Walking Forward a Step at a Time

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It has been a few years now since I retired from a job that I thought I would never leave. Leaving was stepping into a new world. It has taken me a good while to finally accept that my life has changed from the dream I imagined. There is nothing about where I am today that I ever conceived for myself.

I guess I have been looking for a new place to belong and a new sense of family ever since I retired. It seems every-time I thought I was there, I wasn’t.  The problem is I have been looking for others to accept me, to welcome me into their group, and to make me feel I matter. I have been searching for a healthier way to be seen, but I couldn’t even see myself.  Continue reading “Walking Forward a Step at a Time”

Weekend Hiking: New Experiences

great falls hikeThis was my first weekend of hiking— or more appropriately—walking in the outdoors. I’m not sure if what I did really qualifies as a hike, but I was on a Great Falls, VA path; outside, climbing on rocks, and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. Continue reading “Weekend Hiking: New Experiences”

Neighborhood Walking


So I start my walking journey, encouraged  by two friends to get outdoors, examine my environment, and set a long-term goal for myself. Each day is new and each day I push myself a little more.

I have two goals- get healthier and lose at least 50 pounds in the process. And to walk, at least a day hike, in the Appalachian Trail. I want to see the true natural beauty of the world God created and to revel in its glory. To see God’s creation and to realize more of my purpose in the process.  Continue reading “Neighborhood Walking”

The Shame Walk of “Me Too”

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More and more women are posting the hashtag on Twitter and Facebook. The number of women admitting they have undergone sexual abuse or harassment is disconcerting. On the positive side, we are no longer standing alone and together we are shedding light on the enormity of the situation.

For those of us now banding together by claiming the abuse, we feel pain for one another. We feel the shared shame of hiding this secret. We also feel stronger in knowing we are not walking alone anymore. We now know who we can turn to and that we will believed and understood by someone. Continue reading “The Shame Walk of “Me Too””