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Life is Like a Sunrise

​I found myself mesmerized by the sunrise one particular morning when out for my usual walk. With its unabridged version of transformation and expansion taking place right there in front of me in a seemingly effortless display of colors, textures and layers upon layers of awe-inspiring inventiveness, as if it’s the most natural thing in the world!

Stepping onward, ruminating on the many times I’ve heard myself or someone else say, Did you see the sunrise?” as if it’s a one sentence occurrence, I let my thoughts wander along, keeping company with the sequence of sky changing adventure, a pattern began to take shape to where I could see the exquisite parallel between the unfolding of my life and the blossoming of a sunrise.

Women Who Walk Together, Inspire Intelligent and Emotional Optimism

I have a Dream, a Vision, a Belief.

“Wait a minute. Who are you?”
“Who am I? 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.

The Dragonfly in You

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!

We Love When Members Tell Their Stories! 

WomenWalking recently sat down with one of our members, Christine, to get the scoop from her about the zest in her walking partner experiences. Here’s what we found out:

What do you like about walking one on one with another woman, otherwise known as a walking partner?

I really like that it’s an uninterrupted time to connect and exchange; swap information and share stories while exercising, it’s great. I have a regular walking partner and we meet once a week. We’ve known each other for years. She’s my diary and I’m her diary. Every week we catch up on everything that’s happened: with ourselves, our husbands, our kids, our lives and our jobs. It’s just a perfect way to process how the week went.

Exploring the Possibility

Women walk better together!

Walking Partners. Step out. Experience the Moment. Exchange stories. Share knowledge. Connect on a genuine level. Walking sisters.

“The thought of being alone can be enough to keep some people from walking. The best way to solve this is by finding a friend to walk with. You can plan walking paths that are convenient for both of you, or map out routes that take you places you’ve never been before. It’s a great way to exercise and spend time with friends! There really are so many benefits for such a simple activity!”    American Heart Association

Taking a New Path

You’re out for a mosey around the neighborhood and decide to be adventurous by taking a new path. And look at the treasure booty you find at the end of the rainbow 🌈  Aargh, avass! ‍☠️ Adventurers gold. Ok, well, maybe not exactly gold, but it’s sure close (not to mention birds sure like it!).

Clever, treasure art, that you may never have discovered had you not decided to step out and make a change, trying something new.

Life awaits you on your next walk. Be sure to invite a walking bud to go along with you and dive into a new kind of conversation. Explore, matey…

#walkingpartners #women #moments #walking #womenwalking #gifts #neighborhood #golocal #nowomanleftinside

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

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