Greetings from North Louisiana, where I write books and serve as consultant and coach to lots of nice folks. Whatever I’m doing these days, I try to help busy people slow down and enjoy life more. So, no matter what’s going on with you today, I hope you’ll take a deep breath and remember to have some fun. For 25 years I was a journalist, then embarked on a journey as a small-business owner and author, thankful for the many readers and clients who have been part of that adventure. From growing up in government housing in Louisiana to having lunch at the White House with Nancy Reagan, my life’s been interesting. I’ve been chased by a monkey on my way to work, fished for piranha on the Amazon River and once got a black eye playing putt-putt golf. I’m a fan of porch swings and primitive antiques, have stacks of books in every room of the house and appreciate an ice-cold Diet Dr Pepper on my green kitchen couch.
My first editing job was at The Barret Banner in elementary school in Shreveport, Louisiana, and I went on to become the editor of my hometown paper — and others in Indiana, Tennessee and Florida. I believe strongly in the importance of the First Amendment and the public service role of newspapers, keeping communities informed. As a Southerner, I grew up visiting — on the porch, around the kitchen table, in the foyer at church. I still enjoy visiting, in person and on Facebook and Twitter, on my blog, at book clubs and retreats. I still write several snail mail letters a week (yes, a week!) and love “letter art,” figuring my mail carrier wishes I would take drawing lessons.
I didn’t get married until I was 35; my brothers hung a life-preserver that said “Saved an Old Maid” on the back of our car at our wedding. I consider the day I met my husband the best day of my life. He’s a middle-school science teacher, and we have fun going to movies, traveling anywhere we can and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals. My husband’s not only a great person but a great cook, which has added to my joy … and my jeans size. Bitten by the writing bug I started keeping a journal when I was 11 (I’ve been saying 9 for years, but I pulled them out and reread the first one and realized I was off by a couple of years.). I still have all of them, lining bookshelves in my office. I keep a “regular” journal and a “Big Picture” journal; I love putting nouns and verbs on paper in all sorts of forms.
I have written 8 novels — Fiction With a Louisiana Flavor — all of them since I turned 50. I also am the author of the Hurry Less Worry Less nonfiction series.
Helping people take a fresh look at life
In addition to writing, I coach and consult with individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations, including churches. Judy Christie Consulting Services LLC opened when I left the daily newspaper business in late 2002, and I’ve learned and grown in my years as a small business owner.
Although my work has unfolded in wonderful and unexpected ways, my mission remains the same: Offer Strategies for Meaningful Life & Work. Whatever you do, I believe, it needs to matter to you and those you care about. And it’s possible to change the world by changing your own approach to daily life. (A favorite quote, from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The ancestor of every action is a thought.”) I help individuals and groups come up with plans and that sometimes difficult follow-through — guiding from idea to implementation.
I coach people in the midst of job transitions, writers who need guidance on their writing path and anyone who wants to take a fresh look at their life and dreams. I’m a big believer in dreaming big — but I also know people have to pay their bills. My clients say nice things about my work with them, and I’m happy to visit with you if you’d like more info. My coaching and consulting work can be done in person, on the phone and by Skype.