AS YOU TRAVEL-PART 2

When I visited my friend Cathy in Utah, she took pictures of me for my Insight Timer profile picture

In the last five years, my desire to write for my blog has diminished. I do keep “idea folders,” which I hope will motivate me. Those folders are brimming with pictures and inspiration for future stories.

There is great irony with the title of this post, since I don’t consider myself to be much of a traveler. But I re-frame negatives surrounding that – with the knowledge that I my current life is like a perpetual vacation and I love right where I am!

I left my marriage ten years ago and have devoted myself to embracing my creativity. Whether it is art or music, I explore any avenue that inspires me. Although these pursuits are somewhat solitary, I have formed many connections with people through my art and music.

I perform regularly on the app Insight Timer. I have a “tribe” of supportive friends from all over the world who are there to listen and support me. While I am playing, they write to each other. My heart swells to see their loving messages.

There are even friends from my past who tune in to hear me play. I grow teary remembering that some of them knew me when my songs were babies – back when I was a teenager!

I have a pen pal in Greece, whom I’ve written to daily for over six years. I feel confident that one day I will meet her. But I’d like to share about two special women that I actually had the chance to meet after corresponding with them virtually.

My friend Jan experienced tremendous loss in a short time. Her appreciation for my songs, led to my mailing her numerous CD’s. We had many heartfelt conversations over the phone. Jan lived in Chicago and when she relocated to California last year we were both thrilled. I made a trip out to her new home and the excitement of meeting her can best be seen with our pictures.

My sweet friend, Cathy, has attended almost every single one of my lives on Insight Timer. No one could ask for a more devoted friend. Cathy lives in St. George, Utah and generously invited me to stay with her anytime. I took her up on her offer, since that isn’t far from Las Vegas where my son lives.

It was an adventure when I drove out to meet her. What fun we had! We explored a gorgeous state park and took many pictures. Most amazing, was the gift that Cathy surprised me with. She is an avid quilter and put love into every square of the custom quilt she made me. I will treasure her gift forever.

My song “Someone to Love You,” is infused with love for my children. My travels took me to visit my oldest son and daughter (I live with my youngest son.) I missed seeing them due to the pandemic, and it was a big deal for me to make those trips.

My oldest son lives in Las Vegas and is currently a Kindergarten teacher. I am so proud of him! I know he truly makes a difference with the children he works with. Whenever I visit, his big beautiful home is my second home. In January of this year we went to the mountains above Las Vegas. I loved our pictures with the pine trees in the background!

My daughter is getting married in the fall of 2023. I am so happy for her! I share some of her engagement photos below.

This past summer, I traveled to Minnesota to see where she lives. I was excited to experience finding fireflies. We also went bicycle riding, floated on rafts in a lake, and took long walks. There are no words to describe how much I love her!

“As You Travel” is a lyric line from my song “Someone to Love You.”

My song ends with these words:

When you’re older, the child inside you remains

you will discover wherever you roam

love will be in your heart, and carry you home

That is where I am living now. Every day, I nurture and rediscover more of my inner child. And even though I infrequently travel, love guides every interaction.

My heart is my home!

More about: SOMEONE TO LOVE YOU

A recent picture of my birthday celebration with dear tennis friends this past October. Turning 63 was a privilege!

About Judy

I'm an illustrator by profession. At this juncture in my life, I am pursuing my dream of writing and composing music. Every day of my life is precious!
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11 Responses to AS YOU TRAVEL-PART 2

  1. Cathy says:

    Dear Judy, This is such a beautiful story and photos of your travels, family, and friends. I am so glad we met and you have become such a special friend to me.
    Love, Cathy

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    • Judy says:

      Oh, Cathy, it is wonderful that you are part of my beautiful story! Thank you for your touching comment. I am very grateful that we connected. I look forward to when I can visit you again!

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  2. kegarland says:

    I really enjoyed reading this, Judy. It’s so full of joy ❤

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    • Judy says:

      Thank you so much, Katherin!There’s plenty of backstories and nothing is perfect, but overall I am so glad that I made those trips.
      I’m wondering when my next trip will be. My ex-husband has been staying with my oldest son for over seven months now and I’m waiting for him to leave so I can visit again in Vegas. And then I can also visit my friend in Saint George when I do that. My daughter is getting married in the fall of next year so that will definitely be a big trip!

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  3. Belinda O says:

    This is a wonderful post, Judy. I loved reading it and sharing your travels. That quilt is marvelous–such a work of love. And your son and daughter look so happy. What a joyous journey!

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    • Judy says:

      Thank you so much, Belinda! I certainly treasure all the hard work and thoughtfulness that went into that quilt. It’s truly a work of art and I want to just hang it on my wall! I am very pleased that my kids are doing well. It’s been quite a journey and you’re right, it’s something to celebrate when it’s joyous!

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  4. Judy! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this photo collection of friends and family and how you are surrounded by love because you are a vessel of love, my friend! 🤍

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  5. Ann Coleman says:

    It sounds as if things are going very well for you indeed! How fun to get to meet your online friends, and I love that you have a whole community around your songs. It sounds a bit like the WordPress community, in that it can be so very loving and supportive. And few things are better than time spent with your children…you’ve been doing some terrific traveling. Now you have a wedding to look forward to as well! Congrats to you daughter!!!

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    • Judy says:

      Thank you so much for your words, Ann. It is very much like the blogging community – the support is wonderful. Thank you for your congratulations. 🎉🍾🎊
      Even though it’s next year, time is flying by and it will be here before we know it!

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