We had the good fortune of connecting with Judith Rowe and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Judith, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
I love quotes! In tough times a good quote brings me hope and strength – feeding my resilience. In good times, a good quote can help me to express my joy and gratitude. One of my favorite quotes is from Nelson Mandela – “I never lose, I either win or I learn.” This one is particularly meaningful for me at all times in my life because I believe that no experience in life is wasted, even the tough stuff. I ask myself constantly “What can I learn from this?” because each encounter and experience can be helpful in my growth as a human – to “know better and then do better.” (Did you catch part of another of my favorite quotes by Maya Angelou?). Resilience and growth are such beautiful concepts in life!

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Throughout my life I have had an affinity to helping others – yes, I know this may sound a bit corny, but for me, it is true and a big part of my being. It feels so good, after many years of working for others to work for myself. This opportunity came as I retired early from my corporate job and still needed to earn an income. I had already launched a not-too-active side-hustle business about 5 years prior to my retirement, with the goal of consulting later in life. It was a tough transition to do this work sooner than planned. I had to remember to think about resilience and growth – that this event was for me, not against me. What made it easier was my supportive partner and family who encouraged me to take the leap, even when I thought I was not ready to do so. People who knew me in my small town started leveraging me for training, facilitation, and coaching. When the pandemic hit, coaching became the most prominent aspect of my business – thank goodness for phones and virtual platforms! With the energy of the world shifting and social and environmental justice reckoning prominent, my work has shifted to support these issues ripe for change. My practice provides strengths-based coaching, training, and facilitation services. Looking back on these various transitions, I am so grateful for what I have learned, what I still need to learn, and what is to come.

What sets me apart is that I have such a beautiful patchwork quilt of diverse professional experiences ranging from engineering to human resources to draw from when supporting the work of others. I am most proud of my ability to draw on my past experiences while still learning something new with each encounter. I believe that I am working harder on my own than I did as an employee working for others…and yet, the rewards are great and that keeps me going. I am always challenged with being sure to put energy back into myself as I share energy out with others.

The biggest lessons I have learned include the fact that you can learn and grow at any age in life. Another great lesson is that each person can make a difference, no matter how big or small the action. As my journey continues to unfold, my company is changing and growing as well. The people and organizations I partner with know that I care about their success and that I will partner with them to help. I know in my heart that there is more I want to accomplish with the creative gifts I have.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Honestly, the pandemic has provided an opportunity to limit indoor engagement at local establishments and enjoy things at home with family and close friends instead.

If I were to come to LA as things are opening up and I was responsible for building a long weekend itinerary for the best time ever with my best friend, we would:

~ get a spa treatment at the Ellie Marie Spa
~ have an outdoor lunch at the Malibu Farm restaurant
~ take a walk along Malibu Beach
~ visit the Getty Center museum
~ have dinner and listen to jazz at Intercrew

also on the list of things to do would be to see a play, if possible – where we would go would be dependent on what is playing at the time!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate this shoutout to my family – my parents, my siblings, my love – my husband, wonderful sons, and trusted friends who all are my inner circle. I am incredibly blessed and grateful to have them all as part of my story.

Website: www.juditharowe.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judith-rowe-006a853/

Twitter: @juditharowe

Facebook: Judith A. Rowe Consulting

Image Credits
Charissa and Luna O’Brien-King

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