Written by Green Fellow Flower, Jean Anderson
I found out about Fellow Flowers from a friend of mine. She participated in the first Declare It Day (DID) in 2013, and I remember seeing her posts about it on Facebook. After that, I purchased my first (and my favorite) Green Flower—Courage.
Wearing my Green Flower, in August 2013, I ran my first timed 5K race. After that, I continued running throughout the year. Several friends encouraged me to consider running longer distances but I was content with the 5K distance and I didn’t see myself as a “real” runner yet. Then I saw a Fellow Flowers magnet, “When she realized she was brave enough, everything changed” – and realized that’s what I was missing: courage.
Staying Motivated (and Sane)
In October 2013, my world changed. I came home from a conference to find my husband ill. Overnight, due to his health challenges, I became a caregiver to him as much as he’d let me. Since it was October, leaves needed to be raked and fall chores needed to be done; I took care of the house and yard through the fall and winter.