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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. 

It’s time for Spring aroma therapy in Houston. And stopping to smell the roses or the star jasmine is a great way to destress. Calling on our senses is one way to practice mindfulness and reduce stress and anxiety. As I walked around the block today I focused on what I was smelling- cut grass, the bakery on Washington Ave, tree pollen, and then I turned the corner and bam- The star jasmine! And as I inhaled the fragrance all my thoughts were of the sweet aroma and in the present moment. Try it on your walk- or practice in your home with some essential oils or a fragrant candle see if aroma therapy is what you need to make your day a little better. Hang in there! #walkingforwellness #smelltheflowers #starjasmine #houston #gowalkyourself

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Walk by the numbers! Just 15 minutes can reduce stress and ease anxiety, and about. 1 million other health benefits!! Try it... and if you need a scavenger hunt see if you can find 1 thru 9 on your Wellness Walk. #gowalkyourself #walkingforwellness #numbers #houston #scavengerhunt #WalkingHomeSchool

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Scavenger Hunt time- I took a 30 minute walk looking for letters. Being focused on a task creates a mindfulness break! Even a short time of putting worry and anxiety aside helps our mental health. And well you know the benefits of moving your body! So try this out- you could even look inside your house/ just get up and move. #ABCs #homeschool #scavengerhunt #walkingforwellness #gowalkyourself

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Walking alone downtown Houston. I needed this long walk! Be creative and find a safe place to be outside. Sometimes the unexpected places are the least crowded. #gowalkyourself #socialdistancing #rushhour #walkingforwellness #houstondowntown #Houston #walkingforwellness

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It’s Walking Wednesday and I MISS YOU!!! I have been leading group walks on Wednesday at 6:30pm for the last 8 years. Meeting @buffalobayou Park since even before it officially opened and various trails before that. We have met on beautiful- cold, icy, wet, rainy and HOT (Houston kinda hot) evenings. Sometimes just a few of us and other times large groups. And I have Loved every single walk. I’m missing the hugs the laughs the sharing and processing together of difficult days. I know we will be together again soon- until then please keep Walking Wednesday going and send me a photo of where you are walking today. Are you inside, in your yard, your neighborhood?? Keep stepping I love all y’all! ❤️ Now-#gowalkyourself #walkingwednesday #wellnesswalk #walkingforwellness @buffalobayou

It’s Walking We...

Play is not cancelled! I loved hopscotch and jumping rope as a child. Someone yesterday said she wished that, especially during this stressful season, she could time travel back to her childhood for a few weeks. Well... play a little today. Maybe we can be kids for a few minutes and maybe that will help- even just a tiny bit. #playingforwellness #walkingforwellness #hopscotch #gowalkyourself #play

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I’m remembering that slowing down and moving forward can happen at the same time. I’m glad that universities are offering some great free offerings this “semester” of our lives but, the lessons I need to keep learning are the ones from the Universe that I’ve been taking notes on for decades. #walkingforwellness #gowalkyourself #slowyourroll

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It’s a dreary, rainy day here and I was slipping deeper into the couch when my inner alarm went off and shouted #goWalkYourself. “Just to the corner, just around the block, you’ll feel so much better.” So I put my boots on with my pajamas and went for a walk. I’m glad I listened. I feel so much better. How’s it going for you? #walkingforwellness #walk #walkaroundtheblock

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  • 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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