I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Joyce Shulman’s book Walk Your Way to Better, which I read and am now reviewing.
(Please note: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.)
When I first heard the title of Joyce Shulman’s book, Walk Your Way to Better, I immediately added “to better health”. With the impression that this was a book to improve my health, I was on board right away to read and review. Here I was at 68, unfit and stressed to the max and I knew I needed to make changes.
But once I started reading the book, and following the first walk, I realized very quickly that this book was much more than what I had first thought. Each walk involved reading the brief story at the beginning, thinking about the suggestion as I walked and then journaling about what I had processed when I returned.
The walks have touched on many facets of my life and made me think about and appreciate so many different things:
~ It encouraged me to dream, to expand on that dream and then pursue it
~ It urged me to beat back the negative voices in my head that can immobilize me at times (I so loved Walk 6: Feed the Good Wolf)
~ It urged me to make small, incremental good changes
~It encouraged me to look for small and simple pleasures and to be sure and get out and enjoy nature.
And these are just a small sampling of some of the learnings from the 99 walks.
Although I have not read and followed through with every walk (although I definitely plan to), I have been impressed with the insights I’ve gained and how much better I feel after only a few weeks of walking, thinking and journaling. It has helped with the stress.
As the quote by Laozi that starts the book states:
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Take that first step, take a few walks and you will slowly build to miles and to better.
As Joyce Shulman says “Read, walk, process, write, and bit by bit, become better.”
I highly recommend this book. It is already having a positive impact on lessening the stress in my life.
This is a book about walking your way to better. Everywhere you turn, people, podcasts and gurus promise a simple path to the life you want. But few of them work. Why? Because simply reading the words is rarely enough to call your heart and mind to action. This book is different. Each section provides a thought-starter, insight or story. But I don’t want you to just read it. I want you to read a section and then lace up your sneakers and head out the door. Because while walking, your brain processes in a unique way, enabling you to recognize the things that are truly holding your back and the changes you actually need to make. You will literally Walk Your Way to Better. Along the way, you will forge a powerful connection between your mind and your body. And bonus — you’ll feel better and become fitter.
Print Length: 363 Pages
Genre: Motivational Self-Help
Publisher: Kibo Press
Walk Your Way to Better is available to purchase now on Amazon.com.
About the Author, Joyce Shulman
Joyce Shulman, founder and CEO of 99 Walks and Macaroni Kid reaches millions of moms each month with hyper-local and national e-newsletters and websites, social media content, video and her Weekly Walk podcast. Having created a one-of-a-kind digital platform, she connects families to the wonders of their own communities and inspires women to chase their dreams and crush their goals.
Her most recent endeavor, 99 Walks, is on a mission to combat loneliness and improve fitness through the simple act of encouraging moms to walk together. Her mission? Nothing short of getting a million women walking.
Throughout her two decades as an entrepreneur, Joyce has guided SAHMs, teachers and even MBAs to success. Joyce shares how moms need to “take care of mama bear” and avoid the “martyr mom syndrome.” Her experience in business and leading mompreneurs makes her a coveted speaker where she shares tactics for beating burnout, fueling creativity, goal crushing, how walking can fuel productivity and performance, and more.
Joyce received her Bachelor’s in Business Management from the University of Maryland and her Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from St. John’s University School of Law. After law school, she spent more than a dozen years as a New York City lawyer where her practice focused on complex commercial litigation.
A self-confessed idea junkie, in 1998, Joyce abandoned law firm life to liberate her entrepreneurial spirit and focus on the things that are most important to her: family, community and empowering women to chase their dreams.
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