Tribute To Journalist Author And Speaker Judy Martin

Judy MartinSome times in life, strange coincidences happen.  But yet again, I don’t really believe in coincidences.  Because what we like to call coincidences, often do happen for a reason, even if we don’t ever find out what that reason is.

Let’s not forget that there is a force much higher and stronger than us out there!

Last week, as I was writing my blog post on Tuesday afternoon in order to published it on Wednesday morning, little did I know that it would have been the last thing that Judy Martin may have read.

This is why…

My post today is going to be a little different, because I decided to give tribute to someone I didn’t even know, and now I wish I did. Her name was Judy Martin and she was a journalist news anchor as well as an author, blogger and speaker.

Why would I want to give tribute to someone I didn’t know? Well, because her last tweet before she died was my previous blog post on this blog.

Here is a screen shot of the tweet. As you can see it’s dated January 31 which is also the day that she was found dead at 7:30 PM on Friday January 31 in her apartment by a coworker.  As I’m writing this, it’s not yet known what was the cause of her death, but apparently she was a healthy 49 year old woman.

Judy Martin Last Tweet

Judy Martin  judymartin8  on Twitter

I would have never known about any of this if it wasn’t for two of her followers who kindly came to my post telling me that it was Judy Martin’s last post before she died. Needless to say that I was beside myself when I read those comments on my blog.

Here are the screen shots of those comments.

Last Tweet of Judy Martin-

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The irony of it all is that the post that she last tweeted was about living in the moment, and that’s when this topic takes a whole deeper meaning.  Let’s live in the moment, because it’s all we have.

More About Judy Martin

As soon as I read the first comment I did a quick Google search and found out that she was an Award-winning local news anchor in Long Island at News 12, and was a journalist for almost 25 years.  She was also a blogger and into personal development. Her blog was called Work Life Nation, and there I learned that she was a work stress management coach as well.

Learning more about this smart lady just after she passed away, made me fully understand why she would be interested in my blog and share my post, and I am so honored by that.

It’s amazing how some souls can be joined in this universe. For me, in this case, it’s getting to know someone who has shared my spiritual writing to the world the very day she passed away.  As someone told me, her last thoughts might have been the content of my post, and that made me feel  pretty emotional.

So here is for you Ms. Judy Martin. Take it away with this video as a thank you for sharing my work. I wish we had met in different circumstances, but we’ll meet again some day.

 

I know this one was a different kind of post for this blog, but at the same time it’s also really on topic.

Thank you for coming by and leave your comments and thoughts below, as they are always appreciated.

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19 Comments

  • JOSEPH TAILLY says:

    Thank you Sylviane for a great post. Your post was Judy’s last tweet. This is deep. She wanted us to Live out the important message embeded in your post. The best thing we can do is to live in the moment. These words from Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior are in total agreement with your post and what Judy was thinking. GOD commands us to live in the moment:

    Matthew 6:25-34
    New International Version (NIV)

    25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
    28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

  • AdrienneTwitter: adriennesmith40 says:

    Sylviane,

    As we spoke on our mastermind last week that your post is something that we all need to practice and become better at. Worrying about what was or what might be does no one any good. It’s pretty obvious that Judy appreciated what you shared as well.

    Of course I didn’t know Judy either since I live in Texas but after you shared with us that your post was her last tweet this just continues to reiterate what I share all the time. Life isn’t promised and can be taken from us at any given moment.

    I lost a dear friend in a work accident when the scaffolding he was on collapsed. I lost a lady I use to work with in an elevator accident while she was visiting her daughter in the hospital after having her first child. I’ve lost way too many good friends in car accidents over the years. The guy I had a crush on in junior high was shot and killed at his father’s store as he helped out during his trip home from college. My uncle went in for a colon treatment and died the next morning while talking on the phone with his brother. My ex-best friend lost her husband to a hypertension stroke at the age of 43. I lost my best friend last summer of a heart attack four days after turning 44. The list goes on and on for me but this is what I keep saying. Just like Judy Martin who was only 49 years old, no one expected that. No one ever does so stop worrying about things that are out of your control and live in the moment. Enjoy every darn breath you take and be happy because like Judy, it could be your last.

    Sorry for getting on my soap box but a lot of times something horrible has to happen to someone you love before other’s truly get it. I don’t want that to be the reason they finally wake up. Learn from this as a person this very moment.

    Thank you for writing this tribute to Judy and I’m sure she really appreciates it along with all those who knew and loved her.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Adrienne,

      Yes, because of this unforeseen situation I think that the message of that post is even stronger now. She tweeted that post only hours before she died or maybe even minutes, so there’s nothing better that she could have shared to spread the word. Not because it was my post, of course, but because of the message it contained.

      Man, Adrienne, you’ve lost so many people in your life. But that lesson I also learned it very, very young since my own father died in a car accident when I was five. So, when I hear crazy people say “I thought I was immortal when I was young” or stuff like that, I’ve never “thought” that way myself. Life taught me otherwise super young.

      Nope, life isn’t a promise, and it can be taken at any given time.

      I know that Judy doesn’t need to be “alive” to be aware, so I’m sure she is smiling at this post right now.

      Thanks so much for sharing all that, Adrienne.
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  • Donna MerrillTwitter: donna_tribe says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    I firmly believe that there are no coincidences in life. Her soul touched yours to inspire you to write this post. Although I don’t know her, the video gave me a great way to do so and I thank you for sharing it.

    I like the way she said that we have to bring our core values at the center of our business and personal lives. It is an energy that spreads around that is positive.

    Her story of how she changed her life and home and in the workplace is great. She sure got it! We do have to change ourselves to keep up with the fast changes that are happening in this world.

    So Sorry about her sudden death, but she has given us a great legacy.

    Thanks for sharing this,

    -Donna
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Donna,

      I see that you see things the same way I do. I do not believe that’s a coincidence and everything happens for a reason.

      Her work was right up my alley and I only wish I’d met her before she died.

      Thank you for coming and have a great day, Donna!
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  • Sherryl Perry says:

    Sylviane,
    Reading this just gave me a chill. I can only try to imagine how you felt when you learned that your post was Judy Martin’s last tweet.

    It’s so easy to sit here and think that what we’re writing is going to resonate with a few people but it’s hard to really imagine what sort of impact one post can have.

    Thank you for sharing this experience with us and for your tribute to someone who will be missed.

  • CarartaTwitter: ArtaGene says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    Your Living in the Moment article is something I copied and emailed to my
    Grand Daughter.
    Not for rules and regulations, but the sheer inspiration to look at your life and
    decide how you are going to live it.
    The world families live in now has changed. Some might even say that
    family is on the verge of OBSOLESCENCE with school, friends, media and mobile phones replacing what once was.
    For many structure and and a “norm” just aren’t there, It puts a larger burden on each person, young or old to Live in the Moment and gain from doing it, by .
    adapting to our new world.
    The essence of this article applies to life and living regardless of how you are using
    it:
    It can be used as a vehicle for changing how we live and do business or what we do at home or school or in society..
    Living in the moment can dictate how we handle stress from any source, because in the end, each person who reads it will find their own jewel of knowledge to apply to their life.
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  • Harleena SinghTwitter: harleenas says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    Oh dear…I just came to know of it – being away for a few days at a family wedding.

    Yes, we were Twitter followers and tweeted each others posts, and though I didn’t know her otherwise, it does sadden ones heart especially if they are known faces.

    Life surely isn’t promised to any of us, and who knows what might happen tomorrow. So, living in the moment and making the best of it is what I believe in too. I wonder what caused her death, though we can do nothing about it other than just pray that her soul rests in peace. I can understand how you must have felt to see that your post was the one that was last tweeted by her – that’s how life is…

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead.
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Harleena,

      The sad part is that being so busy I’m not always aware of who tweets what and I didn’t even know she tweeted my post, and don’t know if she ever did before.
      That’s why it’s important to build a one on one relationship with the person, because if not, they may not know you shared their stuff.

      Yes, it was a shock to learn about this and I wish I had known her before, because she was right up my alley.

      Thanks for coming and have a great day!

  • Ali Davies says:

    This is such a lovely tribute to the power of connections that happen in good times and bad times. It is Judy’s final tweet that conneced me to your article and to you. I am delighted to have been connected to you via Judy and the passions and values that we all share that bring us together.

    She impacted nd connected so many people in life and continues to do so since her passing.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Ali,

      I’m so glad you came back to see this tribute to Judy. Indeed it’s thanks to her that we connected and I will most certainly come back to see you. I took a little tour of your blog and that’s my kind of blog, indeed.

      Yes, isn’t it amazing? She continues to impact people after her pasing.

      Thank you for coming and see you soon.
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  • Sylviane Nuccio says:

    Hi Jodie,

    I was so touched by Judy gesture, and it was my pleasure to give tribute to her on this post.

    Thank you so much for coming here and leaving this comment. I am certain that she was a wonderful person, and I only wish I had met her while she was still among us.
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  • Kumar GaurawTwitter: kgauraw says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    What an amazing coincidence! She tweeted your post about living the moment and then she was gone making the message even more real. Truly, this is the only moment we’ve got. Nobody has seen future and none of us know what’s in store. So, live the moment while we still can.

    May Judy rest in peace although I didn’t know her prior to reading this blog post of yours.

    Regards,
    Kumar
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Kumar,

      Yes, what happened here with this post made the message all the more clear. She passed that message along while she could “in that moment” and if she hadn’t there were not going to be another moment for her to do it.

      Many times we push things for tomorrow, and we even have a saying that goes “there’s always tomorrow,” while it’s a positive statement it’s not always a true one.

      Thank you for coming by.
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  • Akaahan Terungwa says:

    Hello Sylviane,

    So sorry you had to ‘connect’ with Judy in this circumstance. Living in the moment is indeed what everyone ought to do. This is my belief because the fact that no one knows what will happen next is perhaps the greatest spur!

    I so appreciate you taking time to honor your readers, even those you do not know. For Judy, let’s remember Longfellow: “To live in the hearts of those who love you is never to die”

    Always,
    Terungwa

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