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I Am What I Choose to Become

I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” Carl Jung

Typically, I like to give the platform for sharing wisdom to the voices of women, but I’ve been chewing on the idea for a while now about how to tell some of my own stories, or even why to tell them, so this thought by Carl Jung jumped out to me, resonating with where I am in own musings about telling stories.

I’ve been told that I’m a “private person.” Seriously, I’m not sure quite what this means. From what I’ve observed, most humans are “private” about sharing personal and vulnerable things about themselves and I wonder, does being “private” make me less relatable? If instead I share my moments of connection rather than stories of pain and triumph, will you still feel an understanding and connection with me?

Walking as Leader

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the meaning of leadership. Remembering back to the 2017 fires in north California when my mother got evacuated and came to live with me; while feeling like we were also on the verge of being evacuated, I felt afraid and wanting up to date, clear information. I found the Sonoma Sheriff on facebook. As a collective group of leaders from different departments including, CalFire, CHP, Sonoma Sheriff (to name a few), they gave updates 2x daily, each person in turn reporting on what they knew and what was being done. I felt comforted by clear, opinion free, drama free information.

What does it mean to be a leader?

Moments. Small but Mighty.

One of our community members who is also a friend, was telling me about her recent trip to Italy. When I asked her if there was any one special moment that stood out for her, she didn’t hesitate. She knew exactly what it was.

“My sister and I wanted to get a deeper sense of the town we were visiting, so we decided to go off and explore on foot. Walking around the town, wandering and meandering, we passed by all sorts of fascinating buildings and avenues but there was one restaurant that seemed to be beckoning to us so we listened to the whisper and stopped to look in the windows. As we did so, a woman opened the door and welcomed us inside. We thought maybe we’d each simply get a beverage, Kerry a beer and myself a glass of wine.

Women Who Walk Together, Inspire Intelligent and Emotional Optimism

“I have a dream, a vision, a belief. I am a woman just like you. Well, maybe, not just like you, but like you; kindred.”

Within each of us are rich, complex and timeless stories, hungering to be set free; to be voiced; to be heard. You’ve had harder times than me. I’ve had harder times than you. But in the end, we’re still women. We have in common dreams, fears, emotions, pain, tradition, differences, music, struggles, achievements, creativity and passionate hearts.

With Time

You really meant to get to where you were going, fast. You had a goal and wanted to be “on time.”

But, when out of the corner of your eye, this perky, colorful, vibrant, gentle plant called your name, what could you do but listen! You wanted to be polite, after all. So you stop to say hello. To admire her a little. To tell her how beautiful she is and how much it means to you to have a moment with her.

Dear Nasturtium. You have slowed me on my very important mission and I feel SO much better because of it. Thank you, my beauty, for reminding me of the value of being with time, rather than in the frenzy of being on time. Nasturtium power ✨

#momentsarewonderful #flowerpower#moments #thankyouuniverse #gifts#walking #nowomanleftinside

Tiny Moments

Tiny moments.

One of the many beauties of walking, is receiving the gift of tiny moments. The ones you pass by without so much as a glance, every day.

Here’s this tiny moment when you find yourself eye to eye, beak to beak, with a mini being, who in another setting, would be totally annoying with its pesky buzzing. Yet here, now, on this quiet, foggy morning, you discover a shared existence with this itsy bitsy teensy weensy larger than life, earth partner. In this fraction of a moment, you get to glimpse the connection with all life.

All because you listened to the whispered call of the universe while out for a walk.

#itsabugslife #fly #walking #connection #moments #nowomanleftinside

Joy. One step. One moment at a time.

Do you ever think about how much time you devote to thinking or worrying about what other people are doing, saying or even why they’re doing or saying it?

Do you ever discover the answer? If so, does that answer bring you joy and a feeling of well-being and connection, or does it leave you feeling frustrated and upset?

Consider this:

Each time you find yourself wondering why someone did or said something, instead of staying on that train of thought, you shift your focus away from them and bring it to yourself. Once your thoughts are with you,

Walking with a Friend can make a Positive Difference in Your Life

If it wasn’t for my walking buddy, I really don’t think I would get myself outside for walks. She is my support, my accountability and my encouragement. Having a friend to walk with 1-2 times a week has changed my life for the best.” Cheryl, WomenWalking member

Having someone to walk with can make all the difference in your life. It’s not just having someone to talk to, but having a companionship to stretch your boundaries and explore a little.

It may sound weird, but sometimes the thought of going out into the open space, even around your neighborhood, can feel scary; it can feel vulnerable. If you know you will be with someone, the whole idea of being exposed drifts away.

The Extraordinary Within the Ordinary

Walking can be a joyful experience; bubbles of extraordinary contained within the ordinary of everyday walks. When was the last time you took pause to notice one of those small moments that brings such richness to life?

Shoes on, door open, slide back the ceiling to reveal the magic of the outdoors.

Even if only for a walk around your neighborhood. Nature is alive and perfect company. Birds are busy, flitting here, chirping there (have you ever witnessed two tiny birds chasing and screaming at a hawk?). What about the riotous colors, shapes and fragrances of plants and flowers (yes, we can dream of spring). Or the first snowfall that is so quiet, gentle and soft.

Walking is Life

You think about getting out for a walk but somehow time passes and it doesn’t happen. You think about joining a walking group but the timing never seems to work with your schedule. You think, Oh, if only I had someone to walk with, I’d feel motivated to go out. But you just don’t have anyone and it’s time consuming and frustrating to try to find someone. Now what?

Time for a change. Now. This moment. Time passes and whether or not you make a choice, you’ve made a choice. Even though saying it out loud can feel scary, take the step for you.

Nature awaits you right outside your door. Start small. Small successes grow and flourish.