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Active listening.
Brave conversations.
Compassionate coaching.
All at your own pace.

Take the next step to a stronger you.
The answer is always to
just take one more step
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Whatever the struggle, the ache, restlessness or the big question, the solution is always to do one manageable thing. Today, it might be to step out into the sunshine. Tomorrow, it might be telling a story while stretching your legs. Soon, you will be hiking, ticking off the miles and milestones without ever gasping for breath. 

This is how Urban Paths began – with one woman walking through big transitions and realizing that she was on the road to a whole new life. Today, through Urban Paths, walking wellness coach Laura Conely guides clients of all ages, abilities and fitness levels to take their own first (and fiftieth and 5,000th) steps. 

Want to feel better in your body? Need to make a major life decision? Confused about your career, your relationships, your passions? Missing feeling like yourself? Deeply desiring more out of this one big life? 

You know the answer. 

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For all Walks of Life
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Find the Urban Paths package that fits your pace. Choose personalized one-on-one sessions, group coaching or customized parties and gatherings. Specially priced membership packages put your self-care, activity and inspiration on the calendar for up to a year at a time. 
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Paths to Success
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Book your walking wellness coach Laura Conely as a keynote speaker and conversation starter for your business, nonprofit, conference or club. She’ll share roadmaps to higher performance, motivated collaboration, and future visioning.
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Move mindfully
Urban Paths special events nourish the soul and work the soles. Take a Walkshop on productivity, teamwork and the badass benefits of taking to the trails every day. Join a Walking Book Club to explore inspiring reads while taking in your city’s most beautiful views. Commit to a 30-Day Challenge or let Laura design a custom event that will get your colleagues, clients or guests going. 

Every walk feels like the gathering of stories even when I’m all alone. This pedestrian bridge today felt like a great romance novel . Every single lock a love story. Even if the chapter was short I’d like to hear the tales of G and V and if it really was “More than the whole wide life.” After crossing the bridge I let my imagination wander along with my feet. #gowalkyourself #lovelockbridge #houston #walkingforwellness

Every walk feel...

More amazing photos of this weekends @buffalobayou Wellness Walk. So grateful to @slightclutter for capturing me doing what I LOVE- walking and talking in nature and meeting the most interesting people!!! #walkingforwellness #walkingcoach #urbanpaths #houstoneastend #buffalobayoueastend

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Hello Saturday! Wonderful Wellness Walk along @buffalobayou in Houston’s historic East End. Grateful to partner with @girltrek and @buffalobayou partnership!! #walkingforwellness #houston #navigationesplanade #eastendhouston #2ndward #girltrekhouston

Hello Saturday!...

Hello Big Boy!!! I was walking alone along the bayou this morning enjoying the cool rainy weather when way off in the distance I heard a rumbling locomotive ... my inner child was immediately triggered! Ya see my mom LOVED trains and would sit wide eyed with joy whenever we would see one. Watching trains and construction and the locks open on the Mississippi were all things my mom loved and shared with me. It was so entertaining and free to share with her 9 children. So today I heard that stream engine and just had to go find it. And just as it should be standing with the crowd as I arrived to witness this historic site was my sister! She was drawn there too. We squealed and jumped up and down waving as the enormous steam engine “Big Boy” rumbled by. I miss my mom so much but today, like so many other times, I realize she is here- inside me and my sisters and brothers ❤️ 🚂❤️ oh, and of course I placed a penny on the track for smashing. #bigboy #walkingforwellness #houston #steamlocomotive

Hello Big Boy!!...

Ummm hello. Every creature looking for their path and apparently my seam seemed right. #walkingforwellness ##gowalkyourself #houston #bug #designerjeans

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Fall in Houston. That one red leaf caught my eye as I was walking with my family this morning. It made me think about how important it is to be first sometimes. To be the leader. To show your true colors. #naturesmetaphors #gowalkyourself #walkingforwellness #houston #fallcolors @buffalobayou

Fall in Houston...

Happy Walking Wednesday! We had a chilly, fantastic, walk exploring a different section of the park @buffalobayou. #walkingwednesday #walkingforwellness #walkthetalk #gostros #houstondowntown

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Saturday afternoon at @buffalobayou East! Wow! #walkingforwellness #urbannature #graffiti #houston

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Follow Urban Paths Walking

  • Laura Conely has been leading Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s wellness walks since 2017. Her passion for all to enjoy the many new discoveries while walking the paths along Buffalo Bayou is infectious! Laura shares why being outside provides a better quality of life and we all at Buffalo Bayou Partnership are grateful to have her as part of the BBP family.
    Trudi Smith, Director of PR and Events, Buffalo Bayou Partnership
  • The power of a story has lasting implications when shared by a master storyteller. Laura literally walked her way across the big rock moments in her life while perfectly illustrating for my team how these stepping stones pave the path to fulfilling our purpose in life. Laura's conversation left us seeking out ways to continue taking the next steps in life, regardless of the big rocks that lie in our way.
    Brent Gallagher, owner, Avenu Fit
  • Laura was wonderful! She led my co-workers and I on an hour walk along Buffalo Bayou. Even though we are at levels of fitness, she made it challenging for all of us. She pointed out interesting trees and turtles and birds. I was very stressed out when we started the walk, and ten minutes in, I felt completely relaxed and renewed. Thanks for leading us on such a wonderful walk! I definitely recommend a group walking activity for team building.
    Marlene Beita, The Council On Recovery
  • Laura’s enthusiasm kept me coming back, week after week, through the cold of winter and the heat of summer. I learned about nutrition, proper fitting shoes, self-confidence, posture, stretching. I have walked over 200 miles with Urban Paths and have lost 35 pounds. I gained strength, self-confidence and have made many friends. Wednesday night walking is my time for me, and I will keep taking the next step thanks to Laura’s vision.
    Betty, walker
  • Laura’s Urban Path walks ARE magical. On Wednesday nights, she finds a way to connect personally with each member of the walking group she regularly hosts, sometimes sharing a personal story of how she discovered a certain flower or tree, or asking the group to stop and listen mindfully to the sound of a quietly chirping cicadacircada. She knows the stories of each statue and artistic sculpture along the bayou, and invites walkers to appreciate both the humanmade and natural art in the bayou as treasures.
    Anita Cook, walker
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