Tiny Steps Lead to Grand Things

I’ve always found that the first step is the hardest to take.

And so, I issued a challenge on FaceBook. And now I’m challenging you too.

Move yourself up on your priority list. Do something just for you.

Walk everyday for 31 days….for YOURSELF.

We are walking every single day FOR OURSELVES for the 31 days of May. We walk and then check in with each other. Some post photos of the walk. And beautiful photo collages. One walker shares her walks with photos and poetry. We encourage each other.

You can start today or tomorrow. Just let me know and we can take our walks together. I’ll push you; you push me.

The motivation behind this walk is YOU. It’s not for your dogs, or for your kiddos, or for work (like mowing the lawn), it’s for YOU and YOU alone. It’s not for your friend with cancer, or the local band fund-raiser, but for YOU. Period.

That’s huge. If you’re like me, you find it very hard to do something JUST for YOUrself. Instead, you’re running around ragged, doing for everybody else.

Just taking this tiny step and lacing up your shoes and head out the door FOR YOU is a small step, but has grand results. See, what you’re doing is making yourself a priority in your day. That’s a habit that is worth forming.

The instant you decide that you’re worthy and deserving of doing something just for you, your life will change. For the better. Small steps, grand results.

And see. Maybe at the beginning you’re just going through the motions, maybe you don’t quite believe how awesome you are yet. Take those motions every day, for 31 days, and whether or not you believed it when you started, you’ll believe it at the end. It’s kinda magic.

After a month of daily walks, your brain will thank you. Your mental health will thank you. You’ll be less grouchy. You’ll be easier to live with.

And. Walking every day is good for your heart, your legs, your hips, your everything. Movement will keep us moving.

Walk with me…here are some photos from my walks the last 5 days:


Indigo Buntings at play



I found a Morel Mushroom on one walk. Yes, ONE. I wasn’t even sure it was a Morel, but I picked it and brought it home. A mushroom website said if it is hollow in the middle it is a Morel. If not, it is a toxic look-alike. Hollow! So I put it in an omelet.


A fallen down one room home.

I see potential here.

P1150111Don’t know what they are, but they are all over the place here.


Bees, Bees, Won’t you please. Stay and pollinate my garden.

P1150115Can’t remember what kind of tree has these little thingys on them?


A bone. Don’t know whose. Not mine, for sure.


Ferns unfurling





My Mountain Stream

Last July I fell and messed up my knee and my neck (I’m sure I had whiplash.) It was a crazy kind of fall: I was freaking out because I had just picked up a long black snake and placed it in my arms on top of the long black sticks I had picked up. When I scrambled and ran, I fell. I’m sure I told you all about it. It was crazy and freaky and messed me up big time.

Well, after that I just went……lethargic. And apathetic. About me. I mean, I was still on board for everybody else, but I checked out for me. I felt crummy. Non-movement leads to non-movement. Blah. That’s how I felt. And then some yucky times happened and I just got blah-er.

And then. Everything began to change on May 1st when I took the “YOU Challenge!” How can that be? I don’t know; it just is.

It’s a simple thing: get out there and walk for YOU!

Doesn’t matter if it is for 5 minutes or 50 minutes.

Doesn’t matter if it is slow or fast.

Doesn’t matter if you stop and sit down whenever you want to.

Doesn’t matter if you are alone or not.

Doesn’t matter if it is prayerful or playful.

Doesn’t matter if it is rain, shine, foggy or hot.

Doesn’t matter if it is inside or outside.

The only thing that matters is that YOU do this thing every single day for YOU.

What I’ve discovered and/or re-discovered in the five days I’ve done this for ME:

  • I’m a braver person than I used to be.
  • My mind is stimulated by time alone.
  • I meet God in the thick woods and moving water and strong winds.
  • I’m worth it. I’m worthy.

It’s not too late to join us! If you’d like to take the “YOU Challenge!”, then find me on Facebook and let me know. Or if you don’t “do” FaceBook, you can post your daily walks here, or via email with me (rebekah at maryjanesfarm dot com), or with your friends. The main thing is thing is that you have accountability and encouragement. Because some days are easier than others. And it’s nice to have a friend along for the ride.

Come walk with us! Just for YOUrself. Every day for the next 31 days.

If you took the “YOU Challenge!” already, won’t you take a few minutes and leave a comment as to how this little step of walking every day for YOU is impacting you and your day so far? You can encourage someone who needs encouragement to take those little steps that will lead to grand things.

Let’s do this thing TOGETHER. YOU deserve it!

Until next time, Friends, savor the flavor of life!
Lots of love, Rebekah, The City Farmgirl


  1. Wendy Curling says:

    I have accepted the challenge and so very glad that I did! The winter was long and cold and I spent many, many wonderful, yet motionless, days sitting in my comfy rocker with my grandson (first one!). Needless to say I got a little, well, soft. The exercise is truly a plus but the best benefit by far had been the encouragement we share. I can honestly say I look forward to that more than the walk itself.
    Join us won’t you?
    I bet you will be blessed too!!

  2. Jane Gurley says:

    I have walked all five days so far! I am noticing God’s glory more in the flowers, ducks, the water of a pond, and in my little beagle’s happy steps beside me. I am sitting in the customer lounge of a camping store getting some work done to my camper….think I’ll go walk around outside…….

  3. Sandy says:

    I’ll walk with you. Just had surgery and walking is only exercise doc will let me do. This will help me greatly. I love to exercise. Will try to gradually increase the length each day and try to follow doctors orders

  4. Rebecca says:

    This sounds exactly like what I need….I’ve been feeling rushed, as if I’m doing everything at a dead run. Walking sounds like the perfect, slow-down solution. I’m in.

  5. Joan says:

    Thank YOU!!! I am on board!! Off the top of my head I couldn’t think of anything pretty to see but as I read further into you message – GOD – yes He will show me the way to love and joy in walking. God Bless.

  6. Jan Sturgill says:

    What a great idea, Rebekah! Just yesterday I went to my weekly session with my young trainer friend. I had pondered the idea of cancelling my visit and continue with some projects at the house. I went to my work out and left with the EUPHORIA that stayed with me all day and left me with a peaceful night’s sleep…Fact is, I ALWAYS feel better mentally and physically after my sessions. I also do an intermediate yoga class at the senior center, once a week. I found that if I have a designated time to do my sessions I can plan to always be there! When I am overwhelmed at home with my list of projects, I put on my walking shoes and hit the pavement. Always helps!
    I sent you a PM on Facebook, too…

  7. Mary Rauch says:

    Walking! Early March I had a heart attack followed by quadruple bypass surgery, followed by emergency bowel surgery while I was in recovery. The theme of my doctors and rehab therapists has been, “Walking is your friend!” I have become a true believer in this short period of time! Everything is better since I have been WALKING a great deal (and breathing- actually breathing).
    I hope your reminder here will aid the healing of many people who didn’t realize this was something fabulous they were missing in their lives.

  8. Sherri Staples says:

    After losing 15 pounds and keeping it off, I went on numerous out of town business trips and in about 60 days gained back 10 pounds. I need to get up and get moving, so as of today, I am on board! And since I am thinking about getting my Masters of Theological Studies, this will be a good time for me to reflect and talk to God.

  9. rene foust says:

    Rebekah I am so thankful that you began the challenge because I too have had a difficult time this past winter with my knee and my hips. My story is no where near as horrible as yours; mine was caused by my kitten…only me. I was in so much pain I couldn’t walk or bend my knee. As it turned out I messed up my ham sting and have bone on bone in my left knee, and this has caused me much mental stress. I love to be active but the fear of that pain returning caused me to become dormant challenging myself to a daily walk has been a great for me both physically and mentally.

    I am so very sorry that you had that horrible snake experience, every time I read that story my heart starts racing and I can feel hysteria set in. I would probably need therapy if it happened to me.

    Thanks again for the challenge


  10. Debbie says:

    I’m in! For ME!!! Love it! So sorry you took a tumble both physically and mentally… It happens to the best of us…and it’s NOT FUN. But, glad you are walking back to your old self… just for you… Thanks for the invite to come along! I’ll see ya out on the trail!

  11. Marion says:

    I love the challenge – I have been walking 4 miles with my wonderful dog several times a week. I am now amping that up to everyday. I walk first thing in the morning, the earlier the better and I prayerfully say thank you frequently during that time. Thank you for the beauty around me – spring awakening, birds singing, my happy dog, the fact that I can move freely. Thank you for motivating us and helping us to see the beauty around us.

  12. Corri says:

    Walking is pretty much my favorite form of excercise. Now that the weather has straightened up I am back to walking daily. Some walks are short and some walks are long but it doesn’t matter. As long as I am able to spend a bit of time outside each day with Mother Nature, I am a happy girl!:)

  13. Denise Ross says:

    I’m working on doing some exercise everyday. I’m much happier when I exercise, have more energy and think more clearly. At the moment I run and do strength training, but do love walking and hiking too when I can. What a wonderful encourager you are. 🙂

  14. Kriss says:

    oh my gosh…I just saw this! And have been back into that very idea…walking for myself, again. But I need to take my camera and get pictures like you do every day! Very nice. Thanks for the inspirations!

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