Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly starts off with a quote from a Theodore Roosevelt speech from 1910. When I first browsed the book and read these lines, I admit to tearing up, because it hit so close to my heart. It is exactly what I am doing, day after day and here it was being celebrated and given the powerful phrase “daring greatly.” This is what the Spring Fling (for all the details on the Spring Fling, read this post) is all about, so by participating you now can tell yourself and others, “I am DARING GREATLY.”
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…”
For those of us flinging ourselves into this challenge, we will become the doers of deeds. We are consciously choosing to value ourselves – body and mind – and take actions that support this value. When you think about it, it could truly change the world, and certainly our own personal world.
By completing this challenge together, we can use each other as inspiration, as accountability partners, as cheerleaders and as soothers when it is all just too overwhelming. Anyone can do this challenge, though we all need to tailor it to fit our needs and our daily life. Each of us are wary of different parts of the challenge and excited for other parts. Together we can provide support for the rough spots and provide a safe place for both big time bragging and ideas for turning around missteps. So, yes, I really do want to see a picture of that bathroom cabinet after you purge and organize it. I do wish to hear all about your first yoga class in five years. I do wish to drool over the picture of pasta sauce you made from scratch and the table set for the family to all eat together screen-free. Please share!
Here’s how we can connect on social media:
Facebook: Be sure to “like” Lean.Green.Kitchen at www.facebook.com/leangreenkitchen. With Facebook only showing about 10% of my “fans” my posts in your news feeds, you may need to come over to the Lean.Green.Kitchen FB page to see all the action. If you “like,” comment or share Lean.Green.Kitchen posts you will see more Lean.Green.Kitchen stuff in your news feed. That’s just how the algorithm works.
Twitter: Be sure to follow Lean.Green.Kitchen at @eatrealgoodfood. I will use the following hashtags and so can you: #lgkspringfling #realmeal #cleanup #selfcare
Instagram: Be sure to follow Lean.Green.Kitchen at @jennkd. I will use the following hashtags and so can you: #lgkspringfling #realmeal #cleanup #selfcare
Beyond social media sharing, I highly recommend you find a friend, or better yet a group of friends to rally together with this challenge. I love doing things like this with friends so we can bond over the experience. Think of a few people you would enjoy sharing this with and show your enthusiasm for the challenge. Send them these links, bug them on Facebook, send them a text, whatever works for you. Buddies just make everything more fun.
Print your Challenge Log:
All Lean.Green.Kitchen community members who are subscribed to my email list receive a printable Challenge Log that you can print out and complete each day. The subscription box is at the end of this post if you’d like a Challenge Log. (It says “SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG” in big letters down there, you can’t miss it!)
I believe the rewards for this challenge will be many for those who participate. But in addition, I am offering a small lovely prize for the first 100 people (in the United States) who send me their completed log at the end of the challenge. It’s always fun to receive a little reward for successfully committing to something for a month, so why not!
Comment away! Questions? First day successes? First day jitters? Where are you at?
Read all about the Spring Fling Challenge HERE.