I hope you’re coming! Journey Day! forgivenesswalkshttp://forgivenesswalks.com/wild-wind-journey-day/
May 15, 2018
Wild Wind Journey Day is open for your participation! We’ll meet Barbara on Sunday afternoon, June 10 for live singing of her songs woven into my Walk for a Singing Heart, plus live guidance in my Sensory and NonSensory Awakening walks. This includes my nourishing Color Immersion play. It’s a delightful and surprisingly transformative experience that you can do with Barbara and I in person!
Read more about it here!
Can’t come in person this time? I’ll offer a virtual walk too, including painting supplies sent to your home if you register by June 3.
And sing along with us now:
Let me know you want all the details by clicking “reply” to this email and say you want to journey with us on June 10! In person or in spirit!
Wild wind, miracle and mystery
Spinner of history, yours and mine
Wild wind, calling us to journey, turning us outside in…..
In joy and song,
May 2, 2018
This week marks the ten-year anniversary of the launch of my Pacific Crest Trail walk. If you’re not familiar with that trail, it’s one of the eleven National Scenic trails, 2,650 miles long, winding northward from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada. In 2007, I focused my attention on completing the Appalachian Trail, viewing its completion as a way to get the project out of my system to clear my mind for my next career. I had not even heard of the PCT until I spent a night at the Kincocora Hostel, in Tennessee just shy of 1800 miles into my walk from Maine on the Appalachian Trail. Even paging through the Yogi’s Guide to the PCT didn’t entice me.
What did entice me, though, was an announcement from my AT hiking partner, John, a month after we had finished the AT that he was planning to walk that trail in 2008, starting just three months after our AT finale. What also lured me was the realization that I had indeed, not gotten walking out of my system and that good hiking partners were golden. I negotiated with my husband, John, promising a platonic relationship, and got ready to go.
On May 27, 2008, with help from my brother in San Diego and the crew of the 2008 ADZPCTKO (the annual Kickoff), we walked the first 20 miles of the PCT, then kept going until October 6th – mostly! My journey would be interrupted twice, for a family reunion and a temporary quitting.
Flying to San Diego to walk the Pacific Crest Trail was the first time I had set foot in the State of California! Ten years later, I live here half of the year, working at a park on the Pacific Crest Trail. I didn’t get hiking out of my system. Instead, hiking and enticing others to come outside is my system!
My PCT story is a journey of my heart, a test of physical endurance, and a sensory smorgasbord. You can read some of it in my Trail Journal at
April 25, 2018
“Do what you love, the money will follow.” Decades ago, I read this. I read Marsha Sinetar’s book by that name and thought, “Sure, for me it would be do what I love and the money will follow waaay behind, far far behind. Do what I love and the money will follow my own investments in doing what I love.”
Well, I’m now wrapping up my fourth season of doing what I love at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with money in the bank and in my retirement fund. And, if I also count the seven seasons I worked as a Ridgerunner on the Appalachian Trail, that would add up to eleven seasons earning money doing what I love. It can happen – even to a doubter like me!
Did I contribute to this happening? Am I just lucky? Both? I do not know! I can say that if getting clear on “what I love doing” and doing it, even when it wasn’t “a real job” and even when it was short term or voluntary meant that my resume for these positions landed me the jobs. Maybe this is what Marsha Sinetar meant by her declaration.
At this moment, I am content with feeling immensely grateful to have the testimonials of visitors, campers, parents, clients, and hikers assuring me that doing what I love has contributed to their lives. The money AND the testimonials add together.
“You’ve changed my life!” from a Waldorf parent’s group mom.
“This is the first time I’ve told anyone my story!” from a Journey to YOUR Heartland participant.
“I didn’t want to come, but I’m so glad I did. This touched me to tears.” from a participant in an experimental program at the visitor center.
“I’ve been to a hundred campfires, and this was the best!” from a campfire participant.
And my favorite, “Thanks, Ranger Regina. I’ll be sure to come to your last three Junior Ranger Saturdays” from the local boy who has come almost every Saturday for the past four winters and inspired me to do what I’m pretty sure no one else will do with him, namely, run up ‘Junior Ranger’ Mountain.
This is what I love about my job and what encourages me to take a stand for others giving voice and description to “what you love doing”. I believe it matters and I believe it’s possible.
What do YOU love doing? Are you doing it?
Scott, I know you love dancing, and that you are doing it!
Claudia, I know you love nuzzling horses, and that you are doing it.
Cheryl, I know you love walking, and that you are doing it and helping others do it.
Please reply to this email and let me know what you love and if you’re doing it.
I stand for you in fulfilling that if you want!
April 10, 2018
Yesterday’s fifth anniversay of my divorce invited me to consider how I am embracing my new relationship. I thought, “Why not invent something new rather than continue pitying myself for settling for a similarly shallow relationship?”
Well, it turns out that my partner took care of that. He bought a 4×4 Chevy Tahoe! “Now, we can drive deeper into the desert,” he celebrated. “Not to just drive, but to position ourselves for walking in more remote places.”
I don’t enjoy the bumpy rides on the dirt roads of the desert park where we live. Even though it takes longer to walk, and yes, we don’t get as far out into remote canyons, I feel more connected to the land and scenery when I walk.
Two days into our new life with a Tahoe, I’m considering that he might be right. We’ve camped out twice in remote spots, then walked further into beautiful spaces. I am open to allowing the Tahoe to be a tool supporting a deepening relationship with Nature and him.
April 9, 2018
In the best spirit of Radical Forgiveness which gave me the tools to be able to stand in gratitude and honor for this day, I acknowledge with openness to a Spiritual purpose, that today marks the fifth anniversary of my divorce. I acknowledge, love, accept, and honor myself and my ex for courageously stepping through this gateway – away from feelings, because of beliefs, toward relationships,into an unknown neither of us anticipated when we said, “I do”.
Yet, divorce has given me experiences I value in their rawness and power. Divorce links me with others with whom I now have a bond of the heart. To all of us, blessings on the journey!
Simon turns 29 on April 3rd!
I love studying the collage of photos I put together for your 18th birthday. I know there have been photos since then, but these are easily accessible and reflect the time that I was with you a whole lot more than I have been in the last 11 years! Here’s a sampling of one corner of it. I celebrate your life and my gratitude for being your mom. What I love about you Simon:
- Your quiet attentiveness to details
- Your inner musical rhythm
- Your reliability
- Your engineering skills shared with the world
- Your sober lifestyle
- Your gentle spirit and generosity
I celebrate YOU!
March 8, 2018
For Wild Wind Journey Day, on June 10th in Atlanta, Barbara’s mission is to learn the alluring drum rhythm of her song Wild Wind and have a chime that rings at just the right time in Perfect Love. I want to make sure that she feels the part as my Forgiveness Walks muse, contributing the five transformative songs of Walk for a Singing Heart which will guide us through our afternoon’s exploration into courage. In Wild Wind Journey Day, Barbara and I will entice you to invoke something fulfilling that you’re dreaming of doing. Through Nature, color, song, and supportive emotional clearing, we will entice you to step boldly into your Wild Wind.
miracle and mystery
spinner of history – yours and mine
calling us to journey
turning us outside in
calls me to be braver
safer than I’ve ever been before
Save the date! June 10th in Atlanta
Take a look at Walk for a Singing Heart
Join me and Barbara for Wild Wind Journey Day
March 7, 2018
Designing this summer’s journey has been a roller coaster ride! Several itineraries have taken the stage, been proposed, envisioned, and evaluated. I sadly let go of my Ridgerunning job for this summer, replacing it with a progression of family visits and long distance walking. Now, yet another version calls! It evokes my allegiance to family to take center stage, letting other passions wait in the wings for another season.
My mom needs assistance!
So, I’m now looking at spending my summer with her in Ohio!
She’s been living on her own happily and safely at home, hiring part-time helpers and frequently welcoming family visitors. She rented a beautiful house in Florida for a month, providing weeklong vacations for four of my siblings.
Now, that’s not enough. It’s time for more consistent companionship!
It took some courage on my part to step up to organize a spontaneous conference call with my 8 siblings to talk about the situation. I soon realized that was an old S.T.O.R.Y. I found out that we are all concerned and dedicated to supporting her having a workable living arrangement ASAP and that my organizing is appreciated.
I still have Forgiveness Walks on my calendar, including a fun and exhilarating rendition of Wild Wind Journey Day in Atlanta on June 10. I’m heartily excited to meet up with Barbara to sing her songs that our courage to step into our own “Wild Wind”. I’m also excited to be complementing Barbara’s songs with the three meditative exercises of my Walk for a Singing Heart to support us stepping into that Wild Wind with our physical senses engaged, our nonphysical energy centers awakened, and our connections with our Higher Self embraced.
Did you save the date, June 10th?
If you’re interested in Wild Wind Journey Day, even if you can’t make it to Atlanta, or can’t make it that day, please click this link and indicate your interest in Wild Wind Journey Day
Or, just hit reply and start an email chat! What’s happening in your heart’s journey this week?
February 25, 2018
I just got off the phone with Barbara, my Forgiveness Walks muse! We’re planning a dynamic and exhilarating event and YOU’RE INVITED! We’re doing a reprise of Wild Wind Songfest that was so much fun a couple of years ago! Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 10 in the Atlanta area and join us for Wild Wind Journey Day!
Barbara encouraged me to change the title to something that emphasizes that this event is truly a journey into our hearts, way more than singing songs. It’s an in-person version of my Walk for a Singing Heart which I offer as an audio program supported by phone calls during your walk.
The details will unfold, but I wanted you to know with time to save the date! Here’s the link for a longer description of the event, previews of the songs and meditation activities, and a link to a form for you to sign up to receive a formal invitation!
Imagining you there swells my heart with joy!