Meet Lee Truesdale, a woman who loves spending time in her garden but also growing women via her Morning Glory Healing Arts business (including the newly offered Radiant You!, a course for women desiring to create greater meaning, vitality and joy in their lives). It’s not surprising then that her dinner company of choice would be Julia Child, in all her exuberance and authenticity. Read on to learn more about Lee.
1) What initially brought you to Moab?
I’ve been here since 1990. My ex-husband and I came to help Chuck and Judy Nichols run their mountain bike tours in Canyonlands and manage their bed and breakfast.
2) What do you love most about living in Moab?
The friendly, small town, rural atmosphere.
3) What do you dislike about living in Moab?
The low wage ceiling.
4) What is your occupation?
I own Morning Glory Healing Arts, offering massage, bodywork and – most recently – women’s transformative coaching.
5) If you could have any job in the world, what would you most like to do?
Mostly I feel I’m doing it. I’m eager to build the teaching and coaching aspect of my business and excited about what I have to both offer and learn in this realm.
6) Describe a typical day in your life.
Mornings I garden, exercise, cook, take care of my home. Afternoons I‘m at my massage studio with clients or working on other work-related projects. Several evenings a week I wait tables at Buck’s Grill House. On my free evenings, I enjoy having dinner with various friends or hanging out in my garden.
7) Some people have bumper stickers on their car that reads: I’d Rather be Sailing. What would your bumper sticker read? I’d Rather Be…
8) Tell us one thing people don’t usually know about you.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in German language and literature, with a minor in French.
9) In high school, you would have been considered the person most likely to…
… Never attend a high school reunion (which is true so far!).
10) What is your favorite Moab activity?
Gardening. I love the distinct four seasons here, which give us a long growing season – and, very importantly, a welcome season of rest.
11) Tell us your favorite non-Moab place to visit.
Vashon Island, Washington. A 20-minute ferry ride from Seattle.
12) What do you consider your greatest achievement in life?
Owning and evolving my own business.
13) If you were President, what’s the first thing you’d do to make life better in America?
I’d make sure everyone got a free massage every month.
14) What superhero power would you most like to have?
I’d love to be able to fly.
15) If you could be an animal, what would it be? Why?
Probably a raptor, a red-tailed hawk or an eagle; that flying thing again.
16) What is your all time favorite movie?
No question – “Harold and Maude.”
17) And, your all time favorite book?
Hard to name just one, but “Corelli’s Mandolin” is one that always comes to mind.
18) If you were stranded on a desert island, which three CDs would you want to have with you?
Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden, “Beyond the Missouri Sky;” The Moody Blues, “Say it with Love;” Nat King Cole, “Unforgettable”
19) If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? Why?
Julia Child. She was a remarkable woman in many ways other than her contributions to the food world. I’d love to experience her exuberant and authentic personality first hand. (She’d be cooking for me, of course.)
20) What is your life philosophy?
We create our own reality. We have the power to create the kind of world we all truly want to live in – and it starts with our thoughts.