Judy Russ

About Me

I've been a little bit of everywhere; from my 10-year residency in Philly to my 6 month jaunt abroad in Morocco and Spain. But Lancaster is home; I knew it from the moment I stepped foot here back in 2018.
 

My work experience has similarly run the gamut. During a 7-year cooking career in the Philly food industry, I invested most of my extra time in "wellness" pursuits and fitness instruction, which later led to 3 years in a sales and marketing position in an upscale club (where I held the title of most monthly closes for 4 consecutive months among a team of 42).

But writing, communicating, and creating is what I really love to do. And that's exactly why I quit my job to freelance fulltime.

In my free time, you might find me hiking the Appalachian trail or volunteering with my local conservancy. I even drive an electric car! I also like to paint, play and sing on my acoustic guitar, and write poetry. I'm a trained yoga teacher and a committed athlete, body builder, and runner. Most recently, I placed first in my age group during a half marathon in Elk County, PA.

I've also been working for the past few years to decolonize my mindset and work, and forfeit any public platforms and privileges I have to folks who've been victims to the violence of colonialism. I've found freelancing/independence from the larger digital marketing space to be a good first step, and I try to maintain a decolonial mindset with every word I write.

I currently live with my fiancé Doug & our dogs Riley & Moose in the greater Lancaster area. When we're not walking around barefoot on PopPop's farm harvesting veggies, we're probably watching an Eagles game, hosting friends for a locally-sourced dinner, or cozied up with some bourbon and a couple-a good books.

 

Doug and I are an ambitious and passionate couple; we recently launched a family handcraft company called Huegel Handcrafted, where we sell gifts and goods made from wood and leather. We make everything by hand with his brother Andrew, and his wife Ava.