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Character Study: Judy Maynard

Mantra: “Always remember: you are not alone, you are infinitely valuable, and you make the world a better place by just being you.”

Jewelry She Never Takes Off: Her wedding and engagement ring

Everyday Shoe: Little black flats by Anesha for going out, and Keen sandals for hiking (1)

Favorite Purse: 100% Nylon convertible hiking pants from REI. They have four deep pockets, one of which is big enough for a map. Unfortunately, REI doesn't make them anymore.

She collects: "I try not to."

Secret Weapon: Therapy. "It can be life-changing. And it's not just a last resort. It can be a powerful tool for personal sanctification." She's willing to talk about her experience and provide names of quality therapists if you'd like.


Every Home Should Have: Candles

Oldest Possession: Her mother's Bible and an Eastern Orthodox prayer book from her grandmother


Most Repeated Recipe: Chili
2 lbs ground turkey or beef
1 large chopped onion
3 cloves of minced garlic
One 6 oz can of tomato paste
Two 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
Two 15 oz of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 T. chili powder
1 T. dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste. 

Brown meat. Combine all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for 5 - 6 hours. (2)

Secret Cleaning Weapon: KD Gold. (3) All-purpose, soap-based cleaner that's safe for plants, kids, and cooking surfaces. No toxic fumes! Rather expensive, but when properly diluted, one bottle goes a long way. 

On Her Nightstand: A pile of books that aren't being read and white-noise machine that makes the sound of the ocean.


On Her playlist: Italian Cooking Music on Pandora for kitchen work and KUSC 91.5 in the car for driving

Netflix Show: The Crown (4)

Shop: Savory Spice Shop in the OC Mix Shopping Mall in Costa Mesa. They have every spice and herb imaginable. You can smell and taste them, and then choose exactly how much you'd like. She also bought some delicious Raspberry Pear Balsamic Vinegar there that she's eager to try. 

Audiobooks: The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (5) and Elizabeth: The Queen by Sally Bedell Smith. Judy checks out audiobooks using Libby (6): a free library app that allows you to check out audiobooks and ebooks using your library card. 


Kitchen Gadget: Instant-Pot 

Flower: Lilac

Re-Read: Earthsea Cycle (7) by Ursula K. Le Guin

App: Paprika (8): helps you organize, modify, sort, and separate your recipes, as well as make meal plans and create grocery lists. This app allows you to download any online recipe to your personal list and tweak it however you'd like. Not free but totally worth the cost. Judy has it on her ipad, phone, and laptop.

Way To Unwind: Playing Two Dots: a free puzzle video game app

Evening Drink: An occasional spot of port

Place to Go: Yosemite, always Yosemite (9)



Gretchen Jensen said…
Oooh I love this post! Glad to learn a little more about Judy! =)
Unknown said…
Thank you, Abby! I love learning more about Judy. I really like her manta and think it's totally true. Very nice idea!

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