As Declare It Day draws near, three #FFCrew members share how success is measured by more than a checklist, and why this year’s goals might look a little different than before.
By Karen Pederson
FFCrew + FF Blog contributor + runner
As I approach my third Declare it Day with Fellow Flowers, I’ve spent a good amount of time reflecting on my past goals and trying to determine what it is I want for myself in 2016. My first DID goal was to run a 10K and a total of 500 miles. I crushed that goal – and 2 half marathons. The following year, my goal was to run 5 half marathons and PR at least one of them. Crushed that goal too!
By Kathy Sebright
FFCrew + FF Blog contributor + runner, author, founder, Team Emmett
Ask anyone that knows me and they will tell you: I am a go-getter, a self-motivated doer, a driven list-maker, and someone who thrives on checking completed goals off of that list. It’s just who I am, a perfectionist control freak with a wildly stubborn streak. I’m a joy to live with. Truly. All kidding aside, I do have very high expectations for myself and I don’t allow any deviations in my plans. I crave the stability and control that comes with having clear cut goals in front of me that simply need to be completed.
Last year, for Declare It Day, I set a pretty lofty goal for myself. I was going to run two 100 mile races, one of those races in less than 24 hours, and in my “spare time” finish writing my very first book. All in the same year. Did I mention I’m also married with two young children, one with special needs? Or that I work part-time and hold two separate volunteer positions? Or that I’m also involved in nearly everything that my life touches, church, school, and more? Or that I’m a typical over-achiever who is guilty of attaching my entire self-worth to my accomplishments?
By Brandi Wolf
FFCrew + FF Blog contributor + runner, blogger
Goals are a funny thing. Growing up my dad was constantly saying, “You gotta have goals!” I can still hear him every time I come up with larger than life plans for my family or myself … “But what are your goals? How are you going to make that happen?”
I’m a Dreamer at heart, which is great for conjuring up new goals or plans or resolutions … but in the past I have been seriously lacking in the logistics department.
By Angela ‘Sassy’ Gattin
FFCrew + FF Blog contributor + runner, yogi & writer
Let’s say you didn’t meet last year’s DID goals. Maybe you didn’t meet your DID goals the year before. Maybe you didn’t meet them the year before that. Maybe you’ve never met a DID goal. Maybe no one knows what you did or didn’t do because you never told anyone (and OMG, aren’t you glad you didn’t?). Or maybe you did tell everyone (and OMG, you wish you hadn’t!). Maybe you really thought all the goals you set were completely doable, and in truth, they really were.
But then life happened, things happened, injuries happened, crap happened. For reasons XYZ, those goals were not crushed. Maybe you are watching the approach of DID 2016 with a bona-fide credibility problem. If so, you are not alone.
By Trisha Zubert
FFCrew + FF blog contributor + amazing human being
I’m not built for speed. I’m petite (see: short). I’m sturdy (see: rotund). I’m Italian (see: cooks good food and talks with hands).
My desire to be speedy doesn’t overcome the aforementioned issues. However, many of the women I am blessed to run with are fast. In order to keep up with them I’ve had to become faster too. Which is saying a lot, because imagine running as fast as you can, while talking and simultaneously using your hands to convey really, really important things.
Declare It Day is February 6th and we are so excited to watch as women from all over the world participate and declare a goal for the year ahead. Participating is simple – download your beautiful (and free) declaration starting Feb 1st on our website, write out your goal and join in the fun as women share on our virtual event page.
But first, let’s just get one thing cleared up …
Will you join us this February 6th for our national day of declaring goals for the year ahead? FEEL the power, excitement and connection of declaring your goal and saying your dream out loud with thousands of other strong brave women from around the world. Step in to instant accountability, fun and celebration and reminders that we are not alone in the journey of becoming the best version of ourselves.
But unlike years past, this year, Declare It Day has no featured colors or meanings… it’s just about you.
Yes. You heard us right. Who are we to determine and drive your journey? If there is one thing we’ve learned this past year it’s that only YOU know what’s best for YOU… period.
Does your goal make you a better you?
2016 is about your story. Your journey. Your reasons.
No distractions, no glitz, no glamour.
Goals aren’t wishy-washy maybe someday ideas. Goals are action, and when done intentionally, they challenge your greatest fears and ignite your dreams.
This goal, dream or new of living will not be handed to you simply because you want it… your willingness do the work must come from within.
You’ve gotta earn it.