Skating Uphill - October 2021

Living a Healthy Lifestyle


“ ‘Fight Like a Girl’ may not mean anything
close to what you think it does!”
– The Uphill Skater –

Yes, you know it and so do I. When girls really get in a fight that matters, you better watch out. Sometimes winning takes time and can be hard, thankless work, but we never give up. Never, Never, Never! 

My favorite example is my hero and idol: Mother Theresa. Believe it or not, she started her world-changing calling to comfort the dying by lifting and holding a man who was near death and infested with worms. This would make most of us pretty sick, but in her book, she says that she prayed for guidance and “knew” that if she could not help this dying man, she would not be able to go forward with what she believed was her call from God. She lifted him, small as she was, out of the Calcutta gutter into a doorway and begged a passerby for his jacket. She put the man’s head on her lap, held him and prayed over him until he died hours later. The rest is history, as we like to say!

On a totally different note, how about Shirley Raines? The slums of Skid Row in Los Angeles are a place where few venture. Homelessness, drugs, crime and despair are the rule. Yet every day, that is where Shirley can be found. She is the founder of a group called Beauty 2 The Streetz. As a professional beautician, she gives what she has to offer. Over the six years that she has led this group, they have provided hot showers, hygiene products, and many other personal necessities to those in most desperate need. Just imagine how this service might help to restore a persons dignity. Shirley and her group really do #FightLikeGirls, and over the years, they have aided thousands of Skid Row residents who otherwise the world has forgotten. Unsung heroes are heroes just the same!

So here is the final example of someone who fights like a girl and wins. Your friend and mine, Elizabeth Millen, the founder of this magazine. She told me once that when she saw the first issue of Pink come off of the press she felt like she had given birth. This being the case, she has nurtured and brought life to this “child” for many years through good times and bad. She has spoken at charity events, given away ad space, and sponsored so many events even I have lost count. She has become an icon on Hilton Head Island, and if she is involved with something, you know it will be a success. She #FightsLikeAGirl and gives it everything she has got.

Beware y’all. Fight Like a Girl is quite the challenge, and we fight to win. Maybe not in the same ways one might expect, and maybe not for the same causes you might expect, but women today fight and are still fighting for children’s rights, women’s rights, honesty in legal issues regarding finances, work/pay equality, and on and on. To say someone #FightsLikeAGirl is the ultimate compliment! 

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Judith Lawrenson is a former Hilton Head Island resident who has a huge heart and is loved by all who meet her. She has served and volunteered with numerous charitable organizations while living in the Lowcontry making an impact wherever she went. She and her husband recently moved to the wild hills of West Virginia to be closer to grandchildren. Judith is an avid sailor, a retired reading resource specialist, and a children's TV host whose local show originated from the Boys and girls Club. Judith is also a long time seeker of healthy, happy living and a lifestyle dedicated to service to others balanced with love of God and love of self. Check out her BLOG for fun info, recipes and nutrition ideas, current updates on nearly everything in the world, and lots of comments and opinions.


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