Barbara Fagan
2 min readMay 25, 2021

To saunter means to walk in a slow, relaxed manner, without hurry or effort. Doesn’t that sound delightful? Have you had a chance to saunter lately?

Sauntering in nature is my goal this summer, along with some writing and time on and in the lake with family and friends. It is a privilege to choose a summer of sauntering; it’s also a choice. I could have done a lot more sauntering in my life if I chose to, but instead I have consistently chosen to stay busy, busy, busy. It will be a challenge for me to truly gear down my gait to a saunter.

I love how John Muir talks about the value and meaning of sauntering:

Muir image and quote on sauntering

Last summer I spent months renovating a small, off-the-grid, 1930s cabin on a lake near my primary mountain home. Through it all, I was working, working, working. This summer, I’m going to enjoy the fruits of my labor and stay off-the-grid myself for the most part from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.

This will be my last blog until the first Sunday after Labor Day in September. I’m excited to see what happens in the wide-open space I am creating. I’ll let you know when I’m back!

In the meantime, have a lovely summer!!!

Barbara Fagan-Smith
Chief Catalyst, Living ROI

image of Silver Lake, CA
Thoreau quote on woods



Barbara Fagan

Founder and CEO of ROI Communication and the Chief Catalyst for Living ROI. She is committed to helping people and organizations bring their best to the world.