Walking With America Crew Newsletter
On the Road to Atlanta
Friday, May 25th
Announcements / Initiatives
- Sponsorships —Viva, Zenify, Vitalign, Nutraceuticals
- Partnerships—Theramu, Sprouts Farmers Market
- Exploring Partnerships—Sensi Magazine, RDKL
- Van Artwork— In this week’s newsletter, we’ll show you the long-awaited pictures of our WWA van, featuring artwork from Florida artist, Linda Brandt! We hope to partner with another local artist in Atlanta for the next addition — if you know an amazing local artist that might want to participate, reach out!
- Newsletter Signup— If you know someone who may be interested in receiving this newsletter, please let them know that they can sign up on WalkingWithAmerica.com! Our signup form is at the bottom of every page, and only takes a few seconds to complete.
- WORT FM 89.9 — On Tuesday, May 22, 8 o’clock Morning Buzz host Haywood Simmons interviewed Sheryl and Xavier on WWA, the journey, personal growth, and living a healthier, happier life. Catch the live feed on Facebook or listen on the weekly archives at WORT FM!
- 2018 Atlanta Jazz Festival— This weekend, WWA will be heading to the Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park. This is one of the largest free jazz festivals across the entire country, which will be a great opportunity to connect with people and spread some WWA positive vibes!
- Happy birthday to Rachel! — The WWA crew is sending all of the warmest birthday wishes to Sheryl’s daughter Rachel, who turns the big 3-0 today! Welcome to your thirties—which is, of course, one of the BEST decades to be in!
- Happy Memorial Day weekend to all! We hope that warm weather, sunshine, good food, and good company are in your future— and with any luck, some WALKING!
- Atlanta, GA – Memorial Day weekend
On the Road with WWA
This week, we had a very successful soft “Grand Opening” at Yvonne’s Natural Market in Macon, Georgia! Our H3 event was filled with healthy living product demos, sharing stories from our EPIC journey, and of course, making a ton of new friends.
A huge thank you to Yvonne’s Natural Market for inviting us into their community of healthy minded people! Southern hospitality is alive and well in Macon, and we are so thankful to have crossed their path.
Introducing Our Official Walking With America Van!
(Or, as we fondly say, “Chris” or “Christie”)
We are so happy to finally be able to show off our beautiful new van! Our first piece of artwork was completed by Florida artist Linda Brandt as part of our new marketing initiative to feature a local, creative take on living a happier and healthier life.
Over the past few weeks, this van has become a crucial part of our team and the overall success of WWA as a whole. It is much more than a creative expression of our journey; it is our home base; our security; and after weeks like this, our MUCH needed shelter from the heavy rains of our newest traveling companion, subtropical storm Alberto!
This is a wonderful start to a collective artwork that is just as beautiful as it is functional. Don’t forget – if you know anyone who would be interested in contributing their own art, reach out and let us know!
Welcome to WWA, Haywood Simmons!
As Walking With America continues to meet inspiring people and create deep friendships along the way, we would like to introduce you to our newest traveling companion, Haywood Simmons!
Haywood is a positive outcome coach and dedicated advocate for health, wellness, and fitness. After interviewing Sheryl and Xavier for WORT FM, Haywood decided to come along for the journey, promoting healthier living and a positive attitude through walking each day.
Haywood brings life and energy to our daily walk through his vibrant personality and dedication to creating deep connections with people. Of course, he also his talent on the drum set and trumpets to encourage everyone along the way to join in and walk a few miles!
When asked why he decided to join Walking With America, he says, “I’m walking with America because I’m an American, and I love this place! When you walk, you meet so many new people, places, and things.”
Keep an eye out on the blog for an in-depth interview with Haywood, and don’t forget to check out his LinkedIn profile to learn more about his vision of health and happiness. He may even continue walking with our team into Nashville, TN over the coming weeks – and we’re thrilled to have him for as long as we can!
Brief Team Update
- Roxann – Facilitating crew meetings and providing PA services for Sheryl
- Mike – 25 sponsors at $2,500
- Caitlin – Newsletters, blog content, phone interviews, email support
- Steve & Todd – Uploading videos to YouTube, brand messaging/posts on Instagram and Facebook, tracking SEO progress
- Kelley – Updating XL spreadsheet (Georgia dates and locations)
- Nicole – Route updates/coordination, sending newsletter via MailChimp
Things to Focus On
From time to time, we need to re-order supplies — but we don’t always have a place to send them to. If you have a friend, family member, or business partner along our route that would be willing to let us borrow their address and pick up supplies, please reach out!
Do you know anyone who would love to design and paint their unique artwork on the Walking With America van? If so, please reach out — we would love to add as much local artwork as we can, eventually creating a beautiful mosaic of the diverse talent, heart, and soul of the communities that WWA encounters along the way!
One of our primary focus points over the next few weeks will be creating an effective marketing strategy. This includes exploring how team uniforms can better communicate the WWA mission, solidifying processes for reaching out to local news media, planning events, exploring local community calendars, and more.
Once again, a HUGE thank you to everyone who has taken the time to like or share our social media posts! This is a huge piece of what will truly push Walking With America to the top, and we appreciate everyone’s continued efforts to keep the national conversation going about living a healthy, happy lifestyle. Keep sharing and liking WWA on Instagram and Facebook!
SPONSORS & PARTNERSHIPS
We are making wonderful progress on finding and exploring creative partners for WWA! Let’s keep this going– just a reminder to keep your ears and eyes open for any brand or company that could potentially be a great match for Walking With America (keep these values in mind: happiness, physical and mental health, exercise, community, and natural products).
Message From Sheryl – Highlight of the Week
My Dearest Walker Friends,
If you’re on the East coast, chances are that you’ve gotten stuck in a few torrential downpours over this past week. If you have some extra dry clothes laying around, send them our way! Our newest traveling companion has been subtropical storm Alberto, and he has been RELENTLESS!
We spend nearly all day outside, traveling on the side of various highways and roads, and camping out at night, so braving the elements has taken on a whole new meaning. Thankfully, we have our van, we have plenty of ponchos– and most importantly, we have our sense of humor.
Laughing is so important – not just for your daily happiness and health, but also for your sanity! This week showed us that the simple act of finding opportunities to smile can provide enough motivation and energy to push through even the most challenging (and wettest) of situations.
There were multiple times where we found ourselves stranded on the side of the road, blinded by huge droplets of heavy rain, and forced to take a break to maintain safe travels. I’ll admit, it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I set out on this journey!
Instead of getting frustrated, our focus this week has been to let the walk flow right along with the water that comes down. We’re taking it day-by-day, learning not to force progress, and trusting that everything will work out in the end. I’m happy to say that, so far – IT HAS!
Even in the mist of a torrential downpour, I am even more convinced that Walking With America is exactly where I belong. Xavier, Haywood, and I are meeting new people every day and finding opportunities to genuinely make a difference in the lives of others. That’s a wonderful feeling that no amount of rain can wash away!
Now, more than ever, every moment is a new adventure, a new friendship, and a new opportunity to find joy in the journey – even if that joy comes while you’re stranded on the side of the road. This week, don’t forget to create a new connection or nurture an existing one; take a moment to enjoy the rain for what it is; make time to get outside and walk; and most importantly, don’t forget to LAUGH!
Photo Reel – What a Week in the Life of WWA Looks Like
(Because sometimes words just aren’t enough!)
Thank You, WWA Crew!
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.
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 Haywood, who did such a wonderful job interviewing us and helping to promote Walking With America on air!
Thank you to Yvonne’s Natural Market for their hospitality and for welcoming WWA with open arms for our official soft “Grand Opening!”
Thank you to the crew members, who continue to give their all into making sure WWA is visible, engaging, and present. 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!
THANK YOU for your ideas, your motivation, your support, and your love. You are all making an incredible difference– and not just in your own lives, but in those you pass along the way, and certainly in mine.
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.