Author Judy Christie loves to help busy people slow down and enjoy each day more – in her series of novels about Green, Louisiana, and her Hurry Less Worry Less nonfiction books. Judy started her writing career as the editor of The Barret Banner in elementary school and has kept a journal since she was nine (and still has all of them). She likes wandering around flea markets, walking in the park near her North Louisiana home and visiting friends and family on her vintage green Kitchen Couch. Her most recent books are “Downtown Green,” fifth in the Green series, and “Hurry Less Worry Less for Moms.”
For Judy’s free tips on how busy moms can hurry less and worry less, listen to her weekly podcast: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hurry-less-worry-less/id435253514.
You can visit her website at www.judychristie.com.
Busy moms know the feeling. They’re constantly trying to fit everything – work, laundry, family fun, shuttle service, you name it – into 24-hours. They want to enjoy each day with their family but sometimes feel like they’re in quicksand and don’t know how to get started on a new path.
Author Judy Christie offers hope, inspiration, practical ideas and reminders of how important it is to step back and take a fresh look at your life in Hurry Less, Worry Less for Moms. The book includes a study guide for group or individual use.
Take a deep breath and refresh your life or that of a busy mom you know with chapters such as: A Map for Mom: Being the person you are meant to be; Organization versus Procrastination; Prayerful Not Fretful; and Making Choices, Facing Changes.
Welcome to Literarily Speaking, Judy! Can you tell us a little about your writing background? Where you’ve been published and what books you have out?
Judy: I started writing in my diary when I was nine, and I’ve written ever since. The “Hurry Less Worry Less” series, published by Abingdon Press, unfolded from my quest to slow down and enjoy life more. That series includes the new “Hurry Less Worry Less for Moms,” the original “Hurry Less Worry Less: 10 Strategies to Live the Life You Long For,” “Hurry Less Worry Less at Work,” “Hurry Less Worry Less at Christmas,” and “Hurry Less Worry Less for Families.” Then, when I turned fifty, I committed to myself to write a novel, which I’d wanted to do for decades. I’ve now had six novels published, including the recent “Downtown Green,” fifth in the Green series about a big-city journalist in the small town of Green, Louisiana. I still keep a journal and write many letters.
Your latest book, Hurry Less Worry Less for Moms, comes just in time for Mother’s Day. What is your favorite tip from the book?
Judy: Decide to make needed changes in your life and refresh your dreams. Start with small steps and know that you can learn to hurry less and worry less – no matter how frantic, frenzied or overwhelmed you are. Quit feeling guilty because you’re not perfect!
How did you come up with the idea to write this?
Judy: A dozen years ago, I was one of those worn-out people who didn’t enjoy life to the fullest because I was so rushed. In learning to slow down and enjoy each day more, I found that many busy people shared my challenges, so I started writing about how to hurry less and worry less. Along the way, moms, who have a pressure-filled and rewarding role, asked for more advice. Writing this book brought me in contact with dozens of great mothers who provided hundreds of great tips.
How did you find your publisher?
Judy: Through my pastor; how’s that for divine help? J I had written the first “Hurry Less Worry Less” manuscript, based on my own journey, and the pastor read it and recommended it to Abingdon Press. I’ve been blessed to work with the great Abingdon team on many books since, both fiction and nonfiction. I have a free list of basic tips on writing and publishing for those who’d like to write a book; e-mail me at email@example.com, and I’ll send you a copy.
If I were to tell you I’m a harried mom, I get no sleep whatsoever, the kids are running around like they own the place and I just can’t seem to relax before my head explodes, what’s the best advice you can give me?
Judy: Your story sounds like that of many moms I meet. Remember: You can’t do everything. When you say “no” to one thing, you are saying “yes” to something else. Begin to take things off your schedule, no matter how tough that seems. Don’t overschedule. Get a good night’s sleep, even if you leave something undone. It’s hard to start changing your life when you’re worn out. Don’t compare yourself to others. There are no perfect moms, nor perfect families. Do what works for you and your family. You can learn to hurry less and worry less, a step at a time. If you take two steps forward and one step back, you are still moving in the right direction.
What will you be doing this Mother’s Day?
Judy: I’ll remember my own mama in a special way. She was an amazing woman who died when I was in college, and I still miss her. The first Hurry Less Worry Less book, my first book ever published, is dedicated to her. Mother’s Day always makes me shed a tear when I think of how remarkable she was. And, I’ll be giving thanks for great blessings in our family, including the two granddaughters we have and the two new grandbabies we’ve just learned are on the way.
Thanks again for this interview Judy. Any final words?
Judy: For more information about how to hurry less and worry less and a free tip sheet for moms, sign up for my e-newsletter at www.judychristie.com and my brand-new blog. I also do brief, free weekly tips on how to hurry less and worry less on my podcast at http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hurry-less-worry-less/id435253514. I love to visit at www.Facebook.com/judychristie and www.Twitter.com/judypchristie.
For all of you busy moms, celebrate the wonderful, creative difference you make in the world. Slow down and do something fun on Mother’s Day. You are amazing!