January first is not the only day to start something new. Today is a good day too.
At the start of this year I challenged you to walk every day in 2014. walk 365 in 2014. I made a printable graphic with numbers from 1-365 and asked that you circle the day you walked.
around the block,
or walk to the moon and back.
You decide how far.
The main goal is to walk.
Get fresh air in your lungs
get our of the house,
Perfection is not the goal.
If you miss a day.
If you are tired or sick,
walk to the end of
your driveway and back.
Or walk to the bathroom
and get back in bed.
Walk 365 in 2014
I created a private Facebook group of women walkers. The group was created to hold each other accountable. My plan was that I would be perfect and through my brilliance I would inspire the other walkers to walk every day.
The first week in January I walked every day. Some days it was only to the mailbox, but I circled my numbers. I felt powerful and wise.
Then I missed a day, and another day, and another day. Then I couldn’t find my paper. I was embarrassed, and humbled. Then I quit walking.
In my news feed on the private Facebook group, Walk 355 in 2014, one of the woman, Lucie Winborn, posted.
Day 55 and still slogging at it…if undisciplined me can do it, so can all of you! Accountability is the only thing that’s kept me from missing a day so far….
Lucie, who is a writer, Lucie Winborne Writes, has inspired me to start walking again. Yesterday I circled Number 1, and today I will circle Number 2. And I will keep going and I will not quit. Thank you Lucie. Thank you x 10 million.
If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
— Mary Pickford
Did you quit? Would you like to start again? Please tell me in the comments. I encourage you to not give up. Mary Pickford is right. Failure is not getting back up. Failing is just failing. Even birds have to learn how to fly.
Here is the PDF if you want to start walking today.
About Pamela Hodges
My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.