An adventure always starts with one small step

We think we can't...but in small steps we can find a way...

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How many times have you said to yourself, ‘I can’t because…’, for which fill in…because I have kids, because I work, because I don’t have time, because I don’t have money, health, the right kit, the right look, partner, car…the list is endless of all the things we don’t have or are not yet able to be.

Which is what I love about Charlotte, she didn’t let any of those excuses get in the way.  She just packed a bag and took the first step.  That was years ago before her fourth child was born, she wanted to go for a walk. So she did. In fact many long walks; 870 miles alone the Welsh Coastal path, Offa’s Dyke, Glyn Dwr’s way, not to mention a month long walk with her three youngest children in Scotland in the school holidays.

She carries everything she needs, sleeps in a hammock strung on trees and gates and usually walks alone.  What inspires me most about Charlotte’s walks is how quietly she does them; no fuss, no fanfare, she is very private and quiet about them….

AND….

She has walked in small chunks.  She took 4 years to complete one trail, but as you listen to her talk you can see not only the acceptance of a slower pace, but the joy and serenity of it.  She catches a bus or a train, walks for 6 hours, catches a train home in time for tea and then starts off where she left off the next time.  This is such a lesson for one such as me who can be impatient and prone to moving too fast, always on to the next thing.

There were moments when I was listening Charlotte for my podcast as she described sleeping on cliff edges, being woken by badgers and seeing deer, I felt a huge surge or something rising in my chest, expansion, then tears.  I know that feeling in myself and it is the feeling that comes when I hear a truth spoken, when something touches a truth in me and there were several times which Charlotte’s word pictures had that effect on me.

What Charlotte does is timeless, ancestral, holy and ordinary  and simple.  Spending this time with her felt like a reminder of what really matters in life.

Here is a link to Charlotte’s 870 mile walk of the Welsh coast for The Sick Children’s Trust https://www.facebook.com/charlotteiswalkingthecoastofwales 

To find out more about my coaching, training and writing go to www.julieleoni.com

Julie Leoni

Life coach, author, podcaster, facilitator, Dr

I am a well-being coach who helps people find their 'thing'; the thing that lights you up and gives you joy and energy. Listen to my podcast; 'What's your thing?' to get inspiration.

I support people to create a less stressed life, to boost their well-being, to ask for what they want and to look after their own needs so that they can hear their heart's call and live a more empowered and meaningful life.

I draw on experience and training in bereavement, domestic abuse, mindfulness, meditation, yoga, Transactional Analysis and other therapeutic approaches.

I have 2 sons who I love loads (and who sometimes drive me crazy). I'm a Barefoot Trained coach and I got a distinction for my post-grad cert in 2011.

I have a PhD which led me to look at Emotional Intelligence in schools and I have a number of academic and professional qualifications in various types of therapy.

I have practiced meditation since I went to India over 30 years ago and I'm a yoga teacher. I have written a couple of books, I teach psychology and work with a large variety of coaching clients.