From January 2014 to July 2015, I walked 1,000 miles for abuse and violence victims and survivors, and now I’m ready to do it again.
When I finished walking the previous 1,000 miles (6 months later than I thought), I was relieved. Excited. And so done. I needed to shake off the miles and stop carrying the hard stories. But the truth is, I intended to keep going and instead quit cold turkey because I was heavy with life and all those painful pieces of other people’s lives and trying to find some balance in my healing journey.
I really needed to do what I advise others to do — to step back and give myself some grace.
That first 1,000 miles was a true journey of self, of healing, of exploration of story and pain and survival and learning to thrive, of pushing myself to finish something big. It was amazing for me, and it was amazing for others, even as it picked at the scars so many of us carry. It is one of the biggest and heaviest things I’ve ever done, and I grew tremendously.
And so, setting a new goal of 1,000 miles helps me to be intentional, to stay on track with the mission. And it helps others come along on the journey. I didn’t realize how many great conversations I was having about abuse and violence until I stopped walking and the conversations stopped happening. I slowly moved back into the shadows, and that is just not where I belong — it’s not where anyone belongs.
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I’m stepping back out, starting January 1, 2016. I’m ready to press onward in this journey, to continue shining light into the darkness, and to be a safe place to land for those who need to tell their stories for the first or one hundredth time.
Come along. It’s not an easy journey, but it’s worth every step.
If you would like me to walk for you or someone you love, please email me or use the form below. Please include how you’d like the name to appear (initials are just fine!) and any details you’d like to include (example: survivor, child abuse). At the end of 1,000 miles, I will be sending out all name cards, so if you desire to have yours, please include your mailing address. I will contact you in the end to confirm. Peace to you…
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