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An adventure always starts with one small step

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

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….


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 

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Julie Leoni

Julie Leoni

Coach, author, podcaster, facilitator, Yoga and psychology teacher, learner

I have over 30 years of experience and qualification in various therapeutic and meditation/mindfulness based approaches. I work with change. Some changes we chose, others happen to us.  Sometimes we know we want to change but don't know how. Sometimes we don't want to change but external events or people are forcing us to change. The menopause, children leaving home, the end of a relationship or job, becoming a parent, coming out, bereavement are just some of the personal changes I support people with. I also work with people who want to make changes to their life and wider world in response to social issues such as Covid, the climate crisis and racial, sexual and gender inequalities. Times are changing whether we want them to or not and we need to be nimble, agile, curious and open in order to part of the new story emerging. Work with me to get clear on what matters to you, what makes your heart sing and what kind of future you want for yourself and those you love. It is possible to live differently, get in touch to explore how.

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