Seen on My Walk

Seen On My Walk: Anna Maria Island, Florida

The author Karen Blixen, aka Isak Dinesen, said, “The cure for anything is salt water--sweat, tears, or the sea.” I concur. In fact I have followed her words like a prescription for much of this year.

I’ve been here on Anna Maria Island (AMI) for 5 months recovering from mold poisoning. AMI is a barrier island off the West coast of Florida. Think Sarasota/Bradenton and then a bit further and in the middle of the water. The far side of Tampa Bay.

April 29, 2019

April 29, 2019

One of the most important practices in my mold detox protocol has been a vigorous daily walk. There are many wonderful things about walking here on AMI. It’s beautiful, it’s hot (hot yoga hot but no studio required), and there’s an ocean to fling myself in when I’m done walking.

After a walk I am sweaty beyond belief, and slightly less moldy; it’s at this point that I walk into the ocean. Literally. I walk right in, keep walking until the water is deep enough to dive and then I dive and swim. Thus two critical elements of Blixen’s remedy are handled in one fell swoop: sweat and the sea!

May 16, 2019

May 16, 2019

The third, tears, is also a profound detoxifier. When I first got here and started my detox protocol (daily doses of activated coconut charcoal to bind with and remove mold mycotoxins, supplements to support me, gallons of high PH water every day) I was in a great deal of pain. My joints hurt, my eyes hurt, the headaches were stunning in intensity. My cognitive function was at a solid zero for the most part. I was, for all practical purposes, completely disabled. I was afraid, I couldn’t think, I was in pain, and I was incredibly frustrated with my situation and terrified about the loss of my health. I frequently found myself chest deep in the ocean, sweating and crying--Blixen’s salt water trifecta.

Science has shown us that crying holds unique physiological benefits, among them stress relief and pain reduction. Crying also fights bacteria, improves vision, releases toxins and aids sleep.

So I walked and sweated and cried and swam. And then I’d do it again. And over the months, slowly but surely, I’ve gotten better.

June 29, 2019

June 29, 2019

Along with my hot healing walks, I also walked morning and evening to soothe my soul, take in the natural beauty, and to welcome and bid farewell to each day. Being present with each day was a way to be as focused as I could be, stave off despair, and to accomplish what needed to be accomplished. Baby steps to be sure but steps nonetheless. Ever the lover of beauty, I took pictures on my AM and PM walks to share every day with the members of the One Million Women Walking movement.

As I prepare to leave AMI and return to Tennessee for a round of doctor’s appointments and health assessments, I was inspired to share some of my photos here. I self-assigned the daunting task of selecting my favorite photo from each month I’ve been here. So here they are, seen on my walks, an homage to this lovely island, the healing power of walking, and visual proof that the cure for anything is salt water.

July 16, 2019

July 16, 2019

The alchemy of walking and sweating, swimming and crying, has been life-changing and life-saving for me. I am grateful beyond words and hopeful once again. To learn more about my recovery from mold poisoning, and to activate walking’s Rx in your own life, join me and the members of the One Million Women Walking movement as we walk our way to the happy, healthy, long lives we all desire and deserve. I can’t wait to walk with you.

August 4, 2019

August 4, 2019

This Day

Today, the day you have, is a good day to think of as this day. As in THIS DAY.

For instance, THIS DAY I will do one thing I’ve been putting off until SOME DAY.

By now most of us know that mythical SOME DAY will never come.

Unless we claim THIS DAY to be that SOME DAY.

And if one of the things you’ve been putting off is to go for a walk, today is the perfect day.

THIS DAY. The perfect day, not some day.


Your Opinion Please!

One of the most entertaining activities on the 1MWW public Facebook page is voting for the cover for the upcoming month. I create at least two potential Facebook page covers and ask fans to vote for their favorite.

The photos I use are ones I’ve taken in years past, but they all correspond with the month they represent. I decided to broaden the monthly decision making by posting the choices here as well. Once you’ve chosen your favorite, jump on over to 1MWW on Facebook and vote. And while you’re there, LIKE our page!

Here’s the two contenders for March, 2019. The first is a photo I took in March, 2014 of a late snow, which stunned just about everyone, including this redbud tree. The second photo was taken in March, 2013 on a Sunday drive through the country south of Nashville. In a beautiful twist of fate, this same drive with this view is one I take frequently as my horse is boarded at a barn just down the road.

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There’s the back story on these two photos—the rest is up to you! Thanks for voting.

Seen on My Walk: Lake Tahoe!

It’s been 35+ years since I’ve been to Lake Tahoe and my memories from that time are vague at best. I recall Ponderosa pines, an enormous vibrant blue lake, big mountains, and some ski runs. Fast forward to early September of this year and I was wowed in the best way!

I was in Tahoe on a combined business/pleasure trip—more of an emphasis on pleasure truth be told. A wedding and the opportunity to spend time with old friends plus the incredible bonus of seeing my daughter took me from Nashville to Tahoe via Salt Lake City, Reno, and a little drive through Nevada. I am (and most likely always will be) amazed at how we can travel across this enormous country in a day. Incredible! Delta Airlines you were fantastic.

My time in Tahoe was too short but the time I had I spent wisely! The best hours were spent walking on the beach with two of my favorite people whom I love dearly and hadn’t seen in seven years! It may seem a small thing but in reality it’s a huge thing. Years from now I’ll remember the feeling of that walk—the joy in being with old friends, the awe I always feel in the presence of natural beauty, the coarse sand underfoot, the wonderful wind off the lake on a hot summer day, and the deliciously cold water. (Yes I did a bit of aggressive “wading”!)

What a wonderful experience to travel across the country, find old friends in a new(ish) place, and create a vital memory. Next time I’m in Tahoe—and there will be a next time—I’ll walk these memory miles with a smile on my face, joy in my heart and soul, and gratitude that something as simple as walking can be so profoundly powerful.

Walking makes life better—get your walk on!

P.S. I’ve shared more photos from my Lake Tahoe walk on the One Million Women Walking FB page. Jump on over and see if you recognize that handsome fellow next to me!