Posts in Tahoe Tribe

Tahoe Tribe Series—Kelley Posada, The Organizer

The Tahoe Tribe blog series features a group of women that are dedicated to supporting success in each other’s personal and professional lives. Each and every woman is remarkable in their own way, offering unique—and absolutely invaluable— contributions to each other and to the WWA movement as a whole.

As a unit and as individuals, these ladies both redefine and exemplify the true meanings of support, love, sisterhood, and friendship. In short, Walking With America simply would not be possible without them!

As “The Organizer,” Kelley certainly has plenty of opportunities to help keep WWA running smoothly! Whether its maintaining crew documents, mapping miles, tracking dates for press release stops, or keeping track of expenses and donation values, Kelley is there with patience, an analytical mindset, and a keen eye for detail.

For Kelley, living a healthy and happy lifestyle and being a part of the Tahoe Tribe has brought powerful lessons in how to spark personal growth. As she says, “If you want a positive life, hang out with positive people who inspire you!”

What does Walking With America mean to you? 

When I saw Sheryl’s passion to get the word out to encourage people just to get outside and walk, it reminded me of my own love of walking in nature.  I wanted to be part of something simple and healthy for all.

How did you & Sheryl meet?

I met Sheryl through a Green Apron MeetUp group a few years ago.  One night, we decided to do a potluck and play games.  One of the highlights was playing the game ‘Taboo’.  If you’re not familiar with the game, the intention is to give clues your team to figure out the word on each card.  The trick is to NOT say 5 of the top clues on each card, all within a short amount of time.

It truly got the whole group laughing and opened the door to connecting with the group further!

How do you stay happy & healthy each day?

We all have an inner voice— I just try to make sure I listen to the empowering one!  I’m a glass-half-full kind of girl and look at the world from a curiosity point of view and try to see other perspectives.  This allows me to connect with others in a way that brings the conversation up.

Spiritually, I connect with God/Source, my Guides, Angels, and nature realms for their assistance with divine guidance, questions, grounding, and support.  When I can, I love to take my dog for a walk in the forest and connect with Mother Nature.

At the end of the day, I try to tap into self-care by taking a nice warm sea salt bath with essential oils.  This prepares me for a great night’s sleep so I can be prepared for a healthy next day.

Any tips for those who are curious about living happier, healthier lives?

Just getting outside to walk will get the blood pumping along with some fresh air. This will purge toxins for a healthier you!  All it takes is a small step to get outside the door.

Walk a little bit and then some more until you’re hooked.  Perhaps getting outside will encourage others to join in as well—and you might even experience a more positive outlook on life!

Tahoe Tribe Series—Rebecca Gold, The Coach

The Tahoe Tribe blog series features a group of women that are dedicated to supporting success in each other’s personal and professional lives. Each and every woman is remarkable in their own way, offering unique—and absolutely invaluable— contributions to each other and to the WWA movement as a whole.

As a unit and as individuals, these ladies both redefine and exemplify the true meanings of support, love, sisterhood, and friendship. In short, Walking With America simply would not be possible without them!

As “The Coach,” Rebecca has been behind the scenes since the beginning, helping Sheryl focus on her outcome and supporting her in her first steps towards the wild adventure that is Walking With America.

Throughout the walk, Rebecca’s role will continue to be helping Sheryl focus and accomplish her goals, using her background as a business coach and a life coach to fuel the dream of spreading happiness and healthy living across America!

What does Walking With America mean to you?

My thought with WWA has always been how can we take this dream and use it to make a difference and to help others.  As a business coach for a living and a certified life coach, I exist in this world to make a difference.

WWA is yet another avenue I can reach out and help others through connection–to get out and walk with Sheryl, connect, live, be happy, healthy and get outside!

How would you describe Walking With America to someone you just met?

It’s about getting outside and connecting with one another.  Getting away from social media, getting away from television, being outdoors, and enjoying walking together and talking with one another.

How would you describe the Tahoe Tribe to someone you just met?

Sheryl and I formed the Tahoe Tribe together when we decided to snowshoe through “Snowmageddon” one late afternoon.  As we sank, even with snowshoes knee-deep into exhaustion, we decided to form a women’s group based on setting goals, supporting each other to stay on track towards those goals, and celebrating each other.

We wanted to choose a set of women we felt would truly fully support one another without question and with only love and light.  We have only been amazed and blessed by what the Tribe has become.  Something truly special has evolved!

What does the Tahoe Tribe mean to you?

Oh gosh!  I honestly say after having the tribe in my life I couldn’t live without these ladies.  I love them—and I mean, really love them!  I know I have this group of women in my life I can count on.  As a single woman with no local family and not much family at all,  I have no worries because the Tribe is in my life.  That is huge.

The Tribe is beautiful– it is love, it is friendship, it is family. And of course, the biggest bonus is that the Tribe is absolute fun!

Tahoe Tribe Series—Sheryl Ferguson, The Naturalist

The Tahoe Tribe blog series features a group of women that are dedicated to supporting success in each other’s personal and professional lives. Each and every woman is remarkable in their own way, offering unique—and absolutely invaluable— contributions to each other and to the WWA movement as a whole.

As a unit and as individuals, these ladies both redefine and exemplify the true meanings of support, love, sisterhood, and friendship. In short, Walking With America simply would not be possible without them!

As “The Naturalist,” Sheryl F. brings essential insight and experience on the Great Outdoors—and how to fully enjoy it—to Walking With America.

Over the next six months, Sheryl F. will be assisting Sheryl L. (forming the dynamic duo known as “Sheryl Squared”) with insight and tools for gear, ideas for adventure, tips on local wildlife, and how to stop and appreciate natural beauty along the way.

With the expert guidance of “The Naturalist,” Walking With America can truly accomplish wonderful things, no matter where the trail leads. Who knows—by the end of it all, Sheryl Lynn could become a seasoned pro at spotting the differences between an East Coast Blue Jay and a West Coast Steller’s Jay!

What does Walking With America mean to you?

My career was with the USDA Forest Service before I quit to raise a family, and my degree is in Wildlife Biology & Forestry.  I still participate in activities that are close to my degree and passion – nature!

With that said, the underlying passion and mission of Walking With America is a perfect fit for me. Sheryl a sweetheart, and I believe that you can’t go wrong with getting closer to the outdoors. If you’re going to get addicted to anything, get addicted to nature!

How would you describe the Tahoe Tribe to someone you just met?

Genuine, supportive, caring girlfriends.

How do you stay happy & healthy each day?

Staying happy and healthy each day is easy for me—I live in Lake Tahoe!  I love living where there are more trees than people. I have a gorgeous, big, white Siberian husky who accompanies me on most of my romps in the mountains:  hiking, cross-country skiing, full moon adventures, etc.

Any tips for those who are curious about living happier, healthier lives?

  • Watch more sunsets
  • Take more hikes
  • Get outdoors!
  • Less is more—Downsize whenever possible!
  • Clear away the clutter in your life (this is an ongoing work in progress for me!)

Tahoe Tribe Series—Ceci Chourre, The Puzzle Solver

The Tahoe Tribe blog series features a group of women that are dedicated to supporting success in each other’s personal and professional lives. Each and every woman is remarkable in their own way, offering unique—and absolutely invaluable— contributions to each other and to the WWA movement as a whole.

As a unit and as individuals, these ladies both redefine and exemplify the true meanings of support, love, sisterhood, and friendship. In short, Walking With America simply would not be possible without them!

As the Puzzle Solver, Ceci excels at seeing an entire project from the top down and identifying exactly what needs to be done. In the months to come, she will continue to send her support and lend an expert hand at delegating and planning as Sheryl treks across the country.

Eighteen years ago, Ceci “followed her bliss” and left the city to embrace the mountains, outdoor living, WWA, and the Tahoe community with open arms. As she says, “Having really healthy, open friendships—that has been amazing!”

What does Walking With America mean to you?

Ultimately, Walking With America is about bringing people together to get out and reap the health, social, and community benefits of getting together and walking. We do a ton of that in Tahoe—it’s just built into our community fabric! We walk out of the door when we are done with work, we get out, and we prioritize coming together as a community in an outdoor or philanthropic way.

In a way, Walking With America takes that unique culture across the United States, showing people exactly how we do it in Tahoe— It’s a Forrest Gump-esque walk that promotes the national movement of movement!

How would you describe the Tahoe Tribe to someone you just met? What does the Tahoe Tribe mean to you?

It’s a group of independent and successful women who have chosen to come together and support each other in our goal-setting and in our lives that we have dreamed out. We have found that a group of accomplished women can be incredibly successful with that!

How do you stay happy & healthy each day?

As someone who manages chronic fatigue and depression, part of my management repertoire is being in the outdoors—hence my reason to move to the mountains, walk, and spend time with other people that are like-minded.

The idea of using walking to help chronic fatigue and stave off depression is a huge thing that could be highlighted for people across the United States.

This year, I’m learning how to cook nutritionally. I’m also a lifelong learner, and I love being active in and supporting my community—that’s what WWA is all about! I love inspiring others to get out and be in nature, especially anything that is freshwater oriented.

Any tips for those who are curious about living happier, healthier lives?

There’s nothing that you will lose by getting out and doing it—all you will do is gain something that will benefit you emotionally, physically, and socially. It will increase your productivity, your personal enjoyment, your projects, and even your family and work relationships. Not to mention, getting out and being in nature is just simply fun!

Tahoe Tribe Series—Jennifer Fuller, The Trainer

The Tahoe Tribe blog series features a group of women that are dedicated to supporting success in each other’s personal and professional lives. Each and every woman is remarkable in their own way, offering unique—and absolutely invaluable— contributions to each other and to the WWA movement as a whole.

As a unit and as individuals, these ladies both redefine and exemplify the true meanings of support, love, sisterhood, and friendship. In short, Walking With America simply would not be possible without them!

As “The Trainer,” Jennifer has been using her role as a certified nutritionist and personal trainer to ensure that Sheryl is physically prepared leading up to the walk. Physical training, good eating habits, and a stress-free outlook are all key elements to the success of Walking With America, both as a movement and as a six-month journey.

While Sheryl is on the road, Jennifer will be providing ample support and encouragement. From advice on nutritional needs, motivational phone calls, and everything in-between, she will be ready and waiting to lend her training expertise.

With proper nutrition and physical training as a foundation, there is no limit to what Walking With America can accomplish—as Jennifer says, “Let’s push that stroller up a mountain!”

What does Walking With America mean to you?

As a health coach, I realize that there is a pandemic of inactivity that is leading to our health crisis in America. The Walking With America concept is great, as it is essential to getting people out and moving at a basic and foundational level.

Ultimately, Walking With America is a campaign to celebrate life, live happier, and encourage people to get moving!

How would you describe the Tahoe Tribe to someone you just met?

A diverse group of women whom have come together from varied backgrounds, all focused on supporting each other to set goals and to achieve them when they wouldn’t otherwise have been able to.

How do you stay happy & healthy each day?

I have had a personal battle with my own health. I know what it is like to face death and I never want to look back! Each day, I live my life to the fullest and choose a healthy lifestyle. I have chosen to change careers and help others also, so they too can learn how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Any tips for those who are curious about living happier, healthier lives?

  • Daily gratitude
  • Time with nature
  • Time connecting with family and friends

Tahoe Tribe Series—Laurie Flesher, The Tracker

The Tahoe Tribe blog series features a group of women that are dedicated to supporting success in each other’s personal and professional lives. Each and every woman is remarkable in their own way, offering unique—and absolutely invaluable— contributions to each other and to the WWA movement as a whole.

As a unit and as individuals, these ladies both redefine and exemplify the true meanings of support, love, sisterhood, and friendship. In short, Walking With America simply would not be possible without them!

As “The Tracker,” Laurie is ready and waiting to help Sheryl with anything that she may need, including recording her progress and matching her mileage. If Sheryl walks 10 miles in a day, you can bet that Laurie is going to walk 10 miles too, showing love and support from afar.

Laurie is also planning to meet Sheryl for a walk and an H3 (Healthy Happy Hour) event during her trek across America. As she says, “Sheryl is an inspiration! She is the Dreamer, and this is a big dream! I am happy if I can provide support to her in any way.”

What does Walking With America mean to you?

Sheryl is walking across America to inspire others to be in the community and in the great outdoors, getting people out exercising—and ultimately, to be healthier, happier, and more connected to the communities around them, [which are] all things that speak to me about the WWA movement!

How would you describe the Tahoe Tribe to someone you just met?

The Tahoe Tribe is a group of not-necessarily- like-minded women who try to identify personal goals and aspirations and work together to help each other achieve their individual goals.

Some might be losing weight, some might be starting a business, and some might be just getting their act together! All the women inspire and encourage each other to achieve whatever goal is important to each person.

What does the Tahoe Tribe mean to you?

The love and care shown for each person in the Tribe by the rest of the group is apparent to all, and makes me think this group has the potential for staying together long term – unlike so many other groups that tend to fall apart.

The Tahoe Tribe has made my time in Tahoe better and better. And, I’m so appreciative that even though I am currently part-time in Tahoe, I am loved and accepted by the group!

How do you stay happy & healthy each day?

  • I always walk 10k steps per day at a minimum, and love to cycle, kayak, hike, ski, and snowshoe
  • I love getting together with friends and doing all of the above outdoor activities (and of course, dancing, eating, drinking!)
  • Helping out my friends whenever they need it

Any tips for those who are curious about living happier, healthier lives?

One of the best ways to live healthier, happier lives is to work with others who have the same vision. Join a group with similar goals and communicate with them regularly.

Want to lose weight? Trade recipes, work out together, and check in regularly with your partner to keep each other on track. Identify your goal and track your progress.

Want to walk 5 miles a day? Get a fitness tracker, and a walking buddy (for accountability) and record your successes, and your failures, so you know when you are doing well, and what you need to do better!