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Who is the Walkabout Woman?

The Walkabout Woman

The Walkabout Woman is Betsy Lewis, a social media consultant by day and creative person (artist, writer, and  ideagenerator) by night. However, “the walkabout woman” could be any woman who has decided to take the courageous first step toward living her longings.

At 56 years of age I have been a daughter, wife, mother and am now a grandmother.  In those roles I’ve experienced many joys and some tragedies.

A health crisis brought me face to face with my own mortality. Values rearranged themselves, trivial things fell away and relationships took center stage. I came to know that I had mattered, and felt grateful to have even had “a life”.  And that was enough.

And then the worst didn’t happen!

I survived and got another chance.

It was a reality check – a gift really –  and I knew I wanted to live the rest of my life differently. Ideas and plans I had toyed with in the past now became priorities.

A  friend began what she called a “walkabout.”  She left home for a time, wandering with an openness to living something  yet to be defined. I was unfamiliar with the word “walkabout.” (Was it one word or two; a noun or a verb?) Regardless, I was captivated by the word and the idea.

The word “walkabout” began to take the shape of my own longing for freedom.

I wanted freedom to live more intuitively, to put my own needs first, to shed material things that had once defined me, to be creative, and to see the world. And finally, I wanted freedom from the emotional pain that haunted me. Ten years post divorce, I was still wrestling unproductively with the relationship.

The details of my walkabout are sketchy.  And that’s the way I want it. When I talk to other women about my walkabout, their faces change before my eyes and I can literally see the ideas rushing into consciousness.

And then they tell me what they have always longed to do or be. 

This moved me deeply and part of my personal walkabout became helping women find a way to bring these yearnings to life. I hope someday to create a Walkabout Woman Project — a place where women from around the world can virtually gather to receive support and inspiration as they take their own courageous first steps toward living their longings.

And this is where my walkabout story begins . . . .

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  1. Susan Wong #

    I wonder where I can join Walkabout Women

    March 15, 2014
    • Hi Susan – My plans for a walkabout woman project were derailed with I lost my pension – a totally unplanned thing. I had to devote more time to my business and had to put the project on the back burner. However, that won’t be forever. In the mean time, if you have a story to share about your personal walkabout you can send it to me for publication as a guest post on this site. Thanks Betsy

      March 25, 2014
  2. Theresa Ackerson #

    My “walkabout” has just begun again. When I moved across country it was to mother a child. One in which wanted to be born and fought hard to be part of the world. Well here I am 14 years later, and well….it’s time once again to explore the longings that were abandoned some time ago. Thanks for re-igniting my passion! My best to you!

    September 12, 2012
    • Hi Theresa. I am excited for you that you are on a new walkabout! Bravo for getting back on track to explore your longings! I would love to hear more about it. Thanks for sharing and commenting. Keep in touch!

      September 12, 2012
  3. Robin Lewis Kane #

    You’re a trailblazer! And you’ve given me the forum for expanding my own life.

    July 16, 2012
    • I created this so I would have a forum and a structure too. It helps you along the process, as well as gives meaning to what you are doing. I can’t wait to see how you are going to expand! Lot of love!

      July 16, 2012
    • Thanks Robin. I am going to enjoy watching your progress!

      September 12, 2012
  4. Becky anderson #

    Two words, Betsy: THANK and YOU.

    July 16, 2012

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