What Would You Say To Someone Who Wants To Walk Camino? (Part 2)

–Elena Marsh Said This...

Episode Summary

Elena Marsh said, “What are you bringing with you? Camino can double your luggage.”

Episode Notes

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When asked the question, “What would you do if you were fearlessly courageous?”  Elena Marsh said, “I would walk Camino”.  And she did walk – in August 2019. But miles weren’t all she collected. There was personal growth. Talking with Elena last week in Part 1 I asked her what she would say to someone contemplating the Camino. Let’s rejoin the conversation as Elena fills us in and we continue to walk together retracing her footsteps across Spain.

28:00 to 30:00  Q: Camino is a moment in time; how did the experience shift your life?

  • Camino footprints: Camino will continue to live on
  • Relaxed, present, balanced, mindful
  • Deliberate focus and mindfulness eludes

32:00 to 36:00 Photos and feelings

  • Sunflowers
  • Pointing her stick to yellow arrow
  • Lake in the distance
  • A Camino gallery in the home
  • Camino Frances (Camino de Santiago) is like a return home
  • Yellow arrow and camaraderie
  • Mixed feelings

36:00 to 41:00  Questions to elicit recall

  • Insights and gifts
  • Camino calls many people many ways
  • Note: you will experience as much peace as you brought
  • She would ask those who want to walk: “What are you bringing with you?”
  • Camino can double your luggage.

41:00 to 45:00 International Leadership Transformation Coach/BeCoach Academy

  • Focus of her work
  • To lead others you must learn to lead yourself
  • Turn your face from ME! To we – we – we
  • Camino enriches her work
  • Present, courageous, empathetic

45:00 to 48:00 – What changes to make, for whom after Camino

  • Climate change, clean water, global budget
  • Failure of leadership
  • Inviting awareness
  • Drop of water becomes ripples and leads to kinder, more compassionate world

48:00 to 52:16 ~ Continuing to walk Camino experience

  • Camino does not end here; but begins here when you bring it home
  • Camino dream for 2020: Camino del Norte
  • Importance of love, compassion, kindness
  • Buen Camino (“good road, good path“)


Walking Camino de Santiago was my dream for many years since my husband showed me the film “The Way” with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estavez.  With all my insights I felt that I MUST go. I just knew it’s my thing to do and that something special will happen to me there. Year after year I was postponing the adventure. Until December 2018 when I had a coaching session with my coach and she asked me “What would you do if you were fearlessly courageous?” And I said: “I would walk Camino”. And from this moment it all began to get serious. My Camino happened in August 2019. Together with my husband, I walked from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostella. It impacted my life significantly on different levels. And this is what I will be sharing with you in this podcast.

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Diane F. Wyzga
Diane F. Wyzga
Remember the first time you rode a bike and took your hands off the handlebars? And then because it felt fun and daring you did it again - and again - riding down a hill with the wind in your face, arms up over your head screaming, “Look, ma! No hands!” You showed up. You did it. The arc of my professional career stretches from serving as a US Navy officer and nurse, corporate businesswoman, lawyer, platform storyteller, and professor before shifting into a solopreneur as a litigation consultant, wordsmith-er/editor, noted podcaster, and story consultant who was lucky enough to scuba dive the Continental Shelf, become a pilot, hike the Rocky Mountains with Outward Bound, kayak off the coast of Mexico, parachute out of a perfectly good plane, walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and so much more. Over my lifetime I've been letting go of the handlebars but - just as often - having my fingers pried off when I’ve been most afraid. At some of the darkest moments in my life where the true way was wholly lost to me, a person or opportunity beckoned and I said "Yes!" That’s the place where the story changed. This is my life purpose: Helping women identify, sort out and transform unclear messages into confident, connection-making stories, and those stories into powerful sequels. How? 30 years of story work in courtrooms, boardrooms, universities, retreat settings and more has taught me that story principles are key to conscious connection. Together we distill hazy ideas into easily understood metaphors and direct emotional language using words with power, passion, and precision so your message, your story rings true and achieves desired outcomes. My media company has three interlocking components: Quarter Moon Story Arts: "Shaping stories into sequels." Stories From Women Who Walk (podcast): "Like magic, the sorcery of stories is this: they help each of us to be seen and heard, to understand and be understood." My Life As Compost (blog): "What matters in our life is not what happens to us but how we respond, transform the difficulty into advantage, and tell *that* story."

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