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A Tribute to Judy Martin, Founder of WorkLife Nation

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Judy Martin


This morning I am grieving for a woman I greatly admired. Judy Martin, founder of WorkLife Nation, has passed away at age  49. I had just spoken with Judy last week and included her thoughts in my article on mindfulness. At the time we spoke, Judy was at the hairdresser. She was happy and was recovering from knee surgery. She shared her thoughts about being present in the moment, and making small changes that can help with work life balance. She died suddenly on Friday. According to her sister's tweet, the cause of death was a brain bleed.

Judy and I became acquainted over social media and I admired her work to help others integrate their work and personal lives. We have shared many thoughts on work life balance over the years and because Judy was a TV news anchor, we came at the topic of balancing work and a personal life from the same perspective. Recently, Judy had focused on stress management, had become a consultant and had published articles on her stress management strategies. Judy said, "I teach business professionals the skills they need to take their stress down a notch."

This week, I reached out to Heidi Hanna, author of Stressaholic, on the topic of stress. I hadn't realized she was close friends with Judy and when I learned, we commiserated on the loss. Here's what Heidi shared with me: "She always did a great job sounding happy and energized but she had been struggling for some time with health challenges, none of which should have taken her life though.  I loved Judy very much and plan to do my best to keep her work alive, and even finish up some projects she was working on for her.  She was a brilliant and enlightened soul who left way too soon."

I completely agree. 

Judy, thank you for your contribution to the work life discussion, your efforts to improve workplace culture and your work to channel stress into creativity. You will be missed!

Some of Judy's recently published work:

7 Trends To Help You Thrive, Ignite Flow and Boost Well-Being at Work 

3 Ways the Inner Work-Life Business Guru Trumps Competition


A tribute to Judy as a visionary leader by Lisa Petrilli.


The Work/Life Balancing Act

Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices When Struggling with Work-Life Balance

Last night, I hit a work life balance low.

I realized this low point when my family was eating store-brand lasagna and it was still partially frozen. I yelled at them to eat it anyway. The desire is there on my part to serve healthy meals and encourage exercise. I buy produce from an organic buying club. I try to buy organic meats and poultry. I make lots of veggies with dinner. But then, a night like last night comes along when I'm shuttling kids in different directions and I enter desperation mode. When that happens, I'm always mad at myself for not being better organized. We can all be more health and environmental conscious if we plan for it.

That's why I'm particularly excited to introduce my guest blogger today. Carrie Wells, huppiemama@gmail.com,  is a wife, mother of two, and educational consultant. She founded her website Huppie Mama  in 2010 to share information regarding natural living and child development. Below is her take on a welcome topic:



Making Natural, Healthy Lifestyle Choices When Struggling with Work-Life Balance

 Prior to having children, I was the type of woman who worked full-time, went to school full-time, and had a part-time job. Somehow I still managed to get a healthy dinner on the table for my husband and me each night.

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I made the decision to leave my full-time position and be a work-at-home mom, eventually balancing two part-time jobs while parenting two children, a toddler and an infant. As an educator and daughter of a stay-at-home mom, it was so important for me to be there for my children. I wanted to help them reach each early milestone and be there to celebrate all of those special moments.

I also desired to teach them to be environmentally-conscious, healthy individuals. Because I do work from home, our funds are limited, which contributes to my desire to choose reusable and sustainable products. Some of the decisions we made for our family required little-to-no additional effort or planning, like recycling, shopping with reusable bags, and buying eco-friendly household cleaners. Some of them involved a true commitment to natural living, like breastfeeding both of our children, using cloth diapers, and cooking wholesome, balanced meals daily.

Now, I don’t expect everyone to ditch their comfy homes in suburbia and opt for a more rural setting where they can grow their own local produce and milk their own cows. That’s certainly not a choice I have made for my family, but I do admire those who have. I present to you some simple things to keep in mind so that you can live a more natural lifestyle, with an emphasis on health and environmental-consciousness:

  • Shop locally for food as often as possible. The recent surge of farmer’s markets and smaller grocery stores in South Florida makes it so much easier to shop for locally-harvested produce and meats, locally-caught fish, and specialty products like honey and oils. Plan your meals for the week on Sunday so that you don’t have to struggle daily to pull something together. Incorporate seasonal ingredients to maximize flavors and freshness.


  • When buying toys for your children, try to get the most ‘bang for your buck.’ Consider purchasing toys made of sustainable materials, like wood, metal, and cotton. Also, think about how long a child will be able to use the toy from a developmental standpoint, thus reducing the waste when the toy is no longer useful to your family. Remember, too, that toys made of durable materials make great donations to local charities.


  • Check your community’s recycling program. My community collects cardboard, paper, metals, plastics, and glass. Large grocery stores often have recycling bins at the front of the store to collect plastic bags and foam packages. You have to throw your trash away somewhere, so making the choice to recycle is such an easy one.


  • Opt for reusable versions of products. This could include cloth diapers instead of disposables, cloth kitchen towels instead of paper towels, reusable shopping bags instead of plastic or paper bags, and reusable water bottles instead of disposable water bottles. While some of these may require additional up-front costs and effort to clean them, you also don’t have to worry about running out and having to purchase them last minute.


  • Set aside meaningful time to get outdoors with your family. We are so fortunate in South Florida to have beautiful parks, amazing beaches, and warm weather year-round. Take advantage of this by planning outdoor play dates with friends, picnics with your children, and maybe even some time for gardening in your own backyard. Your family will treasure these special times together!


Between raising a family, working to earn an income, and running a household, life can be challenging! However, each day, we are asked to make choices. When there is a healthier, more natural option that requires little to no additional effort, that choice should be an easy one. Remember, if we model positive natural practices for our children, they will learn to do the same when they are independent.



The Work/Life Balancing Act