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WWA Crew Newsletter – June 19th

Walking With America Crew Newsletter

Celebrating 1,000 miles of happiness, health, and building community

Tuesday, June 19th

Announcements / Initiatives

  • Sponsorships—Viva, Zenify, Vitalign, Nutraceuticals
  • Partnerships —Thermau, Sprouts Farmers Market
  • State Gazette Interview —While passing through Dyersburg, TN, Sheryl and Xavier were interviewed by the State Gazette. Check out their interview here!
  • VanArtwork—WWA was lucky enough to cross paths with Khari Turner in Clarksvile, TN, who became our next local artist to leave their brushstrokes on the van! Check out our “On the Road with WWA” section for pictures and details on Khari Turner’s
  • Congratulations,Taylor!— The WWA team would like to extend a huge congratulations to Sheryl’s daughter Taylor, who just graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Business Economics/Sociology. Sending all of the high-fives for a job well done!
  • New Blog Post— This week, the World Health Organization added “gaming disorder” as a mental health condition and a growing global concern. Check out our blog post for more information on what gaming disorder is, and how Walking With America can
  • Regrouping, Re-branding, and Resting—At the 1,000 mile mark, Sheryl and Xavier have decided that the best way to bring WWA across the country is to take a sorely needed rest to evaluate their progress, spend time with family, and prepare for the next steps in this epic journey. See this week’s “Message from Sheryl” for an in-depth discussion of what to expect in the interim, and all of the exciting changes and growth that WWA is preparing for in the weeks ahead!

On the Road with WWA – Khari Turner

While walking through Clarksville, TN, Sheryl and Xavier visited a local artist co-op. They were introduced to Khari Turner, an unbelievably talented portrait artist who added portraits—yes, actual portraits!—of Sheryl, Xavier, and Haywood to the WWA van.

This addition represents the collective efforts of the trio to inspire a nation of walkers, asking people to get outside without the distraction of digital screens and devices. A huge round of applause and gratitude to Khari for helping to make the van into a beautiful and vivid representation of Walking With America!

Khari Turner WWA van Khari Turner WWA artwork WWA Clarksville TN

WWA Event in Nashville, TN – The Turnip Truck

We had an amazing turnout for our event at The Turnip Truck in Nashville, TN. It was wonderful to meet so many locals, make new friends, and mingle with the CMA crowd (and even see Darius Rucker and Blake Shelton)!

Everyone was so receptive to the WWA mission, and we truly had a wonderful weekend. Nashville is a wonderful city (if for nothing else, the peach moonshine is worth a visit!).Once the live bands were playing and those cowboy boots were on, you would never know that our feet had walked 1,000 miles!

A big thank you to the folks at The Turnip Truck for welcoming us with open arms and for letting us set up shop for a few hours!

Turnip Truck WWA Nashville

Message From Sheryl – Highlight of the Week

My Dearest Walker Friends,

First and foremost, I want to tell you that Walking With America is still very much alive and well—but that we will be taking a much-needed, brief respite to regroup. When all is said and done, WWA is much bigger and much grander than I would have ever thought, and it’s a lot to take on! I want WWA to be a household name and to be around for many years to come, and the best way to do that is to make sure that every mile is focused, organized, passionate, and purposeful.

This past weekend was the beginning of a regrouping—I have the wonderful opportunity to take the first 1,000 miles, think about what I learned, and then explore how I can implement what I have learned during the next 1,000 miles.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be taking time for meetings with sponsors, upgrading our media coverage, implementing new ideas for events, evaluating our branding, and more.

Our aim is to pick back up right where we left off and continue walking to Madison, WI. Haywood has some great local ties, and we’ll be organizing a huge WWA event to welcome us back onto the road. (Of course, it’s also going to help that it will be at least 30 degrees cooler in Wisconsin!)

So, let’s get down to it: What’s changed? What can you expect now?

The end goal of WWA is still the same — we are still going to walk 3,000 miles by October 1st. Our vision is still the same — to heal, connect, and gather as many people as we can to walk with us in each community we cross paths with. The only thing that is different is that we realized that we are human! There will be times where each of us needs to hit the reset button — to reflect, to process, and to spend time with the people that we love the most (don’t ever forget how important it is to have quality family time!).

During this quick break, you can expect that we will all be hard at work, brainstorming about our brand, chasing down media contacts, planning new events, and continuing to build WWA into the national movement that it is destined to be.

Until then, my Dearest Walker Friends, stay tuned! Walk with me on Saturday mornings, keep an eye on social media, and check your email for our next newsletter. There are big things in store, and I can’t wait to share every step with you!

Thank You, WWA Crew!

sheryl lynn WWA

As always, this is our opportunity to extend the warmest of thank-you’s to everyone who has contributed their time, support, sponsorship, donations, and help. Every week, I am amazed at how the universe seems to bring exactly what we need, exactly when we need it — and that means each one of you.

Walking 1,000 miles is no small feat, and I could not have done it without this strong network of love, support, and friendship. This network of support is just incredible, and I hope that the continued growth and success of WWA can, in some way, represent the wave of gratitude that I feel.

Thank you to everyone who has been calling, emailing, and texting to check up on me, make sure that I am safe, and most importantly, to share with me their very own WALKING wins and triumphs! I hope to continue to hear from each one of you over the course of the next few weeks. I’ll be sharing my stories with you as well — you can bet that my feet won’t be rested for very long!

You are all making an incredible difference– and not just in your own lives, but in the lives of those you pass along the way, and certainly in mine.

Walking With America has done some amazing things already, and I can’t wait to share everything that we have in store for the next phase of our journey. STAY TUNED for Phase Two of WWA!

Saturday Mornings – Walk With Me!

Because Walking With America seeks to help people create happier, healthier lives, part of our initiative is making walking a part of our regular routine. In the true Walking With America spirit, I want to remind you that you are all invited to join me me in my weekly Saturday morning walk!

#walkwithme as a way to shake off the last remnants of sleep, after your first cup of coffee, when the dog starts whining, or whenever works best for your schedule! Our ultimate goal is to get everyone in the nation walking together and committed to their health and happiness.

No matter when you walk, don’t forget to wear yellow and to invite a friend or family member to join you! I can’t wait to hear your stories, share in your successes, and see your Saturday morning photos and videos using the social media links below!

Walking With America (WWA) is Sheryl Lynn’s six-month mission of walking from Key West, FL to San Francisco, CA, all while encouraging others to take their health and happiness into their own hands.

At its core, WWA is about creating healthier, happier individuals through personal accountability, empowerment, and community. Sheryl’s feel-good community of walkers offers a message of support and a call to action, unlocking health and happiness one step at a time–and even better, sharing it with those around you.

My name is Sheryl Lynn, and I invite you all to #walkwithme–become a part of the movement and contribute an integral piece of my ultimate vision: to walk together, share a moment of our lives, and come to a happier, healthier understanding of our world.

How Can You Start Walking With America? Sponsor the Cause, Walk With Me, Become a Host—Learn More Here!

How Can You Start Walking With America? Sponsor the Cause, Walk With Me, Become a Host—Learn More Here!

Sending the warmest of greetings to you all from the road, my Dearest Walker Friends! Now that Walking With America is in full swing, I have been getting tons of questions about how to join. There are plenty of ways to participate and show support, and I invite you ALL to #walkwithme in any way that you can!

See the below sections for a quick breakdown of all the different ways that you can join the Walking With America movement—creating happier, healthier lives starts with us, right here and right now!

Gorgeous view of my walk along the Keys Highway, Florida

How Can You—Yes, You!—Join Walking With America?

Everyone is welcome to participate in Walking With America in any way that they can—I am thrilled to have your support, your friendship, and your enthusiasm! There are plenty of ways to join the movement:

  • Become A Host—As a host, you can choose where we have our Happy Healthy Hour (H3) event. Whether you choose a coffee shop, local park, or even a backyard barbeque, you’ll get to directly participate in our community relaxation and fun! If you’re interested in becoming a host, I’d love to talk more—email me at sl@walkingwithamerica.com.
  • Sponsorship—Encourage the success of our brand mission by sponsoring anywhere between $500-$10,000. You’ll get media recognition and press coverage throughout the walk, propelling our brand partnership into new audiences and markets!
  • GoFundMe—If you believe in Walking With America and feel moved to support our cause in any way, please feel free to stop by our GoFundMe page for more details and a chance to donate!
  • Come Out & Walk!—No matter what, the best way to support Walking With America is to get off your couch, put your sneakers on (hopefully they are yellow) and WALK WITH ME! Check out my Events page to see my schedule. I would absolutely love to share the road for a few steps with you or get to know you at a Healthy Happy Hour!
  • Follow & Share—Social media is powerful, enabling us to reach millions of new friends that we may never have connected with otherwise—and that means you! Use the links below to reach my social media sites—let’s be friends, share our experiences with each other, and start a ripple of love, happiness, friendship, and healthy living across America!

Meeting new Floridian friends left & right! (But of course, always putting safety first)

Let’s Connect & Take Virtual Steps Together!

No matter who you are or where you are, I invite you to join the movement, to WALK WITH ME, and to start embracing this beautiful and crazy life, one step at a time! For real-time stories, pictures, laughs, and triumphs along the way, don’t forget to:

#walkwithme—become a part of the movement and contribute an integral piece of my ultimate vision: to walk together, share a moment of our lives, and come to a happier, healthier understanding of our world.

NATURAL ENERGY

NATURAL ENERGY

Tap, Tap, Tap.  Mike yawns, “What?”

“Let’s Go!”  I said.

“Where?” he mumbles, in a total state of confusion.

Tap, Tap, Tap.  Nothing. I just lay there looking up at him.  Tap, Tap, Tap.  It’s Saturday morning.  What in the world is he doing still sleeping at 8 AM?

Still nothing.  Tap, Tap, Tap.  Finally, he comes to see the light of day and scratches his head and stretches. “What now, go where, go where, and what time is it?”

Natural energy that never quits.

“Let’s go,” I said again.

“Go to the store, to the living room to clean, to the park, to the mountain to hike, go for a bike ride, go out for breakfast, go skiing, go to Spain, go to the backyard to play badminton, go to the neighbors, go rake, go on a one of a kind anything, go on a never been done before adventure, go for a car ride, a plane ride, a train ride, a gondola ride, let’s just go!”

“THE WAY YOU BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AND MAKE THEM FEEL SPECIAL IS JUST BRILLIANT”KIMIM VALVERDE, COLDWELL BANKER REALTOR

Gosh, I sound like a character straight out of Dr. Seuss.  I can’t explain my drive, my massive amount of energy, that inner demand that makes me want to go and go and go and never stop.  People have called me crazy, a tornado, a hurricane, a hot mess, a bull in a china shop and bunch of other stuff.  Maybe it is a chemical imbalance, who knows!  I just call it, excited to be alive.  So we all live with me having an abundant amount of energy.  I guess there are worse things I could be.

One day I woke up and decided to ride around Lake Tahoe, seventy-two miles around the might blue, on my mountain bike.  I think the longest bike ride I ever took before that was about twenty-five miles.  Just over seven and a half hours later, I was a Hot Mess, but oh so happy and overjoyed that I did it.

Years ago, I took myself on a two-month excursion across the USA in my van, just me and some gas money.  I had recently turned fifty, all my girls graduated from high school and were living their lives and I needed some alone time.  From California to Washington, New York, Key West, Nashville, Denver… and back home…It was so fun! One stop I made was in Yosemite National Forest.  Being a small town girl from the Midwest, I did not know what the Half Dome was, so I asked questions.  I applied for a permit and two days later I was set to go up 4800 feet in elevation, sixteen miles to the peak which was 8,800 above sea level.  I did not have much food because the raccoons ate it. I did not have gloves to go up the rope cables, but I pressed on.  I had some cool people that showed me the way, let me snack on their extras, and share their gloves.  Talk about epic.

I have completed three half marathons, with little to no training.  I am not much of a runner, but I did them and always finished in the middle of the pack.  Again, so happy I was able to complete my goal.  But it was not enough.

When I first moved to South Lake Tahoe, I did not know anyone or my way around.  One of the first weekends here, I strapped on my backpack and grabbed my hiking gear, and told Mike I would be back soon. Not sure of the trails, I decided to start at a trailhead called Mt. Tallac. I had half a bottle of water and 1 Cliff Bar.   About three and a half hours into the hike, some fellow hikers said, “You’re almost there, you have to go the top now!” I was not going to pass up on that challenge.  Finally six and a half hours after I left home for a “short exploratory hike,” I walked a bit wobbly to my van, hoping there was another bottle of water in there!  There was and that was a bit of a learning lesson.  I pack much better now.

On a Friday night in early September, I asked Mike if he would drop me off at 5:30 AM twenty-six miles up the road.  He does not argue or ask to0 many questions anymore.  So, we got up, drove 26 miles halfway around Lake Tahoe and I stepped out onto the blacktop in the pitch dark.  About 2 PM that afternoon I finished my “private” marathon.  It was pretty exhilarating.

Lucky for me, I get to draw on this energy to get me across the country. 3600 miles of going, going, going.  Maybe I will run out of energy, what do you think?

DOING AND THINKING POSITIVELY LEADS TO HIGH ENERGY

I consider myself a high flyer, someone who has chosen to be aligned, in line, and in the vortex living my life every day.  My attunement with myself gives me ample ability to focus when I want, quiet my mind often and allow the gifts of life to show up.

It’s 11:09 PM. Now, if I could find a trampoline to expel just a little more energy, that would be ideal! HAHA. There might be people who push me down, but I finally know myself enough now that when I need to go, I must go.  Doing and thinking positive things all day every day is just what I choose and its darn exciting!  I will sleep tonight with my InsoZia from Viva Health Solutions, and dream about another exciting day tomorrow, a day of a super awesome attitude filled with drive, enthusiasm, and passion! I can’t wait.

Thank you for walking with me, at least I hope you will.  I really want to finish.  I really, really want to be strong and healthy and happy at the end of this journey.  I need your help! See you on the trails!

Sometimes you have to do more than just go to the party, you have to bring something to the party!  I hope to do that when Walking With America!