When ZimmComm gave me the creative liberty back in 2010 to write a weekly column on AgWired, I began to brainstorm ideas for a “category title” for my posts. I knew I wanted it to be about agriculture and the life of a farm girl, back on the farm. That day, I took a walk … and thus the brainchild for my AgWalks.
Little did I know that four years later, “walking” would be such an important aspect of my life. For those of you who don’t know, a couple of years ago I started walking almost every day. I needed a change, a release, a reprieve from work, some fresh air, and some solitude alone with my thoughts. That turned into a walk/jog and to this day, I still try to get out about three to four times per week. I even took running shoes to a trade show for work, and actually USED them!
The irony? My Aunt Jeanette, another critically acclaimed AgWalk-er, also walks. She will email or text me during the week and report back about her 5.5 mile walk around the grain elevator while waiting on trucks.
Together, we’ve put a lot of miles on the gravel roads of Nebraska. And I’d like to think that just as important as a good pair of walking shoes, this AgWalk column has been a hidden treasure as it has taught me lessons about my family history, brought me closer to my grandparents, and allowed me to share the love of writing (and walking!) with my Aunt.
So, until we walk again …