One of the hashtags I follow on Twitter is #amwriting. Middle-grade author Johanna Harness started it more than five years ago to be a place where writers could check in, post updates or share struggles that only other writers would appreciate.
The hashtag is affirmation that you are not alone. Others are out there writing, dreaming and setting goals. (And indulging in procrastination by reading Twitter posts!)
It is tough to stay motivated for any activity—even one you love—when you do it alone. It’s easier to find inspiration, determination and sources of untapped energy in the company of others who share your challenge. It’s also more fun.
That message came across loud and clear in a recent reader survey we conducted about family health and fitness habits. Most of our respondents said they prefer exercising with family members, groups of friends or as part of a class, gym or studio. (See full survey results in our January magazine.)
Our staff members are taking on a shared fitness challenge this year and we’re hoping you’ll join us! One of our goals is to form a team.
Raising Arizona Kids is forming a team to participate in the 7th Annual Walk With Me Family Fun Walk and 5K to benefit Southwest Human Development’s services for young children with disabilities.
At SWHD, a team of doctors and staff provides comprehensive, collaborative assessments for children from birth to age 5 with existing or suspected developmental delays. The Phoenix nonprofit provides more than 40 programs and services in the areas of child development and mental health, Easter Seals disabilities services, Head Start, early literacy and child welfare.
Walk With Me will be held Saturday, May 2 at Scottsdale Civic Center Park, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. in Scottsdale.
The family-friendly event begins with a 5K run at 7:30 a.m. If you want to run it, you’ve got our blessing. The RAK team will participate in the 8:30 a.m. Family Fun Walk.
We’ve set an initial fundraising goal of $5,000. If you join our team, your registration fee will count toward that goal—and we’ll give you a RAK T-shirt on the day of the event.
Southwest Human Development has set up a specific web page for our team’s registration: swhd.org/WalkWithRAK.
Inspired by my #amwriting friends, I am setting up a #WalkWithRAK hashtag. I’ll post to it whenever I’m out walking or hiking and will encourage my staff and the families that join our team to do the same.
Every step we take to prepare for Walk With Me is affirmation that children with disabilities and their families are not alone.
UPDATE: I wrote this piece in early December for our January magazine, before my husband bought me a Fitbit for Christmas. He swears he will live to regret it! The lesson he learned? Never put a tracker on an already somewhat compulsive personality. Dan has to listen to frequent updates throughout the day on how many steps I’ve walked!
Anyone else using a FitBit? Any tips for a beginner?