BIO – Judit Rajhathy

IMG_3652Judit was born in Budapest Hungary but emigrated with her family to Canada during the 1956 Revolution. She attended Carleton University in Ottawa and moved to Nova Scotia where she raised her family. It was during this time that Judit became an active part of the real estate world. She became an agent first and then went on to buy, renovate and sell her own properties.

As a result of a health crisis, Judit embarked on a search for wellness and became an licensed acupuncturist and holistic nutritionist and eventually owned and operated a wellness clinic, New Directions in Health in Dartmouth NS. She also hosted two popular television shows, and wrote a best selling health book, Free to Fly: a journey toward wellness which she promoted across the country for several years prior to her move to the Lakeside area. Wanting to become physically fit herself, Judit opened and operated a popular fitness centre, Change of Pace, geared for seniors.

At the same time, Judit built and sold seven homes and recently realized how much she still loves the real estate industry and is committed to connecting happy buyers with sellers. Judit enjoys sharing her love and intricate knowledge of the Lakeside area with newcomers. She is dedicated to making your dreams a reality. Judit makes things happen.

My Mexico Story

I often worked early mornings until late evenings in my acupuncture clinic, being dedicated to my clients’ needs. Part of that time was spent on the road lecturing about my best selling book, Free to Fly: a journey toward wellness which focused on environmental health and alternative approaches to healthcare. I was very dedicated to this cause. At the same time I owned rental homes which needed ongoing renovations, maintenance and management. I was working around the clock, not realizing how stressful it all was and that I had become a workaholic – the opposite of a holistic lifestyle which I was advocating. Ouch!

It was during my 50th birthday celebration that my mother said in her usual direct manner with her thick Hungarian accent: “If you continue like this you’ll be dead.”
Woah! That did it! Everyone has their own ‘aha!” moment and this was mine.

My publisher had recently come back from some obscure little village in Mexico called Ajijic in the Lake Chapala area and at the time he very matter of factly said to me, “I know where you’ll be living.” To which I replied, “Where?” He said, “Ajijic Mexico, on Lake Chapala.”

“Why?” I asked, to which he replied, “Because the cows and goats graze on the roads, dogs run wild, roosters crow all hours of the night and they ride horses to work”. He knew me well! This sounded like the village in Hungary where I had spent my first four years and had fantasized about it ever since.

So that following February, eleven years ago, I found my way to Ajijic Mexico and never looked back. I breathed in the fresh air, gazed at the beautiful mountains, stared at the clear blue skies, soaked in the sun, picked up the positive energy of the Mexican people and knew this was it. I just knew after my first day in Ajijic that I had to spend more time in this delightful paradise. With my kids’ blessing I decided to move out of the fog of beautiful Nova Scotia into the sunshine of Lake Chapala.

Quality of Life

My greatest gift from being here during the past eleven years is learning about “manana” and “no importa” – that most things in life are not urgent or immediate that can’t be done tomorrow and that very few things are critical.  How true it is!  We spend our lives rushing around without taking time to enjoy the moment.

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered,

Man.  Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.  And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.

Doesn’t this sound like our lives up north?

Nothing says it better than the story of the Mexican fisherman and the American businessman:

An American businessman stood at the pier of a small coastal village in Mexico, when a small boat carrying a lone Mexican fisherman docked.  Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna.  The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.  The fisherman replied, “Only a little while.”

The American then asked, “If it took only a little while to catch these fine fish, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?”  The fisherman explained that this catch was enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”  The fisherman replied, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, and stroll into the village each evening when I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos.  I have a full and busy life, senor.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you.  You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat.  Eventually you would have a feet of fishing boats.  Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery.  You would control the product, processing, and distribution.  You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then L.A., and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will this all take?”  The American replied, “Fifteen to twenty years.”

“But what then, senor?”  inquired the Mexican.  The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part,  When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions, senor?  Then what?”  asked the Mexican.  The American said, “Why then you would retire, of course – move to a small coastal fishing village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, and stroll into the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

Mexicans live their lives – enjoying just about every moment.  They love to party, to picnic, to celebrate, to just be.  Lake Chapala is a unique blend of “gringo” and latin cultures – and it is such a gift to be able to be part of this union.  Living in this beautiful area is not just about the weather and cost of living – it is about living life to the fullest.

Canadians, Americans and Europeans here are active and youthful.  They play volleyball, tennis, golf – they walk, hike, bike, swim, kayak, take yoga classes, dance classes and engage in all kinds of social activities.  In fact, many of my friends say they can’t believe how they ever had time to work as they are so busy with community work and social commitments.  I have often heard that people go to Ajijic to retire and die, then they forget to die.

Life is good.  Life is kind. Life is generous.

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