The first miles are for me. That is how I started this project and it was inspired by Angela Giles Klocke who started her journey in January. You can read about her journey and her challenge at http://scarsandtiaras.com/1000-miles.
My journey started yesterday with me walking 2.270 miles. I had planned on only starting with a mile but I continued on after that first mile and kept walking. I wanted to start right but I wasn’t sure if I could continue walking after that first mile. Still, I made it and over and felt proud of myself. It was a challenge and like many aspects of my past, I overcame it.
But why am I walking? If you haven’t read the scars and tiaras blog, I am walking for the same reason as Angela Giles Klocke...to honor those who have been lost, those who have been victimized, those who have survived and those who are on the path to thriving from the effects of abuse, violence, neglect and mistreatment.
Every step that I take in this journey will be for others but these first miles are for me. If you haven’t realized from much of my blog, I suffered from childhood abuse. It was hard coming to terms with all that I had suffered but after seeking counselling for it in my 20’s, I was able to overcome many of the feelings of self doubt that I had. However, the journey from survivor to someone who thrives is not an easy one and there are times that my self confidence is hit hard, the scars that have healed will, at times, hurt from past memories but every year, as I build up my confidence, they don’t hurt as often or as much.
I am blessed to have a loving husband that has helped me through much of my healing process and I am blessed to be a mother. The things I want for my children are so much more than what I had for myself and every part of me goes into creating a better life for my family.
And they are thrilled that I am doing this. My own children have asked to come along on some of the walks, especially on the weekends, and I will be taking the journey with my own companion. For shorter days, I will be walking with my English Mastiff and for longer days, I will be walking with my Labrador Retriever.
So What Are You Doing Exactly?
Like Angela GilesKlocke, every day, I will be walking for someone whose life has been touched by abuse or violence. I will place their name or initials on a note card and I will carry their name as I walk.
During the walk, I will take a picture of the card and post it here on the blog, on the facebook page and also on my twitter account. I will share stories if I am asked to.
Each walk will be dedicated to one person or one family and I will not carry more than one so that each walk is special to those people.
How Long will You Walk?
Every day will be different and will depend on the weather, how I am feeling, my commitments during that day and also the day of the week. I hope to walk at least 2 miles every day but there will be days when the walk will be shorter and days when the walk will be longer.
In total, my goal is to walk 1000 miles in honor of victims and survivors of abuse and violence in one year. So by March 25th, 2015, I will have 1000 miles down.
Will You Walk for Me or My Loved One?
Yes, I would be honored to walk for you or your loved one. Simply send me a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
Subject: Please Walk for _____________
In the body of the email, let me know any information that you would like me to share on the blog post. In addition, please let me know if you would like me to write something important on the card such as “Survivor” or “RIP”. You can use initials or first name, or a full name. You can also share a bit of the history or nothing at all. This is completely up to you.
What will Happen If You Don’t Have Anyone to Walk For?
Sadly, there is always someone to walk for and if it comes down to me not having a name on my list for someone to walk for, then I will find a name in the news. On those days, I will write down the name and will walk in honor of that person.
Does It Cost Money for you to Walk in My Honor?
No, I am not asking for any monetary compensation so please do not send me any. If you would like to donate, please donate to a local charity for survivors of violence and abuse.
Since this campaign was inspired by Angela’s Scars and Tiaras walk, if you are not sure of a charity to give to but would like to donate to one, please use the charity that Angela is directing funds to. This is the Tellar Safe Habor, which is trying to fund the creation of a safe house in their area. You can donate to them here http://tellercountysafehouse.org/help.html.
How do you Track your Mileage?
I am using both a pedometer and I am charting my course on a map site before I head out. Every day, I will start from my front door and take a different route before returning home.
If you have any questions for me, please let me know. I have already started my 1000 miles with 2.270 miles being finished. Yesterday, I walked for me, today, I will be walking for all the victims of violence and abuse but I have already started adding names for my walk. If you would like me to walk in honor of you or someone you know, please send me an email.
Thank you for your support as I walk these 1000 miles.
Who I am walking for this week
March 25: Sirena Van Schaik
March 26: Survivors and Victims of Violence and Abuse
March 27: Family
March 28: SMD - Survivor of Childhood Neglect, Rape and Spousal Abuse
March 30: Lisa Seeber - RIP March 22, 2014, Victim of Murder/Suicide