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Let Life Surprise You

The other day, I stopped for gas at a station that was very busy and of course I was in a hurry. Plus, I get frustrated even having to stop for gas. When I get inside to pay, there was a big line of people waiting for the one and only cashier. Thoughts buzzing through my head. Do I want to wait? How long will it take? Can I somehow cut this line?

The impatience clearly must have showed on my face as I heaved a huge exasperated sigh. Turning to see how far the line went, my glance falls on a very large, very dark man with gold teeth and Rastafarian hair who’s looking at me and gently asks, “You just getting gas? You can go in front of me.”

Still in my head, I say, “No thank you, I don’t want to cut the line,” barely acknowledging his kindness as I move past him towards the back of the line. While standing waiting, I’m thinking about what an unexpected kind gesture this stranger offered me and I barely gave him the time of day. [Read More]


Our motto is our calling ~

What does this mean exactly?

Simply this.

We believe that no matter what speed you walk, when you walk, how you walk or where you walk, there’s someone out there for you to buddy up with for company and conversation. As a good friend often remarks, “It’s all about community.” [Read More]

What Does Summer Mean for You

Summer Solstice. What does it mean?                                                

Technically speaking, “Wednesday at 12:24 a.m. Eastern Time marks the summer solstice, the scientific start to summer for half the world.

The Northern Hemisphere will dip toward the sun, basking in its warmth for longer than at any other time. The solstice occurs because the Earth spins on a tilted axis. This slouch of 23.5 degrees is also responsible for the other seasons.

For the United States, this is a remarkable time for the sun. On Aug. 21, the country will experience a total solar eclipse, when the moon passes in front of the sun and casts its shadow on parts of the Earth. [Read More]

Little Successes

Do you ever hear yourself say:                                                                                          

I think about going out for a walk, but I don’t have anyone to go with. Or –

I’d like to go for a walk but I don’t have time. Or –

I can’t keep up with a group because I walk too slow.

Or …….

Having someone to walk with helps answer any of these reasons about why you can’t get out for a walk.

A walking partner helps motivate. When you meet a friend for a walk, you get talking and don’t even notice (or notice less so) how far you’ve gone. [Read More]

Leading a Joyful Life

How do we collect our strong and confident voice? How do we speak our truth without making others “wrong?” How do we lead a joyful life?

Like most things in life, there isn’t any one answer. For each of us it’s different. But there exists a common thread, particularly for us as women. Take a walk together.

Walking gets our energy moving. Sitting can stagnate ones thoughts; keeping our energy low. Think about a time that you met up with a woman friend for a walk. Even if it was around the block. It felt good, right? You felt a sense of exhilaration and connection. Conversation started to flow because the movement got your brain juices flowing. [Read More]

Mid Summer Women’s Walk

What We Do: Morning walk

Why We Do It: Begin the day outdoors in mindful conversation & easy exercise with wonderful women

Where: Shollenberger Park, Petaluma

Who: You Wonderful Women

How: Moderate paced walk [Read More]

Today You are You

Walking can be anything we want it to be.     

Not much of a walker? Do you ever think you’d like to get outside for a little walk but feel discouraged because you can’t walk too far?

It’s one very good reason to have a companion to walk with. Someone who walks at your pace. Even if you walk only to the end of the block, it’s good! [Read More]

Spring lights up the path

Spring is the time to pick up our hearts and listen to one another.   

Who ever said we have to be alike or think alike to get along? I have no idea. But we don’t!  In fact, contrast and differences make for colorful conversation and deeply significant growth. By walking together, we have an opportunity to “counteract the tendency to ‘otherize,’” the opportunity to have an understanding of where the “other” is coming from.

Have you ever been listening to what someone is saying and thought to yourself, “Wow, I never thought about it like that!” It’s that moment when your perspective shifts if even a sliver, and you see a new view. [Read More]

Catch a Falling Leaf and Make a Wish

“When you let yourself be enchanted by the beauty even in

the ordinary things, then all things prove to be extraordinary.”



No matter where we walk there’s always something to be noticed. A little tidbit to put in your pocket and carry with you throughout the day; some glimmer of wonder to hold onto that gives pleasure and strength. Simply open the door and slide back the ceiling to reveal the magic of the outdoors. Out there goes on forever.

The walking outside experience can feel different each time depending on where, how and with whom we are walking. It’s good to get off the paths or sidewalks and take a detour; explore. A walk up that humongous hill with a stop to breathe (in my case, pant!) turns it into an event with a reward at the end. I did it. You did it. We did it! [Read More]

The Wonders of Walking

Maybe the turning point was that morning my then husband spit in my face. Or perhaps it’s simply who I am in this lifetime, but in either case, walking is in my soul and it’s how I work stuff out.

Walking is a spiritual experience, one that we humans pass by daily. We walk everywhere, even those of us who can’t physically walk. In the car, out of the car. Into the bathroom, out of the bathroom. To and from the mailbox. All walking but who notices the moments captured within these everyday walks?

I love to step outside for a stroll. My neighborhood is most convenient. Shoes on, door open, and I get to peel back the ceiling to reveal the magic of the outdoors. I’m off. There are loads of times I’d like to call on a friend to accompany me. “Wanna go out for a short walk? We can meet somewhere. ” The beauty of a walking partner. [Read More]

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