Friday, January 20, 2012

New Year, New Start, New Ideas....

Let's Go!!
I have heard from several friends that they want to join our trip.  Hurray!!  The more the merrier!
Here is what you need to do to join our walk. 
  1. Get a pedometer.
  2. Figure out how to use the pedometer
  3. You might want to grab a water bottle to remind yourself to keep hydrated, and a journal to keep track of progress.  These are not essentials, they are just for fun.
  4. Go to your local library and find any of the Sisterchick books by Robin Jones Gunn.  Read them.  You may read these in any order, although we recommend starting with Sisterchicks On The Loose (the first one she wrote).  
  5. Send me an email that you want to join up.  I will send out group emails periodically. 
  6. Leave a comment and let us know you are walking with us.
    There are several ways that you can walk with us.
    1. Start from where you are and meet up with us in Tifton GA, Jacksonville FL, Cocoa Beach FL, or the Bahamas (!).  
    2. Start from Irondale AL and walk with us.  Of course you can!  If you are going home every day for work or school and home every night to tend family you can magic yourself to Irondale; after all, we are women!
    3. Start from where you are and design your own trip.  If you decide to do this option, let us know.  I would encourage you to start another blog about your own trip and we can link our blogs together.
    The whole purpose of doing this is for women to share life, encourage each other, and have fun (not necessarily in that order!).  Some of us need to be exercising more for general fitness.  Some of us are concerned about our weight.  Others need to have more fellowship (probably most of us!).  Whatever your goals are, join us and let us cheer you on.

    Our Birmingham group consists of:

    Virginia the dreamer....aka Crazy Auntie 'Ginia

    Meaghan the Technical Guru and Nancy the Recruiter.  Butterscotch is in the background

    Liz the Cheerleader....also known as Meaghan's Mom

    We have a couple of other folks in town joining us and will add pictures as they become available.

    Nancy is also the picture gal of the week.  This picture is another reason why we are not flying or driving or sailing on this trip.  Can you imagine how much luggage a group of women would need for this kind of trip??!!

    So add a comment and send us a note and let's get going; sunshine and sand are waiting!

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    New Year, New Start, New Ideas....

    Why Not?!

    First things first.  A new blog will be starting (I think) in the next few days.  Stay tuned....

    Earlier this week I wrote about traveling and the things that keep us from traveling.  You know, all those grown-up responsibility things?  Just to recap, I have a sister who wants to go some place warm where she can feel the sand and hear the ocean.  I have a sister-in-law who would love to see more of America.  I have a niece who wants to see the Dominican Republic (NOT Dominica...sorry, Megs!).  And I have longed to see New Zealand.

    Today the four of us got together and started planning our trip.  Our route (right now) is Birmingham  to the Dominican Republic by way of the Bahamas.  This is the first leg of our trip.  Our start will be Irondale, Alabama to Tifton, Georgia.  That distance is about 268 miles (give or take).  We have already left!  Yup, that's right, we are on our way.  No hotel reservations or worrying about restaurants.  We will be sleeping and eating at home most nights.  Really.  

    For Christmas, I gave my fellow travelers a pedometer, a journal notebook, and a water bottle.  Today we set up our pedometers.  We are going to wear them each day and track our distance.  Some of us are also swimming, which counts toward the total; any biking, canoeing, or other activity that moves us will count.  The distance from Birmingham, Alabama to New Zealand is a little over 8,000 miles.  Of course, the distance with our going to the Bahamas and Dominican Republic first will increase that.  We will be finding photos from Google maps to share and if you have pictures from any of the locations we cross that you would like to share with us we would love to see them.  Who knows, at some point we just might get to visit one or two of these places in person!

    That brings me to another point.  I've heard from a couple of folks lately that they wish they could travel.  Why not join us?!  All you need is a decent pedometer.  
    I found these on sale at Target, here

    No passport, no visas, no plane tickets, no frustrating TSA agents, no hotel reservations or Traveler's Checks to buy food.  Just clip that pedometer on and see how many steps you take in a day.  It is much easier to have a pedometer that measures distance in addition to steps, although I guess you could figure that out yourself.  A computer is nice for tracking progress but a paper map works just as well.  Leave a comment every so often letting the rest of us know where you are.  As we hit milestones we will celebrate each others progress.  If you would prefer to travel to Alaska or Borneo, let us know so we can celebrate that with you too.  

    This is a new year, with a new start and a new (or maybe just quirky?!) idea.  We would love to have your company!