Winter Walk In Pennsylvania

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail
January 2 – 22, 2014

What a lovely walk John and I had for 6 days in the snowy mountains of Pennsylvania! Enjoy this 5-minute slide show featuring Barbara Hotz singing “Wild Wind” and a few words of explanation from me! Highlights of this walk included:

  • Super Trail Angel help from my sister, Betsy!
  • Fireplaces with split wood in every shelter!
  • Beautiful snow starting the second day!
  • Crisp, cold, fresh water from mountain streams
  • Moderate walking on a well-marked trail

Please comment after you watch! Post your questions too!


Journey’s End A New Beginning

When I was completing my Appalachian Trail Walk in 2007, my husband and son came and walked the last mile with me. What an honor! Having them with me to round out the journey validated my accomplishment and helped magnify their contribution to the entire walk. My husband had sent maildrops all along the way. His presence at the end signified that my journey had ended and that I would be going back to my former life. My 7-month walk had been an exploration into another world where my joy as a hiker was reflected in my relationship with a new partner. I believed that my hiking world was separate from my homemaking world.

And then, I let the two worlds blend. My hiking partner came home with us. My heart was torn, and try as I might to let him go and return to my former life, I couldn’t do it. I could not abandon my love for my new self nor for my new partner. I could not revive my love for my urban, homebound life nor for my husband who cared nothing for my adventurous self.

As I tell this story, my belly tightens, and shame for the messy way I mixed up those relationships paralyzes my fingers. “I can’t share this! This is a shameful tale! I made a terrible mistake and betrayed my marriage! It’s unforgiveable what I did!”

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Surrounding ourselves with Roses!


Create an Energy Rose


I’ve been indulging in fields of roses this week in the third week of Journey to YOUR HeartLand: STORIES. Mine are always Pink, a deep “rose” pink. The best part is that they are absolutely free! And I can have as many as I want, fragrance and all!

These are Energy Roses that I create in my imagination to catch any low vibrations or “negative” energy coming from others, from dangerous situations, or even from myself!  When I surround myself with Roses, there’s more Light and Love shining.

One Journeywoman reported that she had surrounded her entire camper with 5-foot wide velvet red roses while camping in a secluded area. She felt safe from the “monsters” she usually conjours up in the dark.

I put roses between me and my partner as we’re working through next steps in our relationship. Roses catch my fears and doubts about offering new programs in my business. Roses soften the conversations with my mom.

When might an Energy Rose be helpful in your journey?

Notice when there seem to be unsettled or confrontational or unpleasant vibrations between you and another and use this quick and easy Rose Meditation to filter them out.

We’re rounding the last bend in the current Journey to YOUR HeartLand: STORIES class, a four-week teleclass journey from VictimLand to Freedom. You can still walk along with us even if you’re just joining our group!

  • Discern your Old Story of Sabotage
  • Experience Feelings as a Gateway to Power
  • Flip the Energy Drain Switch
  • Create a New Story of Freedom, Vitality, and Fulfillment

Journey to YOUR HeartLand: STORIES