Wednesday, January 8, 2014

1,000 mile walk on a beach....

With the New Year, comes new beginnings, and new chances to set and achieve new goals and accomplish things we have been putting off.  It is a great time to inspire and be inspired by other people who are out their living their dreams.  Normal people just like us who are out their living their lives and doing what they love.  I have been thinking a lot about things I would like to do in the new year.  Goals I would like to set, new things to try, and old things to revisit. I am reminded that you are never too old... to try something new!  
Loreen Niewenhuis
In the fall, my friend Jane invited me to go to a lecture by a woman named Loreen Niewenhuis at a community center in Northville.  The woman who was speaking that day, hiked the around the entire perimeter  of Lake Michigan.  I love learning about new people, and especially hearing their stories.

Loreen has written 2 books, about her adventures, and is working on her 3rd which will include some kayaking while she explores the islands in Lake Michigan.  She is a very interesting woman, who has a Master of Science degree and has worked in different aspects of that throughout her career including, hospital laboratory, basic animal research, and bone marrow transplant groups.  She grew up in Michigan and loves the Great Lakes, her favorite being Lake Michigan.  She has written many fiction books but her 2 books in her 1,000 mile walk series are true accounts of her experiences and the way our Great Lakes system all work together, which is a passion of hers. 

The first book written in 2011 is, 1,000 Mile Walk on the Beach: One Women's Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan, and the second book written in 2012 is 1,000 Miles-Great Lakes Walk, which allowed her to touch all 5 Great Lakes. To learn more about Loreen you can go to her website,  or follow her on her facebook fan page


I am always fascinated by people, especially by women that take on these challenging adventures that stretch their physical and mental endurance and challenge them in ways they can't begin to imagine. Most of her walk, she was by herself, and carried dehydrated food, and a hammock tent to camp in when when she knew there would not be places convenient to stay.  Even though she did not rough it the entire "walk," sometimes she stayed in hotels or b & b's and ate in restaurants with friends she met along the way, or friends and family that she met at certain set locations along her walk, I still think it sounds like quite and adventure to undertake! 

I have not read her entire book yet but am anxious to hear more of her story.  She walked an average of 13 miles a day and did her journey in segments with breaks in between to write her story.  One of the things that amazed me most about her is that she is probably older than me, and she is out there doing what she loves, and is passionate about. 


Women like this can be an inspiration to all of us. It reminds us that we don't have to just sit back and watch other people chase there dreams... we can get out there and do what we love too, no matter how old we are!  It might not be hiking around Lake Michigan but we all have something we love... my challenge to you today is to get off that couch and JUST DO IT, or at the very least just give it a try :)!

Be Inspired,
Sandy