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Joy

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.

What’s Your Story?

The other morning early, out for a walk on my usual loop, I was heading east through the neighborhoods and out to the pasture that borders the houses. Turning to pick up the sidewalk that runs adjacent and then a cross over the wooden bridge and away from civilization.

This may be a bit of an exaggeration since if I turn around I can see tons of homes, but facing forward feels like an adventure into nature. Wide open land, trees, cattle, horses, birds, hawks, geese, sky, clouds and fog.

Maybe it’s because they’re mammals, but cows are always endlessly fascinating to watch. Standing there observing, there’s a hint of movement out of the corner of my eye in the next pasture. A fox?

Celebrating 2017 & Welcoming 2018

Why does the arrival of December seem to come as a surprise?  Perhaps it’s the turn around; the looking  back instead of ahead. It is the end of a calendar year. But if you take away the idea of “time,” as in a calendar sort of way, and instead proceed as usual on to the next month, it doesn’t seem quite so extraordinary.

Recognition of the conclusion of one year and the beginning of the next does offer us the occasion for celebration. A time to stop and consider life.  A time to reflect and take it all in.

A time to let go of the resistance we hold: to time, to change, to what we don’t like, to what makes us unhappy.

Dedication to Humans

In Honor and Tribute
to Firefighters, Police, Medical Personnel
& All who give of themselves, opening heart and home

What happens to community when there’s a crisis?  We humans come together!

October 9, 2017, fire broke out near where I live. It became multiple fires and spread very quickly due to the fierceness of the winds.

People died; more than 7,500 homes and structures were destroyed; many more people were displaced and evacuated

The Shapes, Sounds and Colors of our Conversations

What shape, sound or color does a conversation feel like? Is it bold and brassy or intimate and whispery? Does it feel hot like the sun or frigid as ice? Does conversation draw you in like a magnet leaving you wanting more or does it feel so scary that you want to run as far and fast as possible? Is it the size of the moon or as small as a dandelion?

The conversation that can be experienced with some when walking outdoors for could be all of the above, but the likely hood of it being a positive powerful experience is profoundly possible. Why? Because the movement of walking incites the flow of energy and thoughts. It delivers vitality to a space and place for thinking. When life force and emotions get to connect with the wonderful world of the