Finding The Courage To DECLARE Two Scary Goals

I believe it’s no secret that I love Declare It Day!  Over the past three years, this day has served as an opportunity to “get my *act* together and do something cool” {as fellow FF Crew Member so eloquently put it this year!}

But Declare It Day was two weeks ago … where has my Declaration been all this time?  What about all those super-fun and flowery “woo hoo!” and “let’s do this” posts??  Truth is, I knew my goals this year were {correction: ARE} scary ones.  They are the big, sort of overwhelming ones that either make your eye balls bulge out, or send you into a vicious cycle of doubt and make you want to run and hide every time you start to think about it.  Or maybe both.

Finding a little motivation in my weekend reading :)Neither goal was on a whim, nor was it done out of peer pressure … which is more than I can say for some of my past declarations.  Rather, both were decided after much contemplation and planning and lists.  I love lists!  And in this case, the lists were the deciding factor.  Because through all the back and forth, the “should I or shouldn’t I” in my head – everything on the cons side came back to fear.  Fear of getting hurt.  Fear of finding time … or making time.  Fear of failure.  Slowly trying to up my mileage and improve my pace after taking some much needed time off after IMM.
The best part?  The theme of this year’s Declare It Day (DID) is COURAGE.  Seriously – I can’t make this stuff up people.  As much as I love the Fellow Flowers founders Mel and Tori, neither one of them could have ever possibly known how terrified I was to write down these goals.  But I had to laugh when they rolled out the DID gear and images like this: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT!

Exactly the words I needed to hear.

I am blessed to be motivating an amazing group of runners and walkers – many new to half marathon training – in my 6th year with our local church’s training program.  I love encouraging them and cheering them on as they discover each small victory along their training journey.  They are an inspirational crew for sure.  I shared this with them on the very first week.  And as I was searching for motivation for my own goals, these words found their way back into my hands.

THE COURAGE TO TRY.

So here it is … my Declaration, which I finally took ownership of and completed just two days ago ;)
Training for my first FULL MARATHON in November – my very favorite local half marathon is about to become my first Full Marathon!  And then to Disney World in 2018 to participate in the crazy-insane-super-fun (I Hope) 4 races in 4 days … Send me all the encouragement, advice, do’s and don’ts, plans, ideas, suggestions you’ve got – the Lord knows I’m going to need it!

6 thoughts on “Finding The Courage To DECLARE Two Scary Goals

  1. Jen says:

    The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is I had the courage to start!

    1. Java & Sole says:

      You are so right friend! SO very right!

  2. mmjdallas says:

    I can see why those are scary goals. I hope writing them down brings it all closer and makes it less scary. Great job taking the first step to squashing the scaries ❤. Michelle J. FFCrew

    1. Java & Sole says:

      Thank you Michelle! I’m actually really excited to start training – I hope that drives away any remaining fears :) Thank you for stopping by!

    1. Java & Sole says:

      thank you friend!! two months later, there’s still a fine line between exhilarated and terrified :) But I honestly can’t wait to start training!

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