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The Thing About Walking

Walking can get a bad rep. There seems to be this idea floating around that walking is just a means to an end; a way to get from point a to point b.  Well, of course it is, but in this hurried life, it might not feel fast enough because we want to get there – now. So, we end up hurrying from here to there, missing everything in between with the takeaway that walking is inconvenient because it’s just too slow.

Enter the real walking. The thing about. Walking. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with yourself, connect with others, connect with nature. To get your muscles moving and your heart pumping.

When you step out for a walk with no end game, life feels different. No rush of time, no place to “get” to. You can be as slow (or as fast) as you want. It’s wonderful to take it easy and be open to moments that show up

Invite Exploration. Awaken Joy

“It has been three weeks now. Every day first thing, I throw on my clothes and get myself out the door to meet my friend for a 20-30 minute walk. I feel in doing so I have accomplished an important goal, so that anything else is a bonus. WomenWalking has been an important support for me in taking the hardest step, out my door.”  -Kama M., member

 

In the noise and busyness of today’s pace, there are times when you just need to take a break. Do it. Put on your shoes, sling wide the door, feel the light shine on your face and start walking. One foot in front of the other. One step at a time. Walk alone. Share it with a walking partner. Meet up with a group and walk. Be kind

Be Bold. Be Brave.

Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.
-Oprah Winfrey

Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed by the noise of life and wonder just how things got so crazy so fast? It might start as simply as the morning alarm going off, or the way people drive, or feeling confused by someone saying one thing, but feeling the vibe that they actually mean something different, or anything connected with technology.

It’s easy to get disconnected from yourself and doubt what you think and feel, navigating life in a world of energies that cause distractions. When you find yourself down that rabbit hole of confusion, doubt and anger,

Staying True to Your Intentions

How do you stay true to your intentions, your vision and your feminine self, as you navigate your path, build genuine partnership and create balance within the world of life and work?

Walking and nature will support you in unearthing and igniting a deeper sense of passion, clarity and connection with who you are in the world.

Walking is a guide to re-imagining your path while uniting with self, nature, joy and the other women in your life and those who accompany you on walks. Immersing into the collective wisdom of women, you can explore a bigger version of the extraordinary you.

Cherish the Moments of Grace

December. A time and place that felt so away and yet seemed to arrive in a flash.
December. This last precious month of 2018.

Pause in the moment. Feel the poetry in the movement as you walk.  Discover the grace that infuses your life.  Dive deep into yourself and revel in the who in you, the magnificent, wonderful, uniquely beautiful you.

Pause as you take time to notice the small stuff:

The color and texture of the sky, whether it’s that brilliant blue that takes your breath away or it’s that turbulent gray, so frenzied and full of clouds, it’s about to explode with rain.

Walking the Friendship Path

Have you ever heard of the Friendship Bench?

The Friendship Bench is a big beautiful idea created by a small girl that has become a reality. Acacia Woodley thought of the Friendship Bench as a special place on a school playground where a child can go when they want to feel safe and to have someone to talk to. For more on Acacia…

Acacia goes and speaks at schools about the Friendship Bench and when she spoke at one school, the principal went over to her and “stood there for a moment to gather himself before he said ‘I finally get it, for so many years I have

Confessions of a Die Hard Walker

One of the best things about being self-employed is working for yourself. ha! But there’s a flip side to that. When I first started this company, I didn’t know s**t.

I’ve stumbled and bumbled over many hills and dales. One of the said hills (or it might have been a dale!), was the error in judgment that why wouldn’t anyone want to walk, anytime, anyplace. Just because I thought walking any time is good for you, everyone would feel the same way. I’ve learned many things, one of them that life is different for everyone and it’s important to respect this for others. Figuring out that walking doesn’t always feel good, came at a hard price.

Walking the Kortum Trail

The 1972 Coastal Initiative was a landmark in coastal protection for California (and the US) as an expression by the public of their devotion to this magnificent coastline of California.

The Kortum Trail, so named in honor of Bill Kortum, a dedicated advocate on behalf of public access to the California coastline, is a small section in Sonoma County of the California Coastal Trail (CCT).  The path runs parallel to, and in between, Highway 1 and the Pacific Ocean, from Goat Rock Beach to Wright’s Beach, with Shell Beach in between.

The state park is a series of sandy beaches that are separated by rocky 100-foot bluffs and headlands. The craggy coastline includes secluded coves, reefs, fertile tidepools, rugged headlands, natural rock arches, sand dunes, and wildflower-covered meadows.

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The Thing About Walking

A while back, we had a blog post that used the term, “I lose myself and find myself,” relating to the experience of being outside for a walk.  The other day, listening to Garnette Cadogan, author and walker, speak about walking, I heard him say, “I lose myself and find myself.” Screeching to a halt, “Wait, What??? Really?” Could it be that this man totally relates to walking the way I do? I wanted to know more. The race was on to try to find a way to write to him and talk to him about it.

Here’s the thing about walking: most of us walk, many of us walk and run for

West County Trail

We use this particular trail when we want to go easy and be transported by sweetness of cutting through farmlands and open space. We always begin our walk across from the Post Office in downtown Graton, an easy meeting place.  If we walk from Graton to Forestville, we’ll cover four miles.

We’ll pass through farms, vineyards, and open spaces. Our first jump off the trail happens when we walk west less than a quarter of a mile along Green Valley Road, but once we drop back on the trail, we cross the bridge and enter the wetlands. The temperature seems to drop under the trees and we are greeted by bird song and buzzing pollinators. We’ve spotted bobcats, quails, mourning