Archive for September, 2016


Rebecca’s Flower It Forward mission: To be like Janet


Rebecca Hildebrandt

FF Crew + FF Blog Contributor + Runner

I come from a long line of strong, amazing women. One of the amazing ladies in my family – my Aunt Janet – had been battling cancer for 3 years and last July, we learned that she had very few days left with us on this earth. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend much of her last week with her until she passed away and was incredibly honored to give the eulogy at her funeral.

I spoke about what she meant to me and all those who loved her – about all the wonderful qualities I had inherited from her, her tendency to give out full sized candy bars for Halloween and what one of her neighbors had said about her: “If you didn’t like Janet, there was something wrong with you. Because really, more people should be like Janet.”

I left her service that day feeling like I wanted to do something to honor her life in a way that would be meaningful to me  and that she would be proud of.



#GRIT – Q&A with Susan Langeland


dsc_1480Interview with Susan Langeland

FF Crew + FF Blog Contributor + runner & triathlete

Want to pick up Susan’s GRIT tank?  Get it here!

Where do you live?
I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

How long have you been a Fellow Flower?
I fell in love with Fellow Flowers in 2012.  I have been a FF Crew member for 2 years.  I’ve met so many amazing people through Fellow Flowers.  Some of these people are right here in my local community but so many more are across the country.  I am amazed and thankful for all of the connections I have made both directly and virtually through Fellow Flowers.

Where/how did you find out about Fellow Flowers?
I found Fellow Flowers at the 2012 Grand Rapids Marathon, my first marathon.  I didn’t buy a flower at the expo.  I wasn’t sure.  I loved their messages, but would I really put a flower in my hair while I run?  The next day, I finished my marathon and my mindset completely changed.  I earned that new title of marathoner and those flowers meant so much more to me after the race.  Let’s just say, I have a few (okay a lot!!!) of Fellow Flowers items now!


#justlove – Q&A with Walisa Dickson


Interview with Walisa Dickson
FF Crew + FF Blog Contributor + runner

Pssst: Walisa is ROCKING our fab new #justlove red tank. Grab yours here!

Where do you currently call home?
I currently reside in Brunswick, OH (#GoBlue!)

How long have you been a Fellow Flower?
4 years! And I’m proud to say I’ve been part of the FFCrew for the past 2 years.

How did you find out about Fellow Flowers?
I came upon Fellow Flowers via chatter in another running community. A group of women raved about a fun, motivational, supportive group for Women. What?? Women supporting Women? I had to check it out! I followed FF and loved the message and similarities amongst the women who needed that reassurance we can achieve goals we put our focus to accomplishing. It was a community about more than just fitness, but strength, love, and an abundance of support. I stayed.

What is one goal you are chasing right now?
I am training to complete my 3rd FULL Marathon, the Chicago Marathon on October 9th. Finish lines, not finish times.

What’s one word to describe you in this moment:
#Fierce (positive mental spirit). I am on fire with determination to crush training goals.


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