis, adversity, and loss hit us hard, leaving us wondering how to recover.

As a survivor of a number of painful losses (as are most of us), I’ve discovered a method for coping that works well for me, and may be just the ticket for you. It begins with the inner self, introspective, truth-telling, and all-embracing of who you are and what matters most to you.

Looking outside ourselves for answers has merit, because no one can do it alone. However, the first place to begin healing and moving forward in the face of adversity is within the core of your being, the soul, the spirit that connects with mind and body.

I returned from  Holiday vacation with a nasty virus,  low resources, and the revelation that the well-being of the mind, body and spirit start before stress and illness strike. Did I already know this? Yes. Do I listen to myself? Not always. So my goal for 2009 is to be true to myself, the person who knows me best, to devote time and energy to those things I truly value, and live by design, not accident.

It’s a brand New Year, and choices abound. I wish you blessings, comfort, and lasting peace.

Judy

Priorities

January 13th, 2009 by judytalks

A large part of my life is about writing, books, and communicating. My second book came back from my editor with very helpful suggestions for improving the overall quality of my work.
I write on the subject of grief, loss, and the courage to grow. The Holidays are difficult for those who are grieving, but the New Year can bring a fresh outlook and some wonderful tools for moving forward at your own pace. The key is for you to take charge.
The comfort of friends and family often eases the pain of loss this time of year. As I talk with people, I have learned that, though it’s difficult to celebrate, the warmth of traditions and special remembrances gives the spirit a lift.
Whatever you resolve to do or change this New Year, remember to follow your heart and look inside yourself for your own wisdom and truth.

New Beginnings

January 4th, 2009 by judytalks

A New Year begins, and 2008 is gone forever. Ringing in a new year gives us opportunity to start fresh, giving us time to set new goals and move forward. But it isn’t always that simple. Goals unmet, problems not solved, and disappointments and crises endured push us down when we want to ride the crest.

As a survivor of a number of losses through the years, I have discovered tolls for handling adversity and loss. It begins with myself. Looking inward at my own core of beliefs and values gives me the measuring stick to guide me toward better choices, and the resources that enab le me to be true to myself. Outside sources are helpful, but the key to living your authentic self starts from within.

I returned from Holiday vacation with a nasty virus and low resources. Too much stress, fatigue, and commotion. Now I’m dealing with illness instead of starting off the New Year with bounce and energy. Will I ever learn?

The New Year offers us many choices.  Making those choices and determining to stick to them is the beginning of health and wellbeing. The mind/body/spirit that makes each of us unique requires truth. This is my goal for 2009. To live truthfully, to trust my inner voice, and to give abundantly to those around.

To a bountiful New Year!

Judy

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